The team at Larchfield Estate in Antrim have created a unique glamping experience on their estate, kitting out a 1952 Swiss Army Truck with all the opulent touches you need for a restful night away.
With a king size bed, persian carpet and vintage knick knacks, the truck itself is a comfy and cosy place to rest your head, but owners Sarah and Gavin Mackie have elevated the whole experience by building on a balcony and a full sauna and ensuite. Imagine sitting out on the balcony after your sauna, enjoying a drink in the beautiful surroundings of the estate? “We have one particular location in mind for the glamping at the moment, and obviously couples can explore other areas of the estate too,” Gavin says. The couple may be familiar from the How I Make It Work interview in the current issue of the magazine, as together they run the estate, hosting weddings, corporate functions and guest cottages. They’re always making plans for new additions to the estate’s offering.
“The whole reason the glamping came about was four years ago I bought a French army truck, a fairly cheap and battered one, which I thought would be cool to put a bed in and take the kids camping in the woods. Then I decided we could do something similar for guests,” Gavin says. He found the Sauer truck in Co Louth, in near perfect condition and with a wheelbase large enough to fit a bed.
They’ve thought of all the finishing touches, with a leather couch, a breakfast hamper of local produce and nice crockery to make you feel at home. Gavin also put a lot of thought into practical details too.
“The ensuite was tricky to factor in, but it was important to us, as we didn’t want it to be like other glampsites where you are tramping 100 yards across a field to get the toilet,” Gavin laughs. When figuring out how to build one on, it was looking like no matter what it would cost £5,000 to build one, then I had the idea to get a big wine barrell. I found one in Lithuania and I am an engineer so I drew up the plans. So you have the sauna, a divide and then the gas powered shower and loo.”
Keep an eye on their website, www.larchfieldestate.co.uk, for booking details which will be available this week.
By Róisín Healy
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