In the beautiful surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales is the village of Bolton Abbey, where the Catgill Farm’s camping and glamping site can be found. Just an hour away from where we live, we are regular visitors to the Bolton Abbey area and it’s somewhere I’ve visited since I was little. I’ve been following Catgill farm on social media for a while and promised we would visit one day. So, just before Christmas and in desperate need of a break we booked for a night away in one of the timber glamping pods.
We arrived late afternoon to check in and received a lovely warm welcome. Our bags were swiftly loaded into a quad bike and we followed this up into woodland and our glamping pod. There are six pods each nestled in the woodland, with private patio area with fire pit and hot tub. The pods sleep six and have a kitchen and wet room. They are also heated, which on a cold windy wet December evening was welcomed. Each pod is named after a woodland creature and the décor inside reflects the name. We had the Stag, so there was a beautiful stag ornament inside and lovely stag curtains matching the interior colour scheme. Bags delivered we were shown how the hot tub worked and where to find the logs. The kids (ok, and me) were excited about the hot tub, which takes a few hours to get up to temperature. Hubby dutifully set out in the wind and rain to get the wood burner going. He went through a box of damp matches without blinking but luckily the little shop had some more.
Whilst waiting for the hot tub we got all snuggly inside our pod. The kids loved their bunk beds at the back of the pod and teddies and books were quickly set up in their own space. There’s a smart TV and we put on a film as we cooked tea, relaxed and chatted. I’m not a massive fan of Christmas and the stress that seems to come with it. Add being a mature student and all the stress of course work, university applications and a cold makes for a stressed grumpy Hip2trek! A night away was what I needed, and it was nice to get away and just laze about a bit. The kids were eager to get into the hot tub which had been heating for a few hours. It probably needed longer but Little Legs just couldn’t wait. Despite the rain she was quickly outside in her swimming costume and in the water. Wrapped up in my dressing gown and wearing my bobble hat I dipped a leg in! I wasn’t as brave as my Daughter. It was December after all! We couldn’t get Little Legs out, she was having a whale of a time.
We woke up to the valley shrouded in mist, cosy in our pod. Luckily having visited the area before, I knew that behind that mist and fog is a stunning view. Whilst we couldn’t sit out of the patio in the evening, this location will be absolutely stunning in the warmer months with the hot tub and fire pit with its pizza oven. The village is a short walk away and the site itself has a coffee shop, you can visit the Priory and Bolton Abbey estate and there’s a pub a short walk away across the fields. It’s an ideal location to spend a few days away and explore the Yorkshire Dales. I’m a slightly biased Yorkshire lass but it really is a lovely place. We would definitely recommend a visit.
We really enjoyed our night away the only downside being that it went too quick!
We received no incentive to write this blog post but just wanted to share with you our adventure away. Have you been glamping in the Yorkshire Dales? Let me know in the comments.