Amber's Bell Tent Camping at Hopton Court Estate Amber's Bell Tent Camping

UK England West Midlands Shropshire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Family-friendly bell tent glamping in the trees, set on a 1,800-acre Shropshire Hills estate

Not many people in Shropshire can claim to have had their home designed by the same architect as Buckingham Palace. Yet, while it’s not as large or famous as the royal home, the beautiful stone country house of Hopton Court Estate is one of the rare exceptions. On the south eastern edge of the Shropshire Hills, discreetly tucked away among ribbons of trees, Hopton Court Estate was reputedly dreamt up by John Nash himself, with grounds by the last great landscape designer of the 18th century, Humphry Repton. While the house may be less palatial than Buckingham, the space certainly makes up for it. There’s some 1,800 acres in total.

Beyond the house and across open meadows The Riddings is found; a six-acre stretch of light pine and deciduous woodland, with gargantuan trees that have stood for generations. It is here, spread among the open spaces that Amber’s Bell Tents are located, a collection of six, fully furnished abodes, each decked out with real beds, a wood-burner and all the kit and clobber you need for cooking on a glampsite.

The glamping concept itself has been tried, tested and reviewed to much praise – Amber Wykes has set up her bell tents at several other country estates across the UK too – with a family-friendly feel and plenty of space. Rope swings hang from the lower branches of tall oaks and pine cones scatter the floor. Children love to scurry around looking for the largest or making friends through games of hide and seek. There’s a real sense of seclusion among the trees, aided, of course, by no WiFi or televisions and a positive approach to allowing campfires.

Walkers are particularly in their element. It’s just over a mile to the official boundary of the Shropshire Hills, while the estate itself is crossed by a number of footpaths (one leading to the local pub, less than a mile away). A hike west up Titterstone Clee Hill (the third highest top in the Shropshire Hills) is the quickest way to gain some altitude and enjoy views over Shropshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire, with the Brecon Beacons in Wales sometimes visible on a clear day. If you can’t cajole the kids into walking, it’s 10 miles to Bewdley where you can ride steam trains along the enchanting Severn Valley line. Or travel the same distance west to the foodie town of Ludlow, with independent shops aplenty and a magnificent ruined castle to explore.

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Facilities

The cotton canvas bell tents are fully furnished, featuring single and double beds (depending on your needs) and all bedding and linen included. Wood burners, storage and soft furnishings inside, plus a kitchen box equipped with utensils and vintage dishware. Outside each tent, you'll find a picnic table and fireside log seating and a BBQ/firepit. Private, lockable shower and toilet for each tent, plus a general washing station in the field for dirty dishes. There's also an onsite honesty shop for fire essentials, such as kindling, charcoal, firewood and candles. Tents are situated in a 6-acre semi woodland, so space a plenty for play and adventure, with rope swings in the trees and nature discovery packs for littl'uns keen to get up close and personal with their natural surroundings.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Dogs not permitted – there are kennels (01299 270394) just under a mile away. Large groups, corporate hire, birthday celebrations and (chilled out) stag and hen gatherings available by prior arrangement.

Nearby

The Hopton Court Estate covers some 1800 acres, playing host to various events – from folk festivals to fitness events (see their website for full details) – with plenty of footpaths to explore. On the edge of the Shropshire Hills, the estate also offers direct access onto Catherton Common and the Clee Hills – Titterstone Clee, in particular, is a prominent landmark round these parts and well worth a ramble to the top for views over Worcestershire, Shropshire, Herefordshire and as far as the Black Mountains. For family-friendly routes, the Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve offers cycling trails and more accessible walking routes or, to really take it easy, ride the vintage steam train from nearby Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway (and hike back along the Severn Valley Country Park). Mountain biking, climbing, fishing, canoeing and wild swimming are all possible too, while, for culture, Ludlow town is a treasure trove – antique stores, boutiques and a fantastic reputation for food – with Ludlow Castle (01584 873355) overlooking it all. The town is host to a number of festival events annually, including a gourmet food festival (01584 873957) in September, while the tiny market town of Cleobury Mortimer, just 2½ miles down the road, also boasts fine cuisine, with 6 different pubs and a brewery, Hobsons. It also has a bank, pharmacy, petrol station, Post Office and all the essential amenities, plus a charming, 12th-century church with a famously crooked spire.

Food & Drink

It's a 10-minute walk through the estate grounds to the Hopton Crown (01299 270372). Family-friendly and with a small but decent beer garden, this 16th century coaching inn was refurbished in 2018 and has a good focus on all things local, with several real ales on tap from Wye Valley and Ludlow breweries (try the Ludlow Gold or the Wye Valley Butty Bach to be a real local). The pub is open every day and food is served daily (though not until 6pm on Mondays and Tuesdays). Occasional live music. Free WiFi.

Opening Times

May–September.

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6 fully-furnished bell tents, sleeping up to 5 people each.

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Getting There

Hopton Court Estate is situated just off the A4117 in Hopton Wafers, just west of Cleobury Mortimer, between Kidderminster and Ludlow. Leave the A4117 at the turning next to the Hopton Crown pub. Follow this road for ½ mile and you will see Hopton Court on your right, about 100m after crossing a bridge. Do not turn in to the main hall but continue on, passing the house and you will see signs for The Riddings. Follow these to Amber's Bell Tent Camping.

The nearest train stations are in Kidderminster and Ludlow. From there take bus number 292 or 2L (the same numbers from both stations just heading in the opposite direction) to Cleobury Mortimer, hopping off at the bus stop opposite the Hopton Crown pub. It's a short walk from the pub to the glamping site.

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