“I’ve forgotten the milk!”
We’d only just arrived at Crowtree Farm to try out Wigwam Holidays, courtesy of owners, Patrick and Anne Mews. Forgetting the milk was just typical of me; I always forget something when we’re self-catering. Luckily, this was a mini staycation. Crowtree Wigwams are situated in Wragg Marsh near Spalding in South Lincolnshire, only 15 minutes drive from where we live. So we could have gone home to fetch the milk out of the fridge or I could have texted my friend who lives at the end of the road and asked her to deliver some to me. If I was really stuck I could have driven for five minutes and picked up some milk at the local shop.
In the end, we did none of these. There were coffee sachets, teabags and sugar provided and, anyway, we had wine. Who needs milk!
What are Wigwam Holidays?
Wigwam Holidays are a national company which have over 60 sites all over the UK. They feature state-of-the-art sustainable timber cabins, designed to give you all the best bits of camping but with more home comforts. All nine camping pods at Crowtree are top-of-the-range ‘Running Water Deluxe’ Wigwams, which are bigger and better equipped than the smaller ‘Wee Brave’ and ‘Big Chief’ pods you can find at other sites. As the name suggests, there’s running water in the form of an ensuite bathroom with Mira shower.
When we opened the door to No. 8, Pigeon’s Fancy, we were struck by how well constructed and finished it was and there was an appealing aroma of seasoned wood. Inside the heated cabin was a comfortable double bed plus a large sofa bed, a table and four chairs and a mini-kitchen. There was even a heated towel rail in the bathroom, ideal for pampered campers like me.
How much does it cost?
For two people a wigwam at Crowtree in low season costs £55 per night midweek and £70 at the weekend. High season prices are £75 and £85. There are extra costs for additional adults or children although there are often offers where children go free. Bring your dog for £5 per night and you can have three per wigwam.
What’s provided and what’s extra?
The coffee and tea should get you started but other than that, bring your own food. There’s a good sized fridge, a hob, microwave, kettle and toaster plus crockery, utensils and pans for four people.
You can pay for bedding packs and towels to be provided (£12 for double duvet, cover, sheet and pillows: £5 per person for towels) or you can save money and bring your own. You can also hire a travel cot and high chair (£5 per stay). Electricity is provided for most (usually all) of your stay but there is a smart meter for you to top up if you need to.
Guests can make use of individual fire pits for barbecues at a cost of £10 per night but this includes all the wood and charcoal.
As there are only nine pods, this is a lovely, small site so the entertainment is low key. Each pod has its own picnic table and chairs plus access to the ‘den’, where there is a table-tennis table and some board games. You can book a session of grass tennis or croquet at £5 per hour. There is a large area of grass in front of the wigwams – ample space for children to run around and play.
Who is a typical Wigwam holiday-maker?
Anne tells me the wigwams are often booked by family groups or people bringing their dogs for bracing walks along the river bank. Both Dougie and I agreed that Crowtree Wigwams would be a great place for any of our friends and family who were looking for accommodation in South Lincolnshire. Imagine booking the whole site for a big celebratory weekend? Whether you’re a couple, or a family with young children, Wigwam Holidays might just be your thing, especially if you like to be close to nature…but not too close.
Things to do nearby
There are lots of places you can visit whilst on a Wigwam Holiday at Crowtree. As a local, here are my suggestions.
Walk to Fosdyke Bridge – set off from your wigwam in time for lunch at The Ship Inn. We only had time for a quick stroll to the riverbank on our one-night stay but this would be great if you were staying longer.
Springfields – if you fancy a shopping trip, this outlet centre has a number of stores such as Next and M&S plus Starbucks and Costa for your caffeine fix. The gardens are also worth a look and children will love the crazy golf, mini railway and land train.
Water Taxi – from April to October you can board the water taxi which will take you on a leisurely 30 minute cruise along the river from Springfields into the town of Spalding and back again.
South Holland Centre – our local theatre and cinema in Spalding. Keep an eye on what’s on to time your visit to coincide with a play or your favourite comedian.
Baytree Garden Centre – Only a few minutes away, this extensive family-run garden centre has a super restaurant and café plus an owl centre.
Moulton Mill – the nearby pretty village of Moulton is home to the country’s largest windmill. Open from Thursday to Sunday, this renovated mill makes for a fascinating visit.
You’re also within an hour’s drive of the North Norfolk coast and you have the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds to explore too.
That evening, as the sun set, we toasted marshmallows on the fire pit. Enveloped by the silence and the beauty of Lincolnshire’s big skies, we felt a world away from home. The rain began to fall as we settled down for the night but the thick insulation of the cabin, plus the clever curved design, meant that we couldn’t hear the rain at all. This made for an excellent night’s sleep.
The next morning, after a hot shower and a cuppa, we reluctantly packed our bags. Our foray into glamping had been a short but great success. The pods were more spacious than we’d expected, particularly in the bathroom, the design being much better than we’d experienced in a mobile home.
“I’d definitely do this again,” said Dougie. “We could do a wigwam road trip around the UK. I see there’s lots of sites in Scotland. Let’s start there!”
Disclosure: We were invited to try out a Running Water Deluxe Wigwam at Crowtree Farm by owners, Patrick and Anne Mews. All opinions are my own.