Back in August we had the pleasure of stopping at Westwood Yurts. I had been searching for somewhere to stop for a few nights up in the North East and came across this little gem of a place through Facebook.

The Facebook page looked great and I instantly loved the idea of trying something new.

Westwood Yurts, Claire Meldrum Photography

The yurts themselves are located in a secluded area. You drop your belongings off and then park your car in the designated car park just down the farm path. Ours (pictured) was near two other Yurts but still felt very private. It made a lovely change not having to worry about fast cars travelling through an area where your kids were playing.

Gibside Yurts, Claire Meldrum Photography

One of the first things you notice when you enter your Yurt is how bright it is. The skylight with intricate painted design was just lovely. It was also incredibly well appointed, everything had been thought of, meaning that we just turned up with bedding and clothes.

Westwood Yurts Claire Meldrum Photography

We had a lovely relaxing time here. Located on a working farm, a short walk to the nearby Gibside National Trust Estate it was quite idyllic. I didn't miss not having electricity (although the small battery pack for charging phones up was quite handy) and our girls soon got into the spirit of it with colouring, playing on the outdoor climbing area and making new friends.

Holiday fun, Claire Meldrum Photography

Watching the owners herding in the sheep and looking after things was fascinating too. On a lovely day you can imagine it's an enjoyable job but in the peak of winter I bet it's incredibly hard.

Westwood Yurts, Claire Meldrum Photography
Cattle at Gibside Estate, Claire Meldrum Photography

The National Trust Estate is stunning and I say this as someone who has a tendency to develop a slightly glazed look when anyone starts talking about old stuff!! We walked down through the woods and went in free of charge as guests at Westwood Yurts. You could spend a whole day at the impressive park if you had little ones. I didn't take the camera with me but now regret it! The whole estate is great, from walled gardens and tearooms through to the stunningly pretty church at the end of the tree lined avenue.

All in all we had a great time here. Eating home reared bbq burgers, drinking Peroni, colouring with the kids and toasting marshmallows all followed by a killer sunset. Take me back!!!

Sunset over Gibside Claire Meldrum Photography

I just wish we had stayed here instead of travelling to Haven at Haggerstone. Our week there was a disaster!