Featuring five luxury pods, some with their own wood-fired hot tubs, the glamping site is the result of an agricultural duo’s efforts to become more sustainable.
Andrew Bowley and his wife, Sarah, launched their new business, Ragdale Glamping, this weekend (July 31-August 1) on a 2.5-acre site on the edge of the village of Ragdale near Melton Mowbray.
The family has been farming since the 1960s and it is still a farm that grows rapeseed, wheat and barley.
“With agriculture in the world we are in today, it is extremely difficult to grow crops efficiently on a smaller area. Profits are made on large scale farms and it is very expensive these days to expand farms, ”Mr Bowley told LeicestershireLive.
“To make the farm sustainable, we had to look at other income, like a lot of other farms did, and we switched to the glamping side.
“Another reason is that we have an area of our farm that is extremely beautiful and I think it’s always a shame when the only person who sees it is yourself, and you don’t really like it because you see every day. I thought it would be nice to have it for others to enjoy. “
Once the building permit was granted, construction began in January of this year, and now, on Sunday August 1, the site will welcome its first guests.
The five pods are located next to the upper fishing pond with a view of the water.
There are grass trails around the upper and lower pond, so visitors can walk around the site. Benches and picnic tables have been scattered around for you to enjoy an al fresco meal in a scenic location.
Of the five pods, two can accommodate up to six people and three can accommodate up to four people.
The two larger pods – named oak and ash – have two double bedrooms, with a double bed in each and a double sofa bed in the living room.
They also have a private toilet and shower, a fully equipped kitchenette, indoor and outdoor seating on the terrace, smart TV, Wi-Fi and a charcoal stone barbecue. .
The Oak Pod also has its own eco-friendly wood-fired hot tub.
The three smaller pods – beech, willow and lime – each have a double bedroom with double bed and a double sofa bed in the living room.
They have a private toilet and shower, a fully equipped kitchenette, indoor and outdoor seating on the terrace, smart TV, Wi-Fi and a charcoal stone barbecue.
The lime pod also has its own eco-friendly wood-fired hot tub.
Prices start at £ 220 for two nights in willow or beech pods. Dogs can be taken in willow and ash pods for a small additional charge.
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