Mill House Farm - The Oddsocks Glamping Cart
Mill House Farm, Cruckmeole, Hanwood, Shropshire, SY5 8JN
Yet parked up in a beautiful wild grass meadow in Shropshire, the Oddsocks glamping cart has done just that – albeit in the trick-answer sort of way you would expect from the old pub quiz. Thanks to its former life as a travelling stage for Shakespeare productions – an exact replica of those used from the 10th–16th centuries – it has seen them all and then some, with even the likes of Romeo and Juliet appearing on board over the years. But after a quarter of a century in motion and over 150,000 miles under its belt, the stage, now roofed, contained and adorably decorated inside, has retired to the pastures of rural England.
Set in a large, oval shaped field, skirted on its northern edge by gently flowing Rae Brook, the Oddsocks Cart is a strikingly cosy looking cabin with a shape reminiscent of traditional shepherd’s huts. From the front, though, a rectangular decking area creates a more unique form and the warm-looking, auburn wood panels give it an almost summerhouse feel. However you chose to describe it, the indisputable fact is that it’s an enviable place to stay.
Inside, the light, white walls increase the sense of space, while a table folding down from the wall and a sofa bed with bedding included allow you extra room once all folded away. It’s a practically minded set up. There is a sink, two hobs and welcome hamper of important goodies, like tea, coffee, oil and other essentials, while outside a round, Weber barbecue is ideal for late summer evenings. Inside, of course, that essential bit of kit – a wood burning stove – is present. So if the weather takes a turn for the worst, you’re well kitted out for cosy evenings with hot chocolate and a good novel.
Most of the time, however, is inevitably spent outdoors. The rope swing, that dangles invitingly from a central tree, draws children like a magnet, while footpaths that lead out directly from the farm lead you out into the rolling countryside beyond. Eventually, in the north they string through houses and into Shrewsbury, the county town and an excellent spot to explore. From farm to centre takes around an hour and twenty minutes.
The best way to get the inside scoop is to talk to Adrian and Gemma, the affable owners of the Oddsocks Cart who first met each other through the Oddsocks Theatre Company that once used the then-mobile-stage on tour. As you’d expect from such theatre-types, they’re a wonderfully friendly pair, outgoing and helpful. For walking routes, pub suggestions and handy bits of info they’re easily on hand – attentive yet unobtrusive – while scholarly discussions of Shakespeare and theatre are equally welcome! Julius Caesar, King John, Henry VIII... who knows what might help you out in the next pub quiz?!
The Owner Says
A relaxing and serene experience amid beautiful surroundings.
Having watched theatre productions by oddscocks,it was nice to spend time in their cart. Imogen made us feel welcome from the start. We enjoyed the peace and quiet of the site and our dog Marley liked having the field to himself. Loved the outdoor shower. The cart itself was very comfortable. Will definitely be back.