If you are like us and most people in the country, you'll be totally fed up with all the goings-on in Westminster (and the endless coverage in the media).
We can't clear-up the dithering and confusion, but we can - with certainty - offer our guests a restorative break here in the woods. We guarantee that there will be no mention of politics or of the dreaded B word once you walk down our woodland path to your private hide away, here amongst the trees and wildlife.
Kick-back with some very welcome restorative 'forest bathing'. There's no better place to completely escape divisive shenanigans whilst reconnecting with nature. Autumnal luxury - whether woodland glamping or in our treehouse refuge - it's just what's needed!
And When We Say 'Luxury' ...
Throughout the glorious summer and the ongoing Indian summer, our guests have been making the most of their private glamping spaces and BBQ decks. All our accommodation comes with the luxuries you won't find in the run-of-the-mill 'rows of off-the-shelf tents in a field', so-called glamping sites that have been popping up lately.
Here at Crafty Camping we provide all you need for a really good break. From electric blankets to heated towel rails. From wood burners to hammocks. From baskets of logs and BBQ tool kits. And let's not forget proper flushing en suite loos!
Whether you're staying in our tipi or one of our hand crafted yurts, our shepherd's hut or our multi-award-winning Woodsman's Treehouse - when we say we're offering luxury glamping, we mean it.
Our Glamping and Treehouse pages have full details:
All of our glamping spaces (at varying price points) are open until the end of October and will be reopening for Easter next year. And, as ever, the treehouse is open all year round. Fully insulated (it even complies with domestic house-building regulations) - it means rooftop saunas and soaks in an outdoor hot tub are easy to enjoy in the middle of winter. Uniquely decadent.
Talking Of Treehouses
We applied for planning permission for two new treehouses at the beginning of the year and we're (finally) expecting to be able to start work on these in the coming weeks. This time round we are building them off site and bringing in a kit of parts. This will avoid any risk of disturbing guests on-site, and will also make the whole process a lot quicker.
The two new treehouses are distinct and different from each other. We are very excited about revealing the designs in the coming months. All we'll say for now is that they will be quirky, fun, and both will have a hot tub up in the branches! Watch this space ...
It's not all about treehouses though. It seems incredible, even to us, but it's nearly 10 years since we hand-made and opened our first yurts. We were pioneers in the then unheard of glamping business, and we have learned a lot over the years.
As a result we have constantly upgraded and improved our glamping facilities. Sometimes we've been able to spot things to upgrade, and sometimes we've been responding to suggestions and feedback from guests. All in all, it's proved a very satisfactory way of getting things 'just right'.
For example, our always-popular piping-hot tree showers have been refurbished recently with sustainable teak timber foot trays and bamboo backs. (We have lost count of how many guests build one in their garden after a stay with us, so they can have a taste of Crafty Camping all year around.)
The level of detail and the infrastructure we have in place makes it possible for us to have raised lit boardwalks, electric blankets, mains drinking water everywhere, pizza ovens and saunas and more. Add in our commitment to constant improvement - and, well, that's why we have so many repeat guests.
But Not Improvements For Everyone
It must be said that, sometimes, some improvements don't please all-comers.
Last winter we drained and dug out our woodland pond because over nearly 10 years it had silted up. Once that rather messy and muddy business was sorted out, come spring everything had returned to normal and the pond is now looking better than ever.
So far so good. The clear black surface reflects the willows, irises and gunnera plants that surround it and that does look rather splendid ... But I'm sure we'd have complaints if otters could talk. In a nutshell, we have no more trout. An otter scoffed the lot and I'm sure he'd think our failure to restock is a major step backwards. However, we've decided to give up with what was proving a rather expensive otter-feeding regime!
Beyond The Woods
Other than our on-site facilities, the unique aspect of coming to say with us is the surrounding countryside and towns. The World Heritage Jurassic Coast is a big draw and, with the summer holidays over, it's quieter - making the beaches in particular stunning for a coast walk. The sea is warm now and perfect for morning or sunset dips. You can easily get to the bar for a pint on the beach now, too.
Seaside walks aside, Lyme Regis and Bridport are as popular as ever with numerous weekend festivals. The hat festival last weekend is one of my favourites - a perfectly random and typically off-beat Dorset event. Autumn is a good time to be visiting.
Courses On Hold
With a tinge of sadness we have decided to stop running courses, at least for the time being. Partly, this has come about because we found that the vast majority of guests were coming to stay to chill out and do their own thing, and weren't that interested in picking up a whittling knife. Partly, too, it's because the work on the new treehouses will prove very time consuming in its own right.
In the meantime, if spoon carving is your thing Adam Hawker's your man! Adam has run our courses here in the woods along with me and still works here with Crafty Camping. He runs his own courses independently and can be contacted directly here:
And I think that's about it for now. As ever, I look forward to seeing you down here in the woods - whether escaping real world nonsense or simply visiting for some peaceful R&R with clear skies and fresh air galore.
Till next time - and, hopefully, without a nine-month wait!
Guy and the team