In our house, we’re definitely not happy campers. My hubby hates sleeping on the floor and I hate wandering around a field multiple times during the night for a wee (damn pelvic floor!)
However, we then got thinking about how to have a ‘new’ holiday experience, a UK weekend getaway and questioned whether glamping could be an acceptable half way house? Here’s what we thought…
We stayed in an Eco-hut on Kingsthorpe Manor Farm Bed and Breakfast in Lincolnshire.
In our section of the 2.5 acre grounds there were two Eco-huts surrounded by a large grassy area, a BBQ, a wood stove and a hammock (luckily for us the other hut was empty and so all this glorious space was ours!)
In the rest of the grounds was: a pizza oven (the owner, Patrick, provides homemade pizza dough for £1 a pizza);
a lot of animals including Freddie the goat, a dog, ducks, chickens and geese;
and a play area, complete with a swing and climbing wall.
An AMAZING feature of the site was the outdoor bath and shower room. Glamping at its finest.
The actual eco-hut came equipped with a double bed (tick for the hubby), sink (tank, not mains water), dining area, sofa and log burner. There’s plenty of room for a travel cot (but you do need to take your own).
One feature which sounded so romantic was the skylight in the roof, to enable you to watch the stars shining from your bed.
However, in the height of summer it actually means that by 3.30am the sun is lighting up the hut and baby can be forgiven for thinking it’s time to get up… so we ended up co-sleeping just to try and keep him asleep.
Once baby was asleep at night though, we made the most of the decking area.
What about my tick box? The dreaded toilet situation. Well, unfortunately, I did have to venture outside when nature called. However, there were two options to choose from: a) the eco-toilet (near to the eco-hut) and b) the loo inside the house/B’n’B (a short hop from the hut). I choose to take advantage of having both: in the middle of the night the closeness of the eco-toilet won through – but it always seemed like a treat to go indoors in the morning (it’s the small things…)
Just a two minute drive and you find yourself in Wragby. Even though it’s only a small town there’s a number of pubs, an Indian restaurant, a co-op, pharmacy etc. All basic needs can be met easily.
About 45 minutes away is the seaside coastal town of Skegness. On a sunny day, luckily like we had, it’s a fun day out with all the standard British seaside ‘stuff’ to do including: the beach, arcades, fish and chips, doughnuts, ice cream and mini golf.
So, glamping, what’s the verdict? Great fun!
Moving out of the tent and into the Eco-hut accommodation (even with night-time loo explorations still necessary) made all the difference. I can only imagine that the older Freddie gets the more he would love another stay at Kingsthorpe Manor Farm; from the animals to the climbing wall, from the amazing outdoor spaces to the trips to the seaside.
I’m sure we’ll be back again soon.