If you want to love camping, but can’t bear to be without your luxuries then glamping is the way forward! Here’s 6 reasons why it should be your next holiday
Fancy a camping holiday but can’t face the thought of pitching a tent? One word – glamping. The high-end version of camping offers all the best benefits of tent-dwelling, such as getting back to nature and toasting marshmallows on the camp fire, but without any of the hard work.
Whether you choose to stay in a luxury tent or a wooden hut, most have beds and a wood burning stove, while some even have bathrooms too, which means you can just turn up and get on with your holiday.
And the great thing is, a glamping holiday can often be more affordable than you think.
Take a look at some of our suggestions for the perfect glamping getaway.
1. Location and accommodation
What would you prefer? A yurt in the middle of the countryside with no other people around for miles? Perhaps something that allows for a little socialising around the campfire, or fun in the sun abroad with a swimming pool? There’s pretty much an option for everyone so take a good look at what’s on offer.
Choice of accommodation is also huge, including tents, yurts, tipis, huts, domes and pods. With all these multiple choices, do your research to get an idea of what appeals most so you can tailor your break to you.
2. Family fun abroad
Glamping is a more affordable way of enjoying an overseas holiday, and you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Many campsites in places such as France and Italy offer glamping accommodation and a huge range of facilities, including swimming pools and restaurants. Lots are in seaside locations too, which means there’s plenty to do on the doorstep.
Campo dei Fiori, near Vada in Italy, offers guests the option of a lodge tent, comprising a kitchen and living area, bathroom and two bedrooms. It sleeps up to five people and pets are also allowed so you could even take the dog along.
And an onsite swimming pool, bar, self-service restaurant and kids’ club, mean the young ones are catered for.
A lodge tent costs from around £38.54 per night from campsited.com.
3. Romance redefined
For those looking for a romantic escape, glamping offers the perfect surroundings for that loving feeling.
And Hadrians Wall Retreat could be just the place. Situated on the World Heritage Site, you’ll find luxurious lodge pods nestled among rolling hills and countryside.
The pod features a sleeping area with a double bed, lounge area with TV, kitchen, a dining table and a shower room. Outside, a private decked area with seating offers a great spot to enjoy a romantic drink or al fresco meal.
A seven-night stay costs between £394 and £624 from holidaycottages.co.uk
4. Enjoying nature
If you go down to the woods in Little Dewchurch, Herefordshire, you’re definitely in for a big surprise. The Woodland Tipis and Yurts site here includes three traditional Sioux Native American tipis, which are ideal for couples or families, sleeping up to four adults or a family of five.
They promise a comfortable interior with beds and fridges and nearby there is a kitchen to use, showers and toilets and a bake house to prepare your own pizzas. There are also wooden hot tubs.
It costs from around £470 for a family of four for four nights from woodlandtipis.co.uk.
5. Unique comfort
Yurts have become increasingly popular with glampers.
The big round tents are spacious places to stay so it’s no surprise they’re the top choice for families.
Daleacres in West Hythe, Kent, offers the opportunity to stay in a yurt in the middle of farmers’ fields which are also close to sandy beaches.
Each yurt comes with a reclaimed timber king sized bed and two single beds, comfortably accommodating two adults and two children.
There are miles of tracks and pathways and lots of tourist attractions nearby, and Folkestone and Dover are in easy reach so you could even pop over to France for the day.
Yurts cost from around £69 per night from experiencefreedom.co.uk
6. Back to basics
If you yearn for the experience of French farm life then La Ferme de Ronfil in Normandy is a good option.
The organic farm boasts meadows and apple orchards, raises dairy cows and laying hens, and makes its own bread in an old bread oven.
There are activities for children, such as meeting the cows, ponies, horses, chickens, goats and rabbits, lessons on how to make bread, cow milking and pony rides.
A canvas lodge for up to six people for seven nights costs from £1,039 from featherdown.co.uk
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