Roddy Hamilton (Chatham 77)

Roddy recently launched a Luxury Boutique Glamping business on his North Yorkshire grassland farm. The Private Hill ( was opened on 1 June 2019 by Thirsk & Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake, and quickly achieved official 5 Star Gold status and Unique Accommodation Accolade, from the respected industry Accreditor – Quality in Tourism. Each of the four brand new geodesic domes boasts truly en-suite hot power shower, and flushing toilet facilities as well as a superb wood burning stove and heating ensuring year round operation. The property has, since opening, welcomed Media, celebrities and numerous international clients as well as discerning UK based travellers seeking the luxury end of glamping. The Private Hill really does push the boundaries of the glamping sector and has been likened, through extensive reviews, to a luxury 5* boutique hotel. With views for over 60 miles across the Vale of York and set in the most beautiful setting where nature abounds, Old Stoics are particularly welcome. Diversification in farming is key nowadays and The Private Hill, with Roddy’s team, really have proved that farms which look beyond traditional farming operations really can add an exciting new dimension to their existing businesses.