If like me, you love the idea of leaving the modern world and entering the untouched world of nature, but still have a concern for hygiene and a proper night’s sleep, then glamping may just be your thing.
Mix the tranquillity of camping with the glamour of a luxury retreat and you get glamping. It’s the new phenomenon that has taken over holidaying. More and more people are opting for the fulfilment of getting back to nature over the fine comforts of a hotel.
However, whilst wild camping might be a little too bare for some, glamping offers the perfect combination of nature at your feet with a few luxuries as well. We’re bringing you the very best glamping sites in the UK.
On a budget
For those looking for a holiday on a budget, Coniston Park Coppice offers the beauty of the Lake District on your doorstep with a bit of comfort thrown in. The basic camping pod with a bed, lighting and plug sockets is £49 a night or you can upgrade to a luxury pod with an ensuite bathroom for £69 per night. Pods are usually cheaper but the Lake District is always dearer due to its popularity.
A wild and wonderful experience
If you can afford to spend a little more, why not relive your childhood dream of spending a night in a treehouse? Puckshipton Treehouse in Wilshire is £80 a night and is truly worth the money. It is not just a night away but a full experience of getting back to nature (without the mud!). With a toilet and cooking tent on the ground floor, you are never too far from convenient amenities. The magic of walking across a fluted bridge to get to your room takes glamping to a whole new level.
Glamping with a beautiful view
The Tree Cabin in West Yorkshire is a wonderful alternative to a tent. For £65 a night, it is a pod held up in the trees with a balcony that looks out onto a breathtaking lake – perfection. It sports a wonderful combination of seclusion and amenities with a king-sized bed, breakfast essentials with a flushing toilet and hand basin fed with pure spring water. Hot running water, face flannels and towels are provided but there is no shower. For the adventurous, a shower in the nearby river is on hand or a shower in the main house of the hosts.
Getting back to basics
If you want cheap and cheerful, then there are plenty of campsites dotted around the UK that are perfect for you. For example, Lochranza Campsite in Brodick, North Ayrshire offers a camping pod for just £30. With a heater, a double bed, and electricity, this pod is a cosy, waterproof alternative to hauling your camping gear around.
The luxury experience
The Moonlight Yurt in Llanthony is only £85, yet there is a hot tub and a private shower and kitchen for those that love their creature comforts. The yurt is beautiful and romantic inside, with a deep red tapestry that would look like home in a London Hotel.
Situated next to the wild Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park, it boasts stunning views outside and a beautiful river nearby. The Beacons themselves are a dark sky reserve, meaning your night sky will be filled with stars.
For new and exciting ways to explore the UK’s beautiful countryside, make sure to take a look at our day tours from London. It’s the perfect way to see the country’s best natural sites like the Lake District.