Our Yurt and its History

We believe that our Yurt is pretty special, and like to think that our guests feel the same. We often get questions about our Yurt, and the history of Yurts in general, so we thought it was about time we finally get the facts sorted and show you why it is truly a café with character.

Who built it?

Our Yurt was hand built down in Devon by a company called Yurts for Life. It was brought up in parts and assembled here at Nicholsons. We recorded the construction process on a time-lapse camera, which can be viewed on our YouTube channel. (under;
Nicholsons Yurt construction timelapse.)

What is it built from and how is it made?

Image courtesy Pacific Yurts – www.yurts.com

The inner pillars are built with Douglas Fir wood, the ribs and walls are built with Timber Ash and canvas for the outer shell. The Yurt roof is comprised of two sets of beams, the Outer Rib and the Inner Rib. The Outer Rib is comprised of 90 steam bent ribs, each 3.57M long, with the Inner Rib comprising of 45 Straight ribs all 2.63M. The Yurt is built in order to bend and move with the wind, allowing the top 2M of roof to move 1 foot in any direction.

What are the changes for winter?

Despite not having been open during a Winter yet, we are ready for the upcoming cold months. We have a sheep wool fleece that will go in-between the outer canvas and the beams as well as a wood burner in the middle which allows us to keep nice and toasty, while also keeping our carbon footprint low!

What is its capacity?

The Yurt could hold up to 120 people, however with its current layout and design, its indoor capacity is 80.

How Big is the Yurt, and how does it compare to others?

Due to its use as a café, the Yurt is the largest to date made by Yurts for Life. The structure has to be big enough for you to enjoy your breakfast or lunch whilst also being able to
stand the British weather.