After all our camping adventures last year, we kind of missed the boat a bit on getting under canvas this summer, what with pregnancy and PLH spending a couple of months away with work. By the time he got back I was definitely feeling too massive to deal with packing up the car and all our gear and then sleeping on an airbed. After 2 months of dealing with all the toddler stuff by myself I needed a more relaxing few days, but we still really wanted to spend some quality family time outdoors.
After scouring t'interweb for some suitable options that weren't a mega trek from home (at 36 weeks pregnant I didn't feel like travelling miles), and on the recommendation of a friend, we settled upon Wriggly Tin. Set in the Hampshire countryside, not far from the pretty village of Hambledon, Wriggly Tin consists four beautiful Shepherd's Huts well spaced out across a secluded meadow.
Arriving latish in the evening, "Alex the Shepherd" (as the boy called him) showed us to our hut, "Boundary", briefed us on the use of the composting toilets, the wood burning stove and other essentials then pointed out the jar of marshmallows and left us to it. We decided that the wood burning stove in the hut might not be the best idea with toddler around, so instead got the campfire burning for a brew and toasting the marshmallows. I used to cook over open fires a lot in my youth - I was in the Scouts (yes, Scouts not Guides!) and luckily my fire-starter credentials had not deserted me. Really, is there anything nicer than a campfire?
Actually the rain soon had us seeking refuge in the beautiful hut, but not before we'd achieved a decent sugar-high in the boy! Boundary is the biggest of Wriggly Tin's huts; it is still exceptionally compact and bijou, but every detail has been thought of. Fresh flowers, food essentials, a cool box, lovely enamelware, fluffy fresh towels and bedlinen and even a chamber pot if you wish to avoid those late night trips over to the loo hut! Equipped with a double bed and two bunks (and room for another bunk over the double), there is plenty of room for a family so the three of us were very well catered for, even with my massive bump! The composting toilet and gas-fired shower were a short walk away, and were spotlessly clean and also rather prettily decorated, which is always nice!
The surrounding countryside is pretty stunning too - lots of footpaths and two pubs within reasonable walking distance, even for the boy! One evening we took a stroll the mile or so into the village of Hambledon, to avail ourselves of The Vine's (lovely village pub) Pie and Pint night. Yummy!
We spent three nights there in all, and just loved the place - it is a perfect retreat for couples and families alike. Judging by all the positive comments in the visitors book in our hut, we weren't the only ones to love the place. Cooking over the open fire and getting back to basics is just tonic for the soul, and at some point in the future we'd love to go back!