What kind of glamping experience are you after?
If you’re not sure whether spending the night under canvas is your thing, why not test the waters with glamping?
Glamping is pretty much what it says on the tin: glamorous camping. No pitching, pumping air beds or discovering your tent isn’t waterproof in the dead of night! This is a camping-lite experience that lets happy glampers embrace the great outdoors in luxurious surroundings.
Glamping accommodation comes in all shapes and sizes so, to help you settle on the type of experience you’re after, here are Team GP’s top spots...
For those seeking luxury
Burrowed in a private glade and surrounded by 45 acres of woodland in Shropshire is The Star Dome, a luxurious retreat with panoramic views over a staggering eight counties. This unique geo-dome has its own stargazing window, so is perfect for amateur astronomers. Relax and admire the constellations in front of a crackling fire, or spot shooting starts from your own private outdoor hot tub (glass of bubbly optional!).
Kids (and parents) get to enjoy brekkie with grazing sheep and cattle at Howbeck Lodge, situated in the Lake District National Park. The Stobart family have owned the 300-acre plot for more than 20 years; John’s passionate about his livestock, while Christine loves sharing her homemade produce with guests. Take your pick from a standard or upgraded family lodge – just make sure you order one of their ‘full house’ breakfast hampers!
For something a little different
Up, up and away! While away the weekend under the leafy canopy at the Lofty Treehouse in Powys, Wales. This sky-high house is hidden deep in the woodland; pack light, bring walking boots and look out for the dramatic spiral staircase that transports you to your digs. This is the dream accomodation for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle and be completely surrounded by nature. But if you do fancy some company, there are great walking trails nearby, plus a cosy pub – perfect for a post-hike beverage.
For those craving a beach break
If you’re looking for captivating views of the coast, head to Kudhva in Tintagel, Cornwall. Here, you’ll find four Kudhva, each standing above the ground on wooden legs, with floor-to-ceiling windows, a mezzanine bed and huge terrace. Take the kids to The Eden Project for a day out, or get involved with a spot of wild swimming, star gazing, foraging, climbing, cycling and yoga.
Don’t forget the camping essentials!
You might not be going on a traditional camping trip, but you still need to pack some essentials. Among the must-have items are beam Multi-Purpose Pro P55 torches for each glamper, which will light your way on those late-night escapades (and trips to the toilet!). You’ll also need something to boost your tech for taking photos and searching for places to explore – we recommend a lightweight PowerBank during the day, and a more robust PowerBank for overnight charges.
If you’ve already sampled a few glamping hotspots in the UK or beyond, do let us know if you have any recommendations to add to our list!