Friday, 30 March 2012

glamping holiday!

so this week i haven't had a proper chance to blog as i've been away glamping! for those of you who don't already know, glamping stands for 'glamorous camping', something that appealed to me as generally, camping isn't my thing! 

i went for two nights to jollydays luxury campsite with my boyfriend and i'm so glad it was sunny as i can't imagine what we would have done if it had been raining! there is practically no electricity on site and even with the sun out during the day it was freezing at night! we still had a great time though so i thought i'd share some pictures to let you all know what it was like and maybe see if i could even convince the reluctant camper to give it a go?!

jollydays is about 10 miles from york city centre and is situated down a long path away from any roads. we walked about a mile to the local village for a pub lunch but even there it was pretty quiet!

the campsite has a campfire area and feels really secluded. we didn't actually spend any time here but i'm sure it would get busier in summer and it's nice to know that jollydays encourage socialising with fellow campers :)

here is our tent! this was a 'deluxe lodge tent' which meant it came with its own kitchen and bathroom and is also very spacious. it feels like a proper house inside!

this one came out a lot darker than i would've liked.. oops! this was our living room which had a full-size corner sofa and wood burner. the reason it looks like there's a shed in the background is because there is! two (beautifully painted and decorated) garden sheds broke up the tent into two halves and were also home to a kitchen and bathroom - clever idea!

does it count as glamping without a four poster bed? i'm not sure that it does so luckily they had this covered! they also provided a hot water bottle for each person staying but as there were only two of us i insisted that we use all four to keep us warm at night!

another glamping requirement (as far as i'm concerned) is a beautiful free-standing bath. it looked so pretty in the corner of the bathroom shed and there was instant hot water. that, and not having to share with other campers was a massive blessing!

apart from the fridge and the hob in the kitchen, nothing else is powered on electricity in the camp! plenty of candles were provided, all perfectly fitting with the shabby chic interior.

the campsite has a tea tent open at all times equipped with drinks, marshmallows (we cooked most of our food on the bbq but didn't think to bring marshmallows with us so this was well thought out and much appreciated!) and delicious homemade cakes. there's noone serving you here, just an honesty box to leave any payments in.


all in all, a really great holiday. we had loads of fun and could have stayed for a lot longer! it was nice to do something different and not have a tv or laptop constantly on for a change! given the chance i'd definitely go back :) you can find more info about jollydays luxury camping here.

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