We arrived at the lovely Andrewshayes Holiday Park on a Friday evening in June and received a warm greeting from Clare who owns the holiday park. Clare directed us to the warden’s office to collect our keys and was helpful in giving us an overview of the park and pointed us in the right direction of the camping pod. The evening sun was shining, we were in good spirits and excited for our glamping adventure!
The Glamping Pods
Our glamping pod was clean, spacious and cosy and one of two here at Andrewshayes. The two pods are nestled in between touring caravan pitches but have a private, secluded feel to them. The pods are identical, and each one has a double bed and two single beds below. This means the pods are family friendly and can sleep up to four people – perfect for a family holiday. You are required to bring your own bedding but that was easy enough for us, we just chucked some clean sheets, pillows and my duvet in the car and it made for a very comfy place to sleep.
The pods also have a little sitting area with built-in bench seats and cushions. There’s a little corner table which gives you enough room to make a cuppa tea with the kettle provided. Main’s electricity is provided with plug sockets to charge all your electrical essentials – perfect for those who like to straighten their hair whilst glamping or charge their gadgets like Nathan! I think there is a heater in there too, but we didn’t need this as it was nice and warm during our visit. There’s also strip lighting throughout the pod which adds a nice touch and means you aren’t grappling around in the dark once the sun goes down. The lighting for the bedroom and seating section are on separate switches, so if the little ones are sleeping you can still have lighting and read your book with a glass of wine in the sitting part of the pod – ideal!
Outside each pod, there is a decking area with a picnic bench and space for a BBQ. This gives you the opportunity to sit outside and enjoy an al fresco dinner – should the weather allow it!
We enjoyed BBQing some tasty food and eating outside on our bench overlooking the great Devon countryside. We were lucky enough to have a great view of the surrounding fields and made friends with the cows that grazed in the field each evening.
A Lovely Holiday Park
The holiday park has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. It offers lots of pitches for both touring caravans and tents, and is home to lots of static caravans too. There are caravans to hire, some even with their own hot tubs which sounds like luxury caravaning to me! We found the site to be quiet, despite many of the pitches being occupied around us – there was no noise at night and everyone we spoke to was friendly.
Facilities at Andrewshayes were really good which is always a bonus. There are two toilet blocks and we didn’t have to walk far from our pod to use them. The toilets and showers were spotlessly clean and for some reason, I really liked the teal colour of them! There’s a laundry too, disabled shower room and outside undercover washing up area. You can find out more about the site by visiting the Andrewhayes Holiday Park Youtube page and checking out their video tours of the site.
Lots to Keep You Entertained!
We really enjoyed making use of the brilliant amenities the holiday park offers including the games room and heated indoor swimming pool. The games room includes various gaming machines as well as 2p slot machines which of course we played the 50p challenge on! We enjoyed quite a few games of pool (who knew Nathan was so good!) and had a very fast and furious game of air hockey. There’s a change machine too so don’t worry if you forget your pennies! There was also a separate soft play area for the little ones, which looked really clean and well looked after.
The indoor, heated swimming pool was lots of fun! It was warm and a really good size. We went swimming on Saturday afternoon and had the pool to ourselves for at least half an hour before we were joined by a couple of families. As well as the main pool there is a little paddle pool for the little ones or those less confident. There are tables, chairs and pool loungers situated around the pool, so if swimming isn’t your thing then you can always lay by the pool and read a book instead! There’s showers and places to get changed too and if you’re hungry after your swim (why does that always happen?!) then you can grab a milkshake and bite to eat at the bar area which is adjacent to the pool. We didn’t visit the bar, which I think offers more of a menu and increased opening hours during peak months, but it looked like a nice place to chill of an evening and play some bingo! Check out the Andrewhayes Twitter page for added information!
Obviously, being an adventure and days out blogger I love planning trips and finding new places to visit. Given this, you can imagine my delight when we stumbled across the information room. Situated next to the reception the information room was full of leaflets and information relating to local attractions and places to visit. The leaflets covered the regions of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset and included maps of local walks and upcoming events. I certainly got a few ideas for some local places I hope to visit in the near future!
Location and Price
Andrewshayes is located in Dalwood, near Axminster in Devon. It is really close to the border of Dorset and the seaside town of Lyme Regis. The holiday park is in a brilliant location for accessing Dartmoor, the Jurassic coast and the beautiful Devon countryside. I don’t think anyone would be stuck for places to visit whatever their interests. If you need any inspiration, then the information room is the place to go!
There is a reception and shop located onsite. The reception staff were friendly and welcoming, and the shop sold all the essential holiday items, lots of tempting sweets and some BBQ bits. We did our bigger shop for dinners at the local Tesco which was about a 10-minute drive away from the site.
The price of the glamping pods ranges from £45 – £60 depending on the season in which you visit. I think this is a pretty good price if going as a family and want a little more luxury than a tent to stay in! The games room, table-tennis and swimming pool are free to people staying onsite which is a total bonus given they are sure to keep the children entertained! Check out the Andrewhayes Facebook page for more info!
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay in the glamping pod at Andrewshayes Holiday Park. The site was quiet and relaxed with great facilities and amenities to keep us entertained. The pod was clean and cosy and we slept really well on the double mattress. We thought the pods were very cute and provided somewhere a little different to stay. It was nice to have the little seating area and the options to sit inside in case it rained – this is different from other glamping pods we have stayed in before where the pod is empty and has no beds or seats. We loved the decking area and being able to cook and eat outside whilst chatting to the cows – the views were pretty to wake up to as well!
I think the pods provide a special glamping experience which is perfect for both couple stays or family holidays. The holiday park is in a great location, is easy to find and is on the doorstep of so many fun attractions and lovely places to explore. The pool and games room were a highlight and provided us with lots of fun!
Big thanks to Clare and those at Andrewshayes Holiday Park for having us, we had a great two-night stay and hope to return one day in the future.
***Whilst our two-night glamping pod stay at Andrewshayes Holiday Park was complimentary, all thoughts and opinions in this post are entirely my own***
Have you ever stayed in a glamping pod? What did you think?