I will begin this blog post with the following statement … “… I am NOT a camper …”. Its a combination of several things really, one of them being my bones .. they are now reasonably old and just cannot cope with getting up or rolling out a blow up mattress, another thing is my hair .. its well documented that my hair in normal circumstances can be slightly wild, but going camping & with the lack of electricity points for straighteners it goes to another level, and of course there’s the toilet situation … I am quite particular about this sort of thing, if I’m honest I really think the whole “I don’t do camping” started when I went camping with the Guides (centuries ago) .. and yep there was that experience with a porta-loo!!!
So when Emily from Kenton Hall Estate contacted me to see if wanted to visit them and have a couple of nights glamping in a yurt with ALL the mod-cons, including a king size bed, electricity (for those all important hair straightens) and an en-suite shower room, I thought yep I can definitely do that … so I did.
We (that’s me and Mr W) left Herefordshire on a very wet Wednesday and made our way over to Suffolk, which was also a little damp, but it really didn’t matter as the scenery was just spectacular, fields of gold everywhere and big skies, it really was rather beautiful in the grey of the day.
We arrived at Kenton Hall Estate at around 4pm and the rain was starting to ease, we made our way to the yurt (which comes from Mongolia), what a feast for the eyes, a bright colourful small green door and inside to the most spacious yurt I have ever beens in .. ok so I’ve not been in a yurt before, but its basically a huge tent with carpets, it has been decorated with bright colours and has a beautiful Moroccan theme. Next to the yurt is the ensuite, housed in a shepherds hut, which has a power shower, sink and toilet … all very modern and just how I like it.
The stroll to the fully equipped kitchen along the wooded path is really rather magical as there are fairy lights guiding the way, there is an large area where if there is a big group party you can sit around a fire pit and chat or you could gather around the huge cedar table both areas being fully covered as you never with the summer weather in Blighty. The kitchen has everything you could possibly need from cooker to kettle, fridge to pots & pans, glasses to cutlery, they even provide tea bags and coffee sachets.
As well as the yurt there is also a beautiful shepherds hut and a selection of wooden lodges all nestled amongst the trees. There is also an area where you can get married in the woodlands & after the ceremony make your way to the marquee situated on the estates lawn.
Kenton Hall itself is surrounded by a moat, with a wooden bridge in which to walk to the gardens, it is a stunning Tudor building, the land around it is beautiful, acres of fields some of which are home to Long Horn Cattle. If you don’t fancy cooking there are plenty of lovely restaurants nearby.
Kenton Hall Estate gives you everything you need for a wonderful and relaxing few days away.
We honestly had the most fabulous time staying in the yurt. I can confirm that there were no draughts although if you do feel you needed a bit of warmth there is a fan heater provided, the king size bed is super comfy (my bones were happy) and you can dry and straighten your hair to your hearts content (in front of a mirror). The surrounding area is stunning and we came away feeling like we had been on holiday for a lot longer, which to me is always a good thing.
** Kenton Hall Estate very kindly gifted me my visit. If you would like more information regarding glamping, hen parties, weddings and blogging weekends click the link .. https://www.kentonhallestate.co.uk **
*** All photos, opinions and words are my own ***