*As seen in The Logbook.
A few years ago, Dave and Alison were on holiday in Portugal. There they dreamt of a retreat from the pressures of urban living. Comfortable camping in the heart of rural Portugal, exclusively for grown-ups, a sideways move from the tourist traps and the bland blare of identical tour reps.
They sold up in 2016 and moved. Now, having opened Dolittle Holidays in June 2017, they have already taken more bookings for their locations this season than all of last year. Open during the summer months of June to October, this really is the place to get away from it all.
Surrounded by ancient olive trees and twisted oaks, Dolittle Holidays offer four luxurious bell tents, set among meadowlands and wildflowers a-flutter with butterflies. Inside there are comfortable double beds and all the convenience you’d expect from a hotel room – but under canvas!
In the converted barn there are sinks and toilets, an outdoor kitchen to prepare your food and a dining area looking out on the surrounding land. Here you can enjoy a continental breakfast every morning or have a barbecue later in the day. Wi-fi is available in these shared spaces, if you ever feel the need to communicate with the outside world.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND.
Wifi is available in communal areas, not in the bell tents.
From €35 per tent, per night (minimum stay 2 nights).
In communal areas.
Right in the middle of a forest, in the tiny village of Moita Negra, nestled in a lush, green, ICNF-protected natural space in the slowly-beating heart of the Ansião district of Central Portugal.
The closest airports are:
Francisco Sà Carneiro Airport, Porto – 167km (1hr 42 mins drive south to Dolittle Holiday).
Lisboa Portela Airport – 181km (Dolittle Holidays is 1hr 43 mins drive north). You can rent a car at either airport. Rent one with a SatNav if you can – it’s worth bearing in mind that you won’t find Moita Negra on Google Maps. Try Mouta Negra instead.
Dolittle Holidays, Rua da Feteira 156, Moita Negra, Santiago da Guarda, Ansião, Leiria, Portugal, 3240-682
+351 236 676 173