I was very lucky to be able to visit Camp Katur at the start of October in North Yorkshire as part of a glamping press trip for the weekend. We had an absolutely fantastic time and would definitely recommend it! Camp Katur is a glamping experience where you have the option of staying in tipis, bell tents, safari tents or the brilliantly named hobbit pods. It is based on the Camp Hill estate just outside Bedale in North Yorkshire and it is absolutely beautiful. One of the first things I noticed is how lovely and peaceful it is - the pods/tents and tipis are far enough apart to allow for a good level of privacy and it is a wonderful countryside retreat.The nearest village is a short 5-10 minute drive away if you need to go and pick up supplies or alternatively there is the Orangery cafe, bar and shop on site. The shop stocks the essentials that you may need and the bar is fully licensed should you like to try a local beer, or even a cheeky champagne.
We were a group of 6 adults - three couples, and we were staying in one of the larger Safari tents 'Zaniah'. The 'tent' is gorgeous, very homely inside and feels far from camping at all. It has wooden floors, leather sofas, a dining table, cooking facilities including pots and pans and the most wonderful part of all is a large log burning stove which we kept permanently alight to keep us toasty. Being October I was a little worried about the cold but it was gloriously warm in there and we had the best time attempting to cook a fried breakfast on top in the morning! There is also a 2 hob gas cooker which is a lot easier to manage. The only thing to note if you are staying with little ones is that the pipes from the stove get incredibly hot and you may have a challenge keeping them away from here - I would recommend they provide a fire guard. In terms of sleeping arrangements we had one double bed and 2 bunk beds which as 6 couples was pretty funny - something to bear in mind. The safari tent also comes with a shower - sadly ours was not working and it was unable to be fixed over the weekend however we were able to use the communal shower facilities and also test the shower in the next safari tent along and both were lovely and warm. Extras you may wish to bring with you would be charcoal for the BBQ, logs (1 basket is provided and you can purchase more at the onsite Cafe unless you wish to bring your own) bedding and Pillows (these are a necessity!), towels, toiletries (toilet roll is already provided), an extra torch or lantern - we purchased lots of candles but these wouldn't be the best with little ones and of course food and drink.
Check in time for arrival is 3pm but we were welcome to arrive earlier - one member of the group arrived first and the staff were incredibly helpful at directing her around the site (it's pretty vast) One point to note is that you are able to drive your car to your accommodation to unload but you then must return it to the car park - you can drive nice and close to accommodation but if you packed as much as we did a wheelbarrow might be good to bring with you to move your belongings around! We arrived slightly later having driven up from London so it was very dark by the time we arrived - torches are definitely needed to help you when moving belongings from the car.
On the site there is the option to take part in a number of activities including quad biking, segways, archery, assault courses and cycle hire. There really are activities to suit all tastes and all ages which would be great with children. We opted to go for the segway experience, which at £45 per person is certainly not cheap, but definitely worth it. I've never been on a segway before but our activity leader was absolutely brilliant in instructing us how to do it and it didn't take long for everyone's competitive streak to appear!
The highlight of the trip was most certainly the eco spa and sauna. I wasn't entirely sure quite what to expect but it turned out to be magical to be outside in a hot tub powered by a log burner! The hot tub is only available at the weekends and you need to book in advance as the tub takes around 5 hours to get warm enough. We typically forgot to book in advance - however Kerry was wonderfully accommodating and allowed us to heat up the tub ourselves after giving us a little demo as to how it works. As part of the service someone will heat the tub for you - as we needed to return back every half hour or so just to check that the logs were still alight - having three men in the group was great as they were all very keen to get involved! We were also very fortunate that no one else had booked to use it that evening so we were able to use it for the entire evening. It comfortably fitted all 6 of us and was actually so hot we had to put some cold water in! It was a truly amazing experience to be outside in October toasty and warm in the tub.
To book the safari tent during October the cost would have been £290 which is entirely reasonable at £48 per person for 2 nights - if you are looking to book in the summer for 6 guests this cost doubles to £600. Whilst undoubtedly beautiful and certainly a very memorable trip this does seem rather expensive - I would look more favourably on the smaller, but very cute, hobbit pods during this time where you can make use of the communal shower blocks and kitchen hut areas and still have everything that you need. I want to thank camp Katur for a fabulous weekend and would definitely recommend it if you are considering going. The Camp Hill estate also caters for Stag and Hen groups and weddings so there really is something for everyone!