Family-sized safari lodges on the edge of the Malvern Hills with acres of space 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. Each tent has a fire pit, BBQ and pizza oven and they offer pizza kits to make your own.
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. They also have a large communal tent with crafting kits, scavenger hunts for kids, ping pong table, coconut shy and wellie wanging and during summer periods offer workshops such as screen printing, sewing, foraging and more.
Worcestershire, Worcestershire, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Charlotte T.Joined in April 2017
65 Ratings · 83 reviews
April 12, 2023
What a place! Up Sticks Glamping is phenomenal! We arrived on a very wet day to a roaring fire and a bubbling hot tub which was a real treat! The tents are well thought out with everything you could need and finished beautifully throughout. The beds are comfy and so incredibly cosy with electric blankets to boot. There's a chest full of games for kids (little and large) and the mezzanine floor really adds to the magic for the children.
The bathrooms are newly renovated giving a real home from home feel, the fire pit pizza ovens are great and nothing was too much trouble for the hosts who really made an effort to make sure we had everything we could need. I would highly recommend a visit!
September 25, 2022
We had a great time here, it felt very comfortable and there is lots of space and amenities. There's a small shop on site and lots of nice walks nearby.
August 6, 2022
We absolutely loved camping at Upsticks. Everything made special for us for a perfect trip from: hamper, hot tub, own bathroom with fluffy white towels to the peace and quiet and stunning location!! We would definitely recommend to families and couples!
August 6, 2022
3. Ragged Stone, Upsticks glamping
Scenic & peaceful glampsite
We stayed at Upsticks Glamping for four nights and had a wonderful time. There was enough on site to get us started and there were plenty of supplies in the pantry if needed. The Malverns were easily reachable and spectacular. Charlotte and Steve were brilliant hosts, able to assist with details before our arrival and very friendly on site during our stay. At the end of our stay, we didn’t want to leave, (small children allowing…) it had been so utterly peaceful.
August 4, 2022
1.Midsummer, safari tent
A definite recommend!
The tent was phenomenal. More luxurious than most hotel. Very clean and a pleasure to stay in. The hosts couldn't have been more friendly or helpful. An absolute treasure of a find!
May 9, 2022
3. Ragged Stone, Upsticks glamping
Four friends and a dog set off on an adventure in the glorious Malvern countryside, minutes away from a country pub, a fantastic farm shop and fields of lambs. We stayed in the Ragged Stone and had plenty of space to unwind, relax and have fun. The facilities were first class and the welcome pack filled with lovely treats. The honesty pantry contains all the things you may need for your visit so no need to go looking for a supermarket. The firepit, the hot tub and indoor log burner, electric blankets, rugs and hot water bottles meant you were never cold and could sit out and gaze at a diamond studded sky each night whilst enjoying a nightcap or two. There is something for everyone here, young or old and no need for clocks, just go with the flow. We shall return. Lottie the dog can't wait to run through the field of buttercups again.
From the host
Upsticks glamping is nestled at the foot of the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. Our 3 safari tents have upstairs lofts, tree trunk and Cedar wood walls, soft muslin drapes in the bedrooms and vintage furnishings in the rooms.
Each sleeps 6 in two bedrooms and a loft. All have a kitchen, with hot and cold water, fridge, hob and all the kit you need to cook. The lounge has a wood burner, sofas, chairs and entertainment box with games. You can choose to dine at the breakfast bar or on the covered deck. Outside, there is a private hot tub and fire pit for cooking and keeping warm outdoors.
Your private bathroom is connected by a raised wooden boardwalk and comes complete with power shower, mains loo, heated towel rail, hairdryer and fluffy towels and hot tub towels, and organic toiletries.
The Malvern hills
Enjoy uninterrupted views of open countryside, with
miles of footpaths, quiet lanes for cycling on lanes or off road. The river Wye offers stunning scenery so hire a canoe for the day.The Forest of Dean offers walking, mountain biking as many other activities.
What to do
At Up Sticks glamping we 17 acres of land to explore,
feed our pet sheep or collect hens eggs.
There are mountain Bikes for hire, and a shack for group and outdoor games. Explore trails or solve our quizzes. Within staggering distance, is our local pub 'The Farmers Arms' which sells great beer and cider. Handy for a
simple pub meal or a lazy afternoon drink.
What to bring?
Just bring your clothes and loved ones and arrive to home-made cake or crack open a bottle of wine. We provide you with everything you need for your stay from crisp white linen, blankets, (including electric ones for chilly nights), wood and kindling, towels and toiletries, to morning coffee and eggs.
Extra's and the Pantry
Add your own private hot tub, (£45) for an evening soak under the stars.
we welcome dogs just add a ‘dog stay pack’ (25) or add a breakfast(£25) or BBQ pack (£35) or just buy what you need from our pantry.
The Malvern Hills offers so much choice. There are miles of footpaths, and cycle tracks, as well as 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 (01594 832535) or Go Ape.
The river Wye offers canoeing – pack a picnic for a perfect way to spend the day.
Visit Ledbury for lovely independant shops and beautiful black and white architecture
Throw a pot at Eastnor Pottery (01531 633886)
You may prefer to wander through the cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral (01452 528095; made famous by Harry Potter) .
When it comes to seasonal activities, the calendar is bursting, visit 'Three counties showground, Eastnor Castle or Earls Croome for their packed calendar of events and Upton Upon Severn offer a massive range of musical events.
Food and drink
The farm has its very own pantry of essentials and treats – locally produced wine, beers, cider, sausages, bacon and beef. You can grab pretty much anything, from milk to pastries, and, if you have special requirements just let us know in advance.
next door, theFarmers Arms (01684 833308), offers a place for a quiet beer and home cooked food. For more refined dining The Welland Inn (01684 592317) is just ten minutes in the car, whilst The Swan Inn at Hanley Swan (01684 311870) 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 for a tour and lunch. You can also go wine tasting at Three Choirs (01531 890223)