UK England West Midlands Warwickshire

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • 24hr+ ventilation between accommodation guests
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Pod glamping and tent camping while watching boats go by on the banks of the Grand Union Canal

When Otis Redding was sitting on the dock of the bay, wasting time and watching the ships roll in, it's not likely that he had booked himself into a campsite for the night to do so. But that’s (almost) exactly what’s on offer at Nelson’s Wharf, a peaceful family-owned holiday retreat in the Warwickshire countryside. Just like Otis, you can sit in the morning sun, if there is any, and you can sit when the evening comes, and you can do it on the deck-ing of your very own luxury glamping pod on the banks of the Grand Union Canal. Okay, so there’s no rolling tide, and the ships are more like boats, but the idea remains the same: time disappears and doing nothing is perfectly acceptable.

Located midway between the towns of Rugby and Royal Leamington Spa, the wharf is part of a 40-acre estate which up until the 1940s was the site of an industrial cement works. Looking at it now, you wouldn’t be able to tell; the whole place has reverted back to luscious green pastures and has recently been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. And, not satisfied with bringing back the wildlife, made evident by butterfly and wildflower conservation efforts, the owners now want to share the newly created haven with the wider public. To that end, they’ve put three kitted-out pods along the edge of the waterway.

The structures, beautiful timber scandi-huts, sit side-by-side in a peaceful field at the eastern edge of the privately owned land, looking out across open fields to the south and the passing boats of the canal just a few metres to the north. Each pod will easily accommodate a family of four, but there is enough space to pitch extra tents as well. What you get is essentially a decent hotel room with an outdoor feel; heating, soft mattresses, kitchen, shower, and toilet. There’s also a TV and WiFi if the passing boats aren't enough to appease you — make sure you do remember to wave at the boats as they slowly go by, it’s the customary etiquette of the high (and low) seas.

The campsite is within easy reach of historic Warwick and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon for cultural days out, but nearby sees some nice walking routes which offer the chance to take in some of the local scenery. One of the 44 Millennium Way walks can be joined from Nelson’s Wharf, which will not only take you into the outlying countryside but also past a seemingly endless number of pubs along the five-mile route. And if you want to get even closer to the water, then Stockton reservoir is just over a mile away and has good carp fishing.



Each pod has central heating and hot water, a double bed, a sofa bed for two children, a private shower room with toilet and basin, a kitchen unit including twin gas hob, microwave, refrigerator, kettle, and toaster. There's also a fold-away dining table with four chairs as well as free WiFi and TV. Outside the pod is a decking area with a picnic table, a fire pit for outside heating and cooking plus a disposable barbecue stand. A complimentary net of logs, kindling, and firelighters are provided and so too are the bedding and towels. There is also space around each pod for additional tent camping.

Suitable For

Tents, glamping, families, campervans, and caravans – yes. Stag and hen parties and dogs – no.


The campsite is ideally situated, in the centre of Warwickshire, to explore many of the historic midlands towns. Warwick is less than 25 minutes away by car and worth going to if only to visit the majestic Warwick Castle (01926 406610). It's a proper day out for the whole family with attractions and activities that include a birds of prey show, jousting competitions, and a maze. Just outside the grounds of the castle is The Mill Garden (01926 492877) which is a magical setting of winding paths that lead to dramatic views of the medieval fortress. Stratford-upon-Avon lies just 10 miles further south and is famous for being the home of Shakespeare. It's possible to visit the family house and garden of the bard by going to Shakespeare's Birthplace (01789 204016). For walkers and cyclists, there are a number of scenic trails on the doorstep of the campsite. The Millennium Way is a 100-mile trail made up of 44 individual circular walks one of which, the Lias and Stockton Locks Circular, passes Podtastic and includes no less than five pubs on its five-mile route. Part of this trail takes in Stockton Reservoir (01926 812249) just one and a half miles to the west, which has good carp fishing.

Food & Drink

Pubs abound in this part of the world, there seems to be one around every corner. The Boat Restaurant and Bar (01926 812657) is the closest of these to the campsite, however. It's only a 10 minutes walk and is a good option for food as well as for a traditional pub atmosphere with local real ales, cider, and an open fireplace. Just 15 minutes further along the cycle path is The Blue Lias (01926 812249), named as such after the local clay type. It has extensive canal-side seating, good pub grub, and is supposedly haunted! For a variety of restaurants serving international cuisine, Royal Leamington Spa is under 20 minutes away by car. Kayal (01926 314 800) is a hugely popular Keralan restaurant that specialises in authentic and traditional seafood dishes from the southern Indian state and Las Iguanas (01926 968758) is a cocktail bar and Latin American/Mexican restaurant offering sizzling exotic dishes, with veggie and vegan options, at reasonable prices. For breakfasts, snacks, homemade gluten-free cakes, and coffee, The Larder (07702 559518) is a good bet.


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The Owner Says

Nelson's Wharf is a small unspoilt family owned holiday site with just three high specification camping pods plus room for family camping as an accompaniment the pod booking. This is perfect for the family where the adults can enjoy the luxury of a pod along with two youngsters or the youngsters can enjoy safe, adjacent camping outside. Caravans and campervans are welcome by arrangement.

Social Distancing Measures

Podtastic strictly adheres to the current UK Government rules regarding social distancing.


Three luxury glamping pods with extra tent camping (maximum of two per pod) on request. Campervans and caravans are allowed on request.


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Apple is just one of three high specification Pods on the site with views of the Grand Union Canal and open fields.


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Blackberry is just one of three high specification Pods on the site with views of the Grand Union Canal and open fields.


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Cherry is just one of three high specification Pods on the site with views of the Grand Union Canal and open fields.

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Contact Podtastic, Nelson's Wharf, Rugby Road, Stockton, Southam, Warwickshire CV47 8AA

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Getting There

If you're coming from the south, head for Southam from the M40. From Southam, take the A426 towards Rugby and the Nelson's Wharf turning is two miles further on the right.

From the north, whether from the direction of Rugby or Coventry, head for Southam. From Coventry, take the A423 for approximately five miles before turning onto Birdingbury Road. Shortly after, there is a right turn that will take you onto the National Cycle Route 41 and from there it's another couple of miles before joining the A426. The destination is on the left after 350 yards. From Rugby, it's about eight miles on the A426 before the entrance to Nelson's Wharf on the left.

Nelson's Wharf is equidistant from Royal Leamington Spa and Rugby and both have railway stations with major links to London and Birmingham. The number 63 bus runs regularly between the two towns and goes past the entrance to Nelson's Wharf.


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Warm Welcome at Cherry Pod

Booked a quick 2 night get a away at podtastic. We had everything we needed in our pod for our stay. It was lovely and warm (November time) it was very well equipped and modern. Tom our host met us on arrival and answered any questions we needed. Podtastic is in the middle of unspoilt scenery next to the canal. Lovely sitting outside with a fire watching boats go by with a glass of vino or 2! Thanks again

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