Hello again Canny Camper – Ettes!
Once again, I am going to blog about camping (very wedding related!) in this case it could probably be better known as Glamping, which is just another made up word for 2013, like chillaxing or mullerlicious?
Wild Northumbrian is situated in the Upper North Tyne Valley, in the area of Tarset between Bellingham and Kielder Water. Within a short walk from the small hamlet of Greenhaugh. Centrally located in the Northumberland National park in good distance for visits to the Roman Wall, Kielder Water, border towns, Northumberland coastline, Cheviots.
This visit was supposed to be my Christmas present but due to really bad snow, we couldn’t make it. The owner was very accommodating and allowed us to go for the same price in the height of what was a great summer. This meant it ended up being my Birthday present instead.
We stayed in the Esk Yurt and it was fantastic, I have added a few photos to show you all the unique accommodation.
In my opinion the Esk Yurt was the best on site as it was located across the road in a field on its own, with only sheep for company. All of the Yurts and Tipi’s are in a large plot, but this one was the most secluded.
You really are off grid in the yurt, but all for the better I think. You don’t get electric lighting just an array of candles and a variety of candle holders dangle from the structure. It is all part of the holiday lighting the candles to have a cosy night in with lashings of ginger beer…. Sorry lashings of white wine and standard beer!
The yurt has a very comfortable hard standing double bed (in a tent!) and also has a wood burning stove inside and a fire pit outside. There are cooking facilities, storage and a couple of types of seating area’s.
The Esk Yurt does have a resident mouse, it won’t bother you and you might not even see it. I did see it! Just as well it was me and not Julie, it’s a little brown thing. We just left it out some space raiders, which it must like as it got through a full packet. It will only come out at night which makes it hard to spot, but it slips in under a gap in the door, grabs a crisp and disappears.
The site has facilities as well. Just a short walk near to the main house are kitchen facilities, where you can wash your dishes, get water to take back to the Yurt or even buy an ice cream. The room also has a few games that you can use for holiday entertainment. The toilet/shower block is located not too far from the kitchen area and is nice and clean.
A short walk away is a village with a pub. This gives you another option if you don’t want to stay in on a night time. The pub is friendly, the beer is good. The food could be better but I will say no more.
The day before we set off for the holiday a couple came to the house to book our cars, we got talking and it turned out that the groom’s uncle owned Wild Northumbrian Tipis and Yurts. So no doubt we will see the owner again in 2014 at the couple’s wedding, small world.
All in all this was in my top 10 favourite weekends away. The yurts are really suited to a couple wanting a different but relaxing holiday. The Tipi’s are more basic but you can fit loads of beds in and have a really good laugh with a big group of friends and family.
This holiday is a must do, in my opinion. I don’t think you will be disappointed and the cost is very fair for what you get.
You can get details of the prices and more information from the official web-site:
The owner is very friendly and accommodating and went out of his way to talk to us, even though he was busy working when we passed him.
If you do go, you need to park up and walk to the main house to get checked in.
All memories now, bring on the winter!
Paul and Julie