Wild Northumbrian

UK England North East England Northumberland Bellingham

  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Gloriously remote and secluded luxury hideaway

Northumberland is perhaps one of the last places people think of for a get-away-from-it-all holiday. It doesn’t have the lakes of Cumbria or the dales of Derbyshire or that weird rocky Celtic fringe thing that Cornwall does so well. But Northumberland’s rolling moorland and occasional strategic tree has National Park status and this trippy little tipi and yurt site is slap bang in the middle of it. 

The yurts are beautifully handcrafted with gravity-defying roofs made from the knobbly branches of an ash tree and with so much space inside they’re bigger than some hotel rooms. The three tipis are bigger than average as well, sleeping 6-8 people to the yurts’ 4-6, the difference being that the yurts have double beds where the tipis are a bit more futon-based. Still, there’s plenty of room for family, friends and casual acquaintances whichever route you choose. 

The accommodation is well spaced out among the trees so there’s plenty of quiet and privacy but if you want that extra little bit of seclusion you’ll find the Brock tipi nestling in its own little dell well away from the others next to the small stream. It does mean you’ll have to lug your gear to your bolt hole from the small car park up by the church but it’s a small price to pay. 

Once you’ve unpacked there’s plenty to be getting on with, either on your own or on one of the many courses and events laid on by the owners of the site. There are bushcraft weekends and courses in how to make prehistoric pottery and all sorts of curious things, so there’s no excuse not to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in.

Details

Facilities

Two tipis and two yurts (or gers depending on your point of view). Fire pits with free wood. Wonderfully warm facilities block with underfloor heating and two showers and two toilets. A kitchen with an honesty box for candles, gas and ice-cream.

Suitable For

Adults, kids, groups and and dogs – yes. Tents, campervans and caravans – no.

Nearby

There are two great reasons to take a trip to the nearby Kielder Observatory (07805 638469). The first is that Northumberland has some of the darkest skies in England, so it’s a great place to view the stars. The second is that the observatory is an award-winning architectural gem, a long deck of wooden squares and wedges sitting in a clearing of the trees.

Food & Drink

The closest pub (about 15 mins on foot) is the Hollybush Inn (01434 240 391), an intimate and cosy little place with an old fashioned range fire and usually a few colourful locals for company if required. It’s an old drover’s watering hole that’s been there for over 300 years so is well worth a visit.

Opening Times

Open all year.

Location

Contact Wild Northumbrian, Thorneyburn, Tarset, Hexham, Northumberland NE48 1NB

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Getting There

From the south, turn off the A68 at West Woodburn (just by the Bay Horse Inn) and follow the sign to Bellingham (4 miles). Drive straight through the village and by the church turn right for Greenhaugh (4 miles). Turn left at the t-junction at Lanehead and carry on through Greenhaugh and keep going straight at a right angle fork in the road (signposted to Sidwood). Follow the road down over the bridge until the sign to Thorneyburn. Turn left and follow the road up just past the church. From the north, come off the A68 at the crossroads with the B6320 and follow the signs to Bellingham that way.

Monday to Saturday there’s an 880 Tyne Valley bus from Hexham to Kielder that stops at Bellingham, roughly every 90 minutes. Ask Rob nicely and he’ll probably be able to come and pick you up.

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