Eight miles east of Chester, Lloyds Meadow is a fabulous lakeside getaway – more natural wilderness than meadow if we're honest, with lakes, rushes, alder trees and ferns that make a wonderfull peaceful secluded spot to indulge in a bit of adults-only glamping. Run by amiable host Sarah Stone and her family, children and pets are not permitted, and the five-metre bell tents are each kitted out for couples, with the result that there is ample room inside. There are real beds and high quality duvets, and small details abound – a copy of The Birdwatcher’s Pocket Guide helps you make the most of the waterside wildlife, and solar lanterns have been hung in the trees to create an enchanting evening ambience. All in all it's a glamping retreat that is very much designed with comfort in mind. It’s also just a short stroll to the plush washroom facilities – exclusively for the use of glampers and newly installed in 2019.
The lake itself is one of four on the nine-acre Lloyds Meadow site, which doubles as a coarse fishery, stocked with roach, rudd, bream and more. Sarah can help rent you fishing tackle and arrange a license if you’re interested. Beyond the boundaries of your glamping glade, it's just a mile to Delemere Forest – at almost 2500 acres, the largest stretch of woodland in the country, webbed with footpaths and car-free cycleways, and with a nearby Go Ape! centre in case you'e feeling energetic. You can bring your own bike, or hire one locally from Tracs, outside the Linmere Lodge Visitor Centre (also just a mile from the site). It’s also just a five-minute walk from the site to Mouldsworth Station, where hourly trains make the 10-minute journey into Chester, which offers endless historic curiosities, from the magnificent cathedral to the town hall, city walls (a two-mile circumference walk) and the famous clock above the east gate. The streets have a real old-fashioned charm too, with modern day shops occupying ancient Jacobean-style, often timbered buildings.
In short Lloyds Meadow is a perfect blend of town and country, with plenty of bucolic charm of its own, not to mention plenty of home comforts, but also not far from the more cosmopolitan offerings of nearby Chester. Very much glamping for city softies!
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The Owner Says
We are situated in an ideal spot to explore Chester and the surrounding area, set in 10 spacious acres with 4 lakes. The setting is so peaceful and beautiful. We aim to give our glampers a really luxurious experience: all our Deluxe 5 meter Bell tents have built-in ground sheets and are carpeted with recycled cotton Chindi rugs ethically sourced from India.
We love a good night's sleep so provide superior, award-winning mattresses and high quality 12 tog feather & down duvets for extra snuggly nights. Off-grid fairy lights and solar lamps help to create an ambient, relaxing atmosphere during the evening, but please remember to bring a torch for late night visits to the bathroom.
Just a short walk from your Bell Tent will be brand new for 2019 toilets and a hot shower. Alternatively you can use the toilets by the lake which may be closer to your bell tent.
Lloyds Meadow is a couples retreat. As an adult only site we preserve the tranquility of our lakes and countryside location. Expect to see Buzzards soaring high above you, hear the call of many birds including the Herons, Kingfishers , Swallows, House Martins and all the usual suspects including some very cheeky Robins. If you like exploring there is so much to do locally you can stay for a week and not run out of things to do, whether you want to kick back relax and enjoy nature or be more active.
Our favourite spot
Glamping only. Dogs and children under the age of 16 are not permitted.
The local area
Lloyd's Meadow Glamping has a quiet and beautiful countryside location of its own – walk to Delamere Forest, get high in the trees at Go Ape Delamere (10-minute drive; 01603 895500) or park at Linmere Lodge Visitor Centre (10-minute drive) and walk the circular route around Blakemere Moss or to the view point at the top of Old Pale Hill. But the glamping site is also a 5-minute stroll from Mouldsworth Railway Station, from where its less than a fiver (and less than 15 minutes) to the walled city of Chester. Visit the city's famous Romanesque cathedral (01244 324756) or walk all the way around the walls, stopping on top of the East Gate for a photo beneath the famous clock. The whole town has a wonderfully ye olde quality, with modern shops – Zara, Waterstones, Debenhams and the like – housed inside original Tudor buildings, many across two stories with outer walkways around the second tier. Buskers are usually found around the cross and there is a tourist information centre (01244 405340) opposite the cathedral. If you're around at the right time of year you can also watch the races or polo at Chester Racecourse (01244 304600). Finally, it's a 20-minute drive to renowned Chester Zoo (01244 380280), respected as the most advanced zoo in the UK and with a fantastic array of animals and habitats. It's one of the most popular attractions in the whole of England and has enough (in fact, too much) to fill an entire day.
Best local places to eat and drink
It takes less than 5 minutes to walk to the nearest pub, a former 19th-century coaching inn with plenty of character. The Goshawk (01928 740900) serves food from midday–9pm and the outdoor area has recently been renovated. Sarah recommends the fish and chips. A short drive away, the Morris Dancer (01829 701680) in Kelsall is great for relaxing drinks and delicious food too. If you're in Chester for the day, Watergates (01244 320515) is a very atmospheric pub down in an old crypt, though the food is standard Greene King pub fare, while The Botanist (01244 408100), down a narrow alley does good sharing plates, very fancy cocktails and is generally a pretty hip place to hang out. Ristorante Sergio (01244 314663), just next to the cathedral, is also good for affordable Italian-made pizzas. For a quick coffee or a light bite, try The Jaunty Goat (01244 421492).
Why stay with us?
Bell tents feature carpets and cotton Chindi rugs, a double bed with a 12-tog feather and down duvet (all linen and towels provided), wicker storage baskets, bed-side tables, fairy lights, solar lamps and chairs. Just a short walk from your Bell Tent you will find brand new toilets and a hot shower (bring a torch for late night trips). You are welcome to bring your own cooking equipment or you can hire a cooking pack from Lloyds Meadow for the duration of your stay for a small fee. The pack includes gas stove, pans, kettle, crockery and cutlery. Locally sourced breakfast packs and BBQ packs are also available. The site is very spacious set within the grounds of 10 acres of land with 4 lakes. Fishing can be arranged with tuition if required, equipment can be hired and rod licences purchased.
Accommodation6 very comfortably furnished bell tents, each sleeping 2 people. Check Availability
PriceBell tents from £70 a night.
Opening TimesEaster to end-September.
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