Leeds castle is a beautiful castle set in Maidstone in Kent. Located on an island surrounded by a water filled moat. There are rooms to rent within the castle itself as well as in the 'stables'. I however stayed at the brand new (May 2013) 'Glamping site'. I cannot begin to speak highly enough of this attraction. I stayed on a Sunday night and the quality service started on the Friday when I received a phone call from 'Jack' to check that all was well with us and that we still intended to travel as well as to answer any questions we had. Upon arrival we were greeted by 'Brian' who is the security guard at one of the main gates, he was very polite and helpful and had radioed ahead of us so that when we arrived to reception we were greeted by name as well as being told we could 'check in' early. We made our way to the Glamping site which is located a short walk from the children's playground. we were greeted in person by 'Jack and Chris', and showed around the shower and kitchen facilities, as well as shown the wood store. Jack then took us down to our tent, which is made in a medieval style, lined with heavy velvet drapes to keep the warmth in. A four poster bed takes pride of place in the centre of the tent, which is also carpeted. Inside the tent there is also a wood burning stove, desk and chair, safe, electric socket and WiFi. Once you have sorted out your wood and lit your stove (if required) with the firelighters and kindling supplied, you can sit out front of your tent and enjoy a drink, if you want to cook you can go up to the BBQ area (I recommend taking your own coals) as well as having a 'open fire' in one of the fire pits (wood supplied for these too). During my visit I had booked to eat in the 'Great British Kitchen' (there is also a bar in here for a pre-meal drink) and can say that although there is not a massive choice on the menu what there is is of fantastic quality and again the staff are so helpful, attentive, polite it is untrue! The views of the castle lit at night from the restaurant are superb. A walk in the grounds when the 'public' have left is great but you may need a torch (if you forget one you can borrow one from Jack and Chris!). Would I recommend this? Absolutely. Would I go again? Yes I'm looking forward to booking as soon as I can, for a couple of nights and will also take the kids! I hope they keep up the very high standards. Well done ALL at Leeds Castle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opening this spring, Leeds Castle in Kent is offering families and couples the chance to escape to the countryside for a glamorous camping holiday with a difference. Located just under an hour’s drive from London, eight traditionally coloured striped tents based on Medieval design, form a ‘village’ on the one-acre castle vineyard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Knight's Glamping At Leeds Castle Maidstone, Kent