ROLL up for a luxury glamping weekend in gorgeous Grasmere.
Grab your wellies and book a trip you won’t forget.
If you love the outdoors but prefer your accommodation more boujee than basic, then Grasmere Glamping’s luxury micro-pods on the family-run Broadrayne Farm are the way to go.
These perfectly proportioned wooden huts sleep two, with some seriously Insta-worthy touches: underfloor heating, a wood-burner, TV with Netflix and Prime Video, super-fast Wi-Fi, a shower room with locally made toiletries, a kitchen and the cosiest of beds, from which you can snap the sun rising over the spectacular Central Fells.
There’s also a porch for sipping your sundowners or stargazing over a hot chocolate, plus a barbecue area for cooking up a well-deserved feast after an invigorating day exploring the stunning Cumbrian countryside.
Out & about
The picture-postcard village of Grasmere is just a 20-minute stroll from your pod. There you’ll find plenty of places to eat and drink, along with author William Wordsworth’s former home. Our pick is The Good Sport pub for a local cider, £4.75 a pint.
Itching to get lost in nature? The Lake District leg of the Coast to Coast Walk is right on your doorstep. You can hike over to the pretty village of Patterdale or, if you’re feeling adventurous, scramble up to Helvellyn Ridge – one of the highest points in the region. A Lake Windermere boat trip is a must-do while you’re in the area.
Head to Bowness, a 20-minute drive, and board Windermere Lake Cruises’ Red Cruise, kick back on the top deck and admire the views, £13.70 for an adult return ticket (Windermere-lakecruises.co.uk). The Drunken Duck Inn in Ambleside is the perfect place to warm up by the fire afterwards.
People come from far and wide to tuck into crispy pork belly and hearty pies – two courses for £35 – so you’ll need to book in advance (Drunkenduckinn.co.uk).
Grasmere Glamping’s owners Dave, Sally, Jess and Will really have thought of everything, including The Yan – a stylish bistro, headed up by Will, serving locally sourced food. Breakfast is taken seriously here – start the day with a floury bap filled with three Cumberland sausages, £6.95, or creamy berry, nut and honey porridge, £5.95.
It puts your usual Pret to shame. Come dinner time, it’s all about Will’s shepherd’s pie – melt-in-the-mouth Grasmere lamb with moreish chunks of ham and a cheesy mash topping, £16.95.
Oh, and the dark-chocolate mousse, £7.95, is a must-order. Can’t tear yourself away from your pod? The team can deliver breakfast, lunch or dinner – with a bottle of fizz – to your door (Theyan.co.uk).
A four-night self-catering stay at Grasmere Glamping costs from £340 (Grasmereglamping.co.uk).
There’s no bad weather, only the wrong clothes – so waterproof boots are a must, £34.99, Mountain Warehouse.
Stop for a brew on the fells with this leakproof cup, guaranteed to keep you cosy, £7.99, TK Maxx. Enjoy the five-star treatment, at home and away, with this dreamy bathrobe, £49, Monsoon.
William Wordsworth’s grave, in the churchyard of St Oswald’s in Grasmere, is one of the most visited literary shrines in the world.
published 2022-04-10 06:01:00