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Nelson Park Riding Centre

· Margate, England
20 acres hosted by Graham C.
3 glamping pitches
Glamping with a view of the horses in Thanet's largest riding centre.

Love horses? Look no further than Nelson Park Riding Centre for your next glamping getaway. This laid-back retreat features cosy pods and even a converted horsebox, all overlooking the cross-country course and paddocks of the riding centre. It's one of the largest stables in  Kent and, on the eastern thumb of land that sticks out into the sea near Margate, it has coast in almost every direction – you're within 15 minutes of Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate, Sandwich, and Birchington-on-Sea.

The accommodation here is simple, clean, and cosy. The Fox Pod and Pony Pod are equipped with the essentials – a fridge, kettle, running water, a heater for chillier evenings, and electricity to charge your phones – with the former providing a double bed for couples and the latter two single beds. A separate block containing showers and loos is just a short walk away. Alternatively, converted horse trailer provides a fitting place to sleep for three guests, with a wood-clad exterior and similar essential items and furnishings.

Book a riding lesson while you’re here at a discounted price, or simply admire the horses enjoying the 15-acre cross-country course. The centre’s family-oriented, so kids will be in their element, and there’s even a play area to keep them occupied. When the day’s excitement is over, throw some logs on the firepit and watch the stars.

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3 Ratings · 2 reviews
Matt F.recommends
October 2, 2023
The Pony Pod
Cosy, comfy pods. Great host. It was lovely waking up surrounded by horses.
Robertas M.recommends
July 17, 2022
The Fox Pod @ Nelson Park
Glamping with Horses in a fox pod
Graham was super welcoming, he's staff were very friendly and helpful too. They have a lot off land with lovely neighbours Horses!! As they have a Horse training facilities. The fox pod we stayed it's very cosy and lovely, very quite place with a lovely bonfire place!!
Margate, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Graham C.Joined in June 2022
From the host
Thanet's largest riding centre, with over 40 horses and ponies, large indoor arena and 2 outdoor arena's you will be staying in one of our paddocks that overlooks our cross coutnry course and paddock, every view is different as its home to some of our ponies and horses, clean toilets and showers are very close by. Our Pods are also available to book via their own website www.coastalglampingthanet.co.uk
Food and drink

Nelson Park Riding Centre has its own cafe. Alternatively, Merlin Cafe is a 20-minute walk away, located in Ramsgate's Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Building. For a popular local pub, the Canterbury Bell is a 10-minute drive away, whose owners proudly boast that it's "smarter than a pub and friendlier than a restaurant". Come here for a laid-back atmosphere, delicious modernised pub grub, and an outdoor play area for the kids. Belle Vue Tavern is a 15-minute drive away, its terrace nicknamed "the Balcony of Kent" thanks to the spectacular sea views it provides—arrive in time to watch the amazing sunsets here. This pub boasts regular live music and hearty food.

Nearby attractions

Botany Bay is well-known for its superb views and clean water, and can be reached in a 20-minute drive. With a backdrop of chalky cliffs and rock pools to explore at low tide, there are two beaches here – the main southern beach, and the naturist beach that is secluded on the edge of the flat dunes. Alternatively, you can visit Broadstairs' Viking Bay, its main horseshoe-shaped sandy beach favoured by Charles Dickens. Its surf school is open from April to October, and there's plenty for the kids to do thanks to the tidal pool and children's rides located on the beach. Ramsgate can be reached in around 15 minutes and has the distinction of boasting the only Royal Harbour in mainland Britain. Take a trip down the Ramsgate tunnels – the largest UK network of wartime tunnels – or simply enjoy the views from the town's marina.

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