BEST FOR A GIRLS’ WEEKEND
Camp Elwood, Norfolk
This summer, Holkham Hall in Norfolk is offering guests an American-inspired camping experience at its pop-up site, Camp Elwood. For those who want the proper glamping experience, there are a range of luxury bell tents to choose from – the Deluxe being the most stylish – with plush linens and electricity so you can charge your phone. Guests can hire a BBQ kit from the camp or choose to dine at the on-site diner and bar. There are a range of activities on offer, too, from tequila tasting and crafts workshops to kayaking and paddle boarding on Holkham’s lake. Ideal for a girls’ trip, groups can relax at the nearby beach or venture out on a woodland walk around the estate before joining an evening campfire session hosted by a cool house DJ.
Pikes Ibiza x Marston Park, Somerset
If you’re not getting away to Ibiza this summer, Marston Park has partnered up with Pikes Ibiza hotel to bring the White Isle to Somerset. Set over the course of three weekends in July, August and September, guests can experience music from world-class DJs, delicious food and luxury glamping accommodation alongside a programme of creative workshops, wellbeing sessions and cultural talks. Chef Richard Turner (of Hawksmoor fame) is in charge of the food, while a late-night lakeside bar will be open every day. Guests can choose from 25 luxury bell tents which include double beds, woodburning stoves and fire pits, as well as luxury extras you’d expect at a hotel like fluffy towels and bathrobes, and Bramley toiletries. Tickets are expected to go quickly, so don’t delay in making a booking.
Swinton Estate, Yorkshire Dales
Swinton Estate can be found hiding among the vast greenery of the Yorkshire Dales. Choose from a meadow yurt or tree lodge for your stay, all of which sit within the 20,000-acre estate. Tree lodges sleep up to five guests and come with a well-stocked kitchen, en-suite bathroom and a fire pit, while yurts have their own hot tubs where guests can unwind with a glass of champagne. Spend a lazy morning enjoying a cup of coffee on your veranda, before taking part in one of the many outdoor activities the site has to offer. From horse riding and mountain biking to exploring the vast woodland area and relaxing at the hotel’s on-site spa, there’s something for everyone. Dogs are also welcome.
Home Farm Glamping, Hertfordshire
For a fun girls’ trip, book a weekend with Home Farm Glamping to stay on their beautiful estate in Hertfordshire. Only 13 miles from central London, it’s the ideal spot for a bit of R&R close to the capital. Guests can choose from a range of stylish yurts or bell tents with double beds and luxury linens, and an outdoor seating area with a fire pit and barbecue. You can pre-book cooked breakfasts, afternoon tea hampers and BBQ meal boxes, all of which are freshly prepared on site by a catering team. Home Farm can also organise activities during your stay, like outdoor yoga, wine tastings, wellbeing workshops, drawing classes and even bespoke massages.
Campwell can be found in Cherry Wood, near Bath, while accommodation comes in the form of The Village – a collection of handcrafted yurts, log cabins and shepherd’s huts. All come with comfortable beds, hot showers and a wood-fired sauna, as well as a communal BBQ area. If you’re travelling as a large group, book the Chief’s Den, which comprises three adjoining yurts that sit on a wooden sundeck. Sleeping up to four people across two bedrooms, it also has a large living space, private bathroom and a kitchen. In terms of activities, glampers can sign up for archery classes, woodwork courses and a foraging to fork session, as well as outdoor yoga classes and paddle boarding.
BEST FOR COUPLES
Hotel Tremantoni Castle Caravans, Cornwall
This summer, Hotel Trematonia is collaborating with House of Hackney, offering guests the chance to stay in the house and grounds of the majestic Castle Trematon, including three cool 1970s caravans. Pitched in the hotel’s gardens, each retro self-catered caravan has been completely renovated and decked out with House of Hackney prints, bespoke mattresses, and plush furniture. Outside, there’s a set of deck chairs, with a table and fire pit for al fresco meals, while out in the grounds, there’s a converted barn kitchen. As well as being given free rein to explore the Castle’s gardens and woodland (including the hotel’s dreamy Indian pool), you’ll also be handed the keys to a Jeep Renegade 4xe so you can discover the beautiful Cornish beaches and countryside during your stay. Caravans are available for 3- and 6-night stays from 1st July to 22nd August 2021.
Walcot Hall, Shropshire
For a blissful weekend, book to stay in a pretty shepherd’s hut or festival-style yurt at Walcot Hall in Shropshire. Accommodation is dotted around the vast estate, with guests encouraged to treat the grounds as their own. We love the look of the cosy Ram Baa Shepherd’s Hut, which is surrounded by pretty rhododendrons and is home to a double bed and al fresco seating area – ideal for a romantic trip. Spend the afternoon strolling through the arboretum, foraging in the wood or exploring the area on horseback, organised by the local stables. For lunch, head to The Powis Arms – the estate’s on-site pub – for classic British dishes like beer battered fish and chips, and hearty pies.
Three Mile Beach, Cornwall
Having recently opened, Three Mile Beach hotel is a collection of 15 beach houses on the northern Cornish coast, just four miles from the bustling town of St Ives. This month, the property opened a luxury glamping site with four rustic yurts and a host of food pop-ups that celebrate the best of Cornish produce. Each colourful yurt, which sleeps up to two, has a king-size bed, a kitchenette – complete with a retro oven, mini fridge and cooking utensils – and a private outdoor deck with a seating area and barbecue. On arrival, guests will be greeted with a hamper of local goodies, but if you don’t want to cook, an on-site food truck will be on hand with tasty Cornish street food. Ideal for surfers, Gwithian Beach is a short walk away, as is the South West Coast path.
Berridon Farm, North Devon
Relax and recharge at this glamping site in the small village of Bradworthy in north Devon. Situated on a rural farm, close to some of Devon’s most beautiful beaches, there are five cabins to choose from. After a day of exploring the local seaside resorts, enjoy an under-the-stars soak in the hot tub before tucking into a home cooked pizza fresh from the wood-fired oven. In the morning, expect pastries to be delivered right to your cabin door, and on Sundays, indulge in the homemade breakfast feast. A great choice for couples, the farm has plenty of space, so you’ll feel totally secluded during your stay.
BEST FOR FAMILIES
Cloud Nine Glamping
Cloud Nine was made for a weekend of family fun. The luxury glamping company are running three sites this summer – in Dorset, the Cotswolds and Norfolk – from Monday 19th July to Monday 30th August. At each location, there are endless activities for both parents and children – little ones will love kayaking, horse riding, circus workshops and storytelling nights, while adults can enjoy gin tastings, yoga and wild swimming. Guests can choose from stylish one- or two-bedroom cotton canvas bell tents, a double tipi or even a cool airstream which all have plenty of room so kids can play freely. A great choice if you’re glamping for the first time, Cloud Nine have babysitters and a creche at each site so parents can unwind and relax in a hot tub with a glass of fizz. In terms of food, expect pop-up street food trucks and bars, plus an al fresco restaurant at each site.
Luxury Yurt Holidays, Lake District
Head to any of the four Luxury Yurt Holidays sites if you’re after a family-friendly glamping holiday in the Lake District. Unpack your supplies in one of the cosy yurts, which sleep up to six, before heading to the lake for a dip. After drying off, pick up treats at the well-stocked shop or enjoy some classic pub dishes and local ales at the on-site pub. For little explorers, each site offers plenty of outdoor adventures, from hiking to canoeing. The Windermere and Coniston sites both include private hot tubs, while Ullswater and Keswick encourage guests to build their own campfires.
Cornish Tipi Holidays, Cornwall
This beautiful campsite is just a five-minute drive from Port Isaac. It’s home to 20 cotton-canvas tipis, which come with all the essentials, and are available in two sizes, medium – which sleeps two adults – and large, which can sleep up to six. Some are located on private pitches, hidden by trees and wildflowers, while others can be found in the communal field, a great option if you’re visiting as a large group. Guests of all ages are encouraged to switch off and relax here, with mornings spent swimming or exploring the local area. In high season, the team at the on-site GastroPod Café host dinner, including pizza, Thai and Mexican nights.
Cadland, New Forest
Offering guests a luxury glamping experience, Cadland was created with families in mind. Set on a historic estate in the New Forest National Park, it can be reached in a 90-drive from London – ideal for a weekend escape. This year, Cadland has partnered with The Pop-Up Hotel for a socially distanced site, complete with beach access, a full-service bar, and a cliff-top restaurant. Families can stay in premium glamping rooms scattered in the meadows directly above the beach, including classic glamping tents, luxury beach huts, ‘Safari Suite’ tents and even the ‘Raj Tenthouse Suite’ which has all the amenities you’d expect from a hotel, like fluffy towels and luxe toiletries. There’s also a concierge to welcome guests on arrival, hot cubicle showers with separate toilets, and a large lounge area with table service and beautiful sea views. Outdoorsy families will love the activities on offer, including sailing, rock climbing, kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing and windsurfing.
The Mac’s Farm, Sussex
The Mac’s Farm is a great glamping option for parents with young children. Pre-erected bell tents come fully furnished, with pretty bohemian touches and fairy lights. Meanwhile, the on-site Mac Shack serves up local sparkling wines, beers and homemade cakes, while the Pizza Amore truck boasts a menu of wood-fired pizzas. For children, The Mac’s Farm is home to The Outdoors Project, an award-winning outdoor adventures club. This year, the farm is also hosting the ‘Wild Meadows Weekend’ from 3rd-5th September where guests can camp at the site’s pop-up hotel and enjoy a range of outdoor activates. There are three types of tent on offer – if you want to go all out, book an Emperor Bell tent for a luxury stay.
Top Of The Woods, Pembrokeshire
Top of the Woods is an eco-friendly site in Pembrokeshire. Here, it’s all about reconnecting with nature and appreciating a slower way of life. Families can choose from boutique safari lodges set in their own wildflower meadow where you can soak up the stunning views of the Pembrokeshire National Park and surrounding woodlands, nature domes (which kids will love), and Pioneer Camps, complete with a wagon-style kitchen-dining area. Adults can relax in one of the hammocks, while kids play in the Hide & Seek Garden and explore the nearby woodland area. Order bacon baps or shakshuka from the breakfast bar and a food-fired pizza from the on-site pop-up for supper. Every Tuesday, the camp also runs a fishmonger stall where families can barbecue their own seafood.
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