Up Sticks Glamping

UK England West Midlands Worcestershire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
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.

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.

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Facilities

Sleeping – Each of our two safari tents sleeps six in two bedrooms and a sleep loft. Beds can be arranged as a double and four singles or two doubles and two singles depending on your party. All bed linen is included with cozy blankets, hot water bottles and wood clad walls with solid roof draped in muslin for a luxury feel. Climb the ladder to a half height loft which is the perfect sleep deck, tuck yourself away and look out to the open countryside beyond or use it to play a quite board game or read a book. The kids and gown ups love it up there.

Cook and dine inside and out – In the kitchen you’ll find a four-ring gas hob, Belfast sink, fridge with freezer compartment and toaster. All utensils, pans and more to cook up a storm inside or outside over the fire pit. The breakfast bench with chunky tree tools is a perfect spot to sip a morning coffee, or doze on the deck at the dining table as the sun goes down with a glass of something chilled. Fancy something more rustic then gather around the fire pit to BBQ and toast your marshmallows.

Lounging – Snuggle down next to the wood burner on our retro leather sofa, draped with fluffy sheepskins, reindeer hides and wool blankets, delve into the games box for some entertainment. Two electric points and electric lights mean you can charge your trusty mobile and won’t be fumbling around in the dark, whilst free WiFi means you stay connected. For star gazers you can chill in a hammock or wrap a blanket around you and sing songs around the fire. At night the wooden boardwalk connecting the tent to your private garden is light with fairy lights and across the deck, and we have lanterns and torches for wandering further afield.

Bathing – The bathrooms are a short walk from your tent along a raised wooden boardwalk, Your private bathroom is complete with power shower, mains flushing loo, and copper taps with a heated towel rail, hairdryer and fluffy towels to ensure you feel pampered. Want to get outdoors? Then bathe under the stars in our hot tub, tucked away by the pond. Take a glass of your favourite tipple while you soak.

The farm – We have a small menagerie of animals which you are welcome to feed. Pygmy goats Bill and Bruce, and our Ouissant sheel, or collect the hens eggs.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Ideal for families, groups, hen dos and couples.

Nearby

The Malvern Hills offers so much choice. There are miles of footpaths, and cycle tracks, as well as miles of 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) and Symonds Yat, the sculpture trail are a few of the attractions in the forest. The rivers Severn and Wye offer river trips and canoeing – pack a picnic for a perfect way to spend the day. Get creative and throw a pot at Eastnor Pottery (01531 633886), book a furniture making course or photography and painting courses. You may prefer to wander through the cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral (01452 528095; made famous by Harry Potter) or Great Malvern Priory (01684 561020). Malvern Theatres (01684 892277) offers some wonderful plays, cinema and shows. Or visit the local village hall for 'flicks in the sticks'. Horse racing is available at famous Cheltenham Racecourse (01242 513014; 30 mins), with local point to points offering a great family day out.

When it comes to seasonal activities, the calendar is bursting, The Three Counties Showground, Eastnor Castle, Earls Croome and Upton Upon Severn offer a massive range of events for all interests. From mud-running, chilli festivals, giant flea markets, steam rallies and music festivals and gardening shows for every taste.

Food & Drink

The farm has its very own pantry of essentials and indulgences – locally produced wine, beers, cider, sausages, bacon and beef. You can grab pretty much anything, from milk to olives, and, if you have special requirements, just let them know in advance and they can cater to you. Cakes, pastries and croissant are also available, as well as ready meals when ordered in advance.

Right next door, the 500-year-old, timber framed Farmers Arms (01684 833308), is a wonderfully atmospheric pub with a quiet beer garden and excellent 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 (makers of Stowford Press) for a tour of their brewery. You can also go wine tasting at Three Choirs (01531 890223) and Lovells Vineyard (01684 311110)10 minutes away.

Opening Times

Early March–end of October.

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The Owner Says

Enjoy home comforts under canvas on our 17 acre smallholding in the Malvern Hills. Each of our 3 luxury safari tents sleeps 6 and are decorated in our own unique up-cycled vintage style which have tree trunk, wood clad walls, an upstairs sleeping loft and two further downstairs bedrooms and come complete with white linen, cosy blankets, a kitchen, sofa’s and wood-burner. They are connected to a private bathroom via a raised wooden boardwalk complete with power shower, mains loo, heated towel rail, hairdryer and toiletries.

Our space is set in our fledgling orchard with natural pond, surrounded by oaks and hedgerows. Enjoy uninterrupted views of open countryside, awake to birdsong and get lulled to sleep with owls hooting. The Malvern Hills offer miles of footpaths, quiet lanes for cycling and nearby rivers to paddle down on canoes.

Up Sticks offers Bikes, a pantry, a hot tub and a rum shack with games and pop up bar. Enjoy feeding our pygmy goats Ouissant sheep and collecting the hens eggs. Next door is a 500 year old country pub which is very handy for a quick meal or a lazy afternoon drink.

Turn up to home-made cake and tea, or crack open a bottle of chilled local wine. We provide you with everything you need for your stay from crisp white linen, fluffy towels to morning coffee and eggs.

Bring your pooch with a ‘dog stay pack’ in our extra’s which includes a crate, bowl, bed and tether. 

For your little cherubs we have travel cots, high chairs, baby baths and wooden crockery.

Accommodation

Two safari lodges, each sleeps six people.

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Getting There

The site is 10 minutes from Junction 1 of the M50 and 15 minutes from Junction 9 of the M5. Follow the A438 across the river Severn from Tewkesbury and head towards Ledbury. On reaching the T junction with Gloucester Road (Rye Cross), turn right. After a couple of miles, take a right hand turn signposted for Birtsmorton. Stay on this road for just under a mile, until you see the pub (The Farmer Arms), then bear left at the pub and pass a field. Up Sticks Glamping is the first house on the right.

There are train stations in Ledbury (7 miles), Malvern (9 miles) and Ashchurch Tewkesbury (10 miles). Busses run between Worcester and Welland (3 miles). If you are coming via public transport get in touch and Up Sticks Glamping will arrange to pick you up.

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Why book with Glampingly?

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