Hollington Park Glamping

UK England South East England Berkshire

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Pod and bell tent glamping in the Berkshire woods on the edge of the North Wessex Downs

You don’t have to be a fan of Downton Abbey to visit Hollington Park Glamping, although it is popular with viewers of the famous series, located, as it is, just five minutes from Highclere Castle – the magnificent house is instantly recognisable from the screen.

Built in 1842, Highclere Castle may be one of the key historic attractions in the area but it’s by no means the oldest. Indeed it’s the woods themselves, sprawling across the North Wessex Downs, that boast some of the most ageing relics of the region – ancient trees that were probably mere saplings when Highclere’s construction started. It’s among these leafy surrounding that Hollington Park Glamping is found, tucked between ash, oak and birch.

It seems suitable that most things here are made of wood. There are, in total, just two pods and a bell tent, though if you book all three you can also pitch an extra tent to make up the numbers. The pods have everything you need. The far end of the interior is taken up by a large, built-in double bed, with a window peering out into the leaves, while out front there is a deck and outdoor garden furniture. The bell tent, too, has all the kit and caboodle provided so you can turn up with little more than your toothbrush.

The accommodation is all in a woodland clearing and accompanied by two further structures: a covered seating area and a blue bathroom shed with a hot shower and compost loo. In the centre of the clearing there’s a communal firepit, an ideal spot for socialising in the evening with your fellow pod dwellers, with surrounding benches built out of humungous tree trunks. Simply grab logs for free from the pile provided or forage in the woods.

Owner Claire lives in a little cottage a short stroll away. She’s often popping over to check everything is ok and you can order breakfast hampers from her, full of locally-sourced goodies. She can also provide directions to the nearest attractions, the Bombay Sapphire distillery being one of them. Don’t expect to find gin in your breakfast hamper though. It may be local but apparently tea and coffee still taste better with your cereal.

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Facilities

Pods and bell tents are accompanied by an outside deck and a communal undercover seating area, brick built firepit, 2 hot shower rooms and 2 toilets, one is a flushing loo and the other a composting loo. There's a laundry room for longer stays. Each accommodation unit has a cooking station containing a gas stove and BBQ. Crockery, cutlery, pots, pans, BBQ tools, tea, coffee, sugar and milk are all provided and all bedding and towels are included. Sunbeds and hammocks are provided when the weather is good. Guests have full access to the 10 acre woodland beyond.

Suitable For

Couples, families, groups, dogs – yes. Tents (only with a pod booking), campervans, caravans and motorhomes – yes on request.

Nearby

For families there are no fewer than three excellent farm parks within easy driving distance. Bucklebury Farm Park (0118 971 4002) is one of the most popular, 20 minutes away, Finkley Down Farm (01264 324141) is also excellent and takes the same length in the opposite direction – ideal if your heading to the south coast. Four Kingdoms Farm Park (01635 269678) is the closest. For most people, though, it's the walking and cycling that makes the North Wessex Downs so popular. Climb Beacon Hill or wander across famous Watership Down. Woolton Hill hosts an excellent market just 5 mins walk away on the last Saturday of every month, while Hungerford, 8 miles away, is full of old antiques shops and pubs. The Bombay Sapphire distillery (01256 890090), located in fantastically atmospheric old buildings, offers tours daily – best to book in advance. And finally of course there's magnificent Highclere Castle (01635 253210). It opens for tours through July and August but outside of these peak months you'll need to check ahead for specific dates.

Food & Drink

Claire can supply breakfast boxes with local produce. It's £10 for two, £15 for three and £20 for four – be sure to ask her in advance. There are three pubs within walking distance – The Rampant Cat (01635 253474), The Furze Bush (01635 253228) and, in Highclere, The Red House (01635 255531). The Red House is closed on Mondays and doesn't serve evening meals on Sundays, but the food is excellent and there are plenty of ales on tap.

Opening Times

All year. High Season April 1st – August 31st & bank holiday weekends.

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The Owner Says

Set in 10 acres of semi ancient woodland on the Hampshire Berkshire border is our small and unique glamping site. 45 minutes from London 5 minutes from the Historic Highclere Castle.

Accommodation

2 pods (each sleeping 2 adults in a double bed and 2 young children on a blow up bed) plus a 5-metre bell tent (sleeping 2 adults and 2 children). Check Availability

Location

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Getting There

From the A34 head towards Andover on the A343 and take the only turning available into Woolton Hill signposted 'the Rampant Cat'. Follow the road for ½ mile and as the road bends sharply right take the left hand turning onto Church Road. Follow for ½ a mile until the road bends sharply right to Eastend and forks left for Hollington. Take the left hand fork and stop immediately. On the left is a little brick and flint lodge house and some big old wrought iron gates, saying Hollington house on the walls, go through the gates and after about 100 metres there are some more wrought iron gates on the right, a little cottage with a gargoyle on the roof on the left, carry on past the featherboard fencing for 20m and turn in through the wooden gate on the left. It's necessary to have a car really but there's a train station and bus services in Newbury, 6 miles away.

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Fantastic! Beautiful setting and cosy atmosphere

We stayed in a Bedouin style tent. The whole family had a great time. Facilities are excellent. Owner was very friendly. Would definitely recommend.
Jul 31, 2019 by Louise

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