The Bells of Hemscott is a unique opportunity for Glamping in Northumberland and to get away from modern life and wind down in traditional canvas Bell Tents on our working farm. We are a pop-up site and only open in the Summer Holidays.
Our Canvas Village is located in a pretty meadow field near the wildlife ponds on the farm. The Village is approximately 10 minutes walk from the farm yard down a farm track (you are welcome to drive down the lane and park outside the camping meadow).
There are 15 Bell Tents and a Shepherd’s Hut for hire in the Canvas Village with basic facilities including composting loos and hot showers as well as washing up areas. Please remember when booking that we aren’t offering posh amenities but simple, clean off-grid living. There are no electric hook ups and we unashamedly steer clear of that ‘fancy stuff’ we want to stay as ‘wild’ as possible.
We do have a touch of luxury though in our Wood Fired Hot Tub that is available for booking by the day on an individual basis. We are on a lovely quiet and sandy beach at Druridge Bay that you can easily wander over to and enjoy a barbeque or a dip in the clean water. Go down to the beach early in the morning to watch the sun-rise and see it fall over the tents in the evening. As there is no lighting other than solar we have fantastic skies for stargazing. The beach is a 15 minute walk from the Bell Tents.
GLAMPING IN THE CANVAS VILLAGE
There are 15 five metre Bell Tents in the Canvas Village and are available as two options. ‘The Bells’ include a double airbed and up to 3 singles, each with a fitted sheet and pillow/pillowcase for you to bring your duvet or sleeping bag. They have crate tables and jam jar tealight lanterns and a kitchen box with plates, mugs, bowls, cutlery, utensils and a pan set. Outside there is a rocket stove to cook on and the use of communal fire pits for larger fires. You will need to bring your camping chairs.
The upgraded ‘Bells & Whistles’ tents include the same as The Bells but also include a half moon carpet, throw, a futon sofa, cushions, bunting, a gas stove for cooking (includes 1 cartridge) and instead of a rocket stove there is a fire bowl with tripod, grill, cook pot and kettle. These tents have a picnic table outside and decking in front of the tent.
There are 5 Bells & Whistles tents and 10 Bells.
The Shepherd’s Hut has a double sofa-bed, and the same bedding and kit outside as the Bells & Whistles. The Shepherd’s Hut is suitable for adults only and sleeps 2.
For hardier souls with their own gear we offer Wild(ish) Camping right in the sand dunes, a mere minute from the beach. Please note that the only facilities for Campers are compost loos and washing up areas. There are no showers so you will need to bring your solar shower if you need one, or jump into the sea!
We now offer alpaca walks around the farm, you can choose from 1 or 2 hour walks, or go for a Prosecco Picnic, and lead one of our docile alpacas with you.
If camping out isn’t your thing, or you have a large group and prefer a mix of accommodation, we also have a beautiful two bedroom holiday cottage on the farm. Poppy Cottage was fully refurbished in 2013 and has country style decor with rustic features such as exposed wooden beams, sandstone flooring, wood burning stove and hand quilted bed runners.
THINGS TO DO
We are based in Northumberland, on the coast just north of Cresswell and near the market towns of Alnwick, Amble and Morpeth. From the camp you can walk to Widdrington Village where there is the friendly Widdrington Inn, serving good local food and a farm shop/cafe called The Country Barn. Walk a mile along the beach for an Ice Cream at Cresswell Ices passing the Drift Cafe on the way. Or walk across the fields and come out near the village of Ellington, with the Plough Inn, also serving good food. From Widdrington you can catch a bus right up the Northumbrian Coast as far as Berwick upon Tweed, or south down to Newcastle upon Tyne, taking in our local market towns.
- Market towns within easy reach of Hemscott Hill, the nearest being Amble, Morpeth and Alnwick
- Northumberland has some of the best diving in the UK, particularly the Farne Islands, where you can interact with the seal colonies, and also at St Abbs Marine Park
- Castles and Country Houses include Warkworth, Bamburgh, Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Lindisfarne,
- Belsay, Wallington and Chillingham
- Museums: Woodhorn Colliery Museum, Grace Darling Museum
- Golf, Cycling, Walking, Birdwatching, Watersports and Diving
- Farm Shops: Country Barn, Blagdon, Moorhouse. Dairies: Spurreli, Morwick, Doddington
- Northumberland Cheese Company
- Spas; Linden Hall; Secret Spa, Shilbottle
EXCLUSIVE DATES FOR HEN PARTIES & GROUPS
Hen Groups are more than welcome to stay at The Bells of Hemscott, however we need to know that it is a Hen Group as we have certain weekends set aside for groups only so our guests with young children are not disturbed by pirates and tigers (we’ve seen it all!). Please contact us for details of Hen Parties.
Bell Tents from £70 per night
Shepherd’s Hut from £90 per night
Wildish Camping £10 per night includes 2 adults and one car
Sorry we cannot accept dogs
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