A traditional dwelling of nomadic peoples across the Steppes of Central Asia, Yurts (and Tipi Camps) are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional camping, offering a quirky, unusual experience with all modern comforts and conveniences.
A circular building, made from wood-lattice and covered in felt, they can easily be dismantled and rebuilt on different sites - giving them the advantages of both tents and more solid, permanent structures. The modern day yurts found on sites across Europe and beyond offer the chance to sample something of this way of life but often incorporate modern building materials and waterproofing, as well as luxury features and beautifully designed interiors. A snug place to stay with its low, domed feel, a Yurt is a wonderful holiday choice for those who want something cosy and characterful. We've picked out some of the best eco-friendly yurt accommodations on offer, in stunning locations reachable by public transport, below.
In our blog, Anouk van den Eijnde picks out some of the best Yurt camps in the UK and her five favourite Yurt holidays in Europe, whilst greentraveller's founder Richard Hammond looks at Yurt camps in Spain. You can read about yurts and other wonderful places to stay in his feature on Sustainable travel in the Mediterranean.
Weekend £275, Midweek £295, Week £525 based on 2 sharing. Extra guests £25 per stay
From 700€ per week including 3 vegetarian meals a day, morning and afternoon yoga classes, and a massage or acupuncture treatment.
Tipi- weekend from £279 - £349, mid week from £195-325, Yurts - weekend from £299 - £399, midweek from £215 - £355. Extra nights £70.
£64-£86. Saturday to Saturday only in July and August. Off-season £30-£50 a night, three-night minimum stay.
Yurts Low -High Season: 2 Days £200-240, 3 days £240-300, 4 Days £280-360, 7 days £400-520. Tipis Med-High Season: 2 Days £180-240, 3 Days £240-300, 4 Days £240-280, 7 Days £385-455
Between £335 and £650 per week epending on yurt and season. Contact directly for short stay prices, only available in low/mid season.
Yurts, tipi & shepherds hut £158, bell tents £113 in high season per night, min 2 nights week time, min 3 nights weekends.
From €50 per Yurt per night in April, May & Oct. From €70 per Yurt per night in the summer. Based on a stay of 7 nights. Tipis are €20 pppn
From £335-£2935 per week.
Bunk in shared room £12 adult, £8 under 16. Bunk room for 2 £40, for 4 £40, for 6 £60. Entire bunkhouse £140. Summer camping from £5 pp for own tent pitch, to £34 for 3 person yurt incl. bedding.
From £229 for weekends, 239 Midweek and 299 full week
Weekends costs £150 per night for 2 nights or £116 per night for 3 nights, Mid Week 4 nights cost £87.50 per night, Week £100 per night
From £75 for 2
£200 - £250 for 3 nights weekend / 4 nights midweek; £450 - £550 per week high season. Shepherd's hut £50 per night.
Yurt Week from £693, Hobbit House week £847, Camping week £280
60 euros 2 people, 12 euros per extra person up to 4 in each yurt and cottage (16 people in total)
Cottage (4 p) € 750,-, Farmhouse (4/6) € 1050,-, Appartment (4 p) € 900,-, B&B (2p) € 350,-, Yurt (3/4p) € 400,-, all for one week
Camping £10 - 20/night; B&B £75 -135; Yurt £70 - 110: Cottages £585 - 665/week
from £18 camping to £90 yurt. All other prices in between.
Cottages: from £384 per week; house from £1246 per week
Safari tent costs €100 per night for 2, Yurt €85, Tipi €75. Extra people in each tent are €10 for the first night and €5 for the remaining nights per person. The double tipi (2 tents) is €90 a night for 4 persons in high season.
Yurt mid-week (Mon-Fri) £330, weekend (Fri-Mon) £330, week (Mon-Mon/Fri-Fri) £490, Bell Tents Mid-week £265 weekend £265 week £410
Yurts - Mid-week (Mon-Fri) £330, Weekend (Fri-Mon) £330, Full week (Fri- Fri, or Mon - Mon) £490
From £55 for two
Caravans from £133, Apartments from £143, Lodges from £176 per night
yurts cost £110, domes cost £120, camping costs £36
7 night stays from £345 to £595,2 night weekends from £220 to £295,4 night midweek breaks from £175 to £295.Full prices on Search & Book page of our website.
£26 for single room, £46/69 for 2/3 sharing a room, £20 each for groups of 8 or more. Under 10 years old £13. Camping: £8 per person over 14 years, £4 for 5-13 year olds.
1 x yurt style pod starts from £325 for 3 nights
From £95 per night, min. stay 2 nights
£65 per night for two people including breakfast. £400 per week for two people including breakfast. Bell tent hire £50 per week, kids under 3 free kids 3-12 years £10 per night
All rates are bed and breakfast; (2PAX); Dome £117; Crog loft £148, Threepi £86, Nomad £67. Note all accommodation is booked as weekend, midweek or full week only.
Prices from €50 per night, kids go free!
From €65 for 2 in a tipi or wagon, €130 for 4
From £50 per night, based on a minimum of three nights
From £135 per night
€60 per night or €385 per week
From 1000 euros to 1750 per week.
€40 per night, €280 per week, self catering. B&B available for an added €10 per night, per couple.
€450 per week for the yurt
From £54/£82 per night (B&B/yurts). From £235/£350 weekend in cottage, sleeps 6/7. From £895/£1598 in house, sleeps 19.
£13 per adult to camp per night; yurt hire from £70 per night.
Seren (smaller yurt)- £80 a night, £210 for 3 nights, £500 for 7 night. Heddwch or Celnnyn (larger yurts)- £90 a night, £270 for 3 nights, £6000 for 7 nights
Pitches from £14; wigwams & hides £19.50 pppn; bunkhouse £15 pppn; cottages from £185 for 2 nights.
Self catering house £440 to £1,680 and yurt £440 to £780.
From £98 per night
From £495 a week
£105-£160 per night for 2 people sharing
In high season, cottages and yurts cost £85 per night, campsite costs £20 per night.
Latest reviewed accommodation
"If you’re thinking of buying a yurt or living off the land, then this is an excellent place to pick up a few tips. But equally, if you’re looking for a quiet bolthole in the Dordogne, particularly if you have young children, this is ideal."
Reviewed by: Richard Hammond
The proud winner of the 2012 Friends of Nidderdale AONB Conservation Award, Bivouac is a charming, eco-friendly place to stay with woodland shacks (sleeping up to seven), yurts (sleeping up to five) and a camping barn. Everything’s been created with the environment in mind – a carbon neutral wood chip boiler and wood burners supply heat, there’s no electricity and water is recycled. Set in the Swinton Estate, the views over valley and moorland are outstanding – and there’s ya ‘Druid’s Temple’ stone circle in the grounds. There’s a great café that’s open all day and the bar’s open until 11.30pm at weekends.
Cornish Yurt Holidays, Cornwall, England
A small yurt camp on the edge of Bodmin Moor that provides a relaxing and comfortable retreat in the Cornish countryside. All three yurts have their own secluded spot, beautifully and luxuriously furnished, with double beds and woodburning stove.Price: Between £335 and £650 per week epending on yurt and season. Contact directly for short stay prices, only available in low/mid season.
The nearest railway station is Bodmin Parkway. From there, take the 555 bus to The Shire House Mount Folly in Bodmin, and then the 251 bus to St Breward. The campsite will give more detailed directions upon booking. Cyclists can access the area via Route 3, Cornish Way or the West Country Way on the National Cycle Network.
Arreton Manor Yurt
It may have a self-catering cottage and two B&B rooms on offer but it’s a yurt in the grounds that really sets Arreton Manor apart. Available from June to September, this canvas hideaway sleeps two and comes with a wrought-iron bed and sofa. Set, rather magically, by an old stone wall there’s a parterre in front of it and a knot garden beyond. Guests booking in here also get to use a little bunting-strewn, solar-lit log cabin. Inside this is a simple kitchen, wooden dining table and shower space. From £100, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 8. Nearest stop: Arreton Manor.
The accommodation is just half the story at this holiday park near Newquay. Perran Sands offers a range of safari yurts, geo domes, yurts and supertents. Walk through the dunes to the beach, join a surfing lesson, or hang out in the beach themes café bar. There are fantastic sports and leisure facilities (archery, pools, kids’ clubs), evening entertainment throughout the summer – and you’ve got the delights of the north Cornwall coast on your doorstep.
The nearest railway station is Newquay, from where you can take the 587 bus directly to the campsite. If you wish to travel by coach to Newquay, you can get a 10% discount on National Express tickets if booked through the campsite. Cyclists can access the area via Route 32 or the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network.
Suffolk Yurt Holidays
This idyllic site is tucked away in a quiet corner of the Suffolk countryside, surrounded by wildflower meadows, quiet lanes and historic villages. There are five hand crafted yurts available, each sleeping up to four adults or two adults and two children, on two extra thick, double bed futons. Throw open the doors and you’ll find a warm and inviting interior with rugs, soft throws, cushions and a wood burning stove complete with a complimentary basket of wood on your arrival. Every aspect has been thought through to minimise the environmental aspect of the business, from using 100% renewable electricity and low water use showers, taps and loos to locally sourced firewood and eco friendly cleaning products. There’s also plenty to visit in the local area, from nature reserves and beaches to the shops and markets of Woodbridge and Walberswick.
Priory Bay Hotel
For country house glamour, this creeper-clad stalwart near Osborne House is hard to beat. Set on a 70-acre estate, complete with outdoor swimming pool and private beach, the eclectic range of rooms varies from an oak-beamed attic suite to modern seaside-style apartments to an opulent boudoir lined with 14th-century panelling. For the adventurous, there are also three yurts within the hotel’s woodland; each come with en-suite bathrooms, king-sized beds and decked terraces. Yurts from £200, B&B (April to October only), doubles from £160, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 8. Nearest stop: Seaview The Bench.
The Organic Farm Shop
There are lots of different ways to stay on Abbey Home Farm whether you choose a tent, a yurt, the hut, the shepherds hut or the lovely holiday cottage. The shop and cafe are open on Sundays so you can enjoy a homegrown sunday lunch and/or a good browse in the shop as well as long walks on the farm or sightseeing around Cirencester. Bring/come on your own bikes or hire them locally - its not too hilly here! Prices from £12 per night for camping
The nearest train station is Kemble, which is 5 miles from Cirencester.
Bus number 881/855 runs from the station to Cirencester town centre.
Acacia Farm Camping and Touring
A warm welcome from the Robinson family awaits you at this five-acre campsite and caravan park, which overlooks the gorgeous Mendip countryside. There are large grassy pitches for campers, electric hook ups for caravaners, and a log cabin with log burner if glamping’s more your thing. You’re surrounded on all sides by rolling countryside; bring the dog. Guests arriving on two wheels or two feet get a discounted tariff and bikes are free to borrow. Tents £14; caravans £13.50; prices per night.
The nearest railway station is Highbridge & Burnham-on-Sea. From there it is advisable to arrange a taxi to take you the short distance to the campsite. A list of local cab firms is available at TrainTaxi. The local area is easily accessible by bicycle; local routes include Routes 33 and 26 on the National Cycle Network.
The Park, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
On a sunny, south-facing hillside behind Mawgan Porth beach on the north Cornwall coast, The Park is a collection of eco-friendly self-catering places to stay. This is technically a holiday park but conceptually something else altogether. Price: From £335-£2935 per week.
Secret Cloud House Holidays
Luxurious yet sustainable yurt holidays in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales. There are only three yurts on site so peace and quiet is guaranteed. Inside find handmade wooden beds, featherdown bedding, a local breakfast hamper on arrival, fluffy towels... Every aspect has been carefully thought through to minimise the environmental impact of the business - showers are solar-powered, as are the lights; there's even a wood-fired hot tub! If you can tear yourself away, you're spoilt for choice with things to do in the area, from hiking and biking, to visiting local historic towns or relaxing in a spa.