We are invited for a weekend at Swallowtails glamping in Holt (Gifted). Having been glamping before we jumped at the chance. Unfortunately for us the site is dog free, but with a weekend of relaxing and an opportunity to spend time outside the girls had been excited all week.
On arrival, it was raining cats and dogs, Siobhan showed us around and helped us get a fire going straight away, she was really helpful and gave us lots of information. The yurt was beautiful and fully set up for a family of 4, we literally had to pack our toiletries, food and drinks. We love the window that the girls are looking out of in the picture above, it gives you the option of sitting in the warmth and looking out at the rain and birds.
The yurt was spacious, with a really great lay out, the girls single beds were folded away and their bedding was made up in the ottoman at the base of my bed. There was a foldable table, tons of cooking equipment and even some shortbread biscuits! Just what I needed after unpacking the car.
The venue was great, there was a compost toilet behind the yurt which is solely for the use of yurts, then there is a pretty standard toilet block and shower block near reception which is about a minutes walk away. In reception there is a honestly shop with wood, kindling and other essentials. This was great when we fancied some marshmallows and some apple juice. There is a play equipment area with climbing frames etc and also an area to play ball.
We had a bbq, fire pit and large table and chairs outside our yurt, each yurt has their own. They think of everything at Swallowtails; multiple bins for recycling; a wheelbarrow to transport your washing up to the washing up area; a basket of toys and games inside too. The girls loved going for a ride in the wheelbarrow when we were transporting wood and washing up as suggested by Siobhan on arrival!
During the summer months they have pizza nights, large communal campfires and other activities for children. Although we visited in October and it was quiet we loved the fact we could just grab some nets and buckets and head over to the lake to the pond dipping station.
To be honest the girls and I just enjoyed wandering and seeing if we can spot any wildlife. We spotted a frog, tons of squirrels, some pheasants and at night time we certainly heard all the birds and animals. We did wonder why they had provided us with ear plugs in the yurt! We didn’t need to use them as it was nice to hear the wildlife, however some may prefer to use these if they need it silent to sleep.
Tip: Make sure you take change for the shop as its a sealed safe to pop the money in, I would also say bring your own bats and balls for the table tennis table (as we couldn’t find any around – this may be that they have been put away).
We would highly recommend Swallowtail glamping, it was relaxing and comfortable. The girls had that sense of freedom that children long for by being free and able to run around and discover the area around them. Amie said ‘I want to stay forever’. The yurt was homely and the beds were great as the mattresses were really comfortable.
We love the fact you don’t have to check out until 11am on leaving day which gives you the chance for a lay in (not for me we get up early) and a lazy breakfast on your last morning.It was so quiet and peaceful on the whole, having only two other yurts occupied at the same time as us, we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.
*Disclaimer we were gifted this experience in exchange for an honest review.