We know camping is not for everyone because it's really in-tents. Glamping is a more elegant and comfortable option, where you are still sleeping in the great outdoors, but don’t have to worry about pitching a tent. This type of accommodation has something for every style and taste as you can "glamp" in almost anything, from shepherd's huts and yurts to converted double-decker buses and shipping containers.
With so much choice, it can be overwhelming to decide which spot is right for you so we’ve pulled together a list of our favourite glamping locations, making it so all you have to think about is whether you like your marshmallows rare, medium or well-done.
God’s own county is home to Camp Kátur, aptly named after the Icelandic word for ‘happy'. Nestled within the beautiful landscape of the 250-acre Camp Hill Estate and at the gateway to the Yorkshire Moors, this glamping village offers an ‘off-grid’ experience like no other. The rural site is split into three areas, each with its own character and amenities. For instance, in The Meadow, you'll find yurts, safari tents, pods and clear unidomes; in Hill Farm, you'll be able to stargaze to your heart's content in geodomes with views over the Vale of Mowbray; and in Chestnut Hill, you can expect more geodomes and a lodge overlooking wildlife hotspots.
Live like a King or Queen at the brand new luxury glamping site situated within the forest and grounds of a Scottish castle once owned by Clan Drummond. As well as boasting tons of interesting history, the estate also sees wild deer roaming free alongside other poultry. The self-contained cabins blend in perfectly with the surrounding nature and offer complete privacy, thanks to the whole acre of woodland around them. This fairytale location is perfect for romantic breaks, especially considering the beautifully styled cabins are for the enjoyment of adults-only. Each of the three, soon to be five, cabins feature their own toilet, shower and a kitchenette, as well as the added bonus of a hot tub, firepit and BBQ.
Wildlife lovers will be ecstatic to hear that they can Visit Jersey Zoo and stay the night too! This 5-star glamping experience has proved a hit with adults and children alike, and has even won awards. Each glamping pod feels like a home away from home as they are fully carpeted and include a small camp-stove to keep guests feeling warm and toasty. They also have a kitchenette and a private ensuite and shower room. Guests can expect to wake up to the sound of lemurs and orangutans, before exploring the zoo themselves and hearing about their various conservation efforts. If that doesn’t convince you, maybe the fact that Durrell Wildlife Camp is located in what is officially ‘the sunniest spot in the British Isles’ according to the UK Met Office will change your mind!
The rural estate of Llanfair Hall is home to Anglesey's very first dog-friendly glamping pods. The award winning site is all about making camping more glamorous and therefore ensures each of their five spacious pods are well insulated and come complete with their own private bathroom and wetrooms. When it comes to mealtimes, as well as a firepit, electric oven, microwave, fridge and kettle, there is also an amazing outdoor pizza oven for the more adventurous cooks to try - Llanfair Hall will even provide the dough! Guests staying here are conveniently located to visit Newborough Beach and many of Anglesey’s attractions, but there’s plenty to do on-site too, including a giant chess set, giant jenga, badminton and giant pickasticks.
Nestled in Somerset's rolling hills and secluded woodland, The Shepherd’s Hut Retreat is the ideal location to reconnect with nature and enjoy a tranquil break. Each of the four professionally styled shepherd's huts on offer come with a private bathroom, fully fitted kitchen and WiFi, as well as an external patio and firepit overlooking the lake. After a long day exploring the beauty of the South West, guests can soak their muscles in a private hot tub or take advantage of the wood-fired Lakeside Hot Tub and Woodland Sauna. Guests can also relax in the knowledge that not only were the huts built using locally sourced timber, but that they also use fresh spring water from the retreat's own well and are powered by electricity produced from their huge solar array.
With Hygge tipis and boutique yurts to choose from, both of which come complete with log burning stoves, you’ll definitely be a happy camper if you go glamping at Scaldersitch Farm. The accommodation is located just a mile from the beautiful village of Hartington in the heart of the Peak District National Park, so there’s no shortage of walking routes. On-site, there are washrooms converted from the farm's old dairy building, with toilets and generous wet-room style showers, as well as a separate camping kitchen barn that’s fully equipped with everything you need, including an abundance of seating. For an extra touch of luxury, book in with one of the talented therapists and enjoy a spa treatment in the Wellness Yurt.
Melton Mowbray may be best known for its pork pies, but it also borders the Eye Kettleby Lakes, a family run fishery and holiday park that was crowned the best campsite in the country at the 2020 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. The 150-acre complex sits among rolling countryside and boasts nine coarse fishing lakes, making it the perfect destination for adventure seekers. After a long day fishing or exploring the other local attractions, guests can relax at one of the adults-only glamping pods on offer. Each pod is fully equipped to fulfil all of your needs and more, including a kitchenette, en-suite shower room, double bed, a lounge area with a TV and DVD player, and a firepit to make evenings cosier. The pods are open all year round and offer lakeside luxury at an affordable price.
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