To Glamp or not to Glamp...
Hi there. Can you believe it's May already?! We are flying along here getting ready for the Summer opening. Some days feel super calm and other days there is that impending jolt awake moment instigated by a random neuron firing moment such as, "Do the fridges we ordered have egg holders".
One of the big questions we have been getting is whether we are a glamping location. The short answer to that is quite simply no. And now let me back that up with the longer answer.
Webster's definition of glamping is; "outdoor camping with amenities and comforts (such as beds, electricity, and access to indoor plumbing) not usually used when camping". OK, sounds good and we have all of those things checked off, so why are we not a glamping site?
We were never big fans of camping or hotels. We've stayed in our fair share over the years. Hotels on business trips and holidays. Camp sites as kids and the obligatory festival tent shenanigans. There have been amazing stopovers, and there have been disastrous Fawlty Towers escapades. Regardless, the fact remains that neither really ticked all the boxes for us.
We are definitely not a hotel. Rooms are not all squashed together. There is no check-in desk queue to sap your soul. Your view doesn't overlook the industrial air conditioning unit. There is no passive aggressive stampede for the best breakfast booth. We have stayed in some stunning places though where absolutely none of that happened before you think we are too judgey judgey.
There is a point at which glamping and camping converge. This is usually where the camping experience is embellished some how. Either with some type of larger temporary construction for accommodation or the addition of services such as electricity and hot showers that you may not have when you are 'roughing it'. But it's also a mindset thing. See, when you are going glamping, you are expecting to have a more up market version of sleeping outdoors and you accept that things may still be a little rough around the edges even if the well serviced communal toilets do have complimentary wet wipes and sanitiser. The mindset for the Wild Rooms is different however. The way they have been built is to withstand any elements. Their external Shou Sugi Ban cladding is a technique used since 711AD to preserve a structure and stand the test of time.
The interiors are designed for a luxurious and immersive experience unaffected by the elements but nestled right in amongst nature. The craftsmanship is second to none. The quartz worktops creating strong lines through the main living areas whilst the Spanish amber tiling wraps itself around the open shower area and weaves along the bathroom surfaces. The king size bed frames are hand made so that they perfectly align with the magnificent and imposing main viewing window that spans the entire width of each Wild Room. This is indulgence of a different kind. This is pure escapism without sacrifice. This really does tick our boxes. This is where we would want to go and relax. To drink coffee whilst staring out to sea. To have glasses of wine whilst looking for shooting stars. To throw our runners on at first light and get out amongst the trees or for a quick dip to refresh and revitalise for the day ahead. Hotels, camping, glamping, are all grand, but give us a Wild Room experience any day please.
Oh, and yes, those fridges do have egg holders.