The Hideaway at Baxby Manor

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  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Church spires, campfires and local food suppliers – proper camping
There’s many a way to toast a marshmallow. Some give it a brief hazing over the flames, warming it to a pleasant softness but never daring risk its skin. Others plunge it headlong into the furnace, blackening the outer shell like an overcooked roast potato but bubbling the inners to a sweet and sticky goo.

We all have different tastes and, provided you adhere to the general ethos of loving the great outdoors, The Hideaway at Baxby Manor is the kind of site that caters for every appetite. True their ‘no noise after 11’ policy means party animals aren’t welcome and the narrow entrance lane keeps the big-boy motorhomes away but for everyone else this is a real camping playground. Families lazing by the campfire, cyclists retracing Le Grand Depart, walkers enjoying the space of the countryside and history buffs nipping across to the old centre of York – it's got the full range of flavours.

Set in the grounds of 14th-century Baxby Manor on the edge of quaint Husthwaite village, this is a hideaway worthy of its name. Approached down a single lane track with trees on either side, the six acre meadow is home to just 40 grassy pitches, each with a firepit and all spread evenly around. In the centre of the site, opposite a young but flourishing orchard, is the main facilities and reception building. Some days of the year friendly local, Emma, tows in her trusty retro caravan 'Liza-Jane' to sell home baked goods from it’s doorstep.

On the south east edge of the campsite Ings Beck quietly flows, though the flank of trees on the river bank mean it acts more as a natural fence than a focal feature of camping here. If you do fancy pitching on it’s edge its best to book early, since that side of the campsite is where The Hideaway’s glamping accommodation is found. Those travelling light will love the luxury under-canvas layout of their bell tents, furnished with proper double beds, lanterns, cooking wares, a kettle and wooden outdoor furniture. They also have more permanent looking eco-pods – something akin to a hobbit’s Yorkshire holiday home – with futon-style beds inside the hexagonal wooden walls. All of it falls thoughtfully within their green criteria. Since the year it opened The Hideaway at Baxby Manor has consistently received awards for its eco credentials and it’s easy to see why. By the time you leave, though, the greenest thing is your own unquenchable envy, jealous of all the other campers who aren’t yet heading home.

Details

Facilities

No hardstandings and all pitches are grassy and flat. 3 Eco-Pods and five Hobbit Houses. You need to bring your own bedding in both. No cooking facilities in the eco-pods, just a bed with mattress, but a camping stove, crockery indoor seating and a log-burner in the Hobbit Houses, there is outside seating and Firepits provided at every Hobbit House, Pod and camping pitch. Firewood £6-50 per bag (or two for £11) or you can bring your own). A heated timber amenity building houses showers and disabled facilities. The entire eco-friendly building includes Heat Recovery ventilation throughout, water and space heating by biomass boiler, LED lighting and minimal lighting around the site for star-gazing purposes. There is a drying room, pot wash, fridges and freezers, shop selling essentials and local food stuffs, plus a book swap for all. Near the entrance in the village there's a large games area with exercise park and children’s play equipment. There's also a child-free quiet area, aptly named 'The Sanctuary’ of five . Chemical toilet disposal for vans.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, glampers, kids, dogs (except in glamping accommodation or The Sanctuary), couples, families, groups – yes.
Stag, hen and noisy parties, large caravans and motorhomes – no.

Nearby

It's a 5 minute walk from the campsite into the village of Husthwaite, one of many old settlements around here that appeared in the Domesday Book and still reflect their history in Norman churches and exposed Tudor beamed buildings. Families staying in range of the campsite will find a tennis court here, along with a pleasant pub (Tomahawk Steakhouse). If you're looking to avoid the car there are plenty of great walks and cycle routes that link up the various villages. Elsewhere, though, its 3 miles to Shandy Hall (01347 868465), home of picaresque novelist Laurence Sterne, and a little further to Byland Abbey (01347 868614), formerly one of the greatest early Gothic buildings in northern England, now left in magnificent ruins since the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century. Other top attractions in the vicinity include Duncombe Park (01439 770213) and must-see Rievaulx Abbey (01439 798228) – both within the North York Moors National Park (01439 772700) and approx 5 miles away.

Food & Drink

During the school holidays and every weekend during term time, a vintage caravan ('Liza-Jane') arrives, serving daily breakfasts (830 - 1030am), amazing home-baked cakes croissants, breakfast pastries, and proper coffee. Most Fridays there are also authentic stone-baked pizzas - not to be missed. ON a Saturday morning the local butcher visits at 9am – you can hire a tripod and grill onsite for cooking on your own campfire (£5 for the duration of your stay). Pub-wise the Tomahawk Steakhouse at Husthwaite is just down the road, a 5 minute walk away.

Opening Times

April–November.

The Owner Says

***Special offer: Off-Peak, Mid-Week (Sun–Thurs) – Stay one night & get 10% off, 2 night 20%, 3 night 30%, 4 nights 40%, and stay 5 nights and get 50% off! ***

***Special Offer: BOGOF! Book 2 nights for October and receive the second one FREE!***

We are a small, relaxed and friendly campsite with proper campfires on every pitch, situated in the heart of North Yorkshire we can offer you chilled out camping and glamping that's in-tune with nature and doesn't cost the Earth. There are just 40 pitches in a 6 acre field, which nestles in the midst of our 110 acre farm, surrounded by trees and bounded on one side by a stream. It is off the beaten track, but only a stroll from the village shop, pub and bus stop.

The Hideaway@Baxby Manor is a special, peaceful and restful place where you can spend precious days away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A haven for walkers and cyclists, and a perfect base for exploring the many historic, cultural and outdoor attractions of this lovely part of Yorkshire.

We are about camping, the countryside and getting away from it all.

WE HAVE A STRICT ‘NO NOISE AFTER 11PM’ POLICY SO IF YOU WANT TO STAY UP LATE PARTYING-THIS IS NOT THE SITE FOR YOU!

You will love it here...

…if you appreciate nature and peacefulness off the beaten track,…

…if you want to toast marshmallows on an open campfire whilst gazing at a sky laden with stars,..

 …if you want time to yourself to read your favourite book or watch the Kingfishers and the Otters.

Accommodation

40 grass pitches (limited electrical hook-ups), 2 double eco pods, 1 family eco pod and luxury furnished bell tents for hire.

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Location

Contact The Hideaway at Baxby Manor, Baxby Manor, Low St, Husthwaite, York YO61 4PW

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Getting There

From the North from A1/A19 to Thirsk, follow signs to York. Continue South on A19 and ignore the first turn-off at large crossroads signed 'Carlton, Husthwaite and Coxwold' and carry on through the village of Thormanby (on a hill), turning after 2 miles on the left, signed 'Husthwaite, Coxwold, and 12th century church'. The entrance to Baxby Manor is 2 miles on the left opposite a cemetery and immediately before the village sign of Husthwaite. Follow the small brown tent signs to arrive at The Hideaway.

From the South follow the A19 North from York approx. 15 miles, past Easingwold, and the turning is on the right, 1 mile past the second Easingwold by-pass roundabout, signed 'Husthwaite, Coxwold, and 12th century church'. The entrance to Baxby Manor is 2 miles on left opposite a cemetery and immediately before the village sign of Husthwaite. It has a small grass triangle with wooden sign and a 3 foot Oak tree! Follow the small brown tent signs to arrive at The Hideaway.

Trains to either York or Thirsk and then Stephensons of Easingwold Bus Service to Husthwaite. Check their websites for timetables.

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