Having had the most amazing trip to Scotland, the count down to our next trip started the moment we got back to London. I had planed a weekend escape to Somerset prior to the release of lockdown. Looking for long walks, pretty scenery and a short drive from Bristol, my home town my friend Emily and I settled on Secret Valley Glamping. Here is what we thought of our stay.
Set in a secluded spot on the outskirts of Taunton, Secret Valley Glamping is the perfect escape for those who want a break from lockdown in the city. The rolling hills and wood-burning hot tub definitely helped me escape from the ‘new normal’.
When you arrive at the farm you are left to your own devices which means social distancing is not a problem at all. You drive up to your allocated tent, wigwam or lodge and settle in. Everything is waiting for you. On site there is plenty to see and do. For the adventurers, there is a small lake for canoeing or kayaking and the mroe sedate there are beautiful vineyards and grounds to get lost in.
We booked a wigwam which was larger than I had expected and perfect for a weekend getaway. The seating area at the back of the wigwam turned into a huge master bed but you could comfortably fit four people if you needed to. On arrival there was a complimentary bottle of wine in the fridge from the sites vineyard and there was also a microwave, toaster and kettle to use during our stay.
One of the key attractions for us was the use of our own private wood-fired hot tub. Once you have got the fire going with the instructions provided it takes around two hours for the tub to get hot but once you were inside it was so worth it. We sat, enjoyed the view over the gorgeous landscape and poured ourselves a glass of wine (or two!). We could see just how it would make a perfect romantic getaway.
Outside our wigwam we had a large bench and two deck chairs to soak up the last of the summer sun. There was also a firepit come BBQ with two buckets of wood and some coal provided to get you started. We used the firepit to cook up a BBQ dinner, sausage sandwiches for breakfast and of course the campsite favourite s’mores. I am no BBQ expert but we had great fun getting the fire going and cooking our food outdoors.
The campsite was a lovely place to spend the weekend. We rarely saw any other guests when exploring the grounds and we only had three wigwams in our paddock which was great! The staff come round everyday between 5-6pm with some extra supplies which was very helpful. From them you can purchase more wood or wine, as well as getting some tips for heating up the hot tub! The staff were friendly and approachable but for the most part they left us to it. One of the things I enjoyed most about the farm was that we felt like we were left to enjoy the surroundings free of any outside interruption. It was bliss!
If you are looking for a staycation in the UK, we would definitely recommend booking a stay at Secret Valley Glamping near Taunton. The site was well maintained and the accommodation was lovely. Have you stayed in a wigwam before? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.