Glamping at Gambledown Farm!
Our Vlog Below:
Glamping you say? What is Glamping exactly? Before all you hardcore camping and outdoor enthusiasts start scoffing, let us break it down for those who may not know what it is. Let us break it down for you. Glamping, also known as luxury camping or glamorous camping, it's that escape you’ve been meaning to take. It’s that little break from the hustle and bustle. Glamping is a one-of-a-kind experience where you’ll get to choose an extremely unique accommodation, pick an amazing backdrop,—all without sacrificing an ounce of comfort. Glamping is a way to connect with your surroundings without having to rough it.
Now, I get it. Roughing-it lets you connect with nature, find that primal instinct and fend for yourself. That sounds amazing...until two toddlers come along. Camping with toddlers without a few creature comforts of home sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.
Enter Gambledown Farm... What an experience we had!
Tamara and Richard are the most accommodating hosts and wonderful people. They have built an amazing operation and the attention to detail did not go unnoticed. The kids absolutely loved our safari style tent. The tents are heated by a wood stove, no electricity, only gas power and a boiler for hot showers. At first impression, the tents are bigger than our London flat..haha. Beautifully decorated, wood floors throughout. Comfortable couch, farm style dinner table, two rooms, 3 beds, and a loft bed that the kids absolutely loved playing in. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need for cooking and there is a large ice chest for storing meat, drinks, groceries etc..
Outside boasts a picnic table, bbq and fire pit. We loved waking up, brewing coffee, sitting on the porch and admiring the view of the farm. The chicken coop was next to our tent and we were able to get fresh eggs daily! The kids were tasked with collecting them and they looked forward to it each morning. The fresh country air cleansed our harsh black London lungs!
Richard took us on a walking tour of the farm. The kids got to see the shorthorn cattle, explore the trails in the woods and fields and we got to learn everything the farm has to offer.
The walking tour ended at the barn and we were able to bottle feed the lambs! The barn has been transformed to a community centre of sorts. It has an honesty shop (this has all the essentials you will need. Food, drinks, charging stations for your devices, wood for the fire..etc. You take what you need, log it on the provided sheet and square up when you leave!), play area, and pizza oven. Picnic are tables arranged for families to sit and chat while the pizzas are being made during pizza night! The pizzas were FAB!
We also met Hubert. Our kids are still talking about him.
The tent area also has a playground for the kids! Swing set and climbing dome.
Near the barn are two converted barns. If you are wanting true luxury in the English Countryside..this is it! A Hay Barn that sleeps 8. The Cart Shed that sleeps 6. A new event space is in the works as well. This is perfect for retreats, meetings, weddings, you name it!
For our first glamping experience, Im not sure it can be topped! A few tips!
- Grab some groceries that you will need beforehand. Just in case the honesty shop does not have what you need. They do provide a frozen water bladder that you can use in the ice chest.
- It gets cold at night. Layer up!
- Bring boots/clothes that you don't mind getting dirty!
- If you need your devices bring a charge pack with a god battery life.
- Interact with your neighbours! Invite them over to sit by the fire!
- Make sure you have cash to square up your honesty shop purchases.
- Tell Tamara and Richard we sent you!
Have a look at our Gambledown Feature "Welcome to Gambledown"