With the Easter bank holiday weekend having given us a taste of glorious sunshine and blue skies, you may well be looking ahead to the remaining bank holidays as well as the summer, and thinking about booking a break. With travel restrictions to many places having eased off, you might be planning a trip abroad.
Or, if you like the idea of a luxury break but without hours of travelling, you may be considering a holiday closer to home. And why wouldn’t you? Leicestershire and Rutland are beautiful counties, and there’s some incredible places that you could stay in – some with hot tubs, some with friendly animals in neighbouring fields, and all with wonderful views. Many also allow pet dogs to stay, too.
We’ve put together some suggestions of Leicestershire places that we reckon would be ideal for a glamping trip to remember. Take a look and see where you fancy heading to…
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Ragdale Glamping, Ragdale, Melton Mowbray
This luxury glamping site, which opened last summer, is spread across 2.5 acres in the rolling hills of Leicestershire, on the edge of Ragdale village. All of the pods are located next to the top fishing pond with views over the water, and grass pathways lead around the top and bottom pond.
Each of the five pods has a kitchenette, en-suite bathroom, smart TV, comfortable beds, WiFi access, bedding and towels. Two of the pods have their very own wood-fired hot tub, too.
Of the five pods, two sleep up to six people, and three sleep up to four people. Dogs can be taken in the willow and ash pods, for a £10 per dog per night fee.
Price: From £297 for three nights in July. Visit the website here.
Grange Farm, Ashby Folville, Melton Mowbray
Grange Farm, at Ashby Folville near Melton Mowbray, has been home to alpacas for 18 years. And, having offered experiences such as alpaca walks, alpaca picnics and even alpaca yoga for the previous couple of years, the owners last year launched a glamping site.
Guests can stay in one of five bell tents, located in the field next to the paddock where the alpacas and sheep graze. The tents sleep up to five people comfortably. Beds are either traditional beds, sofa beds, futons or JayBee beds.
A typical bell tent will include small tables, a storage chest, sofa/ chair, picnic table, kitchen items such as plates, bowls and cutlery, cooking equipment such as saucepans, camping stove and utensils, a cooler box or bag, washing up equipment, and bedding.
There is an on-site shower and composting toilets. No dogs are allowed at this site.
Price: From £100 per night based on two people sharing, for minimum two nights. You can book via the website.
Woodland View Glamping Pods, Asfordby, Melton Mowbray
Woodland View features glamping pods set in three acres of pastureland. Each has a private bathroom and outdoor space with patio.
The site is dog friendly and there is a barbecue firepit available for guests. There is also a small farm shop that is run on an honesty basis. It stocks milk, butter, bread, yoghurt, homemade cakes, jams and preserves and more.
Price: £95 per night. Visit the website here.
Eye Kettleby Lakes, Eye Kettleby, Melton Mowbray
Eye Kettleby Lakes is a luxury holiday park with 12 log cabins with hot tubs, two adult-only touring sites with facilities, eight adult-only glamping pods and eight coarse fishing lakes. There is also a new luxury farmhouse which sleeps eight guests and is dog friendly.
Price: From £32 per night mid-week in July for the touring sites. Prices for one-bedroom log cabin from £350 for four nights mid-week or three nights at the weekend in July. Visit the website here.
Wigwam Holidays, Newtown Linford, Charnwood Forest
This Charnwood Forest site includes six en-suite, luxury Wigwam cabins which sit around a wildlife pond – three with private wood fired hot tubs. Each cabin includes an electric heater, toilet, shower, hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge, sink and crockery and cutlery for four people. Bedding, towels and pans are available as an extra.
Each cabin has a large decked area. A maximum of two dogs are allowed per cabin and there is a charge of £10 per dog per night.
Price: From £196 for a two-night stay in July, based on two adults sharing a Running Water Deluxe Cabin. Visit the website here.
Purple Badger, Beeby
On the Rutland and Leicestershire border, Purple Badger features two fishing lakes surrounded by woodland and wildlife. You can choose to stay in one of two shepherds huts, which are on the edge of the top lake, and are ready for relaxation, fishing and star-gazing .
Huts include a small fridge, electric hob and microwave, wood burner, bedding and throws, crockery, cutlery and pans, coffee, sugar, tea and olive oil and eco friendly cleaning products. There’s also an outside table and chairs.
Or, you could camp in the bottom field where you can cook on open fires next to your own tent or sleep in one of the resident bell tents which are available to hire either furnished or unfurnished.
No dogs are allowed on-site, unless assistance dogs.
Price: From £30 a night for a tent pitch and from £70 for bell tent, unfurnished, in July. To find out more, visit the website here.
Fair Farm Hideaway, Waltham on the Wolds
In the heart of the Leicestershire Wolds, Fair Farm Hideaway features 10 hand-crafted shepherd huts, nestled around two fishing lakes. The huts have been finished to a high standard and have en-suite facilities with towels and linen provided, fully equipped kitchens and televisions.
All of the shepherd huts benefit from their own private wood-fired hot tubs and every hut has a fire pit and BBQ.
Dog-friendly huts are available, and there is a charge of £7.50/pet per day or £10.00 for two small dogs.
Price: From £100 per night (min two night stay) in July. To find out more, visit the website here.
Mallory Meadows, Kirkby Mallory
Nestled in a pretty 2.5 acre site bordering open countryside, Mallory Meadows features four rustic wooden cabins and two luxurious roundhouses, each with a private hot tub.
The roundhouses and two of the cabins sleep two people, and the other two cabins sleep up to four people.
Facilities include en-suite shower rooms, fully equipped kitchenettes, bed linen and towels, wi-fi, heating and TV plus DVD player. Pets are welcome, and pet friendly cabins Squirrel and Hare have a fenced outside area so you can relax while you dog is enclosed.
Price: From £499 for two night stay in July. To find out more, visit the website here.
Foxton Locks Lodges, Foxton
Foxton Locks Lodges features six luxurious log cabins, with some accommodating two people, and some accommodating four people. Each has a decking area with private hot tub and gas barbecue.
Cabins include fully equipped kitchens, TVs,DVD players and I-pod docking stations, bathrooms and shower rooms, bed linen, towels and bathrobes. Cabins are dog-friendly.
Price: From £690 for four night mid-week break or three night weekend break in Badger’s Set (sleeps two). Visit the website to book.
Rural Relaxing, Medbourne
In the heart of the Welland Valley, you can enjoy camping or glamping at Rural Relaxing. There’s a mix of electric and non-electric pitches, suitable for tents, small motorhomes or vintage vans.
Or, you could stay in a safari tent, complete with bed, dining table, chairs and rattan sofa. There’s also a kettle, mini fridge, veranda furniture, fire pit and picnic table. You need to take your own pillows, duvets or sleeping bags and towels.
There are also bell tents, for which you need to take your own airbeds, bedding and towels. There is no electric in the bell tents. Well behaved dogs are welcome on site but not in glamping units.
Price: Camping pitch from £80 for minimum two night stay in July. Bell tents from £150. Visit the website here.
Brook Meadow, Sibbertoft, Market Harborough
You can enjoy a lakeside holiday on a working farm at Brook Meadow. There are three luxurious lodges with well-equipped kitchen and dining areas, smart TVs, and a veranda from where you can enjoy the view across the lake.
All lodges sleep four people with an optional extra of a sofa bed in Woodpecker and Skylark for a further two people. There’s also a cabin, which sleeps up to four, plus two safari glamping lodge tents and a new Airstream.
The site also has pitches for caravanning and camping. Dogs are limited to a maximum or two per party and will incur an additional charge.
Price: Camping from £11 per night for single campers traveling on a cycle or walking. Lodge prices from £520 for three nights weekend or four nights mid-week stay in July. To find out more, visit the website here.
Country Bumpkin Yurts, Great Oxendon
This glamping site is on a working farm and features three Mongolian yurts. Two of the yurts can sleep up to six people, and the smaller yurt accomodates two people. Each yurt is based on a wooden platform, with picturesque views across the farm.
A log burner, shabby chic furnishings and cosy beds are in each tent, and there are private bathrooms, outdoor kitchenettes, and a communal indoor kitchen. The wooden gazebo area provides a space for alfresco dining and there’s also a wood burning hot tub.
Up to two dogs are allowed per yurt at an extra cost of £5 per night per dog.
Price: Cost per night from £120 mid-week in July. Visit the website here.
The Dandelion Hideaway, Osbaston
Aiming to offer the ultimate luxury glamping experience, The Dandelion Hideaway is nestled within 200 acres of rolling countryside, close to The National Forest. There’s chic canvas cottages sleeping six, with a double and a twin bedroom, and another double bed in a secret wooden cabin.
Features include an en suite bathroom with a roll top bath and chrome shower, leather sofa, beds with duvets, eiderdowns and teddies, and kitchen with an Aga-style range. There’s also the Bluebells accommodation, which includes a hot tub and sleeps up to five people.
A maximum of two dogs are allowed in each canvas cottage. They are not allowed in Bluebells as there is no secure veranda.
Farm activities for the family include helping to care for the hens and collecting newly laid eggs, bird watching, and games such as table tennis and table football.
Price: From £770 for four night mid-week stay in July. Visit the website here.
In The Stix, Greetham
Set in the Rutland countryside, In The Stix was launched in 2017, and became the first campsite in the country to offer glamping domes with a solid mezzanine second floor.
The six luxurious domes can sleep up to six people, and are each equipped with a wood burner, a wood-fired oven, field kitchen and a wood heated hot tub, as well as a plumbed-in bathroom.
Friendly and well-behaved dogs are welcome. There is an extra cleaning charge of £25 per stay.
Price: From £785 for three nights at weekend or four nights mid-week in July. Visit the website to book.
Lantern and Larks, Exton
Lantern and Larks is a glamping site based within the 500 hectares of Exton Park. Each of the glamping tents accommodates up to six people, with three bedrooms that each sleep two people.
There is one king size room, one twin room and one bunk bed room per tent. You could also fit a travel cot in any of the bedrooms (these can be hired on site if required).
Tents include a shower and WC, beds made up on arrival plus towels, fully equipped kitchen area, log-burning stove and double gas hob. Dogs are allowed, but there is a cleaning charge of £20 per dog.
Price: From £499 for four night mid-week stay in July. Visit the website here.
published 2022-05-02 19:13:46