I’ll let you in on a little secret now, I have never been glamping and more than that I have never been camping, ever.
My husband has been desperate to go camping for years, but I have always managed to persuade him into a hotel.
When we were recently offered the chance to go glamping as family of four I jumped at the chance (I was slightly surprised at myself), but if you never try something how do you know if you’ll like or dislike it!
I was slightly nervous at the prospect of glamping with a three and one year old, add in that fact that we decided to go in early December I think a few people thought we were mad, but I was reassured that children sleep amazingly well in the outside and the yurts we would be staying in had a log burner to keep us warm.
So off we set to the beautiful North Dorset countryside in search of our yurt for the weekend, Buttercup.
When we arrived at Caalm Camp I was blown away by the beauty of the setting of the camp and I think Amelie was as well. She had great fun trying to find out yurt, which named Buttercup had an orange door and was so excited to look around and find her bed!
There are a total of six Mongolian yurts, each named after wildflowers surrounded by countryside, camp fires and a brilliant playground.
The yurts are deceptively big inside with a double bed, two single beds, a log burner and induction hob and kettle for that morning cuppa.
Mark, who runs the camp came and met us when we arrived and gave us the low down on the facilities at the camp and the important instructions on how to keep warm. The best tip he gave us was to use coal overnight which was sold in the main facilities building for for £3 a bucket and should would keep us warm for 12-14 hours.
The beds were seriously comfortable and everyone slept really well all night, which considering I was unwell and coughing a lot was a miracle – it must have been all the fresh air!
What sold this glamping experience for me was the use of a farm house about a 30 second walk from the yurts which at night was lit (luckily as we definitely forgot a torch)!
It had a fully equipped communal kitchen, which we made full use of for dinner and breakfast, a communal living area, your own locked bathroom and a barn complete with games and goats.
I am a huge fan of Dorset, but we have never visited this part before so if you haven’t as well I’d highly recommend you do! Shaftesbury, the nearest town is a beautiful place to visit complete with Abbey’s, views and Gold Hill which you might recognise from a famous TV ad.
We had a lovely morning exploring and then ended up a recommend pub, the Kings Arms about a 5 minute drive from Caalm Camp. If you’re there on a Sunday, the roast is amazing, but it gets busy so book ahead!
We had a wonderful adventure in North Dorset at Caalm Camp. I loved how relaxed the camp felt, even though we had a short trip I felt very chilled out, even with two children with us!
We would highly recommend this place for a family weekend or holiday. The facilities are brilliant and I would definitely go glamping again. Find out more about Caalm Camp here.
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