Top 10 Glamping Sites In The U.K
Glamping, or boutique camping, is more popular than ever, as eco-minded travellers want to sleep under the stars without roughing it. Celebrity aficionados and music festivals are helping to glamorise this growing trend. Where there once were scout tents, there now are yurts, shepherd’s huts, luxury safaris, tipis and treehouses, all outfitted with fine linens, down bedding, leather couches, carpets and candle gardens.
For the romantic
In Langport, Somerset, a decorated gypsy caravan set amid a cider apple orchard is one of “The Guardian” 10 Best Glamping Sites. Cooking facilities are on the site; shops and dining are a brisk walk away.
Another gypsy camp, Bouncers Farm in Wickham Bishops, Essex, features rare kune kune pigs, free-range chickens and an opera in the orchard during the summers. canopyandstars.co.uk/find-a-place/bouncers-farm.
The Shepherd’s Hut at Crake Trees Manor, Cumbria, is on the grounds of a 14th-century manor. The hut overlooks a pond, with meadows and the Pennines in the background. Breakfasts are at a nearby farmhouse.
For the luxury lover
Hot Tub Safari in North Wales is on the grounds of a five-star hotel. Each safari tent includes a hot tub, as well as super king size leather beds and extras such as DVD player, iPod dock, robes and slippers. A heated pool and fine-dining restaurant are on site. goglamping.net/united-kingdom/hot-tub-safari-north-wales.
For the bookish
Near the town of Hay on Wye, known for second-hand and antiquarian bookstores, Cosy Under Canvas is in the countryside in Powys on the English/Welsh border. It offers three Scandinavian style tipis and a geodesic dome. In addition to books browsing, mountain biking and pony trekking are available. cosyundercanvas.co.uk
For the whole family
In Gloucestershire’s Forest of Dean, the “Dome Sweet Dome” environs of the Dome Garden offers space-age-looking housing amid hiking, biking, canoeing and ancient forest greenery. http://domegarden.co.uk/
For the “Downton Abbey” fan
Country House Hideouts feature glamping sites on four country estates in Lancashire, the Scottish Borders, Essex and Shropshire. Tents have fully equipped kitchens; in one eco feature, a bike setup lets you generate your electricity. The website says estate owners, or gardeners or gameskeepers, might drop by and tell ancestral tales. countryhousehideout.co.uk
For the food lover
A quick walk from the beach, Mawgan Porth Yurt Village in Cornwall has luxury yurts and a communal clay oven so campers can let dinner cook while they explore. Communal and individual dining are available. goglamping.net/united-kingdom/mawgan-porth-yurt-village-cornwall/
Lochhouses Farm in East Lothian, Scotland, adjoins John Muir Country Park. Safari tents are in dunes by the beach; the site is on the former Tyninghame Estate. When kid “glampers” tire of hiking, fishing and beachcombing, they can visit the petting zoo with ponies, lambs, bunnies, ducks and a treehouse. harvestmoonholidays.com.
On an island
History lovers and bird watchers flock to Chleire Haven on Cape Clear in southern Ireland. A ferry ride away, it has four yurts, migrating birds, a 12th-century church, a 14th-century castle and the Fastnet Lighthouse. yurt-holidays-ireland.com/
Sarah writes on behalf of The Cottage Boutique, a specialist accommodations provider in St Ives Cornwall. If your looking for a beach cottage in St Ives or boutique cottages in St Ives then look to them for high quality accommodation for your holiday.