We live in Wales and the journey to Crealy took us about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Once we arrived check in was very quick, easy and stress free. We paid a refundable deposit of £3 for a gate pass which is used to drive in and out of the campsite. There was also a shop in the reception area which supplies food, drink and other camping essentials and entertainment.
We were staying in the medieval area of the campsite in the Sir Galahad tent. There was also a safari area with different style glamping tents. You were able to park very close to the tent which is easier for unloading the car. The tents are well spread out so you don't feel like you are on anyone's doorstep. There was plenty of room for kids to run around and enjoy themselves.
We've never been glamping before so we don't have anything to compare the tent to but we found it amazing. They are large and sleep up to 8 people, if you also use the sofa. They are fully furnished which is a wonderful thing to have when camping. All we had to take was bedding and towels. There was even 2 plug sockets and a light. The tent is split into 3 rooms which are the kitchen, lounge and dining area and 2 bedrooms either side.
The main bedroom had a double bed, chest of drawers and a clothes rail. It was a large room which had plenty of space to store luggage etc. We used our pop up cot in this room for Ophelia to sleep in and there was still enough room to move around.
The other bedroom had bunk beds and 2 single beds. Eva thought she was cat that got the cream having all those beds to herself.
The kitchen had a sink, fridge, toaster, kettle, hot and cold running water, plates, cutlery, glasses, saucepans and a wood fired stove. There was a sofa bed and a dining room table.
I left hubby to use the wood fired stove as I am a bit of a cry baby when it comes to fire. Every glamping tent comes with a basket of fire wood but you can purchase more if you run out. He found it easy enough to use although it takes a little while to get going and heat up. We ate there for breakfast and dinner but had lunch in the adventure park. If cooking really ins't your thing then there are places to eat in the adventure park or there are plenty of pretty looking country pubs close by.
The stove made the tent lovely and warm. A far cry from how cold you normally feel in a tent. It was lovely to not wake up shivering from head to toe.
There is a decked area outside the tent with a table and chairs. We sat out there both mornings for our breakfast and hubby and I sat and enjoyed some quiet time there at night with the fire pit blazing to keep us toasty.
The toilet and shower facilities are the best i've ever seen at a campsite. They were a very short walk from the tent. There were plenty of toilet and shower cubicles so you were never queuing to use them. They are heated too which is a nice touch. They did have a hairdryer in there which was available at a small charge.
There was a park near the tent too which Eva loved. Some of the tents had a clear view of the park so that you could watch your child playing from the Terrace.
We absolutely loved staying at Crealy. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The facilities were the best i've seen for a campsite. It was all very clean. It was ideal for families with children of all ages. The medieval glamping tent felt like a home away from home. I'm not sure how i'll be able to use a normal tent again after having such a fantastic glamping experience. The location is great too. It's close to lots of beaches. We popped to Exmouth beach one evening for a walk which was a lovely experience.
We are definitely going to go back. I think we'd try a Safari tent next time to see how they differ. We spotted one called Kilimanjaro which is where we got engaged, so we'll have to try and stay in that one. There are also lodges with hot tubs which would be amazing to stay in. You can also stay and use a pitch for your own caravan or tent but if you can I would give glamping a go as it was so easy and stress free. It meant we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves almost straight away.
I'll be writing a separate post about Crealy's adventure park so make sure you pop back to read that tomorrow.
Have you ever stayed here? Have you ever been glamping?