Get Lost In Nature

UK England East Midlands Leicestershire Market Harborough

  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to the pub
Family-friendly farm glamping, with luxury bell tents in a glorious natural woodland setting

Kudos to the farm glamping site that tells you to 'get lost' before you've even arrived — that's confidence all right, but owners Julian and Sara White have that in spades. Get Lost in Nature is the name of the family-friendly bell-tent site on their working farm in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside — rolling fields, grazing sheep, handsome South Devon cattle, and a picturesque woodland setting for a real bit of back-to-nature glamping. If the name is unusual, so is the backstory — Julian is the former Leicester Tigers, England, and British Lions rugby player — but the 400-acre farm is no plaything and the camping is right on the button, perfect for families and nature-lovers.

The five bell tents are set on raised decking to make the most of the views and are scattered around the farm's nine-acre woodland, so there's a very private feel. With grass under your feet and wildflowers in abundance, it's all about embracing a natural life on the farm – from newborn lambs and calves in spring to the combines working the fields in autumn. Nature is ever-present — just check out the names of the tents (hare, squirrel, kite, fox, pheasant) for a roll-call of the local wildlife. Furnishings are country-rustic and fuel for the campfire is sustainably sourced, though electricity still powers the lights, your tent's included mini-fridge, and the plug sockets to charge your phone. In short, the tents are sympathetic to the natural surroundings but still prioritise your comfort.

You have your own fire pit for cooking, toasting marshmallows, and star-gazing, though if you're feeling sociable you can amble over to the central fire pit area in the woods and meet your fellow campers. There are no cooking facilities inside the tents, but there is an outdoor kitchen with a microwave, a communal fridge, hot tap, and tea and coffee-making facilities. There's also shelter, a wood-burner, bean bags, and a big table in the old converted sheep shed if the weather takes a turn for the worse. If you want a breakfast hamper or a barbecue pack, just ask — the farm is big on supporting local suppliers. As for entertainment, the kids can tumble in the woods or play on the rope swings and zip wire, and there are always animals to see and another day on the farm unfolding in front of you.

The location in this largely unheralded part of England is excellent. The nearest pub selling great food is just a country walk away, the nearest market town with a plethora of lovely coffee shops and eateries a ten-minute drive, and within half an hour there's a huge range of family-friendly attractions. But when you're lost in nature, time has a habit of slipping away as you do nothing very much at all in some extremely green and pleasant English countryside.

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Facilities

There are five, six-metre bell tents sited on a private woodland site at the farm. One has a double bed, the other four beds are king-sized, while two extra single beds are available in each tent, with all bedding supplied. The tents come with rugs, cushions and throws, bedside lights, and a couple of beanbags. There's power inside so you can charge your phone, and there's also a small fridge for milk, beer, and the like. Outside each tent is a table and four chairs, and a fire pit that you can also use as a barbecue — the stay includes one complimentary basket of wood and you can order extras from the farm. There's another, communal, firepit in the woods with log benches to sit and roast marshmallows.

A woodland 'Woolshack' cabin has two walk-in showers and two toilets. There's also a baby-changing facility and electric points for hairdryers, and the shack has disabled access. There are no cooking facilities in the tents, but you can use the communal outdoor kitchen, which has a large fridge, microwave and kettle, and hot-water washing up in an old cattle trough. Next to this is the old 'Sheep Shed', which is used for communal gathering and/or eating undercover. There's also a designated children's play area for den-building or playing on rope swings and the zip wire.

Suitable For

Couples and families – yes. Dogs, pets, single-sex groups, stag or hen parties, loud music, noise after 10 pm – no.

Nearby

Footpaths surround the farm and there's a great local pub within walking distance. The nearest town is Market Harborough, a ten-minute drive away, a fine old market town with plenty of indie shops and cafes and a large covered market. If you're looking for family-friendly attractions, you don't have to go far, starting with Rutland Water with its fabulous water park, beach area and nature reserve – and there are also walking trails, bike hire, watersports and boat hire. It's a big place and there are several car parks, depending on what you want to do — best to check in with the Sykes Lane Visitor Centre (01780 686800) first.

If you've got history fans in tow, dramatically sited Rockingham Castle (01536 770240), ten minutes away by car, is a fabulous day out, built by William the Conqueror and continuously occupied for a thousand years. The gardens are lovely and there's a nice tea room too. Wistow Maze (07884 403889) is a fun day out for all the family — it's a maize and sunflower maze, seven feet tall, with a quiz trail to follow. West Lodge Farm Park (01536 760552) is another favourite place for young children, with a petting farm, pony rides, daily animal activities and an indoor adventure barn — a good choice if the weather's iffy.

For older children and families, Foxton Locks (0116 2793686) is a fascinating place to watch boats passing up and down on the Grand Union Canal, using some enterprising Victorian engineering. There are canalside pubs within walking distance, picnic spots and walking trails. Or head to Leicester for big-city attractions like the National Space Centre (0116 2610261) — featuring the UK's largest planetarium — and the King Richard III Visitor Centre (0116 2294132).

Food & Drink

The nearest pub is a beauty (and an easy walk) — the White Horse (01858 535268) in Stoke Albany, an old thatched inn with a good bistro menu and a decent Sunday roast. You can eat well in other local hostelries too, such as The Swan (01858 462754), a ten-minute drive away in Braybrooke — another thatched charmer with more of a foodie ambience — and the Red Lion (01858 463571) in Great Bowden, five minutes away, which has a lovely Mediterranean-style courtyard garden for dining. They do good weekend breakfasts here if you fancy starting the day right without the cooking and washing up. Also in Great Bowden, on the green, Bowden Stores (01858 440957) is a chic homeware store with great coffee and good food (they do takeaway pizza nights too).

Otherwise, the nearby town, Market Harborough, has plenty of places to eat, from cafes and pubs to curry houses and pizza places. The best bakery in town is the Garage Bakehouse (07791 951984), for artisan breads, decent coffee, and great cakes. For a drink and a meal, you can't beat the Waterfront (01858 434702), an old warehouse on the canal basin that's now a rather nice bar-restaurant, with outdoor seats in summer overlooking the moored boats.

Open

April–October.

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The Owner Says

Get Lost In Nature is a brand new site offering fancy camping within an idyllic, private woodland. It is set on a working family farm, nestled within the beautiful, rolling Leicestershire countryside. The stunning 400-acre farm is run by former Leicester Tigers, England, and British Lion rugby player, Julian White. He is passionate about the natural environment in which he works and takes great pride in his prize-winning herd of South Devon cattle and large flock of sheep. Get Lost In Nature aims to work with the environment by providing sustainable, locally sourced fuel for campfires. The woodland is a source of natural beauty so it is continually preserved and managed by planting new trees and wildflowers. 
Get Lost In Nature is all about relaxing and unwinding in a picturesque natural environment. With only 5 luxury bell tents dotted throughout the woodland, guests can appreciate this haven of wildlife and immerse themselves in the simpler things in life. In the springtime, guests will be able to see lambs and newly-born calves frolicking in the fields, and as it's a working farm, they will also be able to see tractors and trailers, and in the autumn, combine harvesters, working in the neighbouring fields.
Guests can either chill out around the campfire enjoying local farm-reared produce or enjoy many of the attractions that Market Harborough (only a 10-minute drive away) and its surrounding areas have to offer. On our doorstep are plenty of local footpaths to enjoy strolling in the countryside, as well as several country pubs. The White Horse public house can be accessed by foot while the others are only a short drive away - perfect for you to enjoy rural relaxing!

Accommodation

Five bell tents, sleeping four to five people each.

Squirrel

Bell tent Sleeps 5
Fully furnished 6m bell tent sleeps 4 people with the possibility of a 5th person for a small additional nightly fee. Set in our idyllic, private woodland you'll wake to birdsong and stroll amongst the trees. Take a look at the prize-winning cattle in the surrounding rolling countryside or just sit back, relax and enjoy getting back to nature.

Kite

Bell tent Sleeps 5
Fully furnished 6m bell tent sleeps 4 people with the possibility of a 5th person for a small additional nightly fee. Set in our idyllic, private woodland you'll wake to birdsong and stroll amongst the trees. Take a look at the prize-winning cattle in the surrounding rolling countryside or just sit back, relax and enjoy getting back to nature.

Hare

Bell tent Sleeps 5
Fully furnished 6m bell tent sleeps 4 people with the possibility of a 5th person for a small additional nightly fee. Set in our idyllic, private woodland you'll wake to birdsong and stroll amongst the trees. Take a look at the prize-winning cattle in the surrounding rolling countryside or just sit back, relax and enjoy getting back to nature.

Fox

Bell tent Sleeps 5
Fully furnished 6m bell tent sleeps 4 people with the possibility of a 5th person for a small additional nightly fee. Set in our idyllic, private woodland you'll wake to birdsong and stroll amongst the trees. Take a look at the prize-winning cattle in the surrounding rolling countryside or just sit back, relax and enjoy getting back to nature.

Pheasant

Bell tent Sleeps 5
Fully furnished 6m bell tent sleeps 4 people with the possibility of a 5th person for a small additional nightly fee. Set in our idyllic, private woodland you'll wake to birdsong and stroll amongst the trees. Take a look at the prize-winning cattle in the surrounding rolling countryside or just sit back, relax and enjoy getting back to nature.

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Location

Contact Get Lost In Nature, Crabtree Farm, Hermitage Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 8PE

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Getting There

Get Lost in Nature at Crabtree Farm is a 10-minute drive off the A14. Come off at junction three, on to the A6, signposted Market Harborough. At the roundabout signposted for Desborough and West Lodge Farm Park, take the second exit, and directly after that is a turning left into Brampton Ash. Follow the lane until you see Crabtree Farm on the left. The farm is a 10-minute taxi ride from the nearest train station in Market Harborough — there are no bus links.

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