Two stylish safari tents-for-6 overlooking a lake; ideal for outdoorsy families
Each sleeps 4-6
Glamping can sometimes be exaggerated to include the ropiest of tents, but at the other end of the spectrum it looks like this. Bringing a touch of African safari magic to the English countryside, these 2 stylish lodges stand on timber frames, with canvas walls that blend into the surrounding sunswept grass. Each sleeps 6, making this the perfect solution for larger families and groups. Bring your babies, your grandparents, even your dogs (kitchen sink provided).
Kids can build dens around the farmland, learn to fish on the lake, or pile into the back of the owners’ Landrover and be whisked away to spot wildlife. You can ask for a home-cooked dinner to be delivered to your deck, then watch a family film on a projector under the stars. Adventure is everywhere. And once the children are tucked up in their cabin bed – under the warmest of White Company duvets – take a long soak in the freestanding bath and gaze up at expansive night skies. Or if there are a group of you, turn up the tunes! There’s no one to hear you but the sheep.
Getting here: drive, or train to Peterborough then taxi (10 mins)
Full recycling, compostable bin bags and non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products.
- Just a 15-minute drive away, Stamford is the UK’s first town to be designated as a conservation area. Ergo, it’s beautifully preserved, and full of indie boutiques and restaurants (try Hoppi Dorri for soul food and sushi). Book a historical tour, or a treasure hunt trail, depending on your companions. Market day is Friday.
- You’re spoilt for choice with local pubs. The White Hart is a very pretty 2-mile walk away, via Southorpe meadows. The Olive Branch in Clipsham is a great gastro pub – and while you’re there, stock up on deli items for the fridge. Or, take on the locals at The Bertie Arms’ infamous monthly quiz night.
- Zip over to pretty Rutland Water nature reserve for a cycle. There are routes around the reservoir for seasoned cyclists or those just finding their cycling legs, and bikes to hire on-site if you need. The wetlands here are one of the best places in the UK for birdwatching (look for fishing osprey in summer), and there’s an aqua park for kids.
- The Elizabethan Burghley House is one of the grandest 16C houses in existence today, and ticks all of our boxes. Impressive architecture and artwork. Modern sculptures. And a ‘Garden of Surprises’; spoiler alert, you may get wet…