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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.


Due to popular demand we intend to offer a limited number of single night stays in our yurts . These dates will all be weekday nights Monday through until Thursday and will operate with a late morning check out time.

Bookings can be made from a Monday morning on the week of your visit and no further in advance bookings will be accepted. Remember these dates can’t be booked online as our system only accepts grouped dates starting on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday . Basically we are offering single night stays booked on a last minute basis !
Large yurts will be £75/ night and Small yurts will be £65/night.
If your interested please CALL us on 07454 734 369.

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


Despite being a busy farmer Alistair gave us a warm and personal welcome and ensured that we had everything we needed during our stay. Our yurt (number 2) was plenty big enough for our family of six which included two teenage boys and was beautiful inside with cosy furnishings and, a must at this time of year, a wood burner which was super toasty.

Loos and kitchen facilities were spotless and the location is outstanding if you like rolling hills, woods, fields and trees. Lots of lambs when we went too.

Stayed April 2015, travelled with family

MariaReconnected with family and nature in our beautiful and cost yurtTrip 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