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A Glamping Experience with a Difference at Pot-a-Doodle-Do

Nestled in the countryside on a sleepy farm in the Scottish borders is Pot-a-Doodle-Do, a Wigwam Village and Arts & Crafts centre. Ideal for families and groups, this hidden gem of a camping spot on the shore of the Northumbrian coastline features 27 wigwams and 3 Mongolian yurts, so you can enjoy the great outdoors in luxury without the need to pitch up a tent. Thanks to the wonderful team at Red Letter Days, we were invited to pack the car with our glamping gear and visit the Berwick site, ready for a weekend in the great British countryside.

Pot-a-Doodle-Do’s main draw for families is their cosy wooden pods, or wigwams, which sleep up to 5. Three of the wigwams have ensuite facilities for those who are looking for the full luxury experience, while five others have been specially allocated for guests who want to bring their dogs away with them. This time, though, we stayed in one of the campsite’s yurts – a spacious and well-insulated home from home complete with pine floors, heating and electricity.

Upon arrival at the farm on a Friday evening in September, we felt immediately relaxed. A gentle murmur of activity travelled through the site as families got set up and kids played in the neighbouring field, with a few groups already enjoying campfires outside their pods. We collected the keys for our yurt and set about making things cosy, using the futons with their thick foam mattresses and making sure we had plenty of cushions and duvets to make the space comfortable. If you don’t want to bring your own bedding with you, simply prebook with the campsite for an extra cost and they’ll have this ready for you on arrival. We found bringing our own to be no trouble, and it was only a short distance between the car park and yurt which made unpacking easy.

Our yurt was complete with a refrigerator and kettle as well as electrical sockets, so you don’t have to completely detach yourself from modern luxuries and can easily charge your phone should you wish. Each wigwam and yurt is equipped with an electric meter which can be topped up by purchasing £1 tokens from a dispenser in the kitchen area, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that 1 token easily lasted throughout the duration of our two-night stay.

After exploring the campsite we discovered all that it had to offer, including a fully equipped communal kitchen, a clean and spacious toilet and shower block, fishing lake, play area for children, an on-site shop and restaurant and, of course, the arts & crafts centre, where everyone from toddlers to grandparents can try their hand at pottery painting, decopatch and mosaic. If that isn’t enough for you, the site is just a stone’s throw from the beach, where you’ll enjoy beautiful coastal views. There’s also plenty of beautiful countryside walks nearby, and the site is within a short drive of a series of coastal towns across Northumberland and Scotland, with something for everyone to see and enjoy.

Nearby Scottish fishing village, St Abbs
Nearby Scottish filling village, St Abbs

After a day of exploring the local area, you can rent a campfire to enjoy outside your accommodation as the night closes in, or book out one of the three fabulous barbecue huts on-site for a fun get-together. On our second and final evening at Pot-a-Doodle-Do, we enjoyed a picnic outside our yurt and wrapped up in coats and scarves before roasting marshmallows – the perfect end to a perfect country weekend.

Pot-a-Doodle-Do really does offer something for everyone, and we’d definitely visit again in future – perhaps to try out one of their cosy wigwams. If you want to visit yourself, you can find out more information on their website at https://potadoodledo.com/, or treat your friends and family with the 2 Night Glamping Experience for Two on Red Letter Days.