Stratford upon Avon
Riverside Glamping – Stratford upon Avon
Glamping Holiday June 2017
We took a two hour drive down to Stratford upon Avon for a five day Glamping holiday, car all packed with sleeping bags, towels, food and Dexter’s bowls, bed etc. The forecast for this week is very hot and in hindsight we should have packed a fan, but it already looks like the car is packed for 3 weeks.
The staff were lovely on arrival and very helpful. The campsite itself is fairly big with tourers static caravans and the Hobbit Huts. The Hobbit Huts are situated close to the river and have a separate shower block which was very clean and looked brand new. We had been booked into a mini hobbit hut, thank to Anthony’s boss from his previous job.
The Hobbit Hut
The Hobbit Hut is fairly small with a sofa bed, a small fridge, power points and a light, so looked inviting, but the heat was horrendous and we regret not taking a fan. We drove into Stratford, (free parking after 6pm) and did the River Walk which takes in the Church and stopped off for a drink at Cox’s Yard by the River. Back to the campsite for burger on our disposable barbecue. Perfect day, feeling relaxed already.It was so hot this first night though, some of the hottest temperatures for years and the cabin was small and we couldnt sleep.
The next day we upgraded to a snug which was only an extra £15, and well worth it for the extra room, complete with bunk beds and a sofa bed, full size doors and more ventilation. It was nice being able to stand too, at 6′ tall I had to go around the other cabin on my knees.
The shower and toilet blocks were immaculate and the Restaurant by the River was reasonable and served great coffee, you also get a 10% discount voucher on arrival at the site. Dogs are only allowed on the balcony though, which is great in nice weather, lovely views out over the river. Free fishing allowed at the river for campers and the dogs loved to cool off with a quick dip or paddle at the end of the day.
The campsite is in a brilliant location next to the River Avon and you can get a small boat for just £2 that takes you into the centre of Stratford. We did this and had a lovely day out and walked back, just a 20 minute walk. You can also hire a camping kit which includes bowls, pans, cutlery, a kettle and toaster and disposable barbecue.
We discovered lots of shops nearby to pick up food, supplies and a fan. It was so hot today we decided to go for a walk in a woodlands, Snitterfield Bushes Nature Reserve (CV37 0EZ) a lovely walk and peaceful woodlands. Lots of birds, orchids, butterflies and we could let Dexter off the lead for a good run. Couldn’t believe we were the only people there.
We parked up in Stratford and had a walk around, lots of tourists. Went back to Cox’s Yard for lunch.
Back to the snug for a relax and a read. Took Dexter up to the river for a paddle and to cool off. Anthony spent about 45 minutes assembling the new barbecue and we had burger and salad for dinner.
Great day, feeling relaxed.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
So its going to reach 31.5C today, on our third day in Stratford! Early start to try and beat the hot weather. We drove to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, only a 10 minute drive from the campsite. Dog friendly although dogs aren’t allowed in the house. Entry £10.50 each, be aware you also have to pay £3 for the car park. Entry gives you a pass valid for 12 months. Gorgeous cottage & garden, very friendly staff. Lots of tourists stop on the main road outside the cottage for a quick photo and I can see why, it’s a stunning cottage with a beautiful garden. As well as the formal garden there is a woodland walk which was lovely and cool today, an orchard and a Statue garden.
It took a couple of hours to walk around and view the cottage. We walked over to the cafe across the road, amazing soup & the nicest bread I have ever had. Lovely cakes and coffee. Very nice day.
The cottage is only a mile walk from Stratford, but too hot to walk today. We spent that rest of the day in the shade trying to keep cool.
To be continued…
- June 25, 2017
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