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Summer, fun & Moon Dog

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I really shouldn’t have waited so long to write my next blog – I would like to use the excuse that the summer season took over and the to do list is long…but the truth is I have been meaning to write for a while and haven’t.  So, here we are – better late than never so they say!

A lot has happened since April and our wonderful feature in the Sunday Times Travel, we were awarded the Visit England 4 star award for self catering and their Glamping gold award.  We also received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year running.  We welcomed new and returning guests – lovely wonderful guests, who have relaxed, explored and made friends whilst holidaying here at The Orchard Retreat. What a great season!

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The feeling that we have created something magical, a word used so often by guests to describe their experience here, is so amazing to us and only fuels our desire to continue to evolve.  It is so important that we ensure the wants and needs of our guests are met.  Obviously, our newfound confidence is also based on the fact we have just come to the end of a successful third season and know the ropes a lot more – less paddling more swimming.  Plus feedback, press recognition and recently being awarded the Visit England Gold award for Glamping helps.

We are so keen to continue to make The Orchard Retreat one of the best and most recognised glamping sites in the UK.  Sounds bold, but hey you have to have something to work towards.

If our most famous member of The Orchard Retreat, Moon (our dog), well Moon Dog, as he is known, could talk he would be telling all sorts of stories.  Most likely to the chickens, his other animal friends here on site, about how many sausages he ate at various BBQs he invited himself to and the endless cuddles from children and adults alike, even the fire pit parties he attended.  He really has immersed himself in the glamping and holiday cottage ways – so different from the town life we came from in Gloucestershire over three years ago

Having been mentioned in a wonderful new book, by urban forager John Renston (The Edible City, A Year of Wild Food) in the form of a cocktail – The Moon Dog Martini, he really is taking it all in his stride. Watch this space for his memoirs coming soon – The Orchard Retreat, stories through the eyes of Moon!

The Edible City, A Year of Wild Food 


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