we booked to stay a friday/saturday in September for a hen weekend. We booked the deluxe bell tent, Malys, which slept 6. we paid £765 and this included delivery of breakfast baskets both mornings (sausage, bacon, eggs, tomatoes,mushrooms, milk, tea, coffee, butter, fresh bread etc) Although it seems expensive for camping, it worked out at about £63.50 per head per night, which is probably on a par with a B&B or cheap hotel and this was a great experience. The location is stunning, the whole place is shabby chic/vintage countryside with Cath Kidstone-esque bunting and decoration. Our tent had a double room, a room with 2 singles, a small kitchen with gas hob and a bathroom with roll top bath. The lounge slept 2 also (sofa bed) and had dining table and wood burning stove. Tea lights and matches and a bag of wood were provided so we got a nice campfire going and sat outside enjoying a laugh and drinks. We did not arrive until about 8.30pm and sat out until about 1am chatting and laughing, at which point we were asked by a member of staff to take the noise level down, we apologised and moved inside. The pack emailed on booking was really helpful (if a little long to get through) but taking sleeping bags for extra warmth (in september) was a great tip. I was super impressed on the whole with the size of the accomodation and sitting outside with the forest surrounding us was special. the good thing is, Even if it rains, you have cover so you can still sit outside at the table and with the fire roaring! The tea tent and honesty cafe were a lovely touch, the staff were helpful. On our second night, we went and lit the pizza oven and a nice lady from the staff helped us with baking trays and got the fire started. We cooked our 7 pizzas and sat around the communal fire, it was really lovely. We all enjoyed the roll top bath and the water was lovely. I really enjoy camping anyway so found glamping a luxury - if possible, extra lighting would be nice, i agree with some of the comments that the tents can seem a little dark/dhingy, as a group of girls it wasnt too much of an issue but I think it could seem a little gloomy at times or if in a smaller group but the fairy lights and tea lights add a cosy feel. Upon departure, we found we had lost £40 from our £100 bond. We were a little annoyed as we felt this was excessive for noise on one night only. When we were spoken to, we instantly apologised and went inside our tent but we were aware we had "broken the rules" - we spoke with the staff on site about this - we didnt want our money back as such but a warning first would be nice before being stung with a charge - we had been talking about coming back with our husbands and our children and it kind of soured our attitude but the lady was so lovely and understanding and as we had left our tent clean and tidy and had apologised for noise and only been told once she refunded half the charge which we thought was really good customer service as she had listened to why we felt a little aggrieved. As i said, we knew we had been too loud but a warning first would be appreciated and £40 seems a little excessive for a bit of noise for one night on top of the £765 we had already paid out. Most campsites are either familys only, no groups etc...maybe single sex groups (who are likely to make some noise) and families don't mix too well on one site although the tents are very well spaced out but noise seems to travel widely in the forest. Overall, I think what Jolly Days offer is brilliant and I would love to take my little girl there and get her involved in the bushcraft classes offered and wander the nature trails, the staff were very helpful and the breakfast baskets were plentiful and delicious,my only suggestion would be maybe to try and keep the families and the hen/stag groups a little more segregated as it is obvious these groups are there for different reasons. My friend is discussing havig her wedding here as it was a magical place but little tip; go prepared! People who think glamping is total luxury and then moan about the odd bit of dirt etc are unfair and naive - ultimately, it it atill camping in the outdoors with nature and you still need your wellies and your warm gear but sitting around the camp fire in the forest with your friends is a lovely relaxing experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “Britain’s finest camping experience” Janey Lee Grace, Radio 2 DJ and Best Selling Author This multi award-winning camp was set up by design couple Carolyn and Christian Van Outersterp who had previously masterminded London’s stylish restaurant bar and discreet celebrity hang out CVO Firevault.Jollydays Luxury Camping is the culmination of the Van Outersterp’s 15-year dream to combine a love of camping and chic hotels – it’s an extension of their simplified lifestyle – beautiful surroundings, great food and socialising around a roaring log fire.For the kids it’s heaven on earth (even those addicted to their Playstations).“Fantastic, brilliant… I feel like the favourite son of a Bedouin prince – it’s amazing”. Alexander Armstrong, Comedian and TV Presenter.This is a unique British Camp with a lovely communal feel – a tea tent and campfire are at its heart and the camp appeals to families, couples and groups.The Deluxe Lodges are particularly superb, they have huge wood burners, 4 poster beds, fridges, roll top baths, loos, fully equipped kitchen and an outside dining area.Jollydays is ideally situated close to York (less than 2 hours from Kings Cross), close to the Yorkshire Wolds, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Moors National Park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Jollydays Luxury Camping Hotel Scrayingham