Knight's Glamping at Leeds Castle

UK England South East England Kent Maidstone

  • Campfires allowed
  • Good walks nearby
Experience the delights of medieval glamping at the loveliest castle in the world

My lords, ladies and gentlemen! Step back in time to experience the delights of medieval glamping at "the loveliest castle in the world". One of the country's finest buildings, Leeds Castle sits on an island in the River Len in Kent. Surrounded by a moat, (tranquil, save for the odd ripple made by the parading swans), the original motte and bailey castle was built in 1119 by the newly ensconced Normans. Over the course of its tempestuous 900 year history, the castle has been the home of kings and queens (including Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon), a Civil War prison, a Georgian retreat and a hospital for WWII servicemen. Today it is one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.

With such a stunning backdrop, it's no surprise that the Leeds Castle team have opened their grounds to glamping. Paying homage to the courtly setting, the eight Pavilion tents form a 'village’ on the one-acre castle vineyard. These colourful, stripy dwellings are really atmospheric – you'll be 'hithering' and 'whithering' in no time, verily dear glampers.

While the setting might be medieval, there's nothing antiquated about the facilities. With a four-poster bed, wood burning stove, crisp cotton bedding, cosy fur throws and even an ipod docking station, each tent is fit for a knight of the realm.

As a guest, you're free to explore the castle and it's sprawling estate including the four gorgeous seasonal gardens and medieval maze. Just a brief amble up the garden path you'll find the Knights Cottage, housing showers and a common room with comfy Chesterfield sofas.

With the moonlight shining on the lake and the flickering of flames from the complimentary fire pits, this truly magical setting makes for an ideal weekend escape for amorous glamping couples. But with a cavalcade of onsite activities and events, there's also plenty for families to keep the little lords and ladies entertained, including a Bank Holiday jousting tournament! Don't forget to pack your chainmail!

Details

Facilities

8 striped medieval tents. Each has a luxury four poster bed, log burning stove, bedding and fur throws. 2 power points in each tent. 3 facilities blocks, all have shower, toilet, wash hand basin & heated towel rail. The Knight’s Cottage has a spacious common room Campfires permitted in the firepits. Guests can cook over here using the cast iron griddle.

Suitable For

Families, couples – yes. Dogs, groups, regular campers – no.

Nearby

Glampers have unlimited access to Leeds Castle and its grounds including the gardens, maze and grotto. There's also medieval jousting, falconry displays, Segway tours and punting on the moat. July sees the Leeds Castle Open Air Classical Concert – see the website for special glamping VIP packages. For those with a head for heights, the Go Ape outdoor adventure centre has high-ropes and a 250m long zip wire. The castle is perfectly located to explore the North Downs. There's many great walks to be found all the way to the Kent coast and the famous white cliffs of Dover. The historic Medway town of Maidstone, Kent's county town, has the beautiful 14th century Archbishop's Palace.

Food & Drink

There are four barbecues & four fire pits to cook food on. Freezing facilities for ice packs only. The Great British Kitchen at the castle's oak-beamed Fairfax Hall Restaurant opens Wednesday to Sunday evenings and serves hearty British fayre. Breakfast is served here from 08:30am – 09:30am (at an additional cost). Breakfast hampers can also be served to your tent.

Opening Times

25th May–29th September.

The Owner Says

Leeds Castle now offers families and couples the chance to escape to the countryside for a glamorous camping holiday with a difference. Eight traditionally coloured striped tents based on Medieval design, form a ‘village’ on the one-acre castle vineyard.

Enjoy the luxury of a four poster bed, warming log burning stove, crisp cotton bedding and cosy fur throws.

For those wishing to experience lazy summer evenings outdoors and eat as Medieval knights would have done before battle, use of the cast iron griddle over an open fire pit is included in your stay.

A short stroll from the campsite, up the garden path to nearby Knight’s Cottage, will provide guests with the use of shower facilities and a spacious sitting room with chesterfield sofas and television.

The Medieval Glamping tents are available from the 25th May to the 29th September 2013.

The tents sleep a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children. We have a 2 night minimum stay at the weekend; individual nights can be booked Sunday to Thursday. Sorry we do not accept pets.

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Location

Contact Knight's Glamping at Leeds Castle, Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL

Getting There

7 miles east of Maidstone, Junction 8 of the M20 motorway just 1 hour from London, 30 minutes from the Channel Tunnel and Channel Ports. Dartford River Crossing 30 minutes. Clearly sign posted from all routes - following the brown and white tourist signs.

Southeastern runs frequent services to and from Bearsted and a coach shuttle service run by Spot Travel is available from the station from March to October. Taxis are also available. However, if you are bringing a bicycle on the train, or fancy a three mile walk, you may prefer to use Hollingbourne Station which is closer. Please be aware the station is unmanned and down a deserted lane, lone travellers might prefer Bearsted Station.

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