I found the Cheviot glamping pods on instagram a week before they opened for booking, and right after our trip to Shepherds Retreat glamping pods. I think I had the glamping bug, and it’s an really good option for a break when you have a dog. The two Cheviot Glamping pods looked great, and a bit different to shepherd huts we’ve previously stayed in so I booked for an October autumn weekend away.
Being so new there wasn’t loads of information, reviews or even photos available, but what I did see they looked pretty cute. What really attracted me to them aside from the interior was that they’re on site of a brewery tap room, that also served wood fired pizzas, and bar snacks.
My previous Glamping trips have all been in shepherds huts, and very much centred around being outdoors. We barely spent any time inside at both of them, which was brilliant in the summer.
Not that you can guarantee the weather in summer in the UK, but I was a bit more reserved about how we would cook and eat in the much colder autumn weather of October. Knowing there was a bar and food available on site made all the difference.
We drove up on the Friday night after work, and being so far north and in the middle of nowhere it was so dark. It’s past Wooler, Ford & Etal, and is 20 minutes inland from Berwick. With it being Halloween weekend the locals had done a scary trail, so we passed a Frankenstein, a skeleton in the trees, a grim reaper and a monster on the last part of the journey.
In the pitch black it was actually pretty scary! There are signs once you come off the main road for the brewery so we did know we were heading in the right direction, and then suddenly we were there in the car park. It was still very dark, but we made our way through the out buildings and found ourselves at the tap room.
It was full of people, all wrapped up round the outside tables under the heaters drinking beer, there was a fire going inside with more people mainly farmers enjoying a pint. I went up to the bar where the nicest man gave us our key to the pod and showed us where to go.
Cheviot Glamping Pods
The pods are on the land just down from the bar, two of them right next to woodland and six bell tents that are also available to book.
The pod was gorgeous, with an outside terrace space with table and chairs and a fire pit, and double doors that take you inside. They’re really modern inside, with a mini sofa, another table and stools, a kitchen area, double bunk beds so they can sleep four, and a bathroom with a big shower.
It was definitely different to other Glamping pods I’ve stayed in, it felt more modern luxury rather than rustic, both of which have their benefits but it was a nice change.
We had stopped off at Fortune Cookies Chinese in Morpeth on the way up, as we hadn’t been sure what time we would actually get there with the traffic after work. The bar serve pizzas until 8pm, so I’d booked that for the Saturday night. After unpacking the car into the pod we enjoyed our Chinese at the little kitchen table inside.
Once we ate we went up to the bar, which was in full swing with people enjoying the local beer. Everyone was so friendly, and very merry so it was a good atmosphere. Being Halloween it was decked out in decorations too. Arthur made friends with all the dogs. We had a couple of drinks, and were given our pre booked breakfast hamper for the morning, before heading back to our pod for gogglebox.
There was no wifi in the pods, but there is signal so we just used hotspot, but they are fully heated so it was really cosy. It was very nice to relax after a very busy few months, which was the point of this trip.
I think glamping is often thought of as being a very active trip, and it is but the way these pods are done meant it was actually more like a very mini apartment. It was great to have the separate areas for sleeping and the kitchen/living area, as often the only place to sit is outside or on the bed.
When we woke up the next day it was pouring, which again was kind of what we wanted – an excuse to go nowhere. We made breakfast from the fabulous hamper, and relaxed on the sofa with Arthur for most of the morning. The hamper had orange juice, bacon, sausages, bread and butter, eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms, which was classed as a full breakfast for two people.
We actually made it last both mornings as we had sausage sandwiches one morning, and bacon and egg the other. Very much recommend getting it and you can add it to your booking online.
Now is probably a good time to tell you about the facilities in the pods. There is everything like heaters, running hot water, fully working bathroom with a big double shower, and a lot of electric sockets and mirrors (another big plus that isn’t always there in glamping pods). It was really hard to take photos of the double bunks and the bathroom but there is a full tour on my Cheviot Glamping highlight on Instagram.
The kitchen is fully furnished with a mini fridge, kettle, hob and toaster, sink, washing up liquid etc. So you could take all your own food to make if you wanted. They don’t provide charcoal for barbecues but you could take your own if you did want to cook outside in the fire pit. I’d definitely do that in the summer. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate was provided too.
I took a lot less for this trip than I have on other Glamping trips, mainly just lots of snacks and condiments as you never know what they’ll have (they had everything except vinegar!). What I would suggest though is taking your own bin liners as the bins are small. We just hung it up on the outside of the pod.
Where can you visit from Cheviot Glamping pods?
On the Saturday afternoon it faired up so we went along to Berwick for a wander around, and to find a pub to watch the football in. I shared my honest opinion of Berwick on Instagram in the post below…
The location of the pods means they’re in a really good place to explore north Northumberland, and the Scottish Borders. Coldstream, Kelso, Eyemouth, Jedburgh would all be very doable in a day – have a read of some of my Scottish Borders blogs here.
Cheviot Tap Room & Pizza
I loved our Saturday evening at the pods. We had booked into the tap room and for pizza, so we made our way up early at 5ish for a drink and some bar snacks first. We got a bottle of red and some cheese and olives, while Arthur played with the on site puppy Jagger! The staff are so friendly we were chatting away to them for a while before it began to get busier with more people.
It began to fill up, the pizza oven was lit and we got our order in. They have a big choice to choose from, and they come served up in pizza boxes. So good! I was a big fan of having all this on site and our pod was only a few feet away.
As it got a bit later and full from our pizza, we decided to buy one of the s’mores kits and fire pit log bundles from the bar, and head back to the pod for a camp fire and toasted marshmallows. Even in the freezing cold it was absolutely fine to sit outside by the fire.
The entrance of the pods outside is sheltered, and they’re both facing the woods enough of a distance apart to be private. Even with the bar being so close you can barely hear any noise.
Check out is at 10am, but they told us there was nobody going in the next day so we didn’t need to rush off. I was sad to leave it was a very relaxing break. The local area is absolutely stunning in daylight too, lots of country walks you could enjoy, and the camp site also has alpacas.
It was pouring again so on our way back home we stopped off at both Alnwick for a browse around Barter Books, and Alnmouth as we were recommended the Whittling House for Sunday lunch. It was amazing have a read of my places to eat in Northumberland post for more details.
Cheviot Glamping Key Information
The price of the pod for the weekend was £220, dogs are charged at a flat fee of £20 per dog, and the breakfast hamper was £8. We paid an initial deposit of £100 at the time of booking, then the remaining balance a few weeks before we went. I’m not sure if they provide anything for dogs, we took everything we needed for Arthur with us.
They recommended we booked in advance for the tap room on the Saturday night because it’s so popular with the locals, which was a good idea. They did say hours may alter through winter as it gets quieter too.
There is plenty on site parking, and the pods are fully equipped with towels, toilet roll, washing up and cooking amenities. The only thing I wish we had taken was kitchen roll. The fridge was small so be aware of that if you’re taking things to go in them, a cool box left outside would also work in autumn winter months too.
Overall I loved it, it was a different kind of glamping, and a really good option for outside of the summer. The pods were so cosy and comfortable, heating worked a treat and the bar on site was a real plus. I’d definitely go back in future. For all the info you need on the brewery and the glamping options visit the Cheviot brewery website here.
Have a look at my instagram reel of the Cheviot glamping pods too:
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