If the word camping conjures up images of drizzle, freezing cold tents, long trips to the toilet and tripping over guy ropes, then think again.
For a night or two in the countryside is a far cry from the dark days of old, memories of which are enough to turn a child of a certain age white with fear.
Instead, think snug accommodation, all mod cons, a roaring log fire and toasted marshmallows to round off a weary day.
Glamping is the new camping and Humble Bee Farm, a stone’s throw from Scarborough on the stunning East Coast of Yorkshire, is at the forefront of the scene, thanks to its beautiful surroundings and more importantly, its wigwams.
Set in the heart of a working farm among the peaceful Yorkshire Wolds, Humble Bee’s 12 Big Chief wigwams have space for up to five guests in each and include lighting, a microwave, toaster, fridge, kettle, gas barbecue, picnic table and a parking space.
Sometimes they are referred to as camping cabins or pods, but either way, they offer a warm, spacious and unique alternative to ordinary camping.
Arriving after a long drive, it was great knowing there would be no scrabbling around with groundsheets, thumbs being whomped with misplaced hammers or tent work being undone by a misplaced trip.
My two lads bounded from the car and straight into their new little home, whooping with delight and cries of joy as they realised they’d be able to sleep in one big bed with their dad.
But the lure of a bag of marshmallows proved even greater - and after eventually getting the fire pit lit, we were able to sit around and toast not only our sweeties but tootsies too as dusk fell and the flames crackled into the tranquil night air.
Believe you me, if you want a great night’s sleep, sitting in front of a roaring fire and then retiring beneath a pile of duvets in the middle of the countryside is a great way to do it.
The farm hosts two shower and toilet blocks, a children’s play area – with fireman’s pole - onsite reception and shop, duck pond, free range hens, goats, cattle, sheep and ducks.
Handily, we were right next to the play area and shower block, which meant no long trips last thing at night or first thing in the morning. But at the same time, there was no disturbance from other campsite users either.
Compact but also surprisingly spacious, the pods reminded my youngsters of an upturned Viking long boat and it was satisfyingly snug to feel protected against the elements as a brief shower hammered down outside.
Although Wi-Fi is available, Humble Bee’s location near Flixton, where it is perched behind a huge hill, makes it the ideal place to get away from it all.
No internet connection, no mobile phone signal, no TV - its back to nature but without the unwanted elements that can still bring children of the 70s and 80s out in a cold sweat.
Situated roughly halfway between Scarborough and Filey, it makes an ideal place to use as a base to get around - and with both towns in easy reach, stocking up is not a problem.
The boys loved the swings and slides in the small but safe play area and scrambled up and down the rolling hills that cloak Humble Bee Farm, all of which go to making it a rural and idyllic retreat.
The farm also offers holiday cottages - Merry Dale, Swallow’s Nest and Humble Bee, as well as caravan and camping facilities.
Humble Bee Farm’s wigwams are a great place to unwind for a short break or a full holiday. Offering relaxing facilities and stunning views, glamping is the new camping.
Humble Bee Farm is situated at Flixton. During November, December and January (except Christmas and New Year) kids go free for two nights with an adult booking. The farm also offers an exciting events calendar with lambing and calving weekends among others. Contact 01723 890437 or visit www.humblebeefarm.co.uk