There’s something so nurturing about being within the comforting arms of trees. Every time I enter a forest I am captivated by it’s simple beauty and a sense of being transported back to my childhood days watching Willow the Wisp. I wanted to believe in faeries so much and even now if I see a nook in a tree or a toadstool I look to see if there are signs of little woodland life. The forest takes on different personalities at different times of the day and after the sun has dipped and the air begins to cool everything becomes even more magical and mysterious. Once the smell of dusk set in, you can really sense and feel the energy with even more clarity.
We chose Crafty camping in Holditch, Dorset because it matched all the criteria we wanted:
After a 5 hour journey we were immediately stunned by the view across the Dorset/Devon countryside. After a little stretch my intrigue and excitement were heightened by the sight of the little pathway down into the woodland. You have to leave your car and carry everything down the track to the accommodation, all the time trying not to run; I had flip flops on which added to the amusement; typical townie! It is all very enticing and once we hit the clearing where the communal facilities were located we were not disappointed. We continued on past the sauna yurt (how very cute) to our fabulous green tipi, stood proud amongst the trees. Next comes the anxious moment of opening the doors to our temporary home..
A beautiful handmade bed stares at you, centrally placed with a moon like pendant above, all very symmetrical which satisfies the perfectionist in me. I’m happy, we’re both happy and what makes us even more happy are the electric blankets and comfy duvet; this is not the traditional camping we were used to from years back on Scooter rallies (an Argos value sleeping bag covered in the stench of two stroke and strong lager). This is proper posh grown up camping!
There is a hammock, which is perfect for kicking back for an afternoon snooze, sun rays stream through the branches and the soothing sound of a trickling stream sings in your ears. The outdoor shower is an absolute revelation! To begin with I was looking for the ‘proper’ indoor shower; that does not exist. The showers here are hugely popular and I can understand why. With the powerful steaming hot water you could be fooled into thinking you are in a luxurious Maldives Spa, it really is that exciting! It is especially invigorating after a little session in the sauna.
Evenings (and sweet dreams) are made of open fires, steaks and wine. There is a ‘no amplified music’ policy so we took the opportunity to actually talk to each other! It’s amazing how sitting around a fire can spark the most interesting and deep conversations. Goals and ambitions become so much more possible; or is that as the wine kicks in?? You soon realise that the simplest of things are what make you truly happy. Whether it’s due to the wine, the fire, the setting or some other mythical magic at play one really does feel they can conquer the world at that moment (yes it probably was the wine haha). I should probably mention that the Communal yurt is stocked with more locally made wine should you need to purchase it.. Ooopps!
We tried with all our might to stay awake late enough to see the stars, however with it being May it really does struggle to get dark enough before the heated blankets and wood burner start to call your name.
We did breakfast alfresco bbq style, however there is a huge communal kitchen equipped with everything you need.. And more! There are fridges to store your food, a massive range cooker, pizza oven, kettles etc.. Plus unlimited tea, coffee and Dorset Cereals. The pond sits just behind the kitchen and makes a perfect spot for an early morning cuppa and natter with other guests. There are a few other options for accommodation including a yurt and a shepherds hut, all hidden away in private locations across the woodland. Guy is almost finished with the new luxury treehouse which we are manifesting as I speak. It will be magnificent! Take a look on the website. So much here has been crafted by hand and that adds to the warmth and naturalness of the site. You can take part in woodworking courses, or if like us you just want to escape work, traffic, bills and tv it’s the perfect location for some RnR (there is free wifi in the communal kitchen if you have the urge 😉) it is the perfect destination.
I honestly did not want to leave but a stay in Salisbury was calling and then of course home. We are taking some wonderful memories and inspiration away from our stay. It has reinforced the fact that we want to purchase our own little piece of woodland and it has inspired me to begin my blog (hello!).