Yurts and Coronavirus
First of all we should stay that our thoughts are with all our lovely guests and we are hoping that you and your families are keeping safe and well. We continue to be open for short breaks and holidays throughout the year and are monitoring government announcements on a daily basis and will keep this blog as well as our FaceBook page updated with where we're at. We've been in touch with our April guests to offer to move their breaks to later in the year for anyone who would prefer that and will contact May guests within the next week or so, once we see how things are looking. In the meantime if you have any questions do please give us a call on 07802 456087. We have put measures in place to minimise the risk of catching Coronavirus, with a new paper towel dispenser installed and a stack of 10,000 paper towels to go with it; we have a good stock of bars of soap, information about hand-washing (though everyone must be familiar with the routine by now), a huge stack of tea-towels and appropriate laundry baskets and bins dotted around. We are also blessed with plenty of fresh air and, of course, each yurt has their own cooking facilities and equipment for cooking at the yurt, in addition to the shared facilities. We're also expecting a surge in the use of the (heated) woodland showers this year, so they are freshly serviced and all ready to go. We've been heartened by the responses from many of our returning guests, who are happy with the cleanliness and standards of hygiene at the yurts and tell us that they are very much looking forward to their Easter breaks, and we look forward to welcoming many returning and new guests this year. With a heartfelt thanks for your continuing support in these difficult times, and best wishes to you all. And, we have to stay, after a good amount of winter rain the flowers are looking fabulous!
What a fabulous Full Moon Walk we had on the summer solstice! A lovely group of people and a wonderfully clear, warm, evening after a solid morning of heavy rain. Walking from the Coastguard's Cottages on Dunwich Cliff Tops, we crossed the heath, cut through Minsmere (and had a look at the bird life from the Island Meare Hide) across to the Sluice and then back up the beach to the sight of the moon reflected on the water. As we were celebrating not only the solstice but also Nick's 60th Birthday (on that day) we finished with a glass of Champagne and toasted life! What could be better? We can't guarantee Champagne every time, but we welcome our yurt guests to join us and we always have fun! The July full moon is Tuesday 19th (and we still have space left in one yurt, Yellowhammer, if you are tempted!).
Spring has gone to our heads and you can be the beneficiary! From today, we're offering an extra night free when you book to stay 3 or more nights during the week (any time from Sunday night to Thursday night inclusive) right till the end of June. We couldn't make it easier for you either - just go online and book for 4 or 5 nights and your free night will be calculated automatically. Looking forward to seeing lots of you here soon! And what lovely weather....
Fancy walking by the light of the full moon? Come and stay for the weekend of 22/23 April and join one of our full moon walks, always fun and a wonderful experience. In April we're planning a walk along the Blyth Estuary, always a treat but especially so in spring, when we're hoping that the newly arrived nightingales will be serenading us as we walk. The walk will be 5-6 miles, over fairly level terrain and suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness, you'll just need stout walking shoes and suitable clothing. We set off at dusk and the walks generally take 3 hours, sometimes with the pub included. We've still got some yurt availability and we'd love to welcome you along! Just go online and book a yurt as normal and let us know that you'd like to join us - it couldn't be easier!
Come and join us on Saturday 23 April for a walk by the Blyth Estuary - a beautiful spot at any time of the year but very special in late April, when we're hoping that we will be serenaded by the nightingales, just arrived to spend their summer here! The walk will be 5-6 miles, across fairly level terrain and suitable for anyone who's reasonably fit. We'll set off at dusk and are usually out for 3 hours, sometimes wth a pub involved! Yurt guests are always welcome to come along and we still have some availability for that weekend!
We've had a great March, putting up the yurts again with help from friends and family! There's always great interest from guests about how the yurts are constructed - Woodpecker, our traditional Mongolian, is the largest and we thought you might enjoy some photos of the process! Paul Jackson and Adele Goodchild helped with Woodpecker (always easier with 4 people for this bigger yurt) and the photos are courtesy of Adele (with thanks!).
In the photos, Paul and Nick are raising the crown (or wheel) on two crown supports; after this we slot all the roof poles in (making sure the decorative painted side is facing in); the final picture shows you how it looks once the wooden structure is in place before we add the layers of thick felt, canvas and then the decorative cover. It's a full day's work, but great fun when done in good company.