We stayed during Easter weekend and the weather was awful. We didn't realise when we booked that you can't park by the pod which we found a pain carrying luggage and food down the path which gets very boggy and muddy when it rains. It's also a pain walking back from the car in the dark in the mud too with a small torch. The last thing we wanted to do is clean our dog from the walk from the car to the pod. The Path should at least be gravelled and small area to the front of the pod so that at least when it is pouring down with rain you and your dog aren't getting muddy. We would have to put on our wellies just to walk to the car, change shoes in the car to go out in and the same when coming back. The dog got incredibly muddy just walking from the car to the pod which was a pain as then mud goes all over the floors and bed! Luckily we brought spare towels and these were placed by the door on the floor as door mats for the mud. We would have to do our best to wipe our four legged friends paws every time he came in which was frustrating as this could easily be avoided by putting stones down on the path. Ideally, parking by the cabin would be a plus to save carrying everything through mud. The parking bay is a small pull in by the house which is basically on the accsaaway to the house. We weren't very comfortable leaving our car out of sight and effectively on a road which could get hit by visitors during the day for dog training.
Although there is a tv, it is not connected to an aerial so it is dvds only.
Pod itself was well equipped and cosy. The floor in the toilet area was always wet so whenever we went to the toilet our feet would get wet. It could also do with an electric hob to cook on as the microwave grill didn't work well to cook with.
Location was good with plenty to see and do. Improvements need to be made to accommodate the British wet weather!
Although we enjoyed we wouldn't return because it was more stressful than anything trying to minimise the mud. We have clamped in other pods less luxurious but better equipped for the British weather.
I'm sure when your guaranteed dried weather or it's been dry for a while then the path and parking aren't issues.
Lovely, relaxing stay. Pod was great, had everything you needed. Nice, quiet surroundings. Host Anna was very welcoming.
Really enjoyed our time away with our two dogs -Anna was so helpful and looking forward to going back later in the year !
I have reached the age of 50+ and never been camping and never wanted to but I saw Widget's and decided that glamping was something I must try. The main attraction was the focus and welcome for dogs. I have recently adopted a rescue dog who hadn't been off the lead as his recall is questionable and the lure of a secure 7 acre field on site which he could use was too much for me to refuse. So I booked for myself, Partner and Benji (the black lab) to go for 4 nights.
It rained every day and being on a farm and in the middle of a field you need your wellies! We were soaked, muddy and cold (outside, not in the pod which was very cosy) but loved every minute! Anna, the owner, was very welcoming and showed us the small but perfectly formed pod on arrival. It has everything you need and is in its own secure/enclosed area where you can safely let your dog off the lead. Everything has been thought of. There is no TV or wifi but there is a DVD player with a small selection of DVD's. Phone signal was good. It was nice to get away from the TV and emails etc and just enjoy the peace and quiet and each others company.
As part of the package you can have the 7 acre field for 50 minutes each morning and you can also book extra time slots at a very reasonable price. It was wonderful to watch Benji just run and run in a safe environment and to take back one very tired and muddy dog.
There is a pub within walking distance, The Bell, although we drove as there is no footpath in parts alongside a busy road. The food is great, good portions and good selection. The staff are very friendly and allow dogs in the bar area where Benji was welcomed with a bowl of water. White Row Farm, about a mile away, is also worth a visit.
Overall I would highly recommend Widget's and we will be returning hopefully in the not too distant future.
My first experience of Glamping!!
We stayed at the pod last weekend. It was perfect. Everything has been thought of, you think you need something & there it is. This is as close to camping as I would get & cannot wait for the husband to out his leave so I can book again. Anna was great from the initial inquiry of booking right to the end.
The pod is within its own small secure garden. That then sits in I think about 5 acres of (unsecured) field. I say it's not secure yet if you have a good dog it is pretty secure & we didn't see one person the whole time we were there in the field. Also the garden around the pod is fence with wire fencing so you don't feel enclosed or shut off. The next field over is huge & we were given access to it at 8am for our dog to go free. It was amazing to see our dog off the lead & roaming free, we don't get to do let him do this very often as nervous & over protective dog owners, this field couldn't be more secure, perfect.
The pod was spotlessly clean, shower was great & bed comfy, all the cooking utensils, combi-oven, kettle, radio, Tv/DVD player literally everything you need.
We visited The Bell Pub just a short walk away & they are very welcoming of humans & dogs (You do have a short walk along a busy road so you may need to consider that). We also went to White Row Farm Shop, amazing fish & chips & such a nice set up with a restaurant, farm shop etc, again very welcoming of the dog. But be aware the chip shop is closed on a Sunday evening, we were very disappointed we didn't manage to squeeze in a fish&chips before we left.
My recommendation would be to take dvds, we stayed at the end of March and though we were blessed with amazing sunshine the evenings were still chilly so from 9.30pm we went inside & there is no Tv signal so dvds will be needed. Also if you plan on staying put (we did in the day as it's so peaceful & calming) you may want to take the disposable bbqs, we bought some off Anna but there's a fire pit the fit in perfectly, and means you can pop some burgers on for lunch & not worry about messing the lovely kitchen area.
I am happy to answer any questions.
We will be back asap.
We (The girlfriend, Moose the Doberman and Myself) stayed for 6 nights, we have family in the area and this provided a perfect base.
The pod itself has its own small fenced garden so was perfect for just letting Moose run free, but we also (through prior arrangement with Anna, the owner) had use, for an hour a day, of the secure 7 acre field on site, which was great as Moose rarely gets the chance to be off lead when at home.
The pod is completely self contained, with a small kitchenette and a wet room with toilet and shower. Cooking is somewhat restrictive, there is a combi microwave, which has a grill and oven capability as well as microwave option, we used it a couple of times, took about 20 mins to make toast! A toaster would be handy. There is a TV but no aerial connected (selection of DVDs in the pod), I took a radio which was good, just to break the silence! Connectivity wise, considering it feels like you are in the middle of no where, we had good phone signal.
The view from the pod is lovely, including being able to see the Westbury white horse (you can't see the pod from it though, I tried!). There is a railway line a couple of fields away, close enough to hear it, but its not intrusive, even spotted a steam train once.
Overall we had a brilliant week and we will definitely be booking in again next year.
Lovely setting and fab, cosy little pod - very private and perfect for a few days away with our dogs