If you’ve never been camping before, but are semi-tempted by the idea, then maybe a bit of glamping would be a good place to start! A keen lover of all things luxury, but relatively experienced in the ‘pitch-the-tent-in-the-rain’ department, a visit to Wallett’s Court Country House Hotel’s American Indian tipi in the white cliffs area of Kent, was the perfect break somewhere in between.
Glamorous camping in the grounds of Wallet’s Court offers no ordinary tent experience. A lovely American Indian tipi is set in the private gardens, ornately furnished with dream-catchers, animal skins, leather chairs and embellishments. You don’t have to sleep on the floor however, there’s a sturdy wooden Queen size bed, with a thick comfy mattress and Siberian goose down duvet and pillows that will keep you toasty warm in the autumn, or provide extra padding to sleep on top of, on a balmy British summer evening. You even get your own log fire to sit around for a sing-song should you desire.
Breakfast isn’t on the camp fire however, you’ll eat that in the luxury restaurant aswell as dinner. Feast on a delicious three course meal with fine wine and choose from dishes such as rump of Kentish lamb with sweetbreads and Gooseberry crumble soufflé.
You’ll shower in the beauty spa which is small, intimate and has everything you need for a relaxing spa afternoon. Have a little swim, followed by a bubbling Jacuzzi and a delicious cold shower to top it all off before dining in the charming restaurant and then retiring to your tipi.
One of the highlights of your glamping experience will surely be indulging in one of the massage treatments on offer. Make sure you ask for Ben, founder of the indulgent hydrotherm treatment, which he has performed on a number of celebs including Kylie Minogue and premiership footballers. You’ll lie down on a warm water-cushion on top of a massage bed for the ultimate in relaxation which allows Ben to massage your back fully without you having to roll over. You’ll be in safe hands with Ben who includes Reiki in his practice and will focus on all elements of your mind, body and spirit.
The Pines Calyx
Top your tipi visit off with a visit to the lovely cliff-top gardens The Pines Garden at The Pines Calyx just a 10 minute drive away from Wallet’s Court. Complete with tea room, it’s the perfect place to take a book, have a leisurely stroll or just indulge in a little bit of piece and quiet. Then of course, go and have a paddle on the nearby beach, a stones throw down the hill from the Pines Garden.
Getting there and away
The 'posh camp package' includes one night's dinner, bed and breakfast and full use of the Spa facilities. £105.00 per person based on two people sharing a Tipi.
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Wallet's Court Country House Hotel
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