Wild in Style
Child friendly glamping, Lake District & Cumbria – Low Wray National Trust Campsite, Lake District National Park, Ambleside, Cumbria
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About Wild in Style
We were blown away by the location of Wild in Style. We relished the luxury of the yurts and the privacy, located in the woods, with just a minutes stroll down the hill brought you right to the edge of Lake Windermere and those breathtaking views.
We love to be happy campers and having the luxury of bowling up to a weather proof yurt in the middle of the Lake District just takes the hassle factor away from pitching up your own tent especially when camping with kids. You will even have extra boot space for holiday packing as you won’t need half the stuff you normally take for conventional camping. Lighting the wood burning stove soon gets the yurt toasty and warm even in the most extreme weather conditions and thus gives you a bigger window of opportunity to go camping. The yurt is located on the National Trust campsite at Low Wray where you are nestled on the shores of Lake Windermere. You are certainly well placed to enjoy the beauty of the Lakes. Now with recent additions of two new gypsy caravans. Why not experience the luxury of glamping and have a unique adventure in style!
A stay at Wild in Style is the best way for families to have a camping holiday and experience nature literally on your doorstep without having to rough it. Discover these fantastic yurts nestled on the shores of Lake Windermere and you have the most idyllic backdrop to wake up to every morning. The yurts are built in true traditional style and are located within their own private setting amongst the trees.
The Holiday Yurt
We booked a week's stay in a double yurt after taking the owner Alex's advice due to our party size. We bowled up to Wild in Style not too sure what a double yurt was and we were pleasantly surprised. The main yurt is the spacious living area with wood burning stove, a fully equipped kitchen area including a double gas burning stove, complete with all cooking utensils and even a dining table and chairs. The double and single futon gives you plenty of versatility both night and day and with a few easy maneuvers voila your beds are made. The piece-de-resistance was the second yurt is attached like an annex and although of smaller scale than the main area, it housed a full sized double bed already beautifully made up. All bedding was provided which also helped cut down on our holiday packing but we did bring extra pillows. My family of 5 were housed very comfortable indeed and the yurt could quite easily take a party of 6 if you wished to bring an extra roll mat and your bedding. A car battery located outside the tent powered our lighting in the evening and although our basket of logs provided for the stove did not last us the whole week, the kids loved foraging in the woods collecting fallen twigs to top up the supplies.
The Gypsy Caravans
Beautifully decorated and compact you will find a double bed (in Zingaro there is also a folding bed for a child / small adult) and a wood burning stove. Between the two Gypsy Caravans you have the added benefit of sharing a yurt that has a fully stocked kitchen, comfortable seating and a table and chairs.
Wild in Style has 4 yurts and 2 gypsey caravans of differing sizes located on Low Wray campsite which is owned and run by the National Trust. A stay here allows you full use of the campsites excellent facilities, including two play areas, a shower and toilet block with washing and laundry amenities and an onsite shop which you could freeze your ice packs here for a 20p charge. Not forgetting of course Lake Windermere itself with access for swimming, fishing, canoes or boats.
Family Days Out around Windermere and the Lake District
There are lots of activities you could pay extra to participate in based at Low Wray campsite, such as a moonlight canoe adventure or rock climbing. But with prices starting from £25 per person we but we found other alternatives that weren't so expensive to do as a family. A map from the on-site shop for £1.50 gave my kids a chance to do a spot of orienteering. It can take a couple of hours to do so we tackled the challenge spread over a few days. Wray Castle can be spotted from the campsite and has some lovely walks around its grounds to the lakeshores.
We had already looked up what activities were on for children at Brockhole Visitor Centre during our stay and had pre-booked Emily (10) and Hannah (8) on a bushcraft skills course for £8 each lasting 2 hours whilst we enjoyed a pit stop at the café and took Alfie(4) to the fantastic adventure playground there.
Grizedale Forest is just a 20 minute drive away in the heart of the Lake District National Park and combines mountain biking, walking and sculptures in the forest with a café and large play ground. We hired a bike with a trailer and one with a tag-along and readily admit we found the easiest route challenging because of the weight you are dragging up a hill. Go Ape is also based here and is a set of 6 stage challenges in the tree tops lasting around 3 hours to complete.
Nearby at Esthwaite Water we hired a rowing boat £15 for an hour and it is open all year round. Hill Top - Beatrix Potters Farmhouse is just down the road near Sawrey and just further along the road you can catch the car ferry across Lake Windermere to visit The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere. Mine and Emily's treat for the week was booking ourselves on to a family cooking day at Lucy Cooks cookery school near Kendal.
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