A Tranquil Glamping Retreat In Cumbria

Those who enjoy camping trips that take them to remote and out of the way places across the UK may well be familiar with that sinking feeling that you get as you gaze at a Sat Nav that resolutely refuses to take you to your destination. The Sat Nav which, oh so helpfully, insists instead that you 'have reached your destination' in a dark lane with no discernible features and which certainly is not the glamping site you are looking for.

Our Sat Nav seemed to have given up on naming the byways we were driving on and instead kept telling us that we should 'Continue on Road'. Yes, 'Road', just 'Road', no other information. What a time to forget the map! It was an embarassing mistake, especially when we were trying to show the UK countryside to friends visiting from the US.

Fortunately, the owners of Pasturewood Holidays are the kind who go above and beyond to help their guests. Very generously, they drove out in the dark to find us and guide us in to the site, which we were ever approaching but never quite seemed to reach. On an eerie evening, the wooden wigwam beckoned us, offering a cosy cocoon in which to escape the dark. The firewood we had ordered was ready and waiting and there was even an extra duvet ready for the sofa bed, as we were travelling as two couples.

The three wooden holiday pods at Pasturewood, around 25 minutes from the Lake District National Park, are a great base for those exploring Cumbria and a comfortable way to spend a couple of nights if a more basic camping adventure is really not your thing. You can sleep four in each of the structures, two on a comfortable double bed and two on a basic but perfectly comfortable sofa bed. In addition to the sleeping space, the pods also have a toilet and shower, a four ring electric hob, fridge, microwave, toaster, TV and kettle, all the cooking and eating utensils you need and a dining table with four chairs for a cosy meal in. Bedding and towels were included.

When we visited, we were lucky that though cold, there was little rain and we were able to have our campfires two nights running and sit out, suitable wrapped up, at the picnic table out front. Had it rained, their new BBQ house would have allowed us (for an extra fee) to enjoy a barbecue whatever the weather. Though we did not partake, we could also have indulged in a range of other added extras, including luxury chocolates or flowers, which could have been perfect for a romantic stay.

During our stay we were lucky enough to meet the pony, Jake, and a surprisingly friendly sheep who was happy to be petted. Apparently this sheep simply came from market and was so amenable that they had to keep it. Children would love the proximity to the livestock in the next field, as well as the play equipment, while their parents will simply appreciate the safe and quiet surroundings and the good location.

This is a quiet site, far enough away from the honey pot villages of Cumbria to be quiet and yet close enough to allow easy exploration of Cumbria and the lakes. It was a gem of a glamping site and, when we finally did, we were very glad to have found it.