Family-sized bell tents on a country estate with a farm park less than an hour south of Birmingham
Campfires, canvas and a country estate that’s less than an hour’s drive from bustling Birmingham — Umberslade may just be the easiest place to camp in the Midlands. Though of course, what’s on offer here isn’t quite camping — it’s glamping, so there’s no need to pitch a tent. At Umberslade Glamping, everything is set up for you, with ten bell tents spread across two meadows within a 50-acre estate.
Once the country dwelling of a 19th-century Birmingham industrialist, Umberslade has been passed down the generations into the capable hands of younger members of the Muntz family who are just as enterprising as their forefathers. The big house was sold decades ago and the land is now home to a number of different ventures including the glamping site. And while there’s a lot going on (a coffee shop, a farm park, adventure playgrounds and more) the family is as committed to protecting their land for future generations as they are to sharing it. As such, the low-impact bell tent glamping fits in perfectly well.
There are two tiers of bell tent camping at Umberslade. There are the standard five-metre bell tents of the lower meadow where tents are simply furnished with a boho vibe thanks to rag rugs, scatter cushions and fairy lights. Then there are the slightly more spacious, slightly more upmarket tents of the upper meadow. Here, there are just three six-metre tents with a similar aesthetic to their neighbours but a couple of important differences; the main one being individual facilities. There’s a flushing toilet, shower and a washing-up area just outside each tent. For many glampers, the convenience will be worth the extra cost while others will prefer the better value option of a closer-to-camping stay in the lower meadow where facilities are shared (but still immaculate) and a short walk away.
Talking of short walks, there’s a lot within ambling distance of these tents, which is one of the things that gives the place its appeal. You can stroll on public footpaths through farmland and woodland, visit the on-site coffee shop, join a family-friendly pony trek, or book in for a forest school session at Umberslade Adventure. It’s also just a short walk to Tanworth in Arden village centre, a pretty little place with a nice pub and a church. There’s really no need to venture further afield but, should you want to, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle and Cadbury World offer a variety of days out all within a half-hour drive.
Your Bell Tent at Umberslade Farm…
Set within the grounds of the beautiful Umberslade Farm, this new venture sees ten furnished bell tents each sleeping up to 6 people, set in two private meadows on our 50-acre farm.
On the top meadow we have three large ensuite six metre airy and spacious cotton canvas bell tents sleeping up to six people comfortably. (Olive, Neem and Mulberry). Our bell tents are spaced far enough apart to remain private but close enough for groups that book to stay close together. Each 6m bell tent has an outside hot gas shower with dish washing bowl/detergent and an outside flushing toilet.
We also have hot showers, toilets and a baby changing room down on the farm.
Our bell tent accommodation is off-grid so please bring a power pack to charge up your phones.
Inside each bell tent you will find a comfy double bed with a covered mattress and 4 covered single memory foam camping mattresses. We do not supply bedding or towels so please bring your own.
We supply a hamper of cutlery and kitchen utensils, battery lamps, scatter cushions, rugs, mirror, solar fairy lights and bunting.
Outside, each tent has its own seating area with sun-shade and camping gas cooker. A fire bowl, wood/kindling and firelighters will be supplied with your tent free of charge. Extra wood can be bought at our coffee shop on the farm.
On the lower field we have seven beautiful five metre furnished bell tents sleeping up to 6 people overlooking Umberslade Farm. Each bell tent has an awning and outside seating area with solar fairy lights. Inside your tent you will find 6 covered comfy memory foam mattresses, rugs, a low table, battery lamp, scatter cushions and mirror. A fire bowl, wood/kindling and firelighters will be supplied with your tent free of charge.
Extra wood can be bought at our coffee shop on the farm.
You will find portable-loos in the camping field and more toilets and showers at the farm.
Umberslade Farm Glamping invites families and encourage group bookings. We love a celebration and our glamping site is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. Because we are a working farm we cannot allow dogs on the glamping site.
Walk along the beautiful tree-lined avenue to the quaint village of Tanworth-in-Arden and visit the old church which stands in the middle of the village. Sit down and relax for refreshments at The Bell which offers great food, wines and beer! https://thebellattanworthinarden.co.uk
Book a fun few hours at Umberslade Adventure which offers exciting activities including archery, den building, and many woodland activities and has some interesting nature trails to explore. www.umbersladeadventure.com
Visit Stratford Upon Avon, a bustling medieval market town well known for possibly the most famous writer in the English language, Shakespeare!
The Royal Shakespeare Company performs his plays in the theatre on the banks of the river Avon. With Warwick and Kenilworth Castle, The Cotswolds and The Malvern Hills all close by, there's no shortage of great days out!
Food & Drink
For the big shop which is approx. 4 miles from the farm there is a Co-op Supermarket in Hockley Heath offering food and alcohol and next door is the bakery which bakes fresh bread and cakes and the butchers offering free range, local products. There is a wonderful fish & chip shop along with a Miller and Carter, a Chinese and Indian restaurant. Teds Shed offers a vending machine for fresh milk and dairy products directly for the farm. https://farmertedshed.co.uk
We have the wonderful Wedges bakery situated on the canal approximately 3 miles from the farm which sells fresh breads, cakes, fruit, veg and hot and cold food. https://www.wedgesbakery.co.uk
The Owner Says
Umberslade Farm offers a family-friendly feel and is nestled just outside the quaint little village of Tanworth in Arden set in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside. You approach the glamping fields along an impressive tree-lined avenue that leads you directly to the farm which sits close to the bell tent fields.
Umberslade Glamping is situated amongst 50 acres of rolling meadows and the steam train can be spotted on certain days meandering through the outskirts of the farm.
You are welcome to forget yourselves in this gorgeous slice of English Countryside, wander through our pretty gardens, discover our walks and discover our fantastic farm experiences including pony rides for the kids! We have a pond where your little ones can explore the water life, discover tadpoles and baby ducks in the Spring and dragonfly larvae in the Summer.
Come and meet our beloved farm animals including pigs, chickens, donkeys, goats, sheep and horses, all waiting to be stroked!
Sit down for a relaxing cuppa and slice of home made cake from our onsite coffee shop open everyday from 9am until 4pm or indulge yourself in the finest pizza from our new Dough and Flow outdoor pizza restaurant, all washed down with a fine wine or craft beer open every Friday/ Saturday from 12noon until 9pm and on Sunday from 12 noon until 4pm throughout the summer season. https://www.doughandflow.com
There is a three mile Umberslade Estate Walk which takes up to 2 hours but there is also a shorter walk which takes you past the impressive Umberslade House. This fantastic environment offers huge tracts of land set aside for wildlife and wild flowers that pepper the surrounding fields, a perfect space for your kids to explore safely whilst you crack open a bottle and sit back and breath!
We offer fun seasonal activities and experiences on the farm for children and adults..please book online at www.umberslade.com
A short drive away is the brilliant Umberslade Adventure Park which offers an array of Woodland activities including den building, commando courses, zip lines, nature trails, tree climbing and archery.