I hate camping. I don’t see the point of voluntarily depriving yourself of four walls and a roof, when there are perfectly serviceable buildings nearby. So, when the opportunity arose to take my husband and two small children on our first-ever glamping holiday, I was intrigued to see whether I could be converted. And if anything was going to convince me, a tent with proper beds, a flushing toilet and a kitchen, in the magnificent setting of the Cheddar Gorge, was going to be it.
We chose Cheddar because it has something to keep everyone happy on holiday. There’s an embarassment of wonderful gardens to visit in the area, including Hestercombe, Hauser & Wirth, East Lambrook Manor Gardens and many more. Cheddar Gorge snakes its way through the Mendip Hills and is rightly an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – full of limestone cliffs and rolling hills dotted with sheep – it’s the quintessential English countryside at its most picturesque.
You’re only a half-hour drive from the beach at Weston-super-Mare and the caves at Cheddar and Wookey Hole have lots to entertain kids. My children are too young for the adventure caving at Cheddar, but they were genuinely awe-struck during our tour of the caves at Wookey Hole – they loved the coloured lights, the rope bridges and the cave full of maturing cheese – plus the giant dinosaurs and softplay when you come out!
But tellingly, the absolute highlight of the trip for both my children was the tour of the farm in a tractor’s trailer. The tour was quite long, it was pouring with rain, and there was lots of information for the adults about the landscape, ancient discoveries in the limestone caves and farming practices, but my two and four-year-old loved every minute, waving to the cowsRead more on gardenersworld.com