South Shropshire’s first locally built Camping Pods are now open at The Kings Head located in the centre of the delightful market town of Bishop’s Castle. The town has a strong agricultural community as well as becoming known for its alternative community including artists, musicians, writers and craftspeople.
Our five camping pods are made just down the road from local timber by shepherdshutsandhuts. With an internal floor space being eight feet wide by nine feet long each pod can sleep up to four adults. Our pods are set just behind the pub within our very own secluded “pod pound” that is covered in locally sourced bark chippings.
Each pod has been insulated to enable them to keep warm in the colder months and cool in the warmer months. To the front there is a lockable double glazed door providing natural light and to the rear a small circular double glazed window that not only provides natural light as well but it also helps to keep the living space ventilated and aid a “through draft” on those hot summer days.
All our pods are connected to mains electricity to provide internally a small wall mounted heater, two double sockets and a single spotlight. To finish internally there is a roller blind on the front door and a carpet to cover the flooring. Externally there is a spotlight on the front porch as well as security lighting that illuminates the “pod pound” at night.
With our camping pods being in such a great central location visitors can enjoy their outdoor activities such as mountain biking, walking, cycling, angling or just to have the opportunity for chilling out in a glorious natural setting with the birds singing or the stars above your head.
Visitors are able to enjoy the romance of camping without the stress of pitching a tent and enduring the “Great British Weather”. Known by its nickname of “glamping” the appeal of the camping pod is that it is essentially camping but, without the tent. You may still ask yourself why should we go glamping, well, here are just some of the reasons why you should try it here at The Kings Head….
- everything is already set up when you get there, you just move straight in
- all you need to bring is your own camping mat and bedding
- you avoid the adverse effects of driving rain or the chore of taking down and drying wet tents
- there is no wind whip or flapping to keep you awake at night
- you have more privacy and security
- you can enjoy all the benefits of an insulated structure in both the winter and summer
- Option of having heat, light and other electrical devices
- and last but not least it offers affordable accommodation in the centre of a fabulous town
Within the “pod pound” there is also our very own purpose built toilet block that houses a ladies and gents toilet complete with a washbasin and a communal shower cubicle.
Our current tariff, based on two people sharing is £35 per camping pod per night with an additional £5 per person thereafter. This tariff is consistent throughout the year, however maybe subject to change.
This popular south Shropshire pub is Grade 2 listed and features two bars, the locals with pool table, dartboard and three tv’s to enjoy all major sporting events all year round. The saloon bar is more relaxed where visitors can enjoy a fabulous meal or just enjoy a drink whilst taking in the surroundings.
Visitors coming in for a drink will find a proper pub serving a great selection of local ales and the atmosphere of a popular pub that we all love. If you are looking for something to eat you will not be disappointed, as you will find food that is familiar, with prices that will please and an attention to detail and flavour that is not often found when serving real pub food. The current menu can be seen on our website www.kingsheadbc.co.uk
Bishop’s Castle is superbly located for exploring the unspoilt hill country of the area with most of it in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The marked paths go through many of the hillside and valley villages of the Rivers Clun and Upper Onny, making walking straight from the town a real pleasure.
For the walkers there are many miles to enjoy and include:
The Jack Mytton Bridleway
The Bishop’s Castle Ring
The Long Mynd
Bury Ditches and Colstey Woods
The Kerry Ridgeway
Places to visit
There is a regular bus service from Bishop’s Castle to Shrewsbury (except on Sunday), which gives access to the Stiperstones, Mitchell’s fold and Bromlow Callow.
For those visitors wishing to stay more local there is:
The House on Crutches Museum
Bishop’s Castle Heritage Resource Centre
The Castle Artists’ exhibitions
The SpArC Theatre
Walcot Hall & Arboretum
Snailbeach Lead Mine
The Bog Visitor Centre
Ladies and Gents toilets complete with wash basin
Communal shower room
Open all year round
Food on site
Bar on site
Supermarket (choice of 3)