A great recommendation by Cool Camping.
Set within a three-mile wide meander in the River Severn, the countryside around Longney could well be considered a hidden treasure. After all, when you’re just two crow-flown miles from the M5, you surely wouldn’t expect to find such perfectly peaceful pastures as these. In summer swathes of golden wheat fields shimmer in a breeze that funnels up the Bristol Channel, while green, squares of land sit like oddly shaped patches sewn into an old pair of khaki kecks. These, of course, are the orchards; relics of an agricultural era when apples were the trade of the county. Today they make the perfect setting for a campsite.
Nestled among trees still bristling with beautifully ripe Russets during summer, The Glamping Orchard offers a peaceful retreat in the form of just two luxury bell tents. Each sleep up to five – two on a plush double bed and the other three on foldout options – while that essential glamping centrepiece, a wood burning stove, comes with a complimentary basket of logs and some fire starters to get you warmed up. The bell tents feel rustic yet well equipped. Bunting festoons the central pole and the hand painted coffee table has an almost Moroccan feel. Small touches like the wicker basket of extra blankets, meanwhile, reflect that ‘go the extra mile’ attention that’s been put in.
The bell tents aren’t entirely alone. Adjacent to your pitch, a bathroom building on wheels comprises a beautiful, wood-fired shower and a separate composting toilet. There’s also a private kitchen hut, fully equipped with everything you need, including a double burner gas stove if you don’t fancy cooking over the campfire pit directly outside your tent.
The atmosphere, though, is what truly stands out. The Glamping Orchard positively exudes a sense of relaxation and has precisely the laid-back attitude required for a campsite whilst still being wonderfully resourceful. If you’re hungry, you’re welcome to pick apples from the trees, while those that fall to the ground are still not wasted, instead collected up and fed to Margot, the smallholding’s pet pig! Chickens also populate the site – you can collect their fresh eggs for breakfast – and the horses and ponies welcome trap rides. Is there a more quintessentially countryfied experience than a horse and cart ride down to the local pub for a pint of Gloucestershire cider? After all, when you’re glamping in an orchard it would be rude not to, right?
Thank you Cool Camping! Summer stays are available, come and experience The Glamping Orchard and tell us what you think.