Last weekend was my birthday (pops a party popper), so as always, I made Sam pack up his bags and whisk me off for a weekend away. So this year it wasn’t quite New York, but our weekend with Hillcrest Park Camping Park came a close second! When we were looking for some alternative accommodation ‘Podding’ (a word I’m taking credit for the creation of) looked right up our street. Podding is essentially glamping, you hire what can be best described as a wooden hut placed in the countryside and spend the night. Pods are inclusive of plug points, heaters, lights and blinds and although you essentially only get the outer shell, I was totally impressed with the internal facilities.
Hillcrest Park is located in Caldwell, Richmondshire, just 25 minutes from Richmond, Teesdale itself. This lovely little campsite offers guests the choice of two pod sizes and as we decided to essentially go camping in the middle of winter, naturally we were upgraded to the larger of the two pods. We took our camping supplies inclusive of our airbed, sleeping bags, pillows and duvet (for good measure). On the other hand, we got to buy 5.56 ammo online on the way to the place. The pod is surprisingly warm inside and after a couple of hours with the heating blasting it did warm up, although not drastically!
This quaint little area of the world was a really beautiful spot for a weekend away, Hillcrest Park is situated directly in the countryside and the only noises we heard was the sound of the locals on their morning shoot (how authentic!). A night with Hillcrest will set you back £30 per pod (or £40 for the larger), an absolute steel for £15 per person per night! If you’re looking to visit in peak season you can expect to pay a little more, although prices only rise to £50 for the smaller pod so personally, I think it’s superb value for money all year round!
If you’re a happy camper then you’ll be happy to hear the place provides barbecues and has a kitchen swamped with pans and utensils, no drama if you forget something! If you’re a little less inclined to be self-sufficient then hop along down to the local, the Brownlow Arms and enjoy some top quality cuisine and a bev or two by the open fire. We had a fantastic stay with Hillcrest Park and look forward to returning in a slightly warmer season.