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Sunrise Eco Glamping

· Retford, Nottinghamshire, England
4 acres hosted by Sunrise G.
1 glamping pitch
Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
Small-scale, eco-conscious glamping with plenty of luxuries, set in the Trent Valley

Some glamping sites talk about sustainability. Others let actions do the work. With a zero-waste shop, a tree planted for every booking and a strict quota on numbers, Sunrise Eco Glamping do the latter. And the comforts you desire? They’re still not compromised.

Set in a small meadow, surrounded by farmland and behind a thriving plant centre in an old agricultural barn, Sunrise Eco Glamping channels the owners’ passions for peace, nature and comfort into eco-friendly, off grid camping. Sitting on roughly four-and-a-half acres of quiet Nottinghamshire countryside, the site has only a small handful of pitches, ensuring a real escape from the crowds… Crowds of people at least. A quarter of the campsite is occupied by a small herd of inquisitive alpacas, who boast the official title of ‘glamping neighbours and guardians’. You’ll soon be on first name basis with Leo, Gerry, Freddie and Billy after the second or third time they pop their noses over the fence to check you're okay.

Most visitors don’t arrive with their own tents but pluck for the pre-pitched ‘Stargazers’ instead. Each is furnished with comfy beds, a wood burning stove and has clear ceiling panels for admiring the night sky. Nestled next to the stream, they have a prized position and easy access to piping hot showers and a ‘grill and chill’ shack, accompanied by kitchen facilities, decked out with fairy lights and keeping you covered from the rain.  There’s a small coffee shop and a communal indoor wood shack too, the latter with a giant television screening films, programmes and old footage of Glastonbury Festival.

In the tiny hamlet of Saundby near to Beckingham, it’s a wonderfully quiet and rural spot to stay and is easily reached from major cities like Leeds, Nottingham and Sheffield. If you’re looking to make the most of your peaceful retreat you don’t need to travel far from the site. There are some great local walks right from the farm, including a scenic route from Sunrise Eco’s doorstep along the beautiful River Trent. And the historic city of Lincoln, complete with castle and cathedral, is a half-hour drive in the car.

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Retford, Nottinghamshire, 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 Sunrise G.Joined in October 2020
6 Ratings · 11 reviews
Tim L.doesn't recommend
August 14, 2022
GLAMPING First Light
Nice people at the site. I found it unexpectedly noisy from the road and the nighttime freight trains. Glamping tents excellent.
Corey S.recommends
October 25, 2021
Our stay at Sunrise Eco Glamping was one to remember! We loved every minute of it, breakfast was included and was delicious and the bell tent was super cosy! The bunting and fairy lights made it! Rosie and other staff members were warm and welcoming throughout our stay. The alpaca experience was great! Very friendly when feeding them carrots! Close enough to the peaks if you are a keen hiker. Can’t wait to return! :)
Sophie H.recommends
October 4, 2021
I visited with my partner and dog, we had such a lovely relaxing break just what we needed! The area was clean and well looked after, inside the tent itself was spacious and cosy. Loved waking up to see the alpaca’s! Will definitely visit again when the sun is shining next summer! The staff were friendly and quick to respond- they also send you a guide book by email before arrival which was really handy! Would definitely recommend!!
Tina H.recommends
September 11, 2021
Had a great weekend during my first glamping trip for my God sons surprise 13th birthday treat. Rosie was very welcoming and a great host. I regularly go camping but this meant the car was almost empty. Breakfast was yummy and the facilities great. I will certainly be visiting again.
Mo R.recommends
August 7, 2021
Absolutely beautiful, cosy little tents which really do have everything you need, situated in a lovely meadow. Rosie and team provided a lovely breakfast basket with lovely, warm pastries every morning. The grill shack is really well stocked and has everything we needed.
Verity T.recommends
July 29, 2021
We have just returned from a lovely couple of nights at Sunrise staying as a family of four in Day Break Belle Tent. The facilities are excellent and the green philosophy flows throughout. Every detail has been carefully thought of from full instructions on how the site runs to beautifully presented tents with colourful bunting and pretty signage. The whole place is inspirational and shows just how simple it is to live more sustainably and eat plant based, without compromise. The beds are comfy and the tents are spacious. The shower is hot and the composting toilet is really very straight forward. Our teenaged kids loved cooking in the Grill 'n' Chill Shack where the selection of fruit, veg, herbs, spices, pulses and cereals is superb. Not to mention the delicious selection of pastries and bread left out for breakfast. We couldn't fault the place and hope to be back. Big thanks to Rosie & Team, it was lovely to meet you.
From the host
Set in a small natural meadow, alongside farmland and behind our plant centre, Sunrise Eco Glamping encompasses all the things we love - nature, the environment, peace, quiet, kindness and comfort.  With just a handful of pitches, you can be sure of a relaxing stay, away from the crowds, and alongside our small herd of alpacas who will keep a watchful eye! Our nearest town, Gainsborough, is 3 miles away, Retford, 7 miles away, and Lincoln or Doncaster 16 miles away.  We are proud members of The Greener Camping Club. We have 4 beautiful STARGAZER LOTUS BELLE TENTS to choose from (or bring your own for some good old fashioned camping on one of our 4 grass camping pitches*), each furnished with proper beds (a mixture of double or single beds) with bed linen included (towels and robes can be requested too).  You have your own private toilet and our hot showers are designed with style and economy in mind.  Each of our tents is cocoon lined for extra comfort, with a wood burning stove inside and your own fire pit outside. The Grill & Chill Shack is where you'll find our additional kitchen area for hot water washing up, a fridge and freezer, plus an induction hob, as well as complimentary groceries including cereals, lentils, beans, legumes, teas, coffees etc. Decked out with fairy lights and built in an industrial style, with lots of worktops, the Grill & Chill shack is a great space to use and meet other guests. We have a small herd of 4 pet alpacas that neighbour our glamping area and are truly amazing animals.   Time permitting, we will happily let you come and feed them with us or take them for a gentle stroll around their paddock. At the heart of our PLANT BARN, you'll also find our COFFEE SHOP, plants of course, and our REFILL ZERO WASTE STORE as well as The WOODSHACK where we have houseplants, gifts plus extra coffee shop seating and a giant screen showing an array of films and programmes. Mental health well being is at the heart of all we do, and the chance to sit and relax among friends enjoying some relaxing music, a documentary or old footage of Glastonbury, can work wonders, just living in the moment. We actively support living a plant based lifestyle and are patrons of The Vegan Society and The World Wildlife Fund.   Check-in is available 7 days a week.
Nearby attractions

Details of smaller, local attractions are included in the digital guestbook provided on arrival. An 20-minute drive will take you to Daneshill Lakes to spend a day wandering the footpaths, through the damp willow woodland and drier grasslands, spotting the willow warblers in the sky and wide variety of flowers at your feet. Idle Valley Nature Reserve is also just an 20-minute drive away, in addition to the beautiful network of lakes, it’s also recognised as one of the best spots for birdwatching in the region. Sunrise Eco Glamping is also not too far from Yorkshire wildlife park (a 25-minute drive), most of the animals at the park are either endangered or threatened, so, apart from being a fun day out, a visit here will support the park’s efforts to care for the animals in captivity and the wild. A slightly longer, 30-minute drive, will take you to Sherwood Forest, home to the enduring legend of Robin Hood

Food and drink

The on-site coffee shop, The Jackfruit, serves a great range of plant-based homemade cakes, croissants, teas and coffee. The Blue Bell (01777816303) at Gringley-on-the Hill (a five-minute drive away) serves great pub fayre and a good selection of ales and ciders as well as hosting regular music and quiz nights. Five minutes further is The Hop Pole (01777586121), dog friendly and set along the Chesterfield canal, it’s hard to choose a star dish between their Sunday lunch and fish and chips. Bawtry is a 20-minute drive away and has a great selection of eateries, including the long-standing Chinese restaurant, The China Rose (01302711338), decorated with beautiful Chinese art and serving a classic menu of Cantonese classics.

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