It’s looking likely that travel is off the cards this summer unless you’ve had both your vaccines, and while we are still coming to terms with the fact that we won’t be basking under the Ibizan sun, sipping on cocktails in Mykonos or white water rafting our way through Thailand, we can still make the most of the summer here in the UK.
Of course there are beautiful hotels and holiday cottages dotted around the country that make for a perfect holiday destination, but we want to draw your attention to glamping and camping. For those not ready to fully embark on the rustic camping lifestyle, glamping provides the perfect, upmarket and luxurious alternative, adding a bit of glamour to your countryside escape.
We’ve scrolled the web to find you with ten perfect glamping and camping spots in the UK to enjoy post-lockdown.
Whether you’re after a luxury two-floor safari style tent, gypsy caravan or ornate shepherd’s hut, Secret Meadows in Woodbridge is the perfect spot to spend a few days reconnecting with nature and your surroundings.
Tucked surrounded by 115 acres of woodland in Woodbridge, Suffolk, a stay at Secret Meadows certainly isn’t glamping done by halves. It’s glamorous, stylish and will whisk you away into your own secret world. We love the luxury lodge tents on site. Sleeping up to six people, the tents are filled with all of your essential necessities and more, creating your very own home away from home experience. Seriously, you’ll even have your own four-poster bed.
Where: White House Farm Nature Reserve, Hasketon, Woodbridge IP13 6JP
Think nine acres of beautiful rolling Cornish countryside and you’ve got Trecombe Lakes.
Set just a short drive from the artsy seaside town of Falmouth, Trecombe Lakes is home to ornate glamping pods and luxury lodges, that’ll see you stepping up from your usual camping game to a whole new level. The lakeside lodges are perfect for a family getaway or a weekend with friends, sleeping up to six, and house a roaring log burner, wooden kitchen area and even come equipped with a log fired contemporary Swedish hot bath on the large decking area outside. It’s incredibly modern but you’ll still get the thrill of upmarket camping too.
Where: Mawnan Smith, Cornwall, TR11 5JW
This is certainly glamping at its best, but you’ll still need to channel your inner adventurer as you head out into the wilderness of Devon for a rural retreat at Wolf Wood Treehouse.
Nuzzled in the heart of Devon, Wolf Wood stretches over 13 acres of woodland that’s hidden deep amongst a valley. Each of the treehouses are situated on their own tree canopy, overlooking the rolling hills of Devon. Each treehouse comes equipped with its own unique features, some house jacuzzis, others are home to side-by-side bathes perched on their decking, making them the prime position for star gazing. It’s a truly magical spot.
Where: Bratton Clovelly, Devon EX20 4JD
We’re headed to another treehouse, only this time it feels as though we’re actually basking in an Ibizan modernised villa.
Having been featured on George Clarke’s ‘Amazing Spaces’ and Grand Designs ‘House of the Year’, it’s the perfect spot to while away your summer days. You’ll feel as high as the sky up on the top deck, that’s home to its own personal sauna and hot tub. Not to mention exceptional views over the woodland top too. It really is a woodland paradise destination.
Where: Yonder Hill, Holditch, Chard, Dorset TA20 4NL
When you’re stuck in the grind of city life, it’s hard to imagine there’s a spot somewhere in the UK that’s quiet, peaceful and isn’t bursting with city folk, but venture out of the big smoke and to Bentley’s Frenchmoor in Hampshire and you’ll soon find yourself a slice of heaven.
Home to eight acres of greenery that’s adjacent to the 1,700 acre Bentley Wood in West Tytherley, it’s easy to see why owners Peter and Georgie picked this spot to start their shepherds hut business. The luxury shepherd’s hut provides a great alternative to the camping lark, and will see you surrounded by fields of wonder (and maybe the occasional alpaca or two).
Where: Lynwood, Frenchmoor Lane, West Tytherley SP5 1NU
There are some buildings that stop you in your tracks and make you imagine what life would be like living inside them. In most instances it’s the interiors or beautiful exterior of a building, but in this case, it was the red tent that’s tucked high above the ground at Brook House Woods.
Set in the heart of Herefordshire, Brook House Woods is home to several glamping spots from treehouses to hobbit style houses, but we want to draw your attention to goji the tree tent. You’d typically expect a tent to be pegged to the ground, that’s not the case for the goji tree tent. It’s pinned between two ash trees and one oak over a bluebell woodland. When staying here, you’ll be settling in for a night of stargazing as you look out through the glass roof, or wandering below to the Wilding camp, where you’ll fit a fire pit and pizza oven available to use. It’s the perfect place to relax in the deep wilderness and forget about your city pressures that you’ve left behind.
Where: Brook House Farm, Avenbury Lane, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4LB
Couples on the search for a romantic weekend filled with nothing but rolling hills, a shepherds hut and nature, Ockeridge Rural Retreats has your name on it.
Located a swift six miles from Worcester City centre, the glamping site is the perfect place to cosy up for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of London life. Settle in for a night or two in Ockeridge’s shepherds retreat, a picturesque shepherds hut that’s been kitted out with under floor heating, wooden accents and cosy outdoor bath that’s just perfect for stargazing the night away.
Where: Ockeridge Lane, Wichenford, Worcester WR6 6YR
Just off the Welsh border in Herefordshire, The Greedy Gander is brimming with boho chic, vibrant colours and ornate, wooden finishes. The yurt-cum-shepherd’s hut combines both authentic Mongolian yurt features with a retro red and cream vintage kitchen. It’s surrounded by beautiful gardens and wonderful wildlife too, the perfect spot to escape the city mayhem for a few days.
Where:Midland Farm, Pig Street, Norton Wood, Norton Canon, HR4 7BP
From nature globes to safari lodges, Top of the Woods will see all of your camping dreams come to life.
Top of the Woods is the lovechild of Soo and Jon, who left their jobs and homes in Whitechapel to move to the rural destination of Penrallt Farm in West Wales. Nowadays it’s home to luxury glamping spots and on-site camping, and you’ll want to be part of the story too. Forget a one-way ticket out of the country and embrace the beauty of the UK with Top of the Woods.
Where: Penrallt Farm, Capel Colman, Boncath, Pembrokeshire SA37 0EP
If you’re doing a little tour of Wales, make sure you stop by Stackpole Under the Stars too because it really is home to one of the best spots for stargazing.
The site is for all adventurers, whether you’re looking to pitch up your own tent, glamp in one of their handmade yurts or go all out and stay in one of their glamping pods. And, even if you are thinking of camping for the first time, fear not because you’ll still be showering in style in their bespoke shower and loo pods. It’s just a short stroll from beautiful Welsh beaches too, perfect.
Where: North Lodge, Cheriton, Stackpole, Pembroke SA71 5BX