Most glamping sites offer a full complement of activities like hiking, fishing and bike riding. However if your not the active kind but still want to be one with nature, then possibly a crafty camp is what you are looking for.
Crafty Camping offers a great selection of accommodation. You can stay in either a tipi, yurt, bell tent or a shepherds hut, all kitted out with double beds, heaters and other luxuries to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
Camping in winter isn’t usually a popular choice with most people, however there seems to be something more magical about wandering the bare woods whilst wrapped up warm and making a fire in the comfort of your yurt. I experienced this while visiting Crafty Camping in January. This entirely hand-crafted glamping site snugly sits in several acres of West Dorset woodland. Creator and professional woodworker Guy Mallinson, originally created the site as a workshop for people to come and be surrounded by nature while carving and whittling away to produce anything from spatulas (two hour course) to chairs (one week course). Thanks to the pleas of his whittlers, Guy created on site camping but with added luxury which has become the beautiful utopia it is today.
The site also has a lake for fishing, a communal ‘out of Africa’ kitchen, which I can say would put some kitchens to shame as it features a large gas hob oven, traditional wood-fire pizza oven, fridge and even a dishwasher. Although out in the open, the kitchen is surprisingly cosy and offers fur-lined benches to sit on while you enjoy your complimentary coffee and Dorset cereal in the morning. Another enjoyable feature, especially in the winter months, is the sauna yurt. After a long walk around the fields, it’s a great way to warm up and unwind. What really makes crafty camping stand out from other glamping experiences is its courses in woodwork and the satisfaction you get from sitting amongst the trees, while learning the skills of turning a log
into a usable object (In my case a very unique spatula). Although the courses are completely optional and some people do come for just the glamping experience, I would highly recommend giving it a go, even the most novice of carvers will walk away with something to be proud of, as Guy leads you through each step clearly and more importantly safely, as you’ll be working with very sharp tools. There are many different UK glamping sites to choose from, but with its perfect balance of nature, comfort and crafts, Crafty Camping is definitely one to try.
For more information on Crafty Camping visit: www.mallinson.co.uk For more Glamping options visit: www.canopyandstars.co.uk