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Hints & Tips for First Time Glampers
Safari Tent Glamping holidays are growing in popularity here in the UK - an interesting & unique type of family holiday that encourages us all out of our comfort zone for a while. The experience is fun, adventurous, on trend, exciting and above all memorable. Find a glamping site that have a camp fire or fire pit and you can fulfil that dream of toasting marshmallows on the fire, blankets wrapped around your shoulders with big open star-filled skies overhead and a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge!
Glamping gives you the chance to reconnect with the countryside, disconnect from technology and rediscover the joy in our natural world. Many glamping sites are located off the beaten track and offer you the chance to go off-grid for a weekend. Taking a staycation has never been so appealing! However, you do not have to go without your creature comforts... glamping often fills the gap between hard-core camping and staying in a boutique hotel. Good glampsites will offer solar-powered lighting & usb charging. Refrigeration options can include gas or solar powered fridges & cool boxes. Heating can be provided by wood burning stoves, with some doubling up as a range-style oven complete with hot plate.
Hot water can be tricky but not impossible - again, wood-fired water heaters can be found or solar and gas powered showers.
Adult-sized beds are important with high tog duvets to ensure a cosy night under canvas. Pay attention to the size of the safari tent, although many claim to sleep 6-8, you have to dig a little deeper to check that you will all be comfortable, have your own bedrooms and storage facilities. Extras like hot water bottles, towels, bedding, inclusive wood, starter packs of toiletries etc mean that you can travel lighter. Young children are often catered for with the use of travel cots, highchairs etc.
Usually, the tents will be self-contained with toilets, baths or showers and a well equipped kitchen.
The country air and bombardment of its sights and sounds make for good nights sleep for all, even if the tent straps are vibrating in the wind! Everyone can feel part of the experience from bringing a wheelbarrow of wood to the tent, washing-up by hand, setting the campfire, switching on the LED candles, reading the story or planning a nature hunt in the meadow. Sometimes the simple things are the best - even if it is just for a few days.
Sprinkle in solar powered fairy lights and wind-up torches and you have a fabulous experience just waiting to be had.
We have seen friendship groups and multi-multi-generational family groups enjoying the time together with this new experience...
Departing guests often comment that their children have embraced the TV free experience, no WIFI - no problem! Honestly, give it a go.
You will also need to set your budget. Glamping can be a lot more expensive than camping and most prices are closer to what you would expect to pay for a night in a boutique hotel. The thing to remember here however is that you are also paying for a unique experience as well as the accommodation & facilities itself.
What to take with you depends on the good old British weather -
Consider how much you'll be outdoors when packing your overnight things. Wellington boots, wet weather gear, lots of layer, gloves, hats, warm clothing and a torch for example.
What to expect when choosing a glamping holiday
Don't assume that you are going to find a sterile hotel experience. Even if you stay in a tent with a wood burner and comfortable bed, you might still find the odd bug or small mammal, experience the odd draught and the unfamiliar sounds of the countyside outside your door.
Guests are are essentially on their own in the great outdoors, close to nature and away from the infrastructure, protection & luxury of brick walls, room service & central heating. The good news is that the majority of glamping sites don't require you to have any gear and offer amenities that you would not usually find at a traditional campsite.
The location of the site itself is important, where is the nearest pub, bus stop, beach, grocery shop etc. Its is a great idea to do your research first. Guest reviews give you a first hand comment to consider - when you find a great glamp site, you can experience camping at its best.
Being Off-Grid. Our Eco & Sustainable Efforts.
The construction and operation of our tents and site can boast that 90% of all wood, materials, staff, labour, products and supplies are sourced from the Isle of Wight, the rest from the UK.
We use very little plastic and have only a few items of plastic equipment; Broom & pan, children's cups, bin-liners, wheelbarrow wheels, fairy light & other cables, water pipes, tent windows & lantern cases. Not much at all when you consider how well we are equipped for 32 glampers in 4 tents!
We use our two efficient solar panels to provide stored power for a fixed point power light in each room plus 2 USB charging points. This ensures our guests have some light & phone charge.
Our internal fairy lights are mainly solar powered.
Our fridge & two ring gas hob are gas powered.
Our water is heated by a wood burner situated in the family bathroom which also keeps the rear of the tent warm.
Our outdoor shower is gas fired.
Guests cooking and heating is on the other wood burning stove which is situated in the kitchen/ dining area. All of the wood, briquettes & lump wood charcoal that we supply are from the Island.
We supply a variety of wind-up & solar powered torches.
All of our 'candles' are LED lights.
We use Eco products where ever possible.
We recycle as much of our own and our guests waste as possible - separating glass from other recyclables, general waste from food waste.
We are a pet free & vehicle free site and actively encourage the use of bikes & public buses as transport. We are located on fabulous cycle paths, walking routes and No 7 bus route.
Our Glamp Site
We have four fabulous lodges for the full season in 2019. All four can be booked together, individually or as a pair. We have two in our lower field and the other two are in our top meadow - all with fantastic views of the river and countryside and with plenty of space in-between each lodge…this is Glamping The Wight Way…
Glamp Off-Grid - 4 stylish safari tents set in 2 meadows river view. Close to Yarmouth harbour & Freshwater pubs, shops, cycle/footpaths. Sleep 6-8. Handmade wooden furniture/fittings. Gas Fridge/Hob, Solar lights/USB charging. BBQ. Firepit. Bath. Outdoor shower.
2018 & 2019 Reviews
April 2019 Family M wrote - The 'teny' is very well organised and has everything you need. The view across the river is beautiful and the children loved the walk down to visit the sheep.
May 2018 The Jones' family wrote - " Thanks so much for an absolutely fantastic trip - we will DEFINITELY be back! you guys have thought of every little detail to the lights for the bath to the swing outside which has made bedtime very easy. Oh and thanks for sorting out the glorious weather!"
June 2018 Dawn wrote - "We live on the other side of the Island but feel we have travelled to another planet! Absolutely amazing weekend of outdoor living around the fire pit, evening swims in the Yar and Red Lion/Off the Rails lunches. This place is so well thought through & loved."
June 2018 The Wrights & friends wrote - " What a WONDERFUL place. You have thought of everything & all the wooden details are fab. We came for the Isle of Wight Festival & the highlights were The Killers & then BBQ breakfast & dinner on the fire pit. Those Views!! We will be back!
29/10/17 Natalie wrote - "A huge thank you to Sarah and the team for making our first glamping experience so memorable. We received a warm welcome on arrival & were so impressed with the high spec of the tents themselves. The attention to detail is second to none & the beds are so comfy!
In terms of kitting them out they really have thought of everything. The location is fantastic and the children have so much space and freedom to roam. There are so many local places for fantastic day trips & bike rides.
The experience exceeded all our expectations & we were so impressed with the level of service.
Our children had the best half term...not even Storm Brian could put us off! We are already looking forward to coming back next year & will be recommending you to all our friends."
16/9/17 Lorna wrote - "Perfect!! Such a fabulous holiday: beautiful views, beautiful tents, comfy beds, hot showers, peace and tranquility! We will definitively return. Ideal to let go and just appreciate the essential things in life, just in finer detail! Nothing was too much trouble to the GTWW Team too. Top marks! We felt refreshed, despite travelling with a toddler and a baby! So that says a lot".
25/6/17 Jo wrote "Relaxing..the perfect retreat, well done, you have created a very special place on our Island."
2/7/17 J & R wrote "Wonderful, our first glamping experience couldn't have asked for more, Luxury in a tent! Really relaxing, the sun even shone for us so we could enjoy the swing chair on the terrace. Thank you" R added "Really good, I would do it again - Fantastic!"
4/7/17 The Baron wrote "Great holiday with the grandchildren. Facilities & location excellent and with perfect weather, what else would you ask for. Thank you."
8/7/17 Mrs J & family wrote "Our first glamping experience -so lovely we didn't leave the tent. Such a great space and THAT view!! Thank so much.
This was our first full season with four of our beautiful safari tents. We had Grandparents, Parents & children taking the whole site on occasion which was just perfect for a feeling of exclusivity and security. This arrangement worked well with some friendship groups who could all have their own living space but enjoy the two meadows all to themselves as a fun gang without outsiders interrupting that all important game of rounders!
Mid March 2018 began with us scrapping the snow off our tent canopies with a giant 12ft rake that Will & Ollie quickly made for us when the cold snap suddenly hit us hard.
We blinked and missed the short Spring but enjoyed the most wonderful warm weather for most of the long Summer.
Autumn showed itself in all its beauty giving our wellie-clad guests stunning visual memories from our raised deck over the river. The biggest skies didn't disappoint with star shows a-plenty.
Thank you to all our guests who came to stay this year, we look forward to welcoming old friends and new in March 2019.
My lovely friend Annie worked hard for weeks making our beautiful blinds. Annie carefully sourced textured and complimentary fabrics & a lovely tweed type linen ribbon. Bedroom blinds have blackout lining to help settle those little ones down during the late & light summer nights.
Just when she thought it was all finished we ordered our next two tents for 2018 season. Twenty Two more blinds please Annie……
Our charming friend Will created all of the wooden furniture, fixtures and fittings in both of our tents and made our ranch-style entrance! Just like Annie, he is now working on more of the same for our next two tents. We keep him happy with plenty of coffee, cake and sausages for his dog Tess. Our amazing furniture & woodwork was lovingly made by Will Headington contactable on Instagram @willswoodwork