The Private Hill

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Duchess Dome (added by manager 01 Jul 2019)

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  • Hillside glamping in geodesic domes at the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds
  • A 20-minute drive from Pocklington and 35 minutes from York
  • Café on site with cream teas and licensed bar; free farm tours
Seeking a sweet spot for a glamping break right by the Yorkshire Wolds? Then it might be high time to scale The Private Hill and settle into a geodesic dome… with far-reaching views across the Vale of York. The lush surrounds of this award-winning farmstay a 20-minute drive from Pocklington give it a peaceful atmosphere: spend your days here gazing out across green fields home to the homebred pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle that lend their names to the glamping units. These domes come with all the amenities needed for a comfy stay including real beds, soft sheets and duvets, and a choice of pillows. Start your stay with a gentle games of croquet, boules or quoits out on the lawn – then, as night falls, watch the sunset over the vale with a tipple from the fully stocked minibar or retreat to your dome and snuggle beside the woodburning stove with a meal made in the kitchenette. In the morning, brew up a Nespresso coffee using your machine while listening to music on the Sonos speaker… all sounds very blissful indeed… You could also stop by at Jane's Dome, the on-site café, which serves North Yorkshire afternoon cream teas by appointment and other meals on occasion. A small shop stocks local snacks and ingredients. For dinners out, set off on a scenic stroll through the countryside towards local pubs… or cadge a lift there and back with one of the staff members.

Campground type

Lodges, cabins, pods or huts 4
Open all year

Tourist board rating

Languages spoken

English

French

Spanish

Nearest campgrounds

Unfortunately, we have no nearby bookable campgrounds.

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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house Cycle hire Evening entertainment Fishing Fitness centre Indoor swimming pool Kids' club On-site restaurant/cafe Outdoor swimming pool Playground Pétanque Recreation room/arcade TV room Takeout Tennis Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available Car parking by site/unit Composting toilet Dog park Drying room Free wifi Grocery store Ice pack freezing Internet access Laundromat Local produce Parent & baby washroom Payphone Pick-up from public transport Portable toilet Pub toilets Restrooms Shower available Washing-up area Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly Motorcycle friendly Single-sex groups welcome Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed Barbecue provided Campfires allowed Commercial vehicles allowed Dogs allowed No dogs allowed

Themes

Hikers’ paradise Lake and/or mountain Leave the car at home Luxury Peaceful Remote location Spectacular scenery Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities Dump station Electric car charging point(s) Propane/gas cylinders available Recycling available Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby Dog walk nearby Nearby farmers' market

Type

Farm Tiny (1-10 sites)

Accessibility

Disabled facilities

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby Golf nearby Leisure/theme park nearby Mountain biking nearby Restaurant nearby

Location

The Private Hill

Thrussendale Road

Acklam

Malton

North Yorkshire

England

YO17 9RG

Directions

Timezone

Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)

GPS

54.04613°N
-0.79356°W

Route directions

Please don’t use the postcode for your satnav. Instead, input the village of Acklam (North Yorkshire, not Middlesbrough) into it, as well as Thrussendale Road.

Nearest transport

Bus
5.5 mi Fridaythorpe A166
5.5 mi Fridaythorpe A166
6.2 mi The Square
Rail
5.9 mi Malton Rail Station
13.6 mi York Rail Station
14.9 mi Driffield Rail Station
Ferry
29.8 mi Hull Ferry Terminal

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Tours are often available around this working farm, allowing you to meet and greet the site's rare breed pigs and fluffy alpacas. Eager to explore the surrounds as well as the site? Bring a mountain bike – or just a good pair of walking boots – and head off into the lanes and footpaths that crisscross the surrounding area. For trips to towns, Pocklington (20 minutes’ drive), Pickering (half an hour) and Helmsley (45 minutes) are within easy reach for weekly markets, walks and architecture, while the mighty city of York is 35 minutes away if you fancy browsing the boutiques in its atmospheric Shambles, discovering Yorkshire's Viking past or a close-up look at the stained-glass window of the city's spectacular minster.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Cayton Bay 22.2 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Scarborough South Bay 22.9 mi Sea Poor Poor Poor Poor
Scarborough North Bay 23.2 mi Sea N/A Excellent Good Good
Filey 23.5 mi Sea N/A Good Good Good
Fraisthorpe 23.5 mi Sea N/A Good Good Good

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

The Arboretum - Kew at Castle Howard 6.9 mi

Castle Howard 6.9 mi

Kew at Castle Howard 6.9 mi

Air Museum 10.9 mi

Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo 11 mi

National Trust

Treasurer's House 13 mi

Nunnington Hall 13.2 mi

Goddards Garden 14.6 mi

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens 17 mi

Bridestones, Crosscliff and Blakey Topping 18.7 mi

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Other

HOWSHAM HALL 3.5 mi

ALDBY PARK 4.2 mi

North Grimston and Wharram Percy Village 4.9 mi

Yorkshire Wolds Way Stage 5 - North Grimston to Ganton 4.9 mi

Yorkshire Wolds Way Stage 4 - Fridaythorpe to North Grimston 5.5 mi

Local events

  • York Early Music Festival (Saturday, July 6, 2024 – Saturday, July 6, 2024)

    York, England 13 mi

  • Leeds Festival (Wednesday, August 21, 2024 – Wednesday, August 21, 2024)

    Wetherby, England 26.8 mi

  • Great Yorkshire Show (Tuesday, July 9, 2024 – Tuesday, July 9, 2024)

    Harrogate, England 29 mi

  • Harrogate Autumn Flower Show (Friday, September 13, 2024 – Friday, September 13, 2024)

    Ripon, England 29 mi

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Reviews

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Only showing reviews for the last 30 months.

Everything, a stunning place with lovely hosts who can't do enough for…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 8
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 8
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Defender geodesic dome

Liked: Everything, a stunning place with lovely hosts who can't do enough for you

Recommend to friends Visit again

From the manager: Thanks so much for your lovely review which we all really value. It was so nice having you both here and the weather was at its absolute best. Hoping very much to be able to welcome you both back in due course. Roddy


  • Does The Private Hill have a swimming pool? No View all features
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  • What attractions are near The Private Hill? Tours are often available around this working farm, allowing you to meet and greet the site's rare breed pigs and fluffy alpacas. Eager to explore the surrounds as well as the site? … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Private Hill?
    On-park accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  5 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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