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Jollydays Luxury Camping
UK
2 reviews
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“We will never do 'normal' camping again”
Reviewed July 22, 2010

The woodland setting is wonderfully tranquil and easy to find from the main roads around York. The owners were lovely and made you feel welcome as well as being easily contactable via phone if there was a problem.
The tents have a shabby chic style and were as clean as you could expect them to be with all the creepy crawlies around! The little wood burner stove inside the bell tents is brilliant and really kicked out a lot of heat when it got going, making you feel warm and toastie when the inevitable British summer rain comes along.
The kitchen hut was really well stocked with everything you could need (I can't count how many times I've forgotten the cork screw and tin opener on camping trips), the gas hob worked well and the cool box with frozen hot water bottles is a great idea (though I wish the bottles had been supplied a bit more frequently).
The shower and toilet facilities were very clean and tidy and looked brand new.
CONS: (though these are only petty things really)
More frozen bottles for the cool boxes - 1 every 24 hours isn't really enough in summer.
I think the luxury lodge tents seemed a bit expensive considering you could stay in a cottage for the same money.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 13, 2010

Travelled with friends to Jolly Days - for some very Jolly Days Indeed!!
We pulled up at the Jolly Days reception and we were greeted by Carolyn the owner - She was lovely and explained we should use the barrows provided to unload our cars and then head to our 'Beautiful' tents in the middle of the 'Stunning' woodlands.
The tents had everything you could wish for, whilst still feeling like you were Camping and enjoying the Great Outdoors it was really nice to have a flushing loo and Roll top bath and Four Poster Bed to enjoy a bit of luxury!! The furnishings were really pretty, all of us who stayed loved the Cath Kidston/Shabby Chic look of all the interiors! We had a BBQ outside, built a fire, pushed some tables together and ended up sitting there for most of the night, drinking and enjoying some chilled out time with good friends! It was perfect!!!
We all want to return with our families - The kids would have loved it!!!
Thanks so much to Carolyn for making us feel really welcome and for making Sarah's weekend so special. We will not forget this magical weekend for a long time!!! Claire.xx

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 6, 2010

Directions good, easy to find and owners very helpful. Tranquil setting, or so we thought. Tent seemed smaller than pictures, wide angled lens? Good facilities for cooking and frozen hot water bottles were a brilliant idea for keeping food cool.
Unfortunately our problems were being kept awake until 2am, noisy hen party and other guests in tent nearby. Futons very uncomfortable, mattresses too thin and every slat could be felt, pillows, very thin, I don't think Ikea do a luxury range. Showers were powerful, but facilities rather grubby and hadn't been cleaned when we left after the weekend, again not luxury. Parking away from tents wasn't a problem and if people were asked to park considerately there would have been enough room for all.
Generally this was luxury camping prices, without the luxury.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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jollyglamper, Owner at Jollydays Luxury Camping, responded to this review, August 26, 2010
These guests came on the recomendation of their friend who had stayed in a luxury lodge tent. However the bell tents are not the same price or standard as the luxury tents, they are a big step up from normal camping but not nearly as luxurious as the larger tents. All of our customers are sent an inventory of what is included before their stay so they are aware before they arrive of what is in the tent, including the type of beds provided.The futons are very comfortable compared to an air bed but if comfort is important we recommend the lodge tents. Larger customers may enjoy a better nights sleep in a kingsize bed in a luxury lodge tent.
All the communal facilities are cleaned daily, however we are in a woodland with natural paths and mud can enter the shower and toilet huts especially in wet weather.
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Reviewed April 25, 2010

After a long long day I had a great nights sleep in the middle of an enchanted wood!

Shower in the morning was one of the best I've ever had.

Really unusual and special place to stay. My kids would love it!!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
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Property: Jollydays Luxury Camping
Address: Thoralby Hall, Scrayingham YO41 1JD, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Scrayingham
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Scrayingham
Number of rooms: 22
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 
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