Huts with woodland views and a provided bed 'n' breakfast from artisan cheesemakers
Teesdale Cheesemakers’ glamping presents cosy, off-grid shepherd’s huts, marrying the privacy and tranquility of rural glamping with the top-notch food of its titular cheesemakers and site hosts, Allison and Jonathan. The artisan cheesemaking couple lead a sustainable lifestyle by way of their smallholding, with them opening the gates to their 20 acres of land to couples who want to experience this peaceful slice of countryside life.
The two shepherd’s huts are tucked away over a secluded hill, presenting eco-friendly accommodation that doesn’t compromise on comfort. Simple, clean, and modern, wake up to fantastic views over the woodland and go to sleep in natural and organic bed linen. Both huts boast higher ceilings than traditional shepherd’s huts, giving you more vertical space than your average hut — taller folks will be pleased with the extra headroom! Amenities are basic but provide everything you need a small equipped kitchen, a hot shower through to a flushing toilet and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
While no cooking is allowed inside the huts, guests can hire a firepit from the site or bring a disposable barbecue to cook while admiring their natural surroundings or, in what should be their first port of call, visit Cafe Cheesedale for a delicious treat from their menu. Although it’s a necessity for you to try the cheese here given Allison and Jonathan’s area of expertise, the menu offers plenty more taken directly from the site and nearby suppliers, from the rare-breed pork in its burgers to the locally roasted coffee. And, of course, you mustn’t forget to tuck into a cheese platter, consisting of the Teesdale Cheesemakers’ own creations along with local chutney, butter, and award-winning Peter’s Yard crispbreads.
Given that this is a couples-only site (though you can bring your dog, too, for an extra charge), the site is located within picturesque surroundings ideally suited to a romantic retreat. Venture into its two acres of woodland for a scenic stroll, take a picnic down to the river Gaunless that runs through the site, or simply chill out on your veranda and look out onto uninterrupted greenery. If that's too much relaxation for you, the bustling Bishop Auckland is only a drive away, as is the market town of Barnard Castle, and the iconic Kynren outdoor show that revisits British history in spectacular fashion.
Butterknowle, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Allison R.Joined in June 2021
From the host
Cheesedale is home to award winning artisan cheesemaking couple, Allison and Jonathan, also known as Teesdale Cheesemakers, and their little shop and cheese-centric café: Café Cheesedale.
Set in 20 acres, Cheesedale is a smallholding with a range of farm animals that support the couple’s sustainable lifestyle.
The Ellipse huts are tucked away over the hill offering: seclusion, peace and tranquility, stuning views and access for the agile to our two acre wood and stream (the Gaunless). They are off grid but still provide hot showers, a small fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.
Sit on the veranda and enjoy stunning views, stroll through the woods, take a picnic to enjoy by the river, or pop into our café for lunch or a late afternoon meat and cheese platter (described as 'Epic'), with a glass of wine.
Barnard Castle is just over a 10-minute drive away, a small market town named after the castle around which it was built. Guests can visit the remains, which are Grade I listed, and the chapel, which is Grade II listed. The town is also home to the Bowes Museum (01833 690606) is a 15-minute drive away, a stunning art collection boasting paintings by El Greco, Francisco Goya, and François Boucher among others.
The spectacular Kyren (01388 311813) at Eleven Arches Flatts Farm is a 20-minute drive away, a live outdoor show that explores two thousand years of history and legend, with actors portraying everything from the world wars, to the Vikings, to the fate of Charles I. Additionally, in November, the site will be host to the UK’s largest seated Pyromusical. For a day of walking or cycling, head to Hamsterley Forest, roughly a 25-minute drive with acres of woodland to explore and walking, cycling, and horse riding trails.
Food and drink
As its name suggests, Teesdale Cheesemakers specialises in artisan cheese, with the site’s little shop and cafe specialising in produce from the range of farm animals that support the site owners’ sustainable lifestyle. Guests can enjoy their aforementioned breakfast at Cafe Cheesedale, which has a covered external seating area along with indoor seating, as well as double pork cheeseburgers, cheese toasties, and an epic cheese platter among other things. Visitors can also have a cup of locally roasted coffee, or enjoy a tipple with a wide range of locally brewed ales, Peroni lager, cider, and wine by the glass or bottle available.
Off-site, The Rose and Crown (01833 650213) at Romaldkirk provides delicious, locally sourced food that combines both classical and contemporary cooking techniques for its varied menu. The Teesdale Hotel (01833 640264) also comes recommended, with meat provided by local butcher McFarlane’s, trout from local anglers, and all fruit and veg is seasonal and locally sourced.