Wild in Style Glamping

UK England North West England Cumbria Ambleside

  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Cosy woodland yurt glamping right next to Lake Windermere
Banking’s loss is definitely camping’s gain. When Alex was made redundant from his IT job in the finance sector, he moved his family to the north west to set up a luxury yurt holiday site, Wild in Style, at Low Wray. Four rather luxurious, cosy yurts, two of which have an extra sleeping area attached, come complete with comfy bed/settees, wood-burning stove and even a dining table and chairs. Bedding, cooking facilities, crockery and cutlery are all provided and there is a firepit or barbecue area with seating outside each yurt too. So, all you need to bring is ‘a sense of adventure and a pocket full of fun’ – and perhaps some waterproofs, walking boots and a kit bag for kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Scattered among the woods at Low Wray – along with two gypsy caravans if Mum and Dad fancy a stay here someday without the kids in tow – the yurts are a short walk up the hill from the lake’s shore and make for a wonderfully hassle-free, back-to-nature family holiday. Although the main campsite is large, with some 120 pitches, it manages to retain a wonderful air of tranquillity. Adults will appreciate the opportunity to watch the sun rise over the lake, gaze at the stars through the yurt’s central crown, and wander through the site to marvel at the views over the fells. For the kids, waking up in the yurt surrounded by woodland and having acres of lake, forest and fields to explore on this lovely Lake District campsite spells ‘joy’ with a capital ‘J’.

Details

Facilities

Acres of fields and woods to run, play or cycle in, 2 play areas and, of course, the lake to wander around or get wet paddling, swimming, canoeing or kayaking. The National Trust site reception has a free Low Wray Wildlife Hunt to help younger children discover more about the birds, insects and animals that live on and around the site. Each yurt comfortably sleeps 4 and there are roll mats and Z-beds available on request. Just down the hill from the yurts is a newly refurbished facilities block that has plenty of toilets, showers and washbasins as well as a couple of washing-up sinks outside. Although bedding and cooking gear is provided, there is no fridge so bring a coolbox and freezer packs (which you can refreeze at the site shop and reception), if you want an alternative to cooling your wine in the lake. Don’t forget to bring a torch, too. Low Wray has extensive recycling facilities, a laundry room, a disabled toilet and shower, 2 children’s playgrounds, a lakeside beach and boating launch, a shop selling basics (and providing local info) and an upmarket catering van for breakfasts, afternoon teas and evening meals.

Suitable For

Groups (though only 2 of the yurts are next to each other) – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans – no. Dogs – call ahead to check. Campfires in firepits.

Nearby

Walk up the hill to Wray Castle and down to the lake to hop on a Windermere Lake Cruise to see Bowness, Ambleside and the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole (01539 446601). It has an soft indoor play area and an outdoor adventure playground with rope walks, slides, zip wires and scramble nets, and you can hire a kayak for £10 an hour. A walkers’ ticket allows you to take a break at any of the stops and catch a later boat.

Food & Drink

The Outgate Inn (01539 436413) is about a 45-minute walk from the site and offers good food made with local produce. Try Zeffirellis (01539 433845) or Fellinis (01539 432487) in Ambleside, where you can have a 2-course movie deal or a pizza-and-film deal; children’s portions available.

Opening Times

March–November.

Family Friendly

The wood-burning stoves are great for drying clothes, but make sure you keep them a suitable distance away.

The Owner Says

Well very excited about the Berber Tent and Geodome we now have for 2013.. they are both very interesting structures that offer a unique twist on space. They offer an experience that is really quite different - from the ancient Berber Tent, with its Moroccan roots to the modern design of the Geodome with its iconic styling..

Accommodation

Glamping in luxury yurts on a National Trust-owned site.

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Location

Wild in Style Glamping, Low Wray National Trust Campsite, Lake District National Park, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0JA

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Getting There

From Ambleside, take the A593 and turn left at Clappersgate, onto the B5286. Turn left at the sign for Wray and the site is less than a mile on the left. The Coniston Rambler bus no. 505/506 from Ambleside or Windermere drops you to within a mile of the site.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews

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Luxury, luxury, luxury, wild ;)

By far the best yurt holiday I have every stayed at, and I've done a few. Luxury, but close to nature. I honestly cannot think of a single thing I would change - which given my wife tells my often how critical I am, that is saying something ;) All I can say is: just do it. A hidden gem, although I've noticed that popularity has increased from last year when trying to book - but that just goes to show the power of "word of mouth". Really good value for what you get. I honestly cannot see who this would not suit given the careful mix of luxury and outdoor proximity. Over the past 5 years we have been to California (RV holiday), Cruise, Club Med and others and this by far the most enjoyable and relaxing, and none of the hasstle of travel. Kids refuse to go anywhere else now, so have booked in for next year... which is absolutely fine by us!
Dec 1, 2018 by Tom
★★★★★

Wild in Style

We have just returned from a fabulous 4 nights at Wild in Style yurts. We stayed in an 18ft yurt that was absolutely beautiful. Situated in a a stunning ancient oak woodland, surrounded by bluebells. What more could you ask for? Outside seating area and bbq was lovely. Although we had mixed weather this week so we opted for warmth by the log burning stove inside! There are 2 sofa beds, a table and chairs, double stove and stocked with all the pots and pans you need to rustle up some lovely meals. The washing facilities are very good, in fact probably new. A few minutes walk from the yurt is a tiolet block with 2 showers in each mens and ladies. washing up facilities behind there too..but we opted for doing this in the yurt with the dish tub provided. In fat our 1 year old had a little bath in it too by the stove... We took our children Harry (3) and Alex (1) and they both loved there adventure. Harry couldnt wait to get back to the yurt after long walks in the lakes and hills with mum and dad. Low Wray is easily situated from Hawkshead and Ambleside for supplies, pubs and lovely deli’s. The kings Arms in Hawkshead seemed to be our favorite haunt, we even had take out beer in a flagoon to take back to the yurt. Brilliant! Food is pretty good there too..I recommend the fish and chips...gorgeous! Loads of things to do nearby, boats from Ambleside pier and windermere. Hilltop house isnt far away if your a B Potter fan like me. Tarn howes is a lovely family walk, Coniston Old man....and many many more....walkers paradise! The yurt is set next to lake Windermere, so plenty of oppertunity for stone skimming, swimming and sailing I guess..if you’ve a boat. We stuck to the skimming and duck feeding. Ah the ducks...they wander freely around the campsite and quite often come into the yurt to say hello! Our boys loved that. What more can I say...we are now chilled to the enth degree as lack of tv, electric appliances...domesticity enabled us to reconnect as a family and really relax. We’ll definately be going back. There is also a national trust campsite there too, so most likely be back for some real camping by the lake very soon. A must if you love realxing...chilled enviroment, lakeside life...plus some pretty good mountains nearby to walk up and down. Ignore the weather as it makes not a jot of difference when your staying in the yurt. Bring your waterproofs and wellies..this is the lake district. There wouldnt be lakes without a bit of rain now and then. Alex and Don are very helpful and always to hand if you every need anything whilst your there. We didnt...we thought the yurt had everything it needed..Try it..you’ll not regret it...
May 16, 2011 by Rachhuk

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