How about a touch of Yorkshire glamour at the boutique Jolly Days camp? Set in two hundred acres of private woodland, the luxury bell tents are larger than your average hotel suite. Kitted out with wooden floors, rugs, chandeliers, wood burners, private toilets and cosy sofas, each tent also comes complete with its own four-poster bed. The four bell tents and six lodge tents are situated at least fifteen metres apart, which gives guests all the intimacy they need to feel alone and at one with nature. The camp consists of a communal 'tea and cake' lounge if you get a little puckish in the day or feel like socialising with the other guests. It is also possible to hire bikes, but you must give the site at least 48 hours notice.
The campsite is family-run by Carolyn and Christian Van Outersterps, one a fashion designer and the other a landscape architect, which is reflected in the attention to detail and general warm atmosphere all over the site.
The family is aiming at increasing the energy-efficiency of the tents by making their energy usage as sustainable as possible. For the moment, water is sent to a bio-digester before it is released in the campsite grounds.
Jolly Days charge per tent and not per person. Prices range from £110 to £165 for a night and £470 to £660 for a week's stay in a luxury lodge tent. For more information, see the Jolly Days website.
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