What is included in the yurts and what do we need to bring?
Our full yurt inventory can be found below this section of Questions. The yurts are very well equipped to save you having to bring full camping equipment. We suggest you will need to bring…… sleeping bags or duvets and pillows; toiletries and towels; food and drinks, a good torch is recommended.
Are the prices on your booking system per yurt or per person?
All prices shown are per yurt, regardless of how many people are staying.
What facilities are there for Children?
The Yurt Village lies in the heart of the West Wood, which has been designated as the ‘adventure zone’ at National Trust Gibside. It is within easy walking distance of the low ropes challenge, the Strawberry Castle adventure play area, the natural playscape, a scultpure trail and a small indoor play facility at the Stables. By far the most popular children’s activity is den building, either on site or very close by in the large designated National Trust Gibside den making area!
What is there to do on site?
Entrance to Gibside Estate is included in your booking price, showcasing several historic buildings of Georgian architecture and garden design; there are over 15 miles of woodland trails touring the grounds! Several small creative businesses have studios within Gibside and there is a beer garden open until 9pm every Friday and Saturday. Please view our info page to see advertised events.
Is the indoor log burner safe for children?
All of the log burners are situated in the middle of the yurts with plenty of space around them. When in use they can get very hot, therefore we have supplied each yurt with a fire guard to surround the log burners, as a safety precaution for use where children are staying in the yurts. Regardless of this, you should ensure children are supervised while the log burners are in use. We take safety very seriously; therefore each yurt is fitted with a smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector and fire extinguisher.
How do we get logs for the log burner?
A Fire Kit is available to pre-book before your arrival, it generally lasts 1 night depending on useage. It includes a bags of logs, a bucket of kindling and a sheet of firelighters. This can be booked on the booking system at a cost of £7. If you need more supplies during your stay please just let us know on the whiteboard in the wash room. Logs are charged at £5 and kindling at £1. Guests are also welcome to supply their own.
Are the sleeping areas screened off inside the yurt?
The interior of the yurts are arranged as a traditional Mongolian yurt would be, therefore it is one open space so the sleeping areas are not screened off.
Do you have toilets and showers on site?
Toilets and showers are located at the utility block at the centre of the site. We have two real toilets, two hand basins and two steaming hot showers for use exclusively by our yurt camping guests. Toilet rolls and hand soap are provided in the toilets. You will need to bring your own toiletries and towels, as these are not provided on site. There is no additional charge for the toilet and shower facilities.
Do you allow dogs to stay?
Whilst we’re animal lovers here, no, unfortunately we do not allow dogs to stay at West Wood Yurts (even well behaved ones!) as we are located on a working farm with sheep and cattle.
Do the yurts have fridges?
No, the yurts do not have fridges. However, each yurt has a cool box for guests to store food/drinks in throughout their stay. Fresh ice packs are provided on a daily basis for use in the cool boxes. Please return your spent ice packs to the Belfast sink in the pot wash room in order that we can re-freeze them for you.
How far is the nearest shop if we need to buy food or drinks during our stay?
Our local store is only a 5 minute drive away, simply turn left at the end of our lane onto Fellside Road. After approximately 1.5 miles along the same road, there is a large CO-OP on your right hand side, along with a local newsagent and post office. A further 5 minutes down Fellside road will take you onto Whickham Front Street, with a large selection of restaurants, take aways and bars.
How far are you from Newcastle or the Metrocentre?
Here at West Wood at Gibside we are extraordinarily lucky to feel as though you are staying in the middle of nowhere whilst only being a 10 minute (4.5 mile) drive to the Metrocentre or 20 minutes (9 mile) to Newcastle city centre.
How secure are the yurts?
Each yurt has a three layer cover, which is very strong, to withstand unfavourable weather conditions. Each yurt has a lockable door; however we would advise that you leave any valuable items at home. The doors are locked via a number combination code, we would advise you to make a note of this at the start of your stay. Every yurt has a different combination code.
Do you have electricity on site?
We have a small solar panel located on the wooden deck of each yurt which will provide enough electricity to charge mobile phones. There are no plug sockets anywhere on site, the mobile phone charger points are USB ports. Please note, charging anything or running equipment other than phones will drain your battery.
Do you have any 1 night stays?
Our booking durations are 2 or 3 nights usually. If we do have any options for a one night stay they will be added to the booking system. Please click the yellow box link to view all availability.
Do National Trust members receive any further discounts?
No, West Wood Yurts is a private independent business established to support the diversification of income for a small livestock farm business. It is open to everyone and is charged for by the tenant farmer not by the National Trust.
How long will it take us to walk to Gibside from the Yurt Village?
The Yurt Village is located at Cut Thorn Farm on Gibside estate; you are already there, just in a private area. The main visitor entrance is located a picturesque 15 minute walk away.
Where can I park my car during my stay?
You are able to drive your car into the Yurt Village site whilst you unload or reload at the beginning and end of your stay. Once completed we will ask you to kindly park your car in the designated car parking area, a short distance from the Yurt Village, 100 yards. You will have full access to your car during your stay, although we do request that you don’t drive back onto the site until you are packing up to travel home. This ensures that the Yurt Village is quiet for all guests, the grassed areas aren’t turned over and that most importantly, children are safe to play. We have limited car parking spaces and request that you bring no more than 1 car if you’re staying in a small yurt or 2 cars if you have booked a large.
What is the layout of the Yurt Village?
The yurts are located in consecutive numbered order, with yurt 1 being nearest the woodland track and yurt 6 nearest the car park. Yurts 2 and 4 are the large yurts, yurts 1/3/5/6 are the small. Yurt 3 is located nearest to the washroom facilities at the centre of the site.
Do you accept group bookings?
Yes we do. The Yurt Village is primarily aimed at families, whether this be for 1 yurt or all 6. We do ask larger groups to please respect other guests on site by keeping noise levels respectful and sharing the communal facilities. Yurts cannot be booked as a group on our booking system, so please check availability for your party size online and then book each yurt individually.
Do you accept stag or hen parties?
Yes we do. We request that parties must book the full yurt site, 1/2/3/4/5/6 which will sleep a maximum of 28 guests. Alternatively half the site must be booked, either yurts 1/2/3 together or yurts 4/5/6 together, both sleeping a maximum of 14 guests. This means that a stag or hen do can take one half of the site, with families being located more peacefully on the other side. Please note that we do not accept stag or hen parties in any yurt formation outside of this. Noise can always cause an issue, so bare this in mind. If we feel the level is unacceptable you will be warned once. If the noise levels continue we reserve the right to ask you to leave the site. We provide a unique setting and hope our visitors can respect it.
How and when do we pay?
A 25% deposit is required to confirm your booking. This deposit is payable via PayPal and is non-refundable. An email will be sent 6-8 weeks prior to your stay with payment instructions for the remainder of your balance. This is payable via bank transfer or Paypal. Please note that we do not take card payments, either in person or over the phone. All final balances must be paid 21 days prior to your stay. Please read our full Terms and Conditions.
Can I hire a barbeque?
Yes, we can sell you a disposable BBQ or you may bring your own. Please note, disposable BBQ’s must be placed on the flag stones provided, not on the wooden decking or the grassed areas.
How do we check in?
As we’re based outdoors, we don’t have an official reception desk, you will self check in. You will be text your arrival info a couple of days prior to your stay with details of how to access your Yurt. Someone will be on site until 4pm if you need assistance with luggage, or you can contact us on 07454 734 369 with any queries. Check in is between 3pm to 9pm only, unless you have pre-booked early check in.
How do we check out?
Please vacate your yurt by 10am on the morning of your departure. It’s important that guests adhere to this time as we often need to prepare the site for the next arrivals. Please place all of your rubbish in the bins provided at the centre of the site, fold up your futons and wash/put away any dishes. The majority of our guests leave their yurt as they found it. Please close and lock the door behind you as you leave.
Are we able to walk around the farmyard?
As the farm is a busy, working farm unit it is not possible to offer visitor access. Several fields have marked walking routes through them which will be sign posted,