skip to main content

The Glebe Retreat

A unique glamping space surrounded by nature

A unique glamping space

A super luxurious, adult only, one bedroom eco-lodge inspired by nature. Ideal for special occasions, or just an escape, for those wanting an experience to remember surrounded by nature. Located in the heart of our four and a half acre glebe field.

Adventure awaits at The Glebe Retreat

The Glebe Retreat is designed to offer a "close to nature" eco minded experience without any compromise on comfort and luxury. The cocoon like timber structure, created using biophilic design principles is inspired by nature itself and connects its occupants to the natural environment around. Approached by a short gravel road there are four separate zones that represent the four elements of nature: Earth, Water, Fire and Air.

Earth "the glebe retreat" : Our 40m2 main living space raised on piles appears to float above the ground. The super insulated eco led dome provides a cosy, comfortable space whatever the Northumberland weather brings and the large deck area is ideal for wildlife spotting.

Water "a washout in the glebe" : You can't leave without experiencing our al fresco bath. Big enough for two and weighing in at 1.5 tons, before people and water, this bath is carved from a single river stone boulder. Best enjoyed under the famous Northumberland star studded night sky with a glass of prosecco.

Fire "alight in the glebe" : Designed to replicate the shape of a  rain drop our stunning corten steel fire pit is the ideal place to watch the sparks fly. Nestled within a circular enclosure you can toast a marshmallow or enjoy a hot chocolate or something stronger sheltered from the elements.

Air "hanging in the glebe" : Suspended from a low branch in a nearby tree is a striking hanging lava chair made from basalt fibres, a great place to relax. Watch the world go by, read a book or simply listen to the birds sing, the choice is yours.

The Glebe Retreat has strong eco led credentials that don't come at the expense of luxury. There is a super king size bed with high thread count Egyptian cotton, Nespresso coffee machine, soft furnishings by Mulberry and Ferm Living and a Bang and Olufsen blue tooth speaker. For those cosy nights in there is complimentary Netflix and an array of boardgames. 

We provide everything you could need for a memorable stay and The Glebe Retreat is ideally located, if you can tear yourself away, to explore our beautiful area.

Additional information for your stay at The Glebe Retreat

Press the dark strip below to reveal more details.

  • Included in your stay

    • Luxury bed linen and towels
    • Bathrobes
    • Initial supply of fire wood and lighters (additional fire wood available to purchase)
    • Luxury welcome hamper
    • Luxury Noble Isle toiletries
    • Initial supply of Nespresso coffee pods (Vertuo capsules)
    • Full access to our four and a half acre Glebe
    • Complimentary Netflix
    • Complimentary super fast broadband
    • Guests staying 3 or more nights receive: complimentary bottle of prosecco, complimentary continental breakfast hamper, early check in (subject to availability), reduced nightly rate (automatically applied at check out)

    The Details

    • Parking for two cars  next to cabin
    • 30m from other buildings
    • Fully equipped luxury kitchen with induction hob, oven, fridge with freezer compartment, toaster and kettle
    • Bathroom with walk in rain shower
    • Plug sockets, some with built in USB points
    • Phone signal depending on network
    • Bang and Olufsen blue tooth speaker
    • Outdoor lantern/blue tooth speaker
    • Super king sized bed
    • Outdoor BBQ
    • Picnic blanket and back pack that can be used as a cooler bag
    • Outdoor stone bath
    • Oil fired central heating
    • Electric climate control
    • LED lighting
    • Supply of boardgames
    • Binoculars
    • Hairdryer

    We recommend guests bring a torch, sturdy footwear to explore the Glebe and flip flops for walking to and from the bath area.

  • Parking & Travel

    • There are two spaces directly next to the accommodation with enough space around the car to manoeuvre a wheelchair
    • The most accessible bus station is Alnwick bus station which has step-free access
    • The nearest accessible train station is Alnmouth which has step-free access

    Site & Space Access

    • 6 steps up to accommodation (80cm wide and 25cm high) - Total height of steps 1.5m
    • Rough gravel paths towards the cabin
    • Limited lighting around the deck area
    • The general fields around the cabin are very uneven and rutted which prevents access to the hanging chair
    • Entrance door is a double sliding door that is approximately 1.5m wide
    • Bedroom and bathroom door is approximately 65-70cm wide
    • The mirrors in the bedroom and bathroom are at a high level and cannot be adjusted
    • There is a large outdoor bath which can be considered high sided

    Things You Should Know

    • Accessible fittings are not available (i.e grab rails, shower chair, hoist etc)
    • Assistance dogs are welcome
    • The TV has Netflix where programmes may include subtitles

    Accessible Places to Visit

    Alnwick Castle - Visit Alnwick Castle website for the accessibility information.

    Alnwick Garden - Visit Alnwick Garden website for the accessibility information.

    Northumberland National Park - Visit Northumberland National Park website for the accessibility information.

    Holy Island - Can be accessed by car or public transport and may have pubs and restaurants that are accessible to wheelchair users.

    Farne Island - Visit Farne Island website for the accessibility information.

  • At The Glebe Retreat

    • Outdoor bathing in our huge stone bath 
    • Wildlife spotting from the deck 
    • Lazing in the Hanging Lava Chair
    • Star gazing - Northumberland is famous for its protected dark skies
    • Netflix movie night
    • Relaxing around the fire pit
    • Walking
    • Visit our 11th century church - one of the oldest in the country
    • Visit the castle ruins


    On you Doorstep

    National Trust's Cragside House and Garden (7.8 miles away) - Visit this grand Victorian mansion powered by hydroelectricity and hydraulics, which harnessed the power from nearby lakes.

    Edlingham Castle (0.4 miles away) - The riverside ruins of a manor house progressively fortified against the Scots during the 14th century.

    Alnwick Castle (6 miles away)

    Alnwick Gardens (6 miles away) - A complex of formal gardens adjacent to Alnwick Castle in the town of Alnwick.

    Thrunton Woods (4.6 miles away) - Lofty crags for walking or mountain biking.

    Simonside Hills (10 miles away) - Walk with stunning views of surrounding countryside.

    Breamish Valley (10 miles away) - A picturesque landscape of high hills and open moorland.

    Barter Books (6 miles away) - An Alnwick institution, one of the largest second hand book stores in Britain, housed in an old railway station. Serves great scones in the cafe!


    Not Far Away

    Northumberland National Park (12.8 miles away) - Home to the iconic Hadrian's wall and other breath taking scenery.

    Farne Islands (24 miles away) - An internationally important breeding colony of thousands of seabirds and grey seals.

    Holy Island (32.6 miles away) - A tidal island that holds pubs and cafés a-plenty, coastal Lindisfarne Castle and ancient Lindisfarne Priory.

    Chillingham Castle (14.6 miles away) - Britain's most haunted castle and home to wild cattle.

    Bamburgh Castle (22.7 miles away) - The king of castles occupied for over 10 000 years.

    Warkworth Castle and Hermitage (12 miles away) -Hilltop castle above the river Coquet.

    Kielder Water (45 miles) - England's largest forest and Northern Europe's largest lake.

    Ad Gefrin (15 miles) - Recently opened anglo Saxon museum and whiskey distillery.

  • To view the prices for The Glebe Retreat, please visit our Prices page for more details.

The Glebe Retreat as featured in The Times magazine

Named one of the Times "25 Best Cabin Stays in the UK"

"There's something of the vintage aircraft hangar about the shape of this curvaceous new wooden hideaway, the only one on a site in the village of Edlingham, just outside Alnwick with its famous medieval castle, and ten miles from the Northumberland coast."

- Gemma Bowes and Holly Tuppen

Escape to Glebe Holidays Northumberland

Discover luxury in the heart of Northumberland

Check Availability