The Wealden Literary Festival

The Wealden Literary Festival 25/ 26th June. Just 10 minutes drive from our yurt.

A fabulous event with some world class Authors, Poet Laureate, not to mention activities and workshops for adults and children .

We have availability that weekend, if it takes your fancy! And a chance to see my stained glass in the artisan area.

Contact me direct. lizayurt@gmail.com

Updated Yurt

This spring, we have updated our yurt a little.

We have painted some of the furniture in richer colours, with glints of gold leaf, plants and sumptuous velvet cushions.

The effect is lovely, a touch William Morris and heading towards a style we would like to continue when we build our artist’s retreat next year.t

This is the last year of the beautiful yurt! As we hope to change it for a more permanent structure that stays up all year round.

The Yurt goes up.

Yesterday was the perfect day to get the yurt up. Beautifully sunny all day, no wind.

Pat has re-newed big sections of the deck, the trees around the yurt have been trimmed right back, so we were ready to start the build.

The yurt is made from oak and ash, and each year it seems a little heavier than the last. We missed having Will’s young strength and lythe figure to help us. I can just squeeze through the yurt wheel to pull up the canvas, but its tight! And my strength is going!

So after a long day, the structure is up, its lined with new thick wadding, and the inner lining is freshly washed.

Today, the wood burner will go in, the chimney will be built, and the floor varnished.

Bikes!!!

This year, we have 2 super bikes for our guests to use while they are here with us. A rather beautiful Green Dream Machine, and a Zesty Red Wizzer!

This means you can explore locally.

Cycle down the very pretty route to Biddenden Vineyard, it takes half an hour to cycle there. Be rewarded with a tasting of wonderful cider, or have tea and cake, a walk round the vineyard, then a slow cycle home.

Cycle to ‘The Chequers’ in High Halden, through the back lanes. Sit outside and have an excellent pub meal and a pint.

Tenterden can be reached by bike too. If you fancy a day mooching round the shops and having coffee or Amazing hot chocolate at the Tenterden Chocolate shop, or a wonderful Italian brunch at Montealbano’s cafe.

Merry Christmas

Wishing all our guests a safe, peaceful and happy Christmas season.

So different from other years, we are looking forward to 2021, in the hope that the world will heal , and a modicum of normality will return.

We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful area, and look forward to promoting it over the next few months.

Thank you to all our regular guests who have visited this year, your loyalty is very much appreciated.

And thank you all our new guests this year who came and enjoyed the yurt.

We even had an amazing proposal in October. It was done with carved pumpkins saying ‘Will You Marry Me?’ The answer was Yes! So we wish them all the best with their new life.

September availability

September is coming and the rush of summer will be over.

We have had so many lovely guests in this new and challenging time. It has been lovely to be back up welcoming people, and the yurt has worked well as a private self contained space for holidays and short breaks.

We have plenty of availability in September, a lovely month to come to Kent. Visit the orchards and vineyards near by and revel in the changing season.

With the temperature cooling down, toasty nights by the wood burning stove are in order with a glorious glass of red wine, or a hot mulled cider.

The yurt , from the field as we trim back the blackberries and sloe bushes!

July at the yurt.

It’s been a very busy month since we opened. Our most loyal and favourite guests have been to stay for a whole week, and other lovely regular guests brought familly with them this year too. The weather has been everything from wildly windy, drizzly, wet and sometimes sunny. Everyone has manfully BBQ’d through all weather, lit the wood burner and cosied up reading. And even relaxed on the deck watching the sun go down with a glass of wine.

This weekend is going to be HOT! Yay! So here are pictures of our beautiful beach, where hopefully, we will be and our guests can get a swim and some sand between their toes.

After a hot day…

After a beautiful hot day, we drove to our favourite bit of empty beach at Pett Level, kayaked in the surprisingly choppy sea, and had a blissfull cup of tea watching the sun go down over the marsh. Then back to sleep in the yurt. Lush life! Of course! We have to do these things so we can recomend to our guests.