Glamping in Safari Tents

Safari - a journey in the Swahili language of East Africa - leaving urban life behind, living under canvas, close to nature, views and sunsets and possibly adventure.

Isolated on the slopes of Ruberslaw by hundreds of metres of woodland, our safari tents will give you all of this.

The tents have a wide front verandah where you can sit quietly enjoying the peace and quiet of the woods.

A fire bowl is provided with logs supplied daily, so you may sit around the open camp fire in the evening, cooking and chatting (you will be asked to follow the rules for Fire Safety to ensure that no accidents happen and that we can continue to allow open fires.

The Safari tents

Red Squirrel Ride sits on the edge of Denholm Hill Wood, facing Ruberslaw Hill with views up Rule Water valley towards the Cheviots. Here you have a good chance of spotting a native Red Squirrel if you're quiet as well as Roe Deer and Badger. (15 minutes* walk from the Hub)

Gledswing View also faces Ruberslaw and is sited in another part of Denholm Hill Wood. The “Grey Gled” is, we are told, an old Scots name for Hen Harrier but “Gled” was also used in some localities for Goshawk. With Goshawks now nesting again not far off, the name Gledswing could be an interesting historical reference to their forbears. (20 minutes* walk from the Hub)

A Honey Buzzard has also been spotted, on more than one occasion, near here. Keep a lookout for Stoats in and out of holes in the old wall that runs through the wood.

Roe Deer Rest sits in a natural hollow near the source of Tower Burn (burn is Scots for watercourse) at the lower end of Ruberslaw Covert, facing east, with a view down the Teviot Valley. The trees here often shelter roe deer, and you'll see a variety of birds, including possibly a Buzzard or an Owl (20 minutes* walk from the Hub).

Woodland Escape nestles in mature mixed woodland that has seen continuous tree cover for several hundred years, lying behind the Edwardian Walled Garden Campsite. This wood resounds to the sounds of woodpeckers in the day and owls at night. Squirrels, badger and deer are all seen in this wood. (5-7 minutes walk from the Hub)

* walk times may vary


This is “Glamping” mixed with Wildness so your spacious tent has:

  • a fully equipped camp kitchen, with gas hob, cool box etc
  • Paraffin fuelled Hurricane Lamps, a candle lantern, 3 rechargeable electric lamps and a head torch
  • a large wooden kitchen table and chairs for meals or maybe a game of cards in the evening
  • Comfortable canvas armchairs for relaxing in inside or outside, and a bench on the verandah.
  • Two bedrooms, one with a King Size double bed and one with bunks beds for two, made up with fresh bed linen
  • Natural coir carpet throughout, made from coconut husk fibres
  • A sink supplied with fresh water daily for drinking, washing and washing up and a composting loo set not far away in the woods behind the tent in the exclusive Thunderbox pine hut. These are cleaned daily (you will be asked to follow the rules for using this greenest of technologies to ensure that the composting works perfectly see Eco & Safety
  • A fire bowl and a bag of logs so you can sit around the open fire under the trees, cooking and chatting. A top up bag of logs will be supplied daily. You will be asked to follow the rules for Fire Safety to ensure that no accidents happen and that we can continue to allow open fires.
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