Upbury Barn, Barton Road, Pulloxhill, Beds, MK45 5HR
If we were tell you about a 22 acre rural idyll, complete with resident barn owls, red kites, buzzing beehives nearby, and a waterlily-flecked pond that's home to herons, chances are you'd place this bucolic haven in some far-flung corner of the country. Well, we're delighted to say that you can find this perfect patch of pastoral paradise in the Home County of Bedfordshire. With the Big Smoke just an hour down the road, this is the ideal destination for world-weary Londoners looking to get away from the hullabaloo of city life.
Opened in Spring2018, Re:treat Glamping provides a luxury countryside getaway for those looking to reconnect with nature in the reinvigorating air of the Bedfordshire countryside. As friendly host Jo Baxter envisions, "imagine watching a beautiful sunset whilst relaxing in a wood fired hot tub; toasting yummy marshmallows whilst sipping on a mug of warm cocoa; watching swallows dance above the pond from the jetty; spending quality time with your nearest and dearest with nature as your backdrop…". She had us at hot tub!
Comprising a single, self-contained safari lodge for seven, Re:treat Glamping is very much at the high-end of the comfortable camping spectrum. The luxury lodge sits atop a spacious wooden veranda complete with wood-fired hot tub from which to enjoy the views. Inside, a large wood-burning stove inhabits the hub of the open plan kitchen, featuring butler sink with copper taps. The dining and lounge areas provide ample space, while two separate bedrooms host a four poster and triple bunk bed between them. An additional cot bed can also be provided and a quirky king size ‘den bed’ adjoins the living area, with space underneath for storage, playing, or den making. To the rear of the lodge, two private bathrooms house the toilet and shower respectively – the latter provides piping hot water and a picture frame window so you can enjoy the scenery while you soak.
Despite its proximity to the capital, you're still very much immersed in countryside life here – you know you're in the great outdoors when you're warned to watch your step for rabbit holes. The exclusive nature of the off-grid accommodation means that glampers have the run of the vast grounds too, with countless different pockets of the sprawling smallholding, each offering a new perspective. The old orchard is a grassed area surrounded by mature trees that's perfect for a game of rounders (kit and kaboodle provided), while the spinney behind is prime den-building real estate. For a bit of 'me time', seek out the pond-side summerhouse and while away the day in the rocking chair, lost in a good book. You can even bring your rod along and fish for carp, tench and rudd in the pond (permits available upon booking). And when it's time to explore, the footpath running through the dewpond field offers access to the surrounding villages of Pulloxhill, Silsoe, Flitton and beyond.
The Owner Says
Re:treat is an exclusive 7 person (+1 cot) luxury safari lodge complete with wood fired hot tub positioned on its own private deck. This beautifully equipped ensuite canvas and wood safari lodge nestles privately on our 22 acre smallholding. That means you’ll be staying exclusively and you’ll be free to explore the natural surroundings and footpaths on your doorstep.
Beds are made up on arrival with fresh bed linen and hypo allergenic quilts.
The kitchen is fully equipped with crockery, cutlery, standard kitchen utensils and cooking pots and pans. Re:treat also has a small solar powered fridge.
You’ll find an array of indoor and outdoor games at Re:treat as well as a wide selection of books.
A bath towel is provided for each person staying at Re:treat. The shower room has a hand towel, bath mat, hand wash and shower and hair wash.The cloakroom has toilet roll provided as well as hand soap.
We’ll provide you with an initial supply of wood for the wood burning stove and wood fired hot tub. Additional wood and charcoal can be purchased.
The wood burning stove is the hub of Re:treat and can be used for keeping the lodge warm on chillier evenings and as a traditional oven with its own hob. There is also a tripod BBQ for cooking up a feast or toasting marshmallows.
We can also provide you with a wide range of extras ranging from home cooked meals, locally sourced BBQ & Breakfast packs, reflexology sessions and fishing the adjacent pond. We are also able to offer afternoon teas which can be requested & pre-ordered with local pop up tea room 'The Tea Cup Inn'.
Re:treat is off grid and is fitted with solar low level lighting.
All prices include full use of the private hot tub and all of the items and provisions noted in the ‘what’s included’ section of our website.
Please see our website for Bank holiday variations
We’re delighted to offer £50 off of Mid week stays for couples (and one infant) outside of school holidays.
Re:treat Glamping is taking bookings for its first season which starts on the 30th March 2018.
Re:treat is a peaceful, secluded setting however very occasionally if the wind is blowing the wrong way low level road noise may be heard.
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We stayed as a family of 5 for a long weekend to celebrate a birthday and the weekend exceeded our expectations. I could not fault it. Jo, the host, is wonderful and has considered everything - the decor is beautiful and she has thought of everything: hot water bottles, extra blankets, a trolley to transport your luggage, artisan teas and coffees, homemade cookies and fizz. When discovering it was my birthday, Jo even provided some happy birthday bunting and offered a cake. The surroundings are so scenic and peaceful and offer great walks to local villages and English Heritage sites, but the highlight was enjoying the hot tub and relaxing on the deck overlooking the pond. I strongly recommend retreat if you want the fun of the outdoors combined with the luxury of hot water and solar energy. Thank you, Jo, for a wonderful stay!!
May stay at Re:treat Glamping
I stayed at Re:treat Glamping with a group of friends over the late May bank holiday weekend. The safari tent is so gorgeous and cosy - even better than the photos! It was clearly a real labour of love putting it together and every detail had been considered. The surroundings are beautiful and peaceful - we particularly loved spending time by the pond. Jo couldn't have been more lovely, helpful and accommodating, and it really made our stay. Would definitely recommend ordering the breakfast, barbecue and other meal packs. We had an amazing time generally but the highlight was definitely sitting in the hot tub with a glass of prosecco!
Lovely relaxing getaway
We loved our stay at Re:treat! The safari lodge is so beautiful and very comfortable; the beds were really comfy and the woodburner and hot water bottles kept us cosy. Our highlight was drinking prosecco in the wood-fired hot tub! We will definitely be back. Thanks to Nick and Jo for being excellent hosts and for all the lovely thoughtful touches.
A fantastic family glamping experience
We have had an excellent time at Re:treat Glamping! The tent is beautiful with extremely comfy beds, a well equipped kitchen, a warm stove, and great showering facilities. Care and attention has been paid to ensure there is everything needed for a family stay such as lanterns, games, blankets and hot water bottles. The little extra touches like marshmallows to toast were a real hit with the kids! The area is beautiful and you really do feel to have your own piece of private countryside. Walking to local villages has been fun and the kids have spent hours playing by the little lake whilst we got to relax on the sun loungers on the deck! Jo and Nick have been excellent hosts, catering for our every need. As their first ever guests we are confident that this will be a very successful venture and we will definitely be rebooking.
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