A luxury wooden wigwam, tucked away unseen along a winding farm track lined with daffodils and spring blooms, on a pretty woodland estate in the heart of Fife. Sounds pretty heavenly doesn’t it? When I was invited along to try out the new wigwams on Montrave Estate I jumped at the chance. Having stayed in a few of these wigwams in other areas of Scotland I knew it would be a fab two days. Glamping in Fife is exactly the kind of wee break that I love.
You can book these wigwams through Wigwam Holidays. Wigwam Holidays offer wigwams in superb locations all over the country and the bonus is they are extremely reasonably priced. I’ve stayed in a wigwam on a campsite in Applecross, a wigwam in a back garden near John O’Groats and a wigwam in a wigwam village in the Trossachs, actually I’ve kinda made my way up their range. I first stayed in the “Wee Brave Wigwam” in Applecross before sampling the “Big Chief” wigwam in John o’Groats, then a “Running water” wigwam in the Trossachs before this time being lucky enough to stay in the “Running Water Deluxe” in Fife. The biggest in the range, this type is also the most luxurious.
“Glamping”, for those who haven’t heard of it yet, is like very posh camping. It’s not a hotel or a B+B, it’s like going camping but not having to take a tent. If you are staying in a “Wee Brave Wigwam” I’d recommend you take everything with you that you would usually take camping, minus the tent and blow up mattress. Take bedding, pillows, towels, a way of cooking so a stove or the like, cutlery, dishes etc. The posher your wigwam is though the less you will have to take. Our beautiful wigwam in the country this time was the best yet. Everything was provided except towels and dish towels.
Double patio doors lead into a living area with a long seat, full size dining table and 4 chairs. The seating here can be pulled out to make a full size double bed. Further in there is a small kitchenette with a two burner hob, fridge, kettle and microwave. Plates, bowls, mugs and cutlery/crockery are also provided. We requested to have bedding added on (£5) so we didn’t have to carry ours in the car however the beautifully crisp white bedding we got was no match for a big bouncing border collie on a rainy day so my mum was called upon to bring some spares. A double bed and ensuite bathroom line the back wall. The bathroom had a brilliant sports shower and the heated towel rack was a nice touch. It was so nice to have a shower this time, utter luxury (and no dark muddy walks to the shower block). These wigwams sleep four and there is a TV mounted on the wall if you want to relax in the evenings after a day exploring. There is no WiFi although it’s something that is being considered, we didn’t mind one bit though as it’s always nice to switch off for a while. There is a good 4G signal though if the withdrawal symptoms kick in.
The 250 acres private Montrave Estate is where owners Nicholas and Arlin Gilmour raised their boys and what a setting! They also run a thriving B+B on the estate and have big plans for the newly opened wigwam area. The couple are in the process of building a large community space for visitors to relax and take in the stunning views out to sea, as the estate is only three miles from the Fife coast. There will be a small shop selling local produce and venison from their own farm as well as things you may run out of like milk and bread. In the meantime the estate is actually only a couple of miles from both Kennoway and Leven where there are lots of shops and restaurants. I can highly recommend Bonnybank Inn just along the road, it’s one of the next Mexicans I’ve tried.
We spent the evenings playing uno outside at our picnic table with the firepit lit. Two of the wigwams have a patio with wood burning hot tubs too which look amazing. The folks staying there must have thought so too as they were pretty much in constant use. Since we have stayed there has also been a new addition, a mobile hot tub which can be wheeled to any of the wigwams!
With St Andrews only a 20 minute drive away, Cupar 15 minutes away and the closest section of the coastal path in Lundin Links only 10 minutes away it’s ideally located to let you explore Fife without having to drive too far. You can find out more about the Fife Coastal Path below.
To find out more about the wigwams and perhaps book a wee stay yourself have a nosy on their website here
Thanks to Nicholas and Arlin from Montrave Estate for being the perfect hosts and letting me test out the beautiful wigwams. Although this stay was complimentary my opinions and views, as always, are all my own.