A Bodkin is a round tapered rod with a wooden handle for opening up willow basket weave so that a rod can be inserted.
Bodkin is a 5M bell tent with a king-sized bed, under a large oak with a large level private grassed eating/relaxing area looking out into the woods. All our luxury bell tents are a far cry from standard off-the-shelf bell tents in a field. They are elevated off the ground on decks and have a custom-made flysheet which keeps the inner tent dry and cosy in all weather and provides a dry space to sit outside in, in the rain if you wish!
Inside Bodkin you'll find a king sized bed with an oak head board, linen, a down duvet and pillows. There are lights, electricity sockets and an electric blanket. There's a log burner to quickly heat the whole tent; and there are reindeer skins, a dressing table, a sofa and chairs as well as a heated towel rail with white bath towels. In addition to the electric lighting there are glass candle lanterns for those that prefer candle light.
(NOTE: please do not bring your own tea lights or unguarded candles for fire safety reasons. Similarly, the log burners are for heating only and not for cooking.)
Once you have settled in and made yourself comfortable you will find an information pack with everything you need to know about facilities on site and out and about, as well as an Ordinance Survey map to help you navigate the tiny lanes and paths around our woods.
Outside, there is a BBQ that doubles as a fire brazier, pots and pans and BBQ cooking utensils, as well as a storm kettle for making a brew using twigs if you don't want to walk over to the shared kitchen area. There are two comfortable all-weather camping chairs and a hammock under the trees for those lazy summer afternoons.
Near the private clearing the tent is in, there are the shared (separate his and hers) proper ceramic flushing toilets as well as sinks with hot and cold (drinking/mains) water and the woven willow woodland shower - just hoist the flag when in use to let the other two tents know it is occupied. We provide complimentary 'Faith In Nature' tea tree shampoo, conditioner and soap.
Before you arrive we will fill your log basket with dried logs and kindling and firelighters. Further supplies of logs if required, kindling and locally made charcoal can be purchased on site. (Payment for these and other shop items is run on an honesty book and box basis by cash, credit card or online.)
This really is a space to get away from it all, but if you can bear to return back up the boardwalk you will have shared use of the sauna, the 'Out of Africa' kitchen with fully equipped catering facilities, crockery and utensils as well as the now legendary wood fired pizza oven. In the kitchen you will also find supplies of complimentary Dorset Cereals and Clipper Tea, coffee and hot chocolate. In the communal yurt there's a map with all of the local points of interest marked on it along with traditional board games, our small shop (including cider and pizza dough) sofas and a fire.
Our green wood craft courses are also available any weekday. There is a minimum of two guests to start a new 'Have A Go' two hour course on a new date or just one guest for any other course. All the courses are best booked in advance to avoid disappointment. However, we stress that courses are ENTIRELY optional - we promise we will not force you to whittle against your will! Many guests are coming to simply escape to a magical and peaceful space of their own in the woods and never give the workshop a second glance - which is absolutely fine.
A Hand-Crafted Environment
We have designed and made all of the yurts, the tipi, the shepherds hut and the shared spaces ourselves, using the traditional craft techniques that we teach. The timber used for the posts for the decks and boardwalks and for making the yurts is sweet chestnut that we have cut from an 18 year rotational coppice. The timber species are selected for specific properties and therefore we have no need to use preservatives or chemicals in our structures. No concrete is used on site and all waste is processed by our biodigester that produces water that is fit to be discharged into the water course. (We are told you can drink it - but probably best not to!)
The whole site is designed so that if we were ever to move on the woods would return to their wild state without any evidence of us ever being here. (This can now be seen at our previous venue, that has returned to nature after just five years.) The logs and kindling that we provide and sell are made from local hedge thinnings and the charcoal that we have made for us locally is from coppiced hazel.