Glamping in Cheshire: The Hobbit Retreat
This summer the best thing happened to me: I won a competition! If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I’m always sharing competitions on my stories and I was so excited when I won this glamping giveaway from The Designer’s Menu.
After a day exploring Chester, which is about an hour’s drive away, we headed to the Hobbit Retreat in the Cheshire East countryside.
The Hobbit Retreat
This cute Airbnb is accessed through a round door which I absolutely loved – it made it feel super quirky and different. Inside there is a lounge with a recliner sofa and a woodburner. We went in summer but it would be so lovely for a cosy winter break. There are board games and a TV and DVD player so if you can’t sit outside, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.
Through another round door is the bedroom with a really comfortable double bed – we had the best night’s sleep! In fact, while we were there there was a huge thunderstorm so it was so nice to watch this through the window all dry inside – I love a storm!
There is no wi-fi which really adds to the experience of getting away from it all and it was nice not to constantly be available via email and be unable to do work for a night.
The toilet and shower are outside in a converted rustic hut. Everything was lovely and clean and the shower was really hot and powerful. I’m usually a big critic of showers but this one was lovely. It felt really private too as you feel as if you’re in the middle of nowhere so I even showered with the curtains open – how liberating!
The glamping pod is situated in a large field and so there’s plenty of outside space for you to hang out in if the weather is good.
There’s a BBQ here for cooking dinner and every little thing was thought of – utensils, washing up liquid, etc – meaning that the only thing you need to bring with you is food! This for me is a big advantage for glamping over camping as if you’re camping you need to bring everything with you and I’m very forgetful!
There’s also a fire pit outside for toasting marshmallows and telling stories whilst keeping warm in the evening. Once it goes dark, solar powered fairy lights light up the surroundings which makes it a really nice place to sit outside with a glass of wine (or two!).
It was so peaceful in the morning that I got up early and read a book for an hour in the sunshine – absolute bliss!
Samantha is the host of this Airbnb (great name by the way!) and she was brilliant and super friendly, giving us a really warm welcome. She really helped direct us when we got lost on the way, even though she had provided us with really detailed instructions on how to get there – doh!
The Hobbit Retreat is situated in the grounds of Samantha’s home but you wouldn’t know it – once you’re in it it feels really far away, although you know that there is someone on hand if you need them.
There were some lovely little touches to this stay like a little box of chocolates and a welcome note. It was as if every little thing had been thought about and felt so personal.
Things to do
I really liked the idea of having a combo of city break and countryside in one break and so we headed to Chester on one day where there was lots to do – blog post coming soon!
Just a few minutes’ away from the glamping retreat is Bridgemere Garden Centre which you can look round, or there is a five mile walk which you can do which starts here. The walk takes in the ancient woodland of Checkley Wood, the grade II listed Checkley Hall and lots of open farmland.
It was a beautiful day when we did this walk and it was really lovely and pretty flat so not too strenuous in the heat. We didn’t see another person on the whole walk but we did see several birds of prey and what we thought might be a field vole. We also picked some blackberries along the way!
There are also pubs within walking distance but we really wanted to have a BBQ so we brought our own food with us.
Book your Hobbit Retreat stay
You can book the Hobbit Retreat on Airbnb for yourself here.