Our camps are spread out across our site, each one secluded from the others with nothing to see but the meadows, woods, views and at night the starry skies.
The site is truly wild, with ancient woodland to one side with a beck running through it, and fields which we are rewilding full of wildflowers, bees and butterflies. The wildlife runs riot, with deer, owls, badgers, bats and all manner of wild birds regular visitors. To preserve our wilderness and peace no cars are allowed on site; our visitors walk down the fields to their camps, leaving the real world with their cars at the gate (if you have mobility problems please contact us directly).
Our camps are completely off-grid making it perfect for those looking for a digital detox and to get away from the stresses and strains of modern life. We try hard to be gentle on this beautiful place we call home, and the site is designed to be low impact on the environment with it’s own spring water, composting toilets and willow banks. All lighting is solar or via rechargeable batteries and eco-friendly washing products are provided.
All the camps have a luxurious feeling despite feeling completely cut off from the outside world, with proper beds with comfy mattresses and their own hot showers; luxury bedding and fluffy towels are provided. Each camp has been handbuilt entirely by us from scratch from things that are recycled, found, car booted, made, upcycled, saved or rescued. Some things are on their third or even fourth life on the farm. Look out for the details, expect the unexpected, this is not glamping by numbers.
Nothing says glamping to us like a real fire at the end of the day, toasting marshmallows, sharing stories and putting the day to rest. Each camp has a firepit for you to do just this and logs to get you started are provided.
Three of our camps (Northern Skies, The Wild Woods and Writers’ Retreat) have spacious safari tents with a double or king sized bed and bunk beds, which are perfect for families. These camps have a log burner inside (a bag of logs per night are provided) and a separate bathroom and composting toilet. Each one is different, so have a look and see which one suits you – Northern Skies has a wide open view of the fields and Writers’ feels tucked away and private, The Wild Woods is snuggled close to the oldest oak tree on the farm.
Our newest camp, The Outpost, is a 5m bell tent, designed with couples in mind. With a spectacular view of Whitby Abbey and the sea beyond from your cosy double bed, a Moroccan themed inside full of rugs, cushions and drapes, this one is for leaving the kids at home and having some time just for you.
There is very little mobile reception in many places on the farm and we wholeheartedly recommend you take this as an opportunity to leave your phone with the rest of the modern world behind for your stay and remember what it is to live a little bit wild.
Struggling for something to do without your phone? Why not:
make a daisy chain, build a dam, climb a tree, paddle in the beck, paddle in the sea (have a paddle!), play a boardgame, cheat at cards, watch for the owls, play hide and seek, watch for bats, laze in a hammock, read a book, build a fire, tell a story, write a story, write a poem, toast a marshmallow, roast chestnuts, watch a sunset, watch a sunrise, build a sandcastle, ride a steam train, ride a horse, ride a bike, do a jigsaw, talk to each other, forget the time, go to bed early, go to bed late, sleep in, have a hearty breakfast, have a BBQ, sit on the deck with a glass of wine, just stop for a while, watch the skies, look for shapes in the clouds, count the stars, spot a bird, sit in a deck chair, ride the cliff lift, visit a ruin, drink in the view, pick a bramble (or is it a blackberry?), make a den, go for a walk, stroke a dog, have an ice cream, say hello to our chickens, drink a local beer, try the local gin, walk to the pub, sit in the sunshine, swim in the sea, see a waterfall, admire a bee, climb the 199 steps, hunt a vampire, hear a ghost story, have an adventure, discover Robin Hood, spot the deer, find a fossil, watch the world go by, enjoy fish and chips (you can do this more than once!), breathe the air, smell the flowers, drink our spring water, lie in the grass, snooze by a log fire, forget your worries, rock on a rocking chair, climb a hill, ditch the car, snuggle in, walk on the pier, swing on a rope swing, spot a wild animal, dance in the rain (this is Yorkshire!), take a picture, draw a picture, turn a cartwheel (come on you know you can!), sing a song, forget yourself, try something new, smell the salty sea air, feel the magic, do all of these things and take a little bit of it home with you…