Glamping in Bell Tents
A treat for anyone who enjoys glamping in bell tents. Willow & Ash are gorgeous five metre bell tents in clearings in the woods, just off the sunset side of the camping field. The clearings allow each tent its own privacy, and are large enough to let in lots of sunshine. The tents are furnished with everything you’ll need for 4 people. They come complete with their own tripod, with grill pan and Dutch oven. You can cook anything from bread to a roast dinner over the fire pit in your own clearing! Beds are one double and two single futons.
This year (2021) we are building new large decks for each tent with a covered outside kitchen with running water, no photos yet apart from a massive pile of wood in the carpark – but we will have it ready for opening at Easter, and I will update our Facebook page as we get on with the build.
We also have a huge 6 metre bell tent for Oak clearing. It sleeps 6, with a double bed, 1 double and 2 single futons. Oak is in a private wooded clearing, and again has out door firepit and seating, plus a picnic table.
In all tents is a 2 ring gas stove, so you can make your early morning coffee without having to light the fire first. You’ll have all the pots, pans and utensils you’ll need. Best of all, there is a wood burning stove to keep you toasty warm if the evenings are chilly. Lighting is a tealight chandelier around the central pole and a solar light.
The bell tents have their own toilet and shower facilities. We are always aware of our green credentials, so we have built a ‘Tree Bog’ situated in an ancient grove of willow trees. The trees are so old the trunks are totally hollow – my two girls can climb inside them! A tree bog works fantastically well with willow trees as they are so nutrient hungry. There is a hazel hurdle outdoor shower – you just need to heat up some water to put in the galvanised shower bucket. All part of the fun! Or there’s the new shower block up at the car park for the more faint hearted!
You just need to bring your own bedding and towels. We also suggest you bring a torch and a battery powered light for use inside the tent. We provide an initial ‘fire pack’ of 1 x 15kg net of logs, 1 net of kindling, 1 pack of fire-lighters and a pack of matches. More of all of these can be bought at our shop. Dogs are welcome but please can they bring their own beds and bowls!
No smoking inside the tents please.
The Bell Tents are situated near our Wild Camping field and are a 400M walk from the car park. Farm map https://dernwoodfarm.co.uk/farm-map/ The site is car free and off grid – no power in the tents. Those with mobility concerns should call first to discuss on 01435 812726. Oak Tent is more private in a wooded clearing. Ash and Willow Tents are in a grassy clearing surrounded by the woodland. They are separated by curved woven fence, so work equally well for booking both tents together or separately.
Tents are bookable for either a 2 night Friday and Saturday night break, or for a small increase you can also book the Sunday night. And midweek you can book for 4 nights breaks Monday to Thursday. Outside our busy periods of school holidays we can be flexible and offer shorter breaks during the week so please do email me your requirements: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please check our “Things to Know before you Book” section on the Booking Information page so you understand what kind of site we are.