Pleasures are in-tents for glamping guests at Cumbria park

Hidden in a Lakeland forest glade, Skelwith Fold's safari tents are a perfect pitch for spotting the park's wildlife

Hidden in a Lakeland forest glade, Skelwith Fold’s safari tents are a perfect pitch for spotting the park’s wildlife

Safari camping has been taken out of Africa and into Ambleside this year, thanks to a holiday park which is challenging guests to go small game hunting in Cumbria.

Skelwith Fold has officially lifted the flaps on its new five-star safari tents, pitched at people wishing to shoot its abundant wildlife – but only with a camera.

Forget sleeping bags: nights are spent in luxurious full-size beds

Forget sleeping bags: nights are spent in luxurious full-size beds

The park’s chic holiday retreats are sited in a quiet glade at the 130-acre grounds which play host many types of animals and birds, including deer, red squirrels and kites.

But when a different sort of nature calls, there will be no midnight treks to the nearest facilities – for each tent has its own bathroom, as well as kitchen and dining area.

Skelwith Fold, crowned as Lakeland’s top holiday park in last year’s Cumbria Tourism Awards, believes its safari tents will appeal especially to young families.

With all linen provided, there’s one double bedroom, and another with two bunk beds in addition to generously sized living areas, and electrical sockets.

There’s also a private balcony for al-fresco dining, or just relaxing and listening to the birdsong.

Henry Wild believes that Skelwith Fold’s safari experience will capture the imagination of those who love the idea of camping, but not the flap of putting up a tent:

For al-fresco dining, the balcony overlooks the park's woodland

For al-fresco dining, the balcony overlooks the park’s woodland

“Almost everyone loves the notion of sleeping under the stars, but the kerfuffle of erecting a tent and packing it away afterwards can take the edge off the experience,” he said.

“Safari tents neatly sidestep this problem, but still provide that wonderful sense of being out there in nature, and coming closer to the sights and sounds of the countryside.

“But we’ve not overlooked life’s little luxuries, so guests can expect to find a pod espresso maker and other touches to reward themselves for taking on our challenge!” added Henry.

Owned by the Wild family for over 20 years, Skelwith Fold holds the David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level for environmental excellence.

In March this year, it was also named by the as the AA as North West England’s top destination for touring caravan and motorhome owners, as well as glampers.

There is more information about the park and its safari tents at www.skelwith.com

Camping never felt as pampered as this: all the joys of sleeping under the stars with home-from-home comforts

Camping never felt as pampered as this: all the joys of sleeping under the stars with home-from-home comforts

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