Family glamping fun at the Woolley Grange Hotel – the perfect weekend getaway
The editor-in-chief of HELLO! Rosie Nixon took her family glamping at the Woolley Grange Hotel in Wiltshire and shared her thoughts on the whole experience, check it out!
Based on previous experience, I have come to believe that glamping is a term coined by people who love camping to lull those who don’t, in a false sense that it is ” vacation”. I tried it once at a festival and, digging myself in a waterlogged trench at the entrance to our glamping area, I swore I would never be ripped off again. So, when I was asked to review the new glamping suites at the Woolley Grange Hotel near Bath, combined with the forecast of torrential downpours, I felt a little uneasy. But, with my kids desperate for a camping trip this summer and supported by the fact that I had at least one chic new pair of gumboots to wear, I put on my glamping play face and decided to try it.
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Upon entering the Lane of the Woolley Grange Hotel, guests are greeted with stunning views of the magnificent Jacobean Mansion which, along with the adjacent Coach House, is home to 25 luxury guest rooms and family suites. My heart sank when we were directed to a nearby field.
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The hotel is set in 14 acres of lush, mature land and carefully selected gardens including a fairy garden, Good Life Garden where you can find chickens, geese, rabbits and charming wooden playhouses for the children to explore, as well as an impressive vegetable garden from which many of the sustainable and seasonal produce for the hotel’s cuisine is harvested.
Located in a meadow next to the hotel is the glamping site – a new addition for 2021 – and a short walk from the hotel’s five-star facilities like the contemporary Elemis spa, heated indoor and outdoor pools and a plethora stylish catering offers – which campers are welcome to take advantage of. Things were improving.
The hotel is in a beautiful location
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The eight glamping suites are a collaboration with The Pop Up Hotel (think VVIP accommodation in Glastonbury) and combine the pleasure of sleeping under the canvas with the attributes of a boutique hotel. Each suite has an elegantly furnished living room, a double bed, a twin bedroom and a spacious bathroom with hot running water and Bramley products, fluffy white towels, slippers and eye masks, plus a large private terrace on which to relax and take in the views, allowing you to be connected to the surroundings at all times – which is the point of sleeping under the stars, after all .
It was such a joy to see our boys wake up early in the morning, enthusiastically put on their coats and rubber boots and venture out to explore the gardens, leaving us to enjoy a lie, assured of their safety in the garden. enclosure of the hotel. There was no mention of a TV or screen the whole weekend.
You can sit by the fire and watch the stars at night
One of the perks of staying at a luxury family hotel is that kids are treated like celebrities, and there is so much on offer that you’ll be in a rush to get it all done in one trip. It’s not hard to see why people like David Walliams, Call the midwifeof Helen george, Sara cox and Annie lennox are all fans.
A gem of the Wiltshire countryside, Woolley offers a host of fun family activities throughout the day. We participated in Welly’s throw, croquet, soccer, swing, table tennis, chalk art and clay modeling on the lawn. There is an OFSTED-recorded daycare on hand and at dusk, resident children’s entertainer Vin asked our small team to roast marshmallows and sing songs around the fireplace, creating truly magical memories as their eyes shone and their rosy cheeks shone with happiness – and a lot of mud.
There are so many activities for children to do
The glamping site has its own offering of food and drink in the Hideout Bar & Café, where a dedicated team offers full bar service, a lunch and dinner menu including delicious burgers from the barbecue and pizza baked on stone – as well as breakfast baskets and newspapers can be delivered to your tent door. There is a daily housekeeping service to change sheets and towels, and they even placed hot water bottles in our beds – a welcome find given the biblical rain and winds we faced on our weekend. Nothing is too much for General Manager Claire and her team.
If you fancy having your meals at the hotel, the renowned restaurant is run by a great chef and former Masterchef: the professionals semi-finalist Dean Westcar. In warm weather, you can enjoy afternoon tea – themed in the wind in the willow tree for the children – on the picturesque terrace. It’s the kind of luxury to make even the happiest campers leave their gas stoves at home.
The food available is absolutely delicious
With many traditional family vacation hot spots still awaiting their green light, 2021 is the perfect year to book unique experiences with family or friends right here at home. Woolley Grange offers a true glamping trip that is a treat for adults too – a place to relax in style, while the kids go wild in their element, whatever the weather. My faith in glamping has been restored.
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