A laid-back camp filled with creative retreats, hot tubs, and warm communal spirit, deliciously secluded amongst 35 acres of illuminated woodland in the lakeside hills, just 15 minutes from Bristol.
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedroom: Varies
  • Bathroom: 1 per unit
  • Minimum stay: 1-2 nights

Perfect for enjoying life’s loveliest pleasures with your favourite people in tow, Nature’s Spectacular is an off-grid, big-sky haven with Chew Valley lakeside views, communal firepits, and wondrous creative retreats.

Set amongst 35 acres of unspoilt, wildlife-rich woodland that’s gently illuminated at night, here you can be truly at one with nature… being as private or as sociable as you like. And although the brighter lights of Bristol are just 15 minutes away, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped the confines of hectic everyday life entirely.

Make your choice from one of four lovingly-restored retreats, each with self-contained facilities and perfectly suited to couples, families, and friends. Once the family home to a circus ringmaster, The Showman’s is a touring apartment like no other!

Sleeping a family of up to five, you can relax on the large woodland-and-lake-view terrace, in the private wood-fired hot tub, or amongst quirky bohemian décor inside. Full-length windows flood your surroundings with natural light, while the antique wood-burner will keep your evenings perfectly toasty.

In a former life, Big Red was a mountain-rescue vehicle, now gloriously made-over into a family retreat for two adults and two children (additional camping options are available for larger groups.)

Savour panoramic Chew Lake views as you unwind around the firepit, treat yourselves to a stargazing session in the hot tub… or fire up the built-in sound system and have yourselves a mini house-party!

Yurt Lush is perfect for a group of four adults; a former Bristol restaurant and events venue, now sumptuously restyled with underfloor heating and a cedar-clad bathroom extension that features a luxurious rolltop bathtub. Oh, and not to mention a sun deck that boasts the most superlative lake views.

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At a glance

  • A relaxed, off-grid camp that celebrates the beauty of nature and the warmth of community spirit, secluded amongst 35 acres of illuminated woodland in the Chew Valley lakeside hills, 15 minutes from Bristol.
  • Self-contained accommodation comprises:
    • The Showman’s (5 guests), a touring apartment decorated in quirky bohemian style.
    • Big Red (2 adults, 2 small children), a former mountain-rescue vehicle.
    • Yurt Lush (4 guests), a former Bristol restaurant and events venue.
    • Deer Cabin (2 adults, 2 children), a family retreat crafted from a former train carriage.
  • All retreats feature furnished outdoor decking and firepits, with optional use of hot tubs at The Showman’s, Big Red, and Deer Cabin (at an additional cost.)
  • Food deliveries can be pre-ordered for your stay, and there is a pub in walking distance, with shops and restaurants accessible in a 5-minute drive.


  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Hot Tubs


The Showman’s (5 guests): private terrace with camping space, full-length wooden windows, kingsize bedroom, small double room, child’s single bed, bed-sized sofa, full kitchen, antique wood-burner, underfloor heating, sound system, shower and WC. Firepit with barbecue, picnic bench, optional hot tub.

Big Red (2 adults, 2 small children): fully-fitted kitchen, salon, built-in sound system, double bed, children’s double sofa bed, shower and WC, hand-built outdoor terrace, firepit with barbecue, optional hot tub.

Yurt Lush (4 adults): double bed, double sofa bed, kitchen, underfloor heating, bathroom extension with rolltop bathtub, flushing WC, heated towel rail, sun deck, firepit with barbecue.

Deer Cabin (2 adults, 2 children): salon, fully-fitted kitchen, double bed, small double sofa bed, hot shower, decking, optional hot tub, firepit with barbecue.

On site: communal seating and firepit, abundant woodland to explore.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, picnic spots, stargazing, nature-watching, historic sites, local pubs, shops, restaurants

Accommodation Options

The Showman's - sleeps 5

  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Hot Tubs

Big Red - sleeps 2+2

  • Family Friendly
  • Hot Tubs

Yurt Lush - sleeps 4

  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly

Deer Cabin - sleeps 2+2

  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Hot Tubs

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Meanwhile, Deer Cabin is a unique escape that’s perfect for two adults and two children; expertly crafted from a recycled train carriage, and boasting full facilities and an enormous sun deck. Why not treat yourselves to a dip in the private wood-fired hot tub as evening rolls around?

Once you’re all settled in, you’ll have a choice: relax in your chosen retreat, or get out and explore the camp! Take an energising woodland walk, or chat with friends you haven’t met yet in the viewpoint area; festooned with picnic benches and firepits that overlook that shimmering lake.

The camp’s friendly owners are happy to arrange pre-ordered food deliveries to help you whip up in-retreat feasts. There’s also a pub within walking distance, and an array of shops and restaurants within a mere five-minute drive.

Also a short drive away are popular hotspots including the World Heritage city of Bath and the world-renowned Cheddar Gorge. Yet you may feel so relaxed in the arms of Nature’s Spectacular, that you won’t want to leave.

Things to note

Check in from 4pm, check out by 11am. Additional tents can be pitched by some retreats at the owners’ discretion only. Bedding is provided for the main beds; please bring additional bedding for sofa beds and children’s beds. Well-behaved dogs are permitted in The Showman’s, Deer Cabin, and Yurt Lush by prior agreement and at an additional charge.


Where you'll be staying

Chew Stoke, Somerset

What the guests of Nature’s Spectacular say

“Highly recommend this place, it’s such a unique experience.”

“A perfect getaway from a world gone mad.”

“The location is SPECTACULAR!”

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