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Honey Pod Farm

UK England West Midlands Worcestershire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Glamping in Worcestershire: Specially designed pods near the pretty riverside town of Upton-Upon-Severn, with an excellent pub just seconds away

A former port that’s now decorated with dainty little leisure boats, Upton-Upon-Severn is a real riverside relic of olde world Britain. Pretty eateries and independent shops dot the streets, while regular events in summer bring out the bunting and rightfully give rise to the claim that the town has “a liveliness out of all proportion to its size”. It’s a place for good old fashioned nosing around on holiday. And now, just outside of town, there’s a pod glamping site that offers the perfect place to base yourself.

Designed and hand-built by Mark Newton and his nephew, the four hexagonal homes at Honey Pod Farm stand out from the crowd. At the top is the clear star-gazing dome that pools in natural sunlight by day and allows glampers to enjoy the stars by night, while, inside each pod, they feature beds for up to six people and a fold out dining table and chairs. Facilities – powerful solar-powered showers, toilets, sinks and washbasins – are all eco friendly and found in a brand new, brick-built ablutions block finished in 2017, while a pair of rustic kitchen huts provide an easy place to make your morning cuppa.

While the unique pods create a cosy atmosphere (the insulated walls slope inwards in a cocoon-like embrace), the setting is the real winning feature here. For starters, of course, there is the pub. An old, 17th-centuy inn, The Drum and Monkey, compete with open fireplaces and low beams, is just a stroll across the field – they have regional ales on tap, tasty pies and a locally famous Sunday carvery – while, further afield, the Malvern Hills offer a hiking and mountain biking playground. For something more sedate, a wander back among the shops in picturesque Upton-Upon-Severn is the final icing on the cake. Then it’s all back to Honey Pod Farm for a good old evening around the campfire.

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Facilities

The hexagonal pods are fully insulated and each feature a double bed, bunk beds and two pull out zed-beds, plus a drop leaf table and dining chairs. All bedding and linen is provided. There is a crystal clear star gazing dome in the roof of the yurt that allows in natural light (and lets you stargaze). A solar-powered facilities block in the glamping meadow houses toilets and showers. Campfires permitted in fire-pits provided. Two rustic outdoor kitchen cabins with gas stove, kettle, crockery and cutlery. Direct access to the Drum & Monkey pub (see Food & Drink). Wi-Fi available in the pub.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Dogs welcome.

Nearby

This is real walkers' country with the Malevern Hills just to the west, while the severn offers easier ambles to the east. Mountain biking trails also thread the Malverns – some of the best in England, even if 'hilly' rather than mountainous – while the Forest of Dean is another playground for bikers, walkers and wildlife enthusiasts (30 minutes away). It's a half hour drive or less to the county town of Worcester, famed for its grand cathedral and excellent weekly market, though a pop down the road to pretty Upton-Upon-Severn is also a fulfilling affair. Dine on the waterside and soak in the sights and sounds of riverside life.

Food & Drink

The pods are right beside the Drum & Monkey (01684 592758), a 17th-century inn with open fires (during winter) and local real ales on tap. The restaurant menu is available from midday–2:30pm and from 6pm–8:30pm. The pies are top notch and on Sunday’s there’s a traditional roast.

Opening Times

All year.

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Accommodation

4 hexagonal pods; each sleeping up to 6 people.

Location

Contact Honey Pod Farm, Honey Pod Farm, Upton-Upon-Severn, Worcestershire, WR8 0QP

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