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The Best Glamping Sites For Summer And Beyond

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If your budget can't quite stretch to the The Mark Hotel in New York or a week in Dubai, or travelling abroad seems a touch too risky at the moment, then consider a weekend trip in Britain's own (sometimes) sunny isles and make the most of our lush outdoors with a glamping trip.

While some of us may be on the more intrepid side, there is something very satisfying about an elevated camping experience (complete with hot tub and comfy bed). Not only will you be able to enjoy the great outdoors, but you'll get a good night's kip while you're at it.

Staying in the UK also has a huge benefit: it is much more sustainable than hopping on a long-haul return flight, one of which can generates more CO2 than citizens of some countries produce in a year.

And, as well as benefitting this planet we call home, being in amongst Mother Nature is proven to help your mental health too. Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, in the Japanese practise of walking through woods to aid good health, and many are encouraging doctors UK-side to prescribe the activity.

So, pull those walking boots out, grab your toothbrush and take a look at these glamping pods and sites, that have just the right amount of glamour whilst still providing you with your perfect wholesome Instagram content.

1) Alexander House Glamping, Perthshire

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A brand new glampsite in Scotland, set in the grounds of an estate, Alexander House Glamping hosts two yurts and one horsebox, all complete with en suites and wood-burning hot tubs.

With no Wi-fi or TV, contactless check-in, local spas, and stunning views, this is the perfect place to decompress from city stress. However, if doing 'nothing' is your idea of hell rather than heaven, then look to local golf courses, white water rafting, distilleries, castles, and restaurants to keep yourself entertained.

Available from £350 for two nights


2) The Nest, Lincolnshire

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Taking inspiration from Kenyan safari camps where the owners Archie and Emma have a home, The Nest gives you a taste of savannah life, right in the middle of Lincolnshire. Some pretty serious glamping comes courtesy of two snug lodge huts called Pinkfoot and Cuckoo that each sleep up to six guests.

Both have massive beds kitted out in super squidgy pillows and duvets from The White Company, outdoor egg-shaped tubs, decks overlooking the secret lake (perfect for cocktail sundowners) and chalet-esque log-burning stoves. Adventure-seekers should join Archie and Emma on a dusk safari in their old Land Rover in search of deer, badgers and foxes, or book a romantic dinner in the off-grid fishing hut. If that’s not your thing, the nearby town of Stamford has lots of indie shops, cafes and postcard-perfect cottages to explore.

Price on request


3) Home Farm Glamping, Hertfordshire

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Barely an hour’s drive from London, you’ll reach Home Farm Glamping – a small collection of bell tents and yurts that’s popped up in almost 150 acres of historic parkland on the Aldenham Estate in Elstree.

Perfect for first-time campers and regular holidaymakers alike, the six structures boast comfy beds with fluffy bedding and dedicated bathroom facilities, and during your stay there’s the chance to try open-air activities including wild fitness, yoga in the meadow, flower crown workshops, nature walks and forest bathing. To give yourself a real break from your daily routine, pre-book freshly-prepared food, including cooked breakfasts, afternoon tea hampers and BBQ meal boxes.

Available for two nights midweek during term-time from £66 per night


4) Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay

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Recently transformed from wedding venue to glampsite, Lusty Glaze Beach's bell tents allow you to sleep on a private beach on the North Cornwall coastline just a ten minute walk from Newquay town.

Something of a glamping resort, Lusty Glaze Beach comes complete with a bar and restaurant, and if sitting, looking out at the lapping waves doesn't do it for you, activities such as yoga, surfing, and picnic hampers for long walks are all available.

Available from £270 per night for two people with a minimum 3 night stay


5) Indian Summer Tipis, Norfolk

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Sat in North Norfolk, the sunniest and driest part of the UK apparently, sit five Sioux tipis in Salle Moor Farm.

With shared compost loo, shower, and kitchen cabin, Indian Summer Tipis ensure an authentic experience, however, the comfy beds, and personal BBQ put the 'glam' in glamping.

Within walking distance of quaint Norfolk market villages, and on popular cycling routes, this is one for the outward bound types.

Available from £295 for two people, for two nights


6) Mad Dogs And Vintage Vans, The Wye Valley

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Nestled between England and Wales, Mad Dogs and Vintage Vans is a light-hearted, fun and, quite frankly, adorable campsite perfect to play and relax in.

Consisting of four quaint, vintage caravans (complete with wooden interiors and crotchet-blankets galore), a (hot) shower and loo area and a mess tent, this space is perfect come rain or shine.

The owners will serve you a complimentary homemade afternoon tea on arrival that is so delightful you might never be able to eat shop-bought scones again (oh, the tragedy). And there is even an on-site pampering tent if forest bathing doesn't alone do the trick.

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Cook your own sausages (available to buy on-site) on a provided stove, request for the home-made Thai curry to be brought to your van or take a quick drive to a local pub (we suggest The Moody Cow for its Sunday roast).

Perfect for everyone from families, couples or even hen-dos, you will leave Mad Dogs and Vintage Vans with a grin on your face.

Available from £140 for two nights


7) Penhein Glamping, Llanvair Discoed

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Photo credit: RORY LINDSAY

Ever dreamt of waking up in a bluebell-covered wood? Well dream no longer pal because Penhein Glamping site is here.

Winner of the AA’s UK Glamping Site of the Year for 2019 this is a truly luxe experience. The Welsh site is home to Persian Alachighs, dome structures somewhere between a tipi and a yurt, full of all the mod cons, including roll-top baths, log-burning stoves and even vintage Penguin books.

If you can somehow tear yourself away from a hot bath, book in hand, then arrange a host of activities in the 450 acres of woodland, including botanical gin foraging.

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Oh, and did we mention they also offer relaxation treatments on-site?

Book Penhein Glamping here, tents from £260 for two nights

8) The Roundhouse, Cornwall

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For some, even regular boutique glamping is a little rustic for their taste, and for those fancy people, we have The Roundhouse in Cornwall.

A chic establishment, full of industrial decor touches, an en-suite and even under floor heating, these yurts, sat in private gardens, are perfect for the high-end customer.

Heck, theres even a hot tub.

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Still want that touch of country living? Then don't forget to get fresh eggs from the on-site chickens or request a hamper for a picnic.

Available from £189 for two nights


9) Moat Island Glamping, Norfolk

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'Sunset wild swim anyone?' This is a phrase you may well say whilst staying at Moat Island Glamping in Norfolk.

Situated in Haveringland Hall Estate the site is made up of five spacious Lotus Belle tents, that each sleeping up to four people, all sat around the old moat.

Two tents, named the 'Stargazer' tents for obvious reasons, feature clear ceiling panels to, you guessed it, star gaze out of.

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Once you've bathed in the expanse of the Norfolk sky (it's truly a sight to behold), then lower yourself from the wooden jetty into the natural pool (cleverly filtered for optimum clearness).

Available from £250 for two nights


10) Onsen Domes at Fforest Farm, Pembrokeshire

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Inspired by Japanese hot springs, these Onsen Domes at Fforest Farm are the perfect place to stare at the stars while soaking in an cast concrete, sunken, outdoor tub.

The Domes, which feature wooden floors and wood-burners, are the perfect base to visit the smallest pub in Wales, as well as river Teifi for wild swimming, canoeing, coasteering and hiking.

Available from £300 for three nights


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