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Park Hall Pods
The people of Mapperley have no shortage of grand houses to ogle within day-tripping distance of home. But recently it’s not Elvaston or Nottingham Castles, Wollaton or Haddon Hall they’ve been cooing over. It’s not even magnificent Chatsworth that the villagers are all of a twitter about. No – it’s somewhere closer and much smaller that’s been getting their attention: Park Hall Pods. Five luxurious little glamping pods on stilts, perched on the edge of the village with whopping country views.
The fact that locals were queuing up to book holidays here before it even opened was an indication of things to come. Pretty much everyone who lays eyes on these swish new pods wants to stay in them. In fact, we’d say they have the potential to convert even the most indoorsy folk by bringing home comforts and modern conveniences to this edge-of-countryside location in the Midlands. Park Hall Pods is less like a traditional camping or glamping site and more like a cluster of detached hotel rooms or exclusive holiday homes (albeit cute and quirky ones).
There are no shared facilities at Park Hall and there’s no reception desk either. There’s certainly no need to put on wellies and traipse across a field to your holiday accommodation. Instead, you drive right up and park underneath your pod in a kind of quirky car port created by the stilts. And it’s only once you’ve climbed the external wooden staircase that the views are revealed; views that you’ll be happy to gaze at all weekend – either from the hot tub on the deck or through the pod's floor-to-ceiling glass frontage. The unusual design has made everything fit cleverly around a former railway embankment that would have stopped many other glamping projects from the outset. This and a solid, homely feel mean it’s no surprise to learn that Gill and Julian, the couple who built this place, have a background in property development.
Inside, you find a high-spec living space with a great quality finish. There are Scandi-style, white-washed cladding walls with muted mustard and grey tones in the finishing touches. There’s a shower room with robes and towels and a kitchen equipped with everything you need right down to coffee capsules for the Nespresso machine. When the living is this good, it’s likely that you’ll be content to stay local, taking advantage of the walk into Shipley Country Park like the Mapperly villagers do – or down to the Old Black Horse where you might bump into some of them. But from this location between Nottingham and Derby there’s much more to explore if you have the time; all those stately homes for a start.
FacilitiesPark Hall Tree House Pods, offer luxury style on stilts, and are constructed with comfort and quality in mind. The glamping pods, are built on an elevated structure, which allow all the surrounding countryside to be viewed for your enjoyment. Each of the 5 pods, are nestled into the hawthorn hedges, and your only neighbours are the cattle that graze in the nearby fields. Inside each cosy pod, fitted to the highest specifications, you will find a kitchenette area, with fridge, oven and hob so you can quickly rustle up whatever you fancy. Further to this, you will find a comfortable sofa, sumptuous bed, and a beautiful bathroom. Each pod has internet access, and a TV for the moments you want to touch base and relax. For al fresco dining, a fire pit is included for your pleasure.
Luxury King Size bed with bedding, and sofa bed with linen when required.
Towels, Bathrobes and Slippers
One starter pack of kiln dried logs are included, further packs can be ordered on extras.
Parking is directly under the pod or to the side if in the lower pod.
Free WiFi is provided in each pod.
Pets: Well behaved dogs are permitted (but not on the bed please!) at a charge of £10 per day.
Suitable ForThe site is suited for both couples and families who what to escape to the countryside and forget the modern world for a few days while enjoying the panoramic views. Whilst some may want to go on a nice bike ride through Shipley Country Park and along the Nutbrook Trail for either breakfast at cafe or spot of lunch at one of the local pubs. You could even take the kids for a wonder around Shipley Park to find the Adventure Park and let them run some energy off, or just to feed the ducks at one of the Lakes.
Park Hall Pods, are situated in the little village of Mapperley in Derbyshire, within walking distance of Shipley Country Park. A little further afield, you will find the Peak District National Park, with craggy hills, sweeping dales and dense woodland. It is a world of contrasting natural beauty with moors and dales, rivers, springs and caverns. The area is known for its breath-taking views, bustling market towns, pretty villages, and the beautiful historic houses of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall. Derbyshire also has an abundance of National Trust properties to explore, Hardwick Hall, Calke Abbey and Sudbury Hall to name a few.
Park Hall Pods are also very handily situated close to the border of Nottinghamshire. The birth place of world-renowned author, D H Lawrence can be visited in the nearby town of Eastwood. A little further afield, Robin Hood country, Clumber Park and Wollaton Hall are all waiting to be explored.
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From the M1 or Nottingham take the A52 towards Derby. From Derby, head towards Nottingham on the same road. Turn off for Ockbrook. Follow signs to Ilkeston through the village and, once on the A6096, continue for two miles until you can turn left on to Cat and Fiddle Lane. After another mile, turn right on to Station Road. When you reach a T-junction with the A609 (with Mill House Car sales on the junction), continue straight over on to Park Hall Lane. After around 700m you will see a wooden totem pole on the right with glamping carved out; you have arrived.
The closest railway station is at Ilkeston from where you can book a taxi to site. From Derby Train Station, where there’s a taxi rank, it is just over nine miles and costs about £20.
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