Welcome to your new home in the woods, we hope that you had a good journey.
USEFUL INFORMATION DURING YOUR STAY
If planning to use your pizza oven please see our lighting the pizza oven page.
Logs & Kindling
We have refilled your log bag, kindling & firelighters, if you need more please help yourself from the Honesty shop/log store, payment can be made on our woodland shop page.
To transport log bags we have wheelbarrows by the log store, please return these after use.
Please store the hammock inside so that it doesn’t get damp and mouldy. The hammock hanging positions are marked with red ribbons so that you know where to safely hang it when the sun shines.
The bedhead reading lights switch on and off by rotating the lamp head.
The mains water is suitable for drinking, the hot water is heated on demand so takes a couple of minutes to arrive, thereafter it is plentiful. The tree showers are particularly popular in the rain.
There are dual control electric blankets for the colder months, the controls are on each side of the bed by the mattress.
Please store food in the cupboards in containers – the squirrels will help themselves in no time to anything edible and unguarded! We really don’t want to encourage them with an easy food supply.
No noise policy
Please don’t play music or disturb the other guests with noisy behaviour- sound travels in the woods and through the canvas glamping spaces. Guests that flout these rules & disturb other guests will be asked to leave immediately without any refund. Please switch mobiles to silent and don’t shout at it!
The woods are generally very peaceful, the sounds of nature & the forest are very much part of the experience. However apologies in advance if once in a while the birds, owls and wildlife are accompanied by the sounds of dairy farming activity and/or country sports. This is very much part & parcel of living in a remote dairy farming community. Occasionally some of the seasonal farming activities can be noisy and/or smelly… This is not something we can or would want to change & any noise or muck spreading smells are usually short-lived and everything returns to normal before long.
Fire risk is of particular concern in our wooden structures, therefore please don’t leave the woodturning stove, bbq or pizza oven fires unattended.
Tea lights and unguarded candles are prohibited – we supply enclosed candle lanterns & candles provided for candlelight.
The bbq uses charcoal and/or logs, the pizza oven & log burning stove use kindling & logs only.
Please leave the embers and ash for us to deal with when cleaning – properly dealing with these are a particular risk of starting a fire.
If you are not experienced with lighting a fire it is important to start with a few sticks of kindling & one firelighter, once burnt down a bit gradually add small split logs until there is a good heart to the fire. Thereafter logs can be added as and when. When getting it going you can leave the door open if attending it or with the air control fully open if leaving it for a few minutes. Once it’s going you control the rate of burn with the air dial on the front. Its best to close this down when retiring at night so that it lasts longer.
We are not allowed to pre- light the log burners and leave them unattended before arrival, however it takes no time to get them going and to heat your space on arrival.
We will try and leave a bed of ash & any nice dry bits of charred logs in the log burners when cleaning as this aides starting a new fire.
DEPARTURE / SELF CHECK OUT:
Please vacate your space by 10 am on the day of departure. We are hard pressed to get everything cleaned, restocked and ready in the limited time available.
Please empty your recycling, food waste, general waste and bottles into the bins provided next to the shop/log store – thank you.
RECYCLING & WASTE
Every area seems to differ – here are the West Dorset categories:
Glass -bottles & jars with metal lids on (no cans).
General waste- plastic film, polystyrene, plastic bags, crisp packets (broken glass wrapped in paper or card)
Recycling – paper & cardboard, tins, hard plastic trays, tbs & bottles.
Food waste – fruit, veg & peelings, meat, fish & bones, tea bags & coffee grounds, egg shells, all other caked and uncooked food (no plastic bags)
If it’s not raining or likely to please leave the door open to air the space.
We encourage those that can to switch off their mobiles, laptops etc in order to get the most out of being in the woods. However we also want to encourage guests to spread the word on social media (ideally when back home) please do tag us in any posts if you do- @craftycamping, thank you.
We wont disturb you unless called upon, if you have any problems or questions during your stay please don’t hesitate to contact the duty manager on the duty phone (the current number is always displayed below the in/out board at the entrance to the camp).
We hope that you have a great time in the woods.
Guy & the team