If we were tell you about a 22 acre rural idyll, complete with resident barn owls, red kites, buzzing beehives nearby, and a waterlily-flecked pond that's home to herons, chances are you'd place this bucolic haven in some far-flung corner of the country. Well, we're delighted to say that you can find this perfect patch of pastoral paradise in the Home County of Bedfordshire. With the Big Smoke just an hour down the road, this is the ideal destination for world-weary Londoners looking to get away from the hullabaloo of city life.
Opened in Spring2018, Re:treat Glamping provides a luxury countryside getaway for those looking to reconnect with nature in the reinvigorating air of the Bedfordshire countryside. As friendly host Jo Baxter envisions, "imagine watching a beautiful sunset whilst relaxing in a wood fired hot tub; toasting yummy marshmallows whilst sipping on a mug of warm cocoa; watching swallows dance above the pond from the jetty; spending quality time with your nearest and dearest with nature as your backdrop…". She had us at hot tub!
Comprising a single, self-contained safari lodge for seven, Re:treat Glamping is very much at the high-end of the comfortable camping spectrum. The luxury lodge sits atop a spacious wooden veranda complete with wood-fired hot tub from which to enjoy the views. Inside, a large wood-burning stove inhabits the hub of the open plan kitchen, featuring butler sink with copper taps. The dining and lounge areas provide ample space, while two separate bedrooms host a four poster and triple bunk bed between them. An additional cot bed can also be provided and a quirky king size ‘den bed’ adjoins the living area, with space underneath for storage, playing, or den making. To the rear of the lodge, two private bathrooms house the toilet and shower respectively – the latter provides piping hot water and a picture frame window so you can enjoy the scenery while you soak.
Despite its proximity to the capital, you're still very much immersed in countryside life here – you know you're in the great outdoors when you're warned to watch your step for rabbit holes. The exclusive nature of the off-grid accommodation means that glampers have the run of the vast grounds too, with countless different pockets of the sprawling smallholding, each offering a new perspective. The old orchard is a grassed area surrounded by mature trees that's perfect for a game of rounders (kit and kaboodle provided), while the spinney behind is prime den-building real estate. For a bit of 'me time', seek out the pond-side summerhouse and while away the day in the rocking chair, lost in a good book. You can even bring your rod along and fish for carp, tench and rudd in the pond (permits available upon booking). And when it's time to explore, the footpath running through the dewpond field offers access to the surrounding villages of Pulloxhill, Silsoe, Flitton and beyond.
The campsite owner says
Re:treat is an exclusive 7 person (+1 cot) luxury safari lodge complete with wood fired hot tub positioned on its own private deck. This beautifully equipped ensuite canvas and wood safari lodge nestles privately on our 22 acre smallholding. That means you’ll be staying exclusively and you’ll be free to explore the natural surroundings and footpaths on your doorstep.
Re:treat Glamping is really family friendly. Choose from a wide range of indoor games and board games or take your pick from the outdoor games chest of favourites including swingball, rounders & cricket. There is also a pond dipping kit for the pond and a pedal tractor and trailor for younger guests. A box of toddler books, toys and tableware are also available free on request as well as hire of a travel cot and highchair.
Beds are made up on arrival with fresh bed linen and hypo allergenic quilts.
The kitchen is fully equipped with crockery, cutlery, standard kitchen utensils and cooking pots and pans. Re:treat also has a small solar powered fridge.
You’ll find an array of indoor and outdoor games at Re:treat as well as a wide selection of books.
A bath towel is provided for each person staying at Re:treat. The shower room has a hand towel, bath mat, hand wash and shower and hair wash.The cloakroom has toilet roll provided as well as hand soap.
We’ll provide you with an initial supply of wood for the wood burning stove and wood fired hot tub. Additional wood and charcoal can be purchased.
The wood burning stove is the hub of Re:treat and can be used for keeping the lodge warm on chillier evenings and as a traditional oven with its own hob. There is also a tripod BBQ for cooking up a feast or toasting marshmallows.
We can also provide you with a wide range of extras ranging from home cooked meals, locally sourced BBQ & Breakfast packs, reflexology sessions and fishing the adjacent pond. We are also able to offer afternoon teas which can be requested & pre-ordered with local pop up tea room 'The Tea Cup Inn'.
Re:treat is off grid and is fitted with solar low level lighting.
All prices include full use of the private hot tub and all of the items and provisions noted in the ‘what’s included’ section of our website.
Please see our website for Bank holiday variations
We’re delighted to offer £50 off of Mid week stays for couples (and one infant) outside of school holidays.
Re:treat Glamping is taking bookings for its first season which starts on the 30th March 2018.
Re:treat is a peaceful, secluded setting however very occasionally if the wind is blowing the wrong way low level road noise may be heard.
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