≡ Menu

Canvas Yurts in Ardeche, France


One of the first yurt camps in France is called Canvaschic.

It is located in the Gorges de L’Ardeche nature reserve.

Their mission?

To provide a relaxing environment to their visitors while preserving the spirit of nature.

Each yurt in the camp has a king sized bed and two beds for children.

Each one is individually styled.

canvas-nomadic-yurts-2

canvas-nomadic-yurts canvas-nomadic-yurts-3 yurt-construction yurt-construction-2

For more pictures, rates, and information visit CanvasChic.

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Avatar tinyhousetalk

    I wish I knew more about the first picture (yurt with second story)

  • Andrea Afouch

    The first photo is great, I would love to see the inside of the 2 story yurt!!!

  • Andrea Afouch

    The first photo is great, I would love to see the inside of the 2 story yurt!!!

  • Avatar ASCII

    The two story yurt is really neat… is it just a bottom yurt with a super-wide roof-ring as the base/floor of the second-story yurt?

    * The upper yurt looks like it’s about 12′ – a floor that spans that safely might be fairly heavy. Especially since it’s presumably going to support a big bed, some people, and a bit of other furniture.
    * Since the lower-yurt’s rafters are short, spaced tightly together, & at a fairly steep angle (~60º?) they should support the weight fairly well. A larger upper-yurt is actually beneficial in increasing the rafters’ angle so the weight is more on the rafters’ length than their height.
    * The tension-cable is steel wire, so you can buy that arbitrarily strong.
    * The lattice can be made of beefy-sized wood – since a roof-ring that size isn’t going to be transported anyway, the weight of the lattice doesn’t matter much.

    …now I want to build one. I can have public space on the ground-floor and a fold-up ladder or stairs to get into the bedroom upstairs… and I guess a crane to put in the upper-yurt’s furniture during construction.

    I would like to echo the other commenters’ requests for more pictures of the *ahem* yurt on yurt action.

  • Avatar ASCII

    Turns out I should have spent another 20 minutes Googling before I posted. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7Uc7VM607c shows the construction of the 1st yurt pictured.

    They cheated and build a platform for the upper-story that has a bunch of support-polls. Then build a larger yurt around that. So the bottom-yurt has a dozen telephone-poll-sized-supports in a circle right in the middle of it.

    In my opinion, that’s ill-conceived. The main thing I like about my yurt is that it’s a portable living room. Putting that many support-pillars in the middle of the room makes it into a partially-divided set of rooms: the inner room & the doughnut room. It ruins the open-air aesthetic and isn’t conducive to the kind of party I like to have in my yurt.

    Anyone wishing to implement my hypothesized construction technique from the previous post should consult with a civil engineer to insure you choose appropriate materials & spacing for the rafters & lattice to bear the load, especially given possible wind & snow conditions.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Next post:

Older post: