GOLD award for the Riverside Yurt Cafe

cyd0axgxuaarvfdWe can hardly believe it – The Riverside Yurt Café won GOLD in the Beautiful South Tourism East awards for the best café/ tearoom of the year. There are so many emotions – amazing, proud and overwhelmed – what started out as an experiment to see who might like to visit a rather remote but beautiful part of England in a private garden has turned out to be indeed something that fills a need. It was a learning curve for all of us but as always we worked effortlessly and with professionalism to provide a personal and unique experience in a Yurt where the service was paramount. We wanted to provide an escape albeit in our own private grounds that catered for all – we were asked ‘why would you want to invite people into your home! ‘The answer is: because we love it so much and we wanted others to appreciate it too! Riverside is indeed beautiful and an escape – it helps you wind down, you feel peaceful and at ease and that is the kind of service we wanted to provide as well.

The Yurt is magnificent – a beautiful structure with wonderful craftsmanship – a lovely adaptable space. The Riverside Yurt Café is only open March to October each year and serves cakes and tea/coffee provided by local Moonroast Coffee and Twinings Tea. We serve our own Raspberry and Lavender Jam with scones and clotted cream and this always tastes even better when you can see the lavender and smell the flowers only a small walk from the café.

The Riverside Yurt Café is not just for tea and cakes – we use the space to offer classes of Yoga and Pilates, as well as Art classes and life drawing. We have also hosted workshops such as wellbeing retreats and holistic days.

Local events have taken place such as charity fundraising and the yurt also offers space where local artisan products can be purchased.

2017 is exciting and we hope to provide a more structured programme of activities with an easy booking method for both the fitness and wellbeing as well as the yurt lunches and teas.

We are so looking forward to welcoming you

Clare and Sharon xx







Yurts for Life

Welcome to the Riverside Yurt – open for teas, coffees and cakes, private functions such as weddings, fundraising events, corporate meetings and even Ballroom dancing. We also hold Boot Camp, yoga and pilates sessions.

Yurts today are modernised forms of the original – they are works of art where every component is individually crafted and put together like a jigsaw. The are truly beautiful and memorising structures that provide a unique and tranquil environment.

The Riverside YurtThe Riverside Yurt is no exception – it sits within the beautiful surroundings of Riverside Cottage overlooking lavender plants and vines. Its high ceilings with clear views to the sky offers colourful and interesting light formations so that every day the Yurt provides a unique setting. Wide open doors allow the outside world to enter in while the wood burner offers coziness when needed. But when shut inside the Yurt you feel completely peaceful and enchanted.

Its well worth a visit.


Wikipedia description of a Yurt: Yurts have been a distinctive feature of life in Central Asia for at least three thousand years. The first written description of a yurt used as a dwelling was recorded by Herodotus, the ‘father of history’, who lived in Greece between 484 and 424 BC. He described yurt-like tents as the dwelling place of the Scythians, a horse riding-nomadic nation who lived in the northern Black Sea and Central Asian region from around 600 BC to AD 300

A Mongolian Ger

Traditional yurts consist of an expanding wooden circular frame carrying a felt cover. The felt is made from the wool of the flocks of sheep that accompany the pastoralists. The timber to make the external structure is not to be found on the treeless steppes, and must be obtained by trade in the valleys below.

The frame consists of one or more expanding lattice wall-sections, a door-frame, bent roof poles and a crown. The Mongolian Ger has one or more columns to support the crown and straight roof poles. The (self-supporting) wood frame is covered with pieces of felt. Depending on availability, the felt is additionally covered with canvas and/or sun-covers. The frame is held together with one or more ropes or ribbons. The structure is kept under compression by the weight of the covers, sometimes supplemented by a heavy weight hung from the center of the roof. They vary with different sizes, and relative weight.

A yurt is designed to be dismantled and the parts carried compactly on camels or yaks to be rebuilt on another site. Complete construction takes around 2 hours.