{AD} the tonic of wildness with Glampingly

‘We need the tonic of wildness’ – Thoreau.

Sometimes, when you just need to get away, the siren song of the sea calls to you, and the soft greens of the countryside beckon. This weekend, we left work, school and worries behind us and ran away to Ceredigion to stay in Owl Lodge at Sloeberry Farm with Glampingly.

The joy of glamping is the chance to sleep in a soft comfy bed, warm yourself by a woodburning stove, enjoy fresh hot coffee each morning, and still feel all the benefits of the outdoor life. My children loved visiting the donkeys, exploring the stream and toasting marshmallows in the firepit. I took deep breaths of sweet May air, felt the sunshine on my face and listened to the birdsong.

Flanked by blooming Hawthorn trees, Owl Lodge is nestled in a corner of the farm, beside a gnarled old tree and a tiny stream edged with ferns, stitchwort and campion. The owl, its namesake, hoots softly at night as the flames of the campfire flicker. In the lanes around the farm, swathes of lacy cow parsley wave, and bluebells tumble down the banks and twinkle between the trees.

Cardigan Bay is one of our favourite stretches of coastline in all the world. We were blessed with blue skies and sunshine, and the stunning local beaches were almost deserted. We particularly love Llangrannog, Penbryn, and magical Mwnt, which my son was so taken with that he burst into a spontaneous chorus of ‘What a wonderful world.’

The sun set with a sparkle at the end of a wonderful weekend. We returned home windswept and pink-cheeked, with salty toes and woodsmoke in our hair. A weekend of wildness is always the perfect tonic. 

Stays at Owl Lodge at Sloeberry Farm are available from £260 based on up to 8 sharing on a self-catering basis. Book at glampingly.co.uk

{Our Glampingly accommodation was given to us as a free press stay but all thoughts, opinions and images are my own.}

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