Up Sticks Glamping

UK England West Midlands Worcestershire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot tubs
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
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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Facilities

Sleeping

Each of our 2 safari tents sleeps six in 2 bedrooms and a sleep loft. Beds can be arranged as a double and 4 singles or two doubles and 2 singles depending on your party. All bed linen is included with cozy blankets, hot water bottles and wood clad walls with solid roof draped in muslin for a luxury feel.

Climb the ladder to a half height loft which is the perfect sleep deck, tuck yourself away and look out to the open countryside beyond or use it to play a quite board game or read a book. The kids and gown ups love it up there.

Cook and dine inside and out

In the kitchen you’ll find a 4 ring gas hob, Belfast sink, fridge with freezer compartment and toaster. All utensils, pans and more to cook up a storm inside or outside over the fire pit.

The breakfast bench with chunky tree tools is a perfect spot to sip a morning coffee, or doze on the deck at the dining table as the sun goes down with a glass of something chilled. Fancy something more rustic then gather around the fire pit to BBQ and toast your marshmallows.

2 electric points and electric lights mean you can charge your trusty mobile and won’t be fumbling around in the dark, whilst free WiFi means you stay connected.

Lounging

Snuggle down next to the wood burner on our retro leather sofa, draped with fluffy sheepskins, reindeer hides and wool blankets, delve into the games box for some entertainment.

For star gazers you can chill in a hammock or wrap a blanket around you and sing songs around the fire.

At night the wooden boardwalk connecting the tent to your private garden is light with fairy lights and across the deck, and we have lanterns and torches for wandering further afield.

Bathing

The bathrooms are a short walk from your tent along a raised wooden boardwalk, Your private bathroom is complete with power shower, mains flushing loo, and copper taps with a heated towel rail, hairdryer and fluffy towels to ensure you feel pampered.

Want to get outdoors then bath under the stars in our hot tub, tucked away by the pond. Take a glass of your favourite tipple while you soak.

The farm

We have a small menagerie of animals which you are welcome to feed. Pygmy goats Bill and Bruce, and our Ouissant sheel, or collect the hens eggs.

Suitable For

Families, Groups, hen do’s and couples.

Nearby

The Malvern Hills offers so much choice. There are miles of footpaths, and cycle tracks, as well as miles of quiet lanes to explore.

The Forest of Dean is a playground for mountain bikers, walkers and wildlife enthusiasts, and only 30 minutes away. For kids there is the magical Puzzlewood made famous by Merlin. Clearwell caves and Symonds Yat, the sculpture trail are a few of the attractions in the Forest.

Rivers Severn and Wye offer river trips and canoeing – pack a picnic for a perfect way to spend the day.

Crafting and Culture

Get creative and throw a pot at Eastnor pottery, book a furniture making course or Photography and painting courses. You 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'.

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 racecourse (30mins), with local point to points offering a great family day out.

The calendar is bursting, The Three Counties showground, Eastnor Castle, Earls Croome and Upton Upon Severn offer a massive range of events for all interests. From mud-running, chilli festivals, giant flea markets, steam rallies and music festivals and gardening shows for every taste.

Food & Drink

The farm has its very own pantry of essentials and indulgences – locally produced wine, beers, cider, sausages, bacon and beef. You can grab pretty much anything, from milk to olives, and, if you have special requirements, just let them know in advance and they can cater to you. Cakes, pastries and croissant are also available, as well as ready meals when ordered in advance. Right next door, the 500-year-old, timber framed Farmers Arms (01684 833308), is a wonderfully atmospheric pub with a quiet beer garden and excellent home cooked food. For more refined dining The Welland Inn is just ten minutes in the car, whilst The Swan Inn at Hanley Swan offers fantastic food and surroundings.

For lunch or tea head for Clive's Fruit Farm (01684 592664), and pick your own, or visit Weston's Cider (makers of Stowford Press) for a tour of their brewery. You can also go wine tasting at Three Choirs (01531 890223) and Lovells Vineyard (01684 311110)10 minutes away.

Opening Times

Early March–end of October.

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The Owner Says

Up Sticks Glamping - Enjoy home comforts under canvas on our 17 acre smallholding in the Malvern Hills. Each of our 3 luxury safari tents sleeps 6 and are decorated in our own unique upcycled vintage style which have tree trunk, wood clad walls, an upstairs sleeping loft and two further downstairs bedrooms and come complete with white linen, cosy blankets, a kitchen, sofa’s and wood-burner. They are connected to a private bathroom via a raised wooden boardwalk complete with power shower, mains loo, heated towel rail, hairdryer and toiletries.

Our space is set in our fledgling orchard with natural pond, surrounded by oaks and hedgerows. Enjoy uninterrupted views of open countryside, awake to birdsong and get lulled to sleep with owls hooting. The Malvern Hills offer miles of footpaths, quiet lanes for cycling and nearby rivers to paddle down on canoes.

Up Sticks offers Bikes, a pantry, a hot tub and a rum shack with games and pop up bar. Enjoy feeding our pygmy goats Ouissant sheep and collecting the hens eggs. Next door is a 500 year old country pub which is very handy for a quick meal or a lazy afternoon drink.

Turn up to home-made cake and tea, or crack open a bottle of chilled local wine. We provide you with everything you need for your stay from crisp white linen, fluffy towels to morning coffee and eggs.

Bring your pooch with a ‘dog stay pack’ in our extra’s which includes a crate, bowl, bed and tether. 

For your little cherubs we have travel cots, high chairs, baby baths and wooden crockery.

Offers & Deals

Accommodation

2 lodges, each sleeps 6 people. In two bedrooms and a loft sleeping deck. Our safari tents are spacious with kitchen, fridge, hob, and sink, with a lounge area including sofa's, a woodburner and soft furnishings. Two downstairs bedrooms are divided by rustic wood walls and each sleeping two either as doubles or singles. Upstairs, there is a loft mezzanine which is half height and sleeps two. Outside is space to dine as well as a fire pit and BBQ with logs to sit on.
Your private bathrooms is a short walk along a raised boardwalk, each with hot power shower, sinks, flushing toilet and towel warmer, hairdryer and mirrors.
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Location

Contact Up Sticks Glamping, Birts Street, Birtsmorton, Malvern Worcestershire WR13 6AP

Getting There

The site is 10 minutes from Junction 1 of the M50 and 15 minutes from Junction 9 of the M5. Follow the A438 across the river Severn from Tewkesbury and head towards Ledbury. On reaching the T junction with Gloucester Road (Rye Cross), turn right. After a couple of miles, take a right hand turn signposted for Birtsmorton. Stay on this road for just under a mile, until you see the pub (The Farmer Arms), then bear left at the pub and pass a field. Up Sticks Glamping is the first house on the right. There are train stations in Ledbury (7 miles), Malvern (9 miles) and Ashchurch Tewkesbury (10 miles). Busses run between Worcester and Welland (3 miles). If you are coming via public transport get in touch and Up Sticks Glamping will arrange to pick you up.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 16 reviews

★★★★★

A Great Break

Just had a great few days break at the Up Sticks Glamping site. Have stayed at a number of fixed tent sites in the UK and this was by far the best. The location, attention to detail and the atmosphere of the site is great. Would highly recommend for people to attend and enjoy the experience.
Jul 15, 2019 by Carson Family
★★★★☆

Relaxed atmosphere, easy glamping

The best part of this is looking out in the evening, glass of (complimentary) English wine in hand, onto the fields in front. Blissfully peaceful and quiet, only the sounds of nature and the farm. Upsticks has a laidback approach to glamping yet almost everything we needed was there. The beds were so comfortable, the marshmallows were a nice wee touch and the bathroom was the reason we did glamping not camping! The lights on the path to the bathroom were lovely. We will absolutely recommend Upsticks to our friends. Thank you, Haydn and Steve!
Jul 13, 2019 by Judith
★★★★★

Peaceful, well equipped, secluded glamping

Up Sticks Glamping - all of the joy of being outdoors, none of the hassle. A warm welcome, informative, friendly, no fuss. Two of us in a safari tent equipped for 6... so much space. The tent is well equipped, the bed is very comfortable, the facilities are excellent. Only 3 tents so it's a peaceful site, essentially quiet, notwithstanding the charming and accomplished birdsong all day long. Basic supplies available at the Larder but if you want someone to cook your supper, then there's pub food 20 yards down the lane. Up Sticks is a great place to bring a family but it proved to be a very happy space for two.
Jul 12, 2019 by Bernadette Burbridge
★★★★★

Fantastic short break in the rain

Loved our little break in the rain at Upsticks. The tents are great - spacious and really well equipped. We loved the decor and attention to detail. The owners really have thought of everything! We were very impressed with the included wine, cake, milk and juice and the pantry was well stocked with extras to buy. We ate at the farmers arms both nights which was less than 5 mins walk away, friendly staff and hearty food. The farm is a lovely peaceful spot and our toddler had a great time splashing about in the mud. We had a brilliant time in the rain, can’t wait to visit again in the sunshine!
Jun 27, 2019 by Alison Sandland
★★★★★

What an outstanding experience!!

We stayed for 2 nights at ragged stone tent, what an amazing set up, fabulous hosts and all the little touches are what made it great. Nothing was too much trouble. This is a true glamping experience but at the top of the scale!
Jun 8, 2019 by Linda ritchie
★★★★☆

Lovely site, just a few minor improvements needed

We had a lovely 3 night stay at Up Sticks - the tents were a great size and well kitted out, the site was clean and tidy, the hosts were friendly and helpful (Steve & his son - we didn’t meet Charlotte) - but there were a few obvious things that could have been done to improve it. Firstly, our shower drain was almost completely blocked - this must have been apparent when the shower was cleaned! The lighting to the bathroom did not go all the way - when our daughter went in the muddle if the night she fell off the walkway. The sign outside on the road was hard to read at night. A few other equally minor improvements would make it stunning ... attention to detail needed!
May 30, 2019 by SAW
★★★★★

A gorgeous place

One of the best I have stayed at. Lovely tents, gorgeous countryside, very nice hosts - highly recommend
May 14, 2019 by Sam
★★★★★

A beautiful and tranquil break

We had a really lovely, peaceful, relaxing break with our daughters. The little extras and thought behind everything, is just lovely, from the welcome hamper, décor, condiments supplied and the way the bathroom is presented. We loved the fairy lights, the boardwalk to the bathroom, seeing the duck and chickens en-route and the pantry to buy the little treats from. The kids absolutely loved the den and just how cosy it was. Was also loved being able to walk down the road to the local pub and using the very unusual hot tub! Would thoroughly recommend this place!
Apr 15, 2019 by Alex
★★★★★

Wonderfully Relaxing

We had the most amazing 3 night stay here from the 8th to the 11th October. Wonderfully peaceful, incredibly cosy and totally relaxing. The tent has all you need, as well as a a very comfy bed , beautiful location and lovely hosts. We were very sad to leave. Wonderfully located for walking, cycling and chilling. I would highly recommend a stay here.
Oct 21, 2018 by Tamsin and Antony
★★★★★

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

Response from Up Sticks Glamping

We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, it was a pleasure to welcome you to Up Sticks. We do hope to see you and friends again. Remember we always offer our returners a discount!
★★★★★

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

Response from Up Sticks Glamping

Ah thank you so much for visiting us, so pleased you had a great time - we look forward to welcoming you again soon. 
★★★★★

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

Response from Up Sticks Glamping

Hi Tim and Family, so pleased you had a good time. We do hope to welcome you again, just get in touch. So great to see the kids enjoying the bikes. 
★★★★★

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

Response from Up Sticks Glamping

Hi there, so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us, and managed to chill. We'd love to have you stay longer, just drop us a line. We'll have more hens and eggs to collect and fudge will always come and say hello!
★★★★★

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

Response from Up Sticks Glamping

Hi Steph, it was a pleasure to welcome you and your clan to Up Sticks. So happy the Hen do went so well, I hope the wedding was as perfect!
★★★★★

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

Response from Up Sticks Glamping

Hi Nicola,so pleased you enjoy your glamping trip with us. I hope to see you again next year. 
★★★★★

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

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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