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Mulino Pods

UK England East Midlands Derbyshire Ashbourne

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Exceptionally well-equipped pods with stunning views across the farm and beyond, ever changing throughout the year
In the centre of a curved oak picture frame stands a tree, just going out of bloom and now rich with the greens of summer. Beneath it, the ground slopes away, falling into a valley that rises once more on the other side, rolling away into a backdrop that’s crowned by a long, dark lake. Though several miles away, the sun on the lake makes it stand out amongst the hills, a focal point in this bucolic rural scene.

The oak frame around this picture, though, is not hanging on the wall itself but is the wall, the curved wooden exterior of Mulino Lodge Farm’s comfortable pods. Pull the latch, open the glass door and feel the Derbyshire breeze. The fresh air in your lungs brings home the reality of the view – more than just a pretty painting.

Set up in 2009, Mulino Lodge Farm plays a huge role in shaping the landscape around you, from the Suffolk Mule and Charollais Sheep in the fields, to the dry stone walls that stripe the hills in the distance. In fact, head north into the Peak District and the farm is even having an impact there, grazing their highland cattle in careful conservation projects.

In the heart of this enviable countryside location lie the three glamping pods (including the new large Lavender Pod) that make Mulino Lodge Farm an ideal place to stay. They are more than just a farmer’s afterthought, with all the facilities you could want for a stay in the hills. Along with local information, maps, games and the like, there is a well-equipped outdoor kitchen area, private bathrooms and washing facilities for muddy boots, bikes or dogs. It's all well cared for with thought and attention. Touches like the spices and essentials in the kitchen store cupboard or complimentary tea and coffee can really make the difference, especially if you arrive late, disorganised and a little out of sorts.

As with most rural spots in England there’s a real community vibe around these parts and never more so than when you’re waking up on the local farm. It’s a mile and a half walk to the village pub, a pleasant cross-country stroll to the Red Lion, the best place to sit beside a log fire if you're glamping here in winter.

The historic market town is well worth a visit yourself if you don’t mind the 10-minute drive. It’s home to a host of independent shops and works as a great starting point for a lot of the local trails. Campers staying over Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday should definitely not miss the annual Royal Shrovetide Football – no longer played with a severed head but still bizarre, unique and very memorable!

Meanwhile, back at base, those hanging up their walking boots for the day should chat to Craig, who took over the place when he was 24 years old. He knows the land well and is more than happy to give you a tour of the farm if you give some advanced warning. It’s a great way to make the most of its important position in the landscape and provides a little insight into it all. When you're back around the BBQ, enjoying that view, you’ll be able to appreciate it all the more.

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Facilities

Pods include: A full double bed (space for two children or a third adult on an additional bed), a small fridge, toaster and kettle, Eco-power points, lighting and a heater in cooler months. A travel cot and highchair can be provided. Pet friendly Lavender Pod can accommodate 4 adults or 2 adults 4 children, with a double bed, full size bunk beds and futon(s) for additional guests. Outside there is seating and a table, your own firepit and BBQ area and a drinking water tap. Each individual bathroom has a power shower, heated from the wind turbine and solar power, a WC, basin, mirror and heater. There's a dressing area with hair dryer facilities and shaving point. The site also has an outdoor wash area for bikes, dogs and boots. A small, central room provides local information, maps and leaflets, free Wi-Fi, a book swap, games and a toy box for the kids. Plus an honesty shop with charcoal, fire lighting and other basics. Craig is happy to take adults or children around the farm during your stay. This can be arranged on arrival.

Suitable For

Pod campers, exclusive hire, groups (up to 10 adults), couples, well behaved dogs – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans, motorhomes – no.

Nearby

Views from your pod towards the Peak District will entice even the laziest campers to go for a walk or two and there is plenty of information for planning hiking, cycling or mountain biking routes in Mulino Lodge Farm's information room. Carsington Water (01629 540478) is the most dominant point in the landscape, where you can try sailing, windsurfing and other water sports. For something less energetic try visiting the historic market town of Ashborune, 17th-century Sudbury Hall (01283 585337) or the charming gardens of Ilamb Park (01335 350503). Further north Haddon Hall (01629 812855) is particularly worth a mention. Parts of the house date from the 12th century, centred in its Elizabethan terraced gardens, and overlooking the River Wye.

Food & Drink

They provide a small fridge, kettle, toaster and basic kitchen essentials in the pod along with a BBQ outside. The site provides a covered outside kitchen area with gas hobs and sink and fully equipped with kitchen utensils and crockery. They stock the essentials with key ingredients in the cupboard store (salt, pepper, cooking oil, coffee, tea and sugar). There are farmers markets at Leek (3rd Weds and Sat of the month), Bakewell (last Sat of the month), Wirksworth (1st Sat of the month) and Buxton (1st Thurs of the month). On other days try Denstone Farm Shop (01889 590050) or the boutiquey homemade produce at Cottage Delight (01538 382020). Its a long but pleasant walk (1.5 miles) to the village pub, The Red Lion (01334 345554) which serves great food in a warm atompshere.

Opening Times

Open all year around.

Our pods are fully insulated, and have a small heater.

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Accommodation

3 pods (2 sleeping up to 3 adults or 2 adults, 2 children and the third sleeping 4 adults or 2 adults and 4 children).

Location

Contact Mulino Pods, Mulino Lodge, Kniveton, Derbyshire, DE6 1JR

Getting There

We are located 3 miles out of the town of Ashbourne, Derbyshire on the edge of the Peak District in the Midlands

There are bus routes running along the A517

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★☆ over 2 reviews

★★★★★

Perfect Countryside Glamping!

We stayed for 3 nights at Mulino Pods over the bank holiday and had the most amazing time! We'd seen the pods on Instagram and booked through the Mulino Pods website. When we arrived we were amazed at how beautiful the area is and how private the 3 pods are. There is a communal info room where we found our info pack, with a lovely pesonalised sign welcoming us, a really nice touch. We spent most our time at the pods out on the decking, cooking bbqs and sitting by the fire taking in the unbelievable views! There is loads to do in the area. We went on a long walk in Chee Dale one day and then visited Tissington and Hartington another day. We had breakfast and a coffee/tea on the decking every morning. It was so peaceful. At Mulino Pods they have really thought of everything. There's a kitchen area next to the info room where we washed our pots and you can also cook food up there if you didn't want to do so on the comfort of your own decking. There was plenty of space for 2 in the pods and the bathrooms were super clean and spacious. We were so impressed and would absolutely love to return. We have recommended this place already to loads of friends who are looking to book for a staycation! We would highly recommend it!
May 9, 2018 by Katie

Response from Mulino Pods

Thank you for taking the time to complete such a fantastic review of your stay with us. We're glad you were impressed, found everything you needed and are really pleased you enjoyed your visit. We are lucky to be located near to some great walks, lovely villages and excellent attractions.  We hope you can return for a future visit :)
★★★☆☆

Beautiful Views

There is no denying this is a stunning location, the views are absolutely stunning and it is beautifully peaceful. We stayed in Damson pod over a very cold weekend, the pod was very warm and comfortable. We felt it was small compared to other pods we have stayed in and a little cramped for 2 adults and 2 children, the family pod perhaps would've been better but we felt our children were too young for the bunk beds. I think the pod would be fine for a couple. The 2 shower rooms were very nice but the hand towel was not changed throughout our stay nor was the bin emptied. We felt on reflection that it was a little over priced for the size of the pod although the location is great.
Apr 3, 2018 by Liz Rayner

Response from Mulino Pods

Thank you for the review of your stay. Unfortunately the weather wasn't good and you decided to leave a night early. Damson is suitable for couples although it does suit some families. For families we would recommend Lavender and can always use a futon on the floor instead of the top bunk. We supply one hand towel in each bathroom and ask guests to bring there own other towels. The bins are changed on changeover days which we find is sufficient. We're glad you liked our location and views :)

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