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Bramble - Roulotte in Northumberland, United Kingdom

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Hesleyside Huts

Suitable for children of all ages

Not suitable for pets

Children welcome. Sorry no pets.

A smart roulotte with a modern interior, plenty of private space and even a climbing wall in the bunk room...


Bramble is the latest, reclaimed oak timber masterpiece at Hesleyside - a spacious roulotte, with a covered balcony at the front with chairs to look over the private fields and ancient woodland around you, all set in parkland that was landscaped by Georgian landscape architect Capability Brown. Fold back the double doors for views right from the main king-size double, although it would be understandable if you were more tempted by the bunk room behind – it comes with a climbing wall to scale up to the top bunk. The colourful timber under your feet is actually a reclaimed gymnasium floor, and goes well with the bright red wood burner that keeps you cosy all year round (there’s an extra gas heater too for the really wintry nights!). Everything else you need is right in the roulotte, including a kitchenette and modern bathroom.

The whole estate is within the gold tier Northumberland Dark Sky Reserve so the stargazing really is first class, and Kielder Water & Forest Park is just down the road with its famous observatory as well as lots of outdoor activities. Closer to home, follow private trails around the grounds, or during fishing season, rent a rod on the Hesleyside beat.


The important stuff

  • Check in is after 4pm
  • Check out is before 10am
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • One king-size double, two single bunks (suitable for adults)

Extra space available

Space for 1 baby no charge. Pull-out cot bed under bunk bed

Kids & Pets

Children welcome. Sorry no pets.


  • Small gas oven, grill and two gas hobs
  • Small fridge


  • Bathroom with power shower and flushing loo
  • Belfast sink

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • All bed linen and towels provided
  • Wood burner
  • Extra gas heater
  • LED lighting
  • Hurricane lamps
  • 12 v USB plugs for mobile phone and tablet chargers


  • Cards
  • Dominoes

Getting there

Hesleyside, Bellingham, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2LA

By public transport

The nearest station is Hexham, about 20 minutes' drive away. There is a bus stop in Bellingham, which is 15 minutes' walk from Hesleyside.

By car

Hesleyside is 1.5 miles west of Bellingham on the south side of the North Tyne river.

From the A69 (1 mile south of where it joins the A696) take the B6320 west to Bellingham. Drive through Bellingham on the B6320 and 200yds after crossing the North Tyne river, turn first right which has a roadside advertising sign for Kielder Organic Meats. Follow the road lined by trees, and Hesleyside Hall will be on the left after 1.5 miles. If you're travelling north on the B6320 from Hexham, or Carlisle via Wark, then take the left (with the Kielder Organic Meats sign) 200yds before bridge.

From the B6320 (by the Kielder Organic Meats sign) it is 1.1 miles to your own private drive. The access to this drive is on the steep “Spring Bank”. You will see a green “Hesleyside Huts” sign on a pair of wooden gates.  Please be careful and close all gates behind you.

Park at the end of the huts' tree lined avenue (not on the grass please!). There is a turning circle there. Please park so that another car can pass.

You can use the wheelbarrow provided to cart your luggage to your hut.

You might want to bring a torch if you're arriving late!

Food & Drink

At Hesleyside

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The basics for a welcoming cuppa will all be provided in your hut. Get in touch with Anna and William if you'd like to order a breakfast basket - it'll include a selection of local sausages, bacon, eggs, marmalade and croissants. £20 for a basket for 2 adults and £5 extra for each child.

For special occasions you might also like to order a champagne bucket too...

The nearest shop for supplies is in Bellingham, 20 minutes' by foot or a short drive away.

Pubs & Restaurants

The Pheasant at Falstone -  Cosy and friendly country pub with good food and on the way to Kielder

The Holly Bush at Greenhaugh -  An old Drovers Inn and tiny little friendly pub

The Barrasford Arms, Barrasford  Good Country Pub with lovely restaurant and pub food using local ingredients

The Battlesteads at Wark -  A warm welcome and some very good food

A little further afield...

The Rat at Anick - the Northumberland Foodie's favourite

Bouchon in Hexham -  an award-wining French bistro; small, friendly and delicous


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At Hesleyside

Star-gazing - Hesleyside is within the gold tier Northumberland Dark Sky reserve. A complete star-gazing kit is available so that you can take full advantage of this rare opportunity to witness the night sky without light pollution. 

Fishing - The most popular “sport” in Britain is also the most relaxing! Rent a rod on the well regarded Hesleyside Beat (max 3 rods), Hesleyside Huts makes a perfect fisherman’s lodge during the fishing season (Aug-Oct).

Walks - make use of a number of private walks, many in ancient woodlands, which are only available to guests at Hesleyside.

Places to Visit

Hadrian’s Wall - No visit to this area would be complete without a trip to Hadrian’s Wall. As Hesleyside is within savage territory you’ll need to travel a short distance south. The drive to Vindolanda itself is stunning.

Gardens - If you are a lover of gardens and grand stately homes, then Northumberland has plenty to offer. You might have heard of The Alnwick Garden, reputedly the finest contemporary garden in the UK, but other equally delightful gardens can be found at Howick Gardens & Arboretum and Cragside Estate to name but a few.

Northumberland Coast - It’s a good drive but one with near constant views to the horizon and where you are unlikely to see another car. The Northumberland Coast offers stunning & deserted beaches, ruined castles, rocky islands and wonderful fish. Highly recommended for those here for a longer stay.

Kielder Observatory - You’ll be able to see the Milky way from your hut but if you fancy viewing the rings of Saturn why on visit the famous Kielder Observatory which is only 20 mins drive away.

Outdoor & Active

Kielder Water and Forest Park -  The largest man-made dam in western Europe is filled with hidden works of art, walks and experiences (the Charlton family love the Kielder Birds of Prey Centre) but the real reason people are flocking to Kielder is the adventure.

Adventure - Off-road mountain bike trails, sailing, water-skiing, the Calvert Trust Adventure Centre and kayaking are among the options for those looking for a bit more of an adrenaline rush during their stay at Hesleyside. Explore the area on horse or try your hand at Go Ape at Matfen.

Cycling - The lack of traffic and breath-taking new view around each bend has meant makes Northumberland a great place to explore on 2 wheels! Anna and William can arrange bike hire if required or suggest routes from 9 – 90 miles.

Meet your hosts

Now the home of William and Anna Charlton and their young children, the historic Hesleyside Hall has been continuously inhabited by the Border Reiver Charlton family in an unbroken line, since 1346 and the reign of Richard the Lionheart. It is 

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 a magnificent historic house set within grounds landscaped by Capability Brown and located in the heart of the Northumberland National Park.

Wildlife & Environment

The Hesleyside Huts are set in 4000 acres of land, including SSSI woodland with ancient oaks, with red squirrels, roe deer, hawks and owls

  • Overview

Our guests say...

Great stay, Bramble was a lovely large shepherds hut that had everything we needed. Warm once the burner was on. Peaceful location, shame the weather wasn’t in our favour for the stars.



Perfect - relaxing, chilled out escape to the countryside. Fabulous "hut" and superb location



Most enjoyable. Bramble was delightful, Very clean and well equipped and stunning location.



Absolutely perfect. Exactly as described, and a wonderful stay



It was great. Fab shepherd's hut in a beautiful location



We had a lovely stay in Bramble... The location is great - it's peaceful and relaxing but close to Bellingham village and Kielder Water. The hut is great - very comfy, cosy and well equipped. We stayed in summer but it's so cosy I think it would be great in winter too. We'd love to go back sometime.



We stayed for three nights, arriving late afternoon on the Saturday. My husband and son were especially thrilled (having not really taken much notice of where we were actually going beforehand!). They both thought the hut was brilliant. My son especially loving the climbing wall in his bedroom and the fire pit outside. We spent some of the weekend walking around the grounds of Hesleyside and then to nearby Hareshaw Linn, but mainly we chilled at the hut, reading, listening to the radio and playing board games!



Magic - quiet and peacefull with great walks helped by great weather. Walking on Hadrians Wall and up waterfall at Bellingham. Great local food.



we stayed at Hesleyside huts in Northumberland, in Bramble a converted shepards hut. We are a family of 5 and I was a little concerned about our 17 month old sleeping in the pull out bed in her older brothers room. I needn't of worried as they thought it was a great adventure. Hesleyside is a beautiful, peaceful and welcoming place to stay. We were welcomed to explore almost all of the grounds, including the forest and river. A telescope was provided, along with a star chart, enabling us to make the most of being in the national dark park. We loved the little thoughtful touches, a kilner jar filled with marshmallows for toasting, a bunch of daffodils, homemade cake, tea and coffee and a bag of "traditional" sweets for the children. We wanted a place to get away from it all. Somewhere for the children to run wild and have fun, no tv or computers or phones to distract us. Hesleyside gave us this and so much more, a great adventure and time to be together as a family.



A truly romantic place to stay. Lovely little touches from the hosts, marshmallows for the fire and cake! Great location for star gazing and great countryside walks. The hut was amazing with great attention to detail and very comfy!



We had a wonderful stay in Bramble during February. The hut was so comfortable, really tastefully furnished throughout. We also had everything we needed. The wood burner made it really cosy. We ordered the breakfast basket for one of the mornings, it was delicious, local produce and a nice touch. We also met one of the owners and his daughter and they were really friendly. We have already booked to go back later in the year.



"At truly memorable stay at 'Bramble' the larger of the three huts at Hesleyside. The attention to detail and craftsmanship that went into the construction of the huts was exceptional and every comfort had been catered for. We enjoyed three wonderful nights and particularly enjoyed firing up the wood burning stove to enjoy a cosy meals by a roaring fire. Our bed was probably the most comfortable we have ever slept in and the hut was a delight to spend time in. Clear skies above enabled us to take in the spectacular night sky of an evening and we also enjoyed walking around the glorious Hesleyside estate. William and Anna, the owners of Hesleyside, have created a beautiful and unique way of enjoying the best of the outdoor surroundings in luxurious accommodation."



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2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.


2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


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2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.


2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


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(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;


(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.


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Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


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Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


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