03/09/2013

Crafty Camping - One of the Best Weekends of My Life




Over the recent Bank Holiday weekend The Boy and I took a little trip to Devon and it turned out to be one of the best weekends ever!  Don't you just love it when something good turns into something unbelievably great?
 
I'd booked tickets to see The Martin Harley Band at River Cottage HQ, a place I've fallen in love with since my visit there back in April on a Corporate Build and Bake day.  Whilst chatting with the lovely team at RCHQ on twitter I came across Guy Mallinson's Crafty Camping and Woodland Workshops and thought it looked like the perfect place to stay after the gig.  I booked us into Bodger, the shepherds hut for the whole Bank Holiday weekend.
 
I'd been looking forward to this weekend for ages and finally it arrived.  We took the Friday afternoon off work and headed down to Crafty Camping, just north of Axminster.  We arrived at the woodland camp and apart form a car park and small sign you'd never know it was there.  We followed our map and headed down the woodland path, into the trees, down the hill and to our home for the next few days.......it was stunningly beautiful!


Crafty camping is a woodland camp, constructed by Guy just last year.  There are bell tents, a tipi, yurts and a shepherds hut, some with en suite open air showers and some some sharing open air showers.  There is a communal kitchen and a communal social yurt.  There is hot running water and each accommodation has power and a wood burner.  There is even a little on site shop selling pizza dough (for use in the wood fired pizza oven in the kitchen) and pies, plus woodland crafts and a few other useful bits and bobs.


I booked Bodger as I've always wanted to stay in a shepherds hut, in fact I'd love one as my silversmithing studio, and he was beautiful! He came with his own deck, en suite and hammock.


Although he was compact, there was plenty of space, with underbed storage, seating, clever shelving, hanging pegs and a cool box to keep our milk (cider and wine!) cool during our stay.  The deck came equipped with everything we needed, table, chairs, BBQ/fire pit and hammock, all overlooking the woodland lake.


Bodgers en suite was fantastic, a little cabin with a loo, sink, and open top shower, with as much hot running water as you wanted.  Plus there was complimentary eco-friendly shower gel, shampoo and conditioner.......all to help the on site bio-digester cope with the water waste produced on site.



The open top shower was such an amazing experience.  Showering in the opening air, looking up through the trees at the clear blue sky was amazing.  We were lucky with the weather but Guy assures us it is truly amazing in the rain....and I believe him.  It was magical!
 
The communal kitchen was equally well equipped with cooker, hob, sink, wood fired pizza oven, and all the crockery and cooking utensils you could need.  There was even complimentary clipper tea and Dorset Cereals.  The kitchen had a great big communal table and we spent a couple of lovely evening chatting and laughing with other guests, mostly at the amount of pizzas being cooked....apparently pizza always comes in threes......who knew!


We had great fun exploring the local area and returning each night to our beautiful camp, lighting the wood burner and snuggling up listening to the wildlife outside.  Unfortunately we didn't get chance to try out the sauna but its on our to do list for our next visit........I think next time we'll try out a yurt, I like the look of Coracle!
 
Crafty camping is a truly magical place, and guess what you lot, you could even win a trip there!......Dorset Cereals are currently running a competition so if it sounds like the sort of place you'd like to stay in, get over to their site and get playing for your chance to win!
 
Guy also runs Woodland Workshops at the camp, check out all the details here.  And he's got some amazing plans for the future, including some tree houses!!!!


Many thanks Guy, we had the best time ever!

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