The camping pods are lovely, a real novelty - like staying in Hobbiton with round huts and rolling landscaped hills. My friends and I especially enjoyed the big beanbags which you could drag out onto the grass and laze about on and the barbecues that worked were great.
However the overall atmosphere of the place was rather creepy - deserted when we arrived with definite horror movie vibe. There is a strange garden centre graveyard and lots of disused farm equipment lying about.
We booked of course but it felt like we weren't expected as the owner was awol and the assistant who we eventually found, although friendly, didn't seem to know anything about our booking. The pod I was in didn't seem as clean as I would expect and a few things were missing that were said to be provided. The communal seating area was covered in cobwebs and cat hair which was a bit of a shame. I would have appreciated the under floor heating being switched on after my friend and I requested it but unfortunately the owner failed to do this.
That being said, the positives far outweighed the negatives! The pods really were unique, with mega comfy beds and attractive wood art. More than enough room for 2 in a pod, very luxurious especially with hot showers. The place already looks lovely but in a few years will be even more special when the saplings start to grow into trees, it'll be like a magical woodland.
My only gripe is the service - I expect a certain level when I pay to stay somewhere and it's not like this is your bog-standard campsite, it's a step up from that. Greeting your guests and making them feel welcome on arrival is surely a basic in hospitality! And the owner didn't really redeem himself after that failure. Perhaps teething problems but it would be great if the look and feel of the pods could be matched in all areas of this site.
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