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We’re Going on an Adventure! Pod Hollow at West Stow Pods

COMPLIMENTARY NIGHT GIFTED | At the beginning of 2019, my boyfriend and I said we’d like to do more smaller UK breaks throughout the year. One a month if possible. I can’t speak for him but I absolutely love a staycation. The UK has so many wonderful things to offer and I want to explore as much of it as I can. With that in mind, I hopped onto Twitter one day and saw the West Stow Pods account, a company in Suffolk who offer glamping experiences in their sweet little woodland in West Stow.

Being a Lord of the Rings fan, I was instantly drawn to Pod Hollow – their halfling inspired subterranean dwelling (as they call it) – a cottage based off of the Hobbit homes you’ll find in the Shire. Upon emailing the owners at West Stow Pods, we were kindly offered one night of our stay free, in exchange for this review.

The pod itself was, well, spectacular is the only word to accurately describe it. They did an absolutely incredibly job with making it look authentic, old-worldly but also cosy and charming at the same time. It sleeps 4, has 2 bedrooms, a sitting area with a TV, a huge kitchen and a lovely bathroom with a walk-in shower. With plenty of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit inspired nick-nacks scattered around that any fan will really appreciate.

We were only at the pod for 2 days, so we didn’t actually go out anywhere (although there are plenty of lovely woodland walks and things to do and see in the surrounding areas!) instead opting for a relaxing few days, a The Lord of the Rings marathon and good food! We also had some fun with the Gandalf get-up and Hobbit feet which were hanging by the front door!

There was also something very special in the woodlands, a stones throw from the pod, which although not Lord of the Rings related, was probably my favourite thing I saw whilst I was there. There’s a special Scots pine tree there, which is named Peter Pan’s Roots. This magical looking tree has roots growing up and out of the ground, leaving a magical maze-like feature underneath.

And not only that, in the 1890’s, J.M Barrie, author of Peter Pan, was visiting the headmistress of the schoolhouse on site (which is still there now and where the owners of West Stow Pods live!) and on his journey, he came across this magical tree and inspired him to include an illustration of it in the very first edition of Peter Pan.

It felt magical to be standing where J.M Barrie once stood, looking up at the same tree. The man who is behind my favourite film, behind my tattoo, behind my email address and blog name and one of the most magical stories ever told. So I couldn’t help but mark that moment with some photos, my favourite story and the boy behind it all…

We had an absolutely lovely time at West Stow Pods, it’s a cute, quaint and quiet place with plenty of accommodation options and things to do and see. The owners were incredibly lovely and welcoming, everything in the pod worked perfectly and I honestly don’t have a single complaint. It was something a bit different and being in the gorgeous Hobbit house literally made me forget about everything for a few days!

Are you a Lord of the Rings fan? If so, would you like to stay here?

* One night of our stay was complimentary in exchange for this review. Everything else was fully paid for by us and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

74 Comments

  1. Oh this looks amazing! I’ve been quite the LOTR fan because of my father. Just rewatched the LOTR films actually last week/

    1. They’re just so good!

  2. […] to go on two breaks this month, the first one being to Pod Hollow, a Hobbit inspired pod in Suffolk. I did a full blog post about that trip here because I was very kindly offered one night free in exchange for a review. It was an outstanding […]

  3. We’ve already decided that we’re going here for a teeny blogger staycation so yayyyy! xDD

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

    1. Haha we totally should! 😌

  4. Love this! I’ve been excited to read it since I saw your pics on IG and Twitter, this looks so delightful and I’m glad you had a great time. 🙂

    Sarah x

    1. Thank you! 😌

  5. I’m not a Lord of the Rings fan but I’m totally up for a few days buried in nature.

  6. Staycations are my favorite! I absolutely love the LOTR vibes to this place. Glad you had a good stay!

    cabin twenty-four

    1. Thank you 😌 Staycations are great!

  7. This looks incredible. I’m glad you two had a good time. 🙂

    I can only imagine your thoughts when you first found out J M Barry had used that beautiful tree for inspiration. I imagine it was one of those true wow moments. xoxo

    1. It really was a wow moment!

  8. 😮 This place looks amazing Jenny! I’m a big fan of the LOTR books and movies and will have to make a trip to Suffolk at somepoint just to stay here.

    1. You’d absolutely love it!

  9. This is the perfect place to go when you are in need of a little break and I am 100% going to go at some point! I can’t get over how realistic it looks, I am getting excited just looking at the pictures. I would love to come hear for a LOTR film sesh and snacks with my boyfriend, although that TV is looking a little bit too small for my liking!!(Used to bigger TVs). So glad you had the best time!! xx

    1. The TV was a bit small I agree but it was manageable. You can pull it forward 😌

  10. Oh my gosh, this place looks incredible! I would love to stay there, and I would most probably do the same as you and have a Lord of the Rings Marathon, this is definitely something I’m going to look into!! <3

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    1. Thank you 😌

  11. Oh my gosh this place looks so lovely and cosy! I absolutely love LOTR and my favourite childhood book was the Hobbit, so I’d love to go here one day!

    1. Awh really! I’m yet to watch The Hobbit films! Going to make a point of it soon!

  12. OMG this looks flipping amazing! What fun! x

    1. It sure was 😌

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