If the thought of glamping in the winter months leaves you cold, think again! The newest wave of glamping properties are fitted not only with log burning stoves, but contemporary touches such as under-floor heating, making them snug boltholes all year round.
The Challoners, East Sussex
Set within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Challoners is made up of two beautifully-crafted oak huts, a shepherd's hut for sleeping and an adjacent cabin for living space.
The property sleeps just two, and is ideal for anyone just dipping a toe into the world of glamping. Inside the shepherd's hut you’ll find a luxury bedroom and stylish bathroom, hidden behind hand-carved oak doors, all kitted-out with under-floor heating. The living cabin is similarly chic, with a small but well-equipped kitchen, cosy corner seating area and a second bathroom with a hot shower. Dogs are welcome too, with useful facilities available.
As well as the surrounding countryside to explore, the site is also just five miles from historic Battle, home to one of the country's most dramatic Bonfire Night displays. The Challoners is available from £110 per night. Visit www.qualityunearthed.co.uk or call 01348 830922.
Nink’s Wagon, Shropshire
Owned by a former circus performer, Nink’s Wagon is a vintage showman’s wagon, once known as ‘a palace on wheels’, that’s nearly 100 years old. The interior is highly decorated and features an original panelled sitting room and cut glass mirrors. There’s a cosy built-in bed, a modest kitchen, a wood-burning stove plus, a heated bathroom hut with a proper loo and shower.
The farmland is within the grounds of a former country estate, complete with a peaceful lake and lots of pretty country walks. Visit Medieval Shrewsbury, with its museums, restaurants, castle and theatre, or Llangollen, Chirk and Whittington Castles, all just a short drive away.
Quality Unearthed can offer stays from £89 per night, based on two sharing on self-catering basis. Visit www.qualityunearthed.co.uk or call 01348 830922.
Bensfield Treehouse, Sussex
This luxury treehouse set on 44 acres of private Sussex farmland is a perfect spot for a romantic getaway at any time of year. Built around a magnificent oak tree, the house is reached via a swinging rope-bridge that leads into the open plan circular living space.
Featuring a king-sized bed, en-suite and wide screen TV, guests can enjoy a life of luxury. It even comes with WiFi and crucially for winter visitors, is centrally heated too. Visitors all receive a hamper on arrival, filled with lovely organic produce including local apple juice, sausages, bacon, bread and eggs.
Surrounding fields and woodlands are free to roam in, or Wadhurst and Royal Tunbridge Wells are just a short drive away, if the peace and quiet gets too much! The Treehouse sleeps two and is available from £179 per night. Visit www.qualityunearthed.co.uk or call 01348 830922.
Lynher and Tamar, Cornwall
Set in the Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, with dramatic views across Plymouth Sound and the docks, Lynher and Tamar are two handsome shepherd’s huts, each sleeping up to four. Each bespoke hut has been hand-crafted from the finest English oak and is furnished inside with a distinct 1950’s style that echoes a simpler time.
Both huts include a double bed and bunks, a wood-burning stove and a movable kitchen pod for self-catering. Alternatively, cafes and restaurants are available within the park. Bathroom facilities can be found just a short walk away. The cosy huts are off-grid, so lighting is provided by solar panels and candles, and on a clear winter night the fire pit outside is a perfect spot for star gazing.
There’s plenty of history to explore, from formal gardens, stately Tudor homes and a Bronze Age burial mound, to coastal paths and deer parks boasting inhabitants descended from Henry VIII’s donations. The huts are available from £89 a night, based on two sharing. Visit www.qualityunearthed.co.uk or call 01348 830922.
Bluegrass and Ryegrass, Beacon Hill Hideaways on Beacon Hill Farm, Northumberland
Situated between the magnificent Northumbrian coastline and the Cheviot Hills, Beacon Hill Farm is surrounded by acres of ancient beech woods, parkland and a beautiful lake, which guests are invited to explore. The views are magical and there are many lovely walks to be enjoyed.
Two Shepherd’s Huts Bluegrass and Ryegrass sit in a glorious south-facing meadow. The properties feature three rooms and westerly-facing terraces, with heating and a fizzing log burning stove to ensure the huts remain snug all year-round. Modern comforts include Wi-Fi, a Smart TV and luxurious beds.
Just a short stroll away is an onsite spa with indoor heated pool, gym and even an observatory for viewing the night skies! Guests are welcomed with a bottle of wine, cake, milk and other essentials. Nearby attractions include Alnwick Castle, National Trust properties Wallington House and Cragside House. A three-night weekend break for two starts from £375 and a week’s break from £650. Alternatively a four night midweek break costs from £460. Visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call 01670 780900 for more info.
Tree House, Tree Top Escape, Devon
Located in North Devon, the state-of-the-art larch clad Tree House is a luxurious tree top escape located on a gorgeous private estate.
The extravagant 5-star luxury accommodation offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, open living space area with a fully equipped kitchen framed by panoramic views of the countryside. Guests are assured of a toasty stay with underfloor heating, fires and a William Holland copper bath plus a private hot tub on the terrace. Tech lovers will love the Sonos system in all rooms and 50” UHD TV.
TreeTopEscape is the perfect hub for guests exploring the sandy beaches of North Devon. Plus, Exmoor and Dartmoor are just a 30 minute drive away. The Tree House sleeps four and is available for a three night short break from £1600 and from £3200 for a week’s break. Visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call 01769 629069 for more info.
Yurts at Uppergate Farm, Yorkshire
Nestled in 10 acres of secluded woodland, the craftsman-made Yurts at Uppergate Farm offer a luxurious break with a difference. The two yurts are brimming with mod-cons including a fully equipped kitchen and shower room, plus under-floor heating and a log stove.
On the spacious deck is a private hot-tub and BBQ and there’s a heated swimming pool just a short walk away. Outdoor enthusiasts will love exploring the Peak District National Park and Holme Valley, and after a day discovering Yorkshire’s hidden gems, guests can indulge in a hearty meal at the nearby pub. A one or two-night stay in Maythorne or Rowan Yurt at Uppergate Farm for two costs from £309 and from £441 for six nights. Visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call 01484 681369 for details.
The Shepherd’s Hut, Cornwall
Offering peace and serenity in its own private grounds and close to the spectacular Lands End peninsula, The Shepherd's Hut is perfectly positioned to catch both the afternoon and evening sunshine.
Guests staying here can get close to nature without giving up life’s luxuries as the hut comes complete with a king size bed, log burning stove, under-floor heating and fully integrated bathroom including a large drench shower.
Discover St Loy’s Cove just a short walk away through an enchanting wooded valley and explore the South West Coastal footpath or the rugged moorland of West Penwith in Cornwall, with all its myths and legends. The Shepherd’s Hut sleeps two guests and is available for a three-night short break from £300 and from £450 for a week. Visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call 01736 810705 for more information.
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