Glamping Pods family holiday with Hot Tub near Richmond in Yorkshire

Our lovely Glamping Pod for our holiday, complete with wood-fired Hot Tub, fire pit and en-suite with shower & kitchenette

Glamping Pods with Hot-tub at Wigwam Holidays, Forcett Grange near Richmond  

My blog is usually about walking, but if ever I stay somewhere that I highly recommend and think readers of this blog would like, I'll try and share more info. With the Covid-19 pandemic going on - a family holiday in the summer of 2020 would prove rather tricky. We were in fact due to be in Mallorca at the end of July 2020 for a family holiday, but with that being cancelled we found this nice little alternative - very different - but a good little staycation holiday nonetheless (infact I think our young kids would prefer to stay in a pod than a hotel room!)

What appealed to us was that it was all self-contained, having a shower, toilet, kitchenette with hob/fridge & microwave - everything we needed really so we didn't have to use any shared facilities. The site is near the small village of Forcett Grange in North-Yorkshire, and a 15 min drive to Richmond or Barnard Castle. There's plenty to do in the area - just hope for the best with the weather! We got lucky :-)

There is only 6 Glamping Pods at this Wigwam Holidays site in Forcett Grange, so it was quite peaceful and quiet. The site is also set within a small old quarry so it's sunken below the surrounding ground level so it's out the wind and a good little sun-trap when the sun shines. All Glamping Pods have a wood-fired hot-tub (extra-cost), which are warm when you arrive and maybe take around 20 mins to heat-up fully when you add some wood to the burner. I'd never used a wood-fired Hot-tub - but they are easy to use and fairly quick to heat-up (the hot-tubs are big enough for 4, plastic lined and no-jets but do have lights). 

There is plenty of space within the Glamping Pods - with 2 sofa-beds that fold out to make 2 doubles (in total they can sleep up to 5) There is a well-equipped kitchenette with fridge, 2 electric hobs, sink, microwave and plenty of cutlery & plates. theres also a little table inside as well as a bench outside. The sky lights are a nice touch and importantly for us - through the door at the back it leads into a spacious en-suite with shower, toilet & sink.

Family photo time :-) You have the option to add a fire pit to your booking for £10 which I'd recommend as they can also be used as a BBQ. 

After toasting some marshmallows on the fire pit with the kids, when they were in bed it was the perfect time to have some more drinks around the fire right in front of our Glamping Pod :-)

So there you have it! We had a really good few nights here and will definitely be returning. I have in no way been incentivised or paid to do this review - we just had such a good time I thought readers of this blog my be interested! I've stayed in a few Glampng Pods over the years - and this is by far the best in terms of facilities within the Glamping Pod and it's setting. My only slight issue is that the beds aren't the comfiest - (I like a soft thick mattress) but this is to be expected in a Glamping Pod - its not a hotel! Next time we'll probs bring a mattress topper for our double (the kids slept fine). 

It's a little pricier than your bog standard Glamping Pod here - but again you get more within it - so I didn't mind paying the £246 for 2 nights. It's an extra £35 per night for the Hot-tub and £10 for the fire-pit & logs.

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