We’d absolutely recommend New Farm Holidays for a secluded and relaxing ‘back to nature’ getaway in rural Lincolnshire.
We went as a couple, but we crossed paths with families staying on site who had children of all ages and it looked pretty idyllic - for those families staying in the glamping pods, they were eating at the picnic tables or spotting wildlife in the pond. In the grounds around the glamping pods, the owners had set up a nature scavenger hunt to keep children entertained, and there were lots of remnants of hand-built dens and fairy gardens so you could tell that a lot of time had been spent by the kids enjoying the outdoors without even leaving the site.
We also spent most of our time on the site itself. We had a very warm welcome from the owners, who were really helpful both before and during our stay, and then we were shown to the luxury glamping pod; it has a double bed, a sofa (which could be a sofa bed), a kitchen space (including fridge and microwave), a small table and chairs, a toilet/wet room with a showerhead, and double glass doors that overlooked our own picnic table and campfire.
We loved the whole design and cosy feel of the pod, and found it a very comfortable size for the two of us to be moving around or relaxing in. We were a good distance from the few other pods too, so you’re not on top of each other or listening in - in fact we could only really see one other pod from our position, as most were obscured by the pond/greenery.
Nosying at the other pods - where you’d bring your own camp beds and use the on-site toilet/shower blocks that were 30-seconds or so walk away - they were clean and spacious. I would’ve loved turning up there as a kid to unpack and make it your own; now it would be about having the feel of camping without compromising on things like heating and electricity! Besides the pods, there’s the bell tent (which looks heavenly) and space for regular camping, if that’s more your thing.
A few tips for visiting…
1. Come by car - you’ll need it to go to the nearest shops or take up any day trips; the site itself is a long way off the main roads as it’s part of the grounds of a large farm. It’s then a good location to visit Lincoln, Skegness or nearby nature reserves. They have lots of ‘things to see and do’ tips on the New Farm Holidays website.
2. Check online what you need to bring beforehand and some bits are included (like some crockery) and other essentials (like bedding/torches) you’ll need to pack.
3. We’d 100% recommend paying a bit extra for the food package they offer; mainly because it was delicious (those award-winning sausages in particular!), but also because it took away any stress of food shopping or proper cooking - we just reheated things on the campfire or in the microwave.
4. They’re putting wifi in soon - we didn’t really want/need it and survived on 3G!
Overall, this was a wonderful weekend away that wasn’t going to break the bank - the ensuite pod starts from £75, and the others from about £40 a night. It was clean, cosy and just what we wanted for a tech-free weekend away from London. Our favourite thing was just making our campfire and eating outside with a bottle of wine; back to basics but with a touch of luxury!