If you don’t fancy camping, glamping sites offer the chance to enjoy beautiful rural surroundings in comfort while still experiencing the great outdoors. Here is our pick of the best glamping sites across the UK for a summer break.
Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd
The Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Snowdonia are one of North Wales’ most famous attractions, and these on-site safari lodges are just a stone’s throw away. They’re set on a steep hillside so they have views across the landscape and quarries, and each has a wooden floor, beds, a shower and toilet. Prices from £540 based on four sharing for three nights from 26 August. www.campsites.co.uk/go
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Yurtcamp, Newton Abbot, Devon
This village of 22 yurts is set around a green where kids can play while parents relax around a campfire. The onsite activities include a zipwire, woodland assault course, rope bridges and a wooded fort. Every yurt is fully insulated and equipped with real beds, a log burner and fire pit. Prices from £576 for four nights in August. www.campsites.co.uk/go/27630
Chesters, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders
Deer, pheasants and partridges roam the grounds on this site, and there’s also a tree house for kids, a mini beastie-safari, climbing nets and river fishing. Plus, there’s a fruit and veg garden where guests can pick their own. The pet-friendly canvas lodges sleep up to six and have their own hot tubs, shower and toilet. Four nights starting 12 August costs £650. www.campsites.co.uk/go/28152
Ecocamp Glenshee, Blairgowrie, Perthshire
On the edge of Perthshire’s Cairngorms, Ecocamp Glenshee has biking, kayaking and mountaineering on its doorstep. If camping isn’t your thing, other accommodation options include a restored 1940s Goods Wagon with a double bed, or a shepherd’s hut, so there’s plenty of options for a comfortable stay. And, on site there’s solar power and no light pollution, making the site great for stargazing. Four nights from 12 August costs £440 for four sharing. www.campsites.co.uk/go/23934
Camp Katur, Bedale, Yorkshire
Camp Katur is the perfect place for active families, with quad bike trekking, segway tours and a treetop adventure course with a climbing wall. There’s also a rope bridge and sky-high zip wire. Safari tent stays for four sharing cost from £760 based on a four-night break from 12 August. www.campsites.co.uk/go/20824
Coastal Cabins, North Devon
Located in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Coastal Cabins are perfect for a luxury holiday ‘off the grid’. King size beds, en-suite shower rooms and kitchenettes ensure guests can enjoy life’s luxuries.
Just one mile from the breathtaking South West Coastal Path, the cabins are set in a wild meadow surrounded by an abundance of wildlife. A family of deer are regularly seen wandering between the cabins and Canadian geese are resident on the lake, often with their goslings at the right time of year! A week’s stay in a cabin that sleeps four starts at £480 and from £330 for a three-night weekend break. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01237 441407)
The Apple Tree House, Somerset
The Apple Tree House is a large and luxurious Treehouse nestled in the boughs of two mature lime trees on a small farm in Somerset. Combining chic boutique styling with creature comforts including a private hot tub, wood burning stove, free Wi-fi and smart TV it provides a picture perfect escape.
The property has three bedrooms plus a large living room with comfy leather sofas, a dining area and a shaker style kitchen. Guests can also use the farm’s indoor heated swimming pool. A week’s stay for four starts from £895 and a three-night weekend break from £595. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01984 656622)
Gorse Yurt, Ceredigion
Set in the heart of the Ceredigion countryside, not far from the beautiful coastline of Cardigan Bay, Gorse Yurt is a hand-crafted rustic yurt on a remote smallholding surrounded by open farmland, wooded hills and abundant wildlife. Inside, almost all of the furniture has been hand-made, including the huge comfy bed, futon, table and chairs and the ‘wardrobe’, which is actually a cleverly-concealed compost loo! The main yurt sleeps three and there’s plenty of outdoor space too with a large shady deck with a bbq and a separate fire pit for huddling around to watch the dramatic night skies. There’s a private hot shower in an adjacent shepherd’s hut, with washing-up facilities and charger points in a converted stone barn next door. Two well-behaved dogs are also welcome at no extra charge. Forest mountain biking and hiking trails are right on the doorstep, with abundant wildlife including owls, red kites, herons, hares and red squirrels.
Prices start from £75 per night, with a minimum stay of three nights, based on three sharing. To book visit www.qualityunearthed.co.uk or call 01348 830 922.
The Railway Carriage Cottage, Somerset
Located beside the West Somerset Steam Railway Line, the Railway Carriage is a unique replica railway carriage designed to look like a period GWR Brake Van. Perfect for a unique and memorable getaway, guests can spend evenings on the decking verandah or enjoying a drink in the hot-tub while watching the trains chug past.
Enjoy walks on Exmoor, the Quantock Hills and the South West Coastal Path or choose from one of the many other outdoor activities close to the property including: horse riding, quad biking, coasteering, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking. A week’s stay for four starts from £525 and a three night short break from £345.(www.premiercottages.co.uk, 07813 821475)
Shepherd Huts, Bluegrass and Ryegrass
Situated between the magnificent Northumbrian coastline and the Cheviot Hills, Beacon Hill Farm is surrounded by 50 acres of ancient beech woods, and 300 acres of parkland and grass fields.
Both luxurious Shepherd’s Huts Bluegrass and Ryegrass are located in a south-facing wildflower meadow. The 30 feet long properties feature three rooms and a westerly-facing terrace, with heating and hot water provided by a gas boiler, plus with radiators and a cosy log burning stove, they’re toasty year round.Modern comforts include Wi-Fi, Bose bluetooth speaker for use with smart phone or tablet, and a digital radio. The bedroom in each hut boasts a luxurious bed and a Smart TV..
The properties are on the doorstep of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, and Beacon Hill has its own purpose built observatory with a range of telescopes for viewing the magical night skies plus a spa with indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, gymnasium and beauty salon. A week’s break for two starts from £650 up to £700 and a three-night weekend break ranges from £313 to £350. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01670 780900)
Hop Pickers Hideaway at Hop Pickers Rural Retreats, Worcestershire
Tucked away in the woodland overlooking the fields towards the magnificent Malvern Hills is Hop Pickers Hideaway, a lovingly hand crafted Shepherd’s Hut.
Inside is a fully fitted kitchen, underfloor heating, wood burning stove, king size bed with fine linen, fluffy towels and bathrobes. Outside is a decked balcony with outdoor furniture, fire pit and hot tub.
It’s just six miles from The Malvern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and home to the famous Malvern Theatre and Morgan Motor factory and is close to plenty of National Trust properties. A week’s stay at sleeps two Hop Pickers Hideaway starts from £621.50 or a two night weekend break from £300.( www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01886 833668)
The Tree House, Lavender Hill Cottages, Somerset
Situated on the edge of the beautiful conservation village of Halse near Exmoor, the fairy-tale Tree House promises an unforgettable glamping holiday for a family of four. The five-star boutique property’s gorgeous master bedroom is entered by climbing a magical spiral staircase, and children can glimpse at the starlit Somerset skies from the skylights and quirky triangular windows.
Guests will love the property’s little luxuries such as under floor heating, wood burning stove, outdoor hot-tub, Wi-fi and TV. Activities nearby include: cycling and walking, steam trains to the seaside on England’s longest and best heritage railway, cheddar gorge and caves, family beaches and themed adventure playgrounds. A week’s stay for four starts from £895 and from £595 for a three night weekend break. ( www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01984 656622)
The Shepherds Hut, Durham
Newly opened this summer is The Shepherd’s Hut located in beautiful unspoilt rolling countryside in Lower Teesdale on the Durham/Yorkshire border. Perfect for a romantic getaway, it’s extremely well equipped with a luxury two-seater sofa, Hobbit wood burning stove, Neff hob, granite worktops, spacious shower, and king size bed.
Conveniently situated within easy reach of Northern England’s most beautiful scenery and historic sites with an abundance of walking and cycling routes available right from the door. A week’s stay for two guests costs £499 and a two night short-break costs £190. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01325 730339)
The Shepherd’s Hut, Cornwall
Offering peace and tranquility in its own private grounds and situated close to many spectacular locations on the Lands End peninsula. The Shepherd’s Hut is positioned to both the afternoon and evening sunshine.
Guests staying here can get close to nature without giving up life’s luxuries as the Shepherd’s Hut is equipped with a king size bed, log burning stove, underfloor heating, fully integrated bathroom including a large drench shower, plus full sized cooker, fridge and television.
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 week’s stay from £450 or a three-night short break from £300. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01736 810705)
Arabella’s Hut, Dorset
Surrounded by trees on an organic farm in the Dorset countryside, Arabella is an off-grid shepherd’s hut that is just right for an escaping the rat-race. The farm is in the heart of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with rolling hills all around and dreamy views by day, as well as uninterrupted stargazing by night. There’s no TV or WiFi, limited phone signal, and no traffic noise, so it’s a chance to soak up the natural environment with all the senses.
The hut is totally off-grid, but still has an en-suite bathroom with proper loo and water heated by solar panels. There is a cosy log burner, king size bed with feather duvet and hurricane lamps. Outside is a secluded wood-fired hot tub, a bbq hut and a fire pit, as well as an ingenious ‘zeer pot’, which is a traditional clay pot refrigerator. The owners live in an eco-home and run a sustainable organic farm shop nearby, so there’s no shortage of delicious fresh produce either. The hut is a few miles from Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, so as well as peaceful countryside, there are glorious coastal landscapes to enjoy and plenty of healing sea air.
Prices start from £105 per night, with a minimum stay of two nights, based on two sharing. To book visit www.qualityunearthed.co.uk or call 01348 830 922.
Loch Tay, Highlands
Tucked away high on a hill with breathtaking views of a Central Highlands loch, Loch Tay Highland Lodges provides a luxury glamping experience amid some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland. Facilities include Wi-Fi, a TV and games room, and the on-site Boathouse restaurant. Looking over the Ben Lawers mountain range and Loch Tay, there is a choice of accommodation here including the funky looking one bedroom geodesic domes. Each dome comes with wood burning stove, reindeer hides, bean bags and oil lanterns. However, visitors will need to bring along their own bedding, towels, crockery and cutlery. The domes do not have electricity, toilets or cooking facilities but guests will find all they need for this in the communal amenities block and camper kitchen. Two night stays this September are currently on offer for £135, down from £150. Domes can sleep up to four people. Book at Pitchup.com
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 the heated swimming pool is 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 three-night stay in Maythorne or Rowan Yurt at Uppergate Farm for two costs from £368. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01484 681369)
Tree House, Tree Top Escape, Devon
The innovative larch clad Tree House is a luxurious tree top escape located on a stunning private estate in North Devon.
The sumptuous 5* Gold luxury accommodation offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, open living space area with fully equipped kitchen framed by panoramic views over the North Devon countryside. Featuring a private hot tub, William Holland copper bath, for gadget lovers there’s a Sonos system in all rooms and 50” UHD TV.
TreeTopEscape is the perfect place for guests to explore the North Devon area including it’s famous sandy beaches, Exmoor and Dartmoor are all within a 30 minute drive.
The Tree House sleeps four and is available for a week’s stay from £3200 or a three night short break from £1600. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01769 629069)
Seren Wagon, Northamptonshire
Prices start from £80 per night, with a minimum stay of two nights, based on two sharing. To book visit www.qualityunearthed.co.uk or call 01348 830 922.
Stay at Tarset Tor in Northumberland in stylish two floor bothies. The fully furnished mini houses come with en-suite bathrooms, kitchen areas, woodburners, TVs, DVDs, ipod docks and can sleep up to eight people plus dogs. They are insulated and heated and have a private veranda for sunnier days. There is plenty to explore nearby including Kielder Water and Forest Park, Hadrian’s Wall and the Northumberland coastline. A two night stay this September costs from £400 per unit. Book at Pitchup.com