Glamping promises camping in luxury. Sleeping bags are rolled up to make way for proper beds and bedding, accommodation is more tipi than tent, and with shepherd’s huts, treehouses and retro vehicles available, glamping offers a way to commune with nature – in style.
Great for families
Chillin, in the east Devon countryside, offers a glamping experience that’s perfect for families. Ten bell tents, an outside bar, communal fire-pit, tennis court, play shack and seasonal activities will keep the family entertained. Inside, inflatable mattresses, rugs and soft furnishings, and fairy lights will render this pitch perfect.
Eco-friendly, the site has two compost loos and a solar panel station to recharge phones, and even comes with WiFi if a complete break from civilisation is too much for you.
Great for couples
The Yurt Hideaway in Carmarthenshire is made for couples. Complete with private hot tub, you access this yurt is along a reclaimed forest path and with exclusive use, you’re guaranteed absolute privacy.
The Hideaway takes glamping to a whole new level. A king-sized oak bed, log burner and fully equipped kitchen with hot and cold water feature inside the yurt. The solar powered shepherd’s hut, just a few steps away, has an oak barrelled toilet and large shower. And let’s not forget the eco-hot tub which comes complete with bird song and water trickling as background music.
With an on-farm photographer, ready to capture your memories, this could be the perfect place for a proposal.
Great for the coast
Wild Luxury comprises two private camps on the north Norfolk coast. Award-winning canvas safari lodges feature cosy bedrooms, power showers and flushing loos. Sleeping 6-10, lodges are equipped with everything you need for your stay, right down to cutlery and utensils and rechargeable lighting. Optional extras, such as the All-In, will cut down on the packing (and unpacking), and the Breakfast Pack will guarantee everything you need for your first morning on camp.
With the beautiful Norfolk coast so close, this glamping site is perfect for a mix of coast and countryside camping to make life an adventure.
Great for mountains
If it’s breathtaking views and breathtaking walks you’re after, look no further than Mountain Sky Luxury Glamping, on a working farm overlooking the Sperrin Mountains in Londonderry.
The site promises home comforts with camping traditions that will see you toasting marshmallows under a canopy of stars and get-togethers round camp fires.
Washing facilities are nearby, but each tent sleeps up to 6 (one can accommodate up to 8) and come complete with flushing loo, cosy bedrooms and a deck area. The tents don’t have electricity, but oil lamps, candles and rechargeable lighting is provided.
If the views aren’t enough and you want to explore further afield, you’ve a choice of beaches, walking, horse riding, golf, cycling and fishing all close by. And of course, those mountains. Please note that this is a working farm.
Great for a budget
Glamping sites range in price, but you can always bag a bargain bell tent with a little careful research. Sites such as Groupon and Wowcher offer great deals, and booking directly with your chosen glamp site will let you see the package deals they’ve got available, as well as any last-minute cancellations, which offer great discounts. Rent-a-tent options, or pitch-you-own, while less luxurious make this more affordable still.
Wherever you go, you’re guaranteed a boutique back-to-nature experience that will definitely be more glam than glum.