There is just something incredibly special about a country getaway. Rolling hills, the smell of freshly cut grass, the soothing sounds of nature – all of our senses seem to enhance whilst exploring the countryside and it really is a fantastic way to cleanse your mind and soul. Gambledown Farm glamping offers all of the above and more.
After receiving an email in my inbox inviting me to visit Gambledown Farm Glamping and having a peak at their website, I jumped at the chance. Gambledown is a working family farm, set an impressive 270 acres of beautiful, rolling countryside. It’s situated in the heart of the Test Valley and is only a short distance from the New Forest, Salisbury and Romsey.
After bumping our way down a windy, muddy track in Sherfield English, we found two enormous holiday barn conversions in a truly idyllic setting. Arriving in the morning, we were greeted by the very welcoming Tamara. Tamara runs the glamping side of the farm and lives there with her husband (the farmer) and two children. She kindly gave us a in-depth tour around the the farm.
The barns (The Cart Shed and the slightly larger, Hay Barn) include original features with modern open plan living. The ground floors boast a state-of-the-art kitchen, huge open plan living area with a wood burning stove and super king sized bedroom. Spotlessly clean with fabulous attention to detail, it’s immediately clear that huge amount of thought and planning has gone into the creation of the barns.
The patterned cushions were a colourful addition and the original beams blend an original touch with the contemporary feel of the accommodation.
he accommodation smells absolutely divine due to the Summerdown Mint diffuser. This award-winning home fragrance is a blend of peppermint oil, lemongrass, cloves and cedar-wood – it the scent really brings the room to life. Summerdown Mint is a local company and their products can be found throughout the properties.
After exploring the local area and enjoying lunch at a local garden centre, we retreated back to Gambledown for a farm tour. Tamara talked through the foundations of the farm and walked us around the herds of sheep, pigs and chickens. To my delight I was able to feed the lambs (such a highlight).
Gambledown produces high quality, traceable meat which is available to buy from the honesty shop. Being a pescatarian myself, I wasn’t able to sample any of this, however, if you are a meat-eater, it’s clear the farm are very committed to animal welfare and providing them the best life.
If you prefer to earn your relaxation time, there are plenty of picturesque footpaths and trails dotted around the farm for peaceful walks.
Thinking about taking your children glamping? At Gambledown, they certainly won’t be disappointed. The outdoor area has an abundance of games to offer (spinball, table football, ping pong, mini tractors). The honesty shop also provides just about everything you could possibily need (milk, bread, butter, various meats, ice-cream, wine, cider, soft drinks, specialist tea etc).
If you’re somebody who can’t quite say goodbye creature comforts but you love the idea of experiencing a stay in the great outdoors, glamping is the perfect option. Gambledown Farm features all the highlights of camping with that magical dash of luxury and glamour added in.
As well as farm tours, the farm also offers cookery and wood turning classes!
It’s worth mentioning that both barns are available for bridal parties, wedding guests etc. For weddings nearby looking for local accommodation for guests, the farm could be the perfect option. Separate to the Gambledown business, Tamara also runs Feather Down Glamping on the farm. Here you’ll find 5 HUGE African Safari style tents… these aren’t your average canvas tents though. They are fully furnished, complete with a wood burning stove, kitchen area with a sink, flushing toilet, ‘cupboard bed’ for the children and showers with hot running water. Swanky glamping indeed!
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Gambledown Farm. The facilities were perfect, the surrounding area is beautiful and Tamara could not have been a better host. We’d love to return one day!
Gambledown provides the perfect base to visit the below attractions:
SSalisbury, Stonehenge, The New Forest, Paultons Park, Marwell Zoo, Winchester, Portsmouth Dockyard, Hilliers Gardens, Mottisfont, Farley Mount…to name a few. Find out about more local things to do here.
Find out more about Gambledown and how to book a stay via their official website here.