Quirky Camping Eco Yurts
Nestled in the rolling hills of the French north west Dordogne countryside you will find eco yurts hidden away in their own little clearings, each with its’ own adjacent facilities. The views are spectacular, there isn’t a blot on the landscape and all that you can see for miles around are the arable fields full of cereals, maize, and sunflowers, and the odd smattering of pantile-roofed farm houses, it really does epitomise the french countryside.
This really is an opportunity to experience a bit of slow living away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday lives in beautiful, rural France.
“Their huts or tents are formed of rods covered with felt and being exactly round and nicely put together.......”Marco Polo, 1254 - 1329
The early Mongolian Ger (yurt) was mounted on a cart pulled by oxen and was bottle shaped and were common during Genghis Khans time. His armies were housed in yurts similar to today`s while he was transported in a yurt on a cart pulled by 22 bulls!
Here at Quirky Camping we do not have the sort of facilities from Genghis Khans time but have gone for the simpler yet more luxurious type of yurt. They are hand crafted using willow grown in our own plantation just down the road so you can be sure of one thing, they have been lovingly put together to ensure they are of the highest quality. When you walk into your yurt you’ll find not just a bedroom but a living space as well.
Using Local Resources
We have always been interested in environmental issues and passionate about sustainability, so it is important to us that wherever possible materials for the yurts and buildings are sourced locally. Matt is restoring a derelict chestnut coppice for a friend, the benefit of which are two-fold: he utilises fallen timber for building the kitchens, and bathrooms that would otherwise rot on the ground; the clearing of the dead wood and brash revitalizes the woodland and re-establishes the coppicing cycle.
Most of the furniture and equipment for the yurts and kitchens have been acquired second hand from brocantes or charity shops, revamped and re-cycled and even the human waste is made use of!!
We believe that many (not all) of the environmental problems that we face have practical hands on solutions within easy reach of most people if the will is there to make a difference. We know only too well that it’s not always practical or easy or financially viable to live the way we aspire to but we hope that by setting up the yurts in the way that we have we are making things much easier for you to have a low impact holiday.
For instance – the hot water for the shower is sufficient if you wash and use the water prudently but not if you stand under a torrent, contemplating your navel! We deliberately don’t supply mains electricity because it is not needed. We are enthusiastic about human waste because it is not waste – it is a useful fertiliser if treated properly. None of our methods are new or ground breaking but just good old fashioned common sense. We have pigs to recycle food waste but they also clear the ground beautifully for tree planting.
Our hope is that when people leave they will take with them simple, practical solutions that they can apply to their own lives at home (not necessarily buying pigs or building compost toilets, although that would be great!) We want people to think a little bit more about the day to day impact of their actions.