There is something quite exciting about heading off on an adventure to a rural location but with the comfort and luxury amenities of the accommodation. And in this case, a super lovely and wheelchair accessible glamping pod in Cayton, near Scarborough in North Yorkshire.
I have many childhood memories of family holidays to Scarborough. So it was pretty exciting to be visiting Scarborough again after all these years. This time was extra special as joining Allan and me on this trip were my mum and nephew. He is nine years old, which is around the same age I was when I remember visiting Scarborough.
Now home, I’m happy to share my review and some helpful tips for anyone considering booking a glamping trip as a wheelchair user. It’s perfect for a couples getaway or a family holiday.
This isn’t our first glamping experience. It’s actually become one of our favourite types of holiday in recent years. This is also our second time staying in an Experience Freedom Glamping pod so it was great to be invited to visit another one of their accessible locations.
Check out my Troutbeck Head review for more details on our first glamping trip.
Table of Contents
- Glamping in Yorkshire: Cayton Village Experience Freedom
- Arriving at Cayton Village Experience Freedom Glamping
- Wheelchair Accessible Glamping Pod
- Accessible Parking
- Glamping Pod Interior
- Bedroom with Profiling Beds
- Accessible Kitchen Facilities
- Wetroom Bathroom
- Private Decking Area
- What other accommodation is available at Cayton Village?
- How much does it cost to stay at Cayton Village Experience Freedom Glamping?
- Things to do near Cayton Village
- Final thoughts
Glamping in Yorkshire: Cayton Village Experience Freedom
The Cayton Village Experience Freedom Glamping site is set in the small picturesque town of Cayton. The glamping pods are conveniently located four miles south of Scarborough and provide a perfect base for travelling around, exploring the coast, visiting seaside towns and admiring the beautiful views of North Yorkshire Moors.
Despite being a small town, Cayton has everything you’ll need during your stay. Along the road, you’ll find convenience shops, restaurants and a Morrisons supermarket with a fuel station as well as a Mcdonald’s and KFC.
However, the on-site shop at Cayton Village stocks essential items so you won’t have to travel far.
The Cayton Village bus stop is located right outside the site with bus routes to Scarborough and Bridlington.
Arriving at Cayton Village Experience Freedom Glamping
It was late afternoon on a beautiful sunny day when we arrived at the Cayton Village Experience Freedom site. It was so peaceful. We just knew we were in for a lovely stay.
We checked in at reception and were given the keys to our glamping pods after a friendly welcome from the staff.
We were excited to settle into our glamping pods and enjoy the evening sun with dinner on the private decking area. This was my nephew’s first time glamping so he was particularly excited.
Wheelchair Accessible Glamping Pod
Cayton Village has two accessible units; one accessible glamping pod and one accessible glamping cabin. Allan and I stayed in their wheelchair accessible glamping pod while my mum and nephew had their own glamping pod.
There are two accessible parking bays located next to the accommodation for guests staying in the accessible units. Each has its own dedicated parking bay with a plaque with the pod’s name. Our pod was called Rock Pipit.
It is then a short walk/roll from the parking bays to the pod, but luggage trolleys are available if you need assistance with your bags and equipment.
The paths leading to the pod are smooth and immaculately kept with flowers and shrubs. The path then leads onto the wooden ramp for access to the outdoor decking area and into the pod.
Glamping Pod Interior
Despite its open-plan design, the inside of the pod feels cosy and comfortable with at least 1.5 metres of turning space for wheelchair manoeuvrability. It also sleeps up to three people which could be ideal for two adults and one child.
The wooden walls give a log cabin vibe and a sense of warmth with the added bonus of high-spec insulation, underfloor heating and remote-controlled blinds.
Although we didn’t need the underfloor heating on this occasion as we stayed in July, we previously stayed in an identical pod at Troutbeck Head in the Lake District in the middle of December.
I can confirm it was utterly freezing outside during that stay, but once we had the heating on for a little while, the pod managed to stay warm.
Bedroom with Profiling Beds
If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you will know one of the most important things for me is the comfort of the bed. I have a profiling bed at home which allows me to adjust my position and relieve any discomfort or pressure.
So I was thrilled that there were two remote-controlled profiling beds fitted with orthopaedic mattresses in the glamping pod at Cayton Village like there are at the Troutbeck Head glamping site.
It measured 23 inches from the floor to the top of the mattress. A mobile hoist like the Molift Quick Raiser that I use is able to roll underneath the bed due to the few inches of clearance.
I took pillows from home for extra support and the result was three nights of perfect sleep.
There is a pull-out futon for a third guest to sleep on. During the day it can be folded up and used as a seat.
There is an emergency pull cord next to the bed. Unfortunately, it was tied up when we arrived, but we untied it so it hung freely to the floor in case of an emergency.
Accessible Kitchen Facilities
The glamping pod isn’t just for sleeping after a busy day of exploring. It’s also a relaxing place to enjoy quality time with family and nice food, which is exactly how we spent our time.
The custom-built kitchen is wheelchair accessible with lowered worktops, a roll-under sink and appliances placed at wheelchair height. There is a toaster, hob, fridge and microwave for preparing snacks and light meals.
We sat at the dining table eating breakfast or later in the evenings playing games.
My nephew and I also time spent drawing together, which was lovely. He may or may not have won a few rounds of the drawing challenge.
The following items are provided:
- Glasses and mugs
- Cooking utensils
- Tin opener
- Tea, coffee and hot chocolate
- Cleaning products
- 1 disposable BBQ supplied
Another important factor when I stay away from home is the accessibility of the bathroom. Thankfully Experience Freedom glamping pods have considered wheelchair accessibility well.
When you think of glamping facilities you may not necessarily think of a fully functional bathroom, but the glamping pods at Cayton Village have wetrooms with enough turning space for my power wheelchair. As well as a fully functional toilet, electricity and a roll-in shower with a shower seat.
There are both fixed and hinged grab rails positioned next to the shower and toilet. The sink has integrated hand grips that offer extra support or hang a hand towel.
The toilet and shower seat both measured 22 inches from floor to seat.
There was not an emergency cord in the bathroom, but I have fed this back to the team.
Private Decking Area
We were very lucky with the weather during our stay. It was just before the UK heatwave, but it was still sunny and warm – perfect July weather. This meant we could sit outside in the decking area and just enjoy our time together.
We loved sitting out in the evening sun as we tucked into our BBQ dinner. Perfect.
However, the decking area has a canopy cover which means you are sheltered from the elements and able to sit out regardless of the weather.
What other accommodation is available at Cayton Village?
Cayton Village isn’t just for glamping. It’s actually a large site run by the Caravan and Motorhome Club, offering high-quality campsites.
Aside from the two accessible glamping units, Cayton Village also has non-accessible safari yurts, glamping pods/cabins, tent pitches and of course, caravan/motorhome pitches.
The following facilities are available on-site at Cayton Village:
- Wash room/toilets
- Laundry facilities
- Car parking
- A small shop is available in reception, selling essential items
- Wi-Fi is free
- Food trucks arrive on site selling pizza on Thursdays and fish & chips on Saturdays.
How much does it cost to stay at Cayton Village Experience Freedom Glamping?
Booking a stay at Cayton Village glamping pods can be booked directly on their website. Lead-in prices are £79 per night, but prices will vary depending on the season – low or peak season. For example, we stayed for three nights in July and it would have cost around £357. Not only do you get beautiful surroundings and home-from-home comforts, but it is cheaper than many hotels.
Cayton Village season runs from March to January.
Things to do near Cayton Village
North Yorkshire is a stunning part of the country with so much beauty around to explore. You’ll be spoilt for choice. We discovered so many things we wanted to see and do, but unfortunately, not enough time to do it all. So we’ll have to visit again. Perfect.
Here are the places we managed to visit during our stay at Cayton Village Experience Freedom:
- Rotunda Museum
- Spa Bridge
- Central Tramway
- Scarborough beachfront
- Scarborough Harbour
- South Bay Beach
- St Mary’s Church
- Peasholm Park and Glen
- North Bay beach
- Freddie Gilroy statue
- Cayton Bay Beach
I’ll be sharing more about all the things we did in Scarborough in an upcoming blog post. Stay tuned for that coming soon!
Cayton Village Experience Freedom – Final Thoughts
We had a brilliant time at the Cayton Village Experience Freedom Glamping site. Our wheelchair accessible glamping pod was the perfect base for our three days in Scarborough. I particularly enjoyed the profiling bed as it meant a comfy, pain-free sleep for me. Access in and around the pod was great, enabling me to move around easily in my power wheelchair.
Cayton is a beautiful picturesque village. Its peaceful and convenient setting makes it the perfect spot to enjoy a glamping holiday in Yorkshire with all the main seaside towns nearby.
Having stayed at two of their locations in the wheelchair accessible glamping pods, I would recommend Experience Freedom to anyone looking to try glamping.
My stay at the Cayton Village Experience Freedom Glamping site was a press trip. As always, all opinions are my own and 100% honest.