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Little North Field Glamping

· North Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, England
1 acre hosted by Catherine W.
3 glamping pitches
Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home at some sites—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
Luxury safari tent glamping within striking distance of North Yorkshire's most historic attractions

The Wray family seemed destined to set up a glamping site. Catherine and Tim worked in the catering and events industry for years, so they know a thing or two about high-end hospitality, but they also used to take breaks from it all by going camping in Yorkshire with the kids. Now they’ve combined the two and left the rush of their former careers to set up a small, boutique safari tent site six miles north of Harrogate. And, in the summer of 2020 it finally opened, under the historic name they found hand-written in the deeds, ‘Little North Field’.

There are just three luxury safari tents at Little North Field, they are all set in just over an acre of space. Inside they’re uniquely furnished, with hedgehog-themed hot water bottles in The Hedgehog Hideaway, for example, and a foxy doormat and fox-themed pillows in The Fox’s Den. Fundamentally, however, you can expect similar things in each: Two separate bedrooms (one king-sized, one with a double bed with a single bunk over), an en-suite bathroom, a well-equipped little kitchen and a dining and chill-out area with a log-burning stove. There’s oodles of space for families and the sheltered veranda at the front of the tent is an ideal place to kick back when the sun’s out and the barbecue is going.

The glamping site’s location is very much undiscovered. You’ve probably never heard of the village of Bishop Thornton before and with popular national parks dotting this part of England – its 25 minutes to the Yorkshire Dales and 30 minutes to the North York Moors – you can be forgiven. But this quiet space in between is ideal for lesser-known walking routes and real local country pubs – particularly in the height of tourist season – while many of North Yorkshire’s most historic attractions are still within striking distance. It’s just two mils to Ripley Castle, for example, and three miles to Fountains Abbey, the riverside ruins of a medieval abbey surrounded by spectacular landscaped gardens. If the weather’s rainy you can explore the nooks and crannies of nearby Harrogate and when the sun’s out you can hike the hills around sparkling Gouthwaite Reservoir. You should, of course, make it back in time for a campfire. The quiet calm of Little North Field in the evening is a match for any night out elsewhere. And, indeed, that relaxing feel is the very reason the Wray’s wanted to open a glamping site in the first place.

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North Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Catherine W.Joined in May 2019
12 Ratings · 18 reviews
Kate B.recommends
October 26, 2021
The Foxes Den
We had a great stay. The tents are amazing and roomy even for 2 adults and 2 children plus our pooch! Everything has been thought of and so many special little touches, adding the the lovely experience. The children particularly like the 'trick n Treat' bags left for them and the Halloween theme crafts. My 9 year old daughter enjoyed caving the pumpkin that had been left with all the tools to help! We used the fire pit lots and even managed a BBQ!!!! get wrapped up and make the most of being outdoors! Perfect family time. To top it off we also hired the cinema package!!! This was great, Tim arrived mid morning to set it all up for us. Big screen onto the canvas and popcorn maker made such a good family event (we just had to download movies onto our ipad before we arrived, we used netflix and Disney). There is very limited signal for your phones and no WiFi but for us this was a great way to switch off and enjoy each others company. In all we had a great time and would highly recommend!!! Thanks Catherine and Tim
Joel T.recommends
October 17, 2021
Owls Hollow
The tent (Owl' Hollow) was an experience to live in! Cosy and thoughtful design, with nice touches. Our 2yo enjoyed the owl deco, as well as the knitted owl and napped with it throughout. Easy to find camp site - well lit and marked. Great grounds for kids to run around and burn themselves out. Very quickly welcomed by host Catherine. I could not operate the fireplace for the life of me (maybe it's a city folk-thing), but Tim dropped by in the evening to give us a hand. Breakfast hamper had plenty for us (2 adults and 1 child) for two days. It was too chilly and windy for a bbq, and we were the only ones there probably because it is October, but would have been lovely in the summer with friends. Nearby pubs were booked out very quickly - so make reservations! Wifi/signal is poor, so it was a true getaway, a holiday from technology, which was fine with us.
Jessica G.
July 24, 2021
What an absolutely fantastic weeks spent at Little North Field! Upon arrival we we're greeted by Catherine and shown to our Hedgehog Tent, incredibly clean and so beautifully laid out. Lots of little touches which had our two young children searching for the next "look at that" moments. The gardens were beautiful and so many interesting areas to explore including lots of frog hunting! The fire pit was amazing in the evening for toasting marshmallows and making smores (all ingredients included in the welcome hamper in the kitchen). Everything you could need was included from kitchen utensils to everyday items such as cling film, ice trays etc. In the evenings the fairy lights were a magical touch in the bedrooms along with big soft beds and cosy duvets. As it was incredibly hot during our stay Catherine provided a small paddling pool for the children! I would suggest, if you're a light sleeper like me I suggest you take some ear plugs for the night time as the chorus of cows in the next field come alive at night! Thank you to Catherine and Tim for a wonderful stay we hope to be back for Halloween!
Rhona M.recommends
July 3, 2021
The Foxes Den
My daughter & I booked a Mon - Fri stay in Foxes Den and had the most fabulous experience. The whole stay is well considered. We were met on arrival by our friendly hosts, with wheel barrows to transport our bags the (short) path to our glamping tent. Tent doesn’t to it justice - it might be canvas in the outside, but inside it is a luxury home from home! There was a well stocked kitchen area, wood burning stove, lovely bathroom and the bedrooms are so cute - with warm, comfortable and generously sized beds. The little decorative and thoughtful touches (marshmallows, coffee, ice cube trays etc) really helped make our stay extra special. Great location for exploring the local area. Thank you Catherine & Family - we fully plan to come again!
Mandy M.
May 29, 2021
Stayed from 23rd April until 26th April On arrival (which we were able to do earlier than expected as Catherine contacted us to say the accommodation was ready for us to check in which was really appreciated) we received a warm and friendly greeting from Catherine who took us to our safari tent (hedgehog hideaway) we were completely astounded by the tent. We were even more amazed when we went inside. Catherine had provided everything anyone could require for their stay the welcome hamper is a lovely touch, there was not a speck of dust or dirt the whole tent was immaculate, the beds were so comfortable and spotlessly clean also smelt really nice. We had the most wonderful stay very relaxing very peaceful we were left alone to enjoy but were reassured that Catherine and her family were nearby if we needed anything. Little north field clamping is something very special and as I said to Catherine when she came to say goodbye to us when we sadly had to leave it most definitely puts the GLAM into glamping. Thank you for a wonderful break we will definitely be back.
Jessica S.recommends
May 10, 2021
Owls Hollow
My friend and I loved Little North Field. We stayed in the Owl themed tent and all the little details were so cute! Catherine and Tim were so lovely, very attentive from start and made sure we were comfortable. We struggled with the log fire and we were showed how to use it. The location was in a great spot, had lots of outdoors amenities and a short drive to knaresborough and Harrogate. I’m staying here again with family in September and can’t wait to stay here again :)
From the host
A bespoke quaint site( just 3 tents) with plenty of space and wildlife the ideal place to reconnect with family, friends. Enjoy the best of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside from our site, there is so much to do nearby including Fountains Abbey, Brimham Rocks, Knaresborough, Harrogate and Pateley Bridge to name just a few. Have the best nights sleep. Twinkling fairy lights, luxury bedding, super comfortable luxury mattress complete with hot water bottle ensure you will not want to get out of bed in the morning. Relax and unwind. Take a moment to chill and relax down by the pond. Listen to the birds, bees and dragonflies. Keep a lookout for our residents in the pond a family of moorhens, ducks, geese, fish and frogs! The site is bustling with nature you just need to sit back and enjoy. We have 3 safari tents with the following layout.. * Two separate bedrooms including a king size bed ideal for couples , as well as a second bedroom hosting a double bed with single bunk above to accommodate the whole family. * Bedding and towels included * Fully furnished bathroom- shower, toilet, sink and heated towel rail. * Kitchen including fridge, microwave and hob * Welcome hamper * Cosy log burner ,wood and kindling to get you started supplied. * Indoor and outdoor dining and seating * Sheltered veranda * Private Outdoor fire pit circle complete with log seats and Webber BBQ. It’s all our extra little touches that our customers love, come and experience glamping at its best at Little North Field.
Nearby attractions

Near the picturesque village of Ripley, Little North Field finds itself in the middle of a golden triangle of heritage sites, which are all well within a half-hour drive. To the north this includes the magnificent ruins of Fountains Abbey (01765 608888), plus the National Trust-owned Brimham Rocks area (01423 780688), 400 acres of moorland featuring unique rock formations that look like carefully placed sculptures (there's also a kiosk, a shop and, nearby, an adventure farm for families and llama trekking). To the south, meanwhile, is riverside Ripley and privately owned Ripley Castle (01423 770152; open for events and tours of the house and grounds in summer). Beyond that lies the town of Harrogate and, a little east, Knareseborough, as well as RHS Garden Harlow Carr (01423 565418). For good walks, head into the Nidderdale AONB for hikes around Patley Bridge and Gouthwaite Reservoir or sections of the Nidderdale Way, or walk some of the 50-mile Ripon Rowel Challenge route.

Food and drink

It takes all of about two minutes to walk to the Chequers Inn (01423 771544) at Bishop Thornton. This hotel and restaurant is mainly laid out for dining, with a good carvery on Sundays, but there is a bar at the front for casual drinkers with a single handpull serving Ossett Yorkshire Blonde. There is a pool table near the bar area. For a pint elsewhere, try the recently refurbished and simply named Inn at South Stainley (01423 779060), located between Harrogate and Ripon, or try the family-friendly Guy Fawkes Arms (01423 868400), a welcoming country pub in the beautiful village of Scotton, owned and run by two local families. The terrace at the Grantley Arms (01765 620227) is also a top option when the weather is good, while those visiting Ripley Castle should have a pint in The Boar’s Head (01423 771888), which is part of the estate. For a lighter bite, Stanley’s Independent coffee house and kitchen (07387 317638) is the place to go for great coffee, Oliver’s Pantry (01765 600548) is a quirky café just off the Market Square in Ripon (with a particularly staggering array of loose tea), while in Harrogate, historic Betty's (01423 814070) steals all the headlines but Baltzersen’s (01423 202363) is a top café alternative that offers you the best Yorkshire sourced ingredients prepared with Scandinavian and Nordic flare.

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