Due to Brexit and terrorist threats, staycations have become more popular than ever this year. With so many people attending the Glastonbury festival in June and enjoying the magnificent countryside of the South West, camping breaks are on the rise. They provide an affordable and enjoyable way of getting back to nature, whilst leaving sufficient funds to break out with pasties, pints and ice creams. Eweleaze Farm at Osmington on the Dorset coast is a small organic farm in an area of outstanding natural beauty, which includes half a mile of private beach and is open for camping every August.
Being folk who enjoy going native once a year, we took the opportunity of pitching close to the cliff edge for our friends and ourselves. While the lads were struggling with their guy ropes, pegs and poles, we girls headed off to organise our evening meal of fabulous pizzas from the farm’s wood fired oven. Much later, contented and full, we ended the evening around our camp fire toasting marshmallows.
The following morning, we rose early to the enticing smell of freshly baked croissants from the farm’s patisserie and washed them down with a refreshing, freshly made smoothie from the juice bar. After skimming pebbles on the beach and some energetic swimming to hide the goose bumps, we spent time among the farm animals (see their website) and flying kites. After a session at the farm’s own Turkish bath and sauna, it was off to their pop-up restaurant, Bramley Barn, for a lunch of Lyme Bay scallops and roasted crevettes. Our empty plates spoke volumes.
For fear you should think we were enjoying ourselves, we were frogmarched into a long walk along the coastal path, only stopping when the lads felt in need of a pint of Badger’s Best at The Smugglers Inn.
Here’s one family who will think twice next year before getting on a plane while there is so much amazing countryside and heritage sites to enjoy in good old Blighty.