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The semi off-grid glamping site offers guests a chance to escape the humdrum and busy pace of life, making time to enjoy a unique glamping experience, just one hour from London. The beautiful accommodation - including a glorious lotus belle and tent and your very own croft hut - offers all the facilities you need for a romantic break away. All electricity is supplied by Solar power, this beautiful site is the perfect place to escape.
Set within a secluded meadow of long grasses and wildflowers and plenty of native trees, you'll feel true nature all around you. A nearby footpath runs along the adjacent field so you can walk to the Messing village, (1 mile) where you'll find The Old Crown Pub which also has a Delicatessen shop out the back.
Inside Shepherds Belle you'll find an attractive black metal double bed with colourful bedding and solar lighting, creating a really cosy atmosphere. Think ethnic bohemian style with solid wood furniture and colourful soft furnishings.
The tent has a back and front door flap, windows with insect nets and a silky roof curtain, which when lowered reveals a clear ceiling enabling you to lay back and relax viewing the night sky and stars above from the comfort of your bed. Measuring 5m the tent is spacious and has excellent headroom due to the unique shape and high walls.
Have fun cooking outdoors on the Silver Fire Rocket stove; a wood-fired cooker for boiling kettles or knocking up single pan meals. It also has a skillet attachment and a large cooking pot. There is also a Mini BBQ supplied with cookware and kitchenware. All crockery is provided.
In addition to the tent, guests have exclusive use of their own little green Croft which sits neatly beside the tent. The Croft hut is a utility and washing hut, with a 3-day cool box (ice packs and fridge available in site office, access arranged with the owner), large corner shower, waterless toilet, a large ceramic hand basin set on a painted oak sideboard.
An additional hot and cold tap is situated outside on the back of the hut which is ideal for washing up after a BBQ. This is a great location for exploring the local towns and villages including Chelmsford and Colchester.
On the same glamping site is Ryeland Hut perfect for friends or couples, the hut is 40m away and well screened for privacy.
Sleeps 2 on double bed.
Hot shower and waterless separating toilet.
Outdoor cooking only. BBQ and Stove.
There is no internet access in this property.
Heating and Lighting
Solar lamps outside. Inside battery lamps and 230v solar power. Hot shower on-demand with LPG gas boiler.
Grounds and Nearby
3/4 acre private grass and deck.
Parking in secure gated farmyard. A short 500-meter walk to accommodation and Glamping area, carts are provided if needed. Part gravel and mown grass path. Luggage drop off is possible for those with walking difficulties.
Check in from 17:30 and check out by 09:30These are recommended check-in/out times to allow Covid-19 sanitisation, earlier/later times may be available by request with the owner
Kelverton railway station 1 mile away - London 1 hr on the train.
The tent and Croft hut are equipped with the following: The spacious Belle Tent has a lovely double bed on a metal bedstead, bedding and cushions solid wood furnishings, coir matting, rugs and throws, two folding camping chairs, bunting and solar lamps. Croft Hut (little shepherds hut) next to the tent has a corner shower powered from a boiler so hot water is on-demand.
Waterless separating compost toilet with extractor fan.
Washbasin unit, cupboard containing washing up bowl and cleaning materials, dustpan, plus cooking pans Bench seat to house batteries and solar controls. 3-day cool box (ice packs and fridge available in site office, access arranged with the owner).
Cooking facilities: Silver Fire Rocket stove which is a wood-fired cooker for boiling kettles or cooking a single pan meal. It also has a skillet attachment and a large cooking pot. Also a mini BBQ. The croft hut does have electric lighting and a phone charging point. (Guests are asked to try to avoid using high wattage items to maintain battery power from the solar panels).
Coat hooks and storage for boots etc.
Plugin phone charger.
Battery packs on request.
A private garden, decking with picnic table. Cooking is done outdoors only.
Parking is in the secure gated farmyard. There is a short 500-meter walk to the accommodation and Glamping area and carts are provided if needed. The structure is approached on part gravel and then mown grass path.
If someone has difficulties walking far, they can drive to drop off luggage.
Local Facilities and shops
1 mile towards Kelvedon to Stonefields Farm shop. 2.5 miles to Kelvedon Mainline station. An hour train into Liverpool Street London. 3 miles to Tiptree for two supermarkets, takeaways, chemist, garage etc.
Oaksbrook Retreat at Brook Farm where the glampsite is situated, opens up to attractive grassland paddocks flanked with native trees and hedging within 20 acres. A walk along the boundary grassy track reveals a bee hive and some sheep or horses grazing in the summer months. Beyond the path at the far end is a 4 acre field, again this is rich meadow land with native trees dotted in amongst the grasses and a mowed track winding, so a great place to walk your dog. You'll find a pond which is nestled in the bottom corner, the mowed track continues through the sheep’s paddock which is next to a Brook. At the bottom of the field is a gate that leads to either a short walk through a small wooded area with a large Oak marking the entrance to the trail which takes you back to the pedestrian gate to the glampsite or footbridge across the broom to the public footpath or you can turn right up the gravelled track leading past the stables.
Your host Jane can offer Flower essence consultations, Reiki Healing and Equine Facilitated Learning sessions for personal growth and healing or meditation with the horses just for relaxation and de-stressing. Occasionally retreat type workshops or crafting events are held on-site in The Walnut Barn. There is also a small on-site shop selling gifts, locally made preserves and treats.
There is a small shop on the farmyard, here you can purchase a range of gift items and the owners own branded food items such as preserves, BBQ relish, picnic pickles and chutneys, cereals, crisps, snacks and bottled drinks, BBQ coals and other items.
What to do, why not let your creativity flow?
If you are interested in crafts why not get creative and join a crafting session in the Walnut barn in the farmyard with the owner Jane. She offers the following various 2 hr sessions in : Needle Felting for Beginners - create your own furry friend using a mixture of our very own Coloured Ryeland Sheep’s wool and Marino wool.
Create a Vision Board - set your goals and intentions and create a picture to help manifest your dreams. Guided meditation to help visualise and sew those seeds for your vision. other courses can be arranged with the owner.
Places to visit locally
Bourne Mill, Bourne Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8RT
National Trust property, the mill was originally built as a fishing lodge in 1591 and features stepped “Dutch” gables. There is a millpond and some of the machinery, including the waterwheel which is intact and working.
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Church Road, Layer-de-la-Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU Conservation centre run by the Essex Wildlife Trust, at a site of international importance for winter wildfowl. Nesting cormorants, common terns and nightingales. Nature trails and bird hides. Shop selling gifts, optics and wildlife books.
Aqua Springs Spa
Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1YH The ultimate health spa experience. Providing you with a complete environment of rest and relaxation, to soothe, revitalise and transform. Try the range of beauty & relaxation treatments and return to your Belle tent for some glamping fun, a great combination.
Animal magic at Colchester Zoo
Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL Colchester Zoo is home to over 260 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes and are proudly listed as in the top 2 zoos in the UK as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Attractions.
Interesting architecture at Cressing Temple Barns
Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, Nr. Witham, CM77 8PD
Historically the most important and dimensionally the largest of the Knights Templar’s Essex landholdings, Cressing Temple is a fascinating medieval moated farmstead boasting the oldest recorded timber-framed barn in the world. Events are held here during the year so look out for news on their website.
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