Wednesday, 18 October 2017

An Autumnal Glamping Trip and Staying Real


If you follow me on Instagram (hey shameless self promotion I'm over here if you don't) you may have seen that on Monday night I went glamping with some of my favourite girls. We went to Soho Farmhouse, which FYI is just as dreamy as everyone says it is. We had a bell tent with actual real (very comfortable) beds and a log burner, the shower facitilies were nicer than my bathroom at home and the continental buffet breakfast was the tastiest I've ever had. It's a super relaxing place while also having plenty to do - there's an indoor and outdoor pool, a spa, tennis courts, a gym, a cinema and onsite restaurants - you'll never get bored, but you'll manage to chill out at the same time. 

One of the loveliest things was just spending time with my friends. We all live in different places so don't get together that often so it's always nice to catch up and do silly things like decide which character from The Inbetweeners we would be (there's four of us - I'm Simon if you're interested.) We had a little swim and a chill out in the sauna, had a (rather short) row in a boat and spent hours at dinner chatting and drinking wine while trying to be nonchalant about the fact that Patrick Stewart was at the next table.

I'll go into a little more detail about the actual site - for accommodation there is the option of the bell tents or cabins, which I believe you can get different options of too. I can't speak for the cabins, but the bell tents were lovely and cosy. Inside was a double bed, two chairs, a clothes rail and some storage as well as a log burner plus an electric heater and a fan. Towels, robes, eye masks and earplugs are also provided. As well as the leaisure facilities there are three onsite restaurants and a deli/cafe. We had lunch in the cafe, which did the tastiest salads and then ate dinner and breakfast in the main barn (I'm not sure of the name of the restaurant, but it's the main and biggest one). This barn is huge, but on an evening becomes really cosy. The food was lovely and even if we hadn't had 50% off it would have been fairly reasonable for a treat yo'self kinda meal.

Everything about the grounds is extremely picturesque, from the tents themselves to the pool that's situated within the lake to the bikes that you can pick up and ride around the site whenever you fancy. It's an extremely Instagrammable place and although they're quite strict with photos there (it's supposedly a fairly private place that affords the rich and famous some time away without being harassed by fans) I did manage to get some pretty shots for the 'gram. Which brings me onto what I really want to talk about in this blog post. I was just going to do a write up of our time away because I could definitely bang on about that for a full post, but while we were there one of my friends said something to me that got me thinking. 




She told me that I'm her kind of blogger because what she sees on Instagram is me, it's real and it's not a falsely positive representation of me. I think that's the perfect thing for pretty much any blogger to hear and it was so nice to hear that from one of my friends. It's comments like that that motivate me to never try and be someone I'm not just for the sake of more Instagram followers or higher blog views because unfortunately I think that would be an easy trap to fall into and one which I'm sure some of us do. 

I had an amazing time glamping at Soho Farmhouse, I really really did and I got the pretty Instagrams to show for it. I was planning on just doing a little write up of our trip and what we got up to, but I wanted to talk honestly because I never want to not be real. It would be so easy to show off my pretty pictures and act like I'm the type of person who regularly visits amazing places like Soho Farmhouse (which FYI is the type of place where they park your car for you and where there are Cowshed products to use in all the bathrooms). In all honesty, it was amazing and I would 100% recommend it to anyone who can afford it, but in reality I can't. I got lucky because my friend has a membership that got us 50% off everything (including our tent), but full price? No way could I pay that for a night of glamping, however lovely it was. I don't want to put a downer on what is an incredible place that I had a lovely time at, but at the same time I don't want to be like 'hey you should definitely go, it's amazing' because it's expensive and I would never want to encourage people to spend money that I wouldn't (if that makes sense). 



I would 100% go back and hopefully will at some point because I had such a lovely time. I haven't felt as relaxed as I did when I was there in a long time and it was such a luxury to have an actual bed in a tent - I have to say I think I'm a total glamping convert because the comfort is real and I had an amazing night's sleep even though LOL nice one, go glamping while Storm Ophelia hits the UK (I'm so glad we weren't just camping because that would not have been fun in that wind).

Have you ever been glamping?

Amy x
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  1. I love how you added that little bit about being real at the end, I always appreciate it when people are honest and I think it stops the 'comparison trap' that most of us go through. Also, it looks beautiful there! xxx

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    1. That's why I felt that I needed to add it - I see a lot of bloggers going to Soho Farmhouse and similar places and it can be very 'oh wow look at their lifestyle!' It was so so gorgeous there though! xx

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  2. I have ALWAYS wanted to visit Soho Farmhouse - it's the absolute dream and I love the fact that you girls went glamping, how fun! Love some girl time and a little bit of R&R, everyone needs that break from time to time! So glad you had the best time lovely lady!

    Hayley xo
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    1. You would love it girl, it's so relaxing you should definitely go if you get the chance :) xx

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  3. I’ve always wanted to visit Soho Farmhouse and actually contacted them at the beginning of the summer to see if they work with bloggers cos my pittance wage couldn’t afford to go at the time 🙈 You’re so lucky with your friend’s membership. Looks like a lot of fun with a bit of celeb spotting at the same time!
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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    1. Aw it's a shame you didn't get to go! Hopefully one day :) xx

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  4. That looks like a beautiful place! I haven't even heard of it before this post! And thank you for being real, I love it a lot. I myself appreciate that so much.

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

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    1. It was such a beautiful place! I don't think it's publicised all that much to be honest so that's probably why you haven't come across it! xx

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  5. Oh wooow this place looks amazing !
    Seems like you had an amazing time therE.
    xx,
    Margot
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    1. It is such an amazing place and I had a lovely time thank you :) xx

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  6. Wow, the glamping looks so nice! I've done it once in Nepal for one night and it was amazing, for the rest only normal camping for me haha

    Marije | thegfguide.com

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    1. Yeah I usually go normal camping, but I'm a total glamping convert now! xx

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  7. I have to admit that when I saw you mention glamping on Instagram I thought that this was something I'd never consider because I really don't enjoy camping. But this post has convinced me of the opposite and glamping is now officially on my bucket list - the tents look really cute and the whole location is so beautiful! It must be the perfect weekend away if you just want to relax. I obviously don't know you half as well as your friend but I think she's so right - I love how authentic your blog is and how you don't shy away from mentioning old clothes in your fashion posts (because let's be real, no fashion blogger can afford an entirely new outfit for every post unless you're Zoella) and I like how honest you were in this post. Authenticity is what makes blogging blogging, if you ask me. xx

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    1. Ah thank you so much lovely lady. Glamping is so different from camping - I do quite like camping anyway, but it's not like staying in a tent especially because you get a real bed (and bugs weren't really an issue either!) xx

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  8. I've heard of this place before! What's the deal on the membership thing? Is it super exclusive or can mere mortals also go without membership?
    Looks like you had a gorgeous time!!! xx
    Holly xxx /// mrshollycrocker.com
    https://www.mrshollycrocker.com/blog/2017/10/17/my-ta-da-list-for-the-week

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    1. You can go without membership, I don't know if it's more expensive or if it's the same price but you can definitely go!xx

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  9. I never went glamping, but the pictures seem to be so cool, I liked the idea! Had to smile when you mentioned the Inbetweeners and that you pick a characgter, Simon :) Loved the pictures, really, it seems you had great fun and this is the idea! Hope you have a nice day, enjoy the weekend!
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    1. Haha I'm definitely Simon! You should try it it's so much fun :) xx

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  10. Ahh this looks like the perfect autumn getaway! Such a cool place!

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    1. It was so perfect, I really want to go back! xx

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  11. What a beautiful looking place and it sounds so fun too!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. It was so gorgeous there, have a good weekend Rosanna! xx

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  12. It looks like such an amazing trip! I have been camping but never on this scale! I would love to try glamping!

    Gemma x
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    1. It was so good! You should definitely try it :) xx

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  13. Wow, this looks amazing. I'd like to do this one day!

    Best,
    The Heba xx

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    1. I'd recommend it, such a lovely relaxing experience :) xx

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  14. I had no idea "normal folk" could book into Soho Farmhouse, thats good to know cos i've been wanting to go for ages, it looks so beautiful!

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    1. Yep you definitely can! It's so lovely :) xx

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  15. I love your jacket <3.
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    1. Thanks so much, it's a Primark bargain! xx

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  16. It sounds like an awesome trip! I love all the pictures you got.
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    1. Thank you! It was such a lovely trip xx

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  17. Your blog definitely feels as though it's representative of you - or at least... how I imagine you to be?! haha. This place looks lovely and ever so relaxing; the perfect retreat to enjoy time with your friends away from 'normality' :)

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    1. Haha well thank you! It was the perfect little retreat :) xx

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  18. I like that you added the bit in about affordability. I'd be loving taking advantage of a discount too, we don't travel much but when we do everything has to have a discount to make it more affordable, haha! Looks like such a fun time. I don't do camping, I'm not that kind of person, I like my home comforts! But I could do glamping, especially somewhere as luxe as this! :) If I had a discount code ;)

    I hope that you are having a lovely weekend! We have the sun back again after a pretty rainy week which is nice! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Glamping is definitely more luxurious than camping, it hardly feels like camping at all :) xx

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  19. Ah this looks like such a relaxing way to spend the weekend!
    Lyndi

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