The Nest.


A stylish safari tent-for-6 overlooking a lake; ideal for outdoorsy families

1 Bathroom

Alfresco tub

Beauty/wellness treatments

Child friendly

Dog friendly

Eco conscious


Private chef on request

Walk to a pub

Walk to a shop


Space & setting.

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, this stylish lodge stands on a timber frame, with canvas walls that blend into the surrounding sunswept grass. It sleeps up to 6 +  2 babies, making this the perfect solution for larger families. Bring your little ones, 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.

Getting here: drive, or train to Peterborough then taxi (10 mins)

“We quit corporate jobs in London and moved up here to escape the city. With a family link to Kenya, we wanted to bring some of the magic of an African safari to the UK (sadly no elephants and lions though!).” Owners Archie and Emma

My Kip favourites

They love
“Whatever the weather, rolling up the side of the tent and having a hot bath, gazing out over the lake. It’s especially magical at sunset, with a glass of wine in hand.”

We love
“Waking up to a view of the sparkling lake, then running out for a wild swim before breakfast.”

You may not love
Closed late Oct-April. A minimum 3, 4 or 7-night stay. There are 3 lodges in the field, so you’re not secluded. If the wind is blowing in the wrong direction you can hear the nearby A1 (but it’s a distant rumble not a roar).

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  • The location is idyllic overlooking the lakes and surrounding fields, plenty of space for the kids to run around and very private to the other cabin. The cabin was pretty amazing with the gorgeous bath and it was well equipped for all our needs. It was most definitely a luxurious stay and we are going back next year without a doubt!


Full recycling, compostable bin bags and non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products.


  • Stamford © Mark Timberlake
  • Osprey at Rutland Water © Steve Waddingham
    Osprey at Rutland Water © Steve Waddingham
  • Burghley House
  • 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…


  • Safari tent in a private field overlooking a lake
  • 1 king bedroom, 1 king cabin bedroom, 1 twin bedroom
  • Space for 2 baby cots
  • Baby kit to hire (cot, sheets, highchair, bath pads, nappy bags, changing mat and eating utensils)
  • White Company bedlinens and duvets; extra rugs and hot water bottles for extra cosiness
  • Standalone bathtub and handheld shower; White Company toiletries
  • Open-plan living area
  • Kitchenette with electric hob, wood-burning stove with hob top and oven compartment (like a wood-fired AGA)
  • Wood fired hot tub is available to hire for £200 for the whole stay
  • Pre-order homemade meals and hampers of local produce
  • Two dogs welcome; doggy hamper provided (towel, bowl treats)
  • Board games and candles
  • The owners live in the next-door village
  • Walk to a pub (2 miles); drive to shops and restaurants
  • Booking conditions: Closed late Oct-April. Stays must be Mon-Fri, Fri-Mon, Mon-Mon or Fri-Fri
  • Remember to pack: slippers and wellies; basic kitchen ingredients (tea, coffee, olive oil etc)

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A 30% deposit, then balance taken 8 weeks prior to stay.
Cancellations made before balance taken can be refunded in full.
After this date the booking is non refundable in the event of cancellation. Resells / date changes at owner’s discretion.

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Yes , the lake is there for guests to use at their leisure for walking, swimming, kayaking. The kayaks are free to use whenever!

These are kept in a box on the side of the lake near the fence line. The padlock code is in your Welcome Booklet.

Yes, with your own equipment. We are very happy if you would like to keep one fish to cook on your BBQ but please catch and release any others.

We’re not allowed to accept any other overnight guests but if you would like to invite a friend or two to join you during the day please get in touch with us so we know how many people are on-site at all times.

Yes, absolutely. We recommend giving the delivery driver our what3words address (which we’ll send you upon booking) and making sure that someone from your party is there to take delivery of your order.

Yes, we have a number of amazing local chefs who can either come in and cook for you, or who can drop off food for you to eat during your stay.

We have a couple of fantastic therapists who will come to your tent for massages and facials. These need to be booked in advance; we’ll send details once your stay is confirmed. 

We can organise yoga or pilates for you during your stay. Any sessions need to be booked in advance; we’ll send details once your stay is confirmed. 

There are 2 great pubs that you can walk to from The Nest (approximately 30-40min walk). You will be given a feast of local information in our welcome booklet.

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