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Saturday, 14 October 2017

LIFESTYLE | A weekend glamping with Love2Stay

Last weekend, my family got together for a trip to Shropshire to celebrate my sister's 40th birthday. Between the eight of us, we rented two 'tents' at Love2Stay, arriving on the Friday and heading back Sunday afternoon (though some of my family stayed on until Monday morning check out time).

I'd never been glamping before; only camping and staying in hotels so I was excited to try a mix of the two. I wasn't sure what to expect from the site however. It looked stunning in the photos and was right up my sister's street, but a rural weekend away wouldn't have been my first choice for birthday plans, so I was open minded and eager to see how it would turn out.

The site is only a ten minute drive from central Shropshire, a charming little town with cute gardens, quirky shops and lots of yummy cafes (and vegan choices too!) and it only took us a couple of hours to drive up from Luton.

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We were greeted with a lovely sight when we arrived. We faced beautiful countryside surrounding a real glam and welcoming glamping village. When we headed inside our tent, we were gobsmacked to find it was more like a rural hotel apartment. It was fully kitted out with heating and electric (as well as a wooden fire pit outside!), a huge bathroom with a stand-alone bath and large shower and one double bed, two bunkbeds and a sweet den-like bed hidden away up a ladder. This is where my boyfriend and I slept, naturally!

The whole 'tent' was decorated tastefully too with a breakfast bar and a mustard yellow and duck egg blue theme throughout.

Oh, and did I mention the amazing hot tub outside each tent?!

We loved the hot tub. Each hot tub was large enough to fit four to six people and it was a real hot tub if you get what I mean. It had strong jets, mood lighting and it was actually hot, meaning that even though it was in October, we were at the perfect temperature once in the water.

On our first evening, we lit the fire and had a few drinks surrounding the firepit before retiring to the hot tub. It was really nice and a lovely experience overall.

Although there was lots to do on site, I had mixed feelings about the activities. It was the perfect option for families; my niece enjoyed it, as did the adults and even though I am an adult, for those like me in their twenties I would say there wasn't a whole lot except for the hot tubs and natural swimming pool (which was of course way too cold to go in!). 

Some of the activities I wanted to try were not possible either. The army style assault course had to be booked out as a PT session early on the Sunday morning, which meant you couldn't just do this of your own accord. The forest walk was actually just a short walk leading to the main road with half grown trees either side, and the barefoot sensory walk was not yet ready at all as they'd decided to move it from where it was supposed to be and build it elsewhere. This did make me giggle because it was still on the map when a) it wasn't built yet and b) was going to be built somewhere else entirely.

However, it is also Love2Stay's first season so understandably there are teething problems. Obviously the trees were not fully grown for the forest walk, and we often had long waits for food in the cafe (we waited half an hour for two coffees and two cans of pepsi on one day). The cafe also did not offer vegan choices as previously stated (my sister had rung up in advance to check), apart from a vegetable pizza but without cheese.

Despite this, our stay was a lot of fun and I would still recommend a visit to Love2Stay for families or anyone after a rural weekend escape that's a bit different. I would say it's very similar to Centreparcs, only cheaper and with a little less to do. 

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The best part about the weekend though was that it brought family together; I don't often see my dad anymore and see my brother, sister and niece even less. So it was really nice to head into each tent for a big breakfast together or home cooked chilli (vegan option included) courtesy of my sister. It was also nice to get out in the countryside and do some walking. We spent some time exploring Shropshire where we walked along the river and visited some beautiful gardens.

I wish I'd had time to take one of the fitness classes or visit the spa, as I feel the spa in particular would have really redeemed the small issues we did have and would have outweighed the few negatives - but maybe next time!

Overall it was a lovely weekend and although it wasn't my first choice for birthday plans, I enjoyed spending time with family and could see why someone like my sister who is a huge fan of the outdoors enjoyed it so much. Other than a few of the teething problems, it was a fun experience to go glamping and I would recommend it.

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8 comments:

  1. wow isnt it so pretty! pitty about the activities but understandable! looks impressive though

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  2. This looks incredible i would love the hot tub!

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  3. I’ve never been glamping, it’s a shame the cafe didn’t cater for vegans, maybe as time goes on they will

    Tasha x

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  4. I’ve never been glamping but I’d love to try it one time! I’m glad you had a lovely time despite the teething problems! X

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  5. this sounds brilliant, glad you enjoyed, I really need to try Glamping sometime x
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  6. Such a shame about the little problems. I would love to go glamping though x

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  7. Aww that's a shame about the little mishaps! Nevertheless it sounds like a fun little weekend

    x

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