The Hideaway at Baxby Manor
The Hideaway lets you enjoy all the gems camping has to offer - from waking to the sound of birdsong to spending evenings around your own proper campfire (a rarity nowadays!). With quirky Ecopods, magical hobbit houses and enough space for up to 40 pitches, here you can soak up chilled out vibes surrounded by incredible countryside, vast open skies and some of Britain's best wildlife. All the while, relax safe in the knowledge that your holiday isn't costing the earth. In fact, every step has been taken for minimal environmental impact, helping preserve this beautiful spot for years to come.
First up, The Hideaway's three Ecopods provide a wonderfully unique way to experience the essence of camping - without leaving too many luxuries behind! For a romantic retreat with a twist, try a double Ecopod, where you and your loved one can curl up together on a proper bed (with a super comfy mattress!), warm inside your eco-friendly wooden cabin. Or, if you're traveling with little ones, there's the family Ecopod, complete with a double bed and two small singles - perfect for two happy little campers!
You'll find a private fire pit for cooking (although you're welcome to bring a camping stove for boiling that kettle in a hurry!). You can also enjoy the chance to go back to basics without electricity. Instead, relax beside tea-lit lanterns as you swap campfire stories, gaze at the stars, or simply soak up the peaceful surroundings... How romantic!
Fancy recreating your own Middle Earth adventure? Well the recent Hobbit House additions at The Hideaway might be just the ticket!
Hobbiton at Baxby Manor offers something a little more luxurious, with double bed plus two extra single beds and a bunk over the double bed.
The unique turfed roof and wood-clad exteriors are complemented by unique upcycled outdoor furniture and you will also have your very own wood-burning stove inside and fire pit outside.
If you're more of a traditionalist when it comes to camping, bring your own tent and pitch up in The Hideaway's peaceful six-acre field, where you'll be surrounded by trees and the sound of the stream running past. Toast marshmallows around your open campfire, and keep a keen eye for the incredible wildlife that live nearby - including otters and kingfishers! And to truly get in touch with nature, opt for one of the five pitches in The Sanctuary - an untouched, adults-only part of the site, designed to encourage wildlife and ground-nesting birds within metres of your tent.
Whether you're staying in an Ecopod, hobbit house, or bringing your own canvas, you can look forward to the log-heated amenity building with beautifully warm eco-friendly showers (heated by a wood pellet biomass boiler).
There's also an indoor heated pot-wash building with a communal fridge and freezer, a drying room for any wet boots or clothes, and a small shop stocking essentials - including free range eggs from the farm, local cider and apple juice, and even a selection of toys for the kids. And if that wasn't enough, you'll even find an onsite book swap offering some great holiday reads, and Liza-Jane - a charming vintage caravan selling delicious home-baked food and fresh ground coffee! Yum!
Beyond The Hideaway, North Yorkshire is a paradise for walkers and cyclists, who can discover the majestic moors via a variety of stunning routes. And with historic York and Harrogate in easy driving distance, there's an array of historic and cultural attractions to discover (don't forget tea at Betty's!). Closer to home, the charming village of Husthwaite - just a 15-minute walk away - is well worth a visit, with a great new steakhouse arriving on the scene.
Whatever you get up to during your stay, your time at The Hideaway is sure leave you feeling chilled, relaxed and ready to take on the world again. That is, if you can ever bring yourself to leave...
Things to note
Ecopods and hobbit houses are off-grid so do not have electricity, cooking is by campfire only - there are no kitchen facilities, no dogs are permitted to stay.
Tents/camper-van pitches are a two night minimum over bank holidays weekends.
Please note the site closes from end of October - end of March, check owner website for exact dates.
Tried and tested
"We've stayed here twice (once in a tent and once in an Eco-Pod) and cannot rate this place highly enough. All of the staff are friendly and helpful. The washing and hygiene facilities are excellent. Love the addition of a vintage caravan for breakfast pastries etc - the mocha was delicious and very welcome! There isn't a play area for the kids but that is kind of what makes it more peaceful and our kids didn't need one because we enjoyed a lovely countryside walk and then dinner by the campfire. Can't wait to go again!"
"The children & I had a great 3 night stay at the hideaway. The site has clearly been well planned and managed. The wash facilities were the best I've seen at campsites and their eco philosophy is to be greatly admired. The surrounding area is beaituful & we enjoyed our visit to York which was only a 30 minute drive away. Would definitely recommend."
"We came as a family of 4 with 2 young children. My husband was worried about the lack of children's facilities but he needn't have worried as it was perfect! Kids don't need any more than some open space and they can have a whale of a time! The toilets and showers were lovely and clean and beautifully modern - the best I've come across while camping. Actual hot showers was a treat! The shop is well equipped and we felt prices were very reasonable. The pitch itself was spacious and we loved that although the campsite was fully booked it was anything but cramped! The strict noise rules are mostly respected and if not, a quick text to Barney (the Chief!) and he'll soon deal with it. The washing facilities are great - washing up liquid and scourers are provided, and there is a fridge and freezers if you want to store perishables. Lots of phone charging points if you can't do without! And a really handy drying room should you need it. We didn't use it, but the vintage catering caravan was really pretty and a lovely touch too. It fit into the surroundings beautifully. My boys loved the little touches such as the ‘shhhh! Troll sleeping' sign at the bridge, making sure we were silent as we passed. This is my favourite campsite yet, and we'll definitely be back!"
Region: Husthwaite, Yorkshire
Cost (from): £25 per night
Sleeps: 2 or 4 per unit
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 517
FacilitiesDouble ecopods sleep 2, double bed, lanterns, fire pit.
Family ecopod sleeps up to 4, double bed, bunk bed, single bed, lanterns, fire pit.
Hobbit houses sleep up to 4, double bed, twin beds, bunk over the double bed, fairy lights, plates, bowls, cutlery, mugs, glasses, BBQ tools, portable single gas stove, wood-burning stove, outdoor furniture, fire pit. Bedding is not supplied.
Communal heated amenity building with showers, drying room, small shop in reception, designated parking, book swap, mobile bakery, recycling facility.
Walking, cycling, horse riding, airsports/flying, alpaca farm, golf, fishing, go karting, dry slope skiing, ice skating, Flamingoland.
At a glance
- Chilled out, eco-friendly, off-grid glamping on 110-acre farm in North Yorkshire countryside
- Ecopods (sleep 2-4): cosy cabins complete with a real double bed and campfire - just bring bedding, cooking and serving utensils
- Hobbit houses (sleep up to 4): a little more magic and luxury - just bring bedding and cooking utensils
- Private campfires
- 40 camping pitches also available, including 5 adults-only pitches in nature haven
- Excellent range of onsite amenities, including eco-friendly facility block and shop
- Explore North Yorkshire on bike or foot; York: 30-min drive; Harrogate 45-min drive