As you may know by now, camping is not my favorite pastime as the thought of erecting my own moth-eaten tent in a muddy field and sharing bathroom facilities with total strangers is not high on my list of luxury travel ideas. However, add the word ‘glamping’ into the equation and my whole outlook changes. A stay in a luxury yurt, quirky quarry pod, or wonderful wooden wigwam is much more acceptable, especially those with an en-suite bathroom! It’s not the embracing nature part that I find difficult, it’s the uncomfortable and ever-deflating air beds and chilly draughts. Glamping provides a much more luxurious and comfortable solution that avoids all of these indignities.
A great little glamping site with unique, wooden self-contained glamping pods amidst nature is Crowtree Wigwams in Spalding, Lincolnshire. Ideally located for a short family or couples break (not forgetting the dog as they’re welcome too!), Crowtree Wigwams is just over an hour’s train journey from London and within easy distance of Cambridge or Peterborough. The wonderful wigwams are also much more spacious than your conventional tent and even feature windows, doors, and skylights as well as a mini kitchen and a private en-suite bathroom – what more do you need for the perfect glamping holiday?
The Glamping Site
Wigwam Holidays Crowtree is situated on a farm in Wragg Marsh, a quiet little hamlet just north of the historic market town of Spalding in the Lincolnshire fens. The site comprises of six luxury wooden wigwams which can sleep up to four people (plus a cot) with views of the beautiful surrounding Fenscape. One of the wonderful benefits of staying somewhere so rural is the peaceful surroundings where you can appreciate nature at its best including cattle grazing nearby and the unspoiled nightly star-gazing shows – just stunning.
The accommodation comes in the form of gorgeous, triangular-shaped, wooden pods, almost like your very own mini-log-cabin, that are filled with all the modern comforts you could need for a luxury camping holiday. Each cabin has running water and a private en-suite shower and toilet as well as an electric heater, mini kitchen, dining table, sofa (which converts into a bed), double bedroom at the back of the cabin, and a picnic table outside. The very self-contained kitchen boasts a hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge, and sink, plus plenty of crockery, cutlery, pans, and utensils. If you fancy cooking outdoors you can hire a fire pit or BBQ for £10 GBP per night (inc. logs/charcoal – note: the site does not permit you to bring your own).
In terms of entertainment, there is grass tennis and croquet court which you can use for £5 GBP an hour as well as a Den with snooker, games, and puzzles for children (or just those that are young at heart!). You can bring your own bedding and linens however if you want to hire them you can for: £10 GBP per stay for a double duvet, fitted sheet, double quilt cover and 2 pillows; £5 GBP per stay for towels and if you wish to hire a high chair or travel cot, they’re £5 GBP each too.
Restaurants & Bar
As with most camping holidays, you will be self-catering and there is a big supermarket in Spalding where you can stock up on groceries for cooking in the cabin or BBQ essentials if you fancy dining alfresco. If you do want to eat out however there are numerous restaurants, bars, and coffee houses nearby, simply ask the owners to recommend one.
Crowtree Wigwams offers easy access to the River Welland with its attractive waterfront of grand Georgian terraces, tree-lined streets, and pretty riverside walk and it’s only a short distance to the towns of Cambridge, Peterborough, Kings Lynn, Boston, and Stamford. The surrounding district of South Holland features plenty of modern and historic attractions including spectacular medieval churches and historic working windmills that show part of the area’s rich agricultural heritage. If you enjoy being on the water as much as beside it then you should take a Water Taxi for a leisurely 30-minute cruise on the river, or for those shopaholics among us, there’s the Springfields Outlet Shopping Centre. There are also a number of RSBP nature reserves nearby which are great for walks or a day out with a picnic and Spalding Fun Farm and Pumpkin Festival are great for the kids if you’re there at the right time of the year.
So if you fancy a short luxury glamping break in the UK surrounded by plenty of history, nature, walks and fun then Crowtree Wigwams will not disappoint.
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