Canvas & Clover
Rowe Farm Bungalow, Ockeridge Lane, Holt Heath, Worcester, WR66LY
What actually is glamping? To us outdoor aficionados it’s one of life’s great questions and, like all big conundrums, the answer is brilliantly ambiguous. Well, it’s glamorous camping isn’t it? Camping out but with better facilities than sleeping rough. So a site with a ready-pitched expedition tent and a portable loo dumped unceremoniously alongside could be considered glamping right? Well, that’s certainly stretching things a little, but thankfully this new find has gone in an altogether different direction.
Set on a working farm in rural Worcestershire, Canvas and Clover is what true glamping should be. Owners, Matt and Wendy, created the site in response to their long-term camping wish – to go on holiday somewhere lacking in modern, gadget-ridden distractions yet avoid having to spend their time sleeping on the floor and arguing about whose turn it was to put up the tent. The resulting site is fabulous.
Spread around a meadow, in a quiet area of the farm, the 10 well-furnished bell tents are each set on a sizeable plot of land with a garden shed for storage and a firepit outside. Guests arrive to a bumper supply of free wood – to get the campfire roaring – and each pitch has some outdoor garden furniture, for sitting around into the twilight hours. There’s even enough space to put up a further two person tent if needed.
On hand there’s a clean, modern shower block, containing six individual rooms each with a toilet, shower and sink, while a covered barn also houses a cosy communal space, with a stash of games including boules and giant jenga, children's books and a telescope. Not that much time is spent indoors. When the sun’s out, the field has endless room to boot a ball around or fling a frisbee, and the surrounding views – across open farmland garnished with hedgerows and mature trees – invite you out onto the footpaths that lead directly from the farm.
Indeed, the views make it easy to forget that the city of Worcester is actually surprisingly close by. On the way, re-route via the beautiful ruins of Witley Court, an English Heritage owned manor that was destroyed by a fire in 1937, but still boasts intricate parterre gardens and extravagant water fountains. Then delve into the historic county capital itself, boasting a compact and easily walkable town centre with a good range of independent restaurants if you decide to take an evening off from scoffing wine around the campfire!
The Owner SaysWe are an eco-friendly, family run, glamping site with ten furnished Safari tents, each with a garden shed, outdoor seating, barbecue and fire pit, based in a five acre car free field on a working farm.
Amazing Glamping Experience
During June 2016 we hired the whole site to celebrate our 40th birthdays and were not disappointed at all. The effort and attention Wendy and Matt put into making their guests welcome and comfortable has no limits, they even got us a fridge for the alcohol (and milk)! The newness of the site and the facilities gave a fresh look and make the experience of camping for some less seasonal campers even more enjoyable. The size of the site is very big so even if you don't hire all of it I'm sure you can enjoy it with out feeling crowded. With 30 adults and children the 5 acres were well used for various games and also came in handy when Matt took us all on his quad bike which was a great treat for everyone, thanks Matt! We cheated and had a Sainsburys delivery to site but there are a number of pubs in the area which we went to one of which was great. Part of our stay included Matt taking us round their farm which was very interesting for all ages and one of our members even helped out with milking time! I would definitely recommend Canvas and Clover to others and would definitely recommend it for large parties who want to truly enjoy the Glamping experience.
What an amazing place Canvas and Clover is, run by the fantastic and very welcoming Wendy and Matt. We've just come back from a week there and I can honestly say it was one of the most perfect holidays we've ever had. They have the perfect balance of a natural retreat to get back to nature, with enough luxury to enable you to kick back, relax and really enjoy it. The boys have had a week of tractors and fairy gardens and have loved every minute. We will certainly be going back, thanks Wendy and Matt xxx
What a special place!
We are just back from a fantastic weekend at Canvas & Clover. It was opening weekend, but you wouldn't have known, everything seemed to run so smoothly. The owners, Wendy and Matt could not have been more welcoming or accommodating, and the whole place has a lovely relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
There's only 10 tents in total and they have lots of space around them, so unlike some campsites you have lots of privacy. It was our first 'glamping' experience, and it felt very luxurious with a proper bed and duvet and lots of lovely finishing touches, like rugs and lamps. Each tent has a well stocked shed next to it with everything you need for cooking (crockery, cutlery, gas burner, kettle, cool box and even a barbeque! They really have thought of everything), but the visit from the fish & chip van was popular on Saturday night.
We have two children, aged 6 and 4, and they had an absolutely marvellous time playing in the field, making new friends, hunting for fairy doors in the woods (thanks Wendy!) and bugs to add to the bug hotel, and with the wheel barrows Matt provided. All that exercise and fresh air meant we all got a lie-in in the mornings too - which is unheard of!
I think my favourite memory would be of roasting marshmallows around the firepit in the evenings, with the fairy lights around the tent and the communal area twinkling. Thanks Wendy and Matt for creating such a special place. We'll be back!