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Glamping in Worcestershire: Family-sized safari lodges on the edge of the Malvern Hills with acres of natural space to explore and a 500-year-old pub right next door

“Home comforts with the great outdoors right on your doorstep”, is how Charlotte Taylor succinctly describes her family-run glamping site, set amid the saplings of a young perry apple orchard at the foot of the Malvern Hills. “No rushing to the supermarket or squeezing in towels and bedding. Everything is here”.

The 17-acre rural patchwork of meadows, hedgerows and glistening natural ponds certainly seem to cater to every need. The farm pantry sells everything, from local beer and homemade cakes to olives and sausages, while the glamping accommodation itself comprises a pair of family-sized safari tents each with an upstairs mezzanine level, as fully equipped kitchen, sofas and proper beds. Throw in the bikes that are available to rent and the family-friendly pub right next door and you quickly realise there’s not a thing that you could want for. In fact, apples and pears from the fledgling orchard will eventually be used to create the farm’s very own homemade cider and perry. Then even the pub will be surplus to requirements!

Of course, a glamping sites needs to offer more than just a place to bed down for the night. Up Sticks also matches its comfortable accommodation with bucket loads of charm and the attention to detail is exceptional. Fluffy towels are ready in your private bathroom, there’s a breakfast pack provided for your first morning and a glass of cool white wine awaits you in the fridge. The twinkle of the fairy lights that thread around the safari lodges and walkways gives an almost other worldly feel whilst the woodburner and Kadai fire pit cast a warm glow across the canvas as the sun goes down.

When you do break the spell and head out to explore, the Malvern Hills – a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the footpaths and mountain biking trails are the most obvious way to start (with onsite wash-down facilities for bikes and boots on your return). The rivers Severn and Wye await for paddling downstream or a quiet picnic.

Not that you need to leave the campsite to get close to nature. You can help chop wood for the campfire, use the bug kits in your safari lodge to hunt for miniature wildlife in the pond or pet the rare breed sheep and pygmy goats, collect eggs from the hens, and tend your own little vegetable patch by the lodge.

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The Owner Says

Up Sticks Glamping - Enjoy the freedom of space and home comfort under canvas on our smallholding in the Malvern Hills. In luxury safari tents, with unique interiors, tree trunks support the loft space, a cosy nest which sleeps two.
Each tent sleeps 6 with two further downstairs bedrooms. All complete with crisp white linen and soft wool blankets.
Set in our fledgling orchard with natural pond, surrounded by oaks and hedgerows. Soak up the views, explore The Malvern Hills with footpaths, quiet lanes and local rivers all within easy access.  Bikes are available on site and a country pub just next door. We provide all your essentials - as well as a few luxuries, so all you have to do is turn up, switch off and and enjoy our space.
We've created a ready-stay solution. No rushing to the supermarket or squeezing in towels and bedding. Arrive to ready made beds in crisp white cotton and deep duck down duvets. Fluffy towels await in the bathroom, and a breakfast pack for the morning. A cool glass of wine awaits in the fridge and if you want BBQ packs on arrival just add it in the extra's. Well behaved Dogs are welcome, add them in the extra's and we'll provide a pack for them too!
Eating and drinking
In your safari tent there is fully functioning kitchen with gas hob, fridge, Belfast sink and utensils.
Outside, cook over the Kadai fire pit.
On the farm we have a pantry with essentials as well as a few indulgences. Locally produced wine, cider, sausages, bacon and more. Grab anything from milk to olives. If you have special requirements let us know and we can make sure we can cater for them. Pastries and croissant are available as well as cakes for special occasions.
Next door The Farmers Arms, offers a cosy retreat with a quiet garden and home cooked food. Close by The Duke of York is a 10 minute cycle ride away and also offers good food. For a more gastro experience The Welland Inn is just ten minutes in the car, whilst The Swan Inn at Hanley Swan offers fantastic food and surroundings.
Explore
The Malvern region offers so much choice. Climb the hills, picnic at the top, or cycle on trails or direct from our door onto miles of quiet lanes. All accessible from Up Sticks and suitable for all ages.
The Forest of Dean is a playground for mountain bikers, walkers and wildlife enthusiasts, and only 30 minutes away.
Rivers Severn and Wye offer river trips and canoeing, a serene way to spend the day.
For the less active,  get creative - throw a pot at Eastnor pottery, book a furniture making course or Photography and painting courses. All are available, just ask and we can help point you in the right direction.
Motor enthusiasts can book a tour of the Morgan factory in Malvern or make a day of it at Selsley or Prescott Hill climbs. Landrover 4x4 Experience days are available at Eastnor Castle (10 minutes)
Horse racing is available at famous Cheltenham (30mins), Worcester or Hereford. With local point to points offering a great family day out.
The calendar is bursting, with the Three Counties showground, Eastnor Castle, Earls Croome and Upton Upon Severn offering a massive range of events for all interests. From mud-running, chilli festivals, giant flea markets, steam rallies and music festivals for every taste.
Foodies will love the many festivals and local farmers markets (Malvern). Why not Visit Weston's Cider  (makers of Stowford press) for a tour and meal, go wine tasting at Three Choirs and Lovells Vineyard (10 minutes away). Chase distillery is half and hour away for gin and vodka tours and tasting, but you might need a taxi home!
Culture vultures may prefer to wander through the cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral (made famous by Harry Potter) or Malvern Priory. Malvern Theatres offers some wonderful plays, cinema and shows. Or visit the local village hall for 'flicks in the sticks'.
Stay on the farm
If you'd prefer to switch off then stay on the farm. Up Sticks Glamping is a smallholding. Our animals are friendly, and used to being petted and fed, so go in with the pygmy goats and sheep, collect eggs and sit and watch the ducks on the pond. Or sway in a hammock and watch our fledgling Perry Orchard grow. If you are looking to just get away from it all, sit and chill on the deck, light teh fire pit and cook cook up a storm.
Our lodges are stocked with kits for exploring games and nature discovery for kids and adults. Watch birds - see how many species you can spot. Discover new varieties of wildflowers, dig around hedgerows, learn to forage or get up close and personal with the creepy crawlies.
Local events accommodation

We are the closest accommodation to Birtsmorton Court, and Eastnor Castle both popular wedding venues. Cheltenham is just 30 minutes away for the racing festival, we can offer drop off and pick up on request.

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★★★★★

Fantastic accommodation in beautiful scenery

We really enjoyed the 3 nights we spent at Chase End last week. It was the end of our 2 week camping holiday and the safari tent was a little bit of luxury in beautiful surroundings. Charlotte and Steve provided us with everything we needed. We had a warm welcome with home made cake, eggs, milk, fresh bread, fruit juice and wine. We enjoyed the posh marshmallows too! The kids enjoyed playing and running about in the great outdoor space. There were toys and an entertainment box provided so really everything we could wish for! Thanks so much for having us will definitely recommend you!
Aug 28, 2018 by The Edmundson Family
★★★★★

One of our favourite holidays!

My family just spent 2 nights at UpSticks. Thenkids aged 2 and 4 thoughtit was loads of fun! Loads of space to run, cycle and play. Bbq area was really big and the bathrooms were gorgeous! The farm is clean and the hosts were so accommodating and friendly letting the kids feed the animals and help us when needed! The tents had everything you could need and were clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated Can’t wait to go back! Really loved it - thanks
Aug 13, 2018 by Reidy
★★★★★

A wonderful, relaxing spot wit hfabulous hosts.

We stayed for a weekend at Upsticks in the Chase End tent and had a fabulous time. Charlotte and Steve have thought of everything. The tents are so well equipped from the little touches like the vase of freshly cut flowers to the cosy blankets, lovely local coffee, bread and jam and even a homemade cake on our arrival. We were made to feel very welcome and Charlotte and Steve were on hand to help steer us for walks, and places to eat. The kids loved riding around on the collection of bikes available, playing cricket in the field and even doing the orienteering challenge! We'd love to come back.
Jul 3, 2018 by Tim & family
★★★★★

Amazing experience

We had such a brilliant time at Upsticks! We’ll be back and for longer next time. The tents are amazing. So well designed and so many lovely touches like homemade bread and delicious cakes on arrival plus cosy blankets and extra cushions throughout. The kitchen is very well equipped and the bedrooms super comfy. The bathrooms are excellent too. The location is superb with many beautiful areas to explore. The kids loved all the animals on the farm especially fudge the cat and collecting the chickens eggs in the morning. Steve and Charlotte were fantastic hosts too and made us feel so welcome. We had a delicious meal next door at the pub too. Even after two days we felt very relaxed. Can’t recommend upsticks highly enough!
Jun 2, 2018 by The Harvey family
★★★★★

Perfect hosts, fab accommodation

I organised a camping themed hen party at Upsticks and Charlotte, the host, was always on point and couldn’t do enough to help. A wonderful selection of goodies were left in the tent for us upon arrival. Great quality bedding, kitchen wares etc. Beautifully presented and well thought out tents and bathrooms. Something broke during our stay (not our fault, just unfortunate!). I informed Charlotte at 10am. By the time we returned at 1pm it was fixed. We really didn’t expect this at all. I can’t praise Charlotte enough.
May 30, 2018 by Steph Williams
★★★★★

Cosy, Comfortable and Luxurious

We had a wonderful few days staying here this October. The Safari tents are fabulous, with high ceilings, three bedroom areas, one of which is a mezzanine, which my daughter loved, and two of which are proper bedrooms, all with very comfortable beds and thick fluffy duvets. We were very warm as we had the wood burner, and the electric radiator as an occasional top up, as well as hot water bottles, even though we didn't really need them, they were a lovely touch. The kitchen area was incredibly well equipped and the breakfast pack of delicious local meat, bread and eggs was very welcome. One of the best things was the lovely bathroom, individual to each tent. We will certainly be back.
Oct 28, 2017 by Nicola Hepworth
★★★★★

A little gem in the world of glamping

I am not now, nor ever will be, a happy camper. The thought of spending nights under canvas in a field fills me with dread. Suffice to say that when my wife booked a glamping holiday for us and our four children, I was less than impressed with the idea. That is of course, until we arrived... Though we may of been the first guests to stay, I'm certain we won't be the last. The "tent" if you can call it that harks of something out of Africa. Big comfortable beds and quality duvets ensure a good night's sleep. Leather sofa, log burner and a hob adds some home comforts to the camping experience and the dab radio is a nice bonus. Our older children absolutely loved sleeping on the mezzanine together and at no point did we feel cramped (even though there were six of us) The welcome basket with a selection of treats on arrival is a nice touch. The meats and bread available from the hosts are sublime, even catering for gluten intolerance. I must mention the brioche buns are a must for those of us more able to eat bread. Top it with the hosts delicious chocolate spread and you're on to a winner. So, has my experience warmed me to the idea of camping? I don't think so. No. Would I go back to upticks? Absolutely! In fact we've already booked our return and I can honestly say that we will back further into the future to see how it grows. My advice to anyone reading this review. Book a break here and you won't be disappointed.
Jun 12, 2017 by Wolfe

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