Darren Blackwell and Alex Cowie start a new ‘glamping’ site aimed at those who want a taste of the great outdoors without waving goodbye to all of life’s little luxuries is preparing to welcome its first guests.
Five years in the making, In The Stix which is 30-acres of lush farm in Greetham, Rutland, is due to open over the Easter weekend. The site offers four glamping domes which can sleep up to six people. Each dome has fully functioning en-suite and shower facilities, a kitchen area with log-burning cover and two gas hobs, a dining table, chairs and cooking and eating utensils included.
Darren and Alex were inspired by visits to other glampsites, Darren, said: “We had both seen really nice sites and loved what they were offering. Rutland is a beautiful county and we were convinced a site like this would do well."
“It wasn’t easy finding the right location, but when we found Brook Farm we knew it was perfect.” Alex, 41, who works in property and interior design, said a huge amount of work had gone into the site. She said: “Being outside in the fresh air is great, but camping doesn’t appeal to everyone. What we have done is keep all the positive aspects – taking people back to nature, keeping the good bits of camping, but losing the bad bits."
“Having to take a child to the toilet in the middle of the night, across a muddy field, to a toilet block is not great. Here, each dome has its own proper toilet. “They also have showers with hot water – just what you want after a long day out in the country. Also, when camping you have to take all of your cooking equipment and supplies with you. Here, we have everything you need. All you need to bring is yourself, clothing and wellies, and some food.” The domes all have log-burners for warmth and solar-powered lighting. But power sockets and WiFi have been deliberately left out.
Alex added: “We want our guests to abandon their phones and tablets for a few days and spend some quality time together. People live such busy lives these days it can be lovely to take a step back, switch off and relax.”