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Dragon & Baby Yurts
Sleeps 4 adults / 2 children
Dragon Yurt II
Sleeps 2 adults / 2 children
Elephant Yurt
Sleeps 4 adults / 4 children*
Dragon Yurt
Sleeps 2 adults / 2 children
Love Yurt
Sleeps 2 adults + 2 children
Dragon Yurt for 2015
Sleeps 2 adults / 2 children
Double Dragons for 2015
Sleeps 4 adults / 4 children

Unlike Mongolian Gers in the Gobi desert, your private facilities include:

Bathroom
Cooking Station

"A gurty yurty time had by all. Very comfortable and cosy yurts. Great fun playing bonfires and getting back to nature!"
Bagnalls & KNotts

"Came here cause Patrick wanted to camp but parents don't like it! We all thought it was lovely apart from dad because he was poorly. Dad went home and we stayed! The beds are lovely and cosy. We are glad we had help with the wood burner. Thank you!"
Katy

"Absolutely fantastic. Wish we had come here for our honeymoon!"
Paul & Ana

"Absolutely amazing!! Totally exceeded our expectations and needs. Can't wait to book our next adventure!! Many thanks and best wishes. See you real soon!"
The Cullens

"Exceeded our expectations, everything has been thought of, don't want to leave, thank you!!"
The Pages

"Fantastic introduction to glamping!! Going camping will never be the same again. The yurt is beautiful, comfortable and is warm when the fire is lit. All the kids loved it, especially the camp fire, would love to come back soon."
The Moores and the Longs

"Great time had by all - kids loved exploring. Def be back"
The Davies Family

"Fabulous in every way shape or form. We married when we were students and I remember going to France, Paris and camping in a homemade tent. How far we've come! 30th Wedding Anniversary"
Debbie & Chris Jones

"Slightly unsure at first when trying to find the site in the dark. What a surprise inside! Great touches, brilliant watching the flickering flames when drifting off to sleep. Thank you, had a great time."
Ed, Karen and Scott

"First class experience, you thought of everything. Had a fantastic time, we will be back!"
The O'Hara's

Mongolian Yurts (or Gers)

A yurt is a portable structure used by nomadic tribes on the steppes of central asia. Theses turkic tribes have used the same construction techniques for hundreds of years, and have mastered the art of erecting these tents in minutes, not quite achieved by their western counterparts, who take hours. Our team of "yurters" as I like to call them can usually do it an hour and a half! The Mongolian yurt is correctly called a Ger (ryhmes with mare) and consists of a heavy round wheel (or crown), curved lattice walls that concertina for easy transportation, and the spokes, long poles that spread out from the crown, fitting into the crown at one end and resting on the v of the lattice at the other. A loop of horse hair string loops over the lattice secures the two together. Two vertical poles support the crown in the centre.

build a yurt

The turkic yurt differs from the Mongolian ger by the fact the wood is lighter, and there are no supporting poles for the yurt crown. The top of the wall is prevented from spreading by means of a tension band, traditionally made of horse hair, which opposes the force of the roof ribs and holds the structure together. The yurt is then covered by layers of fabric and sheep's wool felt for insulation and weatherproofing. No nails or screws are used in the construction. The tolerances of building the yurt are very narrow, the circumference must be exactly right in order for the covers to fit. As we have found out through experience!

The yurts of Forest Yurts

yurt concert

Our yurts are authentic and hand made in Mongolia. The design is unique in that it is only used in Mongolia. The lattice type walls are steamed to incorporate a curve at the top. The roof poles are straight but are round for three quarters of their length and then square, tapering to a point which slots into the crown wheel. Only authentic Mongolian yurts use crown supports, they are essential if the yurt is to stand firm in the extreme Mongolian weather and support the yurt in heavy snow. The woodwork of our yurts are hand painted in bright colours and decorated with traditional Mongolian designs. The yurt frame is covered with four layers of material including a felt layer of insulation, making them able to withstand the extreme cold of the Mongolian steppe (down to -40), and easily handle the British climate. Our yurts are certifed to -10 degrees celsius. Sopley Lake Yurt Camp is open from April 1st to October 31st. Not because the yurt can't handle it, but because of the remoteness of our yurt camp access becomes difficult in our wet weather. You can buy a yurt through Forest Yurts sister company, Forest Yurts Trading Company. We supply only the finest authentic hand made Mongolian Yurts, adapted to cope with the wetter climate of Northern Europe.

Who makes our yurts?

ulaanbaatar yurts

All our yurts are hand made in Mongolia by the Bataa family. To the left you can see a Google satellite map of Ulaanbaatar and some of the thousands of yurts in the suburbs. The Bataa family have been making yurts for generations and we are delighted to work with them in continuing this wonderful skill.

If you wish to camp at our exclusive yurt camp please check our Yurt camp availability