We love glamping in Leicestershire!
And we love a staycation. Staycations are now the new normal so we thought we’d share our top tips for glamping in Leicestershire with the family. If you’re new to glamping with the family, it can help to understand what to expect.
First of all, expect fun! Imagine camping, but with comfy beds, a log burning stove, and a hot tub. If you think the family (dogs included, of course) would love to run around in The Great Outdoors and spend an evening stargazing then a glamping staycation could be perfect. For us, it is the best combination of adventure, relaxation, and rustic luxury.
To help you prepare for a glamping holiday here are a few tips:
Expect to spend lots of time outside.
Just like camping, being immersed in the countryside is one of the great things about glamping in Leicestershire. You’ll be able to fill your lungs with plenty of fresh air. It is something to be embraced. There is a simple pleasure in waking up and stepping outside first thing in the morning. In Spring and Summer, you’ll enjoy eating under the sun and stars, playing in the open space, and listening to the sounds of nature when you’re laying in bed. With the right clothing, you can do this through winter too!
To encourage the kids in nature, why not do some mini-beast hunts or wild animal spotting with the children. There are some great online resources to help with this. There are lots of printable nature scavenger hunts and animal spotting guides for the UK countryside. Pinterest is a good place to find these.
When you don’t fancy being outside, the yurts are wonderful spaces to retreat to. Perfect for a nap (I’m a big nap advocate!) or for curling up with a book. The log burning stoves will keep the place warm when it’s chilly outside.
Closely linked to spending time in The Great Outdoors, it is helpful to bring layers of clothing with you. I am all for bringing more than you need, just in case. I tend to leave a load of ‘just-in-case-things’ that I will leave in the car when I go on a staycation. Wellies and waterproofs are always useful in England. As are slip-on shoes and an easy warm layer to throw on for the trip to the loo in the evening. Extra blankets to use whilst sitting around the campfire won’t go amiss either.
Bring good food.
Make the most of being on holiday and bring your favourite easy foods, plan a few meals out, and sample the local produce. When glamping, you will have less cooking equipment than at home so simple meals are best. At Country Bumpkin Yurts, we have hobs but no oven, so meals that only require 1 or 2 pans for cooking are great. Or use the BBQ for a feast!
Our favourite meal plan for a day consists of croissants and coffee for breakfast (orange juice for the little ones, obviously), a homemade pork pie from Waterloo Cottage Farm Shop (on-site) with a salad for lunch, naughty snacks, then a BBQ for dinner. You have to leave some room for toasted marshmallows around the fire-pit in the evening too.
Camping and glamping sites often strive to be eco-friendly, and we are no exception. Looking after our natural world was a huge motivator when setting up our yurt glamping site the way we did. Our yurts have solar power, we use composting toilets in the facilities, and our hot tub is heated using wood (from a responsibly managed woodland nearby). These aspects are different from our homes but they are easy to get used to…
- The solar power in the yurts will power your lighting, and you can add to this with soy wax candles.
- The composting toilets are super easy to use (the only real rule is to sit down). If you are glamping with very little ones, it is worth bringing their potty as the yurts are between 30-80m away from the bathrooms.
- The hot tub is fun to get going with the wood burner and we will give full instructions on how to do it most efficiently.
- We have mains power in the kitchen and bathrooms so when you need to charge phones or use a hairdryer, you can.
Glamping in Leicestershire with the family is a really great way to start your new staycation tradition. It saves a lot of the hassle of traveling abroad, and the faff with traditional tent camping. With the added bonus that we are located in the Midlands, on the border of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, so we are within an easy driving distance from most places. Spending extra time in nature with the family this summer is going to be good for our health and wellbeing after 3 months of lockdown. So why not give it a go?
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We are always at the end of the phone or email if you have any questions or want any ideas of what to do during your first glamping trip. Our email is email@example.com, our number is 07375024672.
Jen and Lara x