Your yurt retreat in the Dordogne
At écovallée, you can retreat from the distractions of 21st-Century life, relax and simply be yourself.
Yurt retreat in paradise
Walk down the path from reception, weaving through hornbeam, beech, oak, acacia, sweet chestnut, hawthorne and pine, and you enter a world where everything is simply, naturally, beautiful.
Small yurts. Huge kitchens.
For 2017, écovallée is more exclusive than ever. Just two 12-foot yurts are available, for solo travellers or couples. Both with their own large, canvas-covered outdoor kitchen.
One yurt – “Ariel” – was the first ever installed in écovallée. It is a Kyrgyz-style coppiced chestnut yurt, made by Yurtshop in East Sussex. It has a flat platform and wide, solid, lockable oak door for easy access, and is in shade for the whole day – keeping it cool through the hot summer days.
The kitchen overlooks écovallée and is the perfect place to watch the trees gently swaying on the other side of the valley. At dusk, the bats put on a show in front of the kitchen, and the planetarium display is actual-sized.
As well as your yurt and private kitchen, Ariel has a large, comfortable hammock that is idea for reading, contemplation and siestas.
Between the solar shower and the orchard is another beautiful 12-foot Kyrgyz-style yurt with its own outdoor kitchen and eating area, called “Puck”.
Made by Future Roots (and Alex), the yurt frame is ash and the door is a re-sued shutter from a nearby hotel. Like Ariel, the floor is solid pine tongue and groove, and the yurt is comfortably furnished with a double bed and somewhere to keep your things.
The kitchen is made from rocks and wood from écovallée itself, and faces east towards the large vegetable patch. A steep zig-zag track next to Puck leads up to the road which takes you to Lalinde, a few hundred metres away. Puck is the last yurt installed at écovallée and is as close to perfect as you will find anywhere in the world.
This may be used by teachers who have booked the whole venue for their class, or by those looking for an even more private retreat.
An additional 12-foot yurt is located in the main field, which may be used for meditation or one of the therapies available during your stay. Or as additional accommodation where the whole venue is reserved.
Everything about écovallée has been created to be as light on the planet as possible.
The solar shower drains into a gravel bed where the “grey water” is cleaned by plants before running into a willow trench. The shower cubicle was designed in écovallée and created with the help of Project1P and wood from a nearby sawmill.
The world’s most beautiful tree bog (compost toilet) is tucked into the woods a short distance away. Both of these are lit by a string of solar fairy lights after dusk.
All the wooden uprights for all the structures are acacia from écovallée, buried in the ground by hand without the use of concrete.
Up at reception, other facilities include WiFi, a fridge-freezer and washer dryer, all of which run on 100% renewable electricity provided by enercoop.
The water is drinkable and provision is made for recycling and composting – naturally.