[Press Trip] We were gifted a complimentary stay at Catgill Farm, as always my opinions are 100% my own.
Welcome to my first ever glamping blog post and I can confirm that it won’t be my last. Last week, Gareth and I were invited down to Catgill Farm Campsite in Bolton Abbey and we had the best time! Catgill Farm offer 2 forms of glamping within either their Timber Pods or Bell Tents, you can also go camping which sounds pretty cool too. Gareth and I stayed in one of the Timber Pods called The Owl and I can honestly say that I didn’t want to leave. I literally could live there, maybe Catgill have a live-in couple job position coming up soon hehe!
Catgill Farm Campsite is located in Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire and is easily accessible via public transport or by car. We live in Leeds city centre and decided to rent a car from Enterprise for our little countryside adventure. I couldn’t recommend it more, but like I say, if you don’t drive or don’t feel like driving, there is a bus service that stops at Bolton Abbey and runs from Ilkley to Grassington or you can take the train to either Ilkley and Skipton and book a taxi, which takes a 15 minutes drive. This is all detailed on Catgill’s website including the taxi numbers.
Timber Pod Accommodation
As mentioned above, we stayed in The Owl which is one of Catgill’s Timber Pods. Each of the pods have their own unique interior design and I fell in love with The Owl as soon as we laid eyes on it. I have always wanted to go glamping but if I am being truly honest, I didn’t know that Timber Pods existed and now I would love to review them as my full time job please. Talk about luxury with the stunning Yorkshire views, we really had arrived in a unique and magical place. The Timber Pods include a fully equipped kitchen, ensuite bathroom with a shower, bedding and towels are provided and WiFi. The pods also sleep 6 with a double bed and sofa bed in the main room and bunk beds in the back.
We also took full advantage of the outside amenities which included a hot tub, pizza oven, a cooking grill for BBQ’s and a fire pit. There are logs provided at a small additional cost and you will need these to heat up the hot tub. With Gareth originally being from South Africa, he jumped on heating the hot tub and heating up the pizza oven with a beer in hand, closely followed by a glass of red wine. After we ate pizza, Gareth started the fire pit whilst we waited for the hot tub to get to the right temperature. I started to feel so relaxed and already knew that I didn’t want to leave. It was time to get into the hot tub with a few drinks, transferred into plastic glasses provided for safety reasons.
We had such a great night’s sleep with the sound of the rain coming down on the roof of the timber pod (I find this sound so relaxing, anyone else?) Someone had asked me if it was warm inside as they were worried that they would be freezing and I can honestly say that it was super cosy. They have 2 radiators within the pods but we actually didn’t switch them on. In the morning, we woke up to have a nice cup of coffee outside and a quick dip in the hot tub as it was still warm from the night before.
Things to do when you are there
We were only at Catgill for one night and to be honest, we just wanted to relax, take in the views and get in that hot tub, so we didn’t really explore as much as we would have liked. This is definitely an excuse for us to go back but maybe for 2 nights this time. Catgill have a whole list of things to do on their website, from lovely Yorkshire walks, to visiting the nearby towns such as Ilkley, Skipton and Addingham, click here for the full list.
If you have ever thought about visiting Yorkshire before and you are wanting to go glamping or camping, I couldn’t recommend this place more. We are already planning our next trip for next year and I can’t wait. I left Catgill feeling super relaxed, happy and just grateful for this experience. Thank you so much to the lovely team at Catgill for taking care of us during our stay and introducing us to their countryside paradise.