Guest Blog: ‘Let’s Go Glamping’ by Jessica Emily

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This week I am really excited to introduce to you, fellow Lifestlye Blogger, Jessica Emily. Jessica has a great post for us about the holiday trend that is Glamping. But first, here’s a little bit about Jessica.

Hey there! I’m Jessica and I write my little blog at Jessica Emily.  I’m a twenty-something, teacher, wife and travel London from London who loves to pen her thoughts. You can visit my blog for wedding ideas, London lifestyle, fitness and travel posts – with a bit of everything else in between! I’m really pleased to be guest posting for Jaki today.

Let’s Go Glamping!

We all love our holidays; hot or cold, far or near our holidays are our saviours in a world where we are always working. I love going abroad and exploring new places, however, in recent years with the rise of the ‘stay-cation’ it has come to my attention that there are plenty of beautiful and well worthy places to visit in the UK. I mean we are seriously blessed with stunning coastline, rolling green hills and absolutely picture perfect countryside. If not always the weather to go with it – but hey ho! So, my husband and I seem to have found ourselves partaking in the fast growing trend of ‘glamping’ for some of our holidays.

So what is glamping?

Well, essentially it’s glam camping. Hence the name. All the beauty and wildness of camping – but with a few luxuries thrown in. The luxury element can vary – sometimes you could stay in a fully heated yurt or bell tent with a full sized double bed, or it could mean a tree house in the forest with a compost loo. The facilities are not what makes it glamping – it’s the fact that it’s camping, with a difference. Something a bit special that sets the experience apart from the rest.

I’d like to share one of our favourite glamping experiences with you. We use the website ‘Canopy and Stars’ to choose our trips and they are fantastic. They can be expensive but they only advertise the best, most different, vintage, kitch and crazy glamping opportunities out there. Eco treehouses, camping pods, lodges and even a bedroom in a sphere suspended in the middle of a forest in Cornwall are all among their offerings. There are other sites but I have found them to be the best and their write ups of the sites are very detailed and accurate. You know what you’re getting into!

Ges the Horsebox – £135 per night

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‘Ges’ (coincidently pronounced Jess) is a traditional horse box and pony trap situated in the Surrey countryside; a combination of staying in a retro, up cycled vehicle and camping in total isolation and peace. Ges is sitting in a field, in the middle of another field, which can only be reached by driving down a deserted country road in the most rural part of surrey To my delight, apart from the staff in co op when buying out supplies for the weekend, we didn’t see another human for the entire weekend. Pure escapism. Seriously, the interior was gorgeous, and to say that the owners had thought of everything was an understatement.

The little pony trap was converted into a stunning modern bathroom with luxury toiletries. There was a picnic set, board games, colouring books, fairy lights, hot water bottle. The back porch was complete with bunting and a tambourine! I felt like I had wondered into a 1960’s hippy festival daydream.

glamping horse box pony and trap Ges

glamping horse box pony and trap Ges picnic

glamping horse box pony and trap Ges

I’m a huge advocate of the ‘digital detox’ – even as a blogger! I think it’s really important to step back from our devices and reconnect with nature once in a while, whether that be as a person, as a couple or as a family. It’s so nice to have no TV or distractions, just each other. Time to talk, laugh and truly enjoy each other’s company. We had no electricity, no signal, a gas stove to boil a traditional kettle or grill some toast and a BBQ which we used have burgers for dinner. Other than that we munched on the home made cake and bread which was provided in our gorgeous hamper when we arrived, along with milk, water and a few other essentials. It was blissful. I’d recommend this glamping trip without a doubt.

glamping horse box pony and trap Ges

As Jessica mentioned earlier, her blog is called Jessica Emily and you can also find her on Twitter, Instagram and Bloglovin. And don’t forget to leave her some comments below.
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24 Comments

  1. 6th November 2016 / 6:53 pm

    What a stunning horse box. And d’you know that’s a sentence I never thought I’d write! I love it when the owners have really got it right, it makes such a difference doesn’t it? And Jessica, congrats on your graduation – Greenwich is a lovely place. Thanks Jaki for linking to #PoCoLo – have a great week the both of you 🙂
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    • Jaki
      7th November 2016 / 8:01 pm

      Thanks Stephanie 🙂

  2. 7th November 2016 / 5:32 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go glamping and love the idea of it but never got round to doing with because of the kids – maybe this year we’ll give it a try. 🙂 #MarvMondays

    • Jaki
      7th November 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Jess does make it sound so much fun – I’m no camper but even I’m tempted! Thanks for commenting 🙂

    • Jaki
      7th November 2016 / 8:03 pm

      I don’t think I’ll ever be able to! How sad is that?! 😩

  3. 8th November 2016 / 6:13 pm

    Wow I loved this! YES to glamping, I am always trying to persuade our family to go glamping and yes I really need a digital detox #dreamteam
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    • Jaki
      9th November 2016 / 9:12 pm

      Haha I know what you mean – I’m a bit of a home comforts girl – but you’re right. It does sound very romantic- not so sure with a three year old mind!!! 😄

  4. 9th November 2016 / 5:42 pm

    Oh I would absolutely love to go glamping and Jessica makes it sound even better than I thought. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo
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    • Jaki
      9th November 2016 / 9:18 pm

      I’m glad she’s given you food for thought!! 🙂 x

  5. 9th November 2016 / 8:44 pm

    We went glamping as a family when our daughter was 1. It was amazing. Best bit, no WiFi, no reception…bliss. The horsebox looks great. This post has just got me itching to do it again.

    • Jaki
      9th November 2016 / 9:19 pm

      Fantastic! Go for it and let us know how you get on! Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 x

    • Jaki
      11th November 2016 / 10:55 pm

      Go for it! 🙂

    • Jaki
      11th November 2016 / 10:56 pm

      Yes it does sound fun doesn’t it. Even though I’m a stickler for home comforts! I think my little one will love it when he’s a bit older! 🙂

  6. 11th November 2016 / 11:52 am

    I’ve yet to go camping or glamping being honest, I quite like a hotel! But, I have to say this looks really lovely! Thank you for sharing with us at #BloggerClubUK x
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    • Jaki
      11th November 2016 / 11:02 pm

      Haha – I’m like you. Home comforts all the way! I had a bad camping experience when I was younger but I think glamping could be bearable 🙂

  7. 12th November 2016 / 4:59 pm

    Glamping sounds so much fun! I’ve been camping and we quite like it. I always have technology so it’s actually nice to escape it once in a while. We didn’t make it this year though!

    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes
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    • Jaki
      13th November 2016 / 10:14 am

      It does sound fun doesn’t it. I still don’t know if I’m brace enough though – I like my home comforts! 🙂

    • Jaki
      14th November 2016 / 5:14 pm

      I know what you mean!! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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