On a gloriously sunny day in April (and let’s face it, we had lots of those!) Phil and Mandy packed up their car and headed off on holiday – to Len and Ted! That’s right, they decided to use lockdown to good effect, and had a staycation right on their doorstep.
As well as using their trip to do some maintenance (Len has a newly varnished door, and Ted’s yellow frame has been repainted), they’ve cooked some truly delicious meals using Len’s inside oven and Ted’s outside kitchen! Highlights included Mandy’s homemade vegetable soup and vegetable quiche, and cooked breakfasts.
Of course the hosts also made good use of the hot tubs, and enjoyed some wonderful sunsets as we enjoyed the sunniest April ever recorded by the Met Office!
Whilst we would have preferred to be welcoming you, our lovely guests, to enjoy all of this instead of us, it has given Phil and Mandy a great opportunity to really experience a Tor View glamping experience through your eyes. This is what they thought:
Mandy (Len’s Hut)
With the May Bank Holiday weekend fast approaching, I considered our options for a quick getaway. You couldn’t have had a quicker getaway than going to Len’s Hut for a few days, and it didn’t take me long to settle in as Phil was staying in Ted’s hut. I had brought some books to read as well as my cross-stich to make my NHS rainbow, not forgetting the TV guide magazine so that I didn’t miss my favourite TV programmes during my stay.
I felt very at home at Len’s Hut, especially outside, as I really enjoyed the day bed seating area which I found quite secluded with the hedge lines either side of me.
I found the electric oven inside the hut great for making simple meals, especially the full English breakfasts which we both ate outside when Phil popped over in the morning from Ted’s Hut. Each night I had a pleasant night’s sleep on the firm mattress, followed by a hot shower before I made myself an herbal tea. I found the wood-fired hot tub very relaxing, especially as Phil had fully prepared it for me. From my privileged hot tub location I could view the bridle path in the far distance, which is about a quarter of mile away as the crow flies. I watched the horses trot pass with their riders, and several walkers taking advantage of the great weather conditions which we enjoyed during our stay.
I’m looking forward to another visit, perhaps later this year!
Phil (Ted’s Hut)
This was to be our very first unplanned staycation here in our own huts, Len and Ted, during the COVID 19 lockdown. After we had dealt with all our existing customers bookings which needed to be altered, myself and Mandy set about packing our bags and loading up the wheelbarrows with plenty of provisions and clothes for our mammoth stay-at-home staycation. No unnecessary or long travel for us – it took just under 5 minutes to arrive at our chosen huts from our home.
Mandy had chosen Len’s hut as it has a TV and she likes her TV soaps; and I had chosen Ted’s hut as it has the outside wood-fired oven (I like to cook a meal with a glass of wine to hand). Yep that’s right – we had a hut each during the glorious sunny April! We had no dates or plans to return home unless we ran out of ice for the G&T or I needed to complete work, and in fact I spent nearly two weeks in Ted’s hut. Mandy joined me each day for our alfresco ‘Come Dine With Me’-themed nights, we had pizza night, steak night and jacket potato night, the list goes on.
The wood-fired hot tub was often used to warm the water to a cool 30C to keep us cool during the daytime sun, which reached 26C in April. Even though we were self-isolating we had plenty of visits from the roe deer that often visit Ted’s hut. During my staycation I observed a couple of minor improvements which we will be introducing later this year, and we are planning a return trip -hopefully next time we won’t be in lockdown!
And the last word goes to our final guests before lockdown:
Thanks for having us, a great place to be for what may be the last chance to get out into the countryside for a few months to come. All the best for your business.
J&R London (Teds Huts March 2020)