Camping is a welcome escape from bustling cities and a brilliant way to reconnect with nature. But it has its downside: bugs, bad weather, expensive equipment, shared bathrooms (or none at all), and other harrowing details that one would otherwise never experience in the comfort of their homes.
Then, there’s glamping – a portmanteau of glamour and camping – which allows you to enjoy the same adventure and excitement as camping, but in luxury and style, and with ease and elegance. The good news is, there is no need to travel far to relish the great outdoors. Read on to discover the best glamping destinations in the UK.
- North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire has some of the most beautiful glamping sites in the country, from the lush slopes of Yorkshire Dales to the vast plains of North York Moors to the scenic beaches of Yorkshire Coast. Your glamping options for 2 are also as diverse as the landscape of the region.
Go for an eco-friendly bell tent in the middle of a tranquil valley dotted with wildflowers, enjoy the simplicity of rural life in a cedar pod set on an idyllic dairy farm, or, if you’re looking for a more unusual trip you can sleep in a modern safari tent a few miles hike from stunning seaside cliffs.
Whether you’re exploring the outdoors solo, as a couple, or as a family, you will surely find something to satisfy your craving for adventure in North Yorkshire.
Cornwall’s rugged landscape, wild moorlands, and secluded beaches make it one of the best places to take a break from the bustling city. Imagine unwinding in a luxurious bell tent right on the sands of your private beach, while listening to the hypnotizing sounds of the waves lapping against the cliffs.
If you prefer, you can relax in a comfortable yurt on a grassy knoll as you watch the striking outline of the harbour in the distance. For a genuine pastoral experience, lodge in a delightful cabin in the middle of an organic farm. Whatever you choose, Cornwall never disappoints.
Orkney possesses an almost mystical charm — with its lofty sandstone cliffs, diverse wildlife, spots to catch a glimpse of the Northern lights, and centuries-old Neolithic sites. The island is undoubtedly one of the most exciting locations for outdoor adventure, especially those who love the sea.
Take your pick of luxury – wooden eco-pods on a hill facing the ocean, cosy stone cottages with breathtaking views of the North Sea, or spacious yurts on a farm overlooking a picturesque coastline. Orkney is certainly one of those places that you would never want to leave.
Are you looking for dramatic countryside scenery, incredible seaside landscapes, and enchanting rustic villages? Pembrokeshire has all of these to offer and more. The region does not only have some of the most fetching panoramas, but it also features some of the quirkiest.
Here, you will find a 20m-long aircraft complete with first-class amenities, and an out-of-this-world flying saucer decked with glass windows that afford a 360 view of the surrounding meadows. If you prefer classic but unusual lodgings, go for a floating cabin on a lake, a shepherd’s hut in a farmland, or a spectacular treehouse overlooking the river.
- The Lake District
Recently cited as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the English Lake District is one of the most stunningly beautiful places in Britain. The region centres on preserving nature, so the glamping sites are not only environmentally sustainable but are also specially designed to match the natural beauty of their surroundings.
Glamping accommodations range from wooden cabins to shepherd’s huts to eco-friendly pods to caravans to bell tents and towering tipis. Spend the entire day climbing steep mountains, rowing across lakes, or wandering around charming little towns. In the evening, go home to the cosiness and comfort of your tent, where you can soak in a hot tub, watch the starlit skies through an open window, or roast marshmallows on a campfire.
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