The Dandelion Hideaway
Child friendly glamping, Leicestershire
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About The Dandelion Hideaway
Decadent to the hilt - The Dandelion Hideaway will surpass any expectations you have for your next family glamping experience!
Osbaston House Farm is the family’s working farm comprising 250 acres of mature woodland as well as Leicestershire countryside. John and Sharon Earp are successful specialist dairy goat farmers, with 100 hens to boot and the friendliest and cutest Shetland Ponies – they diversified more. Sharon Earp, I suspect, has a serious eye for style and a good understanding of what we all would wish for, hence the delectable slant she has put on her luxury family glamping experience, The Dandelion Hideaway. These canvas cottages might just get my stalwart ‘bricks and concrete or nothing’ friends to ‘camp’ – but camping (which I love, even in it’s purest most pared back form) is couldn’t be further away from your experience here.
Glamping The Dandelion Hideaway way.
The Hideaway’s Canvas Cottages showcase Farrow and Ball paints, high quality furnishings, linen curtains and blinds – the wooden floor-boards host the spacious lounging area with leather sofa and armchairs to snuggle on around the coffee table and listen to yoru Roberts Radio; the dining table big enough to eat together comfortably or play cards on by lantern light later; a farmhouse kitchen complete with dresser, butler’s sink and lovely wooden work tops and of course the heart of it all wood-burning stove, on which to prepare breakfast or light meals and of course, pop on the whistling kettle.
Each of the canvas cottages is individually styled – each (with the exception of Bluebells) sleeps 6 comprising three bedrooms – the master bed-room, the twin room and the girls certain favourite the ‘secret cabin’ bedroom – which is a glorious, magical retreat sleeping two, perfect for princesses and pirates of all ages to escape into. So a bed, a kitchen and a lounge; then you have the en-suite bathroom – complete with roll-top bath, chrome shower and – wait for it – instant HOT WATER on tap. There is a sink too and your very own loo – this is glamping flipping heaven!
There are six glamping cottages in total, each spaced respectfully apart so that you have privacy within this lovely part of the world. Rabbit's Warren, Mole's Hill and Fox's Den are found amongst the field banks with lovely far-reaching views – they are nearest to the field hen house where the kids might collect eggs for their breakfast or just go to say “Hello”. Hare's Form is tucked away at the side of woodland a little higher and Badger's Sett is on its own amongst the woodland. Bluebells is for any friends without kids who might want to join you and combined with some quiet time away. A cottage for two, Bluebells is glorious with a most romantic hot tub to enjoy – it also is perfect for families with two older children who might stay in the superb adjacent tree-house.
Please note: rental costs exclude bed linen and towels – a minimum of one starter pack, suitable for 2 people, must be ordered. This pack also includes a bath mat, hand towels for the kitchen and bathroom and a tea towel. Additional bed packs cost £6.50 per person, towel packs £5 per person.
Highchairs, travel cots, fire pits and mini tractors are also available on a hire basis. Enquire on booking.
The Earps have provided a well-stocked honesty shop – The Old Cow Shed – which also acts as reception and tourist information. The wooden till and hand written accounts are charming – the choice is excellent. You’ll find shelves filled with delectable foodstuffs for you all including cheeses and quiches, local sausages and bacon, honey, jams and pickles to complement everything as well as store cupboard essentials. Ready made meals are also available if you should rather have a day off.
Things To Do on The Farm
Go on a guided tour of the farm with Farmer John who will give you information about all of the animals, their diet and habits as well as the crops grown on site and answer any questions that you might have about this industry. The kids will get to see the large farm machinery, the tractors and automatic feed machines.
Later in the day (every day) the thousand goats will be milked for a second time (they are also milked VERY early each morning). The viewing gallery allows you to see everything that is happening and John will explain the milking process, you even get to taste some of the fresh goats milk. Excitingly you then have the chance to go to the milking parlour floor and have a go at attaching the milking units to goats' teats.
In the Spinney Field the hen coop contains the flock of free range chickens. You are free to help care for the birds, letting them out of their house in the morning, and shutting them back in at dusk, and checking that they have enough food and water. The most delightful part though is removing your breakfast egg from the nesting box each day, you may all help to collect the fresh eggs and you may eat what you find!
Each week on a Tuesday and Saturday the children may meet and groom one of the farm’s twelve Shetland ponies, who comprise the oldest and hardiest breed in the British Isles. I doubt my girls would move away from their field.
Should the kids want a change of interior space the Earps have provided a children’s den through The Cow Shed where they can play with their new friends and escape to read, draw and play with toys together.
The charm of Osbaston House is the abundance of wildlife that is actively nurtured and encouraged by the Earps via their active Wildlife Policy. Take your binoculars as there are several ‘high conservation of concern’ species to be spotted including the linnet, reed bunting, skylark, song thrush and yellow hammer. Buzzards, kestrel, hawks, tawny and barn owls are all resident, and the graceful swallows return each year to breed. Pheasant and partridge are resident too. Much of the wildlife can be spotted from your home during the day so keep your eyes peeled and your wildlife sheets at the ready. One in particular is found at night-time. Osbaston has it’s own badger sett and an active one at that – a Hide has been built which will allow you to watch these shy creatures without disturbing them.
If you want to explore further then The Hideaway is within striking distance of a myriad of days out – delve into King Richard III’s past at Bowsorth, hire a bike and cycle the loop from Hick’s Lodge, visit National Trust properties (always a bonus with a family card), Warwick Castle for spooks and battles and dungeons, or one of several theme parks if thrills and screams are the call of the day – knowing you have peace and quiet and luxurious solitude to return should get you through the day!
The National Forest is a good and inexpensive day out – over eight million saplings have been planted to form new sustainable woodland across Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. The forest is filled with heathland, streams, and wonderful woodland walks and bike trails at various abilities for all the family to enjoy.
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