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Four great reasons you should Go Glamping in the Peak District

Glamping is becoming very popular, and it’s easy to see why – it’s the little added luxury touches that make the difference! Our glamping pods are cosy and snug with oodles of style!

glamping pod

In 2016, 4 in 10 people went glamping or camping. However by 2020, it’s predicted there will be 21 million glamping trips in the UK alone! Why not join in the fun?

gypsy caravan

 

Four great reasons to go glamping

Here, we take a look at four great reasons why you should give glamping a go in the Peak District for your next holiday.

Spacious with oodles of styleThere are obvious differences between camping and glamping – some people are put off by camping by the lack of creature comforts (and electricity!).

That’s why glamping at Hoe Grange, with infra red heating, free WiFi, cooking facilities and ensuite facilities is a fabulous experience… and what better way to experience it than in our beautiful Peak District?

1. Forget about tents

What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you think about camping? Sleeping in a tiny tent with no heating, no electricity, and the rain beating down? Well, that may be taking it to the extreme, but when it comes to glamping, it’s an entirely different matter.

Boots off and relax

Sure, when you go glamping in the Peak District, you’ll still get to experience the “great outdoors”, but as the name would suggest in much more glamorous conditions.

Open the door to your gypsy caravan, log cabin or eco-pod, and you’ll see the picturesque rolling hills of Derbyshire.

Relax in comfortHowever, the difference between camping and glamping, is that you’ll be warm and cosy and stay over in style. Our log cabins and eco-pods are fully equipped with a kitchenette, lighting and electric sockets – yes you can plug your hair straighteners in!

In our gypsy caravan, you’ll have access to the farmyard kitchen and luxurious shower facilities, but in the caravan itself you’ll still have electricity… which means you can charge your phone!

2. Get Your Blood Pumping

The Peak District offers so many exciting outdoor activities, and glamping is a great excuse to get out there, exercise and breathe in the fresh clean air!

Cycling at Wetton MillWe are situated right on the edge of the Peak District, close to the likes of Dovedale, Beresford Dale and Lathkill Dale. With miles of footpaths and bridleways right on our doorstep, you’ll have fun discovering the area on foot, horseback or bike. Borrow our bikes or if bringing your own you can use our secure cycle shelter.

If you fancy something a bit more adventurous, there are sailing, stand up paddle boarding and watersports activities nearby at Carsington Water, in addition to climbing, caving and abseiling. You can find out more about outdoor activities in the Peak District here.

Of course, there are so many benefits to exercise! For happiness, health… and to be able to enjoy quality time with loved ones in our scenic Derbyshire countryside. It’s just one additional benefit glamping brings.

3. Breath of Fresh Air

Perhaps you’re sat there thinking: even if I didn’t go glamping, I could still exercise. And yes, while that’s true, you’re missing out on one key benefit: clean, unpolluted fresh air.

An hour’s cardio at the gym is great for burning calories and fat, but a room full of sweaty strangers isn’t exactly the best environment!

Instead, head outside to the fresh air of the Peak District – it’s been scientifically proven that the fresh air can make you feel considerably happier, reduce stress and help you to get a better night’s sleep.

Pizza ovenEnjoy food with friends toasting marshmallows round the firepit or treat yourself to a fun evening creating and cooking your own pizzas.

If you choose to come glamping at Hoe Grange, you’ll get to stay in our traditional 250-acre beef and sheep farm, and you can help us to feed the chickens and horses all year round, and help out with the baby lambs and young calves in spring… all whilst enjoying the fresh Derbyshire air!

4. Environmentally Friendly

Compare a week’s holiday glamping in our gypsy caravan, with a weekend break in Rome. The emissions of driving to us – no matter where you’re based in the UK – will be so much lower than the return flight to the Italian capital. And that’s before you even factor in transportation to and from the airport.

But that’s not the only thing that’s eco-friendly about glamping at Hoe Grange.  We’re passionate about minimising our impact on our landscape, so we use renewable technology to produce energy, and encourage all of our guests to lower their carbon footprint.

Car recharging point

There’s an added bonus – if you have an electric car you can plug into our charging point free of charge! You can find out more about our environment here.

Not only that, but we encourage you to explore the surrounding area by foot or on bike – as opposed to by car – and can point you in the direction of local shops and markets, so you can make the most of your time in the Peak District.

Glamping in the Peak District

Ultimately, glamping is a great experience, as it allows you to enjoy the great outdoors, without sacrificing your creature comforts. It also means you can spend quality time with the ones you love – put simply, glamping can really work wonders for your health, and put a spring back in your step!

Have we convinced you to try out glamping for yourself? Take a look at our Gorgeous Glamping Pods, or our traditional gypsy caravan. If you have any questions, just give us a call on 01629 540262, and we’ll be happy to help.

Felicity

Introducing Rose Hip, could this Gypsy caravan be our lucky charm?

At a recent local farm auction our heads ruled our hearts when we purchased this traditional Romany horse drawn caravan, which we have christened Rose hip!

This horseshoe top Gypsy caravan is known as an “open lock” which means it has no front door but a detachable canvas cover which zips open like a tent and can be completely removed in seconds.

At the time it needed a bit of work to bring it up to the high standards that our guests are used to, so I have been busy landscaping the area where it will sit. Meanwhile Felicity has been very busy adding some very intricate art work in a traditional style, making new soft furnishings and adding the finishing touches. 

The traditional layout has a raised double bed which slides out when required, with a large storage cupboard underneath. There are bench seats on each side with a small set of draws, which double up as a bedside shelf. There is a small foldable table and other little nooks and crannies are used for storage.

Two outdoor seats on the very front provide the perfect spot for sitting in the evening with a G&T or glass of wine whilst enjoying the uninterrupted views down the valley.

 

 

 

 

 

Although there are no cooking facilities in the caravan there is a fire pit/BBQ for authentic outdoor cooking. However if the weather is unkind or you just can’t be bothered there is a toaster, kettle and microwave in the new reception block in the yard. There is also a spacious shower room with underfloor heating, and we even provide a torch so you won’t trip up in the dark!

Don’t worry you are not completely without modern comforts as we have installed a 12 volt LED lighting system, phone charging point and the WI-FI reaches down to the site – although many of you may wish to be disconnected from the hustle and bustle of the digital world!

 

 

 

 

Be one of the first to experience this romantic bolt hole with views to die for!

See more details here

Book now Click here to see prices and availability.

Sorry no children or pets

David

 

5 reasons to go glamping in Autumn

Autumn is a Magical time of year. Cool misty mornings followed by warm golden sunshine, and stunning sunsets. The fabulous array of changing colours as the Autumn leaves glow in the sunshine before fluttering gently down from the trees. Who doesn’t love the sound of leaves scrunching underfoot? It brings out the child in you!

5 Reasons to come glamping in Autumn

Summer may have slipped past, but there are plenty of reasons to come glamping in the Peak District in Autumn!

1. Magical misty mornings

spiders web on a misty morningWake up to a stunning view from your pillow! Whilst you might need to turn up the heating inside your glamping pod to keep you cosy, the cooler temperatures outside with higher levels of moisture in the air create some magical misty autumn mornings. Imagine waking up to watch the mist slowly lifting to reveal the stunning White Peak landscape. Relax and watch the wildlife before they hibernate for winter.

 2. Hygge hot tub

log-fired hot tub

The peaceful surroundings at Hoe Grange means that you can truly relax in the steamy water of our log-fired hot tub and soak up the atmosphere. Hygge means being aware of the moment, whether it’s simple or special. Why not add a glass of our homemade mulled wine, or a bottle of bubbly for that extra special touch? What better way to have a romantic Hygge holiday at Hoe Grange?

3. Stars that light up the sky

As the night-time falls, you can take time to gaze up at the starry skies as they sparkle into life. Our rural location with dark skies provides a wonderful opportunity for stargazing. With minimal light pollution and no distractions you can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.

4. Colours to lift your soul

Autumn bike ride trailAutumn brings the most amazing colours to nature’s palette. The splashes of vibrant reds, golden-yellows and rich browns produce a colourful and ever-changing landscape which inspires and lifts your mood.

DogWalk Millstone EdgeThe purple heathers stretching across the moors are a sight to behold and worth the climb – why not bring your dog on holiday with you?

5. #LoveLocal seasonal goodies

Sauced Here delivery of local produceThere is nothing better than the taste of seasonal produce, ripe and ready just as nature intended. If you want a complete break from it all on your glamping holiday you can enjoy the flavours of the Peak District by ordering delicious local foods from Sauced Here. Luke will deliver your tasty goodies direct to your gorgeous glamping pod ready for your arrival. We make it easy for you to relax – why do the hard work if you don’t have to?

There you have it – Autumn in a nutshell!

Why not make the most of the Autumn by staying in one of our cosy glamping pods in the Peak District? We would love to welcome you to share this special season. Wrap up warm and enjoy the wonderful walks from the door, and feel the warmth that the sight of the changing seasons brings!

Felicity

How to have a Hygge holiday

Looking back on 2016 one of the biggest trends has been the interest in “hygge”; so as the year draws to a close we thought you might like some inspiration on how to have a hygge holiday.

What is hygge?

The Danish word “hygge”, shortlisted by both the Oxford and Collins dictionaries for the word of the year, has no direct translation, but is often described as cosiness and a feeling of comfort; the enjoyment of everyday experiences.

How to pronounce hygge

To pronounce this phonetically challenging word make a pouting face and say HUE-gah!

8 ways to have a hygge holiday at Hoe Grange

Hoe Grange is the ideal place to stay in the winter as our log cabins and gorgeous glamping pods are warm and cosy, so you can relax and enjoy the good things in life with the people you care about around you. Hoe Grange provides a real “home from home” resulting in a happy, memorable hygge holiday.

1. Snuggle up in a cosy log cabin

Lantern What better way to have a hygge holiday than to stay in a Scandinavian-inspired log cabin? With our environmentally-friendly ground source heating, you’ll be snug as a bug, even in the depths of winter. It’s possible to hygge alone, wrapped in a woolen blanket with a cup of tea, but the true expression of hygge is lighting a lantern and joining with loved ones in a relaxed atmosphere.

2. Hot tub under the stars

Hot tub luxury packageRelax in the steamy water of our log-fired hot tub with a glass of mulled wine, or unwind completely in the steamy barrel sauna. With Hoe Grange nestled so deep in the countryside, you’ll find yourself transfixed by the dark starry skies above. The tranquil peace and quiet is what our guests love the most.

Or visit the Stardisc at Wirksworth where all the stars are mapped out for you on the stone circle.

3. Comfort food with closest friends

mulled-wine3Once you’ve explored the stunning Peak District countryside around Hoe Grange, rest your weary feet and sit down to a heartwarming supper of winter stew, with some mulled wine.

There’s nothing better than sharing food with friends.

4. Bring your four legged friends too!

Fudge the dogWe welcome dogs at Hoe Grange – think woolen-socked feet gently resting on a snoring Labrador after a long winter walk – cuddle up and connect with your trusted friend.

Twix and Crunchie love a little tummy tickle, whilst Fudge sneaks on to the sofa and is just plain spoilt – so adorable she gets away with murder!

5. Hot chocolate by candlelight

Hot chocolateLight some candles and watch the flickering flames whilst you silently sip your hot chocolate – truly scrumptious.

There is nothing quite like the comforting taste of chocolate, and who cares about the calories!

The Danes buy the most candles and research shows that creating hygge with candlelight brings happiness, who can argue with that!

6. Country pubs with roaring fires

Yr Old Gate InnWrap up warm and walk over the hill to the pub for a pint and toast yourself by the roaring fire.  When something is hygge, you say it’s hyggelig (“HOO-gah-lee”).

You can definitely have a special hyggelig evening at Ye Old Gate in Brassington.

7. Cycle everywhere
off-road wheelchairs
Heading home

Exercise increases levels of dopamine in your brain (the ‘happy hormone’), so cycling is very hyggelig. Why not borrow one of our mountain bikes? It’s a great way to enjoy some fresh air and explore our Peak District countryside.

It would be even more hyggelig if you hire our off-road wheelchair or our vintage tandem for two!

8. Be kind to yourself

FirepitTake time out and relax in the dry heat of our barrel sauna, or wrap up in blankets, sit round the firepit, toast marshmallows and sing together – share your hygge and let the warm, fuzzy feelings flow.

Hygge is being aware of a good moment whether it’s simple or special. It’s all about experiences rather than material stuff, and booking a holiday at Hoe Grange is a great hygge way to get through the dark winter months.

It’s no coincidence that all the letters in Hygge can be found in “Hoe Grange Holidays”

Happy hygge New Year!
David and Felicity

Groundworks started for our glamping pods

Progress continues towards the installation of our gorgeous glamorous glamping eco pods.

digging foundations for glamping podsDavid has been busy laying the foundation blocks and digging the trenches for the sewage pipes and electric cables. Not an easy task with our Peak District limestone landscape and rocky terrain! However David loves nothing better than using macho machines to get the job done!

Meanwhile at My Shire Houses James and his team have been working hard to complete our eco-friendly glamping pods ready for delivery up to Derbyshire.

Inside our Glamping pod Loving created from natural wood it’s exciting watching the building progress and we are extremely pleased with all the little extra touches that we commissioned – we are sure that when you take a holiday in our cosy camping pods you will love the extra special features too. They are well insulated and cosy and built to sleep 2 adults. They are surprisingly spacious and there is also room for your four-legged best friend with  lots of wonderful walkies to explore straight from the door! If you have a larger equine four-legged friend to bring along I’m afraid the pods are too small and they will have to stay in one of our stables! Find out more about our holidays with your own horse here.

Skylark and Swallow glamping pods are already getting booked up so be quick and BOOK NOW if you want a relaxing weekend away for two!

Felicity

Roofing the glamping poddogs welcome in our glamping pods

 

5 Reasons to go Glamping in the Peak District

Our Glamping pods bring a new twist to regular camping. Forget the pet-hates of regular camping under canvas and enjoy all the great benefits of Glamping. If you haven’t heard of Glamping before, it’s a glamorous version of camping with the joys of traditional camping, but with modern facilities; and you don’t even have to struggle to put your own tent up!

Here’s our top 5 reasons why you should go Glamping in the Peak District.

1. Gorgeous glamping for two

Our gorgeous glamping pods are ideal for couples; warm and cosy with plenty of space for two, with fabulous views of the Peak District countryside. We know that it’s the small things make all the difference, such as sleeping in a real bed, boiling the kettle for a cup of tea in the morning, having a spacious shower and a proper flushing toilet without having to creep across the campsite in the dead of night!

Why go Glamping in the Peak District Glamping pod under constructionHere’s another sneaky peek at our amazing glamping pods under construction by James and his team at My Shire Houses. We also have a few extra little touches, including LED mood lighting in the porch and the beautiful colouful stained glass window whose design was created by local artist Juliet Forrest and inspired by our special landscape.

These delightful luxuries really help to enhance your regular camping holiday, and there’s more! After a day out exploring all that the Peak District has to offer you can relax and unwind in the outdoor Swedish hot tub under the stars, or ease any tired muscles in the log fired sauna.

2. The Peak District is a central location

The Peak District offers activities for all, inclusive of those with disabilities and is an ideal central base for meeting up with family and friends and from which to explore the wonders of The Peak District. From lazy walks on accessible trails with picturesque views, to energetic water sports and breath-taking cycle routes. The Peak District is truly a playground for all, from finding a cosy country pub to visiting Chatsworth House, the jewel in the crown, to exploring underground caverns with unique Blue John gems or taking a tram ride back in time at Crich Tramway Village.

3. Glamping is so much more than just camping

Glamping means, arriving at your holiday destination with all of the hard work done for you. As soon as you arrive you can relax and start enjoying your break rather than having to get in a tangle setting up the tent and pumping up the air beds. A spot of rain won’t dampen your spirits as you’ll be lovely and dry in our Glamping pods which are well insulated and have double glazed doors. Unlike sleeping in a drafty tent, you won’t be exposed to the elements, you’ll be protected no matter what the weather and the infrared heating will keep you warm and cosy.

If you want to take a break from it all our country location is peaceful and quiet, but if you want to stay in touch our Glamping pods also have electric sockets to keep your phone and tablet charged throughout your stay.

4. Fire-up the BBQ

Toasting marshmallowsWhilst Glamping you can sizzle your sausages on our BBQ, or enjoy toasting marshmallows round the fire-pit. The Peak District has a wealth of artisan food producers so you can easily source fresh produce for a scrumptious summer BBQ. You can enjoy the outdoors, eat alfresco and sup your wine whilst watching the sun setting over the hillside.

Our glamping pods have an induction hob and a combination microwave so you can easily cater for yourselves, and you can also have local foods delivered directly to your glamping pod. However if you want a break from the kitchen and don’t want to cook, we can help! At Hoe Grange, we offer a fabulous take away breakfast service or why not treat yourself to a farmhouse cream tea?

5. Year round Holiday Destination

Hobbit style glamping podOne of the great benefits of Glamping pods is that you can enjoy them all year round. Even when it’s wet and windy, you’ll feel warm and cosy, come snow, rain or sleet. This is because the Glamping pods are made from timber, are well insulated and have double glazed doors. So heat up some hot chocolate and enjoy the stunning views through the massive circular window .

Glamping offers great value for money as well as an eco-friendly alternative to a foreign holiday. There’s so much to do whether you want to relax and soak up the natural beauty of the Peaks or go on an adventure. Our farm welcomes everyone and when staying with us you can even bring your horse on holiday.

Read more about our Glamping pods here. Why not give glamping a try? Choose either Swallow or Skylark when you book online or call us on 01629 540262.

We know you’ll love it!

Felicity

Sneaky peek at our new Glamping pods

Our new pods are coming along nicely and will be ready for delivery later in the month. Here are just a few teaser photos showing a sneaky peek.

pod under construction
We are particularly pleased with the stained glass panels that are going in the bathroom door which were inspired by our fantastic Peak District views and created by Juliet Forrest of www.jjjartwork.com a member of Peak District Artisans who will be doing a guest blog soon on the production of the panels.

CZloPc1XEAIE85SBathroom door with Stained glass window

We already have a few bookings for our fantastic glamping pod holidays in Derbyshire, so don’t delay book today!

New for 2016 Glamping like never before!

As seen on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, manufactured by our friend James at My Shire Houses Ltd

Camping pods like never before…

New Glamping pod
New Glamping pod

No more shared bathrooms across a cold muddy field.
No more cooking on a gas camp stove.
No more half deflated air bed.

If you have always fancied the idea of camping and getting closer to nature, but don’t cherish the thought of a cold uncomfortable nights sleep, then our cosy mini cabins are just right for you. Open for April (sooner if we can, it depends on the weather and ground-works) 2 brand new ‪Glamping‬ pods on a whole new level of luxury..
Designed especially with couples in mind, each pod sleeps two in romantic comfort, with spectacular views of the stunning Derbyshire ‪Peak District‬ landscape.

Our new pods, “Swallow” and “Skylark” are under construction and will have a fully fitted en-suite shower room with a spacious 1200 x 900 shower, basin and w.c.- in fact larger than my ensuite at home!

The kitchen, although small will have a fridge, sink, induction hob and microwave, so you will be able to cook up your own tasty meals using our delicious Peak District produce. A large sofa will fold out to reveal a large comfortable double bed with high quality bedding, so you can snuggle up and take in the countryside view.

We are sticking to our eco-friendly principles and the pods are being built to the highest sustainable standards using FSC timber, with high levels of insulation with sheep wool. LED lighting and cutting edge infrared heating technology which will provide ample heating with a maximum power requirement of 1400W per pod (more likely to run at about 500w.) All carefully designed to make it a real home from home.

View form the new Glampingpods

Gaze through the Hobbit style round doorway or sit outside on the covered porch, or around the fire pit, chill out on the swing seat watching the stars as you share a glass or two of wine. The views out to the beautiful Derbyshire landscape will be stunning and the landscaping around the pods is designed to bring the White Peak features closer to home with the use of standing stones and thoughtful planting.

The pods will be sited just over the wall from our existing cabins and will offer a greater flexibility to our accommodation. They will especially be useful to some of our less mobile guests who have larger parties than we can currently accommodate in the accessible cabins.

While the pods will be designed with access in mind, their compact size makes them unsuitable for a full time wheelchair user, but they will have level thresholds and easy access showers.

pod floor plan
Daytime floor plan

We are very excited about our new venture, and hope to welcome our first pod guests in early 2016.

The first 5 lucky people to book our luxury camping pods will receive Champagne and chocolates on arrival! So book our glamping eco pods now to avoid disappointment.
http://31.216.48.206/~hoegrangeholiday/our-cabins/glamping-pods/

David