We’d opted for some extras – including a fireside treat, two mugs, marshmallows to toast by the fire, Temper Temper hot chocolate and for me, an extra nip of Cointreau to add to our nightcap.
We’d also arranged to hire enough kitchen equipment to cater for the entire site it seemed, including a French press coffee jug for your freshly ground Yahava cup of joe (also supplied), and useful things like oil, salt and pepper and, thoughtfully, a bottle of Vasse Virgin handwash. I loved the way the goodies in the carefully selected foodie hamper supplied by Margaret River’s award-winning pantry filler, The Larder, were, where possible, all from local businesses, like Margaret River Wood-fired Bread, strawberry and champagne jam and juice. That was all for tomorrow morning; first of all there was exploring to be done.
Big Valley Campsite is the perfect campsite for the novice camper – the camp kitchen is clean and well-equipped with a gas cooker as well as a bank of barbecues. The ablution block is a mix of communal and private loos and showers and there’s even a TV in the dining area if you’re craving a catch up on the day’s events. As it was getting close to dinner time, we decided to make some hot dogs. With everything to hand to make a little feast we soon found ourselves around the communal camp fire (there are a few dotted around the generously-sized site), getting to know our fellow campers.
All of them were experienced connoisseurs of the camping life, some in motor homes, some in tents, and all agreed that Big Valley Farm was one of the best sites for kids they’d tried.
I can attest to that too; within half an hour of finishing her snags, Daisy was playing hide and seek with 10 or so other kids at the camp, revelling in the deep darkness those unpolluted big skies of the south west afforded their games.