Me and my family love nothing better than an adventure, the kind where you can pull on your wellies and will away the hours exploring. Somewhere where we can truly be “outdoors” and sit around a fire with no electricity, no technology, no tv, just a bed to sleep in, a fire and the surrounding wilderness is the ultimate goal.
There is one place that springs to mind when I think of these things and that is Wild Northumbrian, located in Northumberland. We were lucky enough to stumble upon this absolute gem of a place a couple of years ago and have had the pleasure in stopping with them a few times now.
I will give you a brief run down of the place and our experience there – but I think the photos do all the talking you need. It is just an amazing place. As I have said before in other photography posts – Northumberland and the surrounding areas has been named as a Dark Sky spot and is perfect for stargazing. There is nothing more amazing than sitting around your fire to a clear sky full to the brim of stars.
The site on which it is located is owned by the family ran business; Unison Colour who handcraft pastels. On a weekday you can see them in production through the windows of the workshop – fascinating!
The land currently has 6 yurts, a shepherd’s hut and a bothy. However, from closely following their social media pages – I have recently seen they are introducing some exciting new facilities to some of the favourite accommodation choices on site this year! Each yurt is set away in your own space – some further away from the facilities than others but each equipped with the basic set up. A bed, pull out futons, a stove for cooking and heating, an outside firepit, bedding, cooking utensils and pans etc and a small starter amount of logs and kindling.But don’t worry you can buy more if you run out, there is a logs store near the toilet block where you can buy as many as you need, a trust tin is left with them so you can pop your money in. The yurts are lit on an evening by candlelight only, which make them very cosy and atmospheric. But bring a torch with you if your not too keen on lighting from days gone by.
A full list of provided items in each accommodation can be found here.
On site is a small shower block and toilets, as well as a communal kitchen with all the essentials if you want to use it. The facilities are cleaned daily and are kept to a good standard. There is plenty to do in the surrounding areas
Did I mention that the site is dog friendly too?? Always a bonus for us Doggie lovers who wouldn’t want to leave the mutt behind at home to miss out on all the exploring! Although I must add here – the first time we stopped Marley cried all night until we gave him one of our sleeping bags to curl up in as he was so cold!! It was November!
When you arrive you don’t have to check in, you don’t have to do much in respect of rules to be honest, other than obviously respecting the land. There is small car park to leave your car then you have to carry your bags to your tipi, my advice would be to maybe have a cart of some kind to pull your bags ect as depending which yurt your staying in – it can be an uneven walk. The Esk Yurt that we have always stayed in is through a gate opposite the car park and across the field. I have had the pleasure of exploring each site and the different yurts to take photos at our last stay and I can honestly say that they are all in amazing areas, each with their own quirky settings and image within the yurts.
Like I said its like truly living on the land, remember you don’t have a fridge so be careful what your bringing food wise. There is a fridge in the communal kitchen area if you wanted to bring perishable food and store it in there until use. However for me the excitement of cooking with produce that didn’t need refrigeration was a thumbs up. Each time we have been I have brought my own fire pit cooking bowl from Kadai to cook outside with as each yurt comes with a fire pit. I must admit I have made a mean chilli when we have been here in the past – which I will get round to sharing the recipe with you all one day soon.
We are hoping to get back soon for another wonderful stay – especially now they are building a yurt treehouse! Yes you read that right a yurt high up in the trees?!! How amazing does that sound? Once dates are released to book we will definitely be looking to see when we can get to stay and then sharing the experience here.
If you are wanting a no frills break away but with plenty of excitement I suggest you get booking up asap. It wont disappoint!