Glamping: 5 luxury camping escapes

Posted on: 22 February 2011 by Rhian Mainwaring

Glamping, yes that's right glamorous camping is the newest holiday craze!

Leave your wet wipes at home and enjoy camping the way nature never intended it! These 'glamping' holidays are a far cry from those miserable cold and wet childhood camping 'holidays', as they all provide a secure roof over your head, beautifully designed spaces, a relaxing atmosphere and as much organic and eco-friendly items to turn you green! As well as that, you can pretty much expect a private bathroom and kitchen - perfect!

 

YarlingtonYarlington Yurt - near Bath, Somerset

3 nights from £390

The Yarlington Yurt has two bedroom pods, as well as a kitchen and bathroom tent located right next door. The decor is 'late 18th Century with French influence' according to the owners, Count and Countess Charles de Salis who have decked the yurt in various antiquities. There's the surrounding gardens to potter through, a kitchen garden, a local farm shop selling cheese, meat and cider as well as a local foodie pub in walking distance and Longleat a short drive away.

 

HobbitHobbit huts - The Willows, Abersoch

£58 to £68 a night

On a five star camp site situated a couple of minutes from Abersoch and the beautiful beaches of the area is a camp site perfect for families and couples. You can rent a micro lodge, lovingly named 'Hobbit' for your stay. They're heated and lighted with sockets for your gadgets and come complete with a television and free Wifi! You can fit two adults and two children under 16 comfortably, this is camping without the drafts, the wet or sleeping on the floor!

 

Shepherds HutThe Shepherd's Hut - Hill Farm, Warwickshire

From £65 per night

A 19th Century Shepherd's Hut from Dorset has been lovingly restored to home holidayers in Southam, Warwickshire. There's a private shower and bathroom just inside the nearby farm house, where you can also wander in for breakfast, or have it delivered to your hut. There's also a beautiful dining area benefiting from splendid views across the countryside, and, when the weather turns, you can head inside to the luxury of electricity, heating and feather duvet and pillows!

 

Gypsy wagonGypsy Wagon - The Roulotte Retreat, near Melrose

Karlotta (the featured wagon) costs from £90 per night

Nestled beneath trees on a small private estate near Melrose, the Roulotte Retreat offers you pure luxurious escapism. Pick a gypsy caravan for your visit and immerse yourself in some seriously lavish interiors. Complete with full bathroom, double bed, a cooking area, wood burning stove and a salon, complete with chaise longue. This is serious glamping!

 

EkopodEkopod – Bodmin Moor, Cornwall

For a Monday to Friday stay with breakfast included and a gourmet produce basket, £350

A tranquil and enchanting location set on the edge of Bodmin Moor, overlooking a wind farm at Cold Northcott which is in keeping with the projects eco-friendly approach - there isn’t a chicer way of being green! You’ll get a wood burning stove, composting toilet, roll top bath, spring water, local and seasonal produce as well as station pickups - Ekopod’s philosophy is to eliminate cars from tourism (incredibly handy for those without a driving license!) and the option of days out. The interiors are slick and modern with an adjoining kitchen, bathroom and beautiful terrace, all within pottering distance of some of Cornwall’s most breath-taking beaches!

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