About This Listing
Have a country and capital-city break all-in one!!! Romantic and different! Beautiful, spacious Yurt with solid wood floor and Persian rugs overlooking ancient woodland, yet TWO minutes walk to London underground with Piccadilly Circus 25 minutes away!
We think our Yurt is the ultimate city-camping experience in the world!
There is a separate toilet, sink (NOTE: cold water only) and separate hot shower in a yurt-adjacent building, and you will have your own private garden entrance. Inside the Yurt there is a double sofa-bed and up to 2 single mattresses, a wood-burning stove, electricity and internet connection. There is a small fridge, kettle and toaster. There are NO other cooking facilities. A simple breakfast is provided: this often includes fresh fruit, cereal, yoghurt and bread. We provide tea and good coffee! Local gnomes spirit away your washing-up each day and return it sparkling.
There is often the sound of owls at night, squirrels scampering on the roof and a few foxes (who we discourage!).
Our two kittens/cats, Rocky and Flash, will be happy to come and visit you if invited! (Or even if not invited...!)
Please note: if you are allergic to cats, then I'm afraid it is advisable NOT to book the Yurt, as the kittens leap in and out of the Yurt, and this may be a problem if you have allergies.
The Yurt has twice taken part in London's Open House and it was voted one of the top ten attractions!! BBC Radio London did a live broadcast from inside the Yurt and we are frequently photographed by the local, influential newspaper the Ham and High, about events we have held. Two pop-up kitchen events hosted by Ms MarmiteLover the founder of the entire underground kitchen movement in London, have been held in the Yurt.
Children are welcome, but must be looked after by parent(s) at all times.
In fact, if parents are keen to give kids a city-cultural experience ....and they are just a little reluctant to be dragged round galleries/museums because they just want to camp and play, staying in the Yurt can work for everyone! It's the ultimate city-camping experience and takes 'glamping' onto a new level!
In case you're worried - it's VERY warm and dry, but DON'T expect super-luxury. It's lots of fun...and you may never want to live on dry land again.... But PLEASE remember, you are NOT staying in a house or flat, so it is as luxurious and comfortable as we think it can possibly be - but in the end it is a form of very comfortable camping. You are outside a lot and English weather is unpredictable. It will take YOU a little more effort than usual to live in this way - we think it's more than worth it - but PLEASE CONSIDER CAREFULLY if this is the kind of break you want! (i.e. when it's hot…there is no air conditioning or a fan as this would cause too much stress to the electrical supply…and we think that camping and air conditioning doesn't go together even if we could provide it! However, when it's cold outside, then the Yurt is nice and warm so we believe in this level of comfort!!)
The Yurt is in Highgate - a beautiful neighbourhood with woods, atmosphere and history- so nice that Karl Marx is buried nearby in the renowned Highgate cemetery and George Michael/Jude Law/Terry Gilliam live a short stroll away. Great pubs are on our doorstep as well as shops and restaurants: definitely the nearest Yurt in the world to a tube, and the only one available in London to visit and stay in.
Come home after a hard-days sightseeing and culture to a roaring wood-burning stove and a night lit by stars!
We hope that guests will enjoy such a special living and sleeping experience, and respect the yurt, garden and neighbours. If you are coming to London to party, then it's NOT the right place for you - but if you are working here, or sightseeing and want somewhere unique, quiet and special - then please get in touch!
We live in the house, so are on site - and look forward to receiving guests, as well as respecting your space and holiday-time.
We provide one bag of wood as part of your booking and kindling wood, and more wood is available at £5 per bag (cost price).
Our main Yurt rule is to remove shoes when entering the Yurt, and be very mindful of any candles that are burning, or fires lit. Mongolian tradition requests that you do not step on the threshold of the door, as this is considered to be stepping on your hosts neck; likewise it is customary to enquire: "Are you family well?' 'Are your sheep well?' 'Is your grass green?' on entering the Yurt. The reply, whatever happens, must be 'Yes',' 'Yes,' and 'Yes'!!
We booked the yurt based on the good feedback already received, we were not disappointed, the yurt is absolutely amazing, it's peaceful, tranquil, nothing like you would expect in the centre of London.
The beds were comfortable, garden was lovely, very close to the tube, easy to find a parking space, great coffee, good wifi. Hot shower.
Katherine the owner was a pleasure to deal with, flexible and helpful.
I would seriously recommend this yurt.
The Yurt is a very nice, quiet and reflective space. It enables us to have good conversations, deep relaxation and an interesting time planning for the future.
Katherine welcomed us well, was flexible due to our quick arrival and the Yurt was in top condition.
We recommend this unique space and thank Katherine for her hospitality.
'Mummy, can we stay here forever?' , said my 6-year old the first evening we stayed at the yurt. We really enjoy our stay. Ours wasn't a leisure trip. We had to move out of our flat in a neighbourhood nearby for a few days due to some building works. We thought this would be a great experience for our two children (6 and 3 years old) and it totally was.
The beds were extremely comfortable (I actually slept better than I do at home) and it felt really calm and peaceful!
The breakfast was nice (dorset cereal, bread and butter with toaster) and the fridge really handy, especially when you have a young family and need emergency supplies.
Sadly our hours were different to Katherine's and we only managed to chat to her over the phone.
We loved it! My sons want to be back already.
The yurt was a fantastic experience. Our twin daughters called it 'the best weekend ever!' Breakfast was yummy, the beds comfortable and the ambience was just right. We would highly recommend.
We stayed at Katherine's yurt after attending a concert at nearby Alexander Palace. It provided myself and three friends a unique, convenient and utterly charming room for the night, which would otherwise have necessitated in a vibe killing 1.5 hr train journey home or an anonymous chain budget hotel. I met Katherine briefly as we were leaving for the concert, she was very friendly and relaxed and happy for us to come and go as we please via the private access. As previously and accurately reviewed already, the yurt itself is tucked at the end of the garden in this leafy suburb. As experienced campers we all commented on what a great structure the yurt is and how Katherine has set hers up is brilliant. From the wifi and coffee kit to the 'ensuite' shower and toilet (just outside the yurt) there is all you need for a very comfortable and cozy stay. I could go on......suffice to say, loved it. Thanks and best of luck to Katherine.
Great host very accommodating and everything was exactly like described in the advert.
Sorry to hear the shower was cool - I could have easily turned it up - generally women prefer hotter showers than men - so I try to keep it at an even temperature to suit all - but in this cold weather I guess it needs boosting - which is simply done! Wish you'd mentioned it!
About the Host, Katherine
I live in the house adjoining the yurt with my 12 year old son, Raphael. I work in design, education and building projects. We welcome visitors both local and global, and particularly welcome those interested in small, unusual spaces. Although we live in London, I like remote, desolate places such as Lapland, mountains, camping and woodland. I definitely can't live without my iPad, very good coffee, newspapers, my spin class and sunshine. Raphael is especially keen on Arsenal supporters visiting.