During the Easter holidays we were lucky enough to be able to fit in a mini adventure to one of our favorite places, the Lake District, which in itself was enough to get the boys excited but what I hadn’t told them was that we would be staying in a tipi, courtesy of the Youth Hostel Association.
This I was keeping a surprise until we arrived.
I have always been aware of the YHA but it wasn’t until last year that we first experienced their accommodation and was pleasantly surprised at what they had to offer, with my images of dirty beds in derelict buildings with only one room for all the guests being firmly dismissed. So when we were invited to try out some of their alternative accommodations I couldn’t resist. There are plenty of options to choose from including camp sites, pods and tipis.
With two boys a tipi was the obvious choice for us, I knew being able to reenact cow boys and Indians would be a huge hit.
So we told the boys we were going to the Lakes for a night away, packed up the car and set off on our mini adventure. The YHA Windermere was easy to find as it is sign posted from the main road and then again as you get closer to the site. The boys were delighted when they saw “the mansion” and were excited to be sleeping in it all night, so much so I was worried the actual tipi would be a disappointment. Thankfully it wasn’t and when we walked up to the field the boys faces were a picture, they were full of wonder and curiosity and couldn’t wait to get in to explore.
There are 4 tipis at the Windmere site, raised up on the hill with the most amazing views overlooking the lake below with plenty of greenery for the children to run free and explore, ours even created their own fossil factory where they were finding stones and, apparently, creating fossils. We played variations of rugby and football, hide and seek and even hill rolling.
The tipis are set up with 4 beds and an open space in the middle. Had the weather been bad we certainly could have stayed inside and played games with the boys without feeling couped up as they are surprisingly spacious, but as luck would have it we were able to play outside late into the evening, much to the delight of the children.
As a family we love the great outdoors and the freedom it gives the children to explore, run and laugh loudly, which is why we love camping. But when you don’t want the hassle of putting up a tent just for one night or you want to move around the area from site to site exploring, then glamping with the YHA is most definitely the answer.
The tipis are spacious, already set up with beds and bedding, close to camping amenities like showers and toilets but also only a short walk away from a bar and restaurant and all at such an affordable cost (this one was £59 for a family of 4). There really is no reason not to go on more mini adventures, explore England and Wales and most importantly, make those precious family memories that will last a life time.
(The accommodation was provided for us by the YHA in exchange for a review. All opinions our my own.)