Updated: Sep 7, 2019
Last weekend (days before schools and preschools started back) we escaped to Wales for a weekend GLAMPING!
Both myself and Nick love camping but we'd never been glamping before. We weren't sure how we'd feel about it but arriving after dark we were very thankful to be able to just fall into bed!
One of our hosts Fran was waiting for us at the end of the track to greet us, show us where to park, show us the loo's and the Lavvu (our tipi come yurt uniquely designed by Fran).
On entering we were wowed by the height, fabric, lights, shape and size of the Lavvu. It was so much bigger than it looked in the photographs.
We slept in the double bed, Fran had organised bedding and it was all made ready for us (bedding is £15 extra and 100% worth it)
There was a large basket of logs inside and Nick got busy building a fire ( it wasn't really cold enough but you know, men, fire)
We both slept like logs (no pun intended), something we hadn't been doing very well at home. The bed was firmer than ours but we think it was being outside yet cosy in the amazing fabric Lavvu. It's getting back to nature but it's luxurious!
We woke early, made coffee in the Lavvu. It was pouring with rain so we decided to check out the local steam railway. It didn't open until 11am so we ended up in a nearby large village that has a castle ruin, nice cafes and cute little shops with locally made crafts and produce. The area is spot on with HUGE amounts to explore, go and do.
We did stop at the railway on the way home (back to the Lavvu already feeling like home). it has a great out door but under cover play area for little ones and a cafe straight out the 1950's.
When we arrived back at Larkhill we went to get some outdoor wood. Each tipi and yurt has it's own outdoor fire pit and seating. The tipis and yurts aren't that far from each other but you feel totally private with your own area to chill in (or make noise, grumble and squabble)
We baked potatoes for our tea in the out door fire pit. I totally burnt them, must practise fire cooking skills! We loved cooking and eating out doors to the gentle sounds of other families arriving, ducks wandering and children exploring.
The wood store is next to the parking area. There's an area for hardwood (indoor use) and softwood (outdoor use). You can have a basket of wood every day (super generous compared to anywhere else I have stayed) if you want more it's just £3 a basket you pop in the honesty box. Nick popped a tenner in, he buys our wood in Bristol and it costs a bomb compared to Larkhills wood! All wood at Larkhill is from their land, split by Frans lovely daughter Catherine.
We explored all over and loved all the wooden carving finds, magical fairy glen and finding Buddha. I won't tell you more, I want you to go and enjoy finding things! It's prefect for children to explore, meet and make friends and little ones to explore/run around in your company.
I love Wales, yet every time I have been it rains! Don't let this stop you booking a trip to Larkhill Tipi and Yurts or the colder weather that's on it's way. All the tipis and yurts have log burning stoves (cosy) There is a communal fire pit with a full on cover and a communal log cabin with log burning stove, oven, huge table, plenty of seating both formal and lounging benches with local sheep skins and toys, books and games.
In the summer holidays (usually Wednesday evenings) you can join your hosts for a communal pizza night! Fran provides the dough, passata and cheese. You bring your toppings along, make your pizzas and Toni bakes them in the pizza oven.
Fran and her husband Toni keep ducks, chickens and bee's. There is an honesty box if you fancy eggs and honey!
There is SO much more I could tell you but I think what sums up our gifted weekend glamping at Larkhill is that we booked and paid to stay again next month before we left!