There is something inescapably romantic and holidayish about sleeping in a tent with the proviso – and it’s a big one – that comfort matches romance. Barefoot Pop Up, an offshoot of the Pop Up Hotel, cleverly combines everything you want in a British holiday with an element of lavishness.
Held for the first time this year at picturesque sites in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and the South Downs, Barefoot Pop Up offers luxury camping with beds, gorgeous linen and the option of having beautiful, artisan food delivered to your tent.
At the Devon pop up held at Nymet Hill Farm in the Taw Valley each pitch has its own private river frontage with fly fishing lessons available if required. How blissful to catch your supper and cook it on an open fire. And this is exactly what the Barefoot experience is all about – a hark back to the simplicity of days gone by but with that crucial element of comfort thrown in.
During August the pop up comes to Penquite Farm in Cornwall to a site on the banks of the Fowey estuary. Here there’s a launching space for kayaks, BBQ and top-knotch fish and chips (from Sam’s a Country Calling favourite) available in the evenings and an excellent local pub within stumbling distance. Breakfast hampers can be organised for the morning.
Barefoot Pop Up Dorset is a cabin in Eype on the Jurassic coast. The ‘pop up hotel room’ was custom built in Somerset and sits on the spectacular National Trust Downhouse Farm. There’s an organic café next door serving imaginative food for breakfast, lunch and cream tea – spicy dhal, tangy smoked mackerel pate - and in the evenings you can light up your firebowl, grill some fish on the barbie and zone out under the stars.
Ritzy uber-bling hotels are all well and good but the Barefoot experience is something completely different. Remote, spectacular locations allow you to really get away from it all and better still, holidaying under canvas, albeit rather boutique canvas, is comparatively cost effective.
More information on Barefoot Pop Up holidays here