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The Gables Pod Camping

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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

This is an adults-only site. Children under the age of 5 are not allowed on site.

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

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

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

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

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

No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

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

No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

If you wish to use the hot tub, please book chargeable one-hour slot between 11 am and 10:30 pm.

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


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9.9

Overall rating based on 70 reviews

 

99% would recommend this park to a friend.

99% would stay here again.

  86% described as Peaceful ?

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Beautiful secret getaway hidden away from the hustle and bustle ...09/12/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnthony D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Raby camping pod (adults only)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Beautiful secret getaway hidden away from the hustle and bustle with a lovely relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Great customer care provided by the owner.

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Friendly owner, really relaxing stay and beautifully decorated.09/12/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCharlotte L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Auckland camping pod (adults only)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Quiet, peaceful and magical.

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Fantastic place with super clean facilities & a super friendly welcome09/03/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKirsty S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Barnard camping pod (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything! Cosy comfy pod with lots of thoughtful touches and an en suite bathroom. Luxury! Sue the owner was so accommodating and does a wonderful job. It’s a beautiful hidden setting and very picturesque. Will certainly go again!

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    Nothing at all

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Just perfect, excellent, beautiful and peaceful place to stay.08/28/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Barnard camping pod (2 adults and 2 children)
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    Beautiful and relaxing site. We loved the pod- very clean, complete with own bathroom and running water. We took the option to use the hot tub which was so much fun. We've stayed in pods many times before- this was by far the best! I would definitley recommend this site.

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Excellent, lovely and clean, lovely owner and beautiful grounds08/27/2019

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

  • Auckland camping pod (adults only)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The owner was lovely, the pod was comfortable and the garden area was spacious

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From the manager...

Ah thank you so much for leaving a review. It was great to meet you and so,glad you had a lovely time. Hope to,see you again soon xx

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Perfect for a short break away.08/27/2019

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

  • Barnard camping pod (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything was amazing the pads were so clean the site was gorgeous and the owners were so friendly and nice.

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From the manager...

Thank you so much for leaving a review. It was great to meet you all and of course gorgeous Teddy.
Thanks for all your fabulous comments when we were talking. Thanks for booking with us and hope to see you again. Xx

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Very well maintained pods on a pretty site.08/22/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomEmma A.Confirmed

  • Raby camping pod (adults only)
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    Very clean and well maintained. Comfy bed. Liked using the hot tub. Very helpful owner.

    Disliked: 

    Kitchenette could have more equipment maybe - like a sharp knife. Would prefer a toaster over a microwave.

From the manager...

Thanks for taking the time to review our site and enjoyed your stay. With regards to the kitchenette we do have a site toaster that anyone can use along with an iron and ironing board. These are documented in the information pack that is in the pods.
We can’t unfortunately put Toasters in each pod as we can’t cover the top of the microwave and it would be a fire risk. I have a duty of care as a responsible owner and need to mitigate or reduce fire risk at all times and by putting a toaster in each wooden pod increases the risk of fire hence we have one that can be loaned out and we can manage the fire risk that way to reduce our fire risk.
On arrival i do say to each guest if there is anything you require that’s not in the pod please let me know and I will try accommodate.
Again I have a duty of care to all guests and would be reluctant to leave sharp knives in pods for health and safety reason. This item could have been borrowed from us if you had asked and I would have managed the health and safety risk.

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Excellent pods on lovely site. 5 stars.08/19/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJanet B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Barnard camping pod (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Everything. Super little pods on beautiful site. The owner clearly loves doing this. A tiny and quiet site, very pretty, considered and well laid out. Very nice base for a chill out or explore. Easy check in and out. I booked it ages ago and I'm very glad I did.

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    Nothing to say here.

From the manager...

It was fab to meet you all and I’m so happy you enjoyed your stay in the pods.
Hope to see you all again and thank you so much for the photo you sent. It’s awesome and very poignant. Thank you xx

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Everything was 10/1008/18/2019

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

  • Auckland camping pod (adults only)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    We have returned from a fantastic stay at the pods. The attention to detail was second to none. The pods are so clean and cozy. The setting itself is beautiful and so peaceful.The hot tub was just perfect and having your own bbq was a big plus. Sue the owner is one of the nicest people I have met friendly, kind and nothing was ever a problem. There is absolutely nothing I could fault. Amazing few days away and already looking at when we can return.

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From the manager...

Ah thank you so much Amy for the review. I’m so pleased you enjoyed yourselves and liked our cosy site. It was great to meet you both and hopefully see you again soon xx

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Clean facilities, Beautiful place and area. 5 star glamping experience08/05/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJack D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Auckland camping pod (adults only)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location: The place itself was beautiful, really well set up by the owner.

    Owner: Lovely, couldn't have done more for us.

    5 star

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Thank you for booking with us and so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. It was lovely to meet you both.

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Features

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Bar or club house

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Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Hot tub

Indoor swimming pool

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Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

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Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Bush

Lake and/or mountain

Luxury

Peaceful

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 sites)

Camping 2.0

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Location

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  • Three Lane Ends, Escomb, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham, England, DL14 7SR
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (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-park accommodation
Arrive:  4 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

The Gables Pod Camping cancelation policy

No refunds within 6 weeks of arrival date.

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

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

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

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 cancelations 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 ($95.57) 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 at the park

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Terms and conditions

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

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

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.
This is an adults-only site. Children 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.

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 trunks must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: £75.00 ($95.57) 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 ($63.71) 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 bachelor/bachelorette 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 authorized to use the pool.
Swimsuits are required and cut-offs or Bermuda shorts are not permitted.

Reception
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. between 01/01 and 12/31.
Reception is unmanned after 8 p.m.. Please inform the park while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.

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/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
No vehicle movement between midnight and 8 a.m..

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

Additional terms

If you wish to use the hot tub, please book a chargeable one-hour slot between 11 am and 10:30 pm.

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 and no under fives are allowed in the hot tub.

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

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