Last week we spent two nights staying in one of the new Experience Freedom Glamping pods on the Alderstead Heath site. Alderstead Heath is situated just inside the M25 where it meets the M23 and it made a perfect base for us to travel into London to visit some of the family friendly tourist attractions. We have been glamping in the past but that involved a large tent and some real beds. The Experience Freedom Glamping Pod is so much more than that.
Each Glamping pod sleeps 4 with a double bed and a bunk bed. It comes with a large decked area which includes a table with four chairs and a parasol and a gas BBQ with a pan ring which is ideal for all of your cooking needs.
The living area in the Glamping pod is bright and spacious with lots of windows which help with the natural light. There is also a fabulous amount of storage space which is brilliant when travelling with kids.
I loved the fact that the double bed magically appeared out of the wall and I am happy to report that it is really comfortable. My main issues when staying away from home are the quality of the mattress and pillows and I have to say that I enjoyed a good night sleep in this bed. The little alcoves at the head of the bed were ideal for a glass of water and the light was just enough to read a book by whilst the kids slept in the other beds.
I was really pleasantly surprised to find that even with the double bed down there was still plenty of room for us all to move around and we didn’t feel squashed at any point. I did however fold the bed back up each morning to allow us to utilise the seats on the sofa.
Now I love the idea of camping but the lack of toilets and shower facilities always puts me off so I was very happy to see a large shower cubicle in the glamping pod. Not only was it nice and big but it also had the luxury of a rain shower head which I loved. The girls enjoyed the smaller one too. The bathroom also featured a large storage area, heated towel rail, sink and toilet so it had everything we could possibly need.
The kitchen area was very well stocked with plates, bowls, glasses and pots and pans. It even came with a bottle opener which was perfect for the evenings when I fancied a glass of wine.
On arrival we had a lovely basket of goodies to greet us including some biscuits, tea, coffee and hot chocolate as well as some cleaning supplies. Luckily I remembered to grab a small thing of milk which I was able to store in the fridge ready for my morning cup of coffee.
The glamping pod featured a radio with speakers in the ceiling as well as a tv with freeview channels. We also had plug sockets with some USB ports in them which meant we were able to charge quite a few devices at the same time. This meant that it was ideal for the modern family for who these sorts of gadgets are important.
The combination of the luxury of the glamping pod whilst being in the relative quiet of the camping site was a winning combination and having this play area in view of the pods meant that I was happy to let the girls play whilst I relaxed on the decking.
We had a wonderful time at the Alderstead Heath site and our only issue was that we didn’t stay long enough. The glamping pods are perfect for a family who want to camp but dont like tents or the lack of luxury that camping brings and the Alderstead Heath site is the perfect site for exploring London. Although I normally drive into central London I parked at Coulsdon south train station and took the train to London Bridge which was quicker and easier (and a lot less stressful). I would definitely recommend this site and the glamping pods.
Check out my video tour of the glamping pod and let me know what you think.
We loved our stay here so much that I will definitely be looking at the glamping pods as alternative to hotel stays in the future and with other sites around the country I hope to be able to visit some of them too. Experience Freedom also have Yurts available to stay in which also looked great.