TRAVEL | 7 of the best gorgeous glamping sites in the UK
Book a stay at one of these glamorous glamping sites and you’ll experience all the wellbeing benefits that come from camping, without actually having to camp. Get back to nature, enjoy the fresh air but only pretend your roughing it – comfy double beds, cosy wood burners, hot tubs and warm showers await, with our pick of the best glamping sites in the UK
Best Glamping Sites UK
Hertfordshire: Home Farm Glamping, Elstree
Bell tents start from £80 a night for two; yurts start from £100 a night for two; Home Farm Glamping’s supper club runs every Thursday night over the summer. Nibbles are served from 7pm, the main event starting at 8pm. It’s BYOB, and is £20 for three courses
What a treat to find this glamping haven within the M25. Only 30 minutes by train from central London, it’s entirely feasible to pop here after work midweek and commute back to the office the following morning, which is exactly what we did on a recent summer’s Thursday.
Lured by the weekly supper club held under the site’s huge oak tree, my husband, daughter and I checked into our spacious yurt at just gone 6pm, and were soon enjoying (BYO) drinks under the canopy of the oak, unable to believe we’d travelled such a short distance from home and work. While we chatted with the other guests, our daughter played among the long grasses with her fellow camping kids, and was soon invited to join in another family’s marshmallow roasting.
Home Farm Glamping has become one of the best “Glamping Sites UK“. Established five years ago, Home Farm Glamping is just outside Elstree on a pretty field on Lord Aldenham’s sprawling estate. Run by his daughter Jess and her friendly team, it’s a welcoming spot with everyone made to feel at home very quickly.
On site are nine bell tents and three yurts, each equipped with double bed, private campfire, seating area and BBQ. In the farm’s huge barn are all the mod-con glamping essentials – ice for drinks, matches and candles, fresh mint drinking water and local maps for pottering about, and next door are six extremely smart loo and shower rooms (built, we’re reliably informed, unbelievably from Costco flatplacks). Could have fooled us.
All we needed to pack were our towels – and if we’d found that too much we could have borrowed some at extra cost.
Candles and lanterns illuminated our delicious Thai curry supper under the trees, before we retreated to our yurt’s terrace for a nightcap. The following morning, one of the finest fry-ups in recent memory was served in an Indian tent a short stroll through the woods across a little bridge from the main camping area (pre-order when booking).
We used to escape Central London to a campsite just outside Orpington. Hidden among the woods but still within the M25, it was reachable by Oyster card. We loved it, but it closed, and it didn’t offer a supper club, and you had to lug all your kit there, and there was only one solar-heated shower. Everyone needs a good local escape, and Home Farm Glamping has just become ours; we’ll be back.
North Yorkshire: Camp Kátur, Bedale
Prices start from £55 a night for two people
Camp Kátur another best example of Glamping Sites UK; is home to nearly every possible glamping option going – the beautiful off-grid meadow and woodland site in the 250-acre Camp Hill Manor Estate has safari tents, bell tents, Hobbit Pods, geodomes, cabins and Hobbit Hides, with options available for sleeping up to five people in one.
GirlAbout Yorkshire Lyndsey recently stayed with her family, and said: “I can only describe our digs – Bears Place – as something created by giant-size Borrowers. All sorts of crap borrowed from everywhere and turned into something quite useful, functional and very practical; a recycled/upcycled mastermind. The thought that has gone into Bears Place and all that it’s made of is truly genius.”
Read Lyndsey’s review of Camp Katur: CLICK HERE
Pembrokeshire: Trellyn Woodland Camping, Abercastle
A dome sleeping four to six starts from £115 a night; a yurt sleeping from two to four starts from £125; there’s a minimum stay of three nights
Tucked away among woodland, just a few steps from a sandy inlet on the Pembrokeshire coast is Trellyn Woodland Camping, a peaceful eco site where you’ll find one of the UK’s first yurts. Kevin and Claire Bird have been offering yurt accommodation here since 2004, long before the term glamping was coined, and are passionate about minimising their footprint – so much so they set up the Greener Camping Club in 2015 to work with like-minded campsites.
Simply take your pick from two domes and three yurts, light a campfire and gaze out to sea.
North Yorkshire: Catgill Campsite, Bolton Abbey
Timber pods are from £130 a night for two adults; bell tents are from £100 a night for two adults; both have a two-night minimum stay
Glamping is a new addition at the ever-popular Catgill Campsite this year, and the Yorkshire Dales site now has timber pods and bell tents, each with their own log-fuelled hot tub and cast-iron fire pit with pizza oven. Sounds too good to be true? Our own Girl About Yorkshire – Lyndsey stayed there earlier this summer with her family and has this to say: “Complete with electricity, a fridge, a small kitchen area with a sink and enough room to sleep a family of four in the beautifully presented bell tents, there’s no ‘roughing it’ here. And with an outdoor pizza oven and a hot tub looking out over the rolling Yorkshire Dales hills, it’s a luxury glamping experience – my kids always love it at Catgill.
Sussex: Blackberry Wood, Ditchling
The gypsy caravan starts from £45 a night for two; Higgledy and Piggledy cabins start from £160 a night for four; all have a two-night minimum stay
Blackberry Wood – truly amazing “Glamping sites UK”. A wonderful hotchpotch of huts, cabins and unusual hideaways are at Blackberry Wood, in a fairytale setting on the South Downs. Take your pick from a double-decker bus, a helicopter, a gipsy caravan, an eco-cabin and two treehouses – that look like they’re straight from the imagination of Enid Blyton.
The Piggedly cabin is our fave, with its stained-glass heart window, two double beds, small kitchen and even a shower room (there’s definitely no chance of roughing it here!) – all created in a charmingly ramshackle and cosy fashion up in the trees.
North Yorkshire: Swinton Bivouac, Ripon
The yurts start from £109 a night (sleeping up to five people), the lodges (up to seven people) and loft (up to 10 people) start from £129 a night; in low and mid season there’s a two-night minimum stay, in high season three nights
“Set in a small wood among acres of Yorkshire Dales countryside, the location of Swinton Bivouac is perfect,” says our Girl About the Yorkshire Dales, Amy. “The tree lodges have a cosy and intimate feel, whether it’s on a couples break or a trip with the little people, and the romance of no electricity may cause you to be considered in your packing but it creates a wonderful atmosphere.
Summer or winter, there’s a range with a wood fired stove to warm both your casserole and cockles at the same time. After a walk up to the druids’ temple, the wood-fired hot tubs provide the perfect relaxation, followed by dinner on the terrace. Just don’t forget to pack those hurricane lamps and candles!”
Scotland: Dam View Glampsite, Stirlingshire
Lodges start from £107 a night, sleeping up to six people
Filled with a charming mismatch of fabrics, bare wood and antique pieces, the two lodges at Dam View both share one thing – fantastic views across the nature reserve to the reservoir. Luxuries aren’t skimped on – there may be canvas overhead but there are gorgeous roll-top baths and cosy wood burning stoves within.
Each lodge has three bedrooms and plenty of spots to curl up in with a cuppa and a good book, or get out and explore the surroundings, including the beautiful village of Dollar, Cairnie Maze, and mountain biking in the Ochil Hills. Dam View is one of the affordable and luxurious example of Glamping Sites UK.
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