Whorlton Pods

UK England North East England North Yorkshire

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Hot tubs
  • Walking
Modern, en-suite glamping pods with hot tubs on the western edge of the North York Moors National Park

If you came to this paddock in the north western corner of the Yorkshire Moors a few years ago there wouldn’t have been much to see. Today, however, the place is transformed. It’s not just the two new, cedar-clad glamping pods, that owners Chris and Alison have installed. It’s also the pathways and landscaping they’ve done, the willow and saplings they’ve planted and the new pond dug out a few years ago that’s now a haven for wildlife. Accessible and easy, it’s still just a couple of hundred yards from the nearest A-road but today it’s a true hidden sanctuary too.

For visitors, the pods themselves are the height of luxury. Inside, there’s an en-suite shower room and a kitchenette with everything you need, right down to the spoons, spatulas and farm-themed mugs. While outside the south-facing patio is adorned with a hot tub where you can sit and soak like the ducks in the nearby pond.

To the east, views are of wooded Whorl Hill, where a footpath goes up and through the trees, or you can follow a path south and through the abandoned ancient village of Whorlton where there’s an intriguing old church and a ruined medieval castle. It’s not far, too, to the Cleveland Way and the Coast to Coast route, making Whorlton Pods a popular location for walkers.

If you fancy something a little more thrilling, the site also sits in ideal mountain biking territory, with local events, such as Ardmoors, within short riding distance from the pods and popular trails around Guisborough Woods and Osmotherley. There’s lots to explore beyond local area too, from Yorkshire market towns like Stokesley, Northallerton and Helmsley (all offering an array of eateries and shops), to the multitude of nearby National Trust spots, including Fountains Abbey, Mount Grace Priory and Roseberry Topping to name just a few.



The cedar-clad pods feature a double bed and a sofa bed (bedding and linen provided), an en-suite shower room and toilet, a living/dining area with a TV and a modern kitchenette with a microwave, hobs, sink, kettle, toaster and all the crockery, cutlery and utensils you'll need. Outside, each pod has a patio and private hot tub. There are dedicated, generously sized parking spaces a short stroll from the pods.

Suitable For

Glamping, families, couples – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – no.


Whorlton Pods is on the western edge of the North York Moors, so there are plenty of good walks and attractions on the doorstep (and it's a 45-minute drive to the coast, to popular spots like Staithes and Whitby). It's a 10-minute zip down the A172 to the National Trust-owned ruins of Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens (01609 883494). Walk through the recently renovated gardens, enjoy the scenery from the onsite café or explore the ruins of the medieval monastery before visiting the reconstructed monk’s cell. Roseberry Topping is just over 15 minutes away, if you choose to visit then you’ll also be able to walk through Newton Wood while you’re there, full of equally stunning scenery. From the summit of the Roseberry Topping hill, you’ll be able to see panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, taking it all in while you recover from the challenging climb.

Food & Drink

There are several pubs within walking distance. The nearest is the Sutton Arms (01642 700382) around 15 minutes away – dine out in their marquee area under their fairy lights or order off their takeaway menu and enjoy their dishes back at your pod. But you can also stroll 20 minutes or so cross county to the two pubs in Swainby, passing a ruined medieval castle (Whorlton Castle) along the way. There's the Black Horse Inn (01642 7 00436) and the Blacksmiths Arms (01642 700303), as well as the Rusty Bike Café (01642 688549) by day.


Open all year round.

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The Owner Says

Located on the edge of the North York Moors, Whorlton Pods is lovingly crafted and owned by Chris and Alison Barnfather on their rural countryside property. Surrounded by wildlife and woodland you will be accommodated in luxury cedar clad pods fully equipped for self catering. Situated by a large picturesque pond is a centralised parking area just a short walk from your pod door, which is home to an array of seasonal wildlife. Nestled within a row of willow trees each pod boasts scenic views, which can be enjoyed from a private outdoor patio. Complete for a full living/dining experience you can enjoy the luxury of your own hot tub, ensuite and country soft furnishings.

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2 pods.


Pod Sleeps 4
Closest to the woodland, Topping is set at the end of the path and boasts an even more spacious setting. Grab your drink, head over to the tub and ease those stresses away.


Pod Sleeps 4
With views of open woodland and paddocks you will be sure to relax during your stay in Foss Pod - so kick off your wellies, make a brew and enjoy!

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Contact Whorlton Pods, Four Wynds, Faceby, North Yorkshire DL6 3HU

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Getting There

Leave the A19 onto the A172 (by the Cleveland Tontine) travelling towards Stokesley. Continue for just under five miles, passing Swainby village on the right, Whorlton Pods is the next farm entrance after this, look out for a maroon/red signpost for a clue you’re at the right place.

The nearest train station is in Northallerton but from there it's still a good 20-minute taxi journey.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 7 reviews



Fantastic two night stay at the Foss pod. Superb location. Great for couples or small familys. Owners Chris and Ali very welcoming & friendly. Would definitely recommend to family and friends. We will be having another stay.

Perfect place

My boyfriend and I enjoyed a lovely few days in the topping pod. It was in a beautiful place, it’s a lovely decorated modern pod with everything you could need to sit back and relax. Chris and Ali are lovely and very welcoming. It’s the perfect holiday for couples or a your family.

Fantastic Accommodation and Location

I had a fabulous time staying at the Topping pod for 2 nights. It was perfectly suited for a quick getaway with my partner. It was extremely well equipt, enabling us to cook and sleep comfortably! The hot tub was amazing and the location was excellent for hiking. We also enjoyed a really good pub dinner in the village down the road. Would definitely go again
Sep 16, 2021 by Erin Jensen Verified Review

great place and wonderful stay

Great vacation.😃🤩Everything is thought out to the smallest detail, comfortable, clean and very cozy, surrounded by wonderful nature and animals. We got great pleasure, every part of the interior was created with love and it is felt. Fresh flowers and delicious cake 😃🥰Care and attention to guests. It was a pleasure to spend time and celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary. P.S. the dishes, glasses are impeccably washed. Thank you very much. I will be happy to tell my family and friends about this wonderful place.I wish your family health and happiness🙂😃Thank you Chris and Ali.💗


Loved this weekend away everything thought of so well We walked to pubs and castle Drives to waterfall a walk away from a pub Had lovely bbq Hot tub is amazing
Sep 2, 2021 by Sarah Kerr Verified Review

Fantastic break

Just returned from a weekend stay at Whorlton Pods. What a beautiful setting! Lovely and cosy pod, and added welcome bonus was the delicious lemon drizzle cake. The hot tub was the main attraction and didn’t disappoint. Our host was very helpful and checked daily to see if everything was ok. They have thought of everything to make our stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Highly recommend and would definitely return. Definitely luxurious!
Aug 17, 2021 by Alice Mack Verified Review

Fantastic stay...10/10! 👏🏼

We have just returned from a weekend away at Whorlton Pods, having stayed in the “Topping” pod. The entire experience was fabulous! The area is stunning and extremely picturesque with lots to explore nearby. Upon arriving in the pod, it was very clean and tidy, it gave an immaculate first impression (bed also super comfy!) The hot tub also very clean — lovely to enjoy on an evening after a walk/bike ride! We loved the personal touches, Ali had left a lovely personalised postcard with a home baked lemon drizzle cake (which was absolutely delicious!). Chris introduced himself when we arrived to ensure everything was ok and if we needed anything. He was very helpful, as we didn’t know the area we wanted to find some biking/walking routes to explore, Chris helped with this straight away and even emailed over the links for these routes. We ended up doing these over the course of the weekend and needless to say we weren’t disappointed! We were kept informed of when our Pod was ready before arriving by text message and Ali also messaged to make sure we received the map info from Chris. As the site currently only has 2 pods it is very quiet with no disturbance nearby whatsoever and fantastic open views! Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would most definitely recommend to friends/family. We will be staying here again in the future. The fact it’s a short drive away from lots of great villages/places to eat etc. is a bonus. 10/10 for accommodation/service/location 😊 Thank you Chris & Ali 👍🏼 The Richardson’s x

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  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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