Re:treat Glamping

UK England South East England Bedfordshire

  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
An exclusive luxury safari tent retreat in the wildlife-rich Bedfordshire countryside, with views to die for

If we were tell you about a 22 acre rural idyll, complete with resident barn owls, red kites, buzzing beehives nearby, and a waterlily-flecked pond that's home to herons, chances are you'd place this bucolic haven in some far-flung corner of the country. Well, we're delighted to say that you can find this perfect patch of pastoral paradise in the Home County of Bedfordshire. With the Big Smoke just an hour down the road, this is the ideal destination for world-weary Londoners looking to get away from the hullabaloo of city life.

Opened in Spring 2018, Re:treat Glamping provides a luxury countryside getaway for those looking to reconnect with nature in the reinvigorating air of the Bedfordshire countryside. As friendly host Jo Baxter envisions, "imagine watching a beautiful sunset whilst toasting yummy marshmallows and sipping on a mug of warm cocoa; watching swallows dance above the pond from the jetty; spending quality time with your nearest and dearest with nature as your backdrop…".

Comprising a single, self-contained safari lodge for seven, Re:treat Glamping is very much at the high-end of the comfortable camping spectrum. The luxury lodge sits atop a spacious wooden veranda from which to enjoy the views. Inside, a large wood-burning stove inhabits the hub of the open plan kitchen, featuring butler sink with copper taps. The dining and lounge areas provide ample space, while two separate bedrooms host a four poster and triple bunk bed between them. An additional cot bed can also be provided and a quirky king size ‘den bed’ adjoins the living area, with space underneath for storage, playing, or den making. To the rear of the lodge, two private bathrooms house the toilet and shower respectively – the latter provides piping hot water and a picture frame window so you can enjoy the scenery while you soak.

Despite its proximity to the capital, you're still very much immersed in countryside life here – you know you're in the great outdoors when you're warned to watch your step for rabbit holes. The exclusive nature of the off-grid accommodation means that glampers have the run of the vast grounds too, with countless different pockets of the sprawling smallholding, each offering a new perspective. The old orchard is a grassed area surrounded by mature trees that's perfect for a game of rounders (kit and kaboodle provided), while the spinney behind is prime den-building real estate. For a bit of 'me time', seek out the pond-side summerhouse and while away the day in the rocking chair, lost in a good book. You can even bring your rod along and fish for carp, tench and rudd in the pond (permits available upon booking). And when it's time to explore, the footpath running through the dew pond field offers access to the surrounding villages of Pulloxhill, Silsoe, Flitton and beyond.

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The safari tent sleeps 7 adults in a four poster, triple bunk (double bed with single bunk above) and a quirky king sized ‘den bed’ with a space beneath for storage or play (an extra cot bed is also available). A large wood-burning stove supplies heating to the dining/sitting area as well as a fully-equipped open plan kitchen with butler sink and copper taps. Shower room and washroom are accessed via the rear bedrooms (complimentary paraben-free toiletries provided). The washroom features a sink and proper flushing toilet. Outside, the raised front veranda is the perfect place for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful sunsets. Solar lighting, tripod BBQ, and seating are also provided. A firepit is also available for hire. There’s ample space for outdoor games – cricket and rounders equipment are provided as well as board games, books and a welcome pack containing maps and local info. The pond stocks carp, tench and rudd and fishing permits are available upon booking.

Suitable For

Families, friends and groups all welcome. Same-sex and all-adult groups of 5 or more need to call prior to booking. Dogs not permitted. 


One of the more scenic ways to explore the surrounding area is from the tranquil waters of the River Great Ouse – CanoeTrail (07934 861692) offer various half and full day excursions and guided tours of the Bedfordshire waterways. There's a wealth of lovely natural spaces to visit within easy reach of the site, such as Marston Vale Forest Centre (01234 767037), Rushmere Country Park (01525 234260), and Barton Hills National Nature Reserve. The latter is part of the Chiltern Hills AONB with hiking routes marked on maps at the entrance to the hills. The view from the top are fantastic. Wrest Park House and Gardens (0370 333 1181) situated in the nearby village of Silsoe makes for a lovely day out. Explore the ornate, award-winning gardens and 19th-century manor house. Knebworth House (01438 812661) is another stunning stately pile, featuring gardens, adventure playground and dinosaur trail. Just off the M1, you'll find the Swiss Gardens at Shuttleworth (01767 627927) and the adjoining collection of classic cars and aircraft. For something a little more high octane, X-Scape (07812 003 220)in Milton Keynes offers indoor snowboarding, skiing and sledging for all ages and abilities. You can also try out indoor skydiving (not to mention a cinema and bowling alley for the less adventurous). 

Food & Drink

BBQ and breakfast packs (including vegetarian options) can be pre-ordered. Or if you're arriving late, why not pre-book a delicious homemade meal (such as beef stew or Thai curry) waiting for you to heat up on the stove when you check-in. All meat is supplied by local award-winning family butchers Woburn Country Foods (01234 740300). Pub-wise, there's plenty within walking distance. The Cross Keys (01525 712442) in Pulloxhill is a family-run, family-friendly pub serving traditional fayre and excellent ales. There's a cracking beer garden for kids to play in and live jazz every Sunday evening. The Star and Garter (01525 860250) in Silsoe is an atmospheric 17th century country pub with welcoming lounge and a roaring log fire. The Jolly Coopers (01525 862400) and The White Hart (01525 862022), both in Flitton are well worth a visit too. The former boasts a dedicated gin menu and the latter offers an impressive menu of inventive dishes including gluten-free, veggie and vegan options. Nearby Ampthill (a 15 minute drive away) has plenty of eateries. Your hosts recommend Cakestand and Crumb (07843 574379) a cute café and bakery full of vintage memorabilia; authentic Italian restaurant Fratelli (01525 405551); and The Hide (01525 837007) a secluded bijou café, bar and lounge. 

Opening Times

Easter – end of October.

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The Owner Says

Re:treat is an exclusive luxury safari lodge positioned on its own private deck. This beautifully equipped ensuite canvas  & wood safari lodge nestles privately on our 22 acre smallholding. That means you’ll be staying exclusively & you’ll be free to explore the natural surroundings and footpaths on your doorstep.

Re:treat Glamping is really family friendly. Choose from a wide range of indoor games & board games or take your pick from the outdoor games chest of favourites including swingball, rounders & cricket. There is also a pond dipping kit for the pond & a pedal tractor and trailor for younger guests. A box of toddler books, toys and tableware are also available free on request as well as hire of a travel cot and highchair.

Beds are made up on arrival with fresh bed linen and hypo allergenic quilts.

The kitchen is fully equipped with crockery, cutlery, standard kitchen utensils and cooking pots and pans. Re:treat also has a small solar powered fridge.

A bath towel is provided for each person staying at Re:treat. The shower room has a hand towel, bath mat, hand wash and  shower & hair wash.The cloakroom has toilet roll provided as well as hand soap.

We’ll provide you with an initial supply of wood for the wood burning stove - Additional  wood and charcoal can also be purchased.

We can also provide you with a wide range of extras ranging from home cooked meals, locally sourced BBQ & Breakfast packs, reflexology sessions & fishing on the adjacent pond.

Re:treat is off grid & is fitted with solar low level lighting.

All prices include all of the items and provisions noted in the ‘what’s included’ section of our website.

Re:treat is a peaceful, secluded setting however very occasionally if the wind is blowing the wrong way low level road noise may be heard.

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A single luxury safari tent sleeping up to 7 adults (plus one more on a extra cot bed), with private en-suite bathrooms. Check Availability


Contact Re:treat Glamping, Upbury Barn, Barton Road, Pulloxhill, Beds, MK45 5HR

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Getting There

Re:treat Glamping is approximately 10 minutes (5.2 miles) away from junction 12 of the M1, approximately 15 miles from the A1 and just over a mile away from the A6.

If approaching from the A6: On the approach to Pulloxhill, turn right at Hillfoot Farm. Drive through the farmyard, down the lane and park at Upbury Barn where you will be greeted and shown to your safari tent.

If approaching from Barton Road: On leaving Pulloxhill, turn left at Hillfoot Farm. Then follow instructions above.

Flitwick train station is only 3 miles away from Re:treat Glamping. The station has direct links to London and Brighton as well as to both Luton and Gatwick airports. The average journey time between Flitwick train station and London St Pancras Intl is 48 minutes.


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