Site spotlight – overnight with animals.
Having indulged in too many pancakes this week it has served as a reminder that Easter is just around the corner and with it another long stretch of school holidays.
I am already planning a trip to Kent, a county which we drive through regularly en route to the Eurotunnel but never stop to explore. A little research and I can see why it gets its name as the garden of England. From the established gardens of Sissinghurst to the rather eccentric beach garden designed by the late Derek Jacob at Dungeness, it has plenty to enjoy.
A gem shared by a customer recently is the Port Lympne animal reserve – they parked their GlamperRV for the night and choose to stay in the Lion lodge which looks like the most incredible, if slightly surreal experience.
I know many customers with children (and without) love animals and hence this week’s site spotlight – overnight with animals gives many ideas of how you can get up close during your stay.
With lambing season in full swing during the Easter holidays Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park looks like the perfect location for a hands on experience. Home to over 50 flocks & herds of rare breed farm animals it provides a range of experiences alongside some fabulous facilities. It also sits in the stunning Cotswolds, home to the Cotswold Wildlife park for the ultimate double header of animal indulgence.
For those planning a trip to Norfolk then a little detour to Laurel Park Campsite looks like a good option. A small, friendly, award-winning campsite in south Lincolnshire, nestled amidst the animals looks like a little gem. Their donkeys, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and ducks are on hand to help give you a camping experience with a difference. Guests can help with feeding, collecting eggs, walking the donkeys and goats, and giving them all lots of love and cuddles.
If you are travelling north then this animal sanctuary looks far more rustic. At Cheeky Chicken Cottage, just outside York, you are promised a real farm yard experience if you stay on their campervan pitches. Their rescued/foster animals range from chickens, donkeys, pygmy goats, Angoran bunnies, guinea pigs and tortoises alongside visiting hedgehogs and wild birds.
Their ‘Animal Sanctuary’ is not a formal campsite but their home that they like to share with like minded animal lovers. It has a traditional country village pub, ‘The Mended Drum’ (the Camra pub of the year 2019) just a 15 minute walk away in the village where there is also a community run village shop, ice cream and milk bar.
Staying in Yorkshire you may wish to visit Wetheriggs Animal Rescue at Thorpe Farm Centre. The centre is a campsite located in the heart of Teesdale on the edge of North Yorkshire and County Durham, within easy reach of Barnard Castle, Richmond and Durham. On site there is a well stocked farm shop, gift shop and restaurant. There are plenty of walks from the park taking in some breath-taking views of the local countryside.
With bunnies, chicks and lambs adorning Easter marketing messages these feel like some fantastic places to stay and enjoy the seasonal vibe.
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