Now that most of the leaves have fallen we can see further into the woods as we start working on our winter maintenance and refurbishment. Amongst them, our newest accommodation, The Woodsman's Treehouse, is now starting to weather to a silver-grey. It will be fascinating to observe how it settles in as mosses and ferns start to grow on the log walls.
Christmas - Solved!
The fallen leaves can only mean Christmas is looming large. I'm pleased to be able to report that our gift certificates are proving popular as presents. These can be bought on our website 24/7 or over the phone during normal office hours.
The certificates are available in various monetary values. We hope there's something for everyone. Whether for a stay in the treehouse, luxury glamping in a yurt, tipi, shepherd's hut or bell tent, or for a short course - the only hard part is making a choice!
They can be redeemed against anything that the lucky recipient fancies and booked for a date that suits them using our voucher codes.
Please don't forget to let us know if you would like your gift certificate posted in a plain envelope so as not to give the game away before Christmas.
Alternatively, if you want to book a surprise stay in specific accommodation on a specific date, then please call the office. We'll then book this up for you and drop a gift certificate in the post.
This is the time when we get on with looking after our yurts, all our other facilities and, indeed, our woodland in general.
Our 'winter timetable' means that whilst the treehouse is occupied every day the other glamping is open at weekends only from now until February. First up is making new canvas covers for Poppet and Coracle yurts, and replacing the flooring for both at the same time. That might sound simple but these new covers are hand tailored to fit the steam bent and organic sweet chestnut spars. It's quite an exercise but well worth the effort. We expect them to give us another four years of service.
In case you're wondering, the woodland environment is exceptionally harsh on canvas and so it has a reduced lifespan when compared to the more typical yurt site located in a field. To our mind, we think that the unique woodland environment we offer is well worth the additional maintenance required.
We might be in some lovely woods, but you'll never get lost when you visit! We'd like to offer a huge thanks to the talented Hugh Dunford Wood for our new illustrated woodland map. It now not only now includes the new treehouse but gives a much more evocative impression of the camp as a whole.
It is always a joy to come across arriving guests following the map down the lit boardwalks at night - a real adventure indeed.
If you're staying in The Woodman's Treehouse then now you'll be sitting very comfortably when you're dining, studying the map or playing traditional board games. Our thanks go to David Saltmarsh, who has now delivered the fantastic dining chairs that we commissioned.
I have always been a great fan of David and his exceptional chair making skills. These chairs use the same skills that we teach on our courses. They were made in response to the design of the treehouse. (Indeed, David was one of the craftsmen who helped in the final stages of the build.) The slats in the chairs are a direct reference to the lath sticks that are the exterior cladding to the bedroom.
Please Book Now!
We'd just like to remind our newsletter readers - we do fill-up quickly. We hope you'll come and visit us in the coming months - whether to stay, for a course or for both. Because there's always a rush after Christmas we don't want you to be disappointed.
As I write, the treehouse has just a couple of slots remaining in January and February, and the rest of the year is filling up. In a similar way, the popular bank holidays and summer weeks are already getting busy for both glamping and courses.
And as ever - once we're full, we're full. So do book up soon if you can.
Stop Press: at the time of writing we do have some availability for New Year. See in 2017 with a difference:
England's Most Luxurious Treehouse?
Finally, we are very grateful for all the press coverage we've had recently, and below are just a few of our favourites. It's not for us to answer the question posed by The Telegraph!
I think that's about it for this edition. We hope to see you soon.
Guy and the team