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An eco holiday in our BMW i3

That time soon came around for me to research our annual summer Holiday.  I don’t go in for beach holidays and prefer to stay in the U.K.  The last two years have seen myself and my 10 year old Daughter (A.K.A. “The Smuft”) have rented a VW Camper to visit the stunning Yorkshire Dales.  However, this wasn’t any ordinary VW Camper…

eDubTrips are the proud owners of an all-Electric Camper for hire.  Electric conversion of classic vehicles isn’t anything new, but renting it out to a stranger is, as the conversion costs are significant.  The bright green “Indie” is a beautiful 1970’s bay window van imported from the U.S. and expertly converted by the team.  The van sleeps 4 with zippy performance that is more than ample to tackle the many hills of our home county.

After two years of camping we decided we needed some more creatures comforts and “Glamping” seemed to fit the bill, especially after a busy few months I was in urgent need of a relaxation.

A quick Google search brought up Mulino Pods in The Derbyshire Dales – they had the availability and were open to offering charging for our electric car – powered by their on-site wind turbine no less!  The farm was established in 2008 and is run sustainably by its owner Craig, with energy provided by wind and solar stored in large batteries.  The energy generated on site is enough for 4-5 regular houses – any excess is  sold to grid. The pods were added in 2015 and were built by local craftsman.

Our i3 at one with nature


A form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.

“glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature—without foregoing any of life’s luxuries”

Whilst I am not averse to using a shared “shower block” there was something appealing about a spot luxury for our week away… the bags were packed and off we went.  

The lucky Smurf had just returned from a busy week in Norfolk with her Mum and extended family, and was ready for some quiet time with Dad doing something ‘a bit different’.  An hour later we arrived on top of a big hill outside the town Ashbourne where 3 custom made wooden pods are nestled in the countryside adjacent to the working farm.

We stayed in the Bluebell pod, with sleeping for two adults and a child and with views that are so beautiful words fails me.  The attention to detail throughout the site was also breathtaking.  Everything seemed to have been thought of.  With an honesty shop for essentials such as eggs from the farm, a fabulous outdoor kitchen and a kettle and toaster for brekkie in the pod – everything was designed for maximum relaxation.

A brief chat with owner guarenteed me charging for the week in exchange for advice on what he should install for future visitors embracing electric motoring.  Derbyshire isn’t well served with charge points, so the knowledge of an overnight top up back at base was welcome and could prove a great selling point for the business.

Anyway… I must get back to chilling out and planning our next visit.

This is NOT a sponsored post and this break was paid for by ourselves.

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