Two Night Cabin Break at Lee Valley Campsite | Review

Buyagift is the UK's leading provider of experience days and gift experiences with more than 4000 gift ideas currently listed on their website. They offer everything from spa breaks to days out for families, from immersive experiences to helicopter flights and from afternoon teas to glamping breaks.

Recently we got the opportunity to try out Buyagift and after much deliberation on what to pick, we zeroed in on one of their short breaks - a two-night cabin break at the Lee Valley Campsite in Sewardstone.

Two Night Cabin Break at Lee Valley Campsite with Buyagift
Gifted experience | Contains affiliate links

Redeeming the Buyagift voucher

The whole process from the purchase to redeeming the voucher was pretty simple. Once you have purchased the gift experience on the website, you are sent your voucher either by post or by email. We opted for the email mode. The voucher was sent to us instantaneously. And then all we had to do was log on to Buyagift's website, enter the voucher details and contact the experience provider (Lee Valley Sewardstone Campsite in our case) to book the experience.

After an initial hiccup with the booking process, which was looked into by the helpful customer services team from Buyagift, we had our booking for the 2-night cabin break at Lee Valley Campsite confirmed.

The Lee Valley Campsite in Sewardstone

The Lee Valley Regional Park, which is Greater London's largest park, is spread over 10,000 acres and runs through the northeast of Greater London extending into the neighbouring counties of Essex and Hertfordshire. The park is home to a number of nature reserves, heritage sites, offers sporting activities like horse riding & white water rafting and also has several walking and nature trails. There are so many things you could do in Lee Valley. They also offer a range of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget. And the Lee Valley Campsite in Sewardstone (on the outskirts of Chingford) is a great base to explore the countryside and Central London too.

The campsite at Sewardstone has a range of accommodation options - pitches for tents, caravans, motorhomes and RVs as well as camping pods and cabins.

Lee Valley Campsite, Sewardstone
Sewardstone Road, Chingford, London E4 7RA
Phone: 020 8529 5689

The Cabin

The cabins at the Sewardstone Campsite are nestled amongst the trees in a mature woodland and offer accommodation for up to four people (two adults, two children). The cabins are kitted out with a triple sleeper bunk bed, a single foldaway camp bed, microwave, a single hotplate, TV, a coffee table & chair, a fridge, kettle and other crockery and cutlery. There are electrical sockets and heating is also provided. Bedding is not provided, so you need to bring your own. These cabins are ideal for those who want to enjoy a break in the peace and quiet of the countryside but want more comfort than a camping tent.

Woodland Cabin at Lee Valley Campsite in Sewardstone

Woodland Cabin at Lee Valley Campsite in Sewardstone

Woodland Cabin at Lee Valley Campsite in Sewardstone

Woodland Cabin at Lee Valley Campsite in Sewardstone

Woodland Cabin at Lee Valley Campsite in Sewardstone

Facilities onsite include heated shower blocks, toilets, a site shop stocking all essentials, children's playground etc. You can also hire cycles, fire pits and crockery boxes.

The check-in process was quick and simple. We handed over our booking confirmation email and the lady at the reception checked us in. We were given a quick briefing on the layout of the campsite, the facilities and then handed the keys to our cabin.

After checking in to our cabin and a quick cup of tea later, we were off to explore the woodland trails.

Things to do in the Lee Valley

There are so many things to see and do in the Lee Valley. For lovers of gardens and heritage, you could visit Myddelton House Gardens, Waltham Abbey Gardens or Forty Hall Estate (a Grade I listed Jacobean Manor House that tells the story of Sir Nicholas Rainton). For those who love adventure, you could experience white water rafting at Lee Valley White Water Centre. The centre also offers other activities like tubing, kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing and hydrospeeding.

Other nearby attractions and activities:

- Lee Valley Park Farms where you can meet farmyard animals.
- Royal Gunpowder Mills where you can explore the heritage site and visit the Mad Lab and Rocket Vault!
- Run, walk or cycle through the various trails in the River Lee Country Park.
- Visit the Cornmill Meadows Dragonfly Sanctuary. 
- Visit the market town of Waltham Abbey.

Lee Valley Park

Horses grazing in Lee Valley Park

River Lee Country Park is a haven for wildlife and offers the perfect chance for visitors to get close to nature. You could opt to explore the park on foot or hire a cycle from the campsite. The traffic-free trails are well maintained and you can explore it at your own pace.

Our experience

We enjoyed our stay in the cabin at the Lee Valley Campsite in Sewardstone. The campsite is ideally located to explore the Lee Valley Park (which we did) and getting to London is also very easy. Bus 215 takes you to Walthamstow Central, from where you can either take the underground /overground trains into central London.

What we liked the most about this campsite was how green and peaceful it was. Although in Greater London, it is tucked away from all the chaos of city life. It is a lovely and tranquil spot, surrounded by greenery and River Lea nearby. There are excellent walking and bike trails which we made the most of. The whole experience was good and we would love to do it again.

Cabin at Lee Valley Campsite in Sewardstone

In terms of pricing, the Buyagift voucher is priced at £109 and includes two nights' accommodation in a cabin for up to four people. The voucher validity is for 10 months. If we were to book the same directly via the Lee Valley website, it would have worked out to £130 (High season, £65/night) which makes the Buyagift voucher good value for money.

If you are looking to gift an experience to a loved one, Buyagift would be a good choice to look at. Once you have purchased the experience, simply enter the recipient’s details when prompted for the delivery address and the gift voucher will be sent to them.

Buyagift have a 60-day refund policy and free exchanges, should you want to swap for another experience. With thousands of experiences listed on their website, it is the perfect place for some great and unique gift ideas. Check them out at

Disclosure | We were gifted this experience by in exchange for this review. All opinions and photos are our own. The post also contains affiliate links.


  1. This looks like an awesome trip! I didn't realize that there was so much nature and so many hiking trails so close to hand to the Greater London area. Great pictures - this looks like a place I'd love to visit!

    1. Thanks. It is a lovely campsite and makes for an excellent base to explore London.

  2. The thing I like about Buyagift is that the experiences are exchangeable. If you can't find a convenient venue for the experience you got, you can change it for one that works better for you. I've done it before and the process is easy.

    1. Yes, they are flexible on that front. And the customer service team is great (based on my own experience with them).

  3. I have used Buyagift twice, both presents for my wife. Some time ago it was a helicopter lesson, my wife loved it and the lesson was about 40 - 45 minutes instead of 30, it cost about £100, if I remember and I think well worth it. The other, which was recently, a make your own perfume experience, it was good, but my wife has her favourite perfume and so she wasn't that interested. By her own admission it was well done and they were helpful, but she just recreated her favourite perfume.

  4. What a lovely place to stay! I've used BuyAGift a few times myself and it always has such a great selection. I would much rather give and receive experiences as the memories from those last so much longer than a material item!

  5. Amazing - certainly heard of buy a gift and used many times too -recommend to all

  6. I have heard of BuyaGift but I have yet to use them.

  7. I’ve brought my mum presents from there before she always loves them and they’re great value for money

  8. I have heard of BuyaGift but as yet haven't made use of it. Sounds like something i would be happy to use in the future

  9. There are a few websites out there that offer this kind of thing but buyagift seems like one of the best.

  10. I think these sort of things make great presents

  11. I have never used BuyaGift, and did not realise you could buy trips from them

  12. l have heard of them but l havent purchased anything from them yet


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