Up Sticks Glamping
“Home comforts with the great outdoors right on your doorstep”, is how Charlotte Taylor succinctly describes her family-run glamping site, set amid an apple orchard at the foot of the Malvern Hills. “No rushing to the supermarket or squeezing in towels and bedding. Everything is here”. The 17-acre rural patchwork of meadows, hedgerows and natural ponds cater to every need. The farm pantry sells everything you need, while the glamping accommodation comprises a pair of family-sized safari tents each with fully equipped kitchen, sofas and proper beds. Throw in the bikes that are available to rent and the family-friendly pub right next door and you quickly realise there’s not a thing that you could want for. The attention to detail is exceptional. Fluffy towels are ready in your bathroom, there’s a breakfast pack provided for your first morning and cool white wine awaits you in the fridge and the woodburner and fire pit cast a warm glow as the sun goes down. They love dogs and offer a ‘dog stay pack’ which includes a crate, bowls and tether. Just as well – the Malvern Hills AONB is on your doorstep, with footpaths and biking trails to die for (and onsite wash-down facilities for muddy paws and boots on your return).
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The Owner Says
Enjoy home comforts under canvas on our 17 acre smallholding in the Malvern Hills. Each of our 3 luxury safari tents sleeps 6 and are decorated in our own unique up-cycled vintage style which have tree trunk, wood clad walls, an upstairs sleeping loft and two further downstairs bedrooms and come complete with white linen, cosy blankets, a kitchen, sofa’s and wood-burner. They are connected to a private bathroom via a raised wooden boardwalk complete with power shower, mains loo, heated towel rail, hairdryer and toiletries.
Our space is set in our fledgling orchard with natural pond, surrounded by oaks and hedgerows. Enjoy uninterrupted views of open countryside, awake to birdsong and get lulled to sleep with owls hooting. The Malvern Hills offer miles of footpaths, quiet lanes for cycling and nearby rivers to paddle down on canoes.
Up Sticks offers Bikes, a pantry, a hot tub and a rum shack with games and pop up bar. Enjoy feeding our pygmy goats Ouissant sheep and collecting the hens eggs. Next door is a 500 year old country pub which is very handy for a quick meal or a lazy afternoon drink.
Turn up to home-made cake and tea, or crack open a bottle of chilled local wine. We provide you with everything you need for your stay from crisp white linen, fluffy towels to morning coffee and eggs.
Bring your pooch with a ‘dog stay pack’ in our extra’s which includes a crate, bowl, bed and tether.
For your little cherubs we have travel cots, high chairs, baby baths and wooden crockery.
Our favourite spot
Glamping only. Ideal for families, groups, hen dos and couples.
The local area
The Malvern Hills offers so much choice. There are miles of footpaths, and cycle tracks, as well as miles of quiet lanes to explore. The Forest of Dean is a playground for mountain bikers, walkers and wildlife enthusiasts, and only 30 minutes away. For kids there is the magical Puzzlewood made famous by Merlin. Clearwell Caves (01594 832535) and Symonds Yat, the sculpture trail are a few of the attractions in the forest. The rivers Severn and Wye offer river trips and canoeing – pack a picnic for a perfect way to spend the day. Get creative and throw a pot at Eastnor Pottery (01531 633886), book a furniture making course or photography and painting courses. You may prefer to wander through the cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral (01452 528095; made famous by Harry Potter) or Great Malvern Priory (01684 561020). Malvern Theatres (01684 892277) offers some wonderful plays, cinema and shows. Or visit the local village hall for 'flicks in the sticks'. Horse racing is available at famous Cheltenham Racecourse (01242 513014; 30 mins), with local point to points offering a great family day out.
When it comes to seasonal activities, the calendar is bursting, The Three Counties Showground, Eastnor Castle, Earls Croome and Upton Upon Severn offer a massive range of events for all interests. From mud-running, chilli festivals, giant flea markets, steam rallies and music festivals and gardening shows for every taste.
Best local places to eat and drink
The farm has its very own pantry of essentials and indulgences – locally produced wine, beers, cider, sausages, bacon and beef. You can grab pretty much anything, from milk to olives, and, if you have special requirements, just let them know in advance and they can cater to you. Cakes, pastries and croissant are also available, as well as ready meals when ordered in advance.
Right next door, the 500-year-old, timber framed Farmers Arms (01684 833308), is a wonderfully atmospheric pub with a quiet beer garden and excellent home cooked food. For more refined dining The Welland Inn (01684 592317) is just ten minutes in the car, whilst The Swan Inn at Hanley Swan (01684 311870) offers fantastic food and surroundings.
For lunch or tea head for Clive's Fruit Farm (01684 592664), and pick your own, or visit Weston's Cider (makers of Stowford Press) for a tour of their brewery. You can also go wine tasting at Three Choirs (01531 890223) and Lovells Vineyard (01684 311110)10 minutes away.
Why stay with us?
Sleeping – Each of our two safari tents sleeps six in two bedrooms and a sleep loft. Beds can be arranged as a double and four singles or two doubles and two singles depending on your party. All bed linen is included with cozy blankets, hot water bottles and wood clad walls with solid roof draped in muslin for a luxury feel. Climb the ladder to a half height loft which is the perfect sleep deck, tuck yourself away and look out to the open countryside beyond or use it to play a quite board game or read a book. The kids and gown ups love it up there.
Cook and dine inside and out – In the kitchen you’ll find a four-ring gas hob, Belfast sink, fridge with freezer compartment and toaster. All utensils, pans and more to cook up a storm inside or outside over the fire pit. The breakfast bench with chunky tree tools is a perfect spot to sip a morning coffee, or doze on the deck at the dining table as the sun goes down with a glass of something chilled. Fancy something more rustic then gather around the fire pit to BBQ and toast your marshmallows.
Lounging – Snuggle down next to the wood burner on our retro leather sofa, draped with fluffy sheepskins, reindeer hides and wool blankets, delve into the games box for some entertainment. Two electric points and electric lights mean you can charge your trusty mobile and won’t be fumbling around in the dark, whilst free WiFi means you stay connected. For star gazers you can chill in a hammock or wrap a blanket around you and sing songs around the fire. At night the wooden boardwalk connecting the tent to your private garden is light with fairy lights and across the deck, and we have lanterns and torches for wandering further afield.
Bathing – The bathrooms are a short walk from your tent along a raised wooden boardwalk, Your private bathroom is complete with power shower, mains flushing loo, and copper taps with a heated towel rail, hairdryer and fluffy towels to ensure you feel pampered. Want to get outdoors? Then bathe under the stars in our hot tub, tucked away by the pond. Take a glass of your favourite tipple while you soak.
The farm – We have a small menagerie of animals which you are welcome to feed. Pygmy goats Bill and Bruce, and our Ouissant sheel, or collect the hens eggs.
AccommodationTwo safari lodges, each sleeping six people. Check Availability
Price2-night weekend stay from £350. 4-night weekday stays from £450. Full week-long stays from £650.
Opening TimesEarly March–end of October.
There are train stations in Ledbury (7 miles), Malvern (9 miles) and Ashchurch Tewkesbury (10 miles). Busses run between Worcester and Welland (3 miles). If you are coming via public transport get in touch and Up Sticks Glamping will arrange to pick you up.
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