Despite living in a popular "holiday" area I've never gone down the tourism route, although lots of local farms have campsites etc. Always felt it wasn't really the thing for me - the thought of regimented rows of caravans and hordes of screaming people fill me with dread!
However, a couple of recent trends - namely "glamping" and Wild Camping - have brought the whole business more in line with my field of interest.
Having done a bit of research I've invested in a massive "safari style" bell-tent.
Something similar to this:
Eventually I hope to site this in it's own designated area in a secluded valley on the farm (meadow and woodland with a small stream running through), but in the meantime, just to get the ball rolling, will probably put it up in the corner of one of our hay fields. It'll be tastefully kitted out with double bed (with linen etc) and two singles beds and simple furniture, rugs etc, there will be simple cooking facility in the form of a gas barbeque with side burner, crockery, pots & pans etc, fire pit for that all-important campfire, standpipe for drinking water, short walk down to the farm for basic shower and toilet facilities. Also the site gives immediate access to the local footpath network, reasonably close to beaches, etc etc.
For larger groups (e.g., families with more than 2 kids) we could allow own small tent to be put up alongside.
Looking around online, prices for this sort of thing range from about £30 / night for up to 4 people (empty tent, provide your own kit) to £85+ / night for up to 4 people (all mod-cons, which rather defeats the object IMO). I was thinking of going in at about the £40 mark.
So, my questions are, firstly, has anyone been on one of these type of holidays? If so, would be interested to hear about it - cost, what was provided, and what made it a good (or bad) experience.
Secondly, for anyone who's not been on this type of holiday, would you consider it, and if so what facilities would you expect, and at what kind of price.
Any feedback welcome!