Driving up to Brandy House Farm was like driving as a scene from a vintage fashioned tale book. An individual track lane went by way of a field filled with lambs who leapt about within the long lawn to signal my arrival. We came to a huge, ramshackle farm home framed by colourful flowers, pleased daisies and pastel pink roses. There were leafy shrubs and good fresh fruit trees that were simply begging become climbed by wondering children in search of juicy oranges.
It is possible to tell at first glance that this actually house that’s been lived in and liked in for generation after generation and it had that hot, welcoming feeling that makes you feel right at home (while really wishing this ended up being your house!)
We parked my car next to the stables and had a browse around. There have been cottages and glamping pods and I also could understand canvas tent that could be my house the evening.
I was staying in Brandy House’s latest accommodation choice, Glampotel.
Glampotel claims to be the world’s very first eco-tourism glamping resort ‘chain’ and this may be the very first to open in Wales. Launched by Paul Woolnough, Glampotel combines the convenience and joy of sleeping under canvas aided by the small luxuries of a boutique hotel. They reference these gorgeous tents as Canvas Cottages and, as soon as in, they do feel a lot more just like a spacious and luxurious college accommodation than a tent.
Glampotel aims become many luxurious and sustainable eco-tourism canvas resort chain on the planet. They partner with a mixture of organizations to accommodate their Canvas Cottages and you’ll find them within places like B&Bs, wineries, stately homes, chateauxs, boutique accommodations and campsites. But a thing that really sets them apart from other glamping options usually they’re as eco-friendly that you can and possess almost zero impact on the surroundings.
At Brandy home Farm, the 2 tents are pitched for a (completely also!) raised wooden platform, having a decked veranda searching throughout the hills. If you ignored the comfy outside furniture, patio heater and fuel BBQ then you’d probably think it was a normal bell tent…until you stepped in.
Checking the triangular tent doorways and you also get your first glimpse at the luxury inside. Stepping onto the wood flooring and in to the tent is like steping into the wardrobe leading to Narnia. You expect that it is small, poky and dark nonetheless it’s bright and roomy and unexpected scene takes you straight back.
My eyes landed in the big wood sleep and chunky wooden furniture that has been homey and welcoming. A log burner and a basket of logs sat nearby and a dresser ended up being filled up with every thing you’d must cook up meals regarding the BBQ exterior. A roomy restroom was at the far end having a warm water shower, wash basin and eco toilet.
I seemed around and realised that place place an ordinary tent to pity. I’d never ever be able to step inside my regular tent once more without feeling a pang of frustration and longing become straight back right here.
Instinctively, I reached for my phone to check on my messages and snap a fast photo for Instagram Stories, but I quickly realised I had no hope of getting a signal. We put my phone away and sat straight down outside, perched regarding side of my chair while inspecting the enormous black colored clouds which were rolling dangerously close.
It constantly takes me sometime to flake out and entirely unwind on trips such as this.
I don’t think we realise exactly how very strung we have been until we’re in an environment far from all the things which make us by doing this.
Sometimes I need to be a in a place in which i’ve absolutely nothing to do but relax and watch the planet go by. How frequently can you sit at home and read a book, enjoy the view, listen to the cows mooing together with chickens clucking and open a wine and enjoy it with all the people you like with no distractions?
I really couldn’t help but wonder why life ended up beingn’t always this simple.
We BBQ’d some salmon for lunch and ate it outside due to the fact sunset, even while irritation because of it to be a reasonable time and energy to light the fire.
It was nevertheless sunny and hot outside but we’re able ton’t resist. The fire had recently been laid so that it ended up being quick and easy to light and also the flames had been dancing merrily in minutes.
There’s one thing therefore instinctively mesmerising about a fire, specially one in a cup field like Glampotel’s. I sat cross legged on the ground, watching it such as a child watches TV, enchanted by the flames that seemed so gentle and soft inside their glass situation.
The kettle ontop associated with the stove started initially to bubble and whistle, signalling it had been time for a big mug of hot chocolate. The kind with marshmallows floating at the top and needs to be eaten by having a spoon in the place of drank.
The tent had been heating and learning to be a cosy small cocoon, a delicious small sanctuary in the exact middle of a field.
I adored the fact that through the outside you’d never ever guess how hot and homey it had been in here. I loaded the fire with logs until the heat ended up being very nearly unbearable and retreated up to a safe (and far cooler!) distance to learn.
I liked being able to hear the pets around me and acquire the new scene of nation atmosphere, whilst being cosy and comfortable in this massive snuggly sleep. This is exactly what glamping is all about and I dropped asleep wondering basically could trade within my home for the Canvas Cottage?
Massive thanks to Glampotel whom hosted me because of this stay in return for the truthful review.
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