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Westwood Yurts

West Wood Yurts is a luxury camping experience situated in a beautiful, secluded woodland glade in a quite corner of Cut Thorn Farm at National Trust Gibside. It was set up in 2010 as a farm diversification project at Gibside’s Cut Thorn Farm and has since continued to support the main farm business of breeding Beef Shorthorn Cattle.

West Wood Yurts comprises of six generously spaced yurts: 2 large yurts for sleeping up to six people and 4 small yurts for sleeping up to four people.

Luxury Camping

Camping at West Wood Yurts is a truly unique experience. Our yurts are real Mongolian Gers, which have been traditionally hand painted in colourful patterns to give them an authentic feel.

Insulated by sheep wool, the yurts are exceptional at holding heat produced by the log burners, making them a cosy and comfortable space from which you can look up through the skylights and enjoy a night under the stars!

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We cater for large group bookings , family and friends holidays and couples getaways.

There are plenty of things to do throughout the duration of your stay at West Wood Yurts…for a start entry to the Gibside estate is included in the booking price and our yurt camping guests can access National Trust Gibside throughout the duration of their stay, even after the doors close to the public!

West Wood Yurts is now closed until Friday 21st March 2014!   Book now for 2014

National Trust – Gibside

West Wood Yurts is a luxury yurt camping experience situated within a beautiful, secluded woodland glade of Cut Thorn Farm in a quiet corner of National Trust Gibside. Entry to the Gibside estate is included in the booking price and our yurt camping guests can access National Trust Gibside throughout the duration of their stay, even after the doors close to the public!

National Trust Gibside is a stunning 18th Century landscape garden and haven for nature. ‘Red Kite’ birds have recently been released in the area and have successfully established themselves. The estate was previously owned by the Bowes-Lyon family. It is most famous for its chapel.  Other points of interest on the Gibside estate include the shell of the Orangery, the restored Stables which house children’s activities and exhibitions, the Column of Liberty, the Georgian walled garden and the Banqueting House (owned by the Landmark Trust).

There are over 15 miles of footpaths from which you can explore the gardens, riverside and woodlands. Further, the estate houses a woodland playscape, low ropes challenge and new adventure play area to entertain children. A range of events for all the family are put on every weekend all year round. If you fancy a relaxing Friday night you can enjoy a scenic walk through the grounds to attend Sun Down at Gibside, a family beer garden run every Friday 6pm-9pm.

About Cutthorn Farm

Cut Thorn Farm is a tenanted farm located on the Gibside Estate, on the outskirts of Newcastle Upon Tyne in North East England. It has been farmed by the Gibson family since 1948 and is currently managed by myself (Alastair Gibson). At present the farm is 320 acres, of which around 280 acres are grass to feed our livestock, the other 40 acres grow grain for winter feed and bedding. After our countryside stewardship agreement ended in October 2013 we have entered a higher level scheme, enabling our livestock to carry on helping with the conservations efforts of the National Trust and Gibside Estate ..

We breed Beef Shorthorn cattle and usually carry around 40 breeding females, plus their offspring. The market for our cattle is split between pedigree sales for the breeding market and the remainder for meat production. We have taken our first animal all the way to the plate this month and hope to market a lot more of our own beef in the future. Meat will often be available from the farm during your stay, so please ask if you are interested!

The farm also carries a flock of 300 breeding ewes. The offspring again are marketed for meat production with a percentage retained for replacement purposes .Again we hope to market our own lamb during the coming year .

Our vision is to breed top quality animals and produce high quality meat with low food miles, so essentially our customers will be “eating the view”. We farm in a very traditional manner, with high regard for animal welfare. We farm in a profitable and sustainable manner aided by our farm diversification projects, including West Wood Yurts and our camping and caravan club site. These elements of our farm business enhance our links to National Trust Gibside. To extend this further we hope to operate a more open farm to provide education and understanding of farming to visitors of Gibside. We aim to provide an environment where people of all ages can visit, enjoy and understand.

  • Gibside Estate

    Cut Thorn Farm is a tenanted farm located on the Gibside estate, on the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne.

  • Gibson family

    It has been farmed by the Gibson family since 1948 and is currently managed by Alastair Gibson.

  • 320 Acres of Land

    Around 280 acres are grass to feed our livestock, the other 40 acres grow grain for winter feed and bedding.

  • Cattle

    We breed Beef Shorthorn Cattle and have 40 breeding females, plus followers.

  • Sheep

    we keep sheep and have about 300 breeding ewes which are currently marketed for meat production.

  • Food Miles

    Our vision is to breed top quality animals and produce high quality meat with low food miles, so essentially our customers would be ‘eating the view’.

What others say about us

Maria

We stayed for two nights on 31st July we had wanted a weekend stay as the idea of beer garden at Gibside seemed appealing but as we left it a bit late there was no weekend availability left for holidays.

We had a great time our 6 person yurt was huge and overlooked a field of sheep and cows we had our own private deck and seating area and we were not overlooked by other yurt s so there is a sense of your own little piece of countryside to yourself. We had a friendly welcome and all aspects explained as it was warm we did not use log burner but imagine this would lovely for chillier breaks .

Go you will love it!!!
We will be back.

MariaBrilliant Place to let the Kids Run Trip Advisor
Catherine M

These yurts are absolutely magical! They’re set in a really pretty little woodland in Gibside National Trust estate. The site is very peaceful and quiet. The toilets and showers are immaculately clean, and there is a neat little kitchen area for washing up.
The yurts themselves are beautiful. We stayed in a small one, and it was plenty big enough for me and three children. The beds are futons, which are very easy to pull out and really comfortable to sleep on. There’s a little storage area for food, and all pots, pans and crockery are provided.

Would not hesitate to recommend, and will definitely be going back.

Catherine MExcellent Stay in Fantastic Rural YurtsTrip Advisor