If you haven't heard of glamping yet, you've been living under a frayed and cramped two-man tent for too long. Glamping offers an entirely new outdoor experience, combining modern luxury with natural serenity.
It's time to leave the tent pegs and the musty sleeping bags at home. These 10 luxury campsites in the United Kingdom offer everything from room service and saunas, to yacht chartering and flat-screen televisions.
A Little Bit Of Rough
Two private canvas lodges have views across a Rutland valley from 8.1 hectares of private woodland that includes croquet lawns and a pond for boat races. Both are equipped with a leather sofa, poufs, a dining table, chest full of games, kitchen stocked with fresh herbs and have bathrooms reached by a bridge.
North Star Club
'Woodcutter chic' suites are set deep in the forest. Bedrooms kept cosy by log burners feature king-size beds, while beyond the sitting rooms are rustic covered terraces, with roughly hewn rocking chairs, tree trunk tables and blankets.
Spoil yourself in the Star Suite which also offers a copper bath, four-poster bed, iPod dock and a private infra-red sauna – handy for British summer nights.
The Chilterns View
These eco-friendly lodges, with wooden panelling, are the closest thing to four solid walls while glamping. Set in Midsomer Murders territory in the Chilterns, each features a hot tub, walk-in wet-room, a wood burner, kitchen and veranda with a barbecue. The area is perfect for cycling and walking.
Brockloch Farm, Dumfries & Galloway
Effectively a wooden caravan on stilts, this quirky treehouse is eco-friendly, with a compost toilet and solar panels. Tiny slit windows allow natural light to stream in while framing views of the trees outside. Skylights offer opportunities for stargazing from the bed and sunken bath and there is also a kitchen and wood burner.
53 Woodland View
Priory Bay, Isle of Wight
A private beach awaits guests of the Priory Bay Hotel, overlooked by the luxury yurts in the hotel grounds. Each is individually designed, containing a king-size bed and ensuite, rolltop baths.
Tennis courts and a swimming pool are available to use but best of all, room service will cater to your needs. There is even a yacht to charter.
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Fordscroft Farm, Somerset
With handmade, distressed wood interiors, a kitchen and lounge with a flat-screen television and DVD player, this cedar tree house has all the home comforts you might expect from somewhere at ground level.
Not so high as to give anyone vertigo, there is a pleasant garden set in woods outside, complete with a fire pit and barbecue set. A gastro-pub and the Jurassic coast are nearby.
Ecopod Boutique Retreat
Lettershuna, Appin, Argyll, Scotland
On the West coast of Scotland, these domes have panoramic windows and stylish interiors, with an Eames recliner and sheepskin throws, a Gorenje fridge and a Japanese cedar wood soaking tub.
Organic natural toiletries and local pottery complete the picture. High-efficiency wood pellet biomass stoves are used and furniture is recycled or renewable.
Wriggles Brook Gypsy B&B
Multi-coloured traditional bow top wagons are parked up in a pretty section of the Wye Valley. Each has stoves to ward off the cold and bird food to keep twitchers entertained.
Dinner by candlelight is possible in the copse outside, where there are old mill stones for camp fires. Book the Showmans for a standard-sized double bed.
Sit with a glass of wine in hand on the generous decking of your safari tent and you could imagine you're on the plains of the Kalahari. Not that the orchards of Dorset (where you will actually be) are to be sniffed at. You can collect apples. For scrumpy.
Behind the tent flaps you will find comfy beds, a stove, cupboards and a lounge area. Family activities, from horse riding to hot air ballooning are all possible.
This most luxurious of camping experiences is only available, somewhat perversely, to festival-goers. Erected for Glastonbury Festival, which the farm meadows overlook, the tipis have sold out for this year but yurts with decent beds and woodburning stoves remain.
Fresh flowers are promised as well as the chance to enjoy the festival without a soggy sleeping bag in sight. In fact, there will be a parlour with all manner of hair products available as well as a bar and restaurant, 24-hour security and phone charging facilities.
The farm is a 10-minute walk away and buggy transport will be available, too. There are some hospitality tickets remaining which will, as part of the price, grant access to the festival.
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