Having spent a magnificent week in Wales a few summers a go we decided it was time to reunite for a “staycation” this summer and make the most of the Great British countryside. So with 8 friends, a tight budget and some aversion to actual camping within the group, I began the search for somewhere quirky to stay.
We decided on the Peak District as our location of choice – the theory being it would be equal distance from London, Newcastle, Cheltenham and Swansea. A few Google searches in and I had my heart set on these beautiful ecopods:
I got in touch with Craig the owner of the website – ecopodholidays.co.uk – to enquire about booking two pods for a long weekend. It all seemed simple enough and I paid the deposit. The price was £225 per pod for 3 nights.
There wasn’t quite enough information on his website for us to be 100% sure what to expect when we turned up. It was difficult to imagine how 4 grown adults would fit comfortably in to such small spaces. We were also slightly unsure whether the two pods would be in the same field, how remote they would be etc etc. Only way to find out was to turn up!
As we pulled up to Middlehills Farm we spotted Craig and his dog Frisbee hard at work on one of the pods. It turns out Craig makes all of the eco pods from reclaimed material in his workshop before transporting them to the campsite, so he was kind enough to drop it off in the same field as the other one.
The only word I can use to describe the pods is awesome! They are such a clever use of space with a kitchen, shower, wood stove, sleeping and sitting space in each one. They were really nicely finished and you could tell Craig had paid attention to the little details in each one. They were kitted out with cutlery and glasses so it didn’t take us long to crack open a few beers and get started on the BBQ.
We were really lucky with the weather and enjoyed every ray of glorious sunshine the Peak District had to offer with plenty of sitting outside and alfresco dining. However no matter how warm the weather, the showers were freezing!! Luckily the campsite at Middlehills Farm was less than a 5 minute walk away so we used the showers and toilet blocks there for the rest of the weekend. Only downside being showers were 20p a minute but for hot water and flushing toilets who could complain.
We filled the weekend with a couple of touristy activities like a bike ride around Carsington Water (bike hire £10 for 2 hours) and a walk and scramble up Black Rocks but mainly we spent a fab weekend in beer gardens or drinking in our field!