My girlfriend Charley and I had never been camping or glamping, nor had we taken our 8 month old cockapoo away, Hector, so when the chance came up to spend a few days testing out Birch Tree Safari Tent at Seale Hayne, we wanted to try something a bit different – and it certainly turned out to be a weekend we’d never forget!
One of my initial reservations with glamping was merely based on not knowing what to expect, though I was very pleasantly surprised – everything we needed was provided, including milk on arrival for that all important cup of tea, a camping stove and plenty of cooking equipment, hot water on tap and an unlimited supply of wood for the wood burner. It’s easy to picture a summer's evening with the tent doors thrown open and dinner on the patio, making this for an amazing place to spend some time away with the family.
At night, the fairy lights and wood burner made for the cosiest of settings, with the wood store coming in very handy on a cool January evening. I’d say that Seale-Hayne and indeed Birch Tree appeals to many; for those used to camping, it’d make a great base to explore just with a few more (in my opinion, very welcome), home comforts…like a toilet. And a shower. And a kettle. And a wood burner. And a bed… It also appeals to those like me who want to go for something a bit different but without having to give up some of the home comforts that I can’t live without. The best of both worlds.
A weekend in January is pretty chilly, so Saturday morning was spent wrapped up for a long dog walk around Stover Country Park, whilst the evening was spent cosied up next to the wood burner with Hector asleep across us.
For the Saturday afternoon, I had a little surprise in store for Charley. Before we went away, unbeknownst to her, I had booked for the three of us to go for afternoon tea at Bovey Castle and whilst we waited for our cakes to arrive at the table, I slid a ring across the table and asked her to marry me exactly 7 years after we had first started going out. I know what you’re thinking; ‘you old romantic, you’ and you’re absolutely right. My wingman Hector, sprawled out across the rather extravagant carpet, missed everything after he snoozed the earlier walk off, but I know I had his backing.
It’ll definitely be a weekend that’ll last long in the memory that’s for sure! And I’d definitely recommend glamping! Click here to find out more about Birch Tree.