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Westwood Yurts

West Wood Yurts is a luxury camping experience situated in a beautiful, secluded woodland glade in a quiet 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, which are a native breed, originally found in the Teeswater & Durham regions.

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.  The newest unit, our Shepherd’s Hut, offers a romantic private getaway for two, with space for 1 child.

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 National Trust Gibside estate is included in the booking price and our glamping guests can access National Trust Gibside throughout the duration of their stay, even after the doors close to the public!

We’re now taking bookings for 2017.


NEWS FOR 2017……..

We have so many exciting new things planned for 2017, we’ll update them here as they happen.

To begin with…… after numerous requests over the last few years, we’re delighted to offer any day check in.  Now, guests aren’t restricted to certain days that they can start their break, but can begin their holiday on a day that suits them.  We hope to make your stay with us as stress free and easy as possible!

Next…… to help you settle into your yurt or hut before the BBQ needs to be lit, we’ve changed our check in times from 4pm to 3pm.  More time for fun with the family.

Regular visitors may notice we have a new kid’s Play area and slide in the Yurt Village – wheeeeeee before breakfast!

We’re very proud of our Beef Cattle here at Cut Thorn Farm and have recently started selling our home produced beef via High Strothers Butchers – found at the Marketplace right here at Gibside.  Due to the very welcome huge demand and overwhelming positive taste tests we’ve decided to make this a more regular occurance and will have beef available all year round, via both the Butcher Shop at Gibside and also direct to our residents.  Roll on some very tasty BBQ’s and options to take our produce home.  It doesn’t get more “Farm to Fork” than that!

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 Cut Thorn 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 338 acres of grass land.

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 50 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 take our animals all the way to the plate, in partnership with Janet McKie, our resident butcher.  Janet is based in the Market Square at Gibside. 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 can see where the beef and lamb are born & raised, from “field to plate”. 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.

  • 338 Acres of Land

    Managed and maintained to provide top quality grass to feed our livestock.

  • Cattle

    We breed Beef Shorthorn Cattle and have 50 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, we practice “from field to plate”.

What others say about us


We have just got back from four nights at the Yurts. It was amazing!!! I think it’s important to stress here that we are not campers. Far from it. I don’t know one end of a tent peg from another, and my partner knows even less.

We hired one of the large yurts as in our party were myself and my girlfriend, and our collective brood of four children aged six to eight. The yurt was plenty big enough for us. It is really well stocked with just about everything you could need although I’m sure, like us, you’ll still pack nearly everything you own into your car……..just in case!

From the moment we arrived the kids were off, straight into the forest, and a den was built. I saw my son once or twice during the next five days, always covered from head to toe in muck and always hungry. For five days the kids had no TV and no IPads and I can honestly say that they didn’t miss them. They just went back to being children and played outside. This allowed my partner and I to just chat and relax.

Take some beer, wine, gin or whatever your tipple is and have a couple every evening outside as the sun begins to set, and don’t feel guilty about it. The location is perfect. You have a field of sheep to one side and a field of cows to the other. At the bottom of the strip is a forest and from there you are right into the National Trust Estate. You could probably spend a week exploring here. But a must, especially if you have children, is the low ropes challenge. I can’t tell you how to find it, just head off into the woods and look for signs. Also, once the estate has closed to the public in the evening, go back in and take your kids to Strawberry Castle play area. They will have the run of the place for as long as you like. They’ll thank you for it.

I really can’t recommend this holiday enough. And I can’t really explain why it’s so good! It just is. You’ll have to go yourself to understand. There is one thing I’d like to improve…… My mobile phone signal was excellent whilst there. Is there anyway it could be blocked so that no one could contact me?!!!!!

MushentiAbsolutley WonderfulTrip Advisor

Our fourth visit to West Wood Yurts, but our first time in the Shepherds Hut and we absolutely loved it. The views from the decking are stunning, the weather was on our side, and the Shepherds Hut was lovely and cozy with everything you need included. On arrival we were shown inside and the various amenities explained. The Hut was absolutely spotless, as were the shower/toilets located a short walk away. A 5 minute stroll takes you right onto the Gibside National Trust Estate whilst a 25 minute walk will take you to the far end of the estate where the Beer Garden is situated and is a must do visit on a Friday and Saturday evening. This is the same area for the Market Place and Chapel. The stroll back (uphill) took us 35 minutes. Seeing the the estate after dark is another experience again.

Once settled inside for the evening, the Hut is lovely and warm with the help of an electric Log burning stove. The simplicity of use was great, but we are still undecided if we prefer the electric stove (for ease and convenience) or a real log burning stove for the sheer joy of using one. The plot has its own parking space and walled garden. A picnic table and fire pit were also provided. These were well used by using during the early evening before the sunset. Even though our visit was mid-March, we never felt cold. The bedding certainly kept us warm through the night, one of the nicest quilts I’ve ever had on a bed! Would highly recommend this for a couples escape, fresh air, beautiful walks, lovely farmland setting and device free (although a radio is provided, as is electricity). Can’t wait to return, sooner rather than later.

AngelaCourtney_12Shepherds Hut 5/5Trip Advisor