Spacious bell tent in a private Essex nature reserve
- Camping in comfort, with a king-sized bed, comfy seating, bedding and towels
- Cooking, eating, and washing facilities are found in the field shelter
- Only one bell tent ensuring privacy and seclusion
The Owner Says
Gemini Camp is nestled in a private six-acre field which has been left to revert to nature, so you can have the wildlife-rich surroundings and fresh air all to yourself, perhaps as an extension of a holiday before or after a flight out of London Stansted Airport a five-minute drive away.
The off-grid stays at this hideaway are in a luxury bell tent with a king-size bed; a field shelter with a log burner, cooking and washing facilities – including an eco toilet and shower – are also to hand with views out across the greenery-filled former horse paddock whichever way you turn.
Settled in comfortably to watch planes swooping across the skies overhead then realised you’ve left something behind at home? The village of Elsenham with its local shop and pub is a 15-minute drive (or half an hour walk away) and the nine-hole course and gym at Golf World Stansted under a 10-minute walk has a bar in the clubhouse serving food and drink if it’s sustenance you’re after.
Other villages to visit in this rural area include Stansted Mountfitchet (15 minutes away), home to historical hotspots like Mountfitchet Castle, a reconstructed Norman settlement and a toy museum, along with pretty Thaxted (also 15 minutes) and Finchingfield (25 minutes).
Back in Elsenham, a mainline railway station means you can also hit up the big cities thanks to direct services to Cambridge (half an hour) and London (55 minutes).
Features & Facilities
There’s no need for more than the single eco-friendly composting toilet and hot gas-powered shower in the field shelter’s little bathroom. The shelter also has a kitchen sink with mains water, a gas stove, a log burner and all the pots, pans, plates, utensils and cutlery you’ll need for campsite cooking. Outdoor campfires are not allowed here as it is a grassland nature reserve but logs are provided for the little log burner in the field shelter. If you need more than the basket provided, it’s £5 per bag.
Gemini Camp is set in a six-acre, private wildlife reserve so wildlife watching accounts for the on-site fun with deer, foxes, badgers and all manner of birds regularly sighted. There are also walks directly from site into the surrounding countryside. Golf World Stansted (01279 812865) is right next door with a nine-hole golf course, a driving range and a themed adventure golf course too. Mountfitchet Castle (01279 813237) is a living museum with a replica of a Norman castle and village, three miles from site. The entry ticket also allows you to visit the House on the Hill Toy Museum (01279 813237) which is just next door. Around five miles from site is the National Trust’s Hatfield Forest (01279 870678), an ancient royal hunting forest and now a popular place for walking, cycling, horseriding and boating on the lake (in the summer months). Audley End House and Gardens (01799 522842) is about 10 miles away and, with extensive grounds, exhibitions, and facilities, makes for a full day out.
Food & Drink
You can walk to local pub, The Crown, in Elsenham village in about 30 minutes (or drive there in five). It has a good reputation for food. A little further away is the recommended Cock Inn (01279 850347) in the little village of Henham, two miles away. For a smarter option try the Linden House Hotel restaurant, four miles away.
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Exit the M11 at junction 8, then follow the A120 towards Colchester/Bishop’s Stortford/Stansted Airport. Stay on the A120 and, after two roundabouts, use the left two lanes to take the exit towards Stansted Airport. Then take the second exit onto Thremhall Avenue. Take the fourth exit at the next roundabout, then the first exit at the next one. Continue on to Hall Road until you reach a mini roundabout and signs for Golf World Stansted. Around 400m down the road, you'll see a grey sign on the left for Woodlands & Evie Rose Cottage. Turn in here and follow the gravel drive past a long house. You will soon be able to see the Gemini Camp bell tent in the field on your right.
The nearest train station is at Elsenham two miles away with Stansted Airport and Stansted Mountfitchet stations just a mile further. Taxis are readily available from Stansted Airport.