The Glamping Orchard

The Glamping Orchard, Longney, Gloucester GL2 3SW
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A fully restored 1950s Warwick Knight caravan (with roof garden!) and luxury bell tent in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Set within a three-mile wide meander in the River Severn, the countryside around Longney could well be considered a hidden treasure. After all, when you’re just two crow-flown miles from the M5, you surely wouldn’t expect to find such perfectly peaceful pastures as these. In summer swathes of golden wheat fields shimmer in a breeze that funnels up the Bristol Channel, while green, squares of land sit like oddly shaped patches sewn into an old pair of khaki kecks. These, of course, are the orchard; relics of an era when apples were the main trade of the county. Today they make the perfect setting for a campsite.

Nestled among trees still bristling with beautifully ripe Russets during summer, The Glamping Orchard offers a peaceful retreat in the form of two luxury abodes. A charming bell tent (sleeping up to five), includes a wood-burning stove and plush double bed with foldout options for an additional three guests and comes accompanied by a beautiful bathroom building on wheels and a private kitchen hut. Rustic yet well equipped, bunting festoons the bell tent’s central pole and the hand painted coffee table has an almost Moroccan feel. Small touches like the wicker basket of extra blankets, meanwhile, reflect that ‘go the extra mile’ attention that's been put in.

The second and newest addition to The Glamping Orchard is the spectacular fully restored 1950s Warwick Knight caravan. Believed to be one of only three left in the world, this ‘Rolls Royce of caravans’ was no knight in shining armour when owners Ali and Rich first clapped eyes on it. Dilapidated, debris-filled and covered in a fine layer of green algae, the Warwick’s seven month renovation from relic of the road to staggering luxury caravan was even televised by George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.

Finished to the highest standard throughout, this unique caravan now offers glampers a luxury stay with more than ample room for a family of four. Inside there’s a large, cosy seating area, complete with a crackling log-burner, while the kitchen offers plenty of cooking space. The sleeping area is separated by sliding doors so that you can enjoy a drink by the fire when the kids are slumbering. It includes snug bunk pods for the kids and a comfy double bed for two adults with fantastic orchard views. A charmingly rustic shower-on-wheels is adjacent, as is the compost loo. It’s stand out feature though is undoubtedly the elaborate roof garden that once adorned the Warwick Knight at an exclusive Earls Court exhibition in 1952. Here guests can stretch their legs, or sink into a beanbag, while enjoying views of the River Severn or the starry skies above.

The Glamping Orchard positively exudes a sense of relaxation and has precisely the laid-back attitude required for a campsite whilst still being wonderfully resourceful. If you’re hungry, you’re welcome to pick apples from the trees, while those that fall to the ground are still not wasted, instead collected up and fed to Margot, the smallholding’s pet pig! Chickens populate the site – you can collect their fresh eggs for breakfast – and the horses and ponies welcome trap rides. Is there a more quintessentially countryfied experience than a horse and cart ride down to the local pub for a pint of Gloucestershire cider? After all, when you’re glamping in an orchard it would be rude not to, right?

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Perfectly located in the heart of the picturesque Severn Vale, The Glamping Orchard gets you back to nature but not back to basics. Longney is just five miles from historic Gloucester and a lovely short walk from the River Severn.

Combining peace and quiet of gorgeous orchards and beautiful countryside with close proximity to great pubs, market towns and Cotswolds villages, The Glamping Orchard is set on a family-run smallholding surrounded by farm animals and acres of space.

You can expect a quiet getaway location with a real sense of home away from home staying in a 1950’s Caravan, The Warwick Knight, sleeping up to 4, or alternatively try Belle, our cosy Bell Tent sleeping up to 5….whichever you choose you will enjoy a wonderful Glamping experience. Or combine both… enough for two families or two sets of friends to come together to recharge the batteries.

We love to extend a warm welcome to our guests. Our ethos is to help you to make your stay your own. Go for long walks, laze in the hammock, watch the wildlife, explore the nearby orchards and eat around the campfire or head into Gloucester or Cheltenham for a bit more of the urban experience.

When you stay with us we provide you with an opportunity to relax and recharge in complete comfort. You can collect fresh eggs for your breakfast, experience a memorable horse and cart ride to the local pub or simply go for a long walk foraging for berries down the country lanes.

Then what better way to end the day than toasting marshmallows by the open fire and enjoying a glass of wine as you watch the sun gently set across the rolling hills of the Forest of Dean.

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The Glamping Orchard: A fully restored 1950s Warwick Knight caravan (with roof garden!) and luxury bell tent glamping in the heart of the Cotswolds.

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The Glamping Orchard: A fully restored 1950s Warwick Knight caravan (with roof garden!) and luxury bell tent glamping in the heart of the Cotswolds.

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