For those who want to get closer to nature but are too attached to their home comforts, glamping is the perfect solution. It’s the must-do for family getaways and staycations and with hundreds of sites across the UK, there’s so many places to choose from to visit. Here are 7 luxury glamping locations to visit this summer.
Dimpsey Glamping, Somerset
Get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and escape to the serenity of a farm at Dimpsey’s Glamping, where you stay in a quaint shepherd hut that has the quality of an upmarket B&B in a compact yet urbane space. There is such impeccable attention to detail with not only everything you could possibly need but decorated with artwork on the walls, candles, ornaments and handmade cushions. At Dimpsey’s you are welcomed to a steaming tea tray on your arrival, which sets the tone of the kind of hospitality which you can find from owners, Em and Andrew. If any of the interior in your shepherd’s hut is taking your fancy, then you’d be delighted to know that they actually sell products much like the ones used in the hut! Mugs, rugs and so much more can be bought from the shop – all of which is sourced from vintage and UK artisan made pieces – so it’s definitely something to check out.
The 18 foot hut contains a double bed, seating, kitchen area and a bathroom with a shower and flushing toilet. The bed pulls down with luxury bed linen and cosy blankets which you can choose to leave down and use the sofa bench to lounge on during the day or tuck away when not in use. Some of the amenities found at Dimpsey Glamping includes a wood-fired hot tub with a magnificent view and an outdoor pizza oven.
Stay at Dimpsey’s Glamping from £125.00 per night
Cwtch Camping, Pembrokeshire
Cwtch is the most apt name for this place. Known as “snug” or “cuddle” in Welsh, these romantically cosy camping cabins are located on the scenic Pembrokeshire Coast.While most visitors usually head to the National Park congregate around St Davids and Fishguard, the Daugleddau Estuary is one of Pembrokeshire’s more overlooked coastal gems. Known as ‘The Secret Waterway’, its secluded covers, Norman castles and cliffs is the perfect sequestered find for an amorous getaway.
Cwtch Camping is secreted in within 3 acres of pastoral woodland and is made up of three hand-crafted wooden eco cabins (known as cwtches) to give you the perfect recipe of wild camping experience and the luxury of a fully-insulated cabin. There’s facilities such as a communal kitchen, hot shower and a flush loo which are off grid, so make sure to pack a torch. The Cwtches are handmade using locally milled and sustainably sourced solid timber while the roofs are sound insulated tiles, meaning you’ll be lulled with the relaxing sound of pitter patter rather than a roaring downpour. They are secure and have enough space while staying cosy at the same time. This is a perfect place to snuggle up under blankets with your special person, whether a short trip with your loved one or even a chilled out honeymoon.
Stay at Cwtch Camping from £220 for two nights
Secret Meadows, Suffolk
A secret that’s well and truly out – this highly popular weekend getaway is set in wild flower meadows on 115-acre White House Farm in Suffolk, the potential new glamping capital. At Secret Meadows, you are spoilt for choice for your accommodation. The destination has six luxurious safari tents which feature four-poster king sized beds, double cupboard bed and two singles, a fully-equipped kitchen area, with fridge and barbecue as well as a loo and shower. If you’re looking for something smaller, perhaps The ‘Gypsy’s Rest’ caravan or Middle-Earth themed’ Hobbit Box’ may take to your fancy. The former furnished with loving care in a vintage style, embellished with cute little windows, a stable door, fitted cupboards and a double bed, all which are hand crafted. A neighbouring shepherd’s hut offers extra living space with a fully-equipped kitchen, gas-powered refrigerator, wood-burning range cooker/stove, private loo and shower, hot running water, and a quirky built-in double cupboard bed. Meanwhile, the Hobbit Box is an old wooden horse box with a large verandah on the back where a horse ramp used to be, while inside quirky oval windows and sumptuous furnishings give a modern edge to what still feels very much like fairy-tale-style of accommodation.
Secret Meadows is full of rustic charm, the site overflowing with wildlife and a peaceful place to truly unwind. All those staying will have access to the hot tub hidden in the trees and a range of package options from massage therapies to bushcraft courses.
Stay at Secret Meadows from £89 per night
Mill Farm Glamping, Wiltshire
Home to the UK’s first two-storey safari tent and a brand new mega-treehouse, Mill Farm Glamping is set on a working organic farm in the heart of Wiltshire which results in a hands-on holiday atmosphere, with rural activities ranging from farm tours to horse riding. The five canvas lodges come beautifully furnished with a generous master bedroom, secondary bedroom with single beds, hot shower, flushing toilet and a stove with an oven, hob and wood-burning fire. The Squirrel Lodge, AKA the infamous two storey safari tent, has extra space allowing a lavish four-poster bed downstairs with another two bedrooms up above. But if you’re looking for the most extravagant glamping experience, it’s the new treehouse that you must definitely consider. The mammoth wooden structure contains five separate rooms inside, with a large kitchen and living area is encircled by smaller tower-roofed rooms, which includes a modern bathroom.
Wildlife is your neighbour at Mill Farm, with rabbits, deer, foxes, kingfisher and kestrels all in view from the comfort of your lodge. While this beautiful destination is located in the middle of nowhere, civilisation is just a short trip away, with so much on offer to keep you entertained. One of England’s most impressive pre-historic sites, Stonehenge, is just a half hour’s drive away, so those wanting to visit the mysterious stones which date back to 3000 BC should really take hold of this opportunity.
Stay at Mill Farm Glamping from £300 for two nights
It’s no wonder that Longlands has been named one of the UK’s top glamping sites by Visit England; it’s the perfect family staycation.The accommodation is just as picturesque as its natural surroundings. The five safari tents are furnished with vintage leather sofas, luxurious linen and a blanket box which holds plenty of family-friendly games. Each identical lodge holds a fully equipped kitchen which features a wood-burning stove, keeping the cosy camp warm during all weathers as well as providing a means of cooking. There’s also a shower room with a separate en-suite built with a flushing loo and basin alongside a range of natural aromatherapy products. The grandeur hot tub is just a stones throw away from the accommodation which is the epitome of relaxation.
Longlands is the perfect place to kick back and unwind after a busy day exploring all of what North Devon has to offer. The Longlands Larder is an honesty shop with delicious local produce such as jam, milk, chutney and cheese which is stocked 24 hours a day. Give your tastebuds the time of their lives and consider ordering food from the Longlands kitchen, hand prepped for every order. All you need to do is warm it up back in your lodge and tuck into some of the most delicious food around.
Stay at Longlands from £595 for a short break
Braehead Glamping, Moray
Set in the picturesque Speyside area in the North East of Scotland, Braehead Glamping offers unique glamping accommodation and is a great place to go on a small break with the family or a group of friends. The location is surrounded with natural beauty, history and activities, meaning that boredom is simply not an option.
Each of the six pods have something a little different, with the Glenfiddich and Glenfarclas pods both have double beds and full bedding provided as well as extra touches of comfort including a kettle, fridge and TV and are the perfect romantic or relaxing escapes to the countryside. Meanwhile, the Glen Grand and Glen Moray pods sleep four in single beds and double futons/sofa beds. These require you to bring your own bedding or alternatively can be hired from the site. The Cardhu and Tamdhu pods sleep two in single beds as well as requiring to bring your own bedding or hiring from the owners. All pods are heated and complete with small decking at the front for you to relax and enjoy the scenery. Fire pits are also situated outside each individual pod and fire wood/fire lighters can be purchased on the site.
The Bothy Barn can be found on site which has a log burner with full cooking facilities and is an ideal space to relax and eat with your glamping party. There’s also a Trading Post shop which sells basic camping essentials, food – including disposable barbecues – and treats for both adults and children. There’s also separate shower and toilet facilities on site for men and women.
Stay at Braehead Glamping from £30 per night
Humble Bee Farm, North Yorkshire
Hidden away in an idyllic valley in the Yorkshire Wolds, Humble Bee Farm’s surroundings are boarded with a rainbow of bellflowers, harebells and mignonette where wigwams, bell tents and nomadic yurts are enclosed. Dubbed as a children’s paradise, two Pygmy goats, sheep and cattle can be found with the free range chickens and guineafowl wandering around with kids encouraged to collect their free-range eggs from the hen house in the mornings. There’s also opportunities to learn more about the farm and wildlife during the busier periods with special nature events and themed weekends organised on site.
This is surely a family-friendly location, with the largest ‘Big Chief Wigwams’ being able to sleep a family of five while bell tents and yurts sleep four. There’s also three onsite cottages if you’re looking for a home from home. While these are well equipped, all options can be kicked up a notch if you pre book the ‘full glamping’ packages which offers that little bit extra – from a bottle of bubbly to a locally-sourced breakfast pack and a campfire. If your trip is in celebration of something, then you’ll for sure be catered for as celebration packages are available which include fairy lights and bunting, bubbly, chocolates, balloons, banners and confetti to really celebrate good times. And if you’re arriving after school or work, why not let your troubles melt away in the Scandinavian wood fire hot tub as part of a very special experience on the farm?
Stay at Humble Bee Farm from £64.00 per person per night
Have you ever been glamping? Which of these glamping sites takes your fancy?
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