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The Best Glamping in the UK

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While camping purists might detest the word, glamping is one travel trend that keeps going from strength to strength. While it once meant a portable charger and a plug for your hairdryer, glamping in the UK now encompasses shepherd’s huts, yurts and plush tipis, so you can be at one with nature without a crick in your neck or soggy socks. Read on for a guide to the best glamping in the UK.

Best Glamping in the UK 2021

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  • Harry's Campsites Bell Tent

    Harry’s Campsites, New Forest

    Located within the heart of the New Forest, Harry’s Campsites offer two camping experiences; Harry’s Field provides a small campsite with great facilities, while Harry’s Meadow offers spectacular sunsets and natural swimming spots for the ultimate wild camping experience. Harry’s Field campsite also offers a selection of fully furnished bell tents for a glamping experience, finished with vintage bohemian furniture and complete with everything you need to enjoy your stay, including a fully equipped cooking area and a fire pit. BOOK IT newforestcampsite.com

    Read our full review of glamping at Harry’s Field, New Forest

  • Starry Meadow glamping

    Starry Meadow

    Hay Festival is taking place online this year, but its Welsh hometown will still offer a celebratory atmosphere thanks to a pop-up glamping experience. Set in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Starry Meadow will feature boutique bell tents alongside street food, starlit storytelling evenings and acoustic music around the campfire. BOOK IT 30 July – 30 August 2021, wyeglamping.co.uk

  • Shepherd’s Huts Bluegrass

    Shepherd Huts at Beacon Hill Farm

    Get lost in a luxe shepherd’s hut in the middle of nowhere for the ultimate glamping experience. Situated between the 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. Shepherd’s Huts Bluegrass and Ryegrass are located in a south-facing wildflower meadow and feature three rooms and a westerly-facing terrace, with heating and hot water provided by a gas boiler. Forget kumbaya and ghost stories, the huts are equipped with Wi-Fi, a Bose Bluetooth speaker and a digital radio plus a Smart TV in the bedroom. You should probably get out and explore at some point though, and when you do, head to nearby Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. Beacon Hill has its own purpose built observatory with a range of telescopes for viewing the magical night skies. BOOK IT premiercottages.co.uk, 01670 780900

  • The Nest Norfolk

    The Nest Glamping

    Perched on the North Norfolk coastline, The Nest features six luxury bell tents, available for full site private hire. Each one fits two people and is furnished with a king size bed, eco-friendly lighting, rustic chairs and handcrafted bedside tables. You can also explore the five-acre outdoor area, which is close to the sea and features a BBQ plus a decking area that’s perfect for sunbathing. In the evenings, retire to the communal snug tent where you can play games and have some drinks with your group. BOOK IT nestglampingnorfolk.co.uk

  • The Samling, Lake District

    The Samling, Lake District

    Reconnect with nature in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK at The Samling, where you can sleep under canvas and eat fine, locally sourced and seasonal produce; this is amongst the most luxurious glamping in the UK. The hotel itself is nestled in 65 acres of meadows and ancient woodlands, overlooking Windermere with expansive Lake District views across this World Heritage Site. The Wilderness experience is new to 2021, with the chance to get closer to the wildlife of the area by staying in one of The Samling’s ‘Prospector Tents’ at the top of the hillside, cocooned next to the woodlands. BOOK IT 3-Day midweek hire £3500.00 for two sleeping Prospector tents and a Restaurant Prospector tent | thesamlinghotel.co.uk

  • Welsh Glamping, Mid-Wales

    Welsh Glamping, Mid-Wales

    Set amongst 185 acres of wild farmland and waterfalls, Welsh Glamping opened in mid-2020, located in the perfect location to explore the valley and villages and for wild swimming in the warmer months. All wood used in the building process belongs to the farm, sourced and milled onsite. Choose from cabins, a cottage or tents. BOOK IT Huts and tents are available from £90 a night on a self catering basis | welshglamping.com

  • The Pop Up Hotel, Cadland Estate

    The Pop Up Hotel, Cadland Estate

    Fancy camping in an area of outstanding beauty? Experiential hotel group The Pop Up Hotel has launched a new glamping experience at The Cadland Estate, a historic seaside gem tucked away on the shores of the English coast. From the comfort of luxurious canvas tents, guests are able to order room service via their phone. Dine on freshly shucked oysters, wine from the nearby Hampshire vineyard, and locally farmed meat cooked on an open fire overlooking the Solent – with the option to join socially distanced sit down meals in the evenings. Those after ultimate luxury should opt for one of the Tenthouse Suites, which include up to three double bedrooms, a living area and an en-suite, in tent shower room. BOOK IT thepopuphotel.com/cadland

  • Ribblesdale Park Glamping

    Ribblesdale Park, Lancashire

    Enjoy beautiful views over the Ribble Valley while glamping at Ribblesdale Park, a Grade-I listed 1000-acre estate located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. The glamping village is set in a six-acre field, featuring 20 widely spaced bell tents, each decked out with a double bed, electric power, a fire pit and an outside decked area. There’s plenty to explore on-site, including a heated outdoor swimming pool and on-site restaurant Hindelinis, which serves up home-cooked food all day. While you’re there, you’re likely to spot peacocks wandering the grounds, with kingfishers, otters and even reindeer to be found in the woodlands, waters and fields of the estate. BOOK IT ribblesdalepark.com

  • The Little Hide - Wigginton

    The Little Hide, Wigginton, United Kingdom

    A great base for exploring the historic city of York, the luxury, adult-only camping pods of The Little Hide offer cosy self-catering accommodation for people who ‘don’t do camping’ to camp. The Little Hide camping pods all contain a zip-link bed with under-bed storage, a sofa, and a heater. BOOK IT thelittlehide.co.uk

  • The Shepherds Hut, Durham

    The Shepherds Hut, Durham

    The Shepherd’s Hut is perched on the unspoilt, rolling countryside in Lower Teesdale on the Durham/Yorkshire border. The picture-perfect spot for a romantic getaway, it is fitted with a two-seater sofa, Hobbit wood burning stove, Neff hob, granite worktops, spacious shower, and king size bed. There are plenty of historic sites, beautiful walks and cycling routes within easy reach if you feel like exploring, but if it’s alone-time you seek, this is the perfect spot for practicing life as the last two shepherds on earth. BOOK IT premiercottages.co.uk, 01325 730339

  • Carrowmena Glamping Site

    Carrowmena Glamping Site, Limavady, United Kingdom

    Explore some of the most beautiful spots in Northern Ireland including the Causeway Coast, Sperrin & Binevenagh Mountain Range and Lough Foyle from the Carrowmena Glamping Site at Limavady. Perfect for families, activities include water sports, campfires, archery, and a kids station. BOOK IT booking.com

  • Plush Tents Glamping - Chichester, England

    Plush Tents Glamping, Chichester, England

    Choose from luxurious Mongolian yurts and cosy bell tents in a little forested wonderland in Chichester. If you don’t want to go completely off-grid, the W-Fi will come in handy for Instagram sharing / boasting. There’s a communal campfire and hot tub, plus a scattering of hammocks for day dreaming, and when your stove runs out of gas, order up a fancy breakfast or lunch hamper prepared by the experts at Fork & Field. BOOK IT booking.com

 

Best Glamping Kit

Still want to go it alone? As long as you pitch your own tent, you’ll keep the traditionalists happy. But bringing your own doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the glamping experience. Just make sure it’s a seriously nice tent, with all the added extras. Here’s our hot list…

Best Luxury Camping Equipment

Boutique Camping The Weekender Tent in Rainbow, £269

Boutique Camping The Weekender Tent in Rainbow

Boutique Camping The Weekender Tent in Rainbow

When you think ‘glamping’, it has to be a bell tent, and for the ultimate festival glamping tent, it has to be a rainbow bell tent. This polyester bell tent by the Boutique Camping Company is half the weight of their canvas counterparts, making them ideal to transport, and can be put together by one person.

Rent it: Baylily Bell Tents, from £145

Baylily Bell Tent

OK, so technically you’re not pitching your own here, but you’re renting it and someone else is doing the hard bit, so everyone’s a winner. Baylily Bell Tents allow you to rent one or more pretty bell tents for your next luxury camping trip, which are available on a ‘tent only’ or fully furnished basis, for when you really just want to arrive and crash (in style). baylilybelltents.co.uk

Sherpa Folding Cart, £99

Sherpa Folding Cart

You’ll need a hand lugging all your glamping kit to the perfect spot. If you only have one pair, make things simpler with this folding cart, which you can load up with your tent, kit and a bottle of bubbles for once the work is done.

Boutique Roll Up Bed Cream Double, from £49

Boutique Roll Up Bed Cream Double

Save yourself from a deflating air bed with this Boutique Camping roll up waterproof camping bed.

Lafuma Pop Up XL, £92

Glamping

Pitching a tent can really take it out of you, so kick back and relax (preferably with a cocktail in hand) in this cushy canvas pop up chair.

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Top photo by Blake Wisz