Ruby’s Orchard is available to rent as your exclusive-use rustic hideaway between mid May and late September (dates may vary from year to year).
Prices below are for the Bell Tent, which sleeps 4 people, and possibly an extra, small one if you don’t mind a squeeze, on double floor mattress, futon chairbeds and foam floor mattresses (bring your own sleeping bags, pillows and towels.) Extra Vango pre-erected nylon tent with mattresses included is also available.
Bell tent, sleeping 4; £65 per night for the tent.
Vango tent (up to 4 more and only bookable as an extra); £30 per night for the tent.
The full fee is payable upon booking, and a £100 minor damage deposit is also payable in cash on arrival. The damage deposit will be refunded in cash when you leave (providing there is no damage!)
Please email Lynne at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail message on 07795 073966 (where there is also a message about acupuncture) and I will get back to you.
What you Need To Bring and what is provided.
Head torches are extremely strongly recommended, as it gets very dark, and solar or car chargers for phones etc.
Don’t forget to bring your bedding and towels – sleeping bags are by far the easiest, but a duvet and sheet may be used. There is a solar light provided for the bell tent and a light for the kitchen tent, along with candles, but please feel free to bring extra solar or battery lights if you wish.
Mattress covers are provided for the double mattress and the foam floor mattresses, as are paper or hand towels for the handwashing area and teatowels for the washing up area. All toilet rolls, washing up liquid and equipment, handwashing liquid, binbags, crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils etc are provided. There are various chairs/benches/hammocks/tables around the orchard, so you don’t need to bring these either.
The kitchen tent has 2 double gas burners, with gas provided.
We provide hot water bottles for chillier nights and also some fleecy throws for the beds for extra warmth.
A bucket of charcoal is provided to get you going, but after this you need to provide your own. All firewood and kindling is provided.
You will need to heat water in kettles for the pump-your-own showers.
If you are unsure about anything, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Arrival & Your Stay
On arrival (4pm – 8pm), you will be met by Lynne, the owner of Ruby’s Orchard, and probably Ivy the spaniel. You will be shown around, and then left in peace. Lynne will visit every day or two to make sure you are happy, and may stay to work in the orchard some days, but you will have the place to yourselves most of the time, with a mobile contact number to use if there are any problems. There may be occasions when I can’t be there to greet you, in which case you’ll be given the code for the padlock to let yourselves in, and I will be there to show you around before too long.
A welcome tea is provided, consisting of homemade scones, jam and cream, or locally produced saffron buns and butter if you prefer and milk (dairy or non-dairy). There will always be sufficient tea/coffee to get you going, and also the basics such as salt and pepper, cooking oil and sugar. If you don’t wish to have the welcome scones etc, please let Lynne know.
Departure by 10.30am please.