More glamping options than you can shake a stick at – in a glorious part of the UK.
When Kerry Roy was made redundant in 2012, she took it as a sign to follow her dreams and, along with her partner Dave, decided to set up her own campsite. We're glad she did, because Camp Katur now has one of the most diverse selections of glamping accommodation in the country. Named after the Icelandic word for 'happy', Camp Kátur nestles within the sprawling 250-acre Camphill Estate just outside Bedale, North Yorkshire, an off-grid glamping experience that brings together a diverse array of native abodes, thrilling outdoor activities and, most importantly, the very best eco-friendly facilities.
Located within a peaceful 15-acre meadow, fringed by woodland, there are 16 luxury accommodation options, including the UK's first 360-degree panoramic Unidome (for which you'll need to bring your own bedding). As well as this, there are four hobbit pods in the trees, which are cosy cabins ideal for groups of four, with the Romeo & Juliet pod perfect for glamping couples. The three Safari Tents (Zaniah, Jabbah and Afia) will each happily sleep a party of eight, and come complete with a private toilet and shower area. And the Molimo Tipi sleeps four and 'Tinker' Bell Tent sleeps five. There are also two Geodomes which sleep up to four guests, and have their own kitchen, toilet and shower facilities. New for 2018 is the Bears Place Luxury Lodge, while you can also pitch your own tents during weddings and large private events.
With such an array of accommodation, you could be forgiven for thinking that things will get a little cramped. But the site is large enough to ensure plenty of seclusion, and there are plenty of quirky extras too, from an outdoor hot tub and sauna to the woodland Nordic BBQ pod ('The Podfather') where you can produce your own flame-grilled feast. Glampers have their run of the first-rate adventures on offer on the estate – segways, quad bikes, putting and zip wires. As Kerry puts it, "it's one big playground for big and little kids alike!!"
Among an array of events throughout the year, there are 'Sneaky Cinema' screenings and the celebrated 'Dubs in't Dales' gathering of like-minded VW camper van nuts, while the cobbled streets of nearby Knaresborough are a good place to lose yourself. That said, it's the site itself that is the real draw – a welcoming, well-maintained place that offers a truly unique glamping experience. The Camp Kátur mantra is 'Discover Your Outdoor Happiness'. Thanks to that boss who gave Kerry her marching orders, you can now discover yours.
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Hobbit pods from £35 per night; Tipis & Bell Tents from £60; Unidome from £70; Safari Tents from £90. See website for full details.
- Bell Tents
- Children's Activities
- Hot Tub
- Lodges & Cabins
- Safari Tents
- Wedding/Party Venue
- Five-Star Luxury
- Groups Welcome
- Remote Location
- Something Different
The Camphill Estate is just 5 minutes from the A1, in between Ripon and Bedale, 30 minutes from the popular spa town of Harrogate, and 45 minutes by car from Leeds and York. The nearest train station is 8 miles away in Thirsk.
Open early April–end October.