Set up camp at one of these stately homes

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By Emma Dodd

Visiting a stately home is a quintessential British pastime, but how do you fancy staying behind once all the daytrippers have left?

A number of historic properties across the UK now allow visitors to camp on their grounds and The Sun recently rounded up some of the best.

Waddow Hall

Not far from Clitheroe, the 17th-century Waddow Hall offers camping facilities within its 178-acre estate.

There’s lots to keep everyone entertained, such as the onsite activity centre, featuring a high rope course and rock climbing facilities.

Pack the bikes and explore the Ribble Valley on two wheels, with the Gisburn Forest offering world-class mountain bike trails.

Tent pitches start from £15.

Benville Manor

Motorhomes and caravans are welcome at Dorset’s Benville Manor, which encompasses a meadow, gardens and woodland.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to camp in a natural setting where the kids can safely roam before returning to sit around the campfire.

Visit nearby Beaminster to discover its market town charm, award-winning gardens and peruse the work of its many artists.

From £20 a night.

Paxton House

Set up your touring caravan, motorhome or campervan within the walled garden of the dramatic Palladian style Paxton House, which dates back to 1763.

The adventure playground and proximity to the River Tweed mean there’s plenty of options for enjoying the great outdoors.

Some of Northumberland’s finest beaches are also just a short drive away and the walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed offers quaint pubs and shops.

Pitches from £20.

Overnight stays are not currently permitted in the UK due to coronavirus restrictions, but there’s hope these will be lifted soon.

When it’s once again possible to travel, it’s thought staycations will prove popular, with many caravanners eager to get away in their leisure vehicle.

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