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In The Stix

UK England East Midlands Rutland

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Family-sized geodesic domes on a pastoral Rutland plot with a babbling brook running along one side and an excellent pub just a short stroll away

Four and half miles north of Rutland Water, a lake that isn’t really a lake, and six miles from Oakham Castle, which isn’t really a castle, In The Stix is a campsite that – you guessed it – isn’t really a campsite. Comprised of four specially designed geodesic domes, dotted across a grassy field, this modern-looking meadow is first and foremost a place to go glamping. Forget the tent and leave the sleeping bags at home, everything here is covered.

Set around a metal framework and cleverly including an extra mezzanine level inside, the great white domes are light, bright and airy. Inside, they still manage to create a magical cocoon that feels cosy, even when the weather turns, while a large semi-circular window lets in the colours of the great outdoors. The extra space that the mezzanine provides means each dome can sleep up to six people with ease, in a combination of single and king-sized beds. Throw in deep leather sofas, a sleekly designed wood-burning stove and a private hot tub with every dome and you’ve got yourself a seriously cosy place to hide away.

Break from your bubble and step outside to use the kitchen cabin that’s attached to each dome. The wooden structure helps define a private slice of space around your dome where you can sit out and enjoy the sun. Elsewhere in the meadow the other three domes each have their own space too, though close enough that you can socialise and enjoy campfires with fellow glampers. Remember to bring your marshmallows along.

Follow the brook at the bottom of the gently sloping meadow and you’ll quickly link up to Rutland’s footpaths. Taking a bike down to the banks of Rutland Water is a better option though. The man-made reservoir is flanked by a large nature reserve and has excellent paved and gravel cycle routes that are wonderful to explore. Or you can hire a boat and head out onto the water itself. Both will give you a good appetite for your return to camp. Or to the local pub, which is a mere 10-minute walk from your dome.

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Facilities

4 domes each with a mezzanine level inside. Each dome can accommodate 4–6 people plus 2 cots by request, with beds made up to suit each individual party, as singles or king sizes. Other furnishings include tables and chairs, chesterfield sofas, wood-burning stoves and more. In the lower level every dome has its own private shower and proper flushing loo, while, adjacent, every dome has it's own separate field kitchen. There's a brook to play in, a climbing frame to clamber upon and ample wildlife to spot – deer, ducks, pheasants, fledglings and a resident green wood pecker who you might just hear tap tap atappin' from time to time.

Suitable For

Glamping only. So tents, campervans or caravans – no. Families, couples, well-behaved dogs and groups (by prior arrangement) – yes.

Nearby

Rutland's motto Multum in Parvo (much in little) stands the test. There's plenty to do in England's smallest county. Several footpaths run just beyond the campsite (walk along the brook to link up) and it's just a 10-minute drive to Oakham. It's a pretty little market town steeped in history, with lovely rows of independent shops and plenty of cafés and tea rooms. Market days are Wednesday and Saturday with a farmers market on Goal Street on the third Saturday of each month. The town is also known for it’s castle, although Oakham Castle (01572 757578) is not actually a castle but a Norman manor house built between 1180–1190. It is thought to be one of the finest examples of late 12th century architecture in England. The great hall still remains intact today and is used for occasional crown courts and for weddings. Having just received a substantial grant from the Heritage lottery fund it is well worth a visit. Admission is free.

Food & Drink

The village pub (01572 812325) is the best place to go and, handily, it's a very pleasant 10-minute walk from the site along the brook. Children and dogs are welcome and they serve great food. Other top pickes nearby include The Berkeley Arms (01572 787587), The Olive Branch (01780 410355) and The Finches Arms (01572 756575). For local produce, the Hambleton Bakery & shop covers most of the basics along with some exquisite baked treats.

Opening Times

March half term – end of October.

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Getting There

In the Stix can be found from both the north and south very easily from the A1, turning off when signposted to Oakham and Kendrew Barracks (B669). Turn towards Oakham when leaving the A1 and before you arrive in Greetham you will see a signpost for Greetham Valley Golf on your left. Take this left turn and In the Stix is the first turn on the right, just a couple of hundred meters from the main road. Follow the signs to reach their car parking area. It's 7 miles to the nearest train station in Oakham (cross country service; 0845 748 4950). Stamford (also cross country; 0845 748 4950) is 11 miles away and Peterborough (main line; 0845 748 4950) is 23 miles. In short, it's best to come by car.

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