Anne Mews has done her fair share of camping under canvas and washing in cold water.
But when guests ‘camp out’ on the site next to Anne and Patrick’s home in Wragg Marsh, Spalding, they can enjoy the luxury of hot and cold running water, heating as well as en suite bathroom facilities.
The Mews have introduced glamping to this part of the world with Wigwam Holidays Crowtree, six cabins on a two-and-a-half acre site on the banks of the river Welland.
Their quality built wooden cabins or Wigwams can sleep up to four adults and contain everything they might want during a camping trip with comforts.
“It’s an unfortunate word ‘glamping’,” says Patrick, “but it’s very successful and it’s what people want. There is a huge market for it. They want to move away from the normal tent and want something like this. They don’t want a shower block in the middle of the night – they want an en suite.”
It was the quality of the product that attracted Patrick initially – the all wood, heavily insulated cabins contain electric heating, a fully equipped en suite bathroom with a heated towel rail, a fully-equipped kitchenette with microwave, fridge, kettle and toaster, a kitchen table with four chairs, one double bed and a sofa that pulls out to create another double bed.
There is a window over the bed (some cabins also have one in the kitchen area), plus French doors opening to a small decking and patio area containing a camp fire.
There are soft furnishings to add to the feeling of comfort and guests can either bring their own bedding and towels or hire them.
While we locals might think there would be very little for tourists to do, Anne says: “It is surprising how much there is to do in the area if you start looking. Our guests are walking – and we are dog friendly – cycling, and people from cities often go off to the coast. There is always a lot of interest in the water taxi in the summer and we encourage them to walk along the riverbank to Springfields, to visit the Owl Centre at Baytree, the Fun Farm or Moulton Mill.”
Visitors obviously agree it’s a site worth staying on because Anne and Patrick have been busy pretty much since they opened in July last year, thanks to the promotion and marketing the site receives from Wigwam Holidays.
The Mews have made sure guests can entertain themselves without travelling far with a games room with table tennis or snooker, toys and games, plus cycle hire.
There is also a large green space for outdoor games, and the Mews are considering using that for wedding marquees or family gatherings in future, with guests staying in the comfortable cabins.