Here at Walking The Peaks we don’t get down to the southern reaches of the Peak District as much as we’d like. We love the area, but the journey takes time from our home and there’s only so many hours in the day.
This week however we were heading down to plan a walk around Kniveton and Bradbourne, so opted to take advantage of the glamping facilities at Mulino Pods between Ashbourne and Carsington Water, and stay the night. We’d wanted to glamp for a while now, and whilst it’s winter the promise of a heated pod reassured us somewhat.
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is set at the top of a lane/farm track, with wonderful views across to Carsington. Ashbourne is a ten minute drive away. We didn’t have the best weather but on a sunny day it would be wonderful, you’d be happy to spend all day with a coffee looking at the view. As newcomers to glamping, we weren’t entirely sure what to expect, but it’s fair to say the owners have done a cracking job of their glamping site. It offers 3 pods, all set well away from each other with private decking (with BBQ and seating area). Centrally located between the three pods is a communal area with 2 clean, well kept bathrooms (with a great shower too), a small kitchen area with gas hobs, and an indoor area with seating, packed full of information about the area.
We were in Bluebell pod, which gives superb views from the inside of the pod too. The pod included a double bed, some folded chairs, a heater, and various kitchen items including kettle and toaster and all the usual crockery. Oh, and a small fridge too. 2 sockets with USB are next to the bed, and we shouldn’t forget the free wifi either, which worked ok for us. EE signal was ok, not brilliant, but 4g was available at least And the private decking – wow, we’d like to come in summer and take in the view when it’s warm. A nice touch is some screening, which provides privacy from the farmhouse up the hill.
Each pod has a designated parking area, but these are set away from the pods so you have to carry your belongings down. This isn’t an issue though, it’s not far. Walkers will be happy too – there is a track right next to the site which leads over the hill to Kniveton. We did a circular walk over to Bradbourne, it was nice not to have to get the car out. You can easily find footpaths that take you to Carsington as well.
We can only say that if you’ve not been glamping before, give Mulino Pods a try. We really enjoyed it, it’s a nice balance of comfort and luxury whilst still being outdoors.