Last night we finally had the opportunity to sleep on a real bed in a “real” tent, thanks to Bell Tent Glamping in Southampton we spent the night in camping luxury in a beautiful bell tent located in the Royal Victoria Country Park on the banks of the Solent.
The bell tent was so spacious, at 6ft it was an absolute luxury to be able to sleep in a tent that I could comfortably stand up and walk around in! There is one double mattress and two singles both with fitted sheets (you bring your own bedding) and a number of essentials are provided including cutlery, glasses, cups, plates, bowels and sauce pans and frying pans.
There’s also a log burner available in each tent for cooking and heating when it’s cold but we didn’t feel quite confident enough or that it would be very safe with Leo.
The campsite is situated in the ground of the Royal Victoria Country Park on the banks of the Solent and has just about anything you could need, from play areas, a miniature railways, cafe and even a sensory garden.
There are a number of BBQ areas that you can pre-book for group events/parties.
The campsite has toilets – which are worlds away from the portaloos you’re faced with at festivals as well as showers. Soap and toilet roll is also a plenty.
The main gates close at 9pm.
The Park is huge and you could walk for hours and continue to see something new! There is direct access to a beautiful shingle beach. It is tidal and theee are strong currents so I wouldn’t advise swimming.
Things you’ll need to take
Food – we took a pre-made pasta/bolagnaise dish that we could heat up using the saucepan provided.
Washing up liquid, cloth and tea towel.
There are toilets on site but these travel toilets are great for middle of the night ’emergencies’.
This campsite don’t provide chairs – so if you want extra seating you’ll have to bring them with. There is a picnic bench which is great for eating at but in the morning it was damp from the rain – a couple of folding chairs would have been helpful.
The park is pretty flat and there are solid pathways throughout. Access to the beach is by three steps. The play parks are wheelchair accessible and there is a sensory garden. Bell Tent Glamping allow you to park your car next to your tent for convenience and owners are available before and throughout your stay for any special requests.
Leo was calm and relaxed and the campsite is in an open field with lots of space to run around and play. It’s quiet at night (apart from the odd cruise ship engine in the distance or fog horn on a misty day!)
John told us that the plan to expand and add more tents, he also said that they’ll be adding a washing up area which will be great – currently they provide a washing up bowel and the campsite has an outside tap plus hot water from in the toilets.
I would go back in a flash and will be recommending this place to friends and family.
Currently charging £50 per night for up to four people, which in my opinion is an absolute steal – get in there fast!
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For more from our stay please have a peek at our first attempt at vlogging!
Disclaimer: Bell Tent Glamping kindly provided us with complimentary accommodation in return for feedback. As with all of my blog posts the views written are all my own and are meant to provide you with an honest review.