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Country estate Ewhurst Park near Newbury applies for planning permission to build luxury glamping site





A North Hampshire country estate has applied for planning permission to construct a glamping site within its grounds.

Ewhurst Park has filed an application to change an agricultural field to a glamping site which would contain 10 luxury tents, two communal tents and two storage containers.

The proposed glamping tents are of a “safari” style, each with their own self-catering facilities, parking spot and hot tub.

What the luxury tents could look like, credit: Southern Planning Practice
What the luxury tents could look like, credit: Southern Planning Practice

The glamping site plans state: “It will allow future users to learn about the natural environment around them as well as participate in activities such as yoga, massage, mindfulness, pond dipping and nature trails.”

The proposed site – which is currently used for cattle grazing and is approximately 2.3 acre – is located to the west of Ewhurst Pond and it will be accessed via the main entrance to the estate.

The planning application can be viewed on the Basingstoke and Deane planning portal at reference 23/03145/FUL

What the proposed glamping tent looks like now, credit: Southern Planning Practice
What the proposed glamping tent looks like now, credit: Southern Planning Practice

Ewhurst, located south of Tadley, is a 925-acre estate owned by Malaysian-born environmentalist, entrepreneur and former model Mandy Lieu.

Since purchasing Ewhurst in 2020, Ms Lieu has spearheaded an estate-wide biodiversity project which aims to regenerate landscape, reduce habitat loss and protect native species.

Ewhurst Park owner Mandy Lieu
Ewhurst Park owner Mandy Lieu

As part of this project, she introduced two beavers into a special enclosure on the estate in January, the first time the animals have been present in Hampshire in more than 400 years.

Last August, Ewhurst was granted permission to build nine holiday lets and a café on its grounds as well.



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