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General

  • Peaceful retreat for couples, just outside the village of Escomb
  • Within walking distance of Kynren, the 'Epic Tale of England'
  • Barbecues, kitchenettes, outdoor seating and a hot tub on site

Escape to Escomb… The Gables Pod Camping is a petite and peaceful site just outside the little County Durham village, in a top spot for rural breaks.

Bring your walking shoes along, for there’s much to explore on foot around these parts – take a walk around Escomb lake, or try to spy kingfishers along the banks of the River Wear river. You may also fancy an energetic ramble around Hamsterley Forest, a hike to High Force waterfall or just making the 10-minute stroll up to the village for pint in the cosy local pub.

Lest you should worry you’ll be stuck right out in the sticks here, it’s worth noting that access here is really rather easy: the site is but a couple of miles from the townie amenities of Bishop Auckland (and its handsome castle), and around 20 minutes from the A1.

Select a stay here to live in a handmade wooden pod kitted out with its own kitchenette and ensuite bathroom. Each one has a heater to keep things cosy on chillier days, and a barbecue and outdoor seating for when the weather decrees alfresco eating to be a possibility. For the ultimate combo of fresh air and warmth, take yourself over to the the site’s hot tub for an evening bubbling away as the sun sets (glass of something optional but highly recommended).

Please note

The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Continental touring caravans (caravans built with the door on the right-hand side) are not permitted.

No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Group bookings of 2 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Single-sex bookings of 2 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Guests under the age of 5 are not allowed on site.

If you wish to use the hot tub, please book a chargeable one-hour slot between 11am and 9.30pm.

Please note, there is a weight restriction of 107kg for the Z-beds.

Smoking is not allowed at all on-site. Anyone caught smoking will be fined £75.


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10.0

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100% would recommend this site to a friend.

100% would stay here again.

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Great layout, very clean with friendly staff16/02/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAidan N.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Auckland camping pod (adults only)
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    Great layout, very clean with friendly staff

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the pod was really nice and cozy, and the hot …10/02/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLeonardo P.Confirmed

  • Barnard camping pod (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    the pod was really nice and cozy, and the hot tub was great, also the owner was real nice, she gave us a lift to the bus station and made the experience great

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Everything !! Couldn’t fault it has an amazing stay .05/01/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLucy M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • The Clocktower cabin (adults only)
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    Everything !! Couldn’t fault it has an amazing stay .

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It was a pleasure to meet you both and so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again. Thanks for booking with us.

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Fabulous place with lots to do in the local area.30/12/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomVictoria F.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Barnard camping pod (2 adults and 2 children)
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    Everything!
    We have stayed in quite a few different pods at various sites but this has been the the best by far!
    Gorgeous place that is looked after and owned by Sue who does an amazing job.
    Would definitely recommend.

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    Nothing

From the manager...

It was great to meet you all. Glad you had a great time. Will be great to see you all again soon. Thank you for leaving a review, its really appreciated. Xx

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Such a lovely site! Perfect for a peaceful get away! …25/11/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSarah R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Barnard camping pod (2 adults and 2 children)
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    Such a lovely site! Perfect for a peaceful get away! Pods so cosy and warm! Hot tub was a added bonus! Definitely will be coming back! Host so welcoming!

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It was lovely to meet you both and glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again next year.
Thanks for booking with us

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Excelling site and facilities !!18/11/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Raby camping pod (adults only)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Friendly staff, lovely accommodation and hot tub! Decorated for special occasion for us and did not have too free of charge!

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It was lovely to meet you and was happy to you spent your special day. Hope to see you both again soon.

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Visited with friends for one night after seeing this place …11/11/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Raby camping pod (adults only)
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    Visited with friends for one night after seeing this place on Instagram.

    On arrival we were immediately greeted by Sue who gave us a tour of the pods together with an explanation on how both the heaters and hot tubs worked. Sue was a lovely host and happy to help in any possible way and answer any questions we may have.

    The pods include everything you require and more and are very spacious and cosy. The sight is well maintained with bbqs and seating areas per pods. There are numerous takeaways in the area which deliver and a pub. Further information in this respect can be found in the manual provided by Sue in the pods.

    We were lucky when we visited that of the four pods there was only our group meaning we took full advantage of the hot tub which we all thoroughly enjoyed and was a lovely way to relax with a drink or two. The hot tub is chargeable and open 11am until 10.30.

    There is no breakfast included however Sue informed us she is going to start doing a hamper in the not so distant future which I think will be a nice little touch. I also understand she is going to start doing afternoon teas in the summer in the tipi which I will definitely return for.

    All in all we had a fantastic stay and would urge others to visit also.

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The experience we had at the gables was amazing!09/11/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLyndsey C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Barnard camping pod (2 adults and 2 children)
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    The full stay 😁 sue is one of the nicest ladies I have ever met, she couldn’t do enough for us. We were made to feel welcome from the outset. We arrived to find birthday banners In the pod , 2 boxes of haribos and shloer for our boys birthday. The hot tub was really lovely and the pod was exceptionally clean! We had a brilliant nights sleep in the super comfy beds 😬 Thank you sue, we will be back in the summer if not before! Lyndsey x

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    We only booked 1 night, could of stayed longer!

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Wonderful relaxing stay !13/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKatie H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Auckland camping pod (adults only)
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    Arrived at the gables pod camping site and we were so impressed with the set up, it was so pretty! The pods were very clean and very well set out and equipped with everything you would need ! beds were really comfy too!
    Sue the owner was really nice and friendly and left a lovely little surprise for us on arrival 😊
    I couldn’t recommend this place enough if you want a relaxing escape.

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From the manager...

Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed your stay and had a relaxing night. Hope to se you both again.
Thanks for booking with us.
Sue. 😀😀

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Amazing Anniversary Holiday11/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBev B.Confirmed

  • Barnard camping pod (2 adults and 2 children)
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    !!EVERYTHING!! If we could give it 10 stars we would. We cannot fault Sue at all.

    We loved and appreciated how generous and helpful Sue was, she was always a text or phone call away if or when we needed anything, even if it was trivial. She even offered to pick us up and drop us off at Bishop Auckland station when we arrived and departed.

    When we arrived at The Gables we were given a tour of the site and show how the heater worked in our pod and also how the hot tub operated. There were plenty of supplies to get us started on our first night there and Sue even went to the extra length of leaving a fresh pint of milk in the mini-fridge for us. On the Sunday and Monday the weather wasn't the best and Sue was prepared for this as she had already set up a gazebo to cover the outdoor seating area of our pod, this was another special touch.

    Another thing we loved was how even though we were close to a country road, when in the pod and on site you felt like you were a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. There was lots of local wildlife that you could interact with, from sheep, to horses, to chickens.

    As we chose this venue to celebrate our first anniversary, Sue went above and beyond to make us feel special, with little touches from extra towels to extra time in the hot tub. The hot tub we have to say was fantastic and very well maintained.

    Once we got home and Sue had checked the pod was undamaged she very quickly refunded the deposit.

    We will definitely stay here again!!!

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    Not really a dislike but would like the option for WiFi, though we can totally appreciate getting away from everything and not having the internet as a distraction.

From the manager...

Thank you for leaving a review. Absolutely no problem at all providing you a lift to and from the station. Glad to be able to,help.
Im really happy to hear you enjoyed the pods and had a special anniversary get away.
Hope to see you both again hopefully on a visit to see Kynren over the summer.
Thanks for booking with us.

Sue xx

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Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Hot tub

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Themes

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Luxury

Peaceful

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

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Location

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  • Three Lane Ends, Escomb, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham, England, DL14 7SR
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.6590°N 1.7136°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bishop Auckland Bus Station — 1.5 miles
Durham Bus Station — 9.7 miles
Sedgefield: Black Lion Coach Stop — 10.6 miles
Train stations
Bishop Auckland Rail Station — 1.4 miles
Bishop Auckland Rail Station — 1.4 miles
Shildon Rail Station — 3.8 miles
Ferry ports
Transporter Bridge South Side — 20.1 miles
Transporter Bridge North Side — 20.2 miles
Newcastle International Ferry Terminal — 25.4 miles
Airports
Durham Tees Valley Airport — 15.2 miles
Newcastle International Airport — 26.2 miles

Directions


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

If you like a grand building or three, you’re in the right place – there’s a splendid triptych of castles within a half-hour drive of The Gables. Start just up the road at Auckland Castle, a medieval bishops' palace and deer park in Bishop Auckland, then spread your wings a little further to take in the horse-drawn carriage collection at Raby Castle and the gorgeous gorge views from 12th-century Barnard Castle.

A strong historical appetite is recommended round here, for there’s also the Bowes Museum, Binchester Roman Fort and the excellent Beamish Open Air Museum to consider. Come along in the summer months for epic evenings at Kynren, a spectacular open-air show tracing 2,000 years of English history.

Those who prefer to seek out natural wonders can walk or cycle in Hamsterley Forest, hike to High Force waterfall (both 45 minutes away by car), or go birdwatching 10 minutes away at Low Barns Nature Reserve.

Must see

  • Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon (3.6 miles)
  • Durham Cathedral (9.6 miles)
  • Durham Castle (9.7 miles)

National Trust

  • Moulton Hall (16.5 miles)
  • Gibside (18.0 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

On-site accommodation
Arrive:  4 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

The Gables Pod Camping cancellation policy

No refunds within 6 weeks of arrival date.

84 - 43 days before arrival : 50% of the balance will be retained.

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. The Gables Pod Camping will debit the balance from your card 12 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 12 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Hired accommodation: £75.00 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does The Gables Pod Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Gables Pod Camping dog friendly? No View all features
  • What attractions are near The Gables Pod Camping? If you like a grand building or three, you’re in the right place – there’s a splendid triptych of castles within a half-hour drive of The Gables. Start just up the road … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Gables Pod Camping?
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  4 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at The Gables Pod Camping? From £50 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
Guests under the age of 5 are not allowed on site.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Changes to your holiday
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: £75.00 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.
Your unit must be left clean and tidy; a fine of £50.00 will be charged for unclean units upon departure.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 2 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 2 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Pool
Only park guests are authorised to use the pool.
Swimsuits are obligatory and swimming shorts or Bermuda shorts are not permitted.

Reception
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. between 01/01 and 31/12.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Continental touring caravans (caravans built with the door on the right-hand side) are not permitted.
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
No vehicle movement between 12 a.m. and 8 a.m..

Visitors
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.
Visitors must leave the premises by 8 p.m..
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Additional terms

If you wish to use the hot tub, please book a chargeable one-hour slot between 11am and 9.30pm.

For health and safety reasons, you are required to use footwear to walk to the hot tub.

While children are welcome in the family pod, there are no facilities on site for children.

Please note, there is a weight restriction of 107kg for the Z-beds.

Smoking is not allowed at all on-site. Anyone caught smoking will be fined £75.

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