We decided to try glamping in Belgium with a toddler. It wasn’t called ‘glamping’ when we booked. But on reflection it’s probably what it would be marketed as in the UK. For some reason we haven’t got round to camping with the toddler yet. So this was a comfortable and fun way to dip our toes in the waters.
Glamping in Belgium with a Toddler
We booked a stay at La ferme d’a Yaaz near Arlon, Belgium. It particularly appealed to us because it was on a farm. So our toddler could be entertained by the animals and the playground. And I have always wanted to stay in one of those cute little wooden hut-type-things.
It was slightly tricky to find – the entrance to the farm is actually around the back of the house at the main address. But the owner’s son kindly pointed us in the right direction. Via the traditional British combination of school level French, speaking loudly in English and flailing of arms.
Being a slightly bleak weekday in April, we were the only booking. So we got a comprehensive tour of the farm from the host and a choice of accommodation. There is a room converted out of the corner of the hay barn. Which is next to the communal kitchen, close to the showers and the playground. Which would have been very practical on a chilly evening with a toddler. But of course I was swayed by the romance of a wooden cabin. Complete with its own BBQ deck overlooking the surrounding fields. Which of course we wouldn’t use. But, hey, I could imagine…
The cabin itself looked like a large barrel on wheels (sorry, but that’s the best way I can think of describing it…) I’m not sure it would actually move anywhere though. The cabin was well equipped, with a double bed, table and chairs, even a kettle and mugs. The space might get a bit cosy for a family if you were here for long, but there was nifty storage under the bed for your belongings. The walls could maybe have done with a few more hooks to hang stuff on. The outside area would really come into its own in the summer. I could just imagine sitting in the comfy chairs on the deck with a BBQ sizzling away, watching the sunset…
We travelled with our own cot, so I can’t comment on those available. We did however decide not to use the cot for the first time. Cue ‘thunk’ in the middle of the night as our toddler rolled off her mattress. Twice. So she ended up sharing the double bed with us.
The other facilities were great for a family. You were free to wander the fields and pet the animals. So we had some close encounters with sheep and goats. There was a play area with a wooden tractor, slides and toys which kept our toddler entertained. The farm was small, so it was easy for little legs to get about. The communal kitchen was much better equipped than many I have come across. Including a high chair for the little one. And the showers much cleaner and better maintained than most hostels I have stayed in. And our cabin came with it’s own mini cabin with a composting toilet. Which was by far the cleanest, nicest smelling composting toilet I have ever seen.
All in all it was a very gentle and reasonably priced introduction to glamping with a toddler. And I would certainly recommend farm stays for keeping a toddler entertained. Can you recommend any places like this we should try in England?