The Camp Hill Estate is the at-home escape we’ve all been waiting for. Offering that ‘worlds away’ feeling without venturing too far from home, the 300-acre estate in the heart of North Yorkshire is home to three glamping areas to suit all levels of comfort.
A box-ticker when it comes to close-to-home breaks with the whole family, Camp Hill invites you to bring the kids, the pooch, the grandparents – anyone up for a bit of adventure with plenty of little luxuries thrown in for good measure.
In luxe style, our home for the weekend is Chestnut Hill, Camp Kátur’s brand new offering for 2021, the luxury geodomes in a premium spot surrounded by meadowland and wildlife.
Built in 1738 as a family home, agricultural estate and sporting residence, Camp Hill is now home to the Ropner family, who opened their gates to the public in 1996.
The 300-acre estate is the epitome of life in beautiful North Yorkshire – think whimsical woodland, towering trees, endless meadows and glorious green spaces to get lost in.
Just a short drive from Bedale and within easy reach of the A1(M) and the A19, it’s accessible for those travelling from across the North East, North Yorkshire and beyond.
Interior aesthetics aren’t the first thing that springs to mind when booking a camping getaway, but it’s safe to say a stay at Camp Kátur’s glamping sites – particularly the Chestnut Hill Geodomes – oozes style and character, and you’ll quite honestly feel like you’re picking up a five star apartment and dropping it in the most idyllic location in the North Yorkshire countryside.
Ideal for those looking for the perfect balance of indulgence and nature, the geodomes come with all the mod-cons you’d expect from a sky-high hotel room, but very much with both feet on the ground, in and amongst the natural beauty that surrounds you.
It’s an escape from the everyday, but with everything on hand to ensure your stay is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. That’s what staycations are all about, right?
If the location itself hasn’t already blown you away on arrival, your dazzling dome sure will.
On arrival, friendly faces in a golf buggy guide us to Bellatrix Geodome, our home for the weekend – and as we step inside, we’re blown away by the interiors, not to mention the facilities including a BBQ and sunken hot tub on our own private
Finished in a contemporary fashion with a fully-fitted kitchen, mezzanine double bed and central tailormade en-suite bathroom, plus plenty of features that take ‘glamping’ to a whole new level including an eco wood burning stove, luxury bed linen and towels, plus a lovely lounge area overlooking the wetland glade.
LAY YOUR HEAD
Now this is where our biggest ‘highlight’ comes into play. Our geodome’s retracting cover in the roof means, once we’ve enjoyed a sparkling sunset on the deck, we can head inside, snuggle up in the cloud-like mezzanine bed and watch as day turns to night and the stars light up the sky.
Luckily, the early summer sun means we’re in for a clear night – and we can quite honestly say, there’s nothing like drifting off to dreamtime with the stars sparkling above you.
The beauty of stargazing in the countryside is always a real draw when it comes to camping, but this experience tops it. Brilliantly breathtaking.
FOOD & DRINK
All Camp Kátur accommodation is self- catered, meaning the BBQ and picnic opportunities are endless – perfect for enjoying some of our favourite summer dishes.
But as the months roll on and the cooler days draw in, if you’re lucky enough to be staying in a Chestnut Hill Geodome, you can cook to your heart’s content with access to a fully-fitted kitchen and all the kit and utensils you’ll need to cook up a storm.
We make the most of the heatwave by barbecuing on the deck, but if you’re looking to head out for your food fix, check out the on-site Hebridean Bar & Grill. Sitting at the heart of the estate with top chef Adrian Orford at the helm, you’ll find deliciously home-grown dishes inspired by ingredients from Hill Farm and the Walled Kitchen Garden.
All of that, plus plenty of Yorkshire cask ales from local brewers, as well as an elegant list of wines and spirits. Those looking to venture a little further will find proper pub comfort food at the likes of The Woodman Inn in Burneston, The Fox & Hounds at Carthorpe and The Black Horse at Kirklington, as well as the many restaurants and cafes of Bedale.
Lapping up the luxuries of your geodome might be enough, but those wanting to explore a little more have plenty at their fingertips, both on and off site. Within the grounds, you’ll find a 200-acre wildlife reserve where you’re free to explore the woodland paths, open waters and ancient forests.
The Woodland Park is a great spot to let off some steam if you’ve got little ones in your gang – an enchanting space filled with dens, slides, swings and playhouses, set in nature’s very own green canopy beneath the trees.
Another way to while away the hours is by taking in the wildlife that surrounds you – there’s a little bit of Hill Farm everywhere you turn, whether it’s stumbling across a grazing flock of sheep, or collecting freshly-laid eggs from the chicken hut.
Further afield, Camp Hill Estate staycationers have plenty of local beauty spots on the doorstep; from days on the pristine North Yorkshire coast, to the cobbled streets of local market towns including Harrogate, Knaresborough, York and Bedale, to the waterfalls, woodland walks and hikes in the national parks surrounding the estate – be it the Yorkshire Dales or the North York Moors.