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The oak frame around this picture, though, is not hanging on the wall itself but is the wall, the curved wooden exterior of Mulino Lodge Farm’s comfortable pods. Pull the latch, open the glass door and feel the Derbyshire breeze. The fresh air in your lungs brings home the reality of the view – more than just a pretty painting.
Set up in 2009, Mulino Lodge Farm plays a huge role in shaping the landscape around you, from the Suffolk Mule and Charollais Sheep in the fields, to the dry stone walls that stripe the hills in the distance. In fact, head north into the Peak District and the farm is even having an impact there, grazing their highland cattle in careful conservation projects.
In the heart of this enviable countryside location lie the three glamping pods (including the new large Lavender Pod) that make Mulino Lodge Farm an ideal place to stay. They are more than just a farmer’s afterthought, with all the facilities you could want for a stay in the hills. Along with local information, maps, games and the like, there is a well-equipped outdoor kitchen area, private bathrooms and washing facilities for muddy boots, bikes or dogs. It's all well cared for with thought and attention. Touches like the spices and essentials in the kitchen store cupboard or complimentary tea and coffee can really make the difference, especially if you arrive late, disorganised and a little out of sorts.
As with most rural spots in England there’s a real community vibe around these parts and never more so than when you’re waking up on the local farm. It’s a mile and a half walk to the village pub, a pleasant cross-country stroll to the Red Lion, the best place to sit beside a log fire if you're glamping here in winter.
The historic market town is well worth a visit yourself if you don’t mind the 10-minute drive. It’s home to a host of independent shops and works as a great starting point for a lot of the local trails. Campers staying over Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday should definitely not miss the annual Royal Shrovetide Football – no longer played with a severed head but still bizarre, unique and very memorable!
Meanwhile, back at base, those hanging up their walking boots for the day should chat to Craig, who took over the place when he was 24 years old. He knows the land well and is more than happy to give you a tour of the farm if you give some advanced warning. It’s a great way to make the most of its important position in the landscape and provides a little insight into it all. When you're back around the BBQ, enjoying that view, you’ll be able to appreciate it all the more.
FacilitiesPods include: A full double bed (space for two children or a third adult on an additional bed), a small fridge, toaster and kettle, Eco-power points, lighting and a heater in cooler months. A travel cot and highchair can be provided. Pet friendly Lavender Pod can accommodate 4 adults or 2 adults 4 children, with a double bed, full size bunk beds and futon(s) for additional guests. Outside there is seating and a table, your own firepit and BBQ area and a drinking water tap. Each individual bathroom has a power shower, heated from the wind turbine and solar power, a WC, basin, mirror and heater. There's a dressing area with hair dryer facilities and shaving point. The site also has an outdoor wash area for bikes, dogs and boots. A small, central room provides local information, maps and leaflets, free Wi-Fi, a book swap, games and a toy box for the kids. Plus an honesty shop with charcoal, fire lighting and other basics. Craig is happy to take adults or children around the farm during your stay. This can be arranged on arrival.
Pod campers, exclusive hire, groups (up to 10 adults), couples, well behaved dogs – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans, motorhomes – no.
Food & DrinkThey provide a small fridge, kettle, toaster and basic kitchen essentials in the pod along with a BBQ outside. The site provides a covered outside kitchen area with gas hobs and sink and fully equipped with kitchen utensils and crockery. They stock the essentials with key ingredients in the cupboard store (salt, pepper, cooking oil, coffee, tea and sugar). There are farmers markets at Leek (3rd Weds and Sat of the month), Bakewell (last Sat of the month), Wirksworth (1st Sat of the month) and Buxton (1st Thurs of the month). On other days try Denstone Farm Shop (01889 590050) or the boutiquey homemade produce at Cottage Delight (01538 382020). Its a long but pleasant walk (1.5 miles) to the village pub, The Red Lion (01334 345554) which serves great food in a warm atompshere.
Open all year around.
Our pods are fully insulated, and have a small heater.
We are located 3 miles out of the town of Ashbourne, Derbyshire on the edge of the Peak District in the MidlandsThere are bus routes running along the A517
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