History of the Yurt

Traditional Mongolian Yurts have walls made of a wooden lattice framework. The lattice is just the beginning of the ingenious design. Each yurt has a door-frame, roof poles and a central roof crown all of which interlink. As the linings and exterior canvas weigh on the crown the roof poles act as spokes spreading the pressure of the structure out to many points along the lattice walls and this in turn gives the yurt rigidity and stability.
The top of a Yurt, called the crown, is steeped in tradition. While other parts of a Yurt would be replaced over time, the crown would be passed down from father to son as an inheritance when a father died. Indeed it is said that a family’s pedigree could be measured by the amount of smoke marks on the crown from the families central fire. Our crowns are see-through, allowing you to gaze up at the stars at night. 
A modern glamping Yurt at Dorset Country Holidays
As well as the crown, the whole Yurt is steeped in tradition with families building a new Yurt for newly weds to mark their passage into married life together.

As Yurts are the traditional accommodation of herders they are designed to be quickly dismantled, moved and rebuilt in another place as the herder followed his flock in order to protect and care for them. It could take as little as an hour for herders to dismantle a traditional Yurt then be on his way to the next grazing spot

A Yurt may look small from outside, but do not be deceived – our Yurts can easily accommodate four people sleeping on a double bed and two single futon sofa beds plus all of the essentials including a vintage storage trunk, TV/DVD, cool box and hamper containing crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment.

Glamping Yurts are traditionally heated using a fire or small wood stove; whilst we supply a fire pit or chiminea outside for you to burn wood and maybe toast marshmallows on; you will be pleased to know that here in Dorset our Yurts are supplied with electric faux-stove heaters, so it's less effort and much safer than a logburner.

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