Glamping and alpaca trekking – it's a marriage made in heaven
Gone are the days that the Hipcamp team would turn up to a tiny, tent-peppered campsite in the corner of a run-down sheep farm. Generation glamping has come of age and today it’s cedar log cabins, shepherd’s huts and treehouses that are drawing the crowds to the UK’s top locations. Remarkably, while Temevale Farm does indeed boast these tip-top glamping offerings, it can also claim to have moved on from the ‘oh so last year’ world of sheep farming too. Welcome, instead, to England’s number one alpaca farm, the ultimate upgrade from hill farm camping of old.
Set within a 12-acre smallholding, Temevale Glamping is a secluded rural site with just two waterside cabins snuggled away among a scattering of woodland in a tranquil corner of the farm. Both look out upon the large trout pond and boast positively dreamy views when the sun is out and the waters sparkle. The log cabin, in particular, seems to almost float upon the waters edge, its covered veranda ending where the pool begins. And with a spectacular new treehouse overlooking the trout pool just launched (featuring fully-equipped kitchen, electricity and beds for up to six guests), Temevale really does boast something for glampers of all persuasions.
Inside, guests will find beds, cooking equipment and an electricity-powered, wood-burning effect stove, while outside there is a designated campfire space for all to use. It goes without saying, all duvets and pillows are stuffed with the finest alpaca fleece from the farm. Even the cedar log cabin and brand new treehouse are insulated with stuff (it's totally hyper allergenic too). You can’t ask for much more local than that now can you?
Though the accommodation on offer is a draw in its own right, perhaps the main attraction of the site is the activities on offer. Along with kayaking, rowing or paddle boarding across the pond you can also get hands-on around the farm, with excellent alpaca trekking sessions taking place every day. This chance to get up close and personal with the inquisitive animals is a must. The sessions take about two hours and involve choosing your own alpaca from the herd and taking it, by halter and lead, on a gentle four mile hill trek around the local area.
It may be a far cry from the camping of old but we certainly don’t mind moving with the times. When you meet the adorable alpacas and feel the super-soft pillows upon your bed, we’re pretty sure you’ll fancy sticking around at Temevale Glamping too!
Tenbury Wells, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Graeme B.Joined in October 2016
From the host
Set in a two acre woodland within a small corner of our Alpaca farm, Temevale Glamping offers a charming waterside / woodland location, quality accommodation and first class facilities. We are pleased to offer small-scale glamping with just three accommodation units. It is important to us that guests are able to enjoy this truly beautiful setting at Temevale located in the heart of the Teme Valley, West Worcestershire.
Guests can choose between our lovely Shepherds Hut, stunning elevated Tree House (launching December 2016!), or our fantastic Cedar Log Cabin, spectacularly positioned with its covered verandah looking straight down our trout pool into the summer sunset!
Guests are only requested to bring their food, personal wash kits and towels, everything else is provided. Fixed beds in all three of our units with duvet's and pillows filled with Alpaca fleece which is totally hypo allergenic and keep you warm in winter / cool in summer, mains electric lighting, electric ‘log effect’ stove, full gas cooking facilities (including oven), gas BBQ, WC's and shower room facility. Camp fire site with first bag of wood provided free of charge!
We are ideally situated to explore the West Worcestershire, South Shropshire, and North Herefordshire countryside. The world famous Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb, one of the oldest motorsports events in the world, is hosted less than 3 miles away. Temevale is also an ideal base for walkers and cyclists alike,with idyllic local towns such as Tenbury Wells, Ludlow, Hereford and Leominster easily reachable.
And, of course, we are the Uk's leading Alpaca Trekking Experience so guests are most welcome to go trekking and get involved in daily farming routines should they wish to become ‘grabbed by the alpacas’.
It's 10 miles to the West Midlands Safari Park (01299 402114) if you haven't had enough animals on the campsite itself. Or you can go a little wild yourself at Go Ape (03334 330858) in the Wyre Forest – high ropes and zip-lines in the trees (around 6 miles from the campsite). As well as the onsite trout pool, some of the best coarse fishing in the country is available in the nearby River Teme (renowned for barbel, chub, grayling and salmon). Ask at the campsite for the best access points. A Birmingham Anglers Association ticket(01562 882116) is required. For some shops to pass the time, try Tenbury Wells – there's also a good collection of pubs and high street restaurants – or head a little further to renowned Ludlow, with many tourist attractions including the castle (01584 873355) and annual food festival (01584 873957).
Food and drink
The nearest pub is The Tally Ho (01886 853241) a characterful, 14th-century inn in Hanley Broadheath, around a mile and a half away. The Talbot (01584 781941) in Newnham Bridge (2 miles) is also recommended, while The Baiting House (01886 853201) in Upper Sapey (4 miles) is worth the extra couple of miles for it's exceptional food and good range of local ales and ciders. Pets are also welcome.