GLAMPING | An Autumn Weekend Glamping Break At YHA Stratford-upon-Avon

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YHA Stratford-upon-Avon deluxe glamping pods

Where did we go?

YHA Stratford-upon-Avon

Hemmingford House
CV37 7RG

Our stay

We were gifted a stay in a YHA deluxe glamping pod for the weekend, 4th – 6th October 2019.

YHA Stratford-upon-Avon

My perception of YHA was way off

Whilst I was of course aware of the YHA, up until now I’d never actually stayed in one. In fact as far as hostels go I’ve only ever stayed in one, on a last minute trip to Amsterdam when I was at Uni.

A few years ago when I started the blog, I was doing a Google search as I was frantically looking for last-minute glamping accommodation in the Lake District, and up popped a funky looking glamping pod and I was surprised to see it was available at YHA.

YHA Stratford-upon-Avon deluxe glamping pods
Some of the lovely grounds

At that point when I thought about YHA I had visions of raucous dorm rooms full of 20 year olds wanting to party, but that perception couldn’t have been further from the truth!

Since then I’ve looked several times at YHA properties all over the country when I’ve fancied a last-minute weekend away, but thanks to the amazing property locations (many of which are in beautiful buildings), their great value prices and versatile range of accommodation options, glamping accommodation tends to get snapped up fast.

YHA Stratford-upon-Avon deluxe glamping pods
The entrance to where the 3 glamping pods are sited

If you’re thinking of booking a family break with YHA; it’s best to plan ahead to get the best range of accommodation options.

For those happy to bunk up in a dorm and aren’t fussy about having private facilities, it’s much easier to secure a bed without booking too far in advance, but if it’s something more private or glamping accommodation that you’re looking for, you’d do well to get your booking in sooner rather than later.

The accommodation

We arrived late on Friday night and the check-in team were friendly and efficient, directing us to our pod and advising us on bar opening and breakfast times.

Pod village is charming and looked lovely, consisting of 3 timber pods located together in the well-kept grounds of the property. Our deluxe camping pod included heating, a kitchen area with fridge, sink and kettle and even a little toilet and shower. Perfect for someone like me who even when camping hates having to traipse across a field to use a shared facilities block.

YHA Stratford-upon-Avon deluxe glamping pods
Juliet, the glamping pod we stayed in

Having kitchen facilities inside the pod makes it easy to self cater, and for families in particular, this means breaks or even family holidays can be had on a budget.

The deluxe pods would comfortably sleep 4 with a fixed double bed and a double sofa bed. We found our pod was clean and well equipped, containing everything we needed to russle up a quick meal after our late Friday night arrival and we slept soundly, excited about exploring the local area and seeing the grounds in daylight for the first time!

The view from our YHA Stratford-upon-Avon glamping pod
The view from our YHA Stratford-upon-Avon glamping pod

The facilities

The main building is stunning. I adore Georgian architecture and this is a beautiful example of a Georgian mansion which is set within 3 acres of grounds.

As well as beautiful grounds and a giant xylophone, inside there’s a lovely new cafe and restaurant though we didn’t have chance to use it.

There are bright pops of colour used throughout the interior and everything was clean, tasteful and modern and we particularly liked the water refil station inside the main building.

YHA Stratford-upon-Avon deluxe glamping pods
Bell tent glamping accommodation

The local area

Bright and early on Saturday morning we woke up to blue skies and sunshine, the perfect Autumn day! We took a walk around the grounds and chatted to friendly fellow guests before heading out for the day.

This was our first time exploring Stratford-upon-Avon and found it a delightful town with lots to see and do. We wandered around the charecturful streets dipping in and out of shops, had lunch in town, walked beside the river and visited the MAD Museum, full of crazy contraptions.

Final say

We’re delighted to have finally managed to stay with YHA and our deluxe glamping pod was fabulous, warm, cosy and it provided the ideal base for us to enjoy a refreshing autumn weekend away.

YHA Stratford-upon-Avon deluxe glamping pods
Enjoying breakfast outside whilst packing up to leave on Sunday morning

Accommodation options are varied, from canvas bell tents with log burners sleeping up to 5, en-suite glamping pods like we stayed in and the more traditional shared dorms, but there are also great private rooms available too.

For families or couples looking for great value accommodation, we can’t recommend YHA enough.

DISCLOSURE | This post is sponsored by YHA Straford-upon-Avon. You can find out more about our sponsored post policy here.

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Shell Robshaw-Bryan
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