Our Weekend away ‘Glamping’
I love the outdoors, and spending time roaming around my uncles farm was a huge part of my upbringing. We would spend the summer holidays there feeding the animals, roaming around the surrounding fields and hills. I loved this as kid and i wanted my boys to experience as much of this as possible.
We started off by spending a few night in Grandads caravan on a campsite with all the facilities you would ever need and we decided that we needed to ease them in to full on camping so that they weren’t put off at such a young age.
Nigella found a campsite in the Eden Valley, Cumbria on a working farm, a magical place called Drybeck Farm (http://www.drybeckfarm.co.uk/). Reading through their website we found out that they have 2 Traditional Mongolian Yurts, a Gypsy caravan and a 1970’s vintage caravan and on the farm it’s self they have Pigs, Horses, Sheep, a Goat and Chickens that we found out later are all very friendly. So we booked it and got ourselves prepared for our stay.
We got to the farm at around 8 pm and by this point it was already dark, we were shown to our Yurt and i’ll be honest i was amazed! As you can see from my photos above the Yurt its self is fantastic and the cookhouse that is across the bridge is more than equipped to create culinary masterpieces with the fantastic produce from the farm, the cookhouse comes complete with gas hob, log burning oven and fridge.
The whole place is geared around the environment, with solar panels and composting toilets (which aren’t that bad at all), recycling facilities for all the waste and wood burning stoves. It is really refreshing to stay somewhere so comfortable and cosy that is also environmentally aware.
All four of us slept comfortably in the yurt, with a Double bed and 2 single fold out beds for the boys, it was quite a cold October night but the Yurt stayed nice and warm thanks to the wood burning stove that was pilled high with logs when we went to sleep, the farm also provide plenty of warm bedding and there is also electricity in the Yurts so you could bring your own heater too,
The site also has a shower block with electric power showers that rival the best hotels and all toiletries are provided as the waste water is used on the farm so they have to be kind to the environment.
We had a fantastic time exploring the farm, meeting all the animals, including a beautiful 1 eyed huski called Jack, the village of Armathwaite is a short drive away and there is also a horse and carriage taxi service provided by the farm.
We will be heading back up in the summer and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to take their family away on a UK break.