Overlooking the vast North Sea, Wigwam Holidays Montrave Estate opened in March 2018 and is a collection of eight Wigwam® Cabins on the edge of a woodland meadow.
The cabins are all built from locally sourced, sustainable wood and sleep two to four people (they each have a double bed and a double sofa bed).
Each has its own ensuite bathroom, making glamping even more “glam” and accessible because it means no more midnight dashes to the loo in the cold and dark (hooray)!
Extra amenities include a toaster, kettle, fridge/freezer and even an electric hob, so that if you want to cook pasta or heat up milk, you can do. Outside each cabin is a fire pit with a grill and visitors can fill up a wheelbarrow with firewood from the estate’s log store which is about 100 metres away. Plus, two of the cabins have a hot tub, although there are plans in place to create a portable hot tub which can be pulled on the back of a tractor to the top of the site, with beautiful views to boot.
The first thing we noticed about the site (aside from its stunning setting) were the swings hanging from the trees in the meadow. Speaking to site owner, Airin Gilmour, she explained that they’re the first of a few woodland attractions and play equipment they’re planning for the site but they want to keep them rustic and rural, avoiding artificial climbing frames.
At the time of our visit they were also in the process of building a small office which will stock groceries and essentials, such as bread and milk.
We headed into Leven, which is a couple of miles away and bought barbecue supplies, not wanting to miss the chance to cook over the fire pit (and to keep warm - it was still April after all).
Airin and her husband Nick own a deer farm on the estate and are planning to introduce more farm animals to the site in the future, but we settled for the peaceful Highland Cattle which grazed in the lower paddock as we sat on wooden stools and ate our flame-grilled burgers and sipped the beers we’d bought from Loch Lomond Brewery earlier that day.
With the light fading, we turned into our heated cabin and curled up under the quilt (available to hire if you don't bring your own bedding) and watched a bit of TV before lights out. Again, we’re not used to glamping with a TV (or even having a TV in the bedroom, so it was a real treat).
The next morning, Beltane, we woke up to the dawn chorus and drank hot tea while watching a Red Squirrel darting around the woodland and feasting on his breakfast. Coming from the Midlands, I don’t remember ever seeing Red Squirrels in the wild before, so to see one so relaxed as we went about fixing our own breakfast is a moment I won’t ever forget.
Before leaving we followed Nicholas’ advice and walked up the hill behind the Wigwams, which was still covered in Spring flowers, to take in the view of the stunning coastline.
All in all, we had the perfect stay at Wigwam Holidays Montrave Estate. Relaxed, peaceful but with all the comforts of a hotel in a woodland setting (and with the added bonus of the wild neighbours)... it's ideal for people who aren't keen on glamping or are new to the concept.
Nick has finally been converted to a glamper himself.
Stays start from £70 with a two-night minimum and can be booked at www.wigwamholidays.com/montrave-estate