With my eight-year-old son, Bertie, and 86-year-old nan in tow we headed off for a weekend of electricity-free fun. When you arrive at Hollings Hill Farm near Malvern, Worcestershire, you already feel a world away with the gorgeous view even before you step out of the car. We were greeted by Grace, one of owner Faye’s four children who happily showed us up to our accommodation. We grabbed a wheel-barrow to cart our bags up to the field and Grace quickly gave us a tour and showed us how everything worked.
She explained that we’d need to build a fire to get the inside cooker working, another outside if we wanted to cook over the campfire and a third to warm the hot tub up.
Using my skills picked up as a Girl Guide, we soon had a warm meal, and most importantly for our youngest camper a toasty hot tub to dive into.
The Canvas Lodge itself was much more roomy than I had imagined.
There were two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with bunks, and off the main bedroom was a ‘cupboard bed’. My son loved this and I’m sure it was one of the highlights of his trip. Climbing up the steps to clamber into his ‘secret’ den looked like great fun.