Our yurt is round, of course, about 16 feet in diameter and 9 feet high in the middle, made of about 150 willow rods and a lot of canvas. There's a transparent piece at the top to let the sunshine, or moonlight, in. The floor is rather solid timber. This part is a local Lincolnshire adaptation, not suited to easy transport by camel across the steppe, but then we have neither camel nor steppe. There is a woodstove, which gets the place very warm in no time. Electricity is supplied but the candle lanterns are more fun. Surrounded by trees, flowers and vegetables, the yurt is set in our six acre garden. Outside the door is the yurt's own lawn with picnic table, and round the back is an open air bathroom, suitably screend with a living bamboo thicket. The large iron bath, set in earth, is heated by a wood fire below. You can soak for as long as you like with the water remaining hot.
Sleeping in the yurt is a curious experience; like camping in some ways, you feel close to the outside, able to hear the night noises of owls and badgers and other wildlife, yet you are warm and comfortable with a big futon bed and plenty of room to dance about. And when you get up, there's a great breakfast waiting for you in the house included in the price of your stay. We provide good quality food, mostly organic and local where possible with home-made bread and jam, and freshly picked fruit in season. Full English breakfast is provided and we are very happy to cater for vegetarians. With a bit of advanced notice we may be able to provide a rather good evening meal. Call us to discuss your requirements.
All the usual bathroom facilities are available in the washroom, specially built for yurt dwellers as an exercise in low-impact building techniques, re-using 18th century bricks with mud and lime mortars, timber beams cut from out own trees, sheep's wool insulation, a solar panel for a roof and stained glass windows to add colour to your light. It has a large cast iron bath and a shower and w.c..
Rates are £35 per person per night and there's room for a child or two on small futons at a reduced rate. All bedding and towels are provided, with sleeping bags for children. We supply you with a basket of logs for the woodstove but if you want loads of firewood, say for heating the outside bath, then we may ask you for an extra fiver. After all, there are only so many trees on the planet and it takes a lot of work to chop them down.
Tithe Farm is an 18th century farmhouse by the Lincolnshire coast ten miles east of Louth. It is situated on a quiet country lane set in over six acres of gardens. Our gardening emphasis, beyond growing much of our fruit and veg, is on providing habitat for wildlife and a diverity of wild-flowers and the needs of bees, butterflies and other invertebrates. There is a badger set and foxes, deer, rabbits and hares, freguently pass through. Water voles nest in the boundary dyke. Several species of birds are regular nesters and many more can be watched. Over the 26 years we've been here it has all become more of a nature reserve than a conventional garden. One particularly unconventional feature is the Labyrinth.
You are welcome to stay during the day lounging in the garden (or doing some gardening!) but there is so much to see and do in Lincolnshire you will probably be off. Within walking distance is the village of North Somercotes. Here are two pubs, the Axe and Cleaver and the Bay Horse, a post office, two general stores, a greengrocer, a butcher, an English restaurant, an Indian restaurant and take-away, a fish-and-chip shop and a Chinese take-away. Louth, 15 minutes drive away, has Indian, Chinese, Thai, Turkish and Italian restaurants, various chip-shops and other take-aways and lots of pubs, at least eight of which do real ale. Louth even has a micro brewery, the Fulstow Brewery, with it's own bar, The Gas Lit Lounge.
We are close to the Donna Nook with it breeding colony of seals, and the National Nature Reserve stretches for many miles along our coastline of sandunes, saltmarsh and wide sandy beaches. A perfect place for birdwatching. And with a short drive to the west you are in the Lincolnshire Wolds, and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, perfect for rambling with plenty of opportunities for a pub lunch.
Given a little prior notice, we can provide ready meals cooked by our daughter, Roxy, who runs Royston's Deli in Louth. The food is really rather good. It just has to be popped in the farmhouse oven.
We find many of our visitors have enjoyed the film Story of the Weeping Camel, directed by Byambasuren Davaa. And who wouldn't.
Contact: Jean & Biff Vernon
Tithe Farm, Church End, North Somercotes, Louth, Lincolnshire. LN11 7PZ
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Front Gate in the Springtime
Goats' Beard seedhead - we get hundreds of these in July