After the madness of Christmas and New Year, and more than our fair share of illness, there was nothing we needed more than a fun-filled adventure, a little fresh air, and some time together as a family. So when Wigwam® Holidays invited us to stay at one of their sites, we couldn’t have accepted soon enough!
For those who are unfamiliar with Wigwam® Holidays, quite simply they blend the comforts of home with the simple joys of the great outdoors. They describe their holidays as designed for “nature cravers, adventure chasers, peace-and-quiet seekers, stargazers and memory makers.” And that sounds like our family in a nutshell.
Wigwam® Holidays have sites throughout the whole of the UK, across 80 different locations, and yet with us only getting away for the weekend we decided to stay relatively close to home with Ball Hall Farm, just 1.5 hours away. Ball Hall Farm is set on stunning farmland, tucked away in the Yorkshire countryside, providing an idyllic getaway for those wishing to escape the daily grind, or as the perfect base for those wanting to explore York and the many surrounding Yorkshire attractions.
Having never stayed in a Wigwam® style accommodation before, and having only ever seen them on the website, as we pulled up at Ball Hall Farm we were really impressed with how big they looked!
We had kindly been gifted two Deluxe Cabins side by side to accommodate us and yet each Cabin is suited to four adults or two adults and three children. On arrival the keys for the Cabin’s were in the door waiting, as well as a chalk board with our name on which I thought was a lovely touch.
The Wigwam® Cabins have to be seen to be truly appreciated and I would definitely recommend going for the Deluxe. With a bathroom, kitchen, dining table and sofa bed, it has everything you need for your stay.
The bathroom was a real bonus for us with three young children. I can’t even imagine how exhausting it would have been to have to get up with the children each time they needed the toilet in the night, not to mention how cold it would have been to trudge over to a communal toilet block, so this really was a necessity!
In the kitchen area the Cabin has a sink, a two ring hob, a fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, and ample crockery, cutlery, and pans. With the additional work space of the dining table, and seating for four, there was plenty of room to cook and prepare food. In terms of provisions, I can’t fault it!
It’s amazing just how much you can fit inside the Cabin and I love just how much thought has gone into the design. Beneath the large double bed, and a huge pull out sofa bed, there are large storage drawers for clothes and bedding which is great for larger families who need to keep everywhere as clutter free as possible. I know it can often feel as though you are stepping on each other’s feet in smaller spaces and yet with the lay-out of the Cabin it really didn’t feel that way at all.
Obviously with us visiting in January it was very cold, but I can imagine had we visited in the warmer months we would have spent most of our down time outdoors enjoying a BBQ on the outdoor picnic bench, toasting marshmallows on the fire pit, and taking in the views.
As impressive as the Cabin’s are, there is no denying that the surroundings are equally beautiful. The Cabin’s all overlook a huge lake where the children were very excited to spot two swans in the morning.
As well as the immediate outdoor area surrounding the Cabin’s, there are a number of woodland walks and paths to wander. Wrapped up warm with our wellies on, we were up and out first thing in the morning to explore!
As the only guests at Ball Hall Farm that weekend, it was so lovely to have the place to ourselves, especially with these three who are a little wild to say the least. Running around in the woods was a great way to tire them out though!
The children were excited to discover a pumpkin which I assume was left over from a Halloween pumpkin trail. I love the idea of staying at Ball Hall Farm over Halloween and taking part in those activities and I can see why Wigwam® Holidays really are suitable for all year round.
It’s funny that despite being just 10 miles from York, a huge and popular city, there at Ball Hall Farm it felt as though we were a million miles away from everyone and everything! There is nothing quite as lovely as escaping the daily grind and just enjoying time together as a family and honestly, it did us all the world of good.
One of the things I loved the most about Ball Hall Farm was how it really does give you the best of both worlds – the peaceful secluded woodlands, and the many local attractions all still within easy reach. With Allerthorpe Lakeland Park just a 10 minute drive away, Pocklington Canal Walks, Burnby Hall and Gardens, the York Maze, and of course York itself, there is so much to do for those enjoying a longer stay.
We honestly cannot fault Wigwam® Holidays for their accommodation, the location, and all of the lovely thoughtful details to really make our stay a home from home. But more than that, it gave us the opportunity to escape all of our worries, spend quality time together, and just to breathe again. I don’t think we could have asked for more than that.
You can read all about what we got up to during our stay here.
** We were gifted a two night stay at Ball Hall Farm with Wigwam® Holidays in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated. **