A week in glamping in October might not leap out from the many half-term holiday options, but packing our wet weather gear and woolly hats off we went, reassured by the website claims we would not be cold at night under the duvets and bedspreads, nor would we get wet during the night. We were not disappointed: this is luxe camping, no waking up with slightly damp clothes for us.
We travelled with DS 5 and DD 2, I fear we have ruined the future of camping holidays for them: unless there’s a log burner and a roll-top bath (yes, really) my two could be quite put out. This is very much how I intend to camp moving forwards!
Dandelion Hideaway is a small glamping site within a working goat farm in Leicestershire. Farmer John is very much hands-on with the farming business, yet still manages to be a perfect host: running you around in his jeep, sharing his knowledge of farming and indeed country life, whilst wife Sharon runs a very popular Shetland pony grooming session and cooks a mean sausage casserole. Top tip: order one for your first night (delicious).
Our tent would sleep 6: two single beds, a double and a double bed in a cupboard (hopefully the photos explain this better!) which was just ideal for our two.
Equipment wise, you’ve got a wood burning stove for heat and cooking, essentials for cooking, roll-top bath and shower, toilet (proper toilet, not a camping one), books, board games, candles, lanterns, BBQ and fire-pit. There is a communal pizza oven and larger campfire, which I imagine is very popular in warmer weather. There is an honesty shop on site, which sells essentials (milk, bread, butter, meat, pasta, wine and beer) plus a charging station for phones/ipads and a hairdryer.
Obviously the time of year meant we didn’t spend our evenings sipping wine out on the veranda: we did however manage a few campfires toasting marshmallows – perfect. Once the kids were asleep in the cupboard, DH and I enjoyed the peace and quiet, although I think I was in bed by 9pm every night!
Location wise, you’re under an hour from Warwick Castle, and less than 30 minutes from the National Space Centre in Leicester and the same again to the National Forest, with both Conkers and Hicks Cycle Centre to keep you busy. We visited all these attractions and found Dandelion Hideaway a good base – enough time for DD to kip on the way back and not enough time for DS to be bored.
All in all, we had a fabulous time and I will be keen to return next year. It was so much nicer than camping, yet still had more of a “fun” element rather than hiring a cottage. I can imagine in the lighter evenings the DC would run off and find others of a similar age and while away the hours playing outside –whilst we enjoy a quiet glass of wine--.