Love the great outdoors, but hate roughing it? Then glamping – or glamorous camping – is the solution for you. Beautiful, brightly-coloured tents, yurts and lodges contain real beds and mattresses and have electricity and electrical appliances to make your stay one of comfort and luxury.
The UK has a number of glamping sites – about 30, most of which are in the South West and Wales. Some of them are unique, such as Gypsy Hollow. You stay in a romantic authentic wooden gypsy wagon with a fully equipped kitchen and a Jacuzzi, situated on a working farm.
For another unusual experience, hire a VW type camper van from Katy`s Campers or Comfy Campers in Gloucestershire and drive anywhere in the UK. They contain fresh linen and bedding and kitchenware for the well-equipped kitchenette. If campers are what interest you, consider booking at Happy Days Retro Vacations in East Dorset, very close to the New Forest, for a stay in a beautiful chrome vintage Airstream caravan.
Tepees are very popular tents for glamping. They are large and well insulated for comfort. Bloomsbury Biddenden in Kent has large and luxurious tepees. In the Lake District, Cumbria, 4 Winds Lakeland Tipis is situated on Ambleside camping site. The Kata tipis at Hay on Wye in Wales have very comfortable beds and a wood burning stove. The same site also has Geodomes; because they are without inner support poles, they are very spacious and popular with tourists.
Bell tents are also great for glamping. Holly Bush Meadow in Somerset has luxurious bell tents with a communal mess tent. There are many beautiful walks and cycling trails in the area. Seithfed Nef (Seventh Heaven) in Wales is one of the most peaceful glamping sites in Britain and rumoured to be one of the most beautiful. At Belle Glamping in Wales the single bell tent is situated on a mountain in pristine countryside and there is also a sixties caravan for cooking. Galloway Glamping at Dumfries and Galloway have luxury bell tents available at two sites.
At Riverside Caravan Park near Stratford-upon-Avon, larchwood huts called snugs have the feel of tents but have solid roofs. They each have a deck with barbeque area. Kingthorpe Manor Farm has Shepherd Huts luxuriously fitted. Wild Luxury in Norfolk has safari style lodges at two different camping sites. Pentre Mawr Country House in Wales has canvas lodges with television, DVD and hot tubs.
Yurts are very fashionable and popular for glamping expeditions. Somerset Yurts in the Quantock Hills have luxury Mongolian yurts set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The large yurt at Three Trees Camping Site in Hampshire is on an adults only site and features hot and cold running water.
Geodesic domes are to be found on the Lleyn Peninsula in Wales. Large and spacious, they are set in a very quiet Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a stunning mountain backdrop. In Somerset, Butlins Minehead Holiday Park has a large selection of beautiful mobile homes with up to 4 bedrooms, central heating and a lovely lakeside setting. They also offer a choice of rooms and self-catering apartments. Other glamping sites include Bloomsbury Biddenden in Kent, Abbots Reading Farm Octolodges and the Stock Gaylard Estate yurts.
Even though you are staying in the UK, don’t forget your 24/7 travel insurance to ensure you’re covered for cancellation.*
*Excludes 24/7 Last Minute Single Trip cover.