We are lucky enough to get quite a lot of enquiries from first time glampers/campers. The question that they all want to know is ‘exactly how like camping is it?’. There is a huge range of choice in the glamping market and every site offers a different service so it’s a valid question.
The way I generally answer is;
‘enough like camping to be an adventure but not enough to be a chore’
As it is a question that crops up a lot I thought it was worth describing our Canvas & Campfires safari tent experience in more detail.
It’s like camping because you get to,
- Hear the sound of the rain on your roof, on the very rare occasions that it rains in Wales 😉
- See the countryside right outside, you can unzip the doors and just take in the views and fresh air
- Experience the sound of birdsong as you wake up
- Sit around roaring campfires toasting marshmallows
- Really relax in your surroundings
- Cook and dine alfresco (if you wish)
- See incredible night skies
- Marvel at spectacular sunsets
So essentially you get all the good bits of camping. That is pretty much where the similarity with camping ends however.
It’s different to camping because,
- You don’t have to pitch your own tent or bring endless supplies for all possible scenarios
- There is no walking across a dewy field at 4am because you need a pee (there is a flushing toilet in your tent)
- You can stand upright in the tent. No tripping over your pants trying to get dressed whilst bent double!
- All of our tents have a kitchen area with Belfast sink and running water, so you don’t have to take buckets of washing up across the field to queue at the washing up point in the rain
- There is no need to cook outside (although you are very welcome to), all the tents come equipped wood burning stoves that have ovens and hot plates as well as a single ring gas burner for when an instant cup of tea is a must
- Copious ice blocks are kept in the honesty shop for your cool boxes so no gambling with slightly warm milk in your tea
- You get to sleep in proper, comfy, beds. We chose amazing Hypnos mattresses and super cosy Baavet duvets to give you a brilliant night’s sleep
- There is a toasty 8kw Chilli Penguin wood burner in each of the tents. A copious supply of dry wood and plenty of firelighters, so no hunting around gathering sticks to keep yourselves warm
- As well as luxurious duvets, the safari tents all come with blankets and hot water bottles so you should never be cold
- You can relax on a comfy sofa, eat at a dining room table and rummage around in the games box for a board game or two
- The safari tents are made of canvas not plastic, so you don’t get ‘tent sweat’ in the morning
- You can eat and drink with proper crockery, cutlery and glassware. No need to compromise on drinking wine out of plastic or collapsible glasses
- If you get wet on your adventures you can warm up in a steaming hot shower (in the shower block just across the field), and dry yourselves and your clothes out in front of the log burners
- If it begins to blow our tents have been tested to remain secure in up to 75mph winds, an awful lot more than most family tents could withstand
- The tents have thick canvas blinds, so no being woken at 5am by the rising sun, and although you may not believe me, we regularly have children miss the animal rounds at 8am because they are sleeping in!
- You can admire the view from your covered deck with the log burner at your back and a glass of wine in hand