Rural Relaxing

UK England East Midlands Leicestershire Market Harborough

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Family-friendly camping and glamping on the edge of Medbourne – a charming Leicestershire village with a pub, tea rooms and post office

Looking for a slice of the peace-and-quiet pie? This Leicestershire campsite certainly does what it says on the tin. A rural, grassy, family-run campsite located opposite the local village cricket ground it is, indeed, a place for rural R&R.

So what’s needed to relax? Well, space, for one. And there’s certainly plenty of it. With less than 20 pitches, Rural Relaxing Campsite keeps to a more than manageable size, while a handful of beautifully furnished bell tents offer extra room for those who don't fancy bringing their own camping clobber. After that, good food is always high on the list. Thankfully, here too there is plenty on offer, including the on-site Lavazza coffee they serve, in the coffee hut potting shed and new tipis that can be hired for private dining and on certain times of the year, the tipis will be open providing a licenced bar and for on-site dining in the form of a "set supper".

Yet while a good local real ale pub and a quiet location certainly make Rural Relaxing a fantastic choice of campsite, it’s the more conscientious touches of the owners that really make it stand out.

On the rare occasion you do fancy stretching your legs beyond the village, there are ample local footpaths to follow, including a wonderful one-mile route – starting past bushes thick with blackberries before opening out to fantastic views – to the neighbouring hamlet of Blaston. By car, head to Rutland Water where you can follow family-friendly cycle routes around the reservoir (either on your own bikes or by renting them there) or stop en-route at honey-coloured Uppingham (particularly on market days; Friday). They’re all good excuses for building up your appetite before returning to the campsite (and pub) to kick back, stretch out and, well, relax.

Details

Facilities

The site has 2 very pretty ladies loos, 1 gents and a shower for each too with more planned for Spring 2021.   Fresh water and chemical disposal areas. Picnic benches and use of BBQ, fire pits are free to use during your stay, and there is lovely social spaces around the site where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings.  The Potting Shed Coffee hut, serves croissants, tea and coffee and other delights at weekends and peak times.   The furnished bell tents are ideal for those just wanting to "pitch up", they have soft furnishings and beds (bring your own bedding) – each bell tent has its own picnic bench and firepit.   The much larger safari tents have sleeping compartments (double bed & 2 singles), much larger space, inside dining table and relaxing space, outside dining area, picnic bench and under cover veranda.  They have electric lamps and a mini fridge for those essential bottles!
Cooking for the glamping units is by utilising the fire pit/bbq or you can bring a slow cooker, they are ideal.  The village pub caters for all visitors and is ideal for that getaway no cooking approach!

Suitable For

Those who want a "get away from it all" experience, it's a small site, family friendly it's rural, the sheep are the neighbours.    We offer accommodation for tents, small campervans, glampers, and welcome dogs but not in our units.  We have a campsite quiet policy from 11pm until 7pm, so if you want to party we're not for you! 

Nearby

Medbourne is on your doorstep and has a village shop with post office, a pub with cafe (see Food & Drink), a fine parish church, a village hall and a sports club and a cricket ground and a football pitch (directly opposite the campsite). For a good walk, seek out the Blaston track, a field road from Medbourne to Blaston, perfect for dog walking and also for rough, cross-country cycling. It runs from the Uppingham Road to Blaston. For family fun, the Wistow Maze (07884 403889) is open from July to September, while Rutland Water (12 miles), one of the largest man made reservoirs in Europe, hosts a range of activities, include sailing, fishing, bird-watching and some 26 miles of car-free cycle trails. Pleasure cruises are also available on the Rutland Belle boat (01572 787630). Elsewhere, it's 7 miles to historic Market Harborough, a market town known for its wealth of good quality independent shops and its traditional indoor market. The centre of the town is dominated by the steeple of St. Dionysius Parish Church (01858 469330), constructed in grey stone in 1300 and rising directly from the street – the church itself was built later in 1470. Next to the church stands the Old Grammar School, a small timber building dating from 1614. For another beautiful old spot, enjoy shopping in honey-coloured Uppingham (7 miles) – the town's weekly market is held on a Friday.

Food & Drink

The campsite boasts an on site coffee hut & Potting Shed serving coffee and pastries at the weekends. There's the village pub, The Nevill Arms so you can sit and enjoy a drink on the riverside.  There is also a small village shop that sells all the usual items, as well as a Post Office.  Other local places include The Fox Inn at Hallaton (2 miles), The Sun Inn Great Easton, (4 miles), Wheel & Compass Weston By Welland (2 miles).

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

Rural relaxing is a hidden gem situated in the Welland Valley, the heart of the Leicestershire countryside, benefitting from stunning views and a picture postcard village, often referred to as the "Cotswolds without the crowds".   You will experience camping in probably one of Britain’s best kept village secrets, Medbourne is one of the prettiest villages in England, perfect for a rural stay in the rolling countryside and is a place which hasn’t been ruined by modern life.  Not much disturbs the peace here apart from the babbling brook or blackbird song. 
The site itself is very quaint with some lovely touches.  In just under 2 acres, you can see the glamping units & pitches & be safe all in one place.  The new POTTING SHED & COFFEE HUT is open on Saturday & Sunday mornings during the main season and offers proper coffee & tasty pain aux chocolate, croissants & other delights.  There's an honesty box system so guests can enjoy small items to buy such as soft drinks, ice cream etc., and there are items such as fire pits to "borrow and bring back".  We offer guests who are in non electric units charging points and fridges to chill items.  In addition, we sell logs for the fire pits so you can enjoy a camp fire & toast those marshmallows.   Well behaved dogs are welcome on site but not in glamping units, (dogs must be on leads when on site and walked off site, check the T&C's for breeds).    ​​The village pub, is a 5 minute walk, it's a riverside pub and serves excellent cuisine & fine wines & real ales.   A café at the rear of the pub serves lunch and afternoon tea.  The village shop & Post Office sells essential items including home baked bread, milk, eggs, bacon, sausages, newspapers etc.and you are assured of a warm welcome here.

Accommodation

17 camping pitches (7 with electricity), 4 bell tents

GIN & BARE IT SAFARI TENT

Safari tent Sleeps 4
Sleeping 2 adults 2 children, this is an ideal accommodation unit which has a large open space, separated bed compartments & simple furnishings, including inside dining space & relaxing area. It has a verandah with table and chairs and overlooks the site

PROSECO SAFARI TENT

Safari tent Sleeps 4
Sleeping 2 adults 2 children, this is an ideal accommodation unit which has a large open space, separated bed compartments & simple furnishings, including inside dining space & relaxing area. It has a verandah with table and chairs and overlooks the site

Electric Grass Pitch

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 5 6 Available
Suited to small campervan/tent

Grass Pitch (No EHU)

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 7 Available
Non electric pitch suited to small campervan or tent

Romance Bell Tent - 5 metre.

Bell tent Sleeps 4
A pretty tent with soft furnishings, this is ideal for those wanting to turn up and not have to pitch a tent. Sleeps 4. 2 adults/2 children in the price, a supplement for extra adults and children are charged.

Stags & Hares Bell Tent - 4 metre.

Bell tent Sleeps 4
A pretty tent with soft furnishings, this is ideal for those wanting to turn up and not have to pitch a tent. Sleeps 4. 2 adults/2 children in the price, a supplement for extra adults and children are charged.

Wild Birds Bell Tent - 4 metre.

Bell tent Sleeps 4
A pretty tent with soft furnishings, this is ideal for those wanting to turn up and not have to pitch a tent. Sleeps 4. 2 adults/2 children in the price, a supplement for extra adults and children are charged.

Indian Summer - 5 metre.

Bell tent Sleeps 4
A pretty tent with soft furnishings, this is ideal for those wanting to turn up and not have to pitch a tent. Sleeps 4. 2 adults/2 children in the price, a supplement for extra adults and children are charged.

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Location

Contact Rural Relaxing, Hallaton Road, Medbourne, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 8DR

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Getting There

Follow the B664 from Market Harborough. Just before you reach Medbourne village, turn left onto Paynes Lane as the road bends around to the right. Continue until the t-junction and then turn left onto Hallaton Road. We are along here on the left (about 50 yards), directly opposite the sports and tennis club, with double farm gates. The nearest train station is 6 miles away in Market Harborough (0845 748 4950; Midland Mainline).

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