Browning Bros is the perfect luxury glamping retreat in rural Essex. Set between an apple orchard and 20 acres of woodland, Browning Bros Glamping sits in the grounds of at Tey Brook Farm in the Colne Valley, six miles from Colchester.
What makes this place rather magical is that it has been inspired by Nat and Archie Browning’s childhood adventures in the woods beyond their 15th-century farmhouse. This means that the design of the site and activities on offer will take you back to your own childhood and that you are guaranteed fun at every turn. Childlike adults (or adults with children as their excuse!) can climb trees, built dens and climb down riverbanks for a paddle.
There is a mix of accomodation choices at Browning Bros. Stay in luxury bell tents, tipis or yurts as well as the option of a night in a refurbished grain silo with a skylight, so that you can see the stars from your bed. There is even a romantic shepherd’s hut with a small wood burner and a snug double bed, ideal for cooler nights. The tall, North American tipis are great for families, offering rustic bohemian charm, complemented by life’s little luxuries. There’s a double bedstead with two mattresses either side with decent linen, fashionable furnishings and thick rugs and throws create a luxury homely feel. The bell tents have a similar layout, while the Mongolian yurts have extra space.
Spend your days fishing (you can hire rods), playing hide and seek among the trees and exploring the unspoilt countryside. In the evening, light up a fire with the unlimited firewood, and melt marshmallows or cook up a charcoaled feast. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor dining areas as well as a covered outdoor kitchen for slightly less exciting self catering. If you can’t be bothered, there’s an excellent fine-dining brasserie nearby.
This place really is everything you could wish for in a countryside retreat, so let your hair down, put on your wellies and relish your childhood whims with some outdoor antics in the fresh air!
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