A luxury, safari lodge in the glorious Bedfordshire countryside, with its own pondside veranda
Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 3 nights
Re:treat Glamping is a luxury, off-grid lodge, set in the glorious, bucolic outback of the rural Bedfordshire countryside. Nestled beside a pond on a 21 acre estate, it is a secluded hideaway for reconnecting with nature’s greats. Watch for the swooping barn owls and the soaring red kites or spot darting deer in the grassy meadows dotted with rabbit holes.
If you and your family want some space, this is the place - you have acres all to yourselves. Plus Re:treat Glamping are part of the new Visit England ‘Good to Go’ scheme, meaning they follow government and industry COVID-19 guidelines on cleanliness and aid social distancing.
The handcrafted safari lodge is packed with an abundance of glamping splendours and has a massive veranda with views across the waters. Built on its own sturdy timber platform and with a wood and canvas design, the iconic retreat leaves nothing to be desired. Drink champagne by the water and cocoa beside the fire, sinking gooey marshmallows and gazing up at the clear, starlit skies.
Step beyond the veranda, to find the open-plan living quarters with their shabby-chic style and natural textures. Pad on their thick wooden floorboards and light the large wood burning stove. Rest and relax on the comfy leather sofas for an evening of socialising before filling the soothing hot water bottles and heading off for a comfy night's sleep.
The vintage chest is filled with games that you can all play around the table, and be sure to peek in the welcome hamper and taste the local, homemade goodies. An open plan kitchen is on hand for your everyday cooking needs with a freestanding butler sink unit, integral gas hob and solar-powered fridge. As well as providing welcome heat, the woodburning stove also has an integral oven and stove top hob. You can even find LED lanterns and solar-powered lights, along with solar-powered USB charging points for those gadgets you can’t leave behind.
Head beyond the kitchen to find two of the three tranquil bedrooms, complete with sink-in beds and an array of warm, cosy blankets. There’s the gorgeous master double with its romantic four poster bed, opposite a triple family room with a double and a single bunk bed. The third double bedroom is off the main living room and is an cosy king-size den bed for a couple or two children. Wake in the mornings and retreat to the back of the lodge, where you’ll find your own hot water shower and modern flushing toilet.
If you want to relax ever further, you can book a private restorative yoga or meditation session, with Rachel at Adventure Yoga. Choose from a wide variety of classes from Vinyasa Flow, Meditation or a fun filled family session. Mats are provided, so all you need to bring is yourself!
Re:treat Glamping is really family friendly. Choose from a wide range of indoor games and board games or take your pick from the outdoor games chest of favourites including swingball, rounders and cricket. There is also a pond dipping kit for the pond and a pedal tractor and trailer for younger guests. A box of toddler books, toys and tableware are also available free on request as well as hire of a travel cot and highchair.
Make the most of the beautiful surroundings and create a wonderful memento of your holiday with a family photo session. Guests can now book a fabulous family/group photo session with Kate Elizabeth Photography. Katie uses mother nature as the backdrop to create some truly stunning natural portraits.
When it comes to filling your days, you really are spoilt for choice with endless country adventures right on your doorstep. Throw a line in the pond or read a book beneath the trees, walking through the the meadow fields and playing rounders in the Old Orchard. Light the smoking tripod BBQ or head to the nearby village pubs on the network of footpaths on your doorstep. Historic Wrest Park with it’s sumptuous house, stunning grounds and children’s play area is only a stones throw away in neighbouring Silsoe. The adventurous can choose from an array of nearby walks and activities ranging from river canoe trails, water parks, indoor rock climbing and an indoor ski dome.
We've tried to think of everything you will need need and include this as standard to make packing that bit lighter. Beds are made up on arrival with fresh bed linen and warm seasonal hypoallergenic quilts. There is also a spare set of both just in case you need it. For chillier nights there are hot water bottles to warm your tootsies as well as a selection of snuggly blankets to keep you snug and warm. Bath and hand towels are provided for each person staying at Re:treat leaving you more room to pack your essentials. The shower room has a hand towel, bath mat, shower and hair wash. The cloakroom has a hand towel, toilet roll provided and hand soap. In the kitchen youâ€™ll find a tea towel, hand towel, washing up liquid & sponge and hand soap and moisturiser. All of the toiletries provided at Re:treat are British made & paraben free. The kitchen is fully equipped with crockery, cutlery, standard kitchen utensils and cooking pots and pans. There is also a supply of locally sourced ground coffee, a variety of loose teas, sugar, a selection of local rapeseed oils, kitchen roll, foil and cling film as well as a teapot, stove top coffee maker and a whistling stovetop kettle. Re:treat also has a small solar powered fridge for storing chilled foods. For younger guests a pedal tractor and trailor and pedal go kart is also parked up on arrival and a hamper of toddler books and games can also be requested free of charge. You will also find a crafting basket with activity sheets and crafting supplies on the shelf as well as a bug spotting kit and pond dipping kit for spotting little critters. The games chest is well stocked with a wide variety of family favourite board games including monopoly, scrabble, dobble & risk. The outdoor games chest is brimming with games to set up and play including table football, swingball, rounders, cricket and a kite to fly on windier days. Our favourites are the giant jenga and molky; an addictive skittles game. There's a variety of places to pull up a chair and relax including a picnic table, reclining chairs & a comfy corner suite on the raised veranda of Re:treat, there is also a hammock to relax in and a jetty with seating overlooking the pond. We will provide you with an initial supply of wood, kindling and firelighters for the wood burning stove. Additional seasoned wood, as well as wood and charcoal for the firepit, can be purchased from the honesty box adjacent to the safari lodge.
As well as the many attractions available nearby, you can also book a number of additional extras to enjoy at Re:treat Glamping. These include freshly prepared meals (vegetarian and vegan options available), locally sourced BBQ and breakfast packs, reflexology sessions (individual & family/group sessions) and fishing in the adjacent pond. Private restorative yoga or meditation sessions can be booked in the peaceful surroundings of Re:treat Glamping during your stay with Rachel at Adventure Yoga. You can book a wide variety of classes from Vinyasa Flow, Meditation or a fun filled family session with the kids. Rachel even provides mats so all you need to bring is yourself! Guests can also book a fabulous family/group photo session in the beautiful surroundings of Re:treat Glamping with Kate Elizabeth Photography. Katie uses mother nature as the backdrop to create some truly stunning natural portraits. This means you can create a wonderful visual memory of your holiday together at Re:treat Glamping. You also have direct access to a network of footpaths and pretty walks to 3 nearby villages and pubs (each around a 25 minute walk away). There is also a newly opened play park complete with zip slide, an assortment of swings and a play area for younger children which is only a 20 minute walk away. For picking up provisions there is also a co op in the nearby village of Silsoe which is a 20 minute walk away.
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Prices for staying at our 7 berth (+ 1 cot bed) Re:treat Glamping safari lodge are;
*Per Week (7 nights) break prices range from £650 (low season) – £1095 (high season).
*Per Mid Week break (4 nights) break prices range from £450 (low season) – £695 (high season)
*Per Weekend (3 nights) break prices range from £495 (low season) – £695 (high season)
*Mini breaks - We are pleased to now offer 2 night mini breaks new for the 2020 season! Guests can now book a Mon-Wed or Wed-Fri break in April/May/June/Sept/Oct* at a total accommodation cost of £295 (*excluding school holidays)
All prices include all of the items and provisions noted in the 'What's Included' section of our website: www.retreatglamping.com/highlights
We're delighted to offer £50 off of Mid week stays for couples (and one infant) outside of school holidays. To apply your discount, simply follow the instructions on the booking system when booking.
*UPDATED COVID-19 INFORMATION*
We do hope that you and your families are managing to keep safe and well in these unprecedented times. In response to Covid-19 we've added this information to update you on what we are doing to help minimise any risks for our guests staying here at Re:treat Glamping.
*Booking a stay at Re:treat Glamping*
Following the latest Government guidance we are currently closed - We hope to reopen on the 4th July 2020. We have also temporarily paused bookings for 2020, however our 2021 calendar is open for bookings. This is to ensure that we have availability if we need to reschedule existing guests' bookings if required. Once we have a confirmed opening date and have met our commitments to our guests, we will then release our 2020 availability on our booking calendar. We will also let everyone know we are open via this page, our Facebook page and our Instagram feed so please do like/follow us to ensure you are alerted to any updates.
In regards to social distancing, one of the great benefits of staying here at Re:treat Glamping is that we only have one luxury safari tent on our peaceful smallholding. This means that our guests are the only glampers holidaying here and that they have the whole 16 acres all to themselves to roam, relax and play.
*Helping to keep everyone as safe as possible*
We are taking a number of steps in response to Covid-19 to help keep everyone as safe as possible. This includes;
- Introducing a contactless self check-in and self check-out process for guests.
- Blocking out set dates in our 2020 & 2021 calendar so that there is a minimum of a 72 hour window between guests leaving and arriving at
- Changing all mattress protectors, pillow protectors, duvet protectors and all bed sheets at every change over and replacing these with laundered
protectors and sheets.
- Laundering every towel (regardless of use), bed blankets and hot water bottles (including covers) at every change over.
- In addition to the full clean of the safari tent at change over, cleaning all surfaces and frequently touched areas (e.g. cooker knobs, door handles
- Providing antibacterial hand soap in the kitchen and bathroom together with visible reminders on washing hands, including before and after use
of indoor & outdoor games.
- Including a reminder for guests to frequently wash hands in the welcome and pre-arrival information.
- Asking guests not to come to Re:treat Glamping if they, or any of their party within the 14 days prior to arrival have had a raised temperature, and/or persistent cough, and/or loss or change to their sense of smell or taste, or are unwell.
- Introducing a contactless method of paying for extras purchased from the honesty box.
*Increasing our booking flexibility so that you can book with confidence*
We have also altered our booking terms to provide more flexibility for guests;
- Balance payment timescales have now been reduced - On booking, guests will pay a 30% deposit and the remaining balance will be not be
required until 30 days prior to arrival.
- If guests are unable to stay due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, we will work with them to reschedule their stay to another time.
- We have also taken the temporary step to reduce our range of bookable extras to contact free items only. The revised list includes firepit hire
(including wood & marshmallows for toasting), fishing permit and the option to pre-order beautiful natural products from Lavender House.
We will be updating this information regularly based on the latest government advice and information. We will also be providing updates via our Facebook page and our Instagram feed so please do like/follow us to ensure you are alerted to any new information.
In the meantime, If you have any concerns or questions, please do get in touch via our contact form and we will be more than happy to help - Thank you.
From Previous Guests
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I booked this four night stay at Re:treat as a surprise holiday for my husband. We were both over the moon with our stay. A unique glamping holiday set amongst beautiful scenery with complete and utter privacy. The accommodation was wonderful with beautiful creative touches and great attention to detail to ensure comfort and delight wherever you looked. You are far from the maddening crowd here and can totally relax but at the same time are walkable to the friendly local pub and a short drive into nearby towns for shopping. Jo was a great hostess and was on hand whenever we needed anything. jo's Thai chicken curry was a welcome and delicious meal pre cooked and ordered for our arrival and Jo is also amazing at reflexology. Highly recommend this place if you want to get away from it all. Charming and tranquil, we will definitely come back and have recommended it to all our friends. Thank you Jo it was a lovely experience.
Stayed October 2019
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