Your glamping questions answered
Here are answers to questions you may have about staying in our shepherd huts, yurt, lodges or pods at Back of Beyond. Please also make sure you are familiar with the New COVID-19 Measures.
How big are the glamping units?
- Shepherd huts – 6 metres long by 2.4 metres wide
- Yurt – 5 metres in diameter.
- Large pods – 3 meters long by 4 metres wide
Medium pod –2.5 metres long by 3.25 meters wide
- Lodges – 4 meters wide by 3 meters deep
All are sited on decking.
Are fires allowed?
There’s a place to position a fire basket outside each unit. You can hire fire baskets and buy charcoal and briquettes in our shop. Also, glamping accommodation comes with an outdoor cooking area.
Is the yurt really waterproof?
Yes. It has a thick, durable groundsheets sewn into the sides with a 3-inch lip to ensure there are no leaks. What’s more, it’s erected on an individual decking platform 7 x 7 metres, so it’s raised off the ground.
Do the glamping units have electricity and heating?
All the pods, lodges and the yurt have a power supply suitable for small electric appliances such as phone chargers.
The shepherd huts have solar power which provides low wattage lighting.
The pods and lodges also have electric panel heaters. The yurt and shepherd huts have wood burners, and the shepherd huts are insulated.
Does the glamping accommodation include cookers, kettles and fridges?
Yes – every glamping unit comes with its own mini outdoor covered camping kitchen. The cooking equipment includes a small stove, a kettle and an electric coolbox, with the exception of the shepherd huts which have non-electric coolboxes and interchangeable ice blocks. In the shepherd huts you can boil a kettle on the wood burners.
There is a freezer in the amenities block laundry room where guests staying in the shepherd huts can keep ice blocks cold.
You will need to bring all your own cooking utensils, pans and crockery.
What bedding is provided and what do I need to bring?
We provide a double bed and fully sprung mattress. This is a small double in Kingfisher pod.
You will need to bring all your bedding – including pillows, duvets or sleeping bags and towels.
Even when we’re lucky with the weather, it can get chilly when the sun goes down, so please make sure you’ll be cosy at night.
What should I bring for cooking and eating?
You’ll need to bring all your own items to cook with or eat from – mugs, plates, bowls, cutlery, utensils, pans, chopping board, etc. We provide a coolbox, cooking stove and kettle.
Other useful items are tea towels, dishcloths, bin bags, washing up liquid, etc. and, of course, the food, drink, tea and coffee you like.
What else should I bring?
A torch is handy for walking through the park at night, as it can get very dark.
As a COVID-19 measure, we’d like you to bring essential hygiene items such as soap, hand gel, gloves, toilet roll and disinfectant.
How secure are the glamping units?
All are within a fenced area with a 24-hour barrier and CCTV. A park warden is on call 24/7 – the mobile number is outside the Reception building. Obviously the yurt does not have a solid, lockable door, although it does have a padlock. We recommend that you keep your valuables with you when you leave the yurt, as we cannot take responsibility for any loss or theft.
The pods, lodges and shepherd huts have lockable doors and are therefore more secure. However, as mentioned above, we advise you to take valuables with you when you’re out.
Can I charge my phone, camera or tablet?
There is a power point in the units that have mains power. There’s a charging station in the amenities block for mobile phones, tablets and small laptops.
Do any of the glamping units have an ensuite bathroom?
No. You have 24-hour access to our toilet and shower block which is modern and well maintained.
What is the distance from the glamping accommodation to the toilets and showers?
The glamping village, where the pods, lodges and yurt are located, is about 50 yards from the shower and toilet block. The shepherd huts are slightly further away.
Can my friends come and stay?
If you’re booking a stay at the same time us others, let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you are close to each other. We do not cater for large groups, however, to preserve the peacefulness of our park.
Friends who are not booked into Back of Beyond are not allowed to stay overnight or, due to new COVID-19 measures, visit during the day. No more than two people can stay in each unit at a time.
For socialising, please use the communal BBQ/picnic areas by the pitch-and-putt course or by the lake. Please do not gather at a glamping unit.
Can I bring my dog?
Up to 2 dogs are welcome to stay in the following glamping units:
- Sorrel and Foxglove – shepherd huts
- Squirrel and Otter – lodges
- Kingfisher – medium-sized pod
(You can, of course, come and visit with your own tent or caravan if you want to bring your dog.)
Should I bring a hairdryer and mirror?
There are hairdryers and mirrors for you to use in the shower block.
Can I bring candles and tea lights?
You can bring battery operated lights. No naked flames are allowed inside any of the glamping units.
How do I make a booking?
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept debit card, credit card and BACS payment. We don’t accept American Express or cheques. Please contact us if you’d like to pay by bank transfer.
Can I make a reservation and pay later, or pay a deposit to make a booking?
We need a deposit of £60. The balance must be paid at least 14 days prior to your arrival.
What will I receive to confirm my booking?
Once your booking has been processed, you’ll receive a confirmation booking invoice by email.
What is your cancellation policy?
Deposits are not refundable because they cover the administration cost of making your booking. If you have paid your balance in full and you cancel at least 14 days before your arrival date, we will refund the balance less the deposit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.
What are check-in and check-out times?
Arrivals are 2pm to 7pm. Check-out is by 11am on the day of departure. We cannot offer late check-out or early arrivals in order to ensure that units are properly cleaned and ventilated between guests. New contactless check-in and check-out procedures are outlined in the New COVID-19 Measures.
PLEASE ENSURE THAT ALL WINDOWS AND DOORS ARE LEFT AS WIDE OPEN AS POSSIBLE WHEN YOU LEAVE.