Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Glamping: Hollington Park

In August 2018, Gary and I decided to try something new and go Glamping. In celebration of our 2 year engagement anniversary - not sure if that's even a thing - we wanted to take time away and experience something different. With our wedding day creeping up on us, and the cost that comes with it, we didn't want to spend a massive amount of money on a breakaway but wanted to celebrate all the same.
With only having booked off one day at work, we were looking for somewhere local that could provide us with that 'holiday feeling' but not the mad rush or long drive/flight to get there.

After doing a quick Google search, we came across a cute little place only one hour away from our house called Hollington Park. Hollington Park is based in Newbury, West Berkshire.

I'm not exactly an 'outdoorsy' kind of girl, I've never been camping and I only usually attend day festivals where I can sleep in a hotel rather than on the ground somewhere in a tent. I think the closest I've been to camping is staying in a caravan. With Gary being a huge outdoors person who loves the idea of camping and recreating the whole Bear Grylls/Ed Stafford lifestyle, we decided to compromise and go Glamping so it would be something we both would enjoy.

I have to say, it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. Being away together was wonderful but it was an added bonus to spend our time together in the middle of woodlands where it was quiet with no distractions.

When we booked we weren't 100% sure what to expect but when we arrived we were honestly blown away by the space that had been created. We booked Daisy Cottage (see picture above) for the weekend, which I can only describe as a glorified shed - in the most positive way. This wooden haven was packed with all the necessities you would ever need from a kettle and toaster, double bed, fridge, and even a BBQ and a gas oven.

There are also large tents available, which were kitted out amazingly and reminded me of the ones featured in Harry Potter. Perfect for families.

The facilities overall were amazing and really well thought out. The design was chic and homely and it was just so peaceful. The shared areas such as the toilets and shower were always clean and well presented. I was so impressed.

The great thing about Glamping is that you make your own entertainment. You have to proactively make an effort to go out and do things. It's also great to be away from the digital world for a few days and rebuild your relationship and have random conversations with each other. I would 100% recommend people to do this. We are all stuck on our phones constantly that we lose the ability to hold a true conversation that doesn't involve WhatsApp. I felt that Gary and I really had time to connect and talk without those distractions.
The surrounding areas of Hollington Park are beautiful. There are great walking trails surrounding the park that we walked on which were extremely relaxing and refreshing - plenty of farmland and fields that you could just get lost in. It's nice to shut off from the world for a little while to refocus on the important things in life. However, if you are really desperate to check up on your Instagram you can still get 4G. So it's a win-win situation.

Gary was also able to put his survival kit to good use. Especially his axe as we were able to build campfires in the fire pits that were dotted around the park. I did attempt to chop up some wood. I was useless.
We spent our time building fires, walking, eating and having a few alcoholic beverages. The park was fully booked for the weekend we spent there and we met some lovely people who came along with their children. The kids were busy making 'fire wands' and toasting marshmallows.

I would 100% recommend Glamping at Hollington Park. It's a beautiful setting and well worth the £200 we spent to be there for the weekend.

1 comment

  1. Really great read. I have never been glamping before but it's something I have always wanted to try. You have convinced me that I need to book something.


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