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Kickback with bubbling hot tubs and wood-fired pizzas at one of these glorious glamping spots

HESLEYSIDE HUTS
Hesleyside, Bellingham, Hexham NE48 2LA
01434 220 068
www.hesleysidehuts.co.uk

Nestled into the Northumberland countryside, these characterful huts on wheels are handcrafted from reclaimed oak and insulated with sheep’s wool. Snuggle up under feather duvets on a king-size mattress and enjoy the luxury of an en-suite bathroom. Upgrade to a family-sized hut that takes luxury glamping to the next level, with a balcony offering views of the surrounding countryside, a wood burner and a compact kitchenette. For a romantic getaway try the rustic Holly Hut – made entirely from reclaimed timber, cladding from a Victorian school and old church doors, with a luxurious brass bath tub in the centre. After a good night’s rest, get ready for a day of activities, including river fishing, and nearby the historic Hadrian’s Wall, and at night you’ll be under the Northumberland dark sky region so light up your campfire and take a seat under the stars. 

SPRINGHILL FARM
Springhill Farm, Seahouses NE68 7UR 
01665 721820
www.springhill-farm.co.uk

Springhill Farm’s wooden wigwams are ideal for a weekend with the family – there’s room for five guests under their quirky, curved roof, and dogs are welcome, too. Choose from a couple of options; some have an en-suite and a mini kitchen, but they all have Wi-Fi, a fire pit out front to gather around (guitars encouraged) and your own personal picnic table. Wake up each morning in a cosy bed to views of Bamburgh Castle and explore nearby attractions with thousands of seabirds to spot on the Farne Islands, and stunning beaches on your doorstep. 

SWEET CAMPERS 
Darlington DL3 9LU
01325 260208
www.sweetcampers.com

Rent a retro Volkswagen camper van from Sweet Campers for an alternative glamping break. These old-school campers are kitted out with two cosy double beds and a DAB stereo with iPod connectivity, so you can blast your road-trip playlist the whole way. They offer a cool way to explore the countryside with the option to park up where you please and with kitchen facilities on board you can stop off anywhere you wish for dinner time. Why not fire up a barbecue by the sea, cook a family feast in the countryside and toast marshmallows under the night’s sky. There’s even a kettle for your morning cup of tea which you can enjoy wherever the road takes you. 

POSH HUTS
Falstone Farm, Falstone, Hexham NE48 1AA
07891 817185
www.poshhuts.com

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the beautiful, rural setting of Hexham. Posh Huts offer an idyllic romantic hideaway where you can relax under sparkling chandeliers on a spacious king-sized bed with a roaring wood-burning fire beside you. Unwind with a bottle of wine and reach total tranquility with sumptuous soft furnishings, elegant antique interior and your own garden area offering views out to the wild woodland or the wandering river beyond. Explore the remains of the spectacular Hermitage Castle, or venture out to the historic villages of Aydon, Belsay and Carlisle – all of which have castles to admire. 

WAINGATES FARM HUTS
Waingates Farm, Roecliffe, York YO51 9NE
01423 740690
www.waingatesfarmhuts.co.uk

The luxurious, handcrafted shepherds huts at Waingates Farm take your overnight stay to the next level with special touches including underfloor heating, a wood-fired stove and a spacious double bed to sink into. In your ensuite you’ll find Bramley natural bath products, towels and a robe to wrap up in. There’s a Nespresso machine in the kitchen and facilities for all your cooking needs. Outside, enjoy the bliss of your own secluded garden with a wood-burning hot tub to relax in with a glass of fizz under the sun or stars. Explore the nearby village of Roecliffe for a picturesque walk along the River Ure or the close-by Roman town of Boroughbridge for independent shops and bustling cafés. 

PEAKS AND PODS
Boustagill Farm, Rathmell Settle BD24 0LJ
07724 940709
www.peaksandpods.co.uk

With the sweeping views of the surrounding hills, Peaks and Pods is an ideal spot to embrace the outdoors. Cosy up in a cedar-clad pod with a comfortable bed and an en-suite bathroom, and spend cool summer nights in a private wood-fired hot tub under the stars. With a memory foam mattress and a TV mounted on the wall, you can chill out with a bowl of popcorn and a movie. Break the barbecue tradition by firing up a delicious pizza in the outdoor wood-fired oven and then even things out a little by roasting marshmallows on the open log fire. With the Yorkshire Dales, the Forest of Bowland and Gisburn Forest all on your doorstep, you’ll have plenty of sights to explore.

NORTH STAR CLUB
Sancton, York YO43 4RE
01439 748457 
www.northstarclub.co.uk

Nestling within 500 acres of native English woodland in the peaceful Yorkshire Wolds, North Star Club is a ruggedly cosy and indulgent woodland escape. Stay in one of eight woodland suites, decorated in a rustic style, that makes the perfect romantic retreat or family getaway. Each has a large veranda, cosy sitting room with a roaring wood burner, large bedroom and spa-style bathroom where North Star’s very own beauty therapist can treat you to a variety of pamper packages. Spend your evenings at the communal Woodshed area, where you can relax beside the canopied campfire and enjoy a hot drink or homemade cake, all based on an honesty system. 

ALNWICK LODGE GLAMPING
West Cawledge Park, Alnwick NE66 2HJ
01665 604363
www.alnwicklodge.com

For something a little bit different, try one of Alnwick Lodge’s traveling worker homes – a 20th century wagon remodeled for glampers to enjoy. They’re heated to keep you warm on cool summer nights, have lighting, and sockets and barbecue facilities for cooking up a feast. They’re a cool and quirky place to stay and somewhere to keep in touch with nature with resident chickens, hens, a cockerel and lambs in spring. The best part – you can bacon rolls delivered to your wagon every morning for breakfast in bed. There are woodlands to explore, and dark skies for stargazing at night. 

LITTLE SEED FIELD
Castiles Farm, Ripon HG4 3PU 
07817 904339
www.yorkshiredalesglamping.co.uk

These octagonal wooden cabins offer the ultimate glamping experience with a memory-foam mattress complete with feather duvets to wrap yourself in, a personal camp fire-pit to stay warm around and panoramic views of the Yorkshire Dales. Bring your own food, drinks and coal to fire up on the barbecue and enjoy long summer days away from the hustle and bustle in your own little hotel on the hills. Ramble around the surrounding Dales or go birdwatching in Nidderdale – home to internationally important species of bird such as golden plover and merlin.

WILD NORTHUMBRIAN TIPIS & YURTS
Thorneyburn Old Rectory, Tarset NE48 1NA
01669 650166
www.wildnorthumbrian.co.uk

Reach total tranquility in one of five rustic Monolian yurts. They are each set at individual secluded sites, so you’re away from other campers and can switch off from the outside world. Stay in a unique handcrafted hut with distressed wood walls, a king-sized bed and a fire stove, a beautifully crafted wood cabin with home-like comforts, or one of their unique handcrafted yurts with slanted windows ideal for stargazing, reclaimed furniture, organic fair-trade rugs and sheepskins that add a real rustic feel to your retreat. Spend the days walking the vast woodland of the nearby Kielder Forest, cycling one of the bike trails or kayaking in the beautiful Kielder Water. 

HEMSCOTT HILL FARM
Widdrington, Morpeth NE61 5EQ
01670 458118
www.tractorsandtents.com

If you don’t want to stray too far away from the camping experience, Hemscott Hill Farm have lovely bell tents for you to stay in. Set up camp in one of these grand marquee-style tents with airbeds to rest on and plenty of added extras to spruce up the room. Add a cook-set so you can fry up one of their locally-sourced breakfast packs with sausages, bacon, beans, mushrooms, eggs and bread. After breakfast why not go on a guided alpaca walk around the farm, explore the market towns of Alnwick, Amble and Morpeth, or eat like a local at the Widdrington Inn in nearby village of Widdrington. 

HUMBLE BEE FARM
Flixton, Scarborough YO11 3UJ
01723 890437
www.humblebeefarm.co.uk

Get ready for fun in the wilderness at one of the spacious, timber-built wigwams Humble Bee Farm has on offer. With fairy lights, colourful decor and an en-suite, it’s a home away from home where you can enjoy little luxuries like fluffed-up pillows and a soft mattress to sink into. By night, toast marshmallows on the roaring fire pit and read a book amidst twinkling fairy lights. In the morning, take a stroll over to the hen house and collect some fresh eggs to cook for breakfast before exploring the surrounding North York Moors, or one of the idyllic beaches across the nearby Yorkshire Coast.

CAMP KÁTUR
The Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale DL8 2LS
01845 2021100
www.campkatur.com

Camp Kátur is a lovely spot to kickback and relax. It’s named after the Icelandic word for ‘happy’ and the campsite is full of colour with brightly decorated tipis, spacious bell tents, wooden huts and pods that each embrace a cheerful theme. For a blissful experience and a night’s sleep under the stars, stay in one of the geodomes – an entirely transparent dome with a cosy double bed, a wood-burning fire and a hammock outside. Relax into the evening in the wood-fired sauna or hot tub on the campsite and enjoy activities from high ropes courses to segway treks and climbing walls. 

Published in: May 2018

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