Tuesday, 31 May 2011

10 Years On.

It was touch and go whether we would get it ready but the Ash Field Yurt finally had a new deck and a new pod in time for the opening day of the season. As it turns out it’s our 10th year running Cornish Yurt Holidays, an anniversary that has crept up on us, as it doesn’t seem that long ago that we started with one yurt  on the top of the hill. After that blew away in a gale we moved lower down the hill in 2005 and slowly increased the number of yurts from one to three plus the recently added Pod. After many successful seasons and two successful planning applications along the way I hope we have found a good balance for us, the land and for those who come and stay.

However when I recently had an enquiry for a possible order for over a hundred yurts for a holiday site in France I realised that we haven’t grown very fast at all. There are now so many new yurt holiday businesses cropping up all over the place, each one bigger, greener, more sustainable,  more luxurious than the last.Trailing through the directories, the web site homepages and the newspaper reviews it sometimes gets hard to tell one from the other.

Where does it all go from here? There are already multi pod yurts, yurt villages, yurt tree houses, yurts on boats , and at least one two storey yurt, so the possibilities go on, but despite the media’s obsession with what’s new, and a clear commercialisation of the alternative holiday market I’m not sure it’s about all that. Yurts work, which is why they have been around for so long, and in the right place with the right approach they can be enough in themselves. We have made Cornish Yurt Holidays the place we would like to go on holiday and very often this is the only place we go on holiday. It is always very special, even 10 years on, so we are going to keep on keeping it that way and let the place work its magic.