At Ruby’s Orchard Camp we 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. There’s no mains electricity on site so we use solar /rechargeable lighting, which gives you the chance to see the stars in all their glory – with very little local light-pollution (cloud-cover permitting!)
We also compost everything it’s possible to compost and try to recycle most of what it’s not. Ruby’s Orchard is in an area reclaimed from commercial spruce-planting, with mixed woodland attached.
What is meant by exclusive use?
We mean that when you book to stay, you get the place to yourselves; only your one small camping group will be here at any time. No one lives on-site, but Lynne, the owner will welcome you and visit occasionally to check all is well, to restock, and sometimes to do some gardening etc. You will be given a mobile contact number in case of any problems.
Is Ruby’s Orchard a “Glamping” site?
Well, we prefer to call it Comfortable Camping. We are more about easy camping in surroundings managed for the benefit of wildlife and biodiversity than Glamour of any sort. Our aim is to provide you with private semi-wild 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 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 a fenced area away from the tents. We are gradually felling spruce trees to provide more possibilities for biodiversity – but leaving some, as birds such as the goldcrests appreciate the insects and cover they provide.
How do you make it easy for me and my fellow campers?
We provide and erect the accommodation! These are our lovely Willow the Yurt (who’s actually made of ash wood!) sleeping up to 4 people in a king-sized bed and 2 futon-chair beds, and from 2020, you can add our 5m bell-tent, also sleeping up to 4. There is a large canvas kitchen- tent kitted out with table, chairs and cooking equipment.
Bedding is provided – duvets, sheets and pillows, as well as extra throws/blankets and hot-water bottles for extra warmth if the nights are chilly. Solar and battery powered lights are provided in the tents and mark the main camping area, but we recommend you bring headtorches, which make it easier to get about after dark, and to read.
Willow also has a cute little wood burner to keep you toasty.
There are compost loos, a gas shower as well as a self-pump camping shower, a barbecue and fire-bowl and seating.