Last weekend we were lucky enough to enjoy the glorious weather England has been graced with by embracing the great outdoors and enjoying getting down to nature at the brilliant Hidaway Camping site in Okehampton, Devon. Read on to hear about our exciting stay in unique igloo-style accommodation.
Iglulu the Igloo
For this glamping (glamorous camping) trip we decided to stay in Iglulu, one of to unique igloo style pods which were like nothing we have seen before! We have stayed in many glamping accommodations including yurts, pods, shepherds hurts, but never have we seen anything as unique as Iglulu!
We were pleasantly surprised at how cool and spacious the igloo was, with plenty of room for a double bunk bed, cooking area, seating and places for our belongings. There was even a fire stove too but it wasn’t needed in the 27-degree heat this weekend! There isn’t any electricity in the igloos but there is a solar powered USB socket to charge phones and the provided night lights. There’s also the main light and a gas fire hob with the oven so you don’t miss not having electricity at all! All cutlery, crockery and cooking equipment is provided too so no need to bring your pots and pans with you!
Outside of the igloo, there is a lovely seating area, with a picnic bench and fire pit – perfect for eating al fresco and toasting marshmallows as the sun goes down – which is exactly what we did! There are even two hammocks that offered the perfect opportunity to swing in the sun, fully relax, reading a book and enjoying the sunny clouds in the sky.
Hideaway Camping Site
As well as the two igloos, the site offers other unique and quirky accommodation units including a 1980’s airstream, cute little owl pod, shepherds hut, and bow top gypsy caravan. For more pics do check out the gallery on their website. We spoke to the lovely owner Amy who told us they were also currently renovating a double-decker bus for guests to stay in – now that will be cool!
5 years ago, Nathan and I actually stayed ‘Jabba’ the Shepherds hut for our first little break away together and loved it. Beautifully decorated, privately scheduled and with all you need we would recommend a stay here too! I am confident we might return again to either try the airstream or the new bus!
If you prefer traditional camping, ie. sleeping in a tent, then you can do this at Hideaway Camping too. The site has 13 tent pitches, spaced out over 4 acres. This means there is plenty of space for all and there’s a nice laid-back feel to the site – it’s not overrun with tents or people queueing to use the facilities. There’s a communal fire pit in the center of the camping field, compost loos and main shower/toilet, facilities as well as a little shop and chill out area with sofas, games, and a craft shop.
The site is really green and lush with a big pond area to explore as well as a faerie glade and stream walk to enjoy. There are even 4 resident pigs who are fun to spot and have a little chat with in the mornings! The site is on a farm and so surrounded by countryside, green fields, and cattle. We enjoyed hearing the gentle sounds of the cows mooing and the sheep bleating as we relaxed outside.
There really is all you need without at Hideaway Camping without too many frills or fanciness which means it has a really friendly, peaceful, and relaxing vibe which we very much appreciated.
The site is not far from the town of Okehampton and nearby attractions include Lydford Gorge, The Museum of Dartmoor Life, Roadford Lake, Okehampton Castle, Dingles Fairground, and more. Perfect for families as there are lots of child-friendly attractions nearby.
We opted to travel 3o minutes to the nearest part of the coast which was Bude in Cornwall. Here we enjoyed lunch on the beach and a short but pretty stroll in the summer sunshine. It was rather busy due to it being the weekend and really warm but it was lovely all the same.
We also traveled to Tavistock for a very tasty afternoon tea at the historic Bedford Hotel. We have been here quite a few times before – check out our post from our first-afternoon tea here back in 2017 for more information. We enjoyed sandwiches, scones and lots of summery cakes and left feeling very hot and stuffed!
For a quick walk and a picturesque place to enjoy the sunshine we also went to nearby Roadford Lake. We enjoyed fruit smoothies and reading our books in the sunshine whilst overlooking all the paddleboarders and kayakers on the lake.
Dingle’s Fairground is a great day out for families and those looking for some fun! We didn’t visit this time but visited a few years ago and really enjoyed looking around all of the vintage fairground rides and having a go on a few of them too! Read about it more here.
The price for our stay in Iglulu was £120 – so £60 per night which I think is an absolute steal! I have been glamping in various places across the south-west and paid double that a night sometimes! For the lovely unique accommodation, laid-back countryside vibe, and location I would happily pay this again and I am sure we will be back!
For more information be sure to check out the Hideaway Camping website where you can peruse the range of accommodation options and decide which takes your fancy! Whatever you decide – we know you will love your stay!