Eco getaway: Dandelion Hideaway

Posted on: 30 Aug 2012 by: Laura Fitzpatrick
Glamping

I’ve always been an avid fan of camping, but as I grow older I’ve swapped my roll up mat for an inflatable mattress, sleeping bag for duvet and finally I’m beginning to swap camping for glamping.

There’s something rather wonderful about rocking up to an already pitched tent, decked out with all of your home comforts – and more (we don’t have rocking chairs at home – nor do we have an extensive view of the countryside!) At Dandelion Hideaway in Leicestershire glamping is most certainly the name of the game.

As we arrive at Sharon and John’s farm, we are introduced to the Cow Shed – a haven for tourist information and locally produced snacks, meat and cheese. It’s also a place to charge your phone, lanterns and check in to your Hideaway. After a brief hailstorm (yes in July!) we are directed towards our home for the weekend – Bluebells – a luxury canvas cottage for couples (it simply isn’t a tent).

Bluebells is certainly welcoming, with its two rocking chairs on the porch, freshly cut sweet peas and homemade fairy cakes ready for our arrival. Sharon had also lit our wood burning stove in advance of our arrival, reducing the amount of time it was to take us to make a brew… phew!

As we step inside I am immediately drawn to its Cath Kidston/ Kirsty’s Home Made Home decor; from polka dot curtains to country chic printed scatter cushions furnishing the sofa and day bed. Attention to detail is an understatement – Bluebells is a feast for the eyes. Just when you thought you’d discovered all there is to discover up pops a multitude of board games to keep you occupied, or more reused and upcycled bits of decor that make this place truly unique.

My favourite part of Bluebells (second only to the king size sleigh bed with the most toasy warm duvet and throws) is the roll top bath. I have never seen glamping like this. Hot running water, bubble bath and candle light. The best way to spend an evening before tucking up in bed with a warm cup of hot chocolate cooked slowly on the stove.

If you can bear to bring yourself away from the delights of Bluebells there is a host of things to do in the surrounding area. If you want to remain car free then take a walk around the beautiful countryside, or if you’d like to move a little faster then you’re supplied with his and hers mountain bikes (just remember to take a helmet!). Further afield there is no shortage of country pubs, local shops and if you’re desperate for a shopping spree then you’ll find Birmingham and Leicester close by. The farm itself offers activities to get involved with, free of charge. From a tour of the farm, to having a go at milking the resident goats!

The Dandelion Hideaway is a beautiful place, allowing you to really enjoy the luxury of glamping. There’s not much we’d change about the place, apart from adding some Ecover rather than your general cleaning products. Other than that, this is Five Star Glamping at its best.

Prices for Bluebells:

For a week start from £405

For a 4 night break £348

For a 3 night weekend break £389

All prices include unlimited wood for the fire

http://www.thedandelionhideaway.co.uk/

About Laura Fitzpatrick

Laura heads up our editorial team here at Hello Eco Living. She's the youngest member of her WI, loves the great outdoors and new adventures!

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