Brockley Yurt Company plans big tent solution to soaring house prices

Do you really want to yurt me? The Drake Road yurt is ready to take its first guest
The latest wave of house price inflation has produced all kinds of drastic housing solutions and cash-grabs locally, including narrow homes, shed-homes, pop-ups and self-builds. But no-one has dared to think outside the four-walls-and-a-roof box quite so radically as the Brockley Yurt Company.

The idea is simple: Brockley has lots of big gardens and a ready supply of bohemians ready to play host. The company installs the Yurt (a round tent favoured by central Asian nomads) and finds the tenants, while the home owner shares their garden, front door and toilet for a cut of the proceeds.

The brainchild of two local entrepreneurs (Yurtrepreneurs? Entreyurtneurs? Entrepreyurts?), the Brockley Yurt Co claims to have signed up four local home-owners, with gardens in Drake, Geoffrey, Tyrwhitt and Glensdale Roads and plans to launch on Airbnb later this month. Co-founder Andrew explains:

"We were at a friend's house party last summer, camping out in their garden in Brockley. What was supposed to be a night turned into a six week stay and the idea for the Brockley Yurt Company was born.

"Yurts are totally practical and warm, although they do suit the more sociable tenant. Each one can comfortably house a group of four and we are looking for people who want to lay down roots in the area for at least three months."

"The people who've shown an interest in renting are an eclectic mix. Our first residents include an anthropologist, a theatre manager and a couple of people working on contract at Canary Wharf. Never mind getting a foot on the ladder, yurt-living lets you feel the grass between your toes.

"We're also looking for garden owners as we think we can expand up to ten gardens across the area."

In case you think this is the cheap alternative to bricks and mortar, be warned: prices start from £850 per month per person with wifi, electricity and fuel chucked in, but no running water. The team are planning an "Open Yurt Weekend" in April to tempt renters.

Follow the Brockley Yurt Company on Twitter here.

13 comments:

Hillyfieldsgirl said...

HAHA

In A World of Yurt said...

Best April Fools yet, actually took me in for a few minutes

Monkeyboy said...

are dogs allowed off the leash?

Mung Dad said...

A bargain, would like to sign myself, my mung wife Melody and my mung kids Rupert, Finbar and Tabitha up. Since we don't believe in discipline I hope you don't mind our mung kids running riot while we read the Observer. And since I work from home and haven't left the conservation area for 10 years I trust a suitable site will be provided. We also have a mung dog and don't believe in leads.

anon said...

Fools gold ;)

Nigel Nobbins said...

Will take a bit of getting used to sharing my toilet and front door with total strangers but why not have 6 in my back garden I've got the space. I need the money for expensive foreign holidays and school fees.

Mark Racz said...

cool story bro

Pe Nelope Kay Greenhough said...

god, someone always has to put a downer on things.. don't listen to the mean people... I think it's a brilliant idea, but then, I don't own any property... if it weren't for the fact that those fortunate enough to possess the space are unlikely to a) enjoy sharing their facilities with riff raff who cant afford homes of their own, or b) need the money, this would be a pertinent, pleasant and friendly alternative to the usual big development solutions to the current housing crisis.. perhaps those who scoff would prefer multi story blocks of flats appearing in their local undeveloped spaces instead?

Monkeyboy said...

i just hope no yaks were hurt in the construction of the yurt

NAT said...

Yaks are almost impervious to criticism or insult in my experience.

Woman of Brockley said...

I think you'll find that those who scoff are people who had noticed it was 1st April yesterday.

Rolf Apilo said...

Only someone called Penelope could truly believe this story

Guest said...

I wish this was true and compulsory for the conservation area (big gardens and undeveloped mews), if only just to read the reactions from our overlord BrocSoc NIMBYs.

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