North Yorkshire is a giant of a region. A warm and spirited place, it’s the biggest of Yorkshire’s four counties and the largest in England, with the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors making up part of its landmass. Spend a weekend in North Yorkshire and you’ll sink into wild, rugged open moorland, explore dramatic coastline and be made to feel welcome in the pretty market towns.
As you’d expect, for a such a beautiful region, there’s no shortage of accommodation in North Yorkshire. But we think one of the best ways to root here is by bedding down next to nature (with a little home luxury thrown in). Glamping, North Yorkshire style – it’s ‘reyt good’.
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North Yorkshire Glamping | No. 1
Cabin cool in Yorkshire’s foodie capital
Sleep 2 adults, 2 children | Best for: Romantic Stargazing | YO17 6UH
The Setting: Located on working farmland in Malton, on the outskirts of picturesque North York Moors, is The BOX BNB. This high-end North Yorkshire glamping venture comprises of 3 cleverly transformed shipping container cabins sitting side-by-side in a private field: The Rabbit BOX, The Duck BOX and The Pig BOX. All 3 are little corners of rustic luxury, their forest green exterior blending in expertly with the tranquil countryside vibe.
Stay here and you’re surrounded by rolling fields and farm animals. Better still, you’re also on the edge of a Dark Sky Reserve, meaning there’s no better place to gaze out at the universe. And thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, you can catch a star (or two) from the comfort of your bed or sofa.
Your hosts are Mike and Rachel, a friendly farming couple who are on-hand to help with anything during your stay. Check-in to The BOX BNB is, however, completely contactless (all details will be provided in your welcome email when you book).
The Location: Owing to The BOX BNB’s secluded spot, a car is the easiest way to get to this North Yorkshire glamping haven – but there is a great local taxi firm to get you hither and thither should you leave the car at home. The site is less than a 10-minute drive down scenic country lanes from either the A170 or A64. If you’re coming by train, the closest station is in nearby Malton, where the Transpennine Express runs direct from York.
Part of the unbridled joy of staying at The BOX BNB, of course, is the fact you’re remote but also not far from some of North Yorkshire’s nicest market towns. Pretty Thornton Le Dale is 2.5 miles away, the delightful town of Pickering is a little further on and Malton (Yorkshire’s award-winning food town) is 12 mins away by car. Meanwhile, a half-hour drive east will bring you to the coastline where Scarborough, Whitby and Robin’s Hood Bay awaits.
And don’t worry about where to park when you arrive. There’s space to park right next to the cabins; there’s also a secure bike storage available. There’s even space to stable your horses at The BOX BNB, although you’ll need to ask Mike and Rachel beforehand.
The Inside: Striking Scandi-chic interiors are just one of the great things about The BOX BNB. Each cabin is uniquely decorated and laden with luxury touches for a comfortable North Yorkshire glamping getaway for 2. There’s a cosy lounge area, fully-equipped kitchen, dining table and bathroom – not to mention a separate light and bright bedroom with a full-sized double bed. And if you’re coming with children or a 3rd adult, the sofa in each cabin folds out into a bed, too.
Huge wrap-around windows in all 3 cabins pour daylight inside and spill stunning countryside views onto your lap. On crisp mornings or lazy afternoons, there’s no better place to be than curled up around the log burner, with some of the books and board games on-hand for some off-grid entertainment. The digital world isn’t far away, however, with high-speed WiFi, a DAB radio and a cinema projector to plug into for your streaming kicks.
Fitted with sleek luxuries such as a Nespresso machine and Smeg-branded appliances, the modern kitchens in The BOX BNB are a real home-away-from-home. There’s a 2-ring induction hob, fridge, freezer and all the utensils and cutlery you could possibly need during your stay to make self catering a breeze. Plus, you can pick up a fabulous breakfast farm-fresh from the nearby shop if you book it before you arrive.
The bathrooms are equally as impressive: with stylish black and white wall tiles and an overhead waterfall shower to wake you up after a dreamy night’s rest. Towels, toiletries and a hairdryer are also all included, so all you need to do is bring yourself.
You’ll Love: The smart glass and steel design of the cabins means you can wildlife watch from your bed, if you wish to do so. Or you can head outdoors onto the large, raised deck for a lazy brunch or al fresco dinner. There are outdoor tables and chairs ready and waiting, and sometimes even a sheep or two to bid a carefree ‘good morning’ to. Zero pressure, maximum North Yorkshire relaxation. Count us in!
The Cost: From £125pn, 2 night minimum stay
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North Yorkshire Glamping | No. 2
Wild roaming and even wilder camping
Sleeps 2 | Best for: Sightseeing on-the-go | Collect from TS9 6HY
Revel in the freedom of the open road with a North Yorkshire glamping experience with a difference. Run by husband and wife duo Tom and Sophie, Yorkshire Vehicle Hire offers a wild camping experience in the form of Defender Camping Yorkshire: 4 iconic Land Rover Defender vehicles topped with 2-person RoofBunk tents.
Choose your vehicle from either Sidney, Bruce, Milly or Shirley; your tent is already installed on top of the Defenders, ready to put up in seconds, thanks to the simple gas strut system. The tent has a weather-proof outer and a memory foam mattress to keep you cosy off-road. There’s also a telescopic ladder to make climbing up to your tent a cinch.
You’re also equipped with everything needed for outdoor living, including a gas stove, bbq grill and even a collapsible kitchen sink! A kitchen table, cutlery, tea and coffee is included too and, if you want extra frills, add on a pizza oven, ground tent and mountain bikes.
The Cost: £155pn, 3 nights min stay (Mar-Oct), 2 nights min stay (Nov-Feb) | See More: Defender Camping
North Yorkshire Glamping | No. 3
Your own private Hobbiton not far from York
Sleeps up to 4 | Best for: Family-friendly escapism | YO61 4PW
There’s magic in the air at The Hideaway, a quirky six-acre glamping site that sits in the grounds of 700-year-old Baxby Manor. Perched on the edge of Husthwaite village, The Hideaway is true to its name, tucked away in a field that’s full of wildflowers and ancient trees.
There’s a campsite for tents and campervans, but for a memorable North Yorkshire glamping experience, check into one of the Middle Earth-style Hobbit Houses or hexagonal Eco Pods.Each of the Hobbit Houses has charming features galore, including quaint round doors and windows, plus a turfed roof. Inside, there’s one double bed, one single bed and a single bunk bed. For al fresco dining there’s an outdoor bench, as well as a handy fire pit. Remember to bring your own bedding and cooking utensils though, as they aren’t included.
For something a little more intimate there are the Eco Pods – hexagonal-shaped wooden huts that look like something out of a fairytale. Sitting alongside the stream, these Pods can fit up to 2 people in a cosy double bed. Or, upgrade to a family-sized Eco Pod which, thanks to its double bed and single bunk beds, can sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children.
No matter which glamping area you choose, everything else that you could possibly need – from the communal shower to the toilets, pot-washing room, communal fridge and on-site shop – is just a short walk away.
The Cost: Hobbitons £120pn; Ecopods from £60pn (both 2 night min stay) | See More: The Hideaway
North Yorkshire Glamping | No. 4
Railway wagon stay with an edgy vibe
Sleeps 2 | Best for: A quirky break from city life | YO26 8EZ
15 minutes’ drive west out of York, you’ll find two quirky glamping spaces for some sweet city escapism. The first is a pretty farmhouse style shepherd’s hut. The other is a funky, upbeat railway goods wagon – both sleeping 2 and set on a working farm in Green Hammerton. The hut comes with a hot tub and the wagon comes with a bright, colourful personality that’ll stick in your memory.
Animal lovers will lap up the chance to have meet and greets with the four-legged local residents: there are sheep, horses, alpacas, goats and donkeys roaming freely around the fields.
The Cost: Shepherd’s hut from £130pn; railway wagon from £150pn | See More: Skipbridge Farm Glamping
North Yorkshire Glamping | No. 5
100% clear glamping domes in the woods
Sleeps 4 | Best for: 360° celestial viewing | DL8 2LS
Tucked away between the meadows and forests of the 18th-century Camp Hill Estate, Camp Kátur Glamping is on a mission to help you discover your outdoor happiness. No matter what level of glamping you feel comfortable with, there’s something here for you: cosy bell tents. Homely hobbit pods. Rustic yurts. Log cabins for the extended family. Even 2-bed safari tents which are more spacious than most city-centre flats.
Arguably, Camp Kátur’s jewel in the crown, though, are their sleek geodomes which allow you to gaze out at your secluded woodland haven from the comfort of your deluxe bed. There are domes that have 360-degree glass panels, but for those who value a bit of privacy there are also larger en-suite domes that come with blacked-out panels and curtains.
The Cost: Geodomes (sleeps from 2 to 6 adults) from £155pn; Bears Place Lodge £175pn; yurts from £125pn; safari tents from £195pn; hobbit pods from £105pn; bell tents from £110pn (all min 2 night stay) | See More: Camp Kátur Yorkshire
North Yorkshire Glamping | No. 6
Characterful igluhuts straight from Nordic Lore
Sleeps 2 | Best for: Secluded R&R for a hot tub break | YO51 9NE
Named after an age-old Yorkshire system that shepherds used to count their sheep home, Yain, Tain, Eddero, Peddero and Tayter are 5 luxury huts nestled onto the grounds of Waingates working farm.
Yain, Tain, Eddero are all shepherd huts that are a real treat. Each has its own private garden, complete with wood burning hot tub and fenced-off outdoor seating area. Inside, the huts are elegantly decked out with a chic farmhouse-style design that looks like it’s been lifted from the pages of ELLE Decoration magazine. They even come with a hotel-standard bed topped with plump cushions, ensuite facilities and a small kitchen.
If you want more pizazz, we love the luxurious Nordic Igluhuts – Peddero and Tayter. Efficiently insulated with traditional spruce wood shingles on the outside, the cosy curves of these huts house a king-size bed, fully-equipped kitchen and ensuite facilities. And just outside? Your very own Japanese Ofuru wood-burning hot tub.
The Cost: Shepherd huts from £160pn; Nordic igluhuts from £175pn (2 night min stay) See More: Waingates Farm Huts
North Yorkshire Glamping | No. 7
Safari huts straight out of Africa
Sleeps 5 | Best for: Walks on the wild side | HG3 3JN
The North Yorkshire meadows might look a little different to some of the national parks in South Africa, but that doesn’t make this luxury glamping site any less impressive. The 3 safari tents, adorably named Foxes’ Den, Owls’ Hollow and Hedgehog Hideaway, each have 2 bedrooms, a kitchen area, shower room and toilet, helping you get back to nature with a big slice of comfort.
Should you wish to heed the call of the wild, these safari tents are bursting with luxe touches: Egyptian cotton sheets, deep-pile rugs, twinkling fairy lights, a homely log burner. Head out onto your sheltered private patio area to lounge on your comfortable outdoor furniture, and you might even end up seeing North Yorkshire’s version of the Big 5 (owls, hares, deer, red squirrels and falcons).
The Cost: From £148pn, with a 10% discount for couples (2 night min stay) |
See More: Little Northfield
North Yorkshire Glamping | No. 8
Crooked and quirky getaway for non-muggles
Sleeps 6 | Best for: A spellbinding weekend to remember | TS13 4TJ
Wizards, witches and non-magical folk alike are all welcome at this medieval-style cottage, set amongst 6 acres of Yorkshire countryside. Everything about it is utterly bewitching (which is why we had to include it even though it’s not strictly ‘glamping’ as we know it).
From its 3 interlocking circular sections to its turreted roofs and exposed timber beams, magic is everywhere. Behind the colourful stained-glass windows, the cottage conjures up all the cosy feelings. What to do first: a huddle around the fireplace with a good book and your favourite tipple? Or maybe a long soak in the free-standing brass bathtub?
Big and little kids will adore the sleeping arrangements in the cottage. While one of the sofas pulls out into a double bed, the main bedroom features both a double bed and bunk beds made using rustic wood. It’s fair to say it’s got us under its spell – and that’s before we even mention its location. Found on the grounds of Golden Hill Farm, the cottage is surrounded in all directions by the dramatic North York Moors. Middlesbrough and Whitby are less than half an hour away, too.
The Cost: £300pn, 2 night min stay | See More: Ground Keeper’s Cottage