Camping, Glamping and Log Cabins

Posted on: 13 June 2014 by Jennie Carr

Jennie Carr packs her waterproofs and she-wee but finds the experience of camping much changed and more refined these days.

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We’ve been looking at gently alternative holidays, nothing too extreme, however these are options that get you and yours back to nature, enjoying the great outdoors. On a holiday like this, you can choose what to do and when, the freedom is yours. How truly liberating is that! 

Camping in Europe

If you think of shower blocks, sploshing through long grass with a head torch and miserable evenings trying to cook on a primus stove, think no longer! Camp sites today are modern, cheery places with great activities, swimming pools and often, restaurants. All over Europe, in the countryside and on the coast, there are modern, comfortable sites; some have tennis courts, fishing, golf courses and a spa.As for accommodation, you may enjoy a tent and the safari deluxe is a thing of beauty, with a real ‘Out of Africa’ feel, although the beds, kitchen and plumbed shower room are slap bang up to date. Mobile homes in various sizes (up to 8 people) come with all mod cons, even air conditioning on some sites.

For a fun summer holiday, perhaps with several generations, or a quieter early/late summer couples’ break, you will not be disappointed. Try France, Italy, Spain, Austria and even more.

Silver Travel Advisor recommends Canvas Holidays for camping in Europe and Hoburne Holiday Parks for breaks in the UK.

Glamping in the UK

Glamping in the UK

This really does change gear for the camping experience! The concept arose from glamorous camping at festivals, where luxury boutique hotels crossed with tented safari lodges aimed to satisfy the needs and desires of well travelled festival goers. It’s a movement that has spread; look for yurts, gers, tipis (or is it teepees), shepherds’ huts, wooden pods and tree houses. There’s even a converted coach! And expect sheepskin rugs, log burners and hot showers as a minimum.Think rustic with frills.  Away from festivals, glamping often takes place on pretty, well located farms all over the UK, with just a few ‘dwellings’ at any one location. This is stylish, lightly exclusive and relaxing, rather than heavily macramé and homemade muesli.

Have a look www.glamping-uk.co.uk or check out Alistair Sawday’s book Canopy & Stars

log cabins

Cabins in the Forest

A real get away from urban life, stay in wooden cabins across forests in the UK, some, inland, some coastal and all surrounded by trees. It’s completely about simple luxury and the freedom of the forest. This is more self catering accommodation with outdoor possibilities such as walking, cycling, archery (best done in Sherwood Forest of course), canoeing and pony trekking. For those adrenalin fiends, try quad biking or swinging through the trees at ‘Go Ape’. Cabins sleep from 2 to 10 in all kinds of configurations, with especially designed cabins for wheelchairs users. The largest Golden Oak offers an annexe by way of a treehouse with ensuite for 2. There are log burners here too, a huge selection of free films and hot tubs on the deck of many cabins. For real pampering, you can arrange spa treatments in your cabin and pick up an easy to cook range of meals in the onsite shop. So this is a break great for snuggling down in the winter or engaging with the forest all year round. You can take dogs too, in pet friendly cabins.

Silver Travel Advisor recommends Forest Holidays for just this kind of holiday.

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