Where to Go Glamping This Summer
More and more people who love the idea of camping but can’t do without their home comforts have turned to glamping, the latest holiday craze.
Glamorous camping is a holiday trend that has caught the imaginations of millions around the world over the past two years. Supply has risen to match demand and there are now hundreds of glamping sites across the UK and thousands more beyond. From log cabins to shepherds huts and from treehouses to tipis, glamping offers a unique holiday experience at a price to match all budgets.
A New Phenomenon
The traditional camping holiday is very much a part of British culture, but to many of us it evokes images of caravans clogging up trunk roads on a bank holiday weekend or desperate families struggling in the rain with poles and tent pegs. While most of us enjoy the idea of getting away from it all and spending a holiday in the great outdoors, the reality of limited facilities can be enough to put us off.
But even the least intrepid of Brits love glamping. Here we review some diverse glamping options for the summer.
Up Among the Trees
Kids from 2 to 82 love the idea of a treehouse, and there are some stunning options across the UK.
Ty Mawr in Powys features five secluded treehouses 30 feet off the ground. Each treehouse is reached by a dramatic spiral staircase and features its own kitchen and even an outdoor terrace. For even more luxury, try the treehouse at Deer Park Country House Hotel in Devon. Here, guests can enjoy a champagne breakfast, spa treatments and the luxury of a roll-top bath after a day of archery, fishing or 4×4 off-roading.
The Cotswold village of Whichwood features a variety of glamping options on what is believed to have been a sacred neolithic site. Dominating these is the treehouse sandwiched between birch trees and featuring a double bed and wood burning stove.
A Pod of One’s Own
The original glamping choice before the word even existed, camping pods were the first innovation to bring luxury to the camping world. Pods still represent the most affordable glamping experience and every year there are more to choose from.
Lee Wick Farm in Essex is home to a “mega pod” that sleeps four, has its own kitchen and shower and even includes a dock for your ipod. If that is not enough “glam,” pay a visit to Cwmcoedog Farm in Wales and after a dip in the hot tub, dry off using towels warmed on your own heated towel rails. Back in East Anglia, the four West Stow pods in a private section of Thetford Forest offer en suite facilities, televisions and a fully fitted kitchen.
Yurts and Tipis
Dedicated glampers can still sleep under canvas without missing out on their home comforts.
Hillfort Tipis offer an ecologically friendly low-impact glamping experience from their 30-acre farm overlooking Strumble Head in Pembrokeshire. These 18-foot tipis sleep 4-6 people in comfortable beds and are furnished in traditional Native American Indian style.
For a very personal and relaxed experience, head to the Suffolk countryside and stay in some secluded glamping in Woodbridge, where there is just one solitary bell tent set in picturesque gardens.
Nestled in the Dorset woodlands, Crafty Camping features a giant tipi and two hand-crafted yurts. Guests can enjoy their own hot showers, proper flushing toilets and their own private barbecue decks. The log burners, electric blankets and heated towel rails make these a viable glamping option at any time of the year.
Shepherd’s Huts offer rustic features with modern comforts and there are plenty to choose from.
Vanellus, in Kent’s Isle of Sheppey, is a cosy hut with all the comforts of home. It has breathtaking views over the Elmley Nature Reserve with its old Victorian ruins and magnificent birds of prey hovering overhead.
Further along the coast in neighbouring Sussex, Tamworth Hut is situated on the Knepp Estate. Guests mingle with the estate’s free-foraging Tamworth pigs and can enjoy organised wildlife safaris and other outdoor activities.
Let’s go Glamping!
Traditionalists might sneer, but glampers get the last laugh as they enjoy the comforts of luxury accommodation after a day of outdoor pursuits. And with ever more options available, the phenomenon of glamping is definitely here to stay!