Glamping in Buckinghamshire and why it offers a perfect retreat for couples
PUBLISHED: 15:11 28 February 2014 | UPDATED: 15:13 28 February 2014
The views at Hill Farm and Orchard on the edge of pretty Slapton are the sort to blow away the cobwebs. This working farm beside the towpath of the scenic Grand Union Canal, looks across to the breathtaking Ivinghoe Hills Nature Reserve.
The farm itself has been in the same family since 1888 and today Tom and Susan Nash oversee an operation that includes a suckler beef herd with pedigree Limousins, a commercial flock of sheep, and one of the oldest flocks of the now rare Wiltshire Horn sheep in the country. The orchard has old apple, pear and damson trees.
Now there’s another attraction – the arrival of two heated ‘Wigwams’ offering the chance to stay on the farm and enjoy camping in style with an en-suite bathroom, kettle, microwave, TV and DVD player included. In addition, campers can be assured of a good night’s sleep with towels and bed linen provided in both of the cabins, which each have a double bed and sofa bed.
Susan Nash says: “We are really excited to have these new additions on our site. People are always looking for ways to holiday for less, and the Wigwams offer a budget alternative without having to get deep down and dirty in a full on camping experience.”
Glamping has increased in popularity in recent years. The Wigwam cabins were recently featured on ITV’s This Morning and named by presenter Jenni Falconer as one of the best holidays for couples, as their luxury and budget element make it the perfect romantic retreat.
Although cabins are available at almost 60 sites across the UK, Hill Farm and Orchard is the first site in the south-east to house the Wigwams.
Charles Gulland, managing director of Wigwam® Holidays explains: “It is great to have a dot on the map in this area at long last. Wigwams have been extremely popular in the other sites around the UK and we think Hill Farm and Orchard is a perfect fit for the introduction of them in this area.
“The homely feel of the farm is a great spot to enjoy the luxury of the Wigwam cabins and whether you seek a solitary weekend escape, some couple time, fun with friends or to spend some quality time with your family, there is so much to see and do nearby.”
The cost is £60 a night, with well-behaved dogs accepted for £5 per night. For more information on the cabins available at the Hill Farm and Orchard site, visit their page on the Wigwam website www.wigwamholidays.com/Hill_Farm_and_Orchard_Wigwams or check out their facebook page www.facebook.com/hillfarmandorchard.
The village has a population of under 600 and sits on the border with Bedfordshire, below Leighton Buzzard and close to Edlesborough, next to the Grand Union Canal. The thatched Carpenters Arms pub, see www.carpentersarmsslapton.co.uk, dates back to the 16th century and welcomes visitors with good lunch and dinner menus.