Ruby’s Orchard is available to rent as your exclusive-use rustic rural hideaway between mid May and late September (exact dates may vary from year to year).
Prices below are for pre-erected “Vincent Vango” Tent, which sleeps up to 4 people, on double floor mattress, futon chairbeds and foam floor mattresses (bring your own sleeping bags, pillows and towels.) Extra Damselfly tent with mattresses included is also available.
Sleeping up to 4; £60 per night for the tent.
Extra tent “Damselfly” (up to 4 more and only bookable as an extra); £40 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 email@example.com 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 with no streetlights for couple of miles. Also 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 bring extra solar or battery lights if you wish.
Mattress covers are provided, 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 1 or 2 double gas burners, depending on the size of your party, with gas provided.
We provide hot water bottles for chillier nights and also some fleecy throws for the beds for extra warmth.
All firewood and kindling is provided for the large fire-bowl, but bring your own charcoal for the bucket-barbecues.
The pump-your-own showers need to be filled from the gas water heater which provides hot water for washing-up.
If you are unsure about anything, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Arrival & Your Stay
On arrival (no earlier than 4pm or later than 7.30pm please) you will be met by Lynne, the owner of Ruby’s Orchard, and possibly Ivy the spaniel. You will be shown around, and then left in peace. There may be occasions on which Lynne is unable to be there to greet you, but in this case you will be provided with a code for the lock on the entrance gate so you can make yourselves at home, and Lynne will be there to show you the ropes before too long. Lynne will visit every day or two to restock the toilets etc, and may come to work in the orchard some days, but you will have the place to yourselves most of the time. A mobile contact number will be provided to use if there are any problems.
A welcome tea is provided if you wish, 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 basics such as salt and pepper, cooking oil and sugar. If you don’t wish to have the welcome scones etc, please let us know.
Departure by 10.30am please.