Yurt holidays with the National Trust
Holiday a little differently this year and hire a National Trust yurt in either the Lake District or Gibside, Tyne and Wear. Need a little more persuasion? We sent Assistant National Trust Magazine Editor, Debbie Schrieber, for a night under canvas, in one of the luxury yurts on the Gibside Estate in the North East. Find out how she got on, and whether she was warm enough inside, when the snow was falling outside.
How many people can say they've slept in a yurt, in Gateshead, in December? Not many. Sounds slightly mad? Perhaps. But it turned out to be one of the most relaxing experiences I’ve had in a long time. As an uninitiated camper – my memories of pitching a tent date back to childhood sleepovers in the garden – I was slightly scared about sleeping outdoors, in the snow, but I needn’t have worried.
My husband and I arrived at the Gibside Estate, where we met tenant farmer Alistair Gibson and founder of West Wood Yurts. We loaded our luggage (not that you need much, the yurts are kitted out with all the essentials) into a 4x4 and Alistair drove us the short scenic distance into the woods and towards our secluded hideaway.
The six Mongolian yurts are situated on the edge of a triple SSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), which is great for wildlife enthusiasts, as deer, bats and red kite abound – there’s even a small population of red squirrels if you look hard enough. In the distance the lights of Newcastle and Gateshead create a warm and comforting glow but the only sounds you’ll hear are of the wind rushing through the trees and deer running through the woods.
Home from home
Inside, the yurt is warm, spacious and surprisingly cosy. It’s decked out with futons, lanterns, a gas hob and grill, clothing storage and a cool-box, while a wood-burning stove provides a generous amount of heat and the opportunity to toast marshmallows. This is for those who like to camp in style. Solar panels mean you can charge your phone and a see-through panel at the very top of the yurt allows you to gaze at the stars from the comfort of your bed. Glamping is not cheating, it’s just camping without the discomfort. The yurt was so well insulated that the heat from the wood-burning stove didn’t melt the snow on the roof, making it our very own winter wonderland.
With plans to introduce a pizza oven and hot tub, we’ll definitely be back in the summer!
Contact West Wood Yurts and snuggle up in the cosy yurts on the Gibside estate while you enjoy a wood-burning stove and other treats that you wouldn't normally expect on a camping trip.
The Lake District Yurt
The yurt provides the perfect combination of back-to-nature living, without compromising on all the usual luxuries you would wish for on holiday.
With comfortable futon-style beds, warm duvets, cosy wood-burning stoves, solar lighting and twinkling fairy lights this really is luxury camping, or glamping as we like to call it.
For families, friends, romantics, those in search of adventure or anybody looking for a holiday with a difference.
Book your holiday with Long Valley or stay in a yurt or gypsy caravan with Wild in Style.