Terry and Gandalf reveal one glamping pod to rule them all

An Orc and Gandalf flank  Jan Lengyel and St Edmundsbury mayor Terry Clements at Pod Hollow.'Picture Mark Westley
An Orc and Gandalf flank Jan Lengyel and St Edmundsbury mayor Terry Clements at Pod Hollow.'Picture Mark Westley

Gandalf and an Orc helped St Edmundsbury Mayor Terry Clements declare a new glamping pod open at West Stow Pods.

They went to an open day on Saturday to launch the two-bedroomed subterranean holiday home Pod Hollow, based on Hobbit Holes in Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings. Proceeds of the day went to West Stow Church.

Pod Hollow was the idea of Jan Lengyel, who has conventional glamping pods there but wanted something unusual. A crowd funding project was stopped after threats from the Tolkein Estate and companies involved in the films, but Jan said it convinced them of demand.

Jan says the interior reflects the Hobbit style. Once Pod Hollow is established, he plans to offer, in conjunction with Arnor Heritage, guided tours from the glamping site, taking visitors through the King’s Forest, along the River Lark to West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village. JRR Tolkien studied the Anglo-Saxon language and was inspired by it.