Medieval glamping at Leeds Castle

One of Britain’s best-loved castles takes visitors back in time with a ‘medieval’ glamping experience.

IMG-20130522-01172The vineyard of Leeds Castle in Kent has been transformed into a village of eight fabulous striped pavilions based on medieval designs, both inside and out.

Sleeping a maximum of two adults and two children, each pavilion contains an oak four poster bed complete with crisp cotton bedding and a furry throw, two camp beds and a wood-burning stove. Visitors will be able to revel in the lap of luxury, especially as the only thing they need to bring is food for the evening banquet.

Eating as medieval knights would have done before they went into battle, feasts are prepared with the help of a cast iron griddle over an open fire pit. Those less confident when it comes to medieval cooking practices will be able to book the The Great British Kitchen at the nearby Fairfax Restaurant – with stunning views of the castle and moat – from Wednesday to Sunday evenings. Nearby Knight’s Cottage provide guests with new, clean washing facilities.

Guests are free to roam the 500 acres of the estate’s parkland and beautiful gardens at any time during their stay, giving the feeling of privacy and ownership for the duration. The stately rooms of this splendid 900-year-old castle are just waiting to be thoroughly explored and visitors cannot resist getting lost in the spiralling yew maze made up of 2,400 trees. Punting on the moat, enjoying the majesty of a falconry display, and segway tours of the grounds are also available. In the evening, a peacefulness descends on Leeds Castle and guests can relax outside their pavilions before enjoying a cosy night under the canvas.

This is pure escapism for children and adults alike.

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