PLEASE NOTE THAT IN 2013, ONLY THE CORNISH YURT AND ONE BELL TENT IS AVAILABLE FOR HIRE.
The Cornish Yurt is available from May 24th, and the Bell Tent is available from April 26th. They are both available until September.
They can comfortably sleep four adults or a family of five.
Pillows are provided, but no other bedding (except by arrangement). They are some distance from the unloading point but there are big wheelbarrows to help move your things.
The Yurts and Bell Tents must be respected at all times - there are restrictions on their use (see below).
Wildlife - A mouse may sometimes visit the yurt, and it may take a couple of days to get rid of it (using a live trap). (It happens once or twice per season). If this would be a problem for you, you should consider booking a bell tent instead, which are less likely to have visitors.
The Cornish Yurt
A 16 foot / 4.8m yurt made in Cornwall in 2008 from local hardwoods - it has an oak door, an ash crown wheel and trellisses, and hazel roof poles. It was purchased in August 2008. It was made at Tim Hutton's Yurtworks. It has a central skylight and a window on the south side panel.
The Cornish Yurt has matting and rugs over a good groundsheet, and two double futon mattresses, one of which can be used as a sofa. It has its own campfire, rocket stove (for outdoor cooking), picnic table and shelter (covering the picnic table but not shown in the photos).
New for 2013, the Cornish Yurt has a woodburner to keep you warm and cosy even on wet days. There are rules concerning their use. See below for more info.
It is situated in the Orchard Camping, but not too close to other tents. It has a shelter covering the yurt entrance and the picnic table. Drinking water is close by. It is 140m from the unloading point and 230m from the shower room and Visitor's Barn. There are two good compost toilets in the orchard.
Our prices are the same as for 2012 (and cheaper if you do not use the woodburner).
The minimum charge covers a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 kids), or 3 adults and one child.
If you wish, some of you may sleep in a separate tent for no extra charge.
Oak's Yurts Hire Fees
Availability and existing bookings
See the Camping page for other essential information
Rules of the Yurts and Bell Tents
Shoes Off at the entrance(you can leave them just inside)
No Chemical Sprays
No Use of Cooking Stoves inside
Do Not Remove the Futon Covers
No Excessive Drinking or Disrespectful Behaviour
Candles only on the Stone Slab, short candles only
Any Damage must be reported as soon as possible
The yurts and bell tents must be respected at all times.
They are not suitable as a party venue for groups of young people.
Groups wishing to use them must guarantee that they accept these conditions.
Deposit Against Damage
You pay a £100 deposit against damage. This is refundable, but deductions will be made for damage, dirt or mess.
Making Your Reservation
A Booking Deposit of approximately 50% of the total fee is required for the Yurts and Bell Tents. Details of making the payment will be sent after you send your booking details. The balance of the fee, including the deposit against damage, must be paid at least one month before your arrival date. Payment of your deposit is your acceptance of our Terms and Conditions.
Enquiries and Bookings
We only take bookings by email.
Please email Oak: with the subject heading 'Yurt' or 'Bell Tent' followed by your dates.
I always need to know the following:
Number of Adults:
Number of Children (0-17 years):
Ages of Children:
Date of Arrival:
Date of Departure:
Number of Nights:
We reply to all emails, usually within 24 hours. If you do not get a reply within 3 days, please re-send your email as some go straight to our spam folder.
Mobile: +44(0)7772 155967 (no voice-mail please)
Bedding: Please bring your own bedding, including a double sheet or cover for each futon, and pillow cases. Pillows are provided, but not duvets. If you travel here by public transport, we may be able to provide duvets for you, for an extra charge.
Cooking Utensils: We may be able to provide pots, pans and a kettle for campfire cooking, for an extra charge. (If you are travelling by public transport, we may be able to provide additional items).
Accessibility: You must be reasonably able-bodied to use the yurts and bell tents, which are at least 200m down a gentle slope from the car-parking and shower room. As the orchard is terraced, there are steeper slopes below each terrace, and up to the compost toilet.
Using The Woodburners
Your fee for the yurt includes £5 per day for use of the woodburner. If you do not use the woodburner at all, this is refunded at the end of your stay.
Firewood is an extra cost.
The woodburner must not be used without getting permission and receiving instruction.
Fireguards are provided and must be placed around the woodburner at all times if young children are in the yurt.
Children under 10 must not be left unattended in the yurt when the woodburner is in use.
Only adults are to put logs into the woodburner.
Firewood is not to be chopped inside the yurt.
Only water may be heated on the woodburner - no cooking.
No clothes or other inflammable items must be placed on, nor hung above, nor placed within 50cm of the woodburner.
The woodburner door must be kept closed at all times, except when loading logs.
Ash must not be emptied from the woodburner.
The hirer is responsible for following the rules and guidelines and for using the woodburner safely.
Terms and Conditions
Things To Do
Beaches and Coast Walks
Getting to Keveral
The Mongolian Yurt
THE MONGOLIAN YURT IS NOT AVAILABLE IN 2013
This is a genuine Mongolian yurt, purchased in June 2008. The yurt is 5m in diameter, with a wooden door painted with traditional designs, as is the crown wheel, roof supports and roof poles. It has a central skylight and small windows at the side of the door. The door can be bolted on the inside. Inside the waterproof canvas is a felt layer for insulation. It was made by Ulaantaij in Ulaanbaatar.
The Mongolian Yurt is on 'The Ridge', on the edge of our woods, surrounded by nature in a sunny and sheltered position. It is on the way to the beach, and on calm nights you can hear the sea.
The Ridge is away from other campers, but there is pitch very close by (an 8m x 5m oval) which goes with the yurt, so can be used by you or your friends. It is 330m from the unloading point and 420m from the shower room and Visitor's Barn.
It has a canvas shelter covering the picnic table. There is drinking water, and a compost toilet (which may sometimes be shared with another camping pitch).