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Jolly-holi-days in a magical woodland site near York

There’s something undeniably enchanting about Jollydays. Having previously masterminded London’s stylish bar/restaurant and discreet celebrity hang-out CVO Firevault, husband-and-wife team Carolyn and Christian Van Outersterp opted to quit the city rat race and fulfill their dream of creating a better lifestyle for their family. The result is a sustainable campsite in the middle of a wood just 20 minutes from the historic centre of York.

Comprised entirely of generously spaced pre-constructed bell tents, luxury lodge tents, and deluxe tents, this lovely 200-acre woodland site casts a calming spell upon you as soon as you enter its leafy embrace. Cars are parked off site to minimise disruption, and the tents are lovingly decorated with lots of colourful, retro touches like funky furniture, bunting, and ornaments. They’re fully equipped of course, with BBQs, picnic benches, wood-burners, and proper beds; the deluxe tents have en suite showers, loos, and kitchens. You’ll even find cool boxes, daily ice packs, loo roll, and washing-up liquid. A ‘cake’ tent full of home-made goodies and a communal campfire serve as public areas, and the Van Outersterps can arrange everything from archery and champagne picnics to woodcraft lessons.

 As for things to do in the area…well, there’s a whole bunch of options, including two national parks, several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a stunning heritage coastline, and of course beautiful York, with its wealth of attractions and charming atmosphere.

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Jollydays is snuggled within 15 acres of a 200-acre woodland. We have four poster beds, roll top baths, wood burners and candelabras to upgrade from the usual camping experience. Our tents have interiors from vintage styles to Kath Kidson decor to make you feel at home. We have a log store to keep our quality, quick lighting, kiln-dried wood dry (that has less than 20% moisture). Our shop has fresh cakes, games and essentials like a toothbrush or poncho in case you have left anything behind.

We have three Woodland Tents and eight Lodge Tents that sleep up to six people per tent. They include a four poster bed, two single beds and a sofa bed. They also include kitchen and bathroom cabins.

We also have four Woodcutter Huts which sleep up to four people. Similar to a shepherd's hut they have a kingsize bed and a sofa beds and sole use of communal showers and toilets.

After settling into your tent or hut, why not open a bottle of fizz, and make friends with other 'glampers' around our communal camp fire and toast marshmallows?

Some guest like to go off site and explore the wonderful surroundings that Yorkshire has to offer. Others who don't feel like going very far, can relax with a book, or take a gentle stroll through the magical woodland. To help you make up your mind, why not check out our activities brochure on our website, where there is something for everyone on or off site. From Bush-craft, to  theme parks to ballooning, there are lots of activities to try.

If you want the luxury of not cooking whilst staying with us? You can order supper pots to be delivered to your tent and ready to eat. Or for large groups you can organise a caterer to come on site and cook for you.

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