I had stayed in a teepee in Washington State a few years ago and enjoyed the experience so much I am always looking for different experiences. The Yurt was definately that, not all that different from the teepee really but just the fact that it is in the middle of Portugal surrounded by quiet nature and beautiful scenery was fantastic. The Chestnut Tree yurt was plenty large enough for two people and nicely decorated and very comfortable.
We were met by Derrick and Hannah who turned out to be lovely hosts. Hannah had asked us prior to arriving if we would like dinner at the Yurt the first night which turned out to be not only delicious but nice not to have to get back into the car to drive into town. The next day we started out on a long hike that gave us beautiful views of the valley below. Our feet were pretty tired upon returning so we settled into the comfortable chairs outside the yurt where Belle (I think that was her name) the large black lab joined us. He dug himself a large hole where he proceeded to put his whole body into for the afternoon.
Later on we enjoyed meeting little 10 year old Ella who is just a delightful girl. We taught her the card game King in the Corner where we enjoyed her company and a pitcher of Capriahna's (yum).
Derrick is contemplating building a tree house which I think is a wonderful idea as I think that may have to be one of my next experiences in 'out of the ordinary' places to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come and stay in our romantic Mongolian style yurts, nestled in the mountains of central Portugal, about one hour inland from the ancient university town of Coimbra. Olives, vines and fruit trees surround the yurt; our own spring provides the water; and energy is solar powered. Whether you’re looking for a lazy rural retreat, or an active holiday in the hills, there’s no better way to get back to nature without foregoing any creature comforts. ... more less