Cool Glamping in the Hobbit Hide at Camp Katur (Review)

Have you ever wanted to stay in a Hobbit Hide?  I think it’s definitely a dream for most Lord of the Rings fans, and it’s definitely possible at Camp Katur!

Glamping has made a really big impact on the outdoor holiday scene and we’ve been trying it out for size on Zena’s Suitcase.  We were lucky enough to be invited to stay in a Hobbit style earth pod at Camp Katur in North Yorkshire recently, and we were very surprised at how comfortable our little Hobbit hide was.

hobbit hide camp katur

My daughter and I ventured to the campsite near Grewelthorpe in Yorkshire to put the Hobbit pod to the test, but I want to point our that this glamping accommodation would be a perfect place for couples to stay as well.  Unfortunately, child free holidays in the woods are a distant dream for my husband and I but I think we would have really enjoyed staying here, just as much as my daughter and I did.

Our stay in the Hobbit style earth pod convinced me that outdoor holidays can be achieved, even with the unpredictable weather the UK throws at us.  This was the perfect cosy retreat for our stay in North Yorkshire, and all the creature comforts we experienced made for a very pleasant weekend indeed.

A Private Glamping Experience in the Hobbit Hide

Our Hobbit style earth pod was tucked away in the woods away from the main site.  We had everything we needed both inside and outside of the Hobbit hide.  We never felt cold or damp, despite chimes of autumn very much ringing at our hobbit door.

Staying in the Hobbit Style Earth Pod | Hobbit Hide Camp Katur Review | Hobbit House glamping review

These features went along way to giving us the comfort we love on holiday, whilst still letting us feel in close contact with nature:

  • The Hobbit style earth pod is elevated above the ground on a wooden platform.
  • Patio area for outdoor seating and a fire pit.
  • Porch area to keep the elements away from the hobbit Hide door and store muddy wellies.
  • Beautifully crafted wooden Earth Pod with Hobbit style round doors.

Despite the small space, the Hobbit hide had some really lovely features.  There’s clearly a lot of scope to add features that people love to have when camping.  We even had a BBQ so we could enjoy some outdoor cooking during our stay.

Lots of Creature Comforts in the Hobbit Style Earth Pod

The inside of the Hobbit Hide deserves a very special mention.  Being totally surrounded by wood is always a great way to make you feel in touch with the surroundings, and the craftsmanship The Hideout House Company put into making the Hobbit style earth pod is second to none.  They create the perfect canvas (pun intended!) for a wonderful glamping experience, and we loved all the features that made our stay feel like a home from home.

  • Large round window to look out at the trees or view.
  • Perfect size for a double bed.
  • Ventilation points to prevent damp
  • Option to fit a gas heater for extra warmth
  • Can be made even more cosy with fairy lights, lanterns, pictures and mirrors.

When we opened our Hobbit house doors, it looked so inviting.  My daughter was inside faster than a rocket testing out the fairy lights and adoring the sparkly cushions.  I loved how the bed fitted perfectly under the window so we could wake up and go to sleep looking out at the trees surrounding us.

Once we were all tucked up inside the Hobbit style earth pod we could still hear the birds sing and the wind blow between the trees, but we were able to enjoy it inside our weather tight Hobbit house.  That’s such a win for someone like me who wants the best of both worlds.

inside earth style hobbit pod

At one point I actually thought we weren’t going to experience any rain during our glamping weekend, but then at 6am one morning the good old British weather didn’t let us down.  I love to hear the rain when I sleep outside, but I’m not so keen on wet clothes or bedding when camping.  We got to hear the pitter patter of the raindrops without worrying about any of the potential issues that come with it when camping. It was pretty perfect in my book.

All in all we had a fantastic stay in the Hobbit style earth pod at Camp Katur.  We loved how it was made and all the finishing touches that had been added to it.  Sleeping in a proper bed was amazing too.

We very much enjoyed the experience of being close to nature, but without having to pack the car to rafters with camping equipment.  I personally did not miss pitching a tent or blowing up air beds either.  We were able to just get on and enjoy our time in North Yorkshire and at Camp Katur during our short getaway, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

We were provided with a complimentary stay at the Hobbit style earth pod (Hobbit Hide) at Camp Katur in exchange for a review of our stay but all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Zena's Suitcase
Zena's Suitcase

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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  1. Michelle L
    September 12, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    This is such a neat trip, looks so much fun.

  2. Margaret gallagher
    September 13, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Totally mesmerizing
    Would be the PERFECT getaway for me to relax and unwind

  3. Leila Benhamida
    September 13, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    I will love it in the summer. Looks really nice and cosy.

  4. Ashleigh Allan
    September 15, 2017 / 6:27 am

    This looks amazing. Great for a family holiday. Thanks for sharing

  5. September 21, 2017 / 6:34 am

    That is just adorable, and it looks so comfortable! For a minute I thought you were in New Zealand!

  6. September 22, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    I would love to stay in one of these. I’m not a camping fan but glamping in a hobbit style pod is right up my street!

  7. Kayleigh Watkins
    November 12, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    Oh wow!! We would love to go gaming, and we love lord of the rings and the Hobbit films so this would be amazing, I’m definitely going to look into booking one, we usually stay in cottages so this would be a nice change xxx

  8. John Sathama
    March 12, 2019 / 2:38 pm

    This is the coolest camping experience I’ve ever seen.

    Your daughter must have been over the moon!


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