Camp Kátur

UK England North East England North Yorkshire Bedale

Iceland meets the Serengeti – in Yorkshire!

It’s fair to say that losing your job in your late 20s would challenge most people. But when Kerry Roy was made redundant in 2012 she took it as a sign she should follow her dreams. Losing her job was the perfect boot up the backside to realise a long-held ambition. Along with her similarly well-travelled partner Dave, this enterprising Yorkshire lass took the plunge and decided to set up her own campsite. But this wasn’t to be any ordinary pitch-up plot. Taking her cue from the range of global influences she encountered upon her travels, Kerry’s pan-global camping vision was finally realised in the simply marvellous Camp Kátur.

Named after the Icelandic word for 'happy', Camp Kátur is nestled within the sprawling 250 acre Camphill Estate just outside Bedale, North Yorkshire. Okay, it’s cheating a bit because you can’t just turn up here with a tent. But, sitting within a peaceful 15-acre meadow clearing, fringed by thick woodland, it’s such a great off-grid glamping experience we thought we had to include it.

Camp Kátur brings together a wealth of authentic abodes, great outdoor activities, and, most importantly, the best eco-friendly facilities. Guests are well and truly spoiled for choice with accommodation options. The four Hobbit Pods sit amid the trees. These cosy cabins are ideal for groups of four, with the Romeo & Juliet pod perfect for glamping couples. The twin Safari Tents (named Zaniah and Jabbah) will happily sleep a party of eight, and come complete with a private toilet and shower area. Sat as they are atop an expansive decked terrace, you can roll up the lightweight canvas porch for extra ventilation, just like in the Serengeti. Yurt-wise, three spacious abodes await in the lush grassland clearings while the Molimo Tipi and ‘Tinker’ bell sleep six and five respectively.

With such an array of accommodations onsite, you could be forgiven for thinking that things are a little cramped. But so vast is the site that each tent/yurt/pod sits in perfect seclusion. There are plenty of wonderfully quirky luxurious extras too, like the outdoor eco-spa with hot tub and sauna, or the Nordic barbecue cabin – if it can withstand a Scandinavian winter, a bit of North Yorks drizzle won’t trouble your flame-grilled feast. And because Camp Kátur lies within the Camphill Estate, you have pick of some first-rate adventures, from water zorbing and segways to zip wires and quad-biking, plus a fully-licensed café/bar, making it a perfect venue for an action-packed hen or stag do.

Despite all the activities on offer and the little flourishes of luxury, this is still very much a ‘Great Outdoors’ experience, however, with ‘back-to-nature’ shower sheds, woodland walks and a communal campfire to wind down the day. The only astonishing thing is that Camp Kátur has only been operating since 2013. It’s a welcoming, well-maintained site with a laid-back communal vibe that’s summed up in the Camp Kátur mantra ‘Discover Your Outdoor Happiness’. So, thanks to that big boss who gave Kerry her marching orders, you can now discover yours.

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We were attending a wedding at Camp Katur so we booked one of the big safari tents, Jabbah, for two nights. The safari tents are at the top of the field so on a cold clear night you see the most wonderful night sky from the verandah. And it was v v cold when we were there. Despite being early October the temp was minus - and there was a heavy frost and to be honest it was cold under the canvas. Luckily there is a little stove with logs, kindling and firelighters but in cold weather you will need to buy more either from the wardens who live at the entrance to the glamping field or from one of the nearby towns. We used three loads of logs and kindling. Also luckily there were some hot water bottles there - and they were essential! There were some spare blankets but I'd advise taking lots of warm bedding. The beds themselves were comfy The tent is well supplied with candles and tea lights but we found our head torches really useful and we also brought and wind up lantern with us - I'd suggest you do the same.. The safari tents have a little wooden bathroom built alongside so you wont need to trail across the field to the public facilities. On our first morning we discovered the toilet was blocked but were able to get in touch with a maintenance man who sorted it out pretty quickly. There is very little phone reception here and the site is off grid so come prepared! If you need to charge a phone you'll need to bring one of those charge packs with you. The best thing from my point of you was the parliament of owls which seemed to be in session in the branches above the tent late on our second night! I'd certainly go again but probably when it was a bit warmer!
Dec 28, 2018 by Janet

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