Luxury in the wild

September 27, 2017

Christine Cavanagh came to stay at Calvert Kielder with her family - here is what she had to say about her stay.

Luxury in the Wild

Back in the days of just 2 of us, our weekend away search consisted of filtering results to 5* standards, no more than a 3 hour drive away, luxurious and quirky suites, spa facilities and something different to see every day.

It’s a hard habit to break and now we are 3, getting away for the weekend is all about compromise. Or is it?

We have found the perfect location for any age or ability with a level of service that you would only see in the leading hotels around the world.


Getting to central Northumberland is easy just follow the A1 either North or Southbound and you arrive there. The beauty of the rolling landscape, the Roman history and the clear fresh air all come together within a manageable radius meaning you don’t need to be driving miles during your stay.
Sat high in the Northumbrian National Park with a beauty and a sense of tranquillity that only the wilderness can bring, when you enter Calvert Trust Kielder a few gears and relax.

The Bradbury

The word chalet conjures up memories of pink wooden maisonettes in a holiday park in North Wales and certainly not accommodation that has mood lighting, aqua TVs and an en suite complete with steam room. For this reason I shall now refer to The Bradbury chalet only as the luxurious lodge!

As serious coffee lovers we armed ourselves with a Cafetierre hastily purchased at Waitrose in Hexham only to find that we had a bean to cup machine in the luxurious lodge, alongside washer, dryer, dishwasher, in fact every kitchen appliance you need... and even a  carton of milk waiting for us in the fridge. 

The telescope in the lounge allows you to enjoy Kielders’ large expanse of dark night sky, however I preferred to look at the sky from the discreetly placed  Canadian spa hot tub after a perfectly chargrilled steak courtesy of the charcoal barbecue sat on the patio.


In a world of increasing intolerance to difference it is important for our children to meet and embrace people who may look, sound or act differently to them.

Taking part in activities together as groups in canoeing, rock climbing or the zip wire brings collective benefits.

Irrespective of age or need the activities coordinators bring the groups together for enjoyable shared experiences.

Two hours of canoeing in convoy across stunning waters with a stop off for a flask of Hot chocolate on Kielder Water was priceless.

The star attraction has to be the “King Swing” which takes you high into the sky and upon release you swing back and forth – what a sensation.


There are naturally other locations to stay at in Northumberland including 5* hotels and bijoux B&Bs but how many of these are reinvesting your cash into supporting outdoor adventure for people with disabilities or providing desperately needed respite care?

My personal values alongside my superficial needs are both accommodated by staying at Calvert Trust Kielder, perhaps that is why it just feels so good to be there.

Finally ... I asked Mariella what she would like to do when she is older... her reply work at Calvert Trust Kielder. We so hope she does.

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