Can't believe where the time is flying to. 2014 has had a good start, I think the mild winter has helped. The willow is due to be harvested at the beginning of April and, after a bit of a shaky start, the wind turbine is working well. The pair of swans seem to have returned and hopefully their nest building will begin again and have a better outcome than last year.
Blackthorn Gate now has a Facebook page. It's not something that we're used to and we have to keep remebering to post something but we're going to invest in a device so that we can take photos around the place and post them directly onto the page.....watch this space. We have also arrived on TripAdvisor so our guests can now post reviews there.
Since we first opened our doors to guests in 2008 we have received a number of awards. We have received the Bronze Award for Sustainable Tourism in the 2011 N.E. Tourism Awards. This is to add to the Bronze Award in the Self Catering category in 2010. We also received a Silver Gilt Award in the 2011 Northumbria in Bloom awards for a Conservation Project. In 2012 we managed to improve on that and received a Gold Award in the same category. We were delighted to receive these accolades as we are constantly working to improve our environment. We have no plans to enter the Tourism Awards again and all has gone quiet on the Northumbria in Bloom front. But we didn't create Blackthorn Gate to win awards, we just wanted to make somewhere where we would have liked to stay when our children were younger and when they grew up and we could spend some quality time on our own in a lovely environment. We think we have succeeded and a lot of people agree as we have so many guests who come back again and again.
Situated on the border of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and the Tees Valley, Blackthorn Gate provides an exit from urban life and an entry into rural peace and tranquillity. You can stay at one of our four luxury lodges and enjoy spectacular views of Roseberry Topping plus, importantly, have the whole National Park stretching out in front of your door!
Blackthorn Gate is an outdoor delight. You can enjoy exclusive fishing access to the farm’s three fully stocked ponds. You can walk on the public footpaths that cross the farm, just a short distance from your door. You can seek out the many birds and other wildlife that live on the farm. Or you can just sit back and soak up the tranquillity…more.
Our lodges have been especially designed to make your visit as comfortable and memorable as possible. Each one has a large picture window giving a fantastic, panoramic view of Roseberry Topping, at the heart of the Cleveland Hills and is also equipped with a sauna, veranda, master en-suite, drying room, flat screen television, dvd player … and more.
If you wish, there is little need to use your car once you arrive. The fishing ponds are here, as are footpaths and wildlife. There are three restaurants close by. However, there are also a wealth of local attractions to visit if you wish. The whole of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park is on your doorstep! The moors, the coastline, the market towns, the attractions andmore!
We welcome up to 2 well behaved dogs in 2 of our Lodges, Chaffinch and Skylark. There is an extra charge. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions under 'Pets' or email us to discuss.