Welcome to The Meadow, nestled in a quiet corner of Broughton, Hampshire, The Meadow’s two acre setting is idyllic, peaceful and tucked away, yet still close to the convenience of this typical English country village.
Whether you prefer to take the rowing boat for a short lap around the lake, play tennis on the grass court, or sit quietly reading a book by the lake, your time at The Meadow is your own to relax and enjoy the stunning setting as you wish.
With our three units spread over 2 acres there is plenty of room to spread out and relax in your own private glamping area. Each unit has it's own bedroom, large outdoor area with seating, firepits and cooking facilities (including cover from the elements) and your own river side seating to watch the trout and ducklings cruise by on the Wallop Brook.
You may decide to cook amazingly tasty local buffalo burgers over the fire pit under the stars or you can opt to take a short stroll to the local pub for a meal or a tipple. Perhaps then finish your evening cosying up in front of the wood burner with a hot chocolate, or a large glass of wine - the choice is yours...
TMG had a visit from a travel journalist from The Guardian in April 2021, who as it turns out, was our very first guest in our brand new unit The Magic Rat! Read the review here Born for fun: Hampshire’s Springsteen-inspired glamping site | Hampshire holidays | The Guardian
As the Covid situation is still uncertain, we have revised our cancellation policy so guests can book with confidence, knowing all bookings are now fully refundable up to 0900 the day before your scheduled arrival.
Our first glamping unit, Wild Billy's is an original Showman’s Wagon built around 1890 and used for many years as an authentic travelling gypsy home. During Wild Billy’s fairground days the Wagon was used as the backstop for the coconut shy (you can still see the dents in the wood if you look closely!
He is now fully restored so you can enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of sleeping in an original wagon - this cosy palace for two is uniquely inviting and a totally romantic experience!
You now have the chance to tap in to your free spirit and experience life like a Romany, at least for a few nights anyway! Enjoy cooking on an authentic tripod over an open fire while sheltering from the weather on our covered sofa with the river just feet away - perfect! Why not try recreating an original recipe invented by Gypsy Joey Grey and loved by Romany hearts for many years?
But don’t worry, there are plenty of added home comforts to make your stay luxurious - Wild Billy has a newly fitted wood burner, a super comfy memory foam mattress and toasty warm double duck duvet with fur throw.
Imagine snuggling up in bed in the morning with a cuppa listening to the woodpecker chipping away, or peeking out into your stunning surroundings to see if you can spot our resident Kingfisher flying over the lake, or catch a glimpse of a roe deer slowly walking past on The Meadow....
Wild Billy’s is the perfect place to totally relax!
£105-£125 per night
Two night minimum stay
Max occupancy 2 people
Mary's Place is a gorgeous and completely unique glamping experience, among perfect surroundings!
Being only one of only three glamping units in The Meadow’s private setting of two acres, Mary's Place is perfectly secluded and has plenty of space to help you spread out and relax.
Your bedroom is a sumptuous retreat of colour and indulgence, with a front wall of folding glass doors, deep pile carpet, super comfy bed and twinkling fairy lights to perfectly complete the romantic setting in this boutique bohemian space.
Draw back the curtain in the morning and step outside to find the most wonderful private setting, with the babbling Wallop Brook to one side and the sparkling expanse of a lake directly in front of you, complete with the resident moorhens and our friendly pet ducks, often with ducklings in tow!
Overlooking the lake there is a beautifully original summer house where the luxurious theme continues! Decked in warm, vibrant colours inside and out and situated on decking stretching over the lake, this area is exclusively yours to use as you wish - relax on the bench while reading a book by the tranquillity of the lake, enjoy a meal on the deck, or sip a cup of tea sheltering from the elements inside the summer house.
Mary’s Place may be mainly off grid, but never fear, there are plenty of outdoor creature comforts too - from your large private outdoor area which includes a fire pit and cooking tripod, funky kitchen space, outdoor table and chairs and even your own leather couch & coffee table, all subtly bathed by solar lights.
During your stay you may decide to cook amazingly tasty local buffalo burgers over the fire pit under the stars or you can opt to take a short stroll to the local pub for a meal or a tipple. Perhaps then finish your evening cosying up in front of the firepit with a hot chocolate, or a large glass of wine, the choice is yours – Mary’s Place is the ideal romantic setting to breathe out and relax….
£115-£135 per night
Two night minimum stay
Max occupancy 2 people
THE MAGIC RAT
Our third and final unit is the super cool Magic Rat. An original 23ft Springer Narrow Boat fresh from its previous life on the Kennet and Avon Canal, now moored by it's own private island, happily nestled among the willows
The Rat has been lovingly restored using a recycled industrial theme, creating a very unique, quirky and fun interior which also boasts plenty of luxurious comfort with a super cosy 15 tog duvet, spring coil mattress, fluffy pillows a fur throw and an eclectic collection of funky accessories! There is a small deck at the front of the boat for sitting out with your morning coffee admiring the pots of flowers, willow trees and wild birds around you.
The 45 by 36ft Island is reached by a rustic wooden bridge and is your exclusive outdoor space. Our recently restored arbour 'Mel's Shelter' has a table and seating to protect you from the elements while you eat, but allows you to still enjoy the fresh air and beautiful view of the lake, here you will be surrounded by a vibrant mix of colourful meadow flowers. Enjoy relaxing on the tree stumps by the river, then as the light fades the solar fairy lights kick in creating a totally magical atmosphere, the perfect time to light the beautiful old fireplace and spend the evening on a comfy chair warming your toes and sipping your wine. At the end of the evening you can cross the jetty onto The Magic Rat and retire to the comfort of the stunningly comfortable bed inside and cosy up for the night!
Our resident ducks have a little hut on the island too so you can watch them coming and going, they are super friendly and entertaining!!
£125-£145 per night
Two night minimum stay
Max occupancy 2 people
AT THE MEADOW
Cook out in the open traditional style on the Romany tripod and firepit with the option of a little help from the gas burner. Otherwise you can visit one of the excellent local pubs which are only a 5 min walk away, or for something special order in from one of the local pubs / caterer (see FAQs for details)
Two acres of rolling Meadow for you to enjoy - stroll around the lake or sit and relax at numerous vantage points amongst the Willow trees listening to the birds.
The Lake & Brook
The Wallop brook runs along the boundary of The Meadow and we have a number of vantage points for you to enjoy the view, perhaps with a glass of wine! Both Wild Billy's & Mary's Place are positioned overlooking opposite sides of the lake, so you can simply admire the view or join the resident ducks by taking a row in our boat, 'Solution'.
It's not Wimbledon, but it's not far off! A full size grass tennis court, including umpire's chair! NB: racquets and balls are supplied.
Toilets & Showers
Each unit has it's own brand new compost toilet adjacent, a short scenic walk away you will find the showers. Each shower is themed and dedicated solely for use by one unit, so there is no sharing, you and your travel companion will have your own beautiful private hot shower (see FAQs for further info).
We are lucky enough to have a broad range of wildlife passing through - from ducks, ducklings and moorhens, to more common garden birds, plus woodpeckers and visits from swans, herons, egrets and geese. If your timing is right (and your eyes quick!) you may see the kingfisher, if not you will certainly get to meet our resident pheasant , Phil!
If you would like a to see a map of The Meadow which shows the layout of the glampsite and locations of the 3 units, click
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Walking & Cycling
Broughton is the mid point on the Clarendon Way which links the cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester. A short distance away is the Test Way, we also have some beautiful walks and cycle paths / routes in and around the village itself including on Broughton Down Nature Reserve. We have further details and maps as required
With it's beautiful Georgian High Street, containing many excellent shops, restaurants and river side pubs, the town of Stockbridge is well worth a visit (7 minute drive / 45 minute walk)
Salisbury & Winchester
Both cathedral cities are within easy striking distance at 12 miles away, which is a 20 minute drive, or a nice varied walk
One of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe is only 13 miles away (20 minute drive)!
10 minutes away is this 18th-century National Trust house with a medieval priory at its heart and beautiful gardens, including their famous 'rose garden' (also walkable)
Bombay Sapphire Distillery
If you like Gin, this is an excellent visit. The only place in the world where Bombay Sapphire is made and it’s an excellent tour in a lovely setting which is only 30 mins away. Advisable to book ahead http://distillery.bombaysapphire.com/
Kat , 15th June : 'What a stunning place - you've set yourselves up for such a great experience we absolutely loved it. Your thoughtful touches and themed taste made every move we made a total delight. It's awesome!'
Shirley, 29th June: 'Thank you for having us stay, everything was amazing so much different then staying in any hotel we enjoyed every minute of our stay and we most definitely be coming back, such a beautiful wagon such beautiful area, love it such a different experience'
Michelle, 5th Aug: 'Thank you so much for a really enjoyable stay. We had great fun playing tennis, rowing the boat and enjoyed sitting around the fire pit after we had dinner in the pub. You've a wonderful space and no doubt we'll be back soon.'
Beth, 10th Aug: 'We had an absolutely fantastic time at The Meadow - it was such a special place to stay and we could really tell that you had put a lot of thought into everything, from the setting to the facilities and any little bits and pieces your guests might need. There was a lot more in the area that we would like to explore and we will definitely be returning to Wild Billy's. Thanks so much for a magical stay.'
Lindsey, 26th Aug: 'We were absolutely blown away with your place, it totally exceeded our expectations! I'll be recommending your place to friends - we loved it.'