The Bedouin Bell Tent

UK England South East England Berkshire Hollington Park Glamping

  • Sleeps 6 (max 2 adults, 4 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
Tucked away in the trees of a 10-acre wood, this Bedouin-styled bell tent offers a taste of Nomadic life in Berkshire

  • A five-metre bell tent with a log burner, futon-style beds, cushions and sheepskins
  • Pitched on a deck with outside seating area
  • One of just three glamping pitches sharing a communal campfire and facilities

The Owner Says

Our Bedouin Bell Tent is a Huge six-meter diameter bell tent which sleeps two adults and up to four children, in the style of a Bedouin camp, with comfy scatter cushions,  rugs, a double bed and fold out z beds for the children. The Bell Tent contains everything the pods do, including an outside decked seating area and a communal outside undercover seating area, all bedding, towels eating cooking and washing up equipment, communal brick built firepit, hot shower room and composting loo. The only difference is that even though still only 20 meters from the communal areas, the tent is hidden away in it's own special little wooded clearing, with secret passages that the children (and adults) will adore made out of Adams (the man of the house!) unique wood sculptures. The tent is completely off grid therefore no electricity, but if phones need charging etc, you are welcome to use our electricy in the house! We also have a laundry room for longer stays. The bell tent has an indoor wood burner as heating, plus a cooking station containing gas stove and BBQ, crockery, cutlery, pans, BBQ tools, tea, coffee, sugar, milk, and bottled water (although all water onsite is drinking water). All bedding and towels are included. The tent also has a cool box, and guests are welcome to top up their ice containers in our freezer when needed!

Guests have full access to the 10-acre woodland where they can forage for wood and kindling. We also have deer, foxes, the occasional badger and resident owls which you can hear most nights. Ducks and chickens also roam freely. We have bats that live in the tree tops who you will see flitting about at dusk!

Local attractions include Bucklebury Farm Park, Finkley Down Farm, 4 Kingdoms Farm Park, Beacon Hill, Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey), Watership Down, and the market towns of Hereford and Newbury. The local village market on the last Saturday of every month is very good.

You may also like to visit The Living Rainforest, The Watermill Theatre, Snelsmore Common, Newbury Racecourse, West Berks Museum and the Bombay Sapphire distillery which hosts tours in its awesome old premises.

There are three lovely local pubs within walking distance – The Rampant Cat, The Furze Bush Inn and The Highclere Red House. There are also many beautiful walks. There is also a very old flint church and a park. We are only 40 mins from London and 40 mins from the seaside.

We are in the AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty) meaning we are one of the last dark places in England without light pollution so it gets rather dark around here!!! a torch is a must, as our planning permission only allows lighting in the pods not the bell tent area, the loo or the washroom, therefore it is essential to bring torches, wood for he stove and tealights for the candle holders and lanterns provided. We love it here, we are so lucky to live here and we'd love you to come and share the magical surroundings with us, if only for a couple of days!!!

We are open all year and I am most always on site to help, during the times when we are not actually within the property, we just leave your accommodation open so you can help yourself!!!

Features & 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.

Activities

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.
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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.