Guest Spotlight: Manchester, England

By Amy Ahlblad

Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce you to one of our incredible Glamping Hub staff members and her experience at this unique pod rental in Rossendale near Manchester, England. Amy, our Partnerships Manager in the PR department, has been glamping many times before and grew up camping and traveling, but this was her first time glamping in the U.K.!

Choose three adjectives to describe the glamping site you stayed at before your trip and another three words to describe it post- stay. How did your expectations measure up to reality?

Green, quiet, and cozy were my expected adjectives for before our stay. I am happy to say that our experience was all of these adjectives, in addition to serene, peaceful, and tranquil.

What was the best part about the accommodation? How does it compare to past places you’ve stayed?

The best part of the accommodation was how unique it was! I was unsure of how to categorize these adorable wooden structures. "Huts" sounded too rural, and so did "shacks." I also heard a few new words, such as "wigwam" but that may also be too rustic. They were so nicely built, clean, and new. They were some of the most comfortable glamping accommodations I have visited.

Describe to us the area around the glamping site. What do you think the perfect time of year to stay here would be, and why?

The perfect time to visit would be early summer; however, I imagine these to be incredibly cozy in the rainy season, as well. There are miles of walking trails and artistic structures nearby that are worth seeing while the weather is nice. The grounds are so well kept, with tons of outdoor spaces to sit and listen to the creek or read a book.

Tell us one thing about your first glamping experience that surprised you and why.

I was surprised about how contemporary and well taken care of the bathrooms were. The facilities are brand new and nearby the accommodation. There is also an extensive DVD and book library in the game room, complete with a pool table.

I was also surprised how modern and cute the town of Rawtenstall is. I am not very familiar with that area, and I wrongly assumed that it would be a small country town. There are great restaurants, charming cafés, shopping, and more!

What is your ideal food item and beverage for a glamping trip, and why? If you have a special secret or recipe, please share with us—if you’re willing, of course!

My ideal food item for a glamping trip would be a boutique barbecue: artisan ciabatta buns, goat cheese, caramelized onions, bison burgers, and stuffed jalapeños with cheddar cheese and bacon bits! We were too tired after hiking all day so we opted to go out for dinner; however, you can create this special recipe right outside of the accommodations. There are barbecue starters available and nearby stores to purchase all of the necessary ingredients.

Do you prefer a more active or more relaxing getaway? Which did you opt for at the glamping site, and what was the best related activity in the area?

I enjoy both active and relaxing getaways equally. For this experience, we opted for a more relaxing weekend, with lots of walking in the countryside. My favorite activity nearby was the Singing Ringing Tree. The Singing Ringing Tree is a wind-powered sound sculpture that resembles a tree, overlooking beautiful views of Burnley.

Fill in the end of the sentence: "This glamping site would be the perfect place for ___________________," and tell us why!

A romantic getaway for a couple or a young family's first camping/outdoor adventure.

All creature comforts are available, and there are many nearby activities available—planning will be a breeze!

Would you recommend glamping to family and friends? Do you see yourself going glamping again? Let us know why!

I would recommend glamping to family and friends, as well as anyone looking for an outdoor experience with five-star facilities. Glamping is a great way to get close to nature and experience something new.


Book today where Amy stayed or keep exploring on Glamping Hub and find your own adventure at one of our 500+ accommodations in England!