Wild in Style Glamping

UK England North West England Cumbria Ambleside

  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Cosy woodland yurt glamping right next to Lake Windermere
Banking’s loss is definitely camping’s gain. When Alex was made redundant from his IT job in the finance sector, he moved his family to the north west to set up a luxury yurt holiday site, Wild in Style, at Low Wray. Four rather luxurious, cosy yurts, two of which have an extra sleeping area attached, come complete with comfy bed/settees, wood-burning stove and even a dining table and chairs. Bedding, cooking facilities, crockery and cutlery are all provided and there is a firepit or barbecue area with seating outside each yurt too. So, all you need to bring is ‘a sense of adventure and a pocket full of fun’ – and perhaps some waterproofs, walking boots and a kit bag for kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Scattered among the woods at Low Wray – along with two gypsy caravans if Mum and Dad fancy a stay here someday without the kids in tow – the yurts are a short walk up the hill from the lake’s shore and make for a wonderfully hassle-free, back-to-nature family holiday. Although the main campsite is large, with some 120 pitches, it manages to retain a wonderful air of tranquillity. Adults will appreciate the opportunity to watch the sun rise over the lake, gaze at the stars through the yurt’s central crown, and wander through the site to marvel at the views over the fells. For the kids, waking up in the yurt surrounded by woodland and having acres of lake, forest and fields to explore on this lovely Lake District campsite spells ‘joy’ with a capital ‘J’.

Details

Facilities

Acres of fields and woods to run, play or cycle in, 2 play areas and, of course, the lake to wander around or get wet paddling, swimming, canoeing or kayaking. The National Trust site reception has a free Low Wray Wildlife Hunt to help younger children discover more about the birds, insects and animals that live on and around the site. Each yurt comfortably sleeps 4 and there are roll mats and Z-beds available on request. Just down the hill from the yurts is a newly refurbished facilities block that has plenty of toilets, showers and washbasins as well as a couple of washing-up sinks outside. Although bedding and cooking gear is provided, there is no fridge so bring a coolbox and freezer packs (which you can refreeze at the site shop and reception), if you want an alternative to cooling your wine in the lake. Don’t forget to bring a torch, too. Low Wray has extensive recycling facilities, a laundry room, a disabled toilet and shower, 2 children’s playgrounds, a lakeside beach and boating launch, a shop selling basics (and providing local info) and an upmarket catering van for breakfasts, afternoon teas and evening meals.

Suitable For

Groups (though only 2 of the yurts are next to each other) – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans – no. Dogs – call ahead to check. Campfires in firepits.

Nearby

Walk up the hill to Wray Castle and down to the lake to hop on a Windermere Lake Cruise to see Bowness, Ambleside and the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole (01539 446601). It has an soft indoor play area and an outdoor adventure playground with rope walks, slides, zip wires and scramble nets, and you can hire a kayak for £10 an hour. A walkers’ ticket allows you to take a break at any of the stops and catch a later boat.

Food & Drink

The Outgate Inn (01539 436413) is about a 45-minute walk from the site and offers good food made with local produce. Try Zeffirellis (01539 433845) or Fellinis (01539 432487) in Ambleside, where you can have a 2-course movie deal or a pizza-and-film deal; children’s portions available.

Opening Times

March–November.

Family Friendly

The wood-burning stoves are great for drying clothes, but make sure you keep them a suitable distance away.

The Owner Says

Well very excited about the Berber Tent and Geodome we now have for 2013.. they are both very interesting structures that offer a unique twist on space. They offer an experience that is really quite different - from the ancient Berber Tent, with its Moroccan roots to the modern design of the Geodome with its iconic styling..

Accommodation

Glamping in luxury yurts on a National Trust-owned site.

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Location

Wild in Style Glamping, Low Wray National Trust Campsite, Lake District National Park, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0JA

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Getting There

From Ambleside, take the A593 and turn left at Clappersgate, onto the B5286. Turn left at the sign for Wray and the site is less than a mile on the left. The Coniston Rambler bus no. 505/506 from Ambleside or Windermere drops you to within a mile of the site.

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