I always liked the thought of camping with my little family, but the whole putting up a tent whilst entertaining 2 small boys had put my husband & I off a little bit. So when we were given the opportunity to sample a glamping pod for the night at Andrewshayes Holiday Park we jumped at the chance. Andrewshayes holiday park is situated in the beautiful East Devon countryside. It is very close to gorgeous Lyme Regis, Seaton and Beer and for all you coffee addicts out there, a brand new Starbucks has opened only a short distance from the camp site.
The campsite is stunning, it is super family friendly with lots for the kids to do including an outdoor play area, toddler/games room and the best of all an indoor heated pool, which guests can use for free. (There is no lifeguard on duty so children must be supervised at all times)
Now onto our glamping pod… isn’t it gorgeous?
These little pods actually sleep 4 people very comfortably. Inside the pod there are 4 mattresses (1 x double & 2 x single), the beds are super comfortable (myself and air beds do not get on so this was a win straight away for me). As you can see husband got relegated to the bottom bed, but there was plenty of room inside for us.
There is a half partition wall with a separate seating area, ideal for families as the children can go to sleep and the adults still have somewhere to sit, read or even watch a film thanks to the 2 electricity points within the pod. The pods also have a kettle and heater provided. The seating area looks over the countryside, i grabbed a quiet 5 mins to enjoy my book, have a cuppa and just watch the scenery.
I mean, come on… check out that view!
My boys also loved staying in the pod, there was plenty of room outside for them to play safely and we could keep an eye on them.
Or we could be outside and keep an eye on them inside.
Out side the rear of the pod, there was a very spacious decking area, where we could keep all our swimming pool inflatables and dry our swimming clothes.
There was a picnic bench and table where we enjoyed an alfresco breakfast.
A small bbq is provided with the pod, you just need to bring your own charcoal, as we were only staying at the holiday camp for one night, we decided to eat at the onsite cafe Greg’s.
The boys and husband opted for a pizza and i went for a veggie burger, the food was lovely and not at all expensive. It was nice to have the option to stay on the holiday park and not have to go out for food.
So would we go glamping again? Definitely! It was nice that our first camping experience was a more relaxed one, where we did not have to worry about setting up a tent. We have stayed in caravans before and i would say a glamping pod is a nice hybrid before jumping two feet into tent camping.
My little men fully embraced the camping environment, they enjoyed that we all went to the washing area to clean the breakfast bits up and the shower/toilet facilities were wonderful and clean too. I noticed a lot of families using the site had small babies and a piece of me was sad that we hadn’t tried camping sooner. My husband and I also noticed how lovely it was of an evening, seeing all the families sitting around outside their tents just talking and enjoying each others company, no technology was needed. We had such a wonderful time, that we are actually thinking about buying a tent and going camping this summer. We would like to head back to Andrewshayes Holiday Park for a couple of nights, we were only there for one night and still felt like we had had a proper little holiday. The glamping pods are fabulous in themselves but they are a great introduction to anyone wanting to experience actual camping before sleeping under canvas.
We had a great time and can not wait to return soon.
If you would like to see a bit more i did a little vlog for you all…
We were offered a nights stay in a glamping pod at Andrewshayes Holiday Park, in return i have written an honest review of our stay.