Scenic, simple glamping pods set beside a welcoming Pennines pub
Head out back at The Moorcock Inn in Teesdale and you’re guaranteed to see Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Pheasant and Snipe. We’re talking, of course, about the neat little glamping pods that have sprung up in the backyard – not the moorland birds they’re named after. We can’t quite guarantee sightings of those, though if you pull on your walking boots and head out into the surrounding fells there’s a pretty good chance that they’ll be springing up too.
There are 12 pods in all at Hill Top Huts, with the likes of Dales Pony, Highland and Beef Shorthorn completing the roll call. More than just a nod to the area’s animals, the names link this new glamping site with its owners, the Souters, who have farmed the area for more than 30 years. And best of all, the meat from their award-wining cattle (the Beef Shorthorn) is available on the mouthwatering menu at The Moorcock Inn. The food miles are low with just three miles separating pasture from pub (and pods) or ‘from gate to plate’, as the Souters like to say.
The pleasing green credentials aren’t the only thing that help you rest easy here. The pods have comfy fixed beds, a solid roof and an electricity supply while there’s a kettle, lights and plug sockets should you require them. It’s camping for glampers, and glamping for campers. Perfect for those who love the great outdoors but find little joy in the pitching of tents, inflating of air beds and the slow boiling of kettles on wobbly camp stoves. If you like the self-catering side of camp life, you can pick up some of that locally-reared meat to barbecue from the on-site shop but, of course, a hearty pub dinner is only ever a few steps away.
It’s easy to keep it local in other ways too. These well-named Hill Top Huts offer panoramic views and great walking with both the Teesdale and Pennine Ways not far from site. The pub and its pods sit within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and, one of the area’s must-see sights, High Force – England’s biggest waterfall – is just seven miles away. And, as it’s located on the road linking the riverside market towns of Middleton-in-Teesdale and Barnard Castle, it’s also a great base from which to discover both.
Middleton In Teesdale, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Hilltop H.Joined in October 2019
52 Ratings · 58 reviews
August 18, 2022
Mid week break
Pod was really clean and lovely to stay in and the site was in a great position close to a lovely play park for the kids and within easy reach of the village of Barnard Castle. We were fortunate to get some brilliant weather for our whole stay so enjoyed eating outside on the picnic benches and playing ball games with the kids on the grassy areas.
Only thing to note is that our pod was advertised as sleeps 4 however there was only one double bed. If we would have known we would have brought a blow up bed too but fortunately our kids are young enough that our son fit in the bed with us and our daughter was happy to sleep in a makeshift bed on the floor using the chair cushions and her sleeping bag.
August 17, 2022
The huts are well equipped and clean. Good toilet facilties and a nice amount of outdoor space available.
August 11, 2022
Absolutely loved the little huts, very cute...everything very clean just would of prefered a little mirror in the huts rather than going to the communal bathroom for it. Liked that there is everything close by ...eg shops ,the waterfalls is very close too....the host is amazing , very hospitable....made us very welcomed ...would highly recommend for nature lovers....
August 8, 2022
It was amazing. Beautiful spot. Lovely staff.
Clean and well maintained facilities
Would love to get back again
August 6, 2022
Nice glamping Pods
Nice Pods . All clean with good amount of storage space . Comfortable enough . Fridge isn't super cold but ok . Pub just a few mins away serves food. Toilet and shower block clean and spacious. Drinking water taps near pods . Overall a nice 3 days . Would recommend.
August 3, 2022
The views are beautiful and the site is very well maintained
From the host
Scenic, simple glamping pods set beside a welcoming Pennines pub in picturesque Teesdale
The village playground, Eggleston Play Park, is just 200-metres away and will keep younger kids happy with its zip wires, swings and slides. For longer walks, you’re spoilt for choice. The Teesdale Way passes close by the site and offers a route down to the river. The site is also only about 4 miles from the Pennine Way – with Middleton-in-Teesdale a handy place to join it. The site is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Beauty and it’s about 7 miles to the Bowlees Visitor Centre (01833 622145) where you can find out about the area or set off on a walk to England’s biggest waterfall, High Force (01833 622336) its little sister, Low Force, or to the Moorhouse Nature Reserve (01833 622374). The historic market town of Barnard Castle, named after the 12th century fortress (01833 638212) at its heart is also about 7 miles from site. As well as the castle, the town is home to the Bowes Museum (01833 690606) and lots of independent shops and eateries. Another popular place to visit is Hamsterley Forest - famous for its walking, mountain biking and Gruffalo trails.