The final preparations for the new season are underway and we can’t wait to open again for our 6th season here at The Meadow Glamping! Over the winter we have been busy tweaking and improving what we offer, while keeping the magical experience that our fabulous guests love. It’s fair to say that if it doesn’t move it gets painted, luckily the @themeadowducks are colourful enough and keep swimming round the lake! It’s always fantastic to see our lovely guests return and enjoy what we uniquely offer here @TMG, we look forward to seeing you all again in 2024! Kate & Pete x
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, private toilet & shower, 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...
15% off glamping bookings for midweek stays from Sept 17th to Oct 19th with code 'TMG15'
(*This applies to all new glamping bookings, excluding Meadowbrook House and Exclusive bookings of the whole site).
In addition to the glamping, we also have our 2 double annexe rooms available, there is also limited availability for renting the whole of Meadowbrook House, perfect for multi generational gatherings of families & friends (see 'Offers' 'below).
Did you see us on BBC South today news at the end of Jan? The cameras followed Kate around TMG, interviewed her and we ended up with a 4 minute segment on BBC1 - glamping fame at last, sort of!
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!
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, sometimes 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.
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 it's own wine cellar hidden below the water line! 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 your outdoor comfy leather couch 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 foc.
Toilets & Showers
Each unit has it's own private compost toilet adjacent, a short scenic walk away your designer shower! 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!
Map of The Meadow which shows the layout of the glampsite and locations of the 3 units - click:
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 routes in and around the village itself including on Broughton Down Nature Reserve
We have a wide range of optional experiences to make your stay at TMG even more memorable
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 12 miles to the east or west of Broughton, which is a 20 minute drive, or a nice varied walk along the Clarendon Way
Restaurants & Pubs
We are lucky to be spoilt for choice, so no matter what you fancy there are plenty of options locally
Places to Visit
Guests usually want to stay and relax in the stunning surroundings of TMG, however the Test Valley has a lot to offer if you do want to venture out!
WEDDINGS AT TMG!
We had our first wedding @ TMG in 2022 and the feedback from the bride & groom was fantastic! "It was incredible, such a unique, relaxed setting.... guests loved the rowing boat, playing tennis and meeting the ducks!.It is such a special place, we will have fantastic memories forever!"
So we are now very pleased to offer some limited availability for weddings in this wonderful setting - so if you’re looking for something unique and stylish in a beautiful location please contact us to bespoke your perfect day!
We are lucky enough to have 150+ 5 star reviews over on our website / Airbnb / Google Maps. Below is a selection of what our lovely guests have said about their stays on our various booking platforms, you can also check all the reviews on our website here
'We had a fantastic peaceful weekend at Mary's Place. It's even more idyllic than the pictures - we enjoyed all the thoughtful nooks we could relax in: on the bench on the dock, in the rowing boat, in the summer house, on the outside sofa or by the chairs and table on the decking overlooking the lake. We also got to watch the rain roll in from the comfort of the bed after relaxing by the fire. We used mint from the garden for out G&Ts and cooked over the open fire pit (and on the gas hob when it rained). We were after a restorative weekend and Mary's Place delivered just that. Kate was thoughtful and responsive. Highly recommend!' Matthew
'This is the most peaceful wonderful place l've ever been! Went with a group so had the whole place and a weekend was not enough!
The details in design, the hosts, the nature, everything was what is says and more! I couldn't fault anything if I tried. Kate and her family are so helpful and welcoming and just genuinely lovely people, it would be a task and a half to fault anything!' Emily
'The place itself is beautiful and the attention to detail is stunning. The bed was so cosy and warm. It was amazing to wake up to such beautiful scenery in the morning! Overall this was one of the best Airbnb experiences we have ever had. I cannot recommend this place enough, Kate is by far the best host I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with!' Sasha
'Amazing experience from start to finish! Kate was most welcoming upon our arrival, showing us the meadows facilities and everything you need to know. The Magic Rat is an incredible glamping setup, the boat itself is cosy, inviting and has everything you need including a heater that will keep you warm all night. The island where the boat is situated has everything including an easy to use bbq, sheltered seating area and comfy sofa in front of a log burning fire -a highlight for us! The shower is the best shower ever! Clean, powerful hot water and plenty of room to change. The Meadow's added extras of the rowing boat and tennis court added to our fantastic experience!' Gary
'Just a quick line to say thank you for being such great hosts, your place is amazing beyond words, we can’t stop talking about it. We had such a brilliant time, and it still doesn’t quite feel real!' Elena
'We just stayed here in The Magic Rat and it was stunning-super relaxing and quiet. Kate had put an amazing amount of work into making this site perfect for tranquillity and relaxation. You will not be disappointed.' AK
'We wanted to thank you fou our stay at Mary's Place. You have put so much thought and love into every detail. We actually slept with doors open, a huge treat to wake up to the birds, ducks and moorhens. The summerhouse was a lovely shady spot under the Willows and we loved playing barefoot tennis. What a special place you have created.' Johanna.
TMG had a visit from a travel journalist from The Guardian who stayed in our newest unit The Magic Rat! Read the review here
For a flavour of what a trip to TMG could look like for you, have a peek at recent footage from Our Hampshire, including some excellent drone footage, which nicely shows off our lovely glampsite!