As I sit writing this piece, it’s currently 31 degrees and summer looks like it may have announced its arrival! By the time you read this though it could be another story. Either way, I wanted to talk to you about glamping or alfresco living as I like to call it.

I’m almost ashamed to admit that the last time I went camping I was still in primary school, so when the opportunity came up to stay in a yurt on the Walcot Hall estate in Shropshire I pretty much jumped at the chance!

Team Hla were well prepped – eggs, bacon, wellies, layers and dog all packed, we set off!

As you arrive at Walcot Hall estate you are presented with the most incredible driveway that takes you over a stunning lake complete with swans! Just before you get to the main house (which is ultra-pretty by the way) you climb a short gravelly hill to the glamping site. With a blue sky, birds singing and beautiful lush green countryside as far as the eye could see, I would say I was pretty close to heaven.

We stayed in the Gold Rush Yurt which overlooks it’s own pool, there’s even a rowing boat!  This beautiful elevated structure is super cosy and comes equipped with a beautiful bed, wood-burning stove, a private kitchenette and a decking area with BBQ. Within easy reach are the shared washroom facilities, which are converted hen sheds – all fabulously decorated in their own unique way!

Living in a city I was instantly amazed at the incredible sounds around us – leaves rustling in the spring breeze, laughter from nearby guests, the frogs chorus and the echoes of a woodpecker made for a heady mix. It was beautiful.

Whilst we were there we fully embraced the outdoors – we read whilst sipping wine, snuggled under blankets, explored the arboretum, popped into nearby Bishop’s Castle for a pub lunch and utterly relaxed. In fact it was the latter that I was so surprised by… Twice a year we board a plane to seek peace and solace somewhere exotic; I didn’t realise I could find it so close to home.

If you fancy your own al fresco adventure Walcot Hall offer so many wonderful accommodation options – from traditional holiday apartments to a converted Victorian Tin Chapel, yurts, gypsy caravan and even an old fire truck with a brass bed in the back! For all the details just take a look here.

Happy glamping kids!




I’m the founder & editor of style-led wedding directory Coco Wedding Venues. I live by the sea in Brighton. Wife to Mark. Mama to Gatsby.

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