What a scorcher of a bank holiday weekend! And what a lovely one we had. Me, Fred and Rupert packed our bags and took Rupert off on his first ‘glamping’ trip. A mere 15 miles up the A3 from our home in Southsea and we were at Wriggly Tin campsite in Hambledon. I know the site well because I actually worked there for a bit last year. That was before I realised how bad (and slow) I was at cleaning and just before I found out I was pregnant! But I loved the peaceful, secluded site and the shepherd’s huts that have been so carefully designed by owner Alex Evans.
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There are just six huts on the site and they’re all strategically placed to ensure maximum privacy and tranquillity. Each hut has very comfy beds with luxury linen, lovely fluffy towels, a wood-burning stove and all the equipment you need i.e. enamel plates, cutlery, kettle etc. Alex really has thought of everything and you’re provided with teabags, ground coffee, porridge oats, pasta and marshmallows. In the huts you’ll also find logs and kindling for your campfire and there’s a box of campfire cooking equipment too.
There’s no electricity at Wriggly Tin so, at night, you need to use hurricane lamps or torches to find your way to the water tap or the composting toilets!
We were lucky enough to stay in ‘Barrow’ hut. It’s the newest hut on site and one that I never cleaned! Alex was still building the interior last year so I didn’t get any flash backs of changing beds and scrubbing floors! The interior of Barrow has a yellow and grey colour scheme and a distinct 50s feel with the curtain fabric, plates on the wall and retro kitchen unit. Alex was a graphic designer in a previous life so he has a great sense of style, all the huts have a Farrow & Ball/country cottage theme with just the right amount of vintage/retro. Battered copies of Enid Blyton books adorn the shelves along with old fashioned games such as Cribbage and Buckaroo.
‘Old Winchester’ is the honeymoon suite if you will, it’s tucked away in it’s own woodland glade and it even has its own wood-fired hot tub outside! Bliss…
We had a couple of friends come and visit on our first night and we had such a lovely evening. The sunset was beautiful and it was a very balmy evening. We cracked a few beers and a bottle of Prosecco and enjoyed a perfect barbecue followed by some marshmallow toasting.
On day two we didn’t go very far. It was such a hot day and we wanted to make the most of the campsite. As we live locally we can go on the walks etc anytime, we wanted to chill and sunbathe! So we popped the sunshade and paddling pool up for Rupert and had a few Pimms! If you do wish to go out exploring you’ve got plenty of tips in the visitors guide, and from reading the comments in the visitors book, there’s also a local map in each hut with the best walks, pubs etc marked.
Although not directly wedding related Wriggly Tin is the perfect place for a girly hen party or civilised stag. You’ve got Hambledon Vineyard just down the road for a spot of wine tasting too.
Alex did host a very beautiful wedding last year, you can read all about Victoria and Toby’s big day, and see the fantastic photos over on the We Wine blog (the groom was a tree surgeon so there’s plenty of wood-themed decor ideas!)