Tiller and I had the most amazing wedding, surrounded by some of our favourite people on the planet. We never could have imagined a more perfect day. And what comes next? The honeymoon! But the amount of planning and preparation that went into our week in Italy just completely exhausted us. We just didn’t have it in us to plan a two week long trip to…anywhere. So we decided that the rest of the year would be spent on a bunch of littler “mini-moons”. First up, glamping in the English Countryside!
Somewhere during my usual travel research I came across Starbed Hideaways. They advertise a luxury glamping experience, set in the Devon countryside. For those that haven’t heard of glamping, it’s sort of an opposites attract combination of luxury and camping. What also drew me in was that they had built custom a tiny house and placed at a secluded location in the English countryside. I’ll admit to a slight obsession with the tiny house trend, and an overly romanticized vision of the English countryside, so it seemed like a perfect destination for our first mini-moon.
We traveled out of London by train, and three hours later landed in Portsmouth. A quick 15 minute taxi ride and we were being greeted in the driveway by Bertie, and instantly felt welcomed and at ease. Bertie pulled up the Supacat, we hopped in the back, and he hauled us and our luggage up the hill, through several pastures, to our little hideaway.
We were absolutely blown away by the Aurora. It was exactly as pictured, and so much more. We were so thrilled this would be our home for the next two days. And instantly we knew that our stay wouldn’t be nearly long enough.
We took Bertie and Bryony’s advice and ordered dinner of their menu, the day before we arrived. So we had a delicious looking beef bourguignon with fresh veg and rice waiting in the fridge, along with an absolutely amazing chocolate tart for dessert. They had also pre-stocked the fridge with a few essentials, as well as a yummy welcome box filled with all kinds of goodies, from crisps to hot chocolate. This truly brings glamping to a whole new level.
It was getting late, and we were super excited to just cozy up in the loungers by the fire, but before we could do that we needed to pop down the hill to the larder and finish stocking up for the night.
Seemed like the perfect place to have my Sound of Music moment. “The hills are alive…” Just watch out for the sheep poop.
Waking up in nature has a way of refilling your soul. Breathing crisp, clean air, and watching the sun come up with a good, strong cup of coffee. Soul-filling.
We also had the good sense to order the DIY breakfast. It gave new meaning to “farm fresh.” So delicious!
And hanging out with some of the locals, of course.
The hideaway is on the Buckland Abbey estate and our stay included free admittance to the site. Castles and cathedrals really spark our imagination and we were excited to learn about it’s history, glaafter finishing our coffee. The abbey has a unique story to it. Most abbeys were destroyed during the dissolution of monasteries, but Buckland Abbey was instead turned into a private residence and later owned by Sir Francis Drake, thought to be the richest man in England during his time.
Coming from Seattle, Washington, hiking and the great outdoors is something that we’ve missed, so exploring the miles of trails around the estate was a must. It’s also where Tiller and I do some of our best thinking, planning, and strategizing. There are miles of beautiful trails to explore around the estate. I only wish we had had more time to explore
The history of Buckland Abbey and it’s ties to Sir Frances Drake made it such a treat to explore. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect first mini-moon, and will certainly be back. I’ve got my fingers crossed for a white Christmas!
What are your thoughts on camping vs. glamping? Comment below if you’re ready to plan your own glamping escape!