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Wild Northumbrian Tipis and Yurts
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Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

My wife and I have now stayed here twice and are booked up for a third visit! Our last visit was new year 2013/14. We have stayed in two different yurts, the Esk and Houlet, the view from the Esk is simply stunning! We are staying in the Shepards hut on our next visit to try it out!


The accommodation is as fabulous as it comes! Such a unique experience! The weather at new year was foul but inside the yurt with the fire on it was lovely and cosy! They are beautiful inside with a great verity of decor and furniture! The yurts are fully equipped with cooking facilities with additional available in the communal kitchen near the shower and toilet block. The yurts also have BBQ facilities and fire pits outside them.

The rustic nature and lack of technology in the area is fantastic! There's not even phone signal on most networks! The evening sky is as clear for star gazing as any I've seen in the Scottish highlands!

What a fantastic place! I can't wait to go back!

Stayed: December 2013
2  Thank Jim W
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

I really cannot praise this site enough. Beautiful setting, beautiful accommodation, peaceful and extremely relaxing. Rained all weekend we were there but it didn't make any difference, accommodation watertight and cosy comfy, kids ran round all weekend chasing chickens, climbing trees and playing on the rope swings. We used the outdoor wood stove and BBQ and toasted marshmallows on the fires. Had kids aged 1 1/2 to 12 and adult kids 26 to 60 and everyone had a brilliant fantastic time, cannot wait to go back and we definately will. Can't finish without mentioning the hosts who are absolutely lovely, they have thought of everything. This place is fantastic, a really really beautiful, happiness place.

  • Stayed: August 2014
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1  Thank Bob C
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Our second visit here to Wild Northumbrian and before I add a few caveats and tips I have to say for young and old children alike this is a fascinating and enjoyable holiday where kids can chase chickens around and collect the eggs too, pick fruit, climb trees, get muddy and generally run wild in a friendly semi wild setting in a beautiful location next to the moors situated in a valley wood.

The accommodation is eclectic with many handmade items. No electricity, running water or wifi or even a mobile signal so if you want to escape for a short while this is the place. Yurts and tipis are all individual and great fun can be had cooking outside on the firepits and watching the local wildlife of which there is plenty. Typical clients are families with children or couples in the secluded shepherds hut. Presumably they spend their time watching the sheep.

Not for the disabled or weak bodied as you do need to move around and walk around the site to wash pots, showers, loos etc

Plenty to do and see locally and most of Northumbrian attractions and beaches within an hours drive.

Midges can be a nuisance so take some protection and despite what the site says take your own torch and basic tools such as a corkscrew as the kit supplied is a little hit and miss. Yes, I know Rob the owner will reply that he would have sorted it but to be frank I don't want to be chasing missing items up when I could be on the beach. More of that below.

The only gripe I have is the communal facilities. NW isn't cheap at £100 per night. The website oversells the reality. There are 2 loos and 2 showers which are frequently unclean and untidy - they need cleaning more frequently please. The kitchen has been extended that's true but its still very basic by anyone's standards with dirty washing up cloths and piles of rubbish outside. Proper fridges and cooking equipment please.

The kit supplied in the yurts is also basic and a bit used to put it politely. Chipped enamel mugs and plates and odds and ends of pottery isn't good enough at this price. A full set of inventorised kit should be supplied and checked each time.

Finally a proper printed guide in each unit giving the usual site info and details not handwritten notes left around by chance.

Even after the above moans I am still happy to give it a very good rating, this should be a 5 rating but at this price a little more managerial input is required to bring it up to the standard it clearly deserves.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank Thedragon22
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

We hired the Shepherds hut and a tipi.
The location is just stunning and the scenery takes your breath away.
The owners are very welcoming, friendly and helpful.
Both the hut and the tipi (which is huge) were well equipped and comfortable.
We used the fire pit one night. The smoke keeps the midges at bay.
The communal kitchen is great, especially if the weather is bad. Again, it is well equipped with pretty much everything you could need.
This is not Glamping, but enter into the spirit of the whole experience, relax and enjoy it.
Lots of nice walks around the area, without using the car.
Easy walk into Greenhough. The pub there is great for food and atmosphere.
Would recommend the whole experience.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
2  Thank Robin M
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

After hearing about this place off friends and following on Twitter we managed to get booked up.
From the outset it is a really beautiful location tucked away with open space, no frills just unspoilt countryside. We stayed in Merle yurt and Tod tipi both did not disappoint on location, set in their private spaces you don't feel overlooked and really feel you have your own piece of wilderness. Tod is a great basic camp, outdoor fire, basics inside and camp beds just perfect. The compost loo nearby was very clean and well equipped.
Merle yurt was an excellent way to end our stay, big super comfy bed, stream running past and friendly Robin. Both accommodations were well equipped, not too fussy, the wife loved the quirky furnishings in the yurt. Facilities on site were very clean with lots of hot water, kitchen full of good books and extra equipment.
We found Rob and Vicky to be very helpful and passionate about the area and wildlife, not too pushy, but always there if you needed anything, also big thanks to Vicky for the lovely homemade cake and Elderflower Cordial a really lovely touch.
For me this isn't glamping it's not got the frills and rubbish, it's much more authentic and special- it's really for people who want to experience wilderness, wildlife and peace, which you will have in abundance! We certainly will be heading back up very soon!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Tomas W
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

Stayed here for 4 nights from 23rd June in Esk Yurt. Had a great time. The yurt had everything we needed for cooking, and although it was warm in the evening, I still managed to cook a couple of meals on the wood burning stove. Ample logs and kindling was provided. Say thank you to Robs wife for the lovely brownies which we had with the fabulous ice cream from the kitchen freezer (which you could buy at a small price).
The peace and quiet was just what we needed, and you are left alone to get on with it. Rob is there if you need him. Yes, the midges are a pain, but Rob gave us a bug zapper machine and that seemed to do the trick. It is the summer, amongst the sheep, trees and the stream, what do you expect!
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The gate needs to be repaired as the lambs use it like a cat flap and were always around and about the decked area, obviously the grass was greener on our side of the fence. But it was nice to be able to get close to them sometimes. They tend to wake you early though, munching grass at the back of the tent.
Showers and toilets are clean and adequate. Overall a great time was had, would go back

Room Tip: The Esk yurt is not set amongst trees, and is the closest to the car park for carrying your stuff to...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank susan_speirs
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Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

We've recently returned from a fabulous 2 night break in Merle Yurt and what a great time we had. The yurts are well spaced so when you're there you can believe there's nobody else around. Shortly after arriving we met the owner Rob who brought some delicious cakes for us. A really nice touch.
The yurt was really well equipped with a lovely comfy bed. All kitchen utensils were provided. We also had a decking area outside with a fire pit. We sat outside both nights watching the fire it was so lovely.
Being Northumberland we did encounter the dreaded midge however Rob provides zappers and we had brought sprays and citronella candles which did the trick.
The only negative (very small) is the distance from yurt to toilet facilities but wasnt insurmountable. Will definitely return!!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Bigbadjan
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Additional Information about Wild Northumbrian Tipis and Yurts

Address: Thorneyburn Old Rectory | Tarset, Northumberland National Park NE48 1NA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Northumberland National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Northumberland National Park
Hotel Class:5 star — Wild Northumbrian Tipis and Yurts 5*
Number of rooms: 7
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Wild Northumbrian Tipis And Yurts Northumberland/Northumberland National Park

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