Author Archives: Joanne Protheroe


Have you ever wondered where ashdown came up with the idea of the camping pods used at our picket pods campsite? 

Since its first appearance in 2008 the Pod has become a well established and much enjoyed alternative to the tent and the holiday home that is now a widely available feature on sites throughout the UK and Ireland as well as many countries in Europe.

The design copyright and branding is owned by Ian Bone, a former civil engineer who established Newfoundland Lodges Ltd. back in 2004. The company was originally formed to build residential specification lodges using ‘state of the art’ materials.

The Pod really was created on a blank piece of paper around the idea of a robust, eco-friendly, highly practical but affordable basic accommodation. The key to the Pods success is however it’s good looks. As a long time resident of the Lake District, Ian was acutely aware of the stringent rules applied by the planners in the National Park and the one thing that would matter more than anything else would be the appearance.

There is some ‘natural science’ incorporated into the design concept which is subtle but underpins the ‘wow’ factor that has made the Pod so popular.

After the prototype Pod was built in 2004, the question was then what to do with it. The big break came when the visionary new owners of a campsite in Eskdale decided to create a Pod ‘village’ as part of their redevelopment. Timing was everything – there had been some significant changes in the approach of the National Park planners who were keen to address the slow demise of camping in the Park. The Pod ticked a lot of boxes and LDNPA enabled the commercial use of the Pod with the decision that it would fall under ‘caravan’ legislation for planning purposes.

The market for Glamping is healthy and growing with all sorts of weird, wonderful and sometimes not so wonderful accommodation ideas becoming available to commercial operators in recent times. It is no longer just tents, touring vans, statics and lodges.

One unique aspect of Newfoundland’s success with the Pod has been the commitment to promotion in the media. The pioneering of the concept has involved a relatively substantial investment in generating both public awareness and the ‘zeitgeist’ of what is regarded by some as the ‘flagship’ of very ‘cool’ camping.

Ashdown then came along in 2011 and designed their very own version of the pod which is the pods that you will find at our Picket Pods Campsite today!

Local Pubs…

Duke of Wellington (4.2 miles) 48 High St Cowbridge 01446 773592 Vale Of Glamorgan Inn (4.2 miles) 51 High St Town Centre, Cowbridge 01446 772252 The Old Swan Inn (4.5 miles) Church St Llantwit Major 01446 792230 The Cross Inn (3.1 miles) Church Rd Cowbridge 01446 772995 The Blacksmiths Arms (4.6 miles) Llanmaes Llantwit Major… Continue Reading

Picket Pods Reviews!

Recent PitchUp Reviews  Brilliant! Wonderfully warm & dry pod – a real pleasure to stay in. 15th Apr 2014 PaulRn (Family with older children, 1 review) Date stayed: Apr 2014 Recommend to friends   Visit again Liked: Nicely designed Pods. Good looking & practical. Easy to convert from day space to sleep space. Very warm & cosy on the cool spring… Continue Reading

Local Beaches…

Blue Flag Beaches 41 beaches and marinas in Wales met criteria to fly the coveted international Blue Flag. 2 of these are local to Picket Pods Campsite. These are Penarth Marina and Whitmore Bay, Barry Island (Number 10 below). Beaches were judged against 30 criteria, including: highest water quality litter management easy to read information dog control sustainable environmental ethics Marinas met… Continue Reading

Camping Hacks

1. Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor. 2. Point a head lamp into a jug of water for an instant lantern. 3. Also: Mountain Dew + baking soda + peroxide = lantern. 4. Make tin-can sandwich bread as a portable food option. 5. Familiarize yourself with what the poisonous plants look like. 6. Bring a tick… Continue Reading

Local activities!

(Distance from Picket Pods) Once Upon A Playtime (8.4 miles) Bridgend Play Centre with an educational focus with large 3 tiered play structure and sports area for big kids plus an area dedicated to babies and tots that offers a smaller play frame, ball pool and car track. Bridgend Recreation Centre (8.4 miles) Bridgend Bridgend Recreation… Continue Reading

Whats happening locally…

Porthcawl Jazz on the Sands – 11 April, 2014 Friday 11th – Sunday 13th April Porthcawl’s annual festival once more delivers a feast of A-List jazz ranging from traditional New Orleans to state of the art Fusion. Headlining this year is Chris Barber, this year celebrating 60 years at the top with the Big Chris Barber Band.… Continue Reading