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For many, the reality of camping is waking up in a rustling sleeping bag with a cold nose and leaking tent. The great outdoors may be on your doorstep (or beyond the increasingly muddied entrance), yet this can be little reward for the 10 minute obstacle course it takes to reach the nearest toilet.
If this sounds like your worst nightmare, cue glamping: the rising phenomenon that is sweeping across the nation in a whirlwind of fairy lights, bunting and real beds. Defined simply as ‘glamorous camping’, wild corners of Britain are turned into an Instagrammable haven straight off the set of Country Living. Glamping is a camping game changer for those fond of their creature comforts, but who still want the intimacy of sleeping beneath the stars. So don your flower garlands and Hunter wellies and prepare for a whole new camping experience, complete with carpets and chocolates on pillows.
Ranging from tipis to treehouses, here are five glamping locations in Britain that will allow you to camp in style:
1) The Yurt Retreat, Somerset
Historically built to endure the winters of Mongolia, yurts are a little sturdier than your good old fashioned tent. This Somerset retreat sits at the foot of a medieval castle site yet contains all the modern fixings needed for a luxurious stay. With ceilings stretching up into a stargazing centre piece, each of the four yurts contains double beds, wood burning stoves and private bathrooms. Sleeping up to four adults, the yurts combine rustic charm with stress free amenities, so you can sit back on your personal decking and relax without a sleeping bag in sight.
2) Living Room Treehouses, Powys
Who said treehouses were just for children? Living Room Treehouses are stunning architectural creations which provide cosy hideaways for all ages. Lit by glowing lanterns and warmed by the wood burning stove, the six open plan treehouses fit perfectly into the surroundings of the Welsh woodland. Fully equipped with everything from bedding to books, the treehouses can sleep a family of four and are just 15 miles from sandy beaches. Built entirely into the trees with no stilts, a stay in this elevated structure is sure to go above and beyond your previous camping experiences.
3) The Dandelion Hideaway, Leicestershire
Roll tops baths and leather sofas?! Surely this can’t be camping! Boasting six ‘canvas cottages’ that sleep six people, the Dandelion Hideaway may come down more heavily on the side of glamour than camping, yet their canvas exterior and shabby chic interior places it firmly in the glamping category. Located on a farm in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside, this is an award winning glamping location which is perfect for a family holiday. Whether you’re collecting freshly laid eggs or relaxing on the veranda, this is an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life in true comfort. Why stay in a tent when you can have a canvas cottage?
4) Adfern Tipis, Argyll
A textbook example of glamping, tipis combine authentic outdoor living with a touch of luxury. Found by Loch Craignish on the glorious west of Scotland, Adfern Tipis contain a central fire place, Mexican rugs and even the promise of a home cooked breakfast to start your day in the best way. Activities ranging from whale spotting to whiskey tasting lie beyond the cosy confines or your tipi, and for any rainy days there’s a cupboard full of games to play in the waterproof refuge of your tipi – so you won’t have to worry about a spot of rain ruining your break!
5) St Ives Bay Campers, Cornwall
St Ives Bay Campers provides a quirky assortment of campervans, (or should I say glampervans), which have been fully kitted out to resemble small cottages. To cruise around Cornwall in retro style, two campervans are also available which have been lovingly restored from their 1960s heyday. Complete with double beds and vintage style décor, each wheeled palace will allow you to travel from place to place without any dramas of missing tent pegs. There’s also a renovated static horse box for a more spacious experience which can sleep up to four happy glampers.