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Lakeside Retreats @ Walnut Hill

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· Raleigh, North Carolina
320 acres
9 sites
9 Lodging
Walnut Hill has been in the Mial/Williamson family since 1775. This camp site is on 320 acres of farm land only 20 minutes from downtown Raleigh. We offer so many amenities on Walnut Hill. Yurt Rentals, Group Rentals, Bath House, Sauna, Fishing, Walking / Biking Trails, 9 Hole Disc Golf Course, Canoe and Kayak Access, Music Stage / Picnic Shelter.  It is next to the 400 acre Sarah and Bailey Williamson Preserve at Walnut Hill.  The preserve is owned and operated by Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) for beauty, peace, and tranquility. 
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Boating
Fishing
Hiking
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Lake
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Raleigh, North Carolina, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Lakeside Retreats Staff W.Joined in May 2019
Response rate: 80%Response time: Within 9 hours
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107 ratings · 205 reviews
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Andrew P.recommends
October 20, 2022
24 foot Yurt in Raleigh/1
Excellent stay as always! Best gem outside the triangle!
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Christina T.recommends
September 8, 2022
Tiny house on seven acre pond
The tiny house was more spacious than I expected, with a double bed and a single bed. The AC was strong (which was perfect since we visited during a heatwave). Overall the tiny house was clean. Towels were provided, but we opted to bring our own as well. We didn't use the kitchen, but there were some basic amenities provided like a sink, stove, microwave, and mini-fridge. The drive from the entrance of the Hipcamp to the tiny house is ~1-2miles of gravel road and is stunningly beautiful. We saw a few deer running around! I'd suggest driving slowing to take in the scene around you, and in case any deer happen to run across the road. There's plenty of signage along the road so we knew exactly where to go. The house is only 20 mins away from downtown Raleigh and it was so nice to have the option of hanging out by the lake all day or going into town. Overall we loved our stay there.
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Jan K.recommends
September 5, 2022
20 foot Yurt in Raleigh/4
Our family+ our beagle had an amazing stay in yurt 4. It really puts the glam in glamping - so much nicer and more comfortable than I imagined! Clean and well equipped, and the bathroom trailers nearby were nice, too. Having a private dock right out the backyard was great, and it was big enough that the 2 other families we were with (in yurts 2 and 3) could all hang out on our dock. The kids had a blast floating on tubes and using the boats. Only minor feedback: bathrooms could use hand soap, and our yurt didn't have paper plates. We had a great trip, and I'm sure we'll be back.
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Brittany M.recommends
August 28, 2022
20 foot Yurt in Raleigh/2
Long Weekend
We’ve stayed in quite a few yurts over the years and this one by far was the greatest one we’ve stayed in. We came to Raleigh for a concert, but we always travel with our dogs so we were grateful to find a place that we could bring them with us. We loved walking the property, and saying hello to the cows.
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Mario E.recommends
August 9, 2022
20 foot Yurt in Raleigh/2
The AC in the Yurt was critical for our August stay and worked very well. Bathrooms were very clean, bed was comfortable and we enjoyed walking the trail around the lake! We loved spending our mornings at one of the gazebos. The property was lovely and we were tbe only ones there for the majority of our stay which was cool. The lake smelled though and we didn't attempt swimming in it. Otherwise we loved our stay!
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Donna B.recommends
June 26, 2022
24 foot Yurt in Raleigh/1
Absolutely beautiful. So peaceful. We rented #1. Close to the sauna, the lake, the rest rooms. We only saw two people all weekend. It was great. Loved looking through glass domed roof at the
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Brittany M.recommends
June 20, 2022
20 foot Yurt in Raleigh/5
We're Ruined for Tent-Camping
We loved Yurt 5 @ Lakeside Retreats -- it was me, my husband, our 8 year old son, and our dog. We had plenty of space in the yurt for all of us. We are used to tent-camping without power. We think the yurt has ruined us for tent-camping! We enjoyed having some access to amenities (toaster/microwave/mini fridge) + the A/C, but being remote and mostly cut-off from the outside world. However, our son loved the wifi access so that he could play on his devices while we slept in. The deck on the water with the firepit was wonderful and we spent most of our time there. We also enjoyed the boats & spent a good amount of time fishing. We are looking foward to coming back.
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Autumn M.
May 26, 2022
24 foot Yurt in Raleigh/1
Peaceful but better Upkeep!
Overall, my friend and I loved staying at Yurt 1 - it was incredibly peaceful and had a great layout around the small lake. We also loved that the yurt was at the most 10 minutes away from any food or gas station. It was a beautiful area as well. The yurt had a great layout and we would go back again. But we were highly disappointed when it seemed that the bare minimum was done for cleaning. When we were there, we only saw two other campers - one in a camper and the other in one of the other yurts. Inside Yurt 1, our mini fridge was dirty and had a cigarette butt inside. The floors also appeared to not be very cleaned at all. I read that we would be provided with some plasticware but all we could find was plastic silverware so we had to go out to purchase some. Outside, there were many areas around our site, including the gazebo, and others, where there were old outdoor cushions thrown about that, were in extremely poor condition - ripped/torn, not even placed on any furniture. In the outdoor showers, there were tons of random products left like razors, toothbrushes, and dirty towels. It just seemed like there was really no upkeep of the outside area and the bare minimum was done like clean sheets and clean towels but that is about all. The outhouse was very clean though.
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Matthew B.
May 10, 2022
Tiny house on seven acre pond
Won't be back
Tiny house itself was fine, although the pictures on Hipcamp are outdated (fridge is much smaller and different location than listing, there is a 3 stall bathroom right next to the house, not a tree and sitting area, coffee bar was replaced with paper cups). The layout and maintenance of the property left a lot to be desired. Trash, abandoned boats/rafts, plastic chairs, and life preservers we're all floating throughout the pond. With the new bathrooms next to the tiny house, people literally have to walk between your house and fire pit (aka your campsite) to use the restroom. There's a new yurt between the tiny house and pond, which makes it feel like you're just staring into another campsite. The frisbee golf course/trail around the pond takes you through the middle of several campsites. The stage area(?) was super run down. Could be an awesome property with better layout and upkeep.
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Gretchen G.recommends
May 4, 2022
20 foot Yurt in Raleigh/2
Yay for Yurts!
Loved our yurt experience! Very clean and comfortable, well stocked with so many comforts of home. In responding to the welcome message, I mentioned I had a flat tire, the owner promptly came to the site to offer help! Highly recommend this get-away, that isn't far away!
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Megan L.recommends
May 1, 2022
Tiny house on seven acre pond
Everything was great very peaceful but i wish the paddle boat wasn’t broken.
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Angela M.recommends
April 17, 2022
24 foot Yurt in Raleigh/1
The experience was incredible!!! Very well thought out, maintained with heart, and amazing. I will take my kayak next time because the "boats" were questionable. But lighting, space, communication, cleanliness were epic. Definitely going back!!!
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Kristen S.recommends
April 12, 2022
20 foot Yurt in Raleigh/2
Awesome accomodations
Glamping with kids is the best, never tent camping again!
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Diane D.recommends
April 11, 2022
20 foot Yurt in Raleigh/5
Second time at the yurt. Great upgrades…fire pit and table on deck, dining table and end table in the yurt. Will definitely be coming back.
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Tyler D.recommends
March 18, 2022
Tiny house on seven acre pond
I loved the convenience of the boats already on the pond!
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Kristen S.recommends
March 4, 2022
24 foot Yurt in Raleigh/1
The best camping experience I've ever had! Microwave, toaster oven, an Alexa, showers, everything great for kids!
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Blair M.recommends
February 16, 2022
20 foot Yurt in Raleigh/2
Would definitely recommend!!
The yurts are so cute! Such a nice way to connect with nature while still staying warm at night. We’ll definitely be coming back and bringing friends. We had a great time fishing off our deck and taking one of the rowboats on the lake. The wifi was surprisingly good, we both had to work some while we were there and we had no issues. We’ve stayed a lot of places, and we have a few suggestions to make it even better: make the bathrooms designated to each yurt with their own code, so we can leave cosmetics in the bathroom rather than having to carry them each time, clean bathrooms before arrival, and something to cover the windows at night. Sometimes it just felt like we were in a fish bowl and we felt like we couldn’t leave the lights on after the sun went down. That being said, still a 4.5/5
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Lindsay C.recommends
January 30, 2022
24 foot Yurt in Raleigh/1
Camping in style
You can tell a lot of time and care went into setting up the property for guests. The sauna was amazing! My boyfriend and I both loved the skylight in the yurt as well!
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Annie S.recommends
January 4, 2022
24 foot Yurt in Raleigh/1
Everything was great, highly recommend!
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Lanya S.recommends
November 28, 2021
20 foot Yurt in Raleigh/2
First time camping, the yurt and facilities were fantastic!
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Niki T.recommends
November 17, 2021
24 foot Yurt in Raleigh/1
Peaceful, Comfortable, and Fun!
My family and I had the best weekend here! It was such an incredibly peaceful, beautiful, and comfortable stay, and we are already planning to go back again and bring all our neighbors with us next time! My husband loved the disc golf course, and I was so excited to be near such great bike trails! Perfect if you like the feel of camping but don't want to sleep on the ground. Perfect if you want to take a trip with a large group while giving everyone their own space. Perfect if you want to feel like you are getting away from Raleigh but only have to drive about 25 minutes away. Thanks so much for a great weekend!
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Soreya H.recommends
November 8, 2021
Tiny house on seven acre pond
Wonderful stay
We had the best time there. It was like we had our own peace of heaven. There where other campers but on other sides of the pond so you barely knew they were there. The house was fully stocked with kitchen items and supplies. It was nice and clean and the shower worked wonderful. Overall it was a great experience and you can tell that they are continuing to build more out there so we will be back again because it was such a wonderful experience.
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Jeremy S.recommends
November 3, 2021
Site 3 - Tent camping by seven acre pond
We opted for the tent campground and was amazed by the beautiful location and the amenities available on the campground. Already planning for next stay here.
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Sherry P.recommends
November 2, 2021
24 foot Yurt in Raleigh/1
Our stay was wonderful ❤. Just what we needed to recharge. Thank you 😊
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Ben G.
October 31, 2021
Site 5 - Tent camping by seven acre pond
Quiet and secluded but could use some lighting and better bathroom facilities on the camping area. Campsites slope towards pond which makes it impossible to find level area for tent. Nice fire pits and tables. Water faucets at each site is nice.
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David Z.recommends
October 28, 2021
Site 3 - Tent camping by seven acre pond
Close to MTB trails!
Blue heron, barred owl, many deer, bright stars, yurts, and adjacent to Williamson Preserve! I’ll be back.
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Mary B.recommends
October 26, 2021
20 foot Yurt in Raleigh/5
Serenity and total relaxation
My weekend was one of the most relaxing, well rested weekends I’ve had in a long time. Waking up to birds chirping, fresh air and nature right outside your door!!! This was a total vacation, all the amnesties needed, biking trail, disc golf and we even did the hay ride and corn maze Friday night! Our Yurts were so comfortable, cozy snd exactly what we needed! We are booking again in December,! This is our beautiful retreat!
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Diane D.recommends
October 24, 2021
20 foot Yurt in Raleigh/5
This is one of the coolest places I’ve ever ‘camped’! It’s almost hard to believe that you are in Raleigh.The yurt is very comfortable and has everything you need-bed and coffee. ;) Bathhouses are clean. Although they do need some window coverings-I put up one of my own for the time being. Great fishing!!! I’ve been coming out here since March and the owners just keep making it better!
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Amanda S.
October 20, 2021
24 foot Yurt in Raleigh/1
Peaceful weekend
My friend and I enjoyed our weekend in the spacious yurt. It was great watching the beautiful sunset over the lake and to be able to have my dogs with us on vacation. Shops and restaurants are a short drive, as well as the State Farmer’s Market. It was quiet, despite having other campers on the property. Only thing we were disappointed about was not having the incinerating toilet next to the yurt.
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Eric B.recommends
October 18, 2021
Site 4 - Tent camping by seven acre pond
Great place so close to home!
We very much enjoyed our time here! We brought the kids for a night of fishing and camping, and we did all of it. Plenty of fish to catch, and my kids caught a lot of them. The ground is definitely sloped down toward the pond, but we were able to find spots for two tents that were comfortable. You’ll definitely want a ground cloth and a sleeping pad - the ground is sloped and also very uneven with roots and ruts and such. The sites are very close together - but we were the only the people there, so that was a non-issue. However, if it was full, it may not have been as enjoyable a time. But we will definitely be back!
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