Eddie Chooses Our Holiday!
When I plan a holiday for Eddie and I, I often feel more is more. I’ll choose an all singing all dancing hotel with tons of activities, it will inevitably be quite a journey and we always have a fantastic time but this time I decided to throw it over to Eddie, given the choice, at three years old, what would his ideal holiday be? Turns out Eddie has been desperate for a holiday on wheels ever since Peppa Pig made Campervans cool. After some searching I finally found the caravan of dreams at The Glamping Orchard in Longley, Gloucestershire.
As featured on TV on George Clarke’s Small Spaces, The Warwick Knight as this lovingly restored 1950’s glampervan is called, with its spiral staircase leading up to a roof garden is, the caravan of dreams. The roof garden was a specific requirement of Eddie’s that took some finding- I mean how many caravans have a roof garden for Christ sake!? He’s three – three! At three years old a big life choice was whether I wanted cornflakes or rice crispies – not planning my next holiday!
We bundled into the car and drove a very short distance to the picturesque village of Longney, Gloucestershire. We drove in past geese, chickens, ducks, pigs, Shetland ponies and goats and Eddie was in his element. The Warwick Knight Caravan sits in its own private field with an uninterrupted view of the countryside – the field is securely enclosed meaning that children can run around to their heart’s content whilst you relax – rooftop garden, picnic bench or on a rug in the grass. The Caravan is stylishly compact with a comfy double bed and gorgeous bunk beds. There’s a large shower adjacent to the caravan with one small catch – you have to light a fire in order to heat the shower.
The Warwick Knight is nothing if not an experience – and actually, lighting a fire is one of the most satisfying things ever. They say you make sacrifices for your children and let me tell you, using a compost toilet is definitely up there – like I said it’s a real ‘experience holiday’.
Eddie spied a trampoline in the field of sheep and as ‘golden hour’ fell upon The Glamping Orchard, basking everything in a treacle light, Eddie was once again having the time of his life bouncing away amongst the friendly animals.
As night began to fall fairy lights lit up around the Caravan and I lit the log burner (there’s an electric heater if you’re feeling lazy). Eddie was so excited to sleep in a bunk bed that he actually asked to go to bed. Despite being alone with Eddie in the middle of a field I felt incredibly safe. The homemade lemon drizzle cake, left out for us as a welcome gift, didn’t stand a chance and I polished half of it off whilst basking in the heat from the fire.
It was the perfect cosy, autumn evening. Earlier in the week I had attended a seminar hosted by Fake Bake and taught by author and entrepreneur Christine Friel Mcgrory – The Key. It made me realise how important it is to take space and time to reflect, celebrate and plan and it was lovely to have a restful evening to do just that. The following morning we woke up to rain and Eddie opened the curtains to reveal our stunning view of the Severn Valley. We had a lazy start to the day and went and collected fresh eggs from the chickens for breakfast before heading home. Our time at The Glamping Orchard made me realise that when it comes to holidays less can be more – less travelling, less packing, less organising and much more relaxing.