Hello and welcome to Sunset Yurts! This is me (Rachel) and my little spanish rescue dog (Milo).
My passion for yurts and canvas shelters began about 15 years ago when I first slept in a yurt that belonged to some friends of mine who lived completely off-grid in the middle of nowhere in Spain. The first 'structure' they lived in was a yurt. I'd never seen or even heard of a yurt before and I was astounded by it's beauty and just loved the whole feeling of peace and calm I experienced from being in it. I visited my friends in Spain regularly and got involved in their numerous projects including yurt building and then one day I decided to build my own - from scratch! I found a local woodland where I cycled at weekends and cut, stripped, sanded and oiled 78 hazel poles to make the yurt walls and 38 longer poles for the roof! As you can imagine, the yurt progressed very slowly as I also worked full time and lived on a narrow boat, which needed constant maintenance! As life took over, making the yurt became an indulgent 'hobby' for which there was precious little time. Following a turn of events I eventually plucked up the courage to follow my dreams and listen to my heart and eventually, instead of being my hobby, the yurt took over my life and SUNSET YURTS was born! Here are a few photos of the first yurt from it's very early stages to the new and improved version today!
There's a feeling of peace and calm and serenity about yurts, I'm not sure whether that comes from the circular form, the natural feel of the wooden frame, being under canvas or being so close to nature but there is something magical and special about them that is difficult to put into words. Everyone should experience sleeping in a yurt at least once in their lives, either on a warm summer's night when you can gaze at the stars through the wooden 'crown' and wake up to the sound of birdsong, or on a cold winter's morning when you can re-stoke the log burner and crawl back under a cosy warm duvet, watch the dancing flames and snooze to the 'pitter-patter' of light rain on the canvas roof.
To compliment the yurt, we now have 5m bell tents for hire. There's a story behind every bell tent too but I'll leave that for another day...... The aim of Sunset Yurts is to share these natural, breathable, awe-inspiring shelters with you so that you can enjoy them and experience the magic. Thanks for listening, I hope that one day you will become part of my story too. Rachel