At Ruby’s Orchard we would like to provide you with a peaceful, relaxing camping experience, close to nature, where most of the hard work is done for you. We have a low-environmental-impact ethos, so use upcycled and recycled materials as much as possible, and solar lighting.
We also compost everything it’s possible to compost and try to recycle most of what it’s not. There’s no mains electricity on site, so all lighting is solar, giving you the advantage of the dark-skies in all their glory – cloud-cover permitting! Ruby’s Orchard is in an area reclaimed from commercial spruce-planting, with mixed woodland nearby.
What is meant by exclusive use?
We mean that when you book to stay, you get the site to yourselves; only your one small camping group will be here at any time.
Is Ruby’s Orchard a “Glamping” site?
Well, no, we don’t call it glamping. We are more about easy, comfortable- camping in surroundings managed for the benefit of wildlife and biodiversity than Glamour of any sort! Our aim is to provide you with private camping, and grow some fruit and vegetables here, whilst keeping the orchard and woodland in a wild enough state to maintain the area as a habitat and larder for the wildlife that lives here. So, for example, areas of bramble and gorse are kept for cover, nesting and food for the birds and small mammals that are here. Not all the grass is mown regularly, which allows grasshoppers and butterflies to breed, but paths are mown for you to move around the site. We also keep bees here, in an area away from the tents, and fenced.
How do you make it easy for me and my fellow campers?
We provide and erect the tent(s). These are a canvas bell-tent with floor mattresses and futon chairbeds, and a large kitchen- tent kitted out with table, chairs and cooking equipment. The Bell Tent has a double and 2 singles, and if you need to fit another (small) one in, we can provide an extra floor-mattress. You just have to bring your bedding. (Throws/blankets and hot-water bottles provided for extra warmth if the nights are chilly).
There are compost loos, self-pump camping showers, a barbecue and fire-bowl, seating, and couple of hammocks. For a larger party there is an option to add another, pre-erected, nylon tent with mattresses, which will sleep 3, or up to 4 if you don’t mind being cosy!