Glamping Leicestershire and Rutland
Glamping on The Exton Estate on a large rural estate located in the heart of picturesque Rutland, the smallest historic county in England. The Estate is within easy reach of Oakham, Stamford, Leicester, Peterborough and Nottingham. Lantern & Larks has established a campsite within the 500 hectares of Exton Park. This beautiful 18th-Century park, which is Grade II listed, contains a sheltered five-acre walled garden which gradually slopes down to an ornamental lake at the southern end, where ospreys have been known to catch their dinner!
Exton Park, 20 minutes by car from Peterborough and less than 10 from the A1, is home to the Gainsborough family. The house and grounds are occasionally used for weddings, and regularly as a location for film and photo shoots. The parkland has existed since the 12th Century, and the gardens witnessed performances by Handel in the 18th Century. The old potting shed now forms the honesty shop where essential items and local produce can be purchased. Despite being landlocked, one of Rutland’s most distinguishing features is the large body of water right at its centre. Rutland Water is one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe.
OUR SAFARI TENTS
THIS TRULY IS: ‘COMFORT UNDER CANVAS’
The living area is open-planned with plenty of room for families and friends to enjoy the ‘at home’ parts of your holiday together. A solid, wood-burning stove is the lodge’s warming heart. It makes for a cosy retreat from our seasonal chill. A sofa and array of casual seating circle a large coffee table. Sit back and relax with a glass of wine, or prepare for Monopoly mania or several strenuous sessions of snap.
DINE IN COMFORT
You can sit up for breakfast and supper in the dining area. A pine table and high-backed chairs seat six with ease. From the practical selection of tableware and ornamental dressings in the kitchen, you can decide whether to lay the table for a simple family feast or add those touches of candle-lit elegance that make dinner the highlight of your day.
All the bedrooms are roomy and separated for privacy and comfort. The tents have three bedrooms; one double; one twin; and a bunk bed. All beds are all in solid pine with comfortable mattresses and plush duvet sets throughout. Each has ample room to lose holiday clutter and to hang, stack and drawer clothes and toiletries too.
YOUR VERY OWN SHOWER AND TOILET
The wooden door to the great outdoors here adds to your privacy because this is also where you’ll find the shower and WC. The shower runs off an independent hot water system and the spray can be altered to suit with its adjustable head. Both ‘rooms’ are plumbed in, to drain and flush away from the standing.
NOW YOU’RE COOKING
Home cooking takes on various forms. The kitchen has a butane hob for copious cups of tea – ideal for simple meals or a stir-fried treat. Simmer an all-in casserole on the hob of the wood burning stove or warm up a curry carry out inside.
STEP INTO THE OUTDOORS
Zip yourself out of the dining area and into the practical nerve centre of your Colonial canvas hideaway. Here, there is room for all those outdoor necessities – muddy wellies, dripping coats etc. Gather the family around the fire pit, on your decked terrace and get comfortable on the stylish cane outdoor sofa and armchairs, barbeque to your heart’s content with local produce cooked to taste on the intoxicating ballet of flames. On a Lantern & Larks holiday, your garden is whichever delightful slice of the British countryside you choose to stay in. Each will be situated in a peaceful corner of private land, making the most of the local flora, fauna, tranquillity and views. Explore the locality, the village life, footpaths, the sounds and sights. Then sample the broader highlights of the area’s woodland, towns, hills and valleys, waterways and lakes, its country houses and the many varieties of regional treasures that gave us reason to light our special lantern here.
From £385 for a 3 night low season break
From £500 for a 3 night mid season break
From £655 for a 3 night high season break
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