Back to Wriggly Tin

A couple of weekends ago I disappeared.

I dropped off the grid and escaped to the countryside. Back to a spot I’d fallen in love with a couple of Autumns ago, back to Wriggly Tin.

A secret little clearing in the middle of a wood, dotted with a handful of Tins, or shepherd huts to you and me.

This is not camping as you know it…

Plump feather beds with sumptuous cotton sheets and your own stove to make a cuppa.

Alex, their owner, fits them all out himself. Each is unique and delightfully British.

This time we booked all the ones he had left, enough room for family to come and join us.

My chap and I arrived first, so got on with the important stuff…

Before heading off for a snoop around the other huts.

Harry and Emma’s, painted a sunny shade of yellow.

A little pull-out table and cushioned bench, ready for breakfast with the doors open to the view.

And another squishy bed!

Mum and dad had two huts. The one on the left has bunk beds in it for any extra littles, not that it was needed on this occasion.

This is the biggest, and I think best laid out, Tin.

On the left there’s a full sized double bed. A kitchen in the middle…

… and bunk beds on the right.

Kid heaven!

The loos and showers sit off on their own.

Pristine, with water so hot you have to be careful! A true luxury.

Back at our own little camp we built up the fire and settled in for the afternoon.

Once the others arrived we popped the bubbles and jumped into the tub.

I told you this wasn’t regular camping!

We stretched out in the hot, cedar scented water and watched the sun set.

The boys stoked the fire and we got set to cook supper.

Alex will happily arrange a shepherd’s pie or stew for your first night (or every night, if you’d like!) as an easy supper.

After a hearty combination of pork and apple stew with buttered baby potatoes, we sat beside the fire and watched the stars come out. Glistening into life one by one as we looked on, with snoozing dogs on our knees and the fire crackling beside us.

Everyone headed to their beds in the early hours, falling into the heavy contented sleep that only a day in the country can bring.

The next morning I knew just how to get them all up again…

…the waft of bacon across a misty field is quite the siren call!

A basket of local produce arrived and I set about putting it to good use.

Happy free-range hens laid their best eggs, a pack of outdoor reared thick cut bacon, half a dozen sausages, proper butter, a farmhouse loaf and frosty apple juice.

Just the thing for hungry campers!

Cooking on the campfire needs a little juggling and some careful timing, but this juice is well worth the squeeze.

The food gets the most delicious sort of flame licked flavour without being charcoaly.

A little patience is all it takes, and I don’t doubt you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

Good company helps too!

^ We even had a little box of leftover bubble & squeak this time. (Top left.)

Wriggly Tin doesn’t go in for food waste.

Though there’s not much chance of that with these guys around…

We sat around chattering away, sipping mugs of tea, strong coffee and perfectly sharp apple juice.

Enjoying the morning sunshine and being cut off from the rest of the world.

Adventure friendly Silver May sapphire ring (my other safely at home!)

No sooner was the toast browned than it was slathered in thick layers of salty butter and breakfast was served.

And of course, once we’d dragged the camera away from my snap happy fiancé he joined us too!

A long lazy family breakfast, no cell reception, no distractions, truly a great escape.

Book your own Tins here. The weekends are fully booked for the summer but if you can get away mid-week you can score a bargain, or go in autumn – like my old posts here, here & here.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a recipe you can whip up while you’re there. So no excuses not to plan an adventure of your own!

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  • Having historically been a very reluctant camper, I can safely say this looks lovely!

  • These are so adorable! I never imagined myself camping – too much mud and bugs, ugh – but I think I could just about stomach something like that 🙂

  • This looks lovely. The yellow one is gorgeous!

  • Holly

    Every time you post about this it really makes me want to go! I am so ready to escape now and explore this beautiful place.

    Holly x

  • Zohra

    Oh wow! This looks super relaxing – especially that hot tub! Lovely post 🙂 x

  • This looks really good fun! A couple of summers ago, my friend and I braved some camping in the British countryside and I have to say it was actually rather enjoyable (and I am 100% usually a sunshine/dry/absolutely no creepy crawlies type person…!). Although, to be fair, we were also incredibly lucky with the weather. At least with those little wagons, worse comes to worst, you are protected! (Good to know theirs a nice bathroom on site too….!)


  • Peppermint Dolly

    Loved the look of this place last time and it looks even more inviting this time!!


  • WOW Wriggly Tin is lovely and the food looks delicious, I want to slip my Wellingtons on and join you.

  • Wow! I am not much of camper myself, but I could definitely get down with this. Such ha unique experience, I haven’t seen anything like this!

    Juliette |

  • Rain

    My hubs loves camping but I have never really been a fan of it so far…but this is about to convert me! Will sure give it a go next time when in the U.K. It’s great for the kiddo too!

  • Ah Rosie this looks like such a wonderful weekend with the fam! The tins look so beautiful, we actually stayed somewhere very similar in Wales last weekend – the only downside was the midges – we got eaten alive haha! Immy x

  • I have definitely stuck these on my bucket list! They just look so adorable and I kind of love the idea that you are cut off from the world, this just seems so ideal.

    Abbi |

  • I remember your posts last year and thinking I have to visit.. Thank you for refreshing my memory.

    Petite Side of Style

  • This looks so fun! I love how cute the tins are.
    Keri Elaine

  • Everything is just so cute!

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  • Thank you for sharing. This looks so lovely, the huts are so pretty.
    Much love xx

  • I remember this place! The cabin is the cutest thing ever 🙂

  • Wow! Looks like you had the best of times. Resorting to a cabin seems prime right now. Would get those creative juices flowing!

  • Whaaaat! I want to go here, looks lovely!

  • Taylor Cannon

    Ok, I must do this!! Absolutely darling!
    Taylor |

  • It looks like you guys had a lovely time! My husband has been wanting to go camping for awhile now and we are looking into getting this tent that fits over the cab of a truck bed. This option is more my style though!

  • This is the cutest getaway! It all looks wonderful, a proper little countryside escape <3

    Ellie x

  • ninegrandstudent

    I would LOVE to visit this place – hopefully next year!

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  • Wow, I absolutely love these tins! What a fantastic trip with family – and a hot tub too?!?! I don’t think it gets much better than that. Love this fully British post – it shows England at its best. I hope to stay at one of these some day!

  • I don’t do camping because hate the idea of sleeping in a tent, but I really want to go here! Love that the little tins are so cutely decorated and have full double beds! And that hot tub – need to book in for late summer!

  • I adored your previous posts on the Wriggly Tins. I might just have to book a mid-week adventure of my own!

    Katie <3

  • Shawn

    This is just heaven on earth. And Rosie, you have such a way with words!

  • This looks like the most amazing place! I’ve never wished I lived in England more… and I love your country so much. Will have to look into it the next time I travel there.

  • Jessica Allen-Back

    This looks absolutely amazing! If you ever fancy a spot slightly closer to London we’d love you to come and teach us some of your campfire recipes at Home Farm.