Another blog post, another trip to the countryside. This week I spent a lovely three days in the Wye Valley for my first glamping experience.
I’ve always enjoyed the idea of camping but it was spoiled easily – putting up the tent, trying to put it away again, sleeping on the floor in a cold sleeping bag, not being able to move or stand up, everything getting covered with mud and grass… YUCK.
So Mad Dogs & Vintage Vans was a perfect solution.
The concept is getting back to basics, with a few extra luxuries. All the romantic aspects of camping are there – toasting marshmallows on an open fire, treks out in the countryside, watching the sunset – but you have hot water, (some) electricity and a cosy retro caravan to snuggle up in.
And the retro caravans on offer are STUNNING. There are five restored vintage caravans, each with its own history and character.
Here are some pics of the rest, but would definitely recommend checking each girl out on the website.
Our van, Sybil (yes, they all have names) was built in the 1940’s by a carpenter – so it was all completely handmade.
She has one double bed and a dining table that converts into another double when you’re ready to sleep. Sybil also has a wood burner – perfect for what were quite chilly nights – a kettle, vintage bedding and crockery.
We settled very quickly in with a cream tea and a roaring fire.
The site is quite small, so you don’t have to run too far to the toilet in the middle of the night. There is a communal area with a kitchen, a separate sink for cleaning your teeth, a shower (complete with hot water!) and two toilets.
During our stay, my friend and I were the only people on site so we didn’t make too much use of the huge communal tent and fire pit, which seemed really fun for groups and families. You can hire out the whole place so it would work well for a girly holiday or hen do!
And there’s plenty to do once you’ve settled in. We just decided to roam the countryside and walk to Ross-on-Wye but there’s so much else to do nearby. The site even has tennis courts but sadly my skills weren’t up to much.
The highlight, however, is their Glamp ‘n’ Pamp service for stressed out glampers. I had a massage and facial – all done from the warmth of a bright pink tent, complete with water bottles. I left feeling completely zen.
And on feeling zen… There is a charge point on site for your electrics but it was actually great to leave my phone and have a break from social media.
The site even offers you a night off from cooking, without having to dress up to go to a restaurant. We tried a delicious Thai green curry brought straight to our van, now that’s 100x better than Deliveroo!
They also sell local produce such as eggs and sausages onsite and make their own cider – it takes a little getting used to, but well worth a try!
The attention to detail in each of the caravans was perfect and our hosts made us feel completely welcome, whilst leaving us to relax and enjoy the calm countryside.
Jo, one of the co-owners, told me that they created the site based on what they would want if they went glamping – and she got it spot on.
To find out more, visit their website here.