Posted 20th Aug 2015
Camp in comfort this LandLove Camping Week (17th to 21st August 2015) and try out a yurt or camping pod with The National Trust
Gibside, Tyne and Wear, North East
Sleep under the stars in a cosy Mongolian yurt at Cut Thorn Farm. West Wood yurt village provides the perfect combination of back to nature living, without compromising on all the usual luxuries you could wish for on holiday, it even includes solar-powered phone chargers. With comfortable futon style beds, warm duvets, cosy wood burning stoves, solar lighting and twinkling fairy lights this really is luxury camping at its best. Yurt glampers have exclusive access to Gibside's parkland and adventure playground after day visitors go home. A large yurt sleeps six, a small sleeps four.
Price: From £115 for two nights. For more information, please call 07823 334 910
National Trust places nearby: Cherryburn and Washington Old Hall.
Wasdale, Lake District
Wasdale is a remote farming hamlet surrounded by spectacular fells and dramatic wilderness. The fells have been an inspiration for mountaineers, climbers and poets for decades and remain a magnificent setting for an adventure to suit everyone. Spend the night in a camping pod that’s simple and spacious or a tipi with a brilliant wood-burner for a toasty evening. Wasdale campsite sits at the head of Wastwater, which has been voted Britain’s favourite view. Set in the quieter West Lakes, it is a good spot for walking, cycling and canoeing. Pull on your boots and head up nearby Scafell Pike, or venture out onto Wastwater in a hired canoe. Wasdale Head Inn is a short walk from the campsite for a tasty bite to eat.
Price: Tent pitch from £64.50 for two nights, Camping pod from £105 for two nights, Nordic Tipis are £50 per night (2 adults and 2 children). For more information please call 01539 432 733
National Trust places nearby: Buttermere Valley, Borrowdale and Derwentwater and Sticklebarn and The Langdales.
Crom, County Fermanagh
New this year, for those who want to enjoy a little more luxury, are two 'glamping' pods at Crom. The pods look out over Lough Erne and are a stone’s throw from the water – the perfect spot to relax and watch the sun set. They are located right beside the visitor centre and close to the campsite facilities, which include a shower block and an outdoor tap for washing dishes. In the past, they were used to house pigs, but they've certainly had an upgrade since then.The pods have enough space to fit from two adults to a family of five with two single beds and plenty of floor space. They are well equipped with home comforts to make your stay that bit easier, with a microwave, kettle, heater and electric points to charge those smartphones and hairdryers.
Price: £45 per night. For more information, please call 028 6773 8118
National Trust places nearby: Florence Court and Castle Coole.
Castle Ward, Northern Ireland
Tucked away on Strangford Avenue in the stunning 820-acre Demesne at Castle Ward, these camping pods offer a chance to reconnect with nature. Explore the many trails that wind their way through atmospheric woodland, gardens and parklands, plus there's plenty of space for cycling. If you’re feeling adventurous, the nearby Clearsky Adventure Centre offers archery lessons, bike hire, laser clay pigeon shooting and kayaking on Strangford Lough and with an 18th-century mansion on your doorstep it’s the perfect place to spend the weekend. A standard pod sleeps two adults and up to one child, and a family pod sleeps two adults and three children.
Price: Standard Pod: £38 per night, Family Pod: £48 per night. For more information, please call 028 4488 1204
National Trust places nearby: Rowallane Garden and Mount Stewart
Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Wigwams are sturdy woven camping cabins with beds and will keep the whole family warm and cosy on a glamping adventure at Clumber Park. Set in a peaceful woodland park, the Clumber wigwams and camping pods are a great way for families to get back to nature. Nearby, Clumber Park Bunkhouse is a converted gardener's cottage situated next to the Walled Kitchen Garden. There are four interconnecting bedrooms that sleep up to 12, providing simple and comfortable accommodation.
Price: Wigwam: From £94 for a weekend, Camping Pod: From £70 for a weekend, Tent pitch: From £27 for a weekend.
Bunkhouse: Sunday – Wednesday £120 per night, Thursday – Saturday £150 per night. For more information, please call 01909 484 758
National Trust places nearby: The Workhouse and Hardwick Hall.
Low Wray, Lake District
A stone’s throw from the lakeshore, Low Wray is a tranquil rural retreat for the whole family to enjoy, whilst conveniently located for getting around the Lake District. Take a 10 minute stroll to Wray Castle, head into the hills for a walk or spend an afternoon on one of the many activities for kids in the surrounding area.Hire bikes and canoes or a bat detector kit, or visit Wray Castle just along the shore. Alternatively, visit Allan Bank within easy cycling distance.
Don't forget to visit Low Wray which has a pioneering range of glamping opportunities; choose from Berber tents, campervan spaces or Camping Pods that are all sure to give you a good night’s sleep in a warm, comfortable bed under the stars.
Price: Standard Pods: 3 available, (2 adults and 1 child) prices start from £45 per night. Family pods: 7 available (2 adults and 3 children) prices start from £50 per night. Berber tents: 2 available, prices start from £225 for 3 nights in low season to £250 for 3 nights in high season. For more information, please call 01539 432733
National Trust places nearby: Allan Bank, Wray Castle and Hill Top.
By The National Trust
Images courtesy of The National Trust's: Paul Harris, David Noton, Bernie Brown, Joe Cornish, Stephanie Wggins and John Cain.