Valley Views

The Location

As you pass down our tree lined driveway, taking the left fork, you’ll pass fields of sheep and cattle and wonder how this green space has remained hidden for so long in amidst busy city life.  The trees will open out to show Cut Thorn Farm and you’ll be amazed at the tranquility and lack of traffic noise that infiltrates usual daily life.

The Valley Views area of our glamping site is situated at the westerly edge of this working farm but looks out over the Derwent Valley.  Views to the rear of your accommodation may provide an insight into farming life, whilst the far ranging views to the front will wow you with the beautiful English landscape.

Depending on the dates of your stay, you may witness lambing or calving, bringing home and stacking the harvest, or even working the flocks with collie dogs Vic, Kim & Bill.  Meanwhile across the valley you can see as far as the Cheviots on a clear day, or on a wet day, just sit back and relax on your deck as the rain clouds roll over the hills.  Snow days are spectacular.

Access to Gibside is included in your stay, just take a walk along the lane towards the Yurt Village or follow the signed field footpath into the woods.  The Market Square and Visitor Information Centre are around a 20 minute walk along the woodland trails.  How many squirrels or deer will you see?

We welcome arrivals from 4pm to 9pm on a self service check in basis and ask that guests have vacated the site by 10am on the day of check out.  The site has “quiet time” from 10pm.

Shepherd’s Hut

Shepherds’ huts were primarily used from the 15th century by Shepherds tending their flocks.  They were particularly popular in Northumberland and other large sheep rearing areas.

Traditionally, they were built on an iron chassis with wheels; a window was placed on each side to give the shepherd a 360’ view of his flock.  They offer both practical and sturdy accommodation throughout the wildest of weathers.  The hut needed to be of sound construction to endure the rigors of moving over rough and sometimes inhospitable land.

Here at West Wood we’ve kept our design as traditional as possible, with a few modern elements to offer guests comfort. You’ll find a sumptuous double bed, a cosy indoor seating area in front of the real Log Burner fire, and the added luxury of a small indoor kitchenette area.  Fitted with a 2 ring gas stove, sink, microwave and fridge.  A dining area by the patio doors offers mesmerising views over the Derwent Valley, what better way to enjoy a leisurely meal.  There’s no better view for breakfast in our opinion!  The Hut is very well insulated and makes for a cosy retreat during the winter months, as well as the perfect spot to relax with a glass of wine by the outdoor fire pit during spring or summer.

The Shepherd’s Hut has all cooking accessories that you will need and is usually offered with bedding included. The inventory can be found at the bottom of the FAQs page.  Please be aware that this may change depending on local or national Covid restrictions so please check our website again to see what you may need to bring with you, before you  travel.

Perfectly designed for 2 guests only, the Shepherd’s Hut is nestled within its own private walled garden; this was originally designed and used as a sheep handling enclosure but has now fallen into rather pretty ruins. A separate toilet and shower room is located just to the side of the Shepherd’s Hut, for your personal use only.

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Guest Reviews

Loved it, loved it, loved it! We went mid-week and were upgraded to a large yurt as we were the only ones on the site. The bag of logs provided make the yurt toasty warm. Just remember you firelighters! A picnic table and stove outside make for great al fresco dining,

Cool box is ideal – but you will be drinking your champagne out of pint glasses unless you bring your own flutes!
Clean toilet block. Two toilets and two showers – so may be a bit busy when all the yurts are full.
Great to walk around Gibside – just down a lane at the bottom of the site.

Really good, unusual experience!

Hidden away in the beautiful Gibside estate lies x6 traditional mongolian yurts, complete with log burner, BBQ and fire pit. One of the most peaceful, cleanest, safest and enjoyable weekends away we have had.
We will definitely be going back, ideal for couples, families or parties and the cleanliness and facilities provided were excellent.