Love the great outdoors with Pitchup.com's recommendations inspired by the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
May 20 2014 Posted by Samantha Marsh
Family of four from only £4.25pppn
As Great Britain bursts into bloom and gardeners – amateur and otherwise – are inspired by the beauty and bounty of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the UK’s leading outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com recommends places to stay under the star-speckled summer skies within easy reach of flora and fauna.
Southern Bells in Lingfield, Surrey is a peaceful spot with pre-erected bell tents for a ready-to-sleep stay. Located within an hour’s drive of RHS Wisley – and less than 20 miles from the hallowed ground of London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea – the site is a short stroll from one of the oldest oak trees in England, which stands in the village of Lingfield. With two resident buzzards and varied wildlife to spot across its 10 acres, Southern Bells is an all-grass site that offers bell tent accommodation from £12.50pppn.
A family-run rural site set in deepest Devon, Smytham Manor in Great Torrington is one mile from RHS Rosemoor and boasts direct access to the Tarka Trail. For those keen to spot wildlife, the site sits within a 23-acre valley of woodland peppered with ponds. With the beaches of north Devon and the wilds of Dartmoor and Exmoor within easy reach, this is a top spot for families, friends or couples seeking a relaxing South West getaway this summer. Standout features include a small on-site shop and outdoor swimming pool. Camping pod accommodation from £17.50pppn.
The New Forest, with its 3,000 ponies and myriad of footpaths and cycleways, is just a few minutes from Shorefield Country Park in Milford on Sea, Hampshire, a family-focused multi-award-winning park set in 100 acres of landscaped grounds. For the green-fingered – and curious – there is a honey-producing beehive and a variety of nature trails, while those seeking a little pampering can retreat to the outdoor pool and on-site sauna and steam room after a hard day of exploring. From £18pppn based on six adults staying three nights in a static three-bedroom caravan.
For those who prefer their outdoor spaces wild as nature intended, rather than manicured and managed, Rudding Holiday Park in North Yorkshire is an ideal base from which to explore the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A previous winner of the AA 'Best Campsite in Britain' award, this site boasts a helipad and a heated outdoor swimming pool…but is far from style over substance as park guests can enjoy the 50-acre grounds and its top-tier facilities set near well-tended gardens and wild woodland. From £4.25pppn.
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Founded in 2009 by former lastminute.com man, Dan Yates, multi-award winning Pitchup.com is a free guide to all types of outdoor accommodation in the UK, Ireland and selected parts of Europe. The site provides users with a simple platform in which they can search and book an outdoor holiday with total ease. The customer experience from landing on the home page through to booking a holiday can be completed in as little as four pages. The site also goes beyond traditional searches by allowing users to search for accommodation based on more than 80 criteria, such as adults only and campfires allowed, and view nearby events, Good Pub Guide pubs and VisitBritain attractions. It’s also possible to check out bathing water quality in the surrounding area. Users can also search on the offers page to find the best deals available. Pitchup.com features over 5,000 UK wide camping and caravanning sites/parks with European destinations continually being added into the equation. It enables users to search for all types of parks and sites from the major brands right through to one off campsites and unique outdoor accommodation options, which may not have previously had a web presence.