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It’s not a nice feeling to realise you have no imagination. Many times we have laid eyes upon a caravan and not once thought, “Yes, that chassis would make a great place to spend the weekend.” Yet here we are at Milly’s House – an innovative new glampsite, set on the edge of private Hertfordshire woodland – firing up the log burner, and planning to cook dinner on what may be the UK’s best-located caravan chassis.
Well, three caravan chassis to tell the truth. The building has been constructed on these upscaled vehicle frames, which now support different parts of the ‘Hybrid Cabin'. One chassis is the bedroom, one the lounge and reception area, and the final underpart houses the kitchen and bathroom. “All three sections are connected by tunnel footbridges, so guests can walk between them comfortably,” says owner Liam. Together, the bridges weave around trees on the edge of the woodland, offering uninterrupted countryside views.
Hiding on a working agricultural farm outside Ashwell, Milly’s House is completely off-grid and geared towards being eco-friendly – which belies the fact that this is actually an incredibly comfortable place to stay. The well-equipped kitchen has a gas cooker and hob, fridge, running water, and there’s also a lovely private shower and a composting toilet. But perhaps the cabin’s biggest treat is the 180-degree glass in the bedroom – meaning visitors can immerse themselves in the outdoors, yet stay toasty lazing in a double bed.
Outside, there’s a large south-facing deck (complete with table and chairs), which perches over a small stream, providing the sound of trickling water. “The cabin is all about switching off from the world and reconnecting with the natural surroundings,” Liam continues. With this in mind, Milly’s House has no power sockets – the building is run from a solar system – however, there is 4G-phone signal here, for those not wanting to disconnect completely.
By day, there are lovely walks, taking in the surrounding villages, and further afield the beautiful buildings and colleges of Cambridge can be explored. As you would imagine, the tightly-packed city gets busy during summer; a far cry from Milly’s House, where most guests are content simply to read a book and listen to the birdsong – revelling in the delightful sense of isolation.
The cabin sleeps 3 comfortably with a double bed, and a sofa in the dimensions of a single bed. Bedding and linen provided for 2, so anyone booking for 3 will need to bring linen for the extra person. 1 bedroom, 1 lounge, 1 reception area – and the final room houses the kitchen and bathroom. All sections are connected by footbridges which weave around trees. Log burner inside, fully-operational kitchen with a gas cooker, hob, and fridge with a small built in freezer section. Running water, a lovely big private shower and a composting toilet. Chess board, cards and a selection of books are available in the building, which is slowly being built up to become a book swap library. Large, south-facing deck perched over the edge of a small stream. No sockets, but there are lights and a 4G phone signal. Despite the remote, peaceful location, you’re not always alone: Peregrine falcons, owls, and plenty of blue tits fly overhead. The farm also has a pheasant farm, so there are lots of pheasants wandering around. Unfortunately, Milly's House can't allow outside fires as this is a working agricultural farm, and it's not sensible to start fires next to a 10-acre field full of dry wheat!
Suitable ForGlamping only. Couples, small families and well-behaved dogs – yes.
NearbyThere are lots of lovely villages around that should be explored. Pretty Ashwell is the closest, and boasts a natural spring and a historic church that was mentioned in the Domesday Book. There's also the historic market town of Hitchin with antique markets and quaint little cobbled side streets to explore. Most notably, the famous university town of Cambridge – with its many free museums and beautiful architecture – is only a 35-minute drive away down country lanes, while romantic Knebworth House (01438 812661) – set in 250 acres of Hertfordshire countryside – put on many family-friendly events, like jousting and ghost tours.
Food & Drink
The cabin is fully set-up for self-catering, and there are shops like Sainsbury's and Tesco’s in the nearby towns and villages – all that and more information is in the welcome pack. Tea, coffee and milk will be present and correct upon check-in, so guests can make a cuppa. To eat out, almost all of the local pubs serve food; the best would be the The Three Tuns in Ashwell (01462 743883), which is right next to a natural springs. The Three Horseshoes in Hinxworth (01462 743335) also comes recommended.
All year round.
1 exclusive cabin built from three upcycled caravan trailers, sleeping up to 3.
This site is a 5-minute drive from junction 10 on the A1(M) in Hertfordshire. Exact location details will be provided upon booking. Before your arrival, you will be given a unique code, which will allow you access to the key safe. This will allow you to process your own check-in at your own convenience.
The nearest train station is Baldock which is fed by Kings Cross St Pancras, and if you get the fast train you can be here in 30 minutes (standard train takes around 45 minutes). From there, it’s a short 5-minute taxi ride to the site, or you can take a bus ride from the station on the number 91 bus, which services the local villages. It's very much a countryside service so only runs every hour or so.
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