When you think camping you hardly think luxury, do you? Glamping however is a completely different ball game. Throw some hot tubs, a few of the UK’s favourite destinations, comfortable beds and even heated showers together and you have yourself a glamping holiday. Now we have your attention.
What: In The Stix
Why: Aptly named ‘In The Stix’, Rutland’s favourite glamping spot claim they’ve mastered the balance of private glamping but also making a few friends along the way. Each Dome is spread out across the unbeatable countryside of the East Midlands, snuggled up between Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. We say glamping, but this isn’t really camping at all… not even close. Every dome on the grounds is complete with a hot tub, a fully equipped private field kitchen, sofas and a bathroom (yes, even a shower). A 10 minute drive to pubs, shops, cafes and tea rooms, In The Stix is the perfect place to go when you think you’re ‘kind of’ a camping person.
Where: Brook Farm, Wood Lane, Greetham, Rutland LE15 7SN
Dundas Castle, Edinburgh
What: Historical Glamping
Why: Ever thought about going glamping on a 400 acre castle estate? We can’t say we’ve thought about it either. But after taking a look at this you will. Situated on the historical grounds of Dundas Castle Estate the ‘Glampotel’ provides history and countryside whilst being only a 15 minute drive from Edinburgh International Airport. Anyone thinking of heading to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year can look no further if they need somewhere for an alternative nights stay away from the city. With frequent buses and trains into the centre of Edinburgh here’s your chance to impress other festival goers by telling them you’re heading back to a castle…
Where: South Queensferry EH30 9SP
The Little Abodes, Lochinver
What: Active Glamping
Why: In the North West Scottish Highlands, two pods named ‘Rula’ and ‘Flora’ are settled right on the coast for impressive glamping views to wake up to. If you’re the active kind of glamper, this is the place to keep you entertained with activities like fishing, cycling and hill walking. The wildlife is also something you’d expect on the coast of Australia, not the Scottish Highlands. There have been sightings of Seals, Dolphins and even the occasional Minke Whale and Basking Sharks. In the evenings, you can enjoy stargazing in a private hot tub (we’re starting to think that hot tubs are a camping necessity now?). Due to the minimal light pollution in such a secluded part of Scotland, it is one of the few places in the UK where the Milky Way can be seen by the naked eye. There have also been sightings of the Northern Lights too.
Where: Romar Croft 127, Clachtoll, Lochinver IV27 4JD
The Huts In The Hills Brecon Beacons
What: Off the Grid Glamping
Why: The Brecon Beacons arguably has some of the best landscapes in the UK, so it seems appropriate to spend as much time outside as possible when you pay a visit. These ‘Huts in the Hills’ have been named ‘off-grid’ for a reason. However, this is definitely for the sociable glamper. The four huts are squeezed closely together around an open fire, so it’s the place to go with friends and family or to meet new people.
Stonehenge Campsite and Glamping Pods
What: Stonehenge Glamping
Why: When you haven’t quite decided what kind of glamper you are yet, The Stonehenge Glamping Pods pretty much cover all bases whilst being in one of the UK’s most loved attractions. We’re killing many birds with one stone(henge) here. Most of the pods look like they’ve just come off of the Hobbiton movie set and they’ve clearly taken note of this by naming one a Hobbit Pod. They can accommodate anyone from couples to small children plus there is a huge bell tent for larger parties. There’s also lots more to see than just Stonehenge to see (if Brtiain’s most iconic prehistoric monument does tire you out), some of the best sights to see in Dorset, Bath and Somerset surround the campsite too. If you’re really organised, the campsite is hosting Summer Solstice Festival goers so you can stay away from the inevitable mud by glamping too.
Where: Berwick St James, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 4TQ
Eco Cabins in West Wales
What: Eco-friendly Glamping
Why: These eco cabins can’t even really be called glamping. Seriously, there’s more space in one of these than your average London flat so get ready to not want to leave. Positioned at the top of the hills of Treberfedd Farm, these octagon shaped cabins ensure that guests have the ultimate 300 degree view of the stunning views of West Wales. Positioned right in the centre of Ceredigion, Treberfedd Farm is just 15 minutes from Ceredigion Bay coast and some award winning beaches.
Where: Treberfedd, Dihewyd, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 7NW
What: Vintage Glamping
Why: We are certain that glamping wasn’t even thought of in the 50s, but that hasn’t stopped Wooda Farm from fully restoring a 1958 camper van in honour of their 40th birthday. ‘Bessie’ can fit two guests and is quaintly decorated with as much floral and bunting you can think of. All of the utensils are provided including their vintage crockery and china plus a double bed. Wooda Farm is a large campsite positioned close to the cornish town, Bude, in the midst of the countryside whilst still having the best of cornish coastal views.
Where: Wooda Farm Holiday Park, Poughill, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9HJ
The Glade Avington
What: Picturesque Glamping
Why: Quite possibly the coolest way to go glamping. You’ll definitely be woken up by the morning sun, but something tells us you won’t be that annoyed by it with sunrises like this (also expect amazing sunsets too). Situated off the beaten track down a private lane, the secluded pods are perfect for a relaxing weekend away. They’ve also got more than enough to keep you busy too, with a local pub only a mile away plus the famous Avington Trout Lakes for fishing. The pods are all complete with a fire pit and private bathroom and kitchen. You can also add extras such as food baskets and the glamping essential, champagne.
Where: Avington Holidays, Avington, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1BZ UK
Norfolk Bells Campsite
What: Canal Campsite
Why: New to glamping? Then Norfolk Bells could be for you, as the organisers have promised to accommodate even the most amateur campers, we mean glampers. With two campsites, one in Hickling and one at Canal Camping Dilham, the tents are filled with everything you need from pots and pans to 100% fine cotton linen. Make the most of the idyllic Norfolk countryside by renting boats and canoes, exploring the quiet lanes by night and star gazing at night from the comfort of your bed (they have star gazing panels in the bell tents!).
Where: Hickling, Norfolk, Norwich, NR12 0BQ
Luxury Cornish Yurts
What: Big Group Glamping
Why: In the depths of the Cornish countryside lie several luxury yurts all short distances from both the north and south coast beaches. With your own kitchen and hot tub (bet you didn’t think we’d say that), the luxury yurts are ideal for parties and big group gatherings. When they say luxury, they definitely mean luxury… by camping standards that is. They’ve got a fully equipped kitchen and even a heated shower.
Where: Little Fursdon Farm, Merrymeet, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 5AG
What: Local(ish) Glamping
Why: Located in South Downs National Park in Hampshire the 5 Wriggly Tin huts are the best way to go glamping not too far from London. Only just over an hour from Waterloo, Wriggly Tin is the ultimate place to go for a weekend or few days. The huts might look like a squeeze, but once you get inside it’s actually pretty spacious. Their most popular glamping hut, Butser, is perfect for couples and sleeps two people comfortably. There is also a kitchen area with a wood burning stove and running water. All the huts are stocked with essentials like pasta, oats, tea, coffee and of course marshmallows, but you can also a supper the night you arrive and breakfast baskets filled with sausages and eggs.
Where: 15 Beckless Cottages, Brook Lane, Hambledon, Hampshire, PO7 4TF