I am a firm believer in getting away from the daily grind and getting back to nature for some true escapism; of course, back to nature with style roughly translates as glamping! Camp Kátur Glamping Village in North Yorkshire is a beautiful spot but offers something a little extra too; with a range of adventure activities to keep you occupied.
The camp is located at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, between Ripon and Bedale, and lies just 1.5 miles from the A1. You are surrounded by the beautiful North Yorkshire Countryside and are close to many popular tourist attractions and local historic Market Towns including Bedale, Masham and Ripon, the stunning Spa town of Harrogate, and the great cities of York, Leeds, and Newcastle.
Style & Character
The glamping village is set in the stunning 250-acre Camp Hill Manor Estate within breathtaking meadow and woodland and lots of wildlife. Kátur means ‘Happy’ in Icelandic and everything about the camp tries to live up to this name; as well as doing everything that they can to make your stay a happy one, they are eco-friendly and minimize their footprint on the countryside. This is genuine off-grid living so there’s no electricity, they do have solar power and there is hot water but the main source of lighting is torch and candlelight and the heating comes from log burning stoves and gas heaters; eco-friendly and very romantic. The lack of electricity also means it’s the perfect place to reconnect with your loved ones and get away from the screens and from those constant emails (though if you’re desperate there’s Wi-Fi at the onsite café!).
Service & Facilities
This is a relatively large glamping site which is great because you can get away from real life but there’s still plenty to occupy you. It’s a sociable place and there’s a communal campfire ideal for sitting around with blankets until late singing campfire songs – and yes musical instruments are provided! There’s a selection of games available too and a mini-library. If you want some alone time, pick a hammock and gaze at the trees for a time, or book into the Eco Spa with wood burning hot tub and Sauna for some real R&R.
The Camp Hill Estate offers an excellent range of activities designed to suit all ages and all group sizes. If you have children then the Children’s Woodland Adventure play area with Shelter Building & Picnic Playhouses is perfect. If you’re feeling active then check out the Woodland Walks and Activity Trails, Cycle routes, Football Golf, Football Net, Basketball / Netball, and equestrian activities; phew, you’ll need another Spa session after that lot!
Choose your accommodation from Safari Tents, Teepees, Bell Tents, Hobbit Pods, Geodomes, Unidomes, and new for 2017: a 1980’s Retro Caravan named ‘Betty’ and ‘Squirrel Lodge’ – an upcycled, cozy cabin. If it’s just the two of you, opt for the Romeo and Juliet Pod – a Hobbit Pod tucked away in the beautiful woodland facing out towards the green meadow which is dressed with lots candles and fairy lights; you’ll score huge romance points for sure! If you really want to get close to nature, there’s a Unidome with a clear panoramic dome roof; you really can sleep under the stars, just with an added comfort factor too! The facilities are glamping not camping here; real beds, private toilets, and showers, just with those fabulous countryside views to remind you that you’re not in the usual hotel.
Food & Drink
If you fancy a bit of self-catering there’s a Communal Kitchen Hut and a BBQ Grill Cabin as well as a large clay pizza oven, plus you have your own BBQ; there’s a convenience store at the camp for supplies. I’d definitely recommend pre-arranging a Continental or English Breakfast Hamper and if you are lighting up the BBQ then the BBQ Meat Fest Hamper is very convenient, there’s also a Celebratory Champagne Hamper if you are celebrating a special occasion or even just because! For nights off cooking, there’s the Safari Tent Cafe with a garden at the camp, and a short mile walk will bring you to the villages of Kirklington and Carthorpe where you will find two wonderful pubs serving a large menu of tasty home-cooked foods and local brews.
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