This week Sarah, along with Stig and Tink, and myself, with the NC, Mini and Dollop stayed at La Rosa campsite, near Whitby.
This gave us an opportunity to see the gorgeous Swallow Barn which is the space available for adoptive families to use for respite.
Just 8 miles from Whitby, in North Yorkshire, set amongst the beautiful moors, is La Rosa campsite. Tucked away, you’d never know what gorgeousness awaits you at the end of the driveway.
Halfway down the drive is a house, with barns attached, and 2 caravans dotted around. Opposite the courtyard is Swallow Barn – an amazing space, decorated in the unique style of Amanda Boorman, with cooking facilities, heating, and room to sleep at least 5. Two adjoining rooms contain the bath (with hot water) and the composting toilet.
Outside there are several campfire circles, with lots of wood provided, and beautiful views…you might even see the wisps of steam from the train, and you’ll hear the chugga-chugging of it as it passes through the valley.
All the money raised through the hire of Swallow Barn goes to The Open Nest charity, which provides post adoption support, and is currently encouraging adoptive families to hire the barn to get a feel for it, and enjoy the surroundings. In future, proper respite breaks with trained staff will be available too.
Carry on down the driveway and you’ll arrive at the main house and campsite.
We were greeted by Amanda herself, and a table full of homegrown fruit and vegetables that we could use, and treated to a tour of the site – the toadstool themed caravan that contained a sweetshop (and honesty box); the outside bath (complete with hot and cold water, and bubble bath for those inclined); the shower barn (complete with chandeliers) and then the campsites.
We stayed on the bottom of the two main sites – 4 caravans surrounding a campfire and huuuge table. With a nearby kitchen tent (complete with gas burners, cooking equipment, water carriers and a dining table), and further up, a composting toilet caravan. (For those unfamiliar, you use the toilet as usual, but pop a scoopful of woodshavings down after instead of flushing).
The top site contains more caravans, another campfire circle, and the most amazing big top which houses cooking facilities, comfy sofas and dressing up clothes.
And then there’s the secret caravan tucked out of the way – Mr Toad, with it’s own terrace and campfire, perfect for two.
It’s hard for me to describe this place. It’s one of a kind.
It’s quiet, peaceful, and feels like a retreat. It’s beautiful, with individually designed caravans, lanterns dotted around (because, apart from in Swallow Barn, there is no electricity on site), and a safe, welcoming atmosphere.
Mini is 7, Dollop 4, Stig 11 and Tink 10. Yet, they were perfectly safe at all times – and as a usually watchful parent (overly so if I’m honest), I was happy for them to go off and play, which they did without looking back.
As I say, it’s hard to describe, so I’m going to leave you with heaps of photos instead, and let them do the talking.