Glamping Near London scoops Tourism Award!!

Glamping near London

We were so proud to be nominated for the Hertfordshire Tourism Awards 2017 in the "Rest your Head" category for small accommodation providers. Up against every boutique hotel and B&B in the county, not to mention other glamping sites, it was a tough category and we definitely felt like relative newbies! The voting date passed and we were called up by the lovely people at Visit Herts to be told that we had been shortlisted and it was down to three.... The Herts Camping and Caravanning Club, Emerald Cottages, and us!

 Gathering with other shortlisters at Theatre Royal...

Gathering with other shortlisters at Theatre Royal...

The awards ceremony was held jointly with Visit Kent, and took place at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. I took our friend Colleen from the wonderful Sainlo Events as my date (Clare had abandoned the English winter in search of adventure in Patagonia by then).. and we gathered with all the other shortlisters from the two counties to await the verdict.

Seeing everyone else there and swapping stories about who we are and how we started really made me think back over the last three years and the huge journey we've been on.. The three years have gone so fast and I sometimes cant believe that we managed to turn a muddy farm field into our beautiful glamping meadow, which has hosted so many amazing memories and events. Talking to the other guests I began to feel very proud of what we have achieved, and hearing our name read out as the winner of our category was an absolutely fantastic moment! I think I fluffed it a bit - I was so overwhelmed I nearly fell off the stage, and I definitely wished I'd brushed my hair a bit more carefully when all the photos started!

 There I am.. back row on the left. Definitely looking a bit dishevelled!

There I am.. back row on the left. Definitely looking a bit dishevelled!

 Big smile from me.. couldn't quite believe we'd won!

Big smile from me.. couldn't quite believe we'd won!

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No Knead Olive Oil & Rosemary Campfire Bread

We love cooking here at Home Farm Glamping, especially when you can do it out in the open over a campfire! We have a lovely bread recipe for you, and you don’t even have to knead it, making it a very easy but tasty recipe!

Ingredients

  • 7g yeast
  • 460ml warm water (you may need more or less depending on your flour!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 600g strong white bread flour OR plain flour
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sprig of fresh rosemary (leaves removed and chopped) OR 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds for decoration

Method

  1. Add warm water to a large bowl and add yeast, stir.
  2. Add the flour, rosemary, 1.5 teaspoons of olive oil and salt to the water and mix with hands or a wooden spoon.
  3. Cover with cling film or a damp tea towel and leave for 1 hour to rise.
  4. Do not punch down the dough like you normally would when making bread but instead just lift out the dough and gently shape so it fits into your pan or skillet. Make sure you add flour to your hands first!
  5. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of olive oil over the top of the bread and sprinkle on the sesame seeds, add the rest of the oil to the pan.
  6. Cook on both sides over a campfire until each side is brown and slightly crispy, cut in half and check how doughy the mix is, and keep cooking on a gentle campfire heat. Should take between 30-50 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

 

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