The Hideaway at Baxby Manor
There’s many a way to toast a marshmallow. Some give it a brief hazing over the flames, warming it to a pleasant softness but never daring risk its skin. Others plunge it headlong into the furnace, blackening the outer shell like an overcooked roast potato but bubbling the inners to a sweet and sticky goo.
We all have different tastes and, provided you adhere to the general ethos of loving the great outdoors, The Hideaway at Baxby Manor (to give the campsite it’s full name) is the kind of site that caters for every appetite. True the no music policy means party animals aren’t welcome and the narrow entrance lane keeps the big-boy motorhomes away but for everyone else this is a real camping playground. Families lazing by the campfire, cyclists retracing Le Grand Depart, walkers enjoying the space of the countryside and history buffs nipping out to the old centre of York – it’s got the full range of flavours.
Set in the grounds of 14th-century Baxby Manor on the edge of quaint Husthwaite village, this is a hideaway worthy of its name. Approached down a single lane track with trees on either side, the six-acre meadow is home to just 40 grassy pitches, each with a firepit and all spread evenly around. In the centre of the site, opposite a young but flourishing orchard, is the main facilities and reception building. Some days of the year friendly local, Emma, tows in her trusty retro caravan ‘Liza-Jane’ to sell home baked goods from it’s doorstep.
On the south east edge of the campsite Ings Beck quietly flows, though the flank of trees on the river bank mean it acts more as a natural fence than a focal feature of camping here. If you do fancy pitching on it’s edge its best to book early, since that side of the campsite is where The Hideaway’s glamping accommodation is found.
Those travelling light will love the luxury Hobbit Houses – something akin to a hobbit’s Yorkshire holiday home – with proper beds and log burners inside. There’s also a handful of hexagonal eco-pods and a magnificent treehouse in a copse of ash, oak and sycamore, with a wood-fired hot tub on its terrace and views north to the White Horse of Kilburn, etched into the moors five miles away.
Just like the camping facilities, all of the glamping accommodation meets the highest environmental standards. Since the year it opened The Hideaway at Baxby Manor has consistently received awards for its eco credentials and it’s easy to see why. By the time you leave, though, the greenest thing is your own unquenchable envy, jealous of all the other campers who aren’t yet heading home.
No hardstandings and all pitches are grassy and flat. Three Eco-Pods and five Hobbit Houses. You need to bring your own bedding in both. No cooking facilities in the eco-pods, just a bed with mattress, but a camping stove, crockery indoor seating and a log-burner in the Hobbit Houses, there is outside seating and Firepits provided at every Hobbit House, Pod and camping pitch. Firewood £6-50 per bag (or two for £11) or you can bring your own). A heated timber amenity building houses showers and disabled facilities. The entire eco-friendly building includes Heat Recovery ventilation throughout, water and space heating by biomass boiler, LED lighting and minimal lighting around the site for star-gazing purposes. There is a drying room, pot wash, fridges and freezers, shop selling essentials and local food stuffs, plus a book swap for all. Near the entrance in the village there's a large games area with exercise park and children’s play equipment. There's also a child-free quiet area, aptly named 'The Sanctuary’ of five . Chemical toilet disposal for vans.
Tents, campervans, glampers, kids, dogs (except in glamping accommodation or The Sanctuary), couples, families – yes.
Stag, hen and noisy parties, large caravans and motorhomes – no.
It's a 5 minute walk from the campsite into the village of Husthwaite, one of many old settlements around here that appeared in the Domesday Book and still reflect their history in Norman churches and exposed Tudor beamed buildings. Families staying in range of the campsite will find a tennis court here, along with a pleasant pub (Tomahawk Steakhouse). If you're looking to avoid the car there are plenty of great walks and cycle routes that link up the various villages. Elsewhere, though, its 3 miles to Shandy Hall (01347 868465), home of picaresque novelist Laurence Sterne, and a little further to Byland Abbey (01347 868614), formerly one of the greatest early Gothic buildings in northern England, now left in magnificent ruins since the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century. Other top attractions in the vicinity include Duncombe Park (01439 770213) and must-see Rievaulx Abbey (01439 798228) – both within the North York Moors National Park (01439 772700) and approx 5 miles away.
Food & Drink
During the school holidays and every weekend during term time, a vintage caravan ('Liza-Jane') arrives, serving daily breakfasts (830 - 1030am), amazing home-baked cakes croissants, breakfast pastries, and proper coffee. Most Fridays there are also authentic stone-baked pizzas - not to be missed. ON a Saturday morning the local butcher visits at 9am – you can hire a tripod and grill onsite for cooking on your own campfire (£5 for the duration of your stay). Pub-wise the Tomahawk Steakhouse at Husthwaite is just down the road, a 5 minute walk away.
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The Owner Says
We are a small, relaxed and friendly campsite with proper campfires on every pitch, situated in the heart of North Yorkshire we can offer you chilled out camping and glamping that's in-tune with nature and doesn't cost the Earth. There are just 40 pitches in a 6 acre field, which nestles in the midst of our 110 acre farm, surrounded by trees and bounded on one side by a stream. It is off the beaten track, but only a stroll from the village shop, pub and bus stop.
The Hideaway@Baxby Manor is a special, peaceful and restful place where you can spend precious days away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A haven for walkers and cyclists, and a perfect base for exploring the many historic, cultural and outdoor attractions of this lovely part of Yorkshire.
We are about camping, the countryside and getting away from it all.WE HAVE A STRICT ‘NO NOISE AFTER 11PM’ POLICY SO IF YOU WANT TO STAY UP LATE PARTYING-THIS IS NOT THE SITE FOR YOU!
You will love it here...
…if you appreciate nature and peacefulness off the beaten track,…
…if you want to toast marshmallows on an open campfire whilst gazing at a sky laden with stars,..
…if you want time to yourself to read your favourite book or watch the Kingfishers and the Otters.
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40 grass pitches (limited electrical hook-ups), 5 Hobbit Houses, 2 double eco pods, 1 family eco pod and a luxury treehouse. The child-free quiet area in the trees, ‘The Sanctuary’, has 5 pitches.
Hobbit House (dog friendly)
Double EcoPod (Dog-friendly)
Contact The Hideaway at Baxby Manor, Baxby Manor, Low St, Husthwaite, York YO61 4PW
From the North from A1/A19 to Thirsk, follow signs to York. Continue South on A19 and ignore the first turn-off at large crossroads signed 'Carlton, Husthwaite and Coxwold' and carry on through the village of Thormanby (on a hill), turning after 2 miles on the left, signed 'Husthwaite, Coxwold, and 12th century church'. The entrance to Baxby Manor is 2 miles on the left opposite a cemetery and immediately before the village sign of Husthwaite. Follow the small brown tent signs to arrive at The Hideaway.
From the South follow the A19 North from York approx. 15 miles, past Easingwold, and the turning is on the right, 1 mile past the second Easingwold by-pass roundabout, signed 'Husthwaite, Coxwold, and 12th century church'. The entrance to Baxby Manor is 2 miles on left opposite a cemetery and immediately before the village sign of Husthwaite. Follow the small brown tent signs to arrive at The Hideaway.
Trains to either York or Thirsk and then Stephensons of Easingwold Bus Service to Husthwaite. Check their websites for timetables.
ReviewsAdd Your Review
Rated ★★★★★ over 27 reviews
Awesome ... can’t wait to come back
A hidden gem
Peaceful, nature, explore and relax...what more could you want?!
Great Walks and Fire Pits!
Great pitch and firepit
I loved it at Baxby Manor
Best Campsite by Far
This place is awesome, beautiful, peaceful, and great has facilities
The site isn't huge, but it is well laid out and the pitch could have easily taken my little tent 6 times
The facilities way exceeded our expectations, all I ask for are clean bathrooms and hot showers, but these were fantastic. We did not expect a shared fridge and freezer, free wifi, and a drying room
We loved the fire pit, the shop is small but has everything you need, plus very tasty local cider
Sadly the caravan / coffee shop wasn't open, as it was off season, but no problem, the peace and quiet and pretty surroundings more than made up for it
Congratulations to Barney, this has to be one of the finest campsites we've visited, thanks a million
my wife and i, have just come back from the hideaway after a long weekend away for ourselves without the kids, our first night we were`nt that impressed if i`m honest as there was a lot of kids playing loudly at the back of our pitch but after a polite word with them they moved back to playing on there own pitch.as nearly every other review the facilities are great and the staff are really friendly and theirs nothing better after a long walk with the dog but to put your feet up by an open fire open a bottle of wine and relax under the stars.absolutely bliss and the weather was lovely aswell
Wonderful clean and peaceful and little bit of heaven
Could not wish for more
Wow - Great find!
What a fantastic site. We have visited before and stayed in the eco cabins which were great. This time we spent an excellent week at May Bank Holiday in our rather large tent - plenty of room on the pitch.
nature becomes children's playground - my 8 year old had plenty of freedom without needing to roam too far from us. The toilet and wash facilities are so clean - even when raining thanks to some thoughtful overshoes.
There is a well stocked shop (including great local cider) and always a friendly welcome. The fire pits and grills make outdoor living a fantastic experience.
A peaceful camp site set in some beautiful scenery with great opportunities to explore from the campsite either running, walking or cycling - and 2 excellent pubs close at hand. We will be back !!
We had a wonderful stay over the late May bank holiday and we really loved it. We had 3 tents and we were lucky enough to have 3 great pitches next to each other. The pitches are large, and the space is made even better because you do not bring your car onto the camp fields(the wheelbarrows that are on hand to help transport your gear to your pitch are a great touch)
There's a lovely friendly feel to the site and the facilities are excellent and very clean. We loved the special touches like the fire pits, the fabulous butcher who comes on Saturday morning, and the lovely caravan serving coffee, croissants and cakes.
We took our own tent but the bell tents and Eco pods also look a great option to avoid the pitching arguments, although our friends erected our tent before we arrived so I can't complain (thanks H&M)
We will be back.
We love it.... And Barney!
We stayed over the weekend, and although the weather was 'changeable' all in our party loved it. Even before we were pitched, the kids went off to play, they have so much freedom, but are safe.
Barney cannot do enough for you, wether it's undelivered shopping, or 7 kids brandishing 20p's and delving into the shop to buy sweets!
The vintage caravan was an absolute delight in the mornings (as was the proprietor!) beautiful coffee, and delicious home made cakes.
I have already recommended the site to 3 of my friends, and will continue to recommend it too.
We've already booked our next trip 😀
We spent a weekend camping with family at the hideaway. Barney was really helpful in ensuring we could be on pitches next to each other. The whole site it really well kept. While I was initially shocked at the long grass I quickly realised how well it worked, not only for wildlife, but to section off areas and allow each family private space. The facilities were the best I have seen; lovely well designed bathrooms, access to fridges and freezers, an area for drying towels/clothes and lots of sink space for washing up. All communal areas were kept very clean at all times. The fire pits are great, allowing the camping tradition of open fires when many other campsites do not allow this. The visiting butcher on a Saturday morning is also a great idea. A very well thought out, and well run campsite. We will be visiting again sometime soon!!
We stayed here for the first time during half term with our two children upon a recommendation from a friend. From our arrival along the rambling lane to the site, I fell in love. It reminded me of one those sweet little gems of a site that you accidentally come across in the South of France and never want to leave.
The site is peaceful and very spacious. We had a larger pitch around the large central grassy area and thought this was just so lovely. We really appreciated that the owners haven't been greedy and tried to 'cram' as many pitches as possible onto a piece of land for money making purposes. We LOVED the space.
The children enjoyed riding their bikes, playing on the swing in the trees(until a grumpy camper cut it down :( ) and joining in with the communal games on an evening.
We cant wait to go back - you could be anywhere in the world .
Thanks Barney (and staff)! Keep up the good work!
P.S The cider is just great and Liza Janes a wonderful special addition that must never leave !!!!! The fresh coffee and pastries added taste and glamour to the camping lifestyle! Thanks Emma!
Becki and jamie
We stopped here last week and can't wait to return, lovely big pitch all with fire pits, facilities were of a very high standard, good shop with essentials on site, the homemade local cider is lovely, great atmosphere!!!
Wish I could give more than 5 stars..
The Hideaway at Baxby Manor is by far the best campsite we have stayed at. The location is absolutely beautiful. A real little hideaway and promotes exactly what the owners say, a peaceful and relaxing stay. All pitches are nice and big, great space between and each one has its own fire pit! Perfect! The facilities are excellent, lots of toilets and showers, a potwash and a drying room. Little added extras such as a book swap, butchers and mobile coffee van just add to how great this campsite already is. There is a shop onsite where you can buy pretty much anything you need for camping along with firewood and grills if you want to cook over the fire. Barney, the owner, is possibly the nicest man we have ever met. So welcoming and chatty. We have been here twice and already booking our third visit within 3 months. It really is wonderful
I love this campsite, I really do. I love pretty much everything about it. The ease of getting there. (For us, just over an hour). The size of the site, big enough for the kids to feel like they can have real adventures, but small enough that I don't worry too much about where they can get to. I love the cleanliness of the site and its amenities. I love the meat van that comes on a Saturday and the gorgeous Caravan with posh coffee and cakes. But most of all I love that coming to 'Barney's place' feels like coming home. We have been coming every half term for the last three years. The kids feel confident and familiar with it and that makes for a stress free break. As a group we can come to Barney's and pretty much not leave the site the whole time but yet still, we feel like we have had a real holiday. I want to tell everyone I know about how fab Baxby is, but don't want to make it so that I can't get a pitch next half term. So please go, but shhhhh, don't tell too many people.
best English campsite
Baxby manor campsite is by far one of the best, if not THE best campsite in England....and ive been to a fair few. I cant understand how anyone can say the pitches are cramped, we had a very large 8 man tunnel tent with huge porch, on an electric pitch and we still had a load more space.
The safety of not having cars on the grass is brilliant, so i felt totally relaxed to allow my children to play out even at night. The areas surrounding the pitches, ie long grass, are great places for young kids to learn about insects....take insect pod with you to magnify them!
It was freezing when we went in May half term, but thankfully discovered the drying room, sauna for towels, and cold people!!! There was fridges n freezers which are great for storing all your frozen and chilled foods. Top spec toilets and facilities.
The only downside for me, but had nothing to do with Baxby itself, was it chucked it down on the day we packed up the tent....but everyone should expect pants weather in England.....joys of camping!
One last thing, there is abosultly loads to do for family days out in the area.
We had a great time. Our second visit to the hideaway.The campsite itself is amazing, very eco friendly, Showers are hot and very clean including toilets! Barney is friendly and helpful with everything (My Car had broken and needed a mechanic) The site was full when we arrived, last time we came it was very quiet with only a few campers there. lots of space for out tent and in the evening round the camp fire toasting marshmallows and smores. we will defiantly be coming back, its great for the novice camper and also the more experienced.
Clare and Alice
An excellent campsite, one of the best we've stayed at. Everything was so well thought out. Big spacious pitches, lovely and clean shower and toilet block, campsite had a lovely atmosphere about it, and the vintage caravan selling fancy teas and coffees and cakes brilliant. Nice surrounding area too, Husthwaite and Coxwold both lovely. Was hoping to go back in August but it's busy, the pitch we wanted has gone which isn't surprising, but we're hoping to go back next year :)
First time camping and what a great site to pick. Facilities were fantastic and clean with everything we wanted. Pitches were well sized and laid out and the fire pits were a bonus . We will be back thanks Barney. From the plumb family
We didn't like this campsite at all. The way it was set out with the pitches around an area in the middle that has been left to grow and you were asked not to walk through it. This meant that the pitches were cramped and left you with no choice except to walk across other peoples pitches to reach the toilets, it also meant there was no room for children to play. To me It felt as though they were only interested in wedding hire and didn't care about normal campers. The toilets were spotless but it didn't make up for what it lacked elsewhere.
Response from The Hideaway at Baxby Manor
Thank you for your feedback Kirsten.
The long grass in the centre and around pitches is left to grow as this encourages wildflowers and wildlife such as field mice and bees, many campsites have manicured lawns and this doesn’t fit in with our Back to Nature Eco ethos. David Bellamy himself also encourages us NOT to cut these areas for these reasons. The longer grass also provides a sense of privacy and having your own space, our smallest pitch is 8x5 meters and the largest ones are 12x10 meters. Everyone can walk through the long grass if they so wish, the children love playing lions and tigers in it! We do ask people not to walk over the wildflower banks though, for obvious reasons. We have in the last couple of years created a few small discrete pathways from the more secluded camping pitches to the car parking areas and the facilities.
I am not sure when you stayed with us as we have had no weddings here this year but we keep the numbers of weddings to just 5 per year because after all we are a campsite, not a wedding venue. We just like to be able to offer a few lucky couples the experience of getting married in such a beautiful secluded location.
A Stunning well run site that you'll return to again and again
Where to start.
I have been to this site on a few occasions, I have stayed in a wooden eco pod, in the bell tents and I've camped under canvas there. On all occasions I've had a great time. The site is well run by Barney the proprietor and the toilet and shower facilities are cleaned to a very high standard in the morning. There are good wash up facilities a set of freezers for cool packs and a drying room to dry out those clothes if they are wet. There is a curfew in place on this site which is enforced. There are signs which indicate this and if you do make a bit too much noise you can expect a visit from barney to explain again to please keep it down a bit.
The fire pits are great fun and there is a butcher that arrives on saturdays who sells very high quality produce, with my favourite being the huge steaks which we then cook over the fire pits on the grills we rented from the on site shop.
I have been here in all weathers and never had a bad time its great for kids and is a very pretty site due to the wild flowers that they encourage to go. I cannot think of a single negative thing to say about this place. I will return again and again.
Have stayed with the family and friends 4/5 times over the past 2 years and just keep wanting to go back. Tent pitches are generous and well spaced out giving a great feeling of privacy, each with its own fire pit and you can hire a grill to cook over which is great. We have tried out there Eco Pod for 2 Adults and 2 Children, very comfy and lost of space. We will be back on May this year then taking our first visit to the Baxbyfest in September that we are really looking forward to and will be trying out one of Barneys Bell tents. Toilets are exceptionally clean and well maintained and Barney the owner always goes out of his way to make each stay a memorable one.
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