I say to them: "Of course. You can stay in the Yurt". A few have said: "Great!", but many others have replied with: "A what?". So I thought I should post a bit of info on what our Yurt actually is, and also on the other options, we hope to offer people, as a place to rest their heads (and souls).
Yurt's So Good
Other than a John Mellencamp-inspired song, the basic definition of a Yurt is a static tent. That is, its a sophisticated and stable temporary structure, built from a wooden frame, with a thick canvas covering. They tend to be of a round design, and the way they are put together makes for a very beautiful effect inside - with the wood slats criss-crossing each other. This also makes them very sturdy and strong; allowing things, like wood-burning stoves, to be safely placed inside. They can also be insulated and made as luxurious as any "Khan" could want.
Having been around for thousands of years, they are historically, associated with Mongolia, where nomadic tribes, following their herds, would use them to set up camp and keep warm and dry, in the harsh conditions.
"Yurts have been a distinctive feature of life in Central Asia for at least three thousand years. The first written description of a yurt used as a dwelling was recorded by Herodotus of Halicarnassus, who lived in Greece between 484 and 424 BC. Herodotus, who is regarded as the father of history, was the first person in the world to record an accurate account of the past. He described yurt-like tents as the dwelling place of the Scythians, a horse riding-nomadic nation who lived in the northern Black Sea and Central Asian region from around 600 BC to AD 300. Thus, the yurt was described in the first historical document in the world."
The above text was taken from this great site: mongolian-yurt.com/index.html. Here you can find much more detailed information on Yurts, their history and different types.
Our Yurt is 4.7m in diameter, made in the UK some years ago and re-proofed only last year. It has a double bed, wood-burning stove and various other useful pieces of furniture; to make your stay as comfortable as possible. It is located in a nice, secluded spot, within our small broadleaf wood, with views though the tree, out across the Loch (see main photo above). We plan to convert a small wooden shed, located very near to the Yurt, into the 'facilities' needed by those staying. This will allow guests as much autonomy as they'd like.
"But what if there are already guests cosily snuggled up in the Yurt and we want to come and stay too?"
In this instance, the alternative could be a cute, little, old caravan; not far from the edge of the wood. How this was transported across the Loch, I do not know! But there it sits, a bit sad, hidden and dilapidated at the moment. But we plan to revive it - George Clarke's Amazing Spaces style - get a cosy little wood burner in there too, and make it a special compact & bijou 'nest'. It'll be a bit cheaper than the Yurt, due to its smaller size.
Along with the, as yet unnamed, caravan (suggestions in the comments), there is a delightful glade in the wood too. We hope to clear and tidy it, just enough, so it can accommodate a reasonable size tent. This would help those on a tighter budget, or those who would rather be more 'transient' on their adventure. It'll be a sheltered and hidden peaceful place, but only a short distance from the same 'shed-of-facilities', mentioned above.
So, we hope this gives some choice, in both experience and cost, to potential visitors. Of course, with there only being these three 'pied-à-terre' to choose from, there'll be a very intimate feel, which will be refreshing, when compared to other 'camp-sites'. And will help assure the neighbours we are not turning it into Butlin's... But we may still greet you with a Hi-De-Hi!