Our ‘ley alley glamping pods’ are very nearly ready to be used (they are stuck in the farmyard at the moment because the fields are too muddy to move them around). If the lockdown lifting follows the timetable announced by the Government then the pods will be available for renting from 17 May. Each pod is configured with double bed bunks making them spacious for 2 people, and also good for 4 people. Each has an en-suite toilet, hot and cold water, a hob and a fridge. And plenty of insulation and heating makes them cosy in all weathers (we’ve tried it!). They will be available for people attending courses and events, and also people who want to come and spend time enjoying the pleasures of Wakelyns. More details of how to book in our next newsletter.
During 2020, with help from Jeremy and Pedro we built a prototype pod (black), then a first production pod (yellow), then four more (purple, grey, blue, green).
As you can see, each is fully insulated and weatherproof. Built on a 3.6m X 2.4m footprint, they stand on stilts which allows us (using the special hydraulic trailer built here by Paul and Mark) easily to move them around behind a tractor.
The pods will live in the agroforestry alleys between tree lines 38-56, moving around in whichever alleys are in ‘organic ley’ in any given year. The easily mobility means that we can configure them on a solo basis, or group them for family or friendship groups who want to be together.
There is nothing better than waking up in the midst of the lovely Wakelyns agroforestry alleys. At the right times of the year you could literally lean out of the window to fresh pick your breakfast apples, cherries, plums or pears, straight from the trees! And if you’re lucky you’ll see deer, hares, badgers, turtle doves and other wildlife right near your pod.
All the pods have electricity (for LED lighting and plenty of 13A sockets), heating for the winter (they are lovely and cosey), hot and cold water (for the sink), a mini-fridge and an en-suite toilet.
An electric hob and oven makes them self-contained for basic meals. In the summer, a fire bowl allows for lovely BBQ style living.
Each is configured with double bed bunks (allowing for 2 guests and lots of storage, or 4 guests) with lovely “Evie” mattresses. The beds can be removed for additional flexibility.
Pods are available to book throughout the year.