Luxury Glamping in the heart of the Cotswolds {Part 1}…

Escape to the country, Escape to the Cotswolds. Escape to heaven. Our little weekend in the gorgeous Evenlode area of the Cotswolds couldn’t have come at a better time. George had just finished his Year 2 SATs, Mr H and I had both had a long few weeks being adults so when we were lucky enough to be invited to stay in these luxury wigwams we couldn’t resist exploring an area that has long been on our list. There are six heated Wigwams on site, nestled in the old ridge and furrow field which have the most spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset over Adlestrop Hill and the ancient market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.

Although if truth be told the farm was so beautiful, full of adventure for our 6 year old and relaxation for the grown ups that we actually didn’t need to leave. As readers of this blog you will know that we love to explore and so that is what we did, we spent a little more of our time on site than we usually would but we kinda thought why leave in a hurry as it was just so lovely. Relaxation is the word I would use to describe our stay and so if that is what you are looking for (who isn’t?) then this is the place for you. I can imagine it being really magical on a winters day, snuggled under blankets drinking a cup of coffee of a morning. But first join me in reliving our weekend in the glorious Gloucestershire sunshine through a few words and a lot of photos.

As the site isn’t too busy or close to the neighbours (both cows and the human type) it really felt like we had a little corner of the Cotswolds all to ourselves. Something sites like this often lose is the privacy, and for all those wondering we stayed in Crawthorne. We were also really lucky enough to have one of the best weather weekends of the year which certainly made an already great weekend extra special. The masters behind this gorgeous site have created something very special, you can read more about them here. We often love where we travel to because Mr H spends hours and hours researching to ensure it so but this destination already after just one visit has a special place in our hearts. What a beautiful part of the Country it is.

What did we love about the Wigwam and site? Let me tell you… the space, that feeling of escapism yet you’re only a few minutes away from Stow-on-the-Wold and many more villages, the fact it had a shower and a full working kitchen (a must after staying in similar without), the bbq, the wooden hot tub *of course*, animal friends, the shed which was filled with all the little extras you might need including marshmallows & wine complete with honesty box, the huge green in front of us which allowed George to do two of his favourite things – play football and climb and lastly the view. The views from all angles were breathtaking.

A few photos for you…

 

Whilst we were away we had lots of questions about the accommodation, how many it would comfortably sleep, how spacious they are and of course the grounds around the Wigwam itself – I gave a little tour which you can still view over on my Instagram stories if you fancy a little snoop – saved as a ‘Cotswolds highlight’. We are a family of three however next to us there was a family of five (three children under seven) and some parties were just adults. The Wigwam had one double bed and one pull out bed which would comfortably sleep two to three children depending on their age. Luxury is key when thinking about a stay here, a real treat and definitely one on our list to repeat.

As the weather was so nice we opted for a BBQ each night which I would highly recommend, all of the families who stayed did the same and there was something very British about the smell of all the BBQ’s going and sound of kids running around together whilst the parents cooked up a storm. We nipped over to the shop at Daylesford and picked up two delicious salads to accompany our spatchcock chicken, such a great idea – thank you for the recommendation Amanda. As the Wigwam has a full working kitchen we made bacon butties for breakfast and enjoyed them alfresco style with only the cows to chat with, as well as each other of course.

From the moment we arrived to dipping in the hot tub, to toasting marshmallows, chatting to the cows over breakfast, exploring the local woodland and relaxing as the sun set we had such a great stay-over. There are lots of optional extras you can add to your stay like bedding, pans and towels – personally I would as it just makes packing that little bit easier whereas Mr H thinks he’d rather spend the money on the wood for the hot tub (they cost £14 for a dustbin full and a starter kit. Bags of logs thereafter are only £6). I prefer the ease and of course less washing! Oh and if you’re undecided on a hot tub, book one. They’re a must! We’ve stayed in accommodation with hot tubs before but the experience of a traditional Scandinavian tub was something else, so so relaxing especially on a summers night.

I think that’s all I have to tell you. If you have any questions do let me know in the comments. Would we stay again? Absolutely. Would we recommend? We would indeed. Was there anything we’d change? Honestly no – our stay was perfect and I could see that all the other guests had just as much fun. There is nothing the hosts haven’t thought of, Amanda and her husband and let’s not forget the herd of cows make you feel so welcome. They were regularly on site to assist with any queries and with the addition of The Shed you have everything you need on site.

I also wanted to share what we got up to and where we visited but this post would have been too long and so join me on a whistle stop tour around the Cotswolds in {Part 2} of our escape to the country which I’ll be posting in a few days.

*Disclosure : we were gifted a free two night stay in exchange for our thoughts and of course sharing them with you. I have also added this Karen’s Monday Escapes over on her blog Mini Travellers and Colette’s #TriedTested over on her blog We’re Going On An Adventure.

 

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  1. 4th June 2018 / 11:16 am

    I can do camping, but it is not my first choice of vacationing. Glamping, however, is peaking my interest, that I wanna try. Looks like you had a good time! #mondayescapes

    • Life As Our Little Family
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      4th June 2018 / 11:25 am

      Camping is definitely not my first choice even though that’s what we did as a grew up. Glamping is definitely more for me

  2. 4th June 2018 / 12:11 pm

    That’s probably the only way I’d do camping!! #mondayescapes

    • Life As Our Little Family
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      4th June 2018 / 1:13 pm

      Yes indeed, the same here, certainly felt more luxurious than camping

  3. 4th June 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Your photos are stunning – I just love the look of the hot tub too! One for my future getaway wishlist…

    • Life As Our Little Family
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      5th June 2018 / 7:59 am

      Definitely one for the list. The hot tub was sublime

  4. 4th June 2018 / 8:52 pm

    OH KA what beautiful photos you did just have the best weather didn’t you. Stunning photos and you’ve persuaded me that we need to try them. Thanks for linking up to Monday Escapes

    • Life As Our Little Family
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      5th June 2018 / 7:59 am

      Thank you Karen, we were so lucky with the weather. Oh you must let me know if you try them out x

    • Life As Our Little Family
      Author
      6th June 2018 / 8:20 am

      That is a definitely a great way to describe it

  5. 5th June 2018 / 3:26 pm

    This place looks fab. We’ve recently tried glamping and loved it, particularly if there’s a hot tub on offer #MondayEscapes

    • Life As Our Little Family
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      6th June 2018 / 8:19 am

      Oh you’re so right, its such a great experience. George had a blast and the addition of the hot tub just made it for us

  6. 5th June 2018 / 5:27 pm

    I bet there are plenty of people who are not keen on camping who’ll be reconsidering now! I love being outside and roughing it but just can’t bear sleeping on the floor outside so a warm wigwam would be right up my street. What a wonderful way to spend the weekend. #TriedTested

    • Life As Our Little Family
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      6th June 2018 / 8:15 am

      Oh for sure, even though I camped throughout my childhood its not something I would do now.

  7. 5th June 2018 / 5:55 pm

    Oh this looks fantastic and great weather! I am trying to convince my husband at the mo that he would like to go glamping! #triedtested

    • Life As Our Little Family
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      6th June 2018 / 8:13 am

      Oh you should, in the right setting and like this with all the facilities its really no different than being in a caravan or lodge

  8. 5th June 2018 / 8:39 pm

    Looks lovely and the weather I guess has been perfect! We’ve done our first glamping night in France earlier this year and my little boys and I were hooked! Would love to test more in the UK as well, thanks for the inspiration!

    • Life As Our Little Family
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      6th June 2018 / 8:06 am

      The weather was perfect for a summer weekend glamping. Oh you definitely look into them in the UK we’ve been to two sites now and loved the experience x

  9. 5th June 2018 / 8:44 pm

    I need to go stay here just for the cow neighbours!! But bovine aside, it looks flipping glorious – and just the place to relax and unwind.
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

    • Life As Our Little Family
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      6th June 2018 / 8:05 am

      You do, and there is one who enjoys having cuddles but she was giving birth when we arrived. You should definitely look into it x

  10. 5th June 2018 / 9:20 pm

    There’s something so incredibly relaxing about glamping and your wigwam experienced looks perfect. I love the fact you had the hot tub right there too! You got me excited for our glamping trip at the weekend! #MondayEscapes

    • Life As Our Little Family
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      6th June 2018 / 8:04 am

      You’re right its the perfect relaxing weekend as you just have to be at one with nature in some respects. We were very lucky to have the tub, a luxury for sure. Ooh enjoy the trip, where are you off to?

  11. 5th June 2018 / 11:25 pm

    It does look really beautiful. I’d quite like to stay in a camping pod. And we only drove through Stow and around there on our way back home the other day #triedtested

    • Life As Our Little Family
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      6th June 2018 / 8:03 am

      It was such a gorgeous site and part of the world.

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