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Monday, 5 January 2015

Springhill Farm Wigwams, Seahouses

I always think it's lovely to get away for a night or two over Christmas. Sometimes the mess, mountains of toys and fridge overflowing with leftovers can just all get too much. We are huge fans of staying in Wigwams and knew that a stay at Springhill Farm* near Seahouses would be the perfect place to properly spend some time together.




What is it like staying in a Wigwam?


The Wigwams at Springhill Farm are at the top end of the glamping scale. There is enough seating for five people with a table inside and this area easily converts to a sleeping area at night. The wigwams have their own fridge and kettle plus electric sockets for all important phone charging and they are all fitted with an electric radiator which provided more than enough heat - in fact I had to turn it off when we went to sleep as we were too warm. (Sorry about the mess in the photo's - the children were over excited, rushed inside and made themselves at home before I could even unpack my camera!) Bedding is not provided so you do need to take your own quilts or sleeping bags plus a pillow or you can hire for an additional charge.




There are six wigwams on site and we received a warm welcome as we arrived at the dedicated reception. We were given a quick tour of the facilities and were handed contact numbers should we need any further assistance. I loved the personal and friendly touch which I suspect is one of the reasons why Springhill Farm has recently won Gold and self catering accommodation of the year at the North East Tourism Awards.


People often ask me - what is there to do for kids on this sort of holiday? In all honesty they just love running around chasing each other, playing in the park and helping to build fires. If children don't have an abundance of toys around them they will simply use their imagination and make up their own games. Our children are slightly addicted to playing Minecraft however they didn't mention it once during our whole stay and I never heard them say they were bored. In fact they wanted to stay an extra night and were not ready to leave when we did.




There is a communal kitchen next to the wigwams which is extremely well equipped and has everything you could possibly need - I was impressed to see the tea and coffee jars were full too. The kitchen is for the exclusive use of the wigwams and as there are only six wigwams on site, it never gets busy. There is also a tv in the kitchen should you need it (we didn't but I see how this could be useful). In the afternoon we took a few board games into the kitchen and enjoyed playing these with a nice mug of hot chocolate.




As the sun was setting we decided to build a fire in the pit provided outside of our wigwam. You can buy firewood from the Wigwam reception for £3 per bag. This is a wigwam tradition that the whole family loves and although it was a frosty December evening, the fire provided lots of warmth. Remember to pack marshmallows and skewers to toast them on the fire!



There is a BBQ area in the centre of all of the Wigwams which lights up with fairy lights in the evening and is very pretty - I imagine in the warmer months this area really comes into their own as everybody enjoys an evening BBQ.


Wigwams are charged at £19.50 per adult per night, £14.50 per adult per night and dogs are welcome for only £2.50 per night. This price includes free wifi, all electricity and heating, a fridge, kettle, private pitch with your own picnic table and fire pit and access to all of the superb communal facilities. There are even laundry facilities on site if needed.

What is there to do in the area?

Springhill farm is pretty remote. Just a short walk will take you to secluded and unspoilt beaches and there are lots of country lanes making it perfect for cycling.


It is a short drive into Seahouses centre which is just over a mile away (there are handy taxi numbers in reception should you need them). During our stay we enjoyed lovely fish n chips whilst overlooking the harbour and our children enjoyed watching the boats sailing past. Boat trips depart from the harbour to the Farne islands on a regular basis where you can spot an abundance of wildlife.





In the evening we enjoyed Pizza at Elan in Seahouses which was inexpensive with a very friendly atmosphere. You can take your own alcohol too for £1 corkage.

You can spot Bamburgh Castle across the coast from Seahouses and in fact it is only a 3 mile drive from Springhill Farm. I would definitely recommend a visit (review here) if you are in the area.


In the evening we settled into our Wigwam and all spent some quiet time reading books before bed. The children loved what we called a 'midnight feast' as we let them enjoy some snacks as they read their books all snug in their PJs and sleeping bags. We turned the lights out at about 9:30pm for a much needed early night. We all enjoyed a good night's sleep until about 9am the next morning! That's what sea air does for you.

There are showers and toilet facilities next to the wigwam reception - again they are only to be used by wigwam guests and they were spotlessly clean and although the site was full, they were never busy.

We loved our stay at Springhill Farm - it was a lovely place to get away from it all, enjoy some peace and quiet and spend some quality time together as a family instead of just lying at home in front of the tv.

Springhill farm offers a range of accommodation options - wigwams , cottages , a camping and caravan site and hides. Their bunkhouse really caught my eye and I am keeping it in mind as the perfect place to hire for a birthday celebration. The bunkhouse sleeps 32 and can be hired as a whole unit or on a per bed, per night basis.


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42 comments

  1. I really love the idea of staying somewhere a bit different - a wigwam or a traditional gypsy caravan but I never actually pull my finger out and get anything organised! This looks so lovely! x

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    1. I love staying in a wigwam - I like that they have electricity and a kettle but you can also build a fire as well x

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  2. I love visiting seahouses as it such a lovely place. Your photos look amazing! It looks and sounds like you all had a great time. I have never stayed in a wigwam but I will keep these in mind for something fun to do when my little two are older. Although I think I would visit in summer as I like my home comforts in winter xx

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    1. Honestly it was really snug - they are great for all year around. It would be nice to visit in Summer though and enjoy BBQ and wine while kids play

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  3. This sounds amazing I think we migh need to try it #nebrilliantbloggers

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    1. It was fabulous - I would highly recommend. Lots of facilities and everything sparkly clean

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  4. Oh my word! I have been looking for something like this for ages to take the boyfriend away for a few days in May for his 30th. I'm definitely going to look into booking it.

    Gems x
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    1. All of the other wigwams were filled with couples during our stay - you have enough privacy for it to be nice and romantic too x

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  5. This looks like fantastic enjoyment for a family. I like the fact that the children need to rely on their imagination for entertainment. That's lacking in so many families.

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    1. It is lovely to see them use their imagination - wish we could do something like this everyday x

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  6. It looks lovely and peaceful, but not enough creature comforts for me, although I think my boy would love it.

    #UKBloggers

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    1. Kids absolutely adore staying in wigwams - it's like one huge adventure to them xx

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  7. Oh wow! I haven't heard of this place before....Springhill farm not Seahouses....hehehe It looks a wonderful place to stay.....

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    1. It was wonderful, we had a really nice time. Thanks for commenting. xx

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  8. LOVE this kind of break, It's so much fun for little ones and big ones (if you are a big kid like me). Lovely pics and great review! thank you for sharing x :) #TriedTested

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    1. We all had a fabulous time - would definitely recommend x

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  9. What a fantastic and gorgeous place to stay, and the wigwam makes it so unique and exciting! It looks like a beautiful area too. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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    1. It really is a beautiful area - lovely and unspoilt.

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  10. oh my goodness, this looks like such a fantastic place!!

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  11. This is my dream getaway I would love to do this. It looks absolutely beautiful. Brilliant review x

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    1. Thanks for your comment - it was so good to get away from all the Christmas hype (and mess)

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  12. Aw, these look lovely! I't love to stay in something like this :)

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    1. I would recommend to anyone - all of the fun of camping with added luxury!

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  13. I love love love the look and sound of these wigwams! What an awesome adventure :) x x x

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    1. It was such a fun adventure - we all loved it. Hubby was particularly proud of his fire building skills!

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  14. Now that looks like my kind of holiday. We've stayed in a wigwam before and enjoyed it. I'm not a fan of tents if Im honest but these are a great compromise, and importantly they're warm :)

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    1. Yes, the warmth was a big issue with it being in December. It really made a difference having heating and I'm sure wigwams are super insulated as we were really toasty.

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  15. They look AMAZING! The idea of proper camping in a tent does not appeal to me in the slightest, but I could so do a few nights in one of those - has all the luxuries I need!!! #countrykids

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    1. Yeah! I love that it had all the luxuries too. Although we were 'getting away from it all' it was great to have plug sockets to charge our phones overnight.

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  16. This looks like a great getaway for you and the kids, it looks like they really enjoyed themselves! This looks like a great way to get out and enjoy some family time together. The sea air is a definite way to tire you out. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

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  17. It looks like you enjoyed some lovely quality family time together. This is why we are fans of caravanning. You can get away from the distractions (usually DIY and housework) of home and just 'be' together. You are right - toys are second best to imagination and games. Linking up from #CountryKids

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    1. That's it exactly - we could have been together at home but we wouldn't be completely focused on spending time together as we'd be forever running around doing jobs ect....

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  18. Love this! I suddenly enjoy our camping during spring and summer seasons! Wish we can visit but this is a bit far from us. #countrykids

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    1. With wigwams you can camp all year around :D

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  19. They look so cute, I just love Northumberland it is so beautiful x

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    1. Northumberland is such a beautiful place. I'm so thankful and proud to call it my home :D

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  20. These looks really good. and I love that you get to use a kitchen, if you wish too. I just love the sunset photo. We bought a tent last year, so think we need to make use of that some more, but these look great for a winter camping trip! #countrykids

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    1. They are perfect for winter camping - we've never built a fire with frost on the ground but it seemed to work a treat!

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  21. this is the ideal situation i would love to be in in the right area too, looks great for families

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  22. I really want to stay in a wigwam! This place looks fantastic. #triedtested

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