Hallaton Road, Medbourne, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 8DR
Looking for a slice of the peace-and-quiet pie? This Leicestershire campsite certainly does what it says on the tin. A simple, grassy, family-run campsite located opposite the local village cricket ground it is, indeed, a place for rural R&R.
So what’s needed to relax? Well, space, for one. And there’s certainly plenty of it. With less than 20 pitches, Rural Relaxing Campsite keeps to a more than manageable size, while a handful of beautifully furnished bell tents and a pinewood cabin offer extra room for those who don't fancy bringing their own camping clobber. After that, good food is always high on the list. Thankfully, here too there is plenty on offer, from the on-site Nespresso coffee shack to the excellent village tearooms, handily co-managed by the award-winning village pub that overlooks the waters of Medbourne Brook.
Yet while a good local boozer and a quiet location certainly make Rural Relaxing a fantastic choice of campsite, it’s the more conscientious touches of the owners that really make it stand out. A converted stable building – the welcome cabin – is filled with timetables of local activities and attractions, along with board games for wet-weather days and books to borrow, while garden furniture (plus comfortable cushions) is available to borrow for gathering around your campfire when evening comes. They’re touches that bring convenience, yet still reflect the site's blissfully un-commercial feel.
On the rare occasion you do fancy stretching your legs beyond the village, there are ample local footpaths to follow, including a wonderful one-mile route – starting past bushes thick with blackberries before opening out to fantastic views – to the neighbouring hamlet of Blaston. By car, head to Rutland Water where you can follow family-friendly cycle routes around the reservoir (either on your own bikes or by renting them there) or stop en-route at honey-coloured Uppingham (particularly on market days; Friday). They’re all good excuses for building up your appetite before returning to the campsite (and pub) to kick back, stretch out and, well, relax.
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