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!
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There are only two loos (one flush and one compost) on site. Surprisingly we didn't ever wait for a loo even though the site was full. I used the compost loo, Nick's not particularly keen that I want one at home!
There are two showers, super clean, nice and large if showering en familie.
Super easy self catering with your own double gas hob and the log cabin with oven and every thing you could need to cook up a feast (condiments etc) as well as your fire pit ready to burn your food like me. Any tips please send them my way.
Outdoor sink with hot water/bowl and Ecover washing liquid provided. Washing line behind your tipi/yurt.
No pets allowed
Very welcome and plenty to enjoy unless you can leave them with grandparents so you can have a romanic getaway?
Places to visit
We LOVED the wool museum, friends came and joined us on the Sunday and we visited together. Even Nick found the wool museum fabulous, much to his surprise.
Link here BAAAAH
Cafe in Castell Newydd, we enjoyed home made cakes and delicious coffee. My cake was GF.
Link here YUM
Will update after our next visit!