We love the idea of camping, but are not quite sure about communal showers and spiders in our sleeping bags. Or are we missing the point?
We still haven't quite made up our minds about what to do for a summer holiday this year. Like lots of our friends we are toying with the idea of a staycation (holidaying in the UK!) but are torn between finding a luxury boutique hotel in Cornwall and getting down and dirty on a campsite in the Lake District.
So when a friend suggested Jollydays luxury Camping, we were delighted. We had found the perfect solution, Glamping; glamorous camping. What could be better than enjoying the delights of the great outdoors, jolly singsongs round the campfire and staying in a tent, only with wooden floors, proper beds, wood burning stoves and en suite showers.
Jollydays is family owned and run by Carolyn and Christian Van Outersterp (fashion designer and landscape architect respectively) and their four children. After creating CVO Fire, the award winning London Fireplace showroom and restaurant they retreated back to country life, two years ago.
With Jollydays they have combined a love of camping and chic hotels,and created the perfect comfortable, back to nature holiday for adults and children alike. Think Enid Blyton at Shoreditch House.
Set on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, with the beautiful city of York and the coastal towns of Scarborough and Whitby just 45 minutes away, there is plenty to do, if you tire of the delights of the campsite.
One of the best things about the site according to our roving reporter was the catering facilities. Either cook in your tent, (you even get separate sleeping and catering tents) enjoy free tea and cake in the communal 'lobby tent' or try out the clay oven situated in the woods, if you fancy an adventure. The campsite also have guest cooks, who come and prepare an evening meal, which can include anything from cooked meats to vegan and vegetarian delights.
Despite being a bit more expensive than the average camp site, prices are still cheaper than a week in a hotel. A family of 6 can stay in a luxury tent for £850 for a week in August, or a family of 4, can rent a bell tent for £625. Obviously, other times of the year are cheaper.
So despite the fact we have been promised a beautiful summer, if the idea of rainy British weather in a tent puts you off, don't despair. Carolyn and Christian think there there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate facilities.