For a lot of a childhood vacation, I went tenting however glamping nevertheless, is new to me. As a baby, I need to admit I did miss the luxuries of electrical energy and never having an escape from the climate on these not so sunny evenings, so I used to be eager to see what glamping was all about.
I used to be invited by award-winning South Lytchett Manor Tenting and Caravanning Park to check out one in every of their glamping pods.
Situated in Lytchett Minster, only a brief distance from Poole in Dorset, the location is ready in land that when belonged to South Lytchett Manor Home.
As you strategy the campsite from the street, you drive by means of some very spectacular and grand-looking gates – a relic from the campsite’s days as a part of the manor. In actual fact, these gates shaped the formal entrance to the manor and the lengthy driveway now could be lined with pitches for touring caravans and tents.
4 of us (two adults, one 11-year-old and one 2-year-old) had been to remain in Laurel, one of many park’s glamping pods.
Laurel was conveniently positioned close to to the play park – one thing that was a giant hit with the 2 women from the second we arrived! Inside this space of the park there are another pods (all with tree-related names) and a few shepherd huts.
If you happen to don’t fancy being located by the play space then there may be an space with extra brightly colored shepherd huts or some superbly painted Romany caravans to strive.
Inside our pod, we had all that we would have liked. A double mattress, a settee (which pulls out to 2 separate single beds), a small kitchenette with two hobs, a fridge, a espresso machine and kettle. There are energy factors and the all-important factor for an 11-year-old – WiFi!
There’s a fold out desk with two chairs throughout the pod and a picnic bench exterior so you may take pleasure in alfresco meals when you desire.
There are a number of amenity blocks on the location and the one closest to us was only a brief stroll away. The amenities are very clear and there’s the added bonus of household bathe rooms that are actually useful if you end up making an attempt to bathe a robust willed 2-year-old!
Inside the park’s reception, there’s a store promoting your every-day necessities in addition to native produce similar to Moors Biscuits and native beer.
There’s additionally a café the place you may seize takeaway drinks or freshly baked croissants and bread. Or, you are able to do like we did and sit down and eat them there.
The location has common catering vans go to, and we saved the stress of cooking the primary evening and made use of the fish and chip van.
If you wish to carry your canine, then a few of the glamping pods and different glamping models are dog-friendly (together with Laurel). There’s a big dog-walking discipline and added touches like free canine biscuits in reception.
It’s also possible to rent bikes from the park, or carry your personal as there are many biking routes close by.
What we did when staying at South Lytchett Manor
On our first full day there, we determined to go to a few of the shoreline that’s to not distant. Our first cease was Swanage – a spot that I do know fairly effectively from Geography discipline journeys from days passed by!
It was fairly blustery on the day we visited so quite than making sand castles on the seaside, which was the unique plan, we headed in land to see the departure of one of many Swanage Railway steam trains.
If you happen to get the possibility to hop aboard, it does look wonderful and the journey stops at Corfe Fortress and onto Wareham.
After grabbing a chunk to eat, we then went to a seaside custom – the arcades earlier than having a brisk stroll alongside the sand and some video games of skimming stones.
After Swanage, we travelled additional west alongside the Jurassic shoreline to Kimmeridge Bay.
Park up on the headland automotive park (cost applies) and take the brief stroll down into the bay. It’s greatest to do that at low tide and like us, you may stroll out throughout the wave minimize platforms.
Kimmeridge is legendary for its fossils and right here you may see huge ammonites and different fossils within the uncovered sea mattress. Superb!
There are some implausible walks you are able to do from right here too, together with (as long as MOD exercise doesn’t stop it) a stroll to Lulworth Cove and Tyneham, Dorset’s ‘ghost’ village, which was evacuated in WWII.
At one finish of Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset Wildlife Belief has a Wild Seas Centre, the place you may be taught extra concerning the marine creatures that inhabit this space. It’s free to go to though donations to Dorset Wildlife Belief are welcomed.
After just a few hours of wanting in rock swimming pools, fossil recognizing and clambering over rocks, we headed again to the automotive park for an all-important ice cream!
Farmer Palmer’s farm park
On our second day, the youngsters spent the primary a part of the morning enjoying within the campsite’s play space once more earlier than we sadly needed to depart from our pod.
We drove to a close-by farm park, Farmer Palmer’s, the place there was a big mushy play, out of doors play areas, alternatives to see numerous totally different livestock and for a small cost, hop aboard a tractor/trailer trip to go and feed the farm’s deer.
Our glamping expertise
We cherished our first-time glamping. The ladies stated that they had numerous enjoyable and once I requested our 2-year-old whether or not she favored it she replied “once more”!
If you happen to like the nice outside however really feel you’d miss your private home comforts, then glamping makes an awesome possibility. It’s undoubtedly one thing I’d do once more. Plus, South Lytchett Manor is conveniently positioned to numerous the south coast’s main points of interest together with the Jurassic shoreline, Bournemouth, Poole and historic cities similar to Wimborne Minster and Wareham.
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