Lee and Abi's approach to providing a camping pitch is just like their approach to their lovely holiday cottages: beautiful, brilliant, and with an attention to detail that is second to none. We were thoughtfully allocated Bluebell pitch for our summer break. The site had the perfect balance of being secluded and private (much enjoyed by our 2 children and happy spaniel), but with the luxury of a hot shower, flushing loo and washing up station in the next meadow (much appreciated by the parents!). The provision of a dining shelter, complete with shelving unit and water carrier were a superb addition to a "normal" camping experience, making the pot-luck of the UK weather easier to deal with. Our whole family particularly enjoyed an evening spent around the camp-fire, again made really easy by the provision of a fire pit, free logs and cosy benches. To be honest, once the children have discovered the play area and rope swing in the lower meadow, you will have to be quite motivated to leave the farm and explore the idyllic coastline at all. However, with so much to see and do in the area, it is worth the effort. Thanks to you both Lee and Abi, for another fabulous holiday. My 4 year old summed it up best when she lamented "why did you only book 5 nights??!!"
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You will see from my reviews that I can overdo the hyperbole. This time though, any enthusiasm is totally justified. I give myself free rein...
This is, without doubt, the best camping experience ever. There are basic levels of requirements and many campsites we have stayed at leave you with a sense that they have provided a patch of grass, and a loo and a shower and what more do you want. Well, having stayed at Bluebell pitch, I discover that my needs are much more complex. I now require the view of a rippling sea of grass stretching as far as the eye can see and trees and foxgloves and glimpses of horses in the next field. I will now need a firepit, with as many logs as we need, all neatly stacked and not forgetting the wooden sleeper seats perfectly placed to reach forward and roast marshmallows. I particularly will not shower or ablute unless the facilities are exactly the same. Imagine a proper sink, shower and loo and add a box of Country Life magazines and a towel and posh shower gel and you are getting the picture. There are cutesy hooks and wooden bunting and a roof light so you can see the trees lit up at night.
I went in search of a freezer and found a utilty room stocked with iron, washing machine and our own freezer shelf. Even more impressive was the range of helpful food items such as Magnums in the freezer, ready meals, tins of yummy sauces, fancy chocolate, and even a slate with spice selections to help yourself to. If you had a dog there was a pile of blankets and toys and baskets to borrow. Tiny wellies were there if your tot needed a pair. Add in some cozy sofas, a big pile of board games, dvds and books and there is nothing more you could wish for.
Back to our site. There is even a mess tent already set up for each pitch. It is fully equipped with recycling bins, benches and a big table, storage area and a lantern, with candles. Genius! This proved invaluable with the inevitable rain moment and was so nice to be able to spread out a bit.
Sorry this is so lengthy, but I am so struck with how lovely this experience was and how generously we were treated. There was an abundance of thought and effort and it really made for an unforgettable experience. I wonder how I will feel when I next encounter a meat n 2 veg campsite? I now only want gourmet camping!