Review: The Meadow Glamping in Hampshire - a romantic retreat
What I loved about it:
Taking a break from my phone and TV to sit in nature, but with comfortable seats and warm fires! I loved the cosy bed, dining al fresco and watching the friendly ducks. Staying on a narrowboat was such a quirky experience too.
Value for money (out of 10):
Beautiful and romantic glamping in Hampshire
If you’re looking to go glamping in Hampshire, then look no further than The Meadow Glamping near Stockbridge. It’s home to 3 different glamping options, each sleeping 2 adults, making it the perfect romantic getaway. Each of the options comes with its own outdoor seating area, firepit or woodburner and composting loo.
Firstly, there’s Wild Billy’s, a red and gold gypsy caravan which has been renovated beautifully. It has a sofa area outside which is adorned with colourful umbrellas.
Then there’s Mary’s Place where the whole front wall is made from bifolding doors, giving you a view of the lake from the bed! This one comes with a summerhouse and decking area which stretches over the lake – perfect for enjoying a sundowner.
Finally, there’s The Magic Rat, a refurbished barge which was my home for the night. It’s actually on the lake itself and does move slightly which I found relaxing. It has been decorated with fun and quirky elements such as vinyl records as porthole covers, and tattoo prints inspired by the work of Kat Von D.
Inside the boat is a large, comfortable bed with a warm duvet and throws which kept me suitably warm during the April night. There’s an ethanol heater too which provides just over an hour of heat a time, with plenty of refills provided. Being a glamping site there’s no electricity, though some solar powered fairy lights gave a lovely atmosphere. There’s a sink, drinking water and tea and coffee – I loved using the gas BBQ to boil the kettle!
The boat is moored on its own private island, accessed over a wooden bridge. There was an arbour with a heater where you could sit and watch the wildlife on the lake. There are some very friendly ducks and you’ll find duck food to feed them with if you’d like to. They do get put to bed at dusk though so you don’t have to worry about stepping on them in the dark!
I also made use of the woodburner to stay warm whilst enjoying the outdoors. It felt very novel to be sat on a leather sofa outside, toasting marshmallows of course. My tipple of choice was the local River Test distillery gin, my absolute favourite!
If you like to go glamping then you’re probably keen to hear about the toilet situation. Each of the accommodations has its own compost toilet, within a few steps of the door. There was no smell at all, it was very clean and comfortable. The showers are situated a couple of minutes walk towards the main house, and again, each accommodation has its own private one. They’re hot and powerful which is a bonus! It’s here that you’ll also find a washing up station, fridge/freezer with ice packs you can use and also a charging point should you need it.
If you like to play sports then the Meadow Glamping has a grass court which you are welcome to use during your stay. You can also take the rowing boat for a little jaunt around the lake, and there are river views where you can try your luck at spotting the kingfisher.
Another aspect of this glamping site which makes it particularly appealing is that it can be hired as a group of 3 couples. There are also 2 double beds in the annex of the owner’s house so in total 10 people could stay. This would be a fantastic idea for a special birthday or anniversary.
When glamping in Hampshire, there is plenty to do nearby. You’re only a few minutes drive from Stockbridge which has a pretty high street filled with excellent independent shops such as the Little Whisky Shop and the Owl and Pussycat. I’d recommend visiting the Greyhound on the Test for a meal, and its sister pub The Greyhound in Broughton is just a few minutes walk from the Meadow Glamping itself.
There’s lot of information in the welcome pack about local walks and activities. You could visit the National Trust place Mottisfont near Romsey which has a particularly spectacular rose garden if you visit at the right time of year. Other nearby gardens which are worth a visit are Harold HIllier gardens, Houghton Lodge and the Longstock Park Water Gardens and ‘Waitrose farm’. I also enjoy the Army Flying museum which is a few minutes drive away, as is Danebury Iron Age Hillfort which is a lovely walk.
I would thoroughly recommend a stay at The Meadow Glamping in Hampshire. I felt rejuvenated and refreshed after just one night stay and easily could have stayed for longer. The 2 acre site feels spacious and private and I really enjoyed staying away from screens and just listening to the birdsong.
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