I have never been camping, I’m not really an outdoorsy type of person – I’m too high maintenance for that (not even sorry). Glamping however is a fairly new craze that I had heard about a year or so ago and consists of sleeping in a wooden glamping pod which has electricity and beds. Now this sounded right up my street – a proper bed and somewhere to plug my hair straighteners in.
We were very kindly invited to stay at Andrewshayes Holiday Park situated near Dalwood, Axminster. Andrewshayes is a beautiful resort catering for campers of all sorts from traditional tents to static caravans to glamping pods. When we arrived last weekend we were greeted with stunning scenery and lots of greenery, it was very pretty and not what I expected at all. As we arrived during the evening we were met by the onsite warden who was lovely, she gave us our key and escorted us to our pod. There are two glamping pods set within the park, each has its own decking area with a picnic bench, bbq and grassed area where you can set out deckchairs or let the children play.
I have to admit I was slightly nervous about glamping but as soon as we had a peek around our pod I was so excited for our weekend away. There is a really cute seating area at the front of the pod with a small table housing a kettle and underneath is a heater, sockets and a broom. In the sleeping section there is a huge double – possibly king – size bed with a proper mattress and below are two decent sized single beds also with proper mattresses. Obviously the children were beyond excited to be on such an adventure as we usually stay in a caravan when we go away.
The facilities on site are absolutely brilliant, the park is very clean and well taken care of. The toilet/shower block is not even a minute away from the pod making trips to the loo with children very easy. There is a launderette, dishwashing area, showers, family shower room and a separate sink to brush your teeth.
Our first night glamping was stress free, we set up home as soon as we arrived and had an outdoors dinner with lots of picky bits. The children went to bed with no fuss and were very happy to have a field of cows as neighbours. I ended up on the top bunk with both children and Mr K had the single below, we all slept really well. The next day we headed to Starbucks for our morning coffee which is a couple of minutes drive and then went into Axminster to River Cottage for a delicious breakfast. We had a mooch then headed back to Andrewshayes for an explore, the children wanted to visit the park so we went there first. After a play, swimming was next on the cards and what an amazing pool it was. I may keep mentioning this but, I found the whole experience of glamping, taking the kiddies swimming and entertaining them really stress free. Usually I’m flapping about this that and the other, the facilities are naff and the pool is an extra charge. But, not at Andrewshayes as the pool is free and it has sun loungers dotted around so you can have a relax after your swim, there was no urgency or rush to our time there.
We were all a bit tired after swimming so went back to the pod to make some smores on the bbq and have a chill on our camping chairs. This is something that Amelie requested (making smores) so I wanted to make an effort for her and it was really fun. We went to the bar (Greg’s) as the weather was so nice we sat out in the beer garden which the park is attached to. The children ran riot in there whilst Mr K and I enjoyed a glass of vino. Everyone was really friendly and we got chatting to a couple of people who were staying at the park, they also had children so Amelie and Charlie made a few friends.
By the end of the evening the children were shattered and hungry, we ordered some pizzas, chips and sausages (yum). The children ate their pizza at the bar and we took our food back to the pod, it was a cosy night in admiring the beautiful views from our decking. The pods are really private and accommodating, guests are friendly and chatty which is lovely.
Our overall experience of glamping was amazing it has really given us the bug to do more of it, we are already thinking of returning to Andrewshayes later in the year to stay as we had such a brilliant time. Being outdoors interacting as a family and not being distracted by television, phones or iPads was a welcomed break and we will not forget all the fun we had together. Amelie had an emotional breakdown when we got home as she didn’t want to leave, if the children thought it was amazing then that is a result in my books.
If you are looking for a fun, family friendly and local holiday park I would definitely say give Andrewshayes Holiday Park a try, I couldn’t fault it. If you are thinking about glamping with children, go for it you will have so much fun.
Disclaimer: We were invited to stay in a glamping pod in return for an honest review. All words, photos and opinions are my own.