About WhatYurt

A couple of years ago I spent my first night in a yurt and since then I was hooked! It’s hard to explain the feeling I had when I stayed in one, and the longing I have to return to a more natural, wild way of living. Whilst it might be considered about of a romantic ideal, there was something really special about spending time in a yurt.

I was in Switzerland at the time on a hiking trip with my partner. We were surprised to discover someone had a yurt available to rent, high up in the mountains, and never had thought it was the kind of place to find such accommodation. In Switzerland there was no shortage of amazing scenery, and incredible places to stay, with many old alpine huts available in the more rural areas of the country.

yurt in swiss mountains
Photo: Yurt in Switzerland – courtesy of Jelena Stojkovic/Camping Wang

Alpine huts are amazing too, but the yurt was a different kind of special. And of course, it’s a lot more affordable (and realistic!) compared to building a huge hut. Where I’m living now, a wooden hut probably wouldn’t go down too well as it’s quite coastal and very damp. A yurt on the other hand is considered very tough and should be able to put up with most weather.

To cut a long story short, I got a bit hooked on the idea of owning a yurt and putting it up right at the back of the garden, past the fruit orchard and sheltered amongst a clearing in the trees. But when I started to look online to research the idea, and practicalities of owning a yurt, I found it a bit tricky to navigate the websites and to find what I needed.

It seemed that any website was very dated or difficult to navigate and there were so many options to choose from – do I need a wooden floor or not, will it withstand the wild, wet weather here or not, do I have to take it down after every season or not… the list seemed to grow on the further I looked at it.

So with that in mind I decided I’d try to remove some of those barriers to owning a yurt, and figure out my own way of helping to present all this information to other potential yurt owners.

There are plenty more reasons why I wanted to get into the yurt lifestyle, more of which I’ll be covering throughout the website. Big reasons though for me include the reduced carbon footprint of living a more scaled back lifestyle, having someone very peaceful to retreat to for some peace and quiet, having that cosy feeling – especially if a small log burning stove is included! Ultimately it is probably me trying to live a bit more naturally and in tune with the land.

I hope that you find this website valuable and that it does encourage you to consider owning your own yurt!