10 of the best glamping spots in the UK
From woodland yurts to wild orchards, these luxe tents will make for happy campers, says Rosie Fitzmaurice
ROSIE FITZMAURICE @ROSIEFITZMAURIC21 JUNE 2022
Has this gorgeous sunshine got you contemplating an al fresco summer holiday this year? Us too. Fortunately, these days a weekend spent reconnecting with nature no longer has to mean damp tents and soggy campfires — just in case the weather doesn’t hold out as long as your new-found enthusiasm for the great outdoors. Quite the contrary in fact, the best glamping spots now come with their own hot tubs, pizza ovens, oh, and flushing loos. Allow us to introduce you to 10 of the best in the UK.
Yurtshire, North Yorkshire
PRIVATE ‘TREE-YURT’ SUITES IN NORTH YORKSHIRE
Up on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Yurtshire’s shiny new tree-yurt site surrounded by woodland near Eavestone Lake is the perfect couples escape. Each of the seven Scandi-chic lodges are hidden away amongst the trees to offer complete privacy and feature a large elevated decking area from where you can enjoy sublime views in your own wood-fired hot tub. There’s also a power shower, flushing toilet and large open-plan outdoor seating area, complete with a firepit.
The Yan, Lake District
THE YAN IN THE LAKE DISTRICT NOW OFFERS “GASTRO-GLAMPING”
Like the sound of “gastro glamping”? The Yan, a boutique hotel at the foot of the Central Fells in the Lake District, has added glamping pods to its 17th-century former farm just outside the pretty village of Grasmere. Each comes with its own kitchen and lounge area, with a wood-burning stove, underfloor heating and Bluetooth music system. Once you’ve taken on the long hikes to either Helvellyn or Helm Crag (or both) you’ll be delivered one of its famous hearty homecooked meals direct to your door. Think shepherd’s pie, steak frites platters and herby broths with horseradish dumplings to refuel ready for another day of rambling.
From £420 for two people for four nights; theyan.co.uk
The Nest, Lincolnshire
SAFARI-INSPIRED GLAMPING RETREAT THE NEST
The Nest is an African-inspired glamping retreat in the heart of Lincolnshire countryside with safari-style lodges that sleep up to six, complete with a king-size master bedroom, king-size cabin bed and twin room, all made up with crisp linen from The White Company. There’s a fully kitted-out kitchen and flushing loo, not forgetting the pièce de résistance, a large freestanding bath overlooking the lake, best enjoyed with a glass of vino. Enjoy nearby wild swimming, excellent local pubs and plenty of local trails and gardens for exploring, while if the weather’s bad you can get stuck into the well-stocked boardgame selection.
From £750 for up to six guests forfour nights; thenestglamping.co.uk
Starry Meadow, Wales
FESTIVAL VIBES IN WALES AT STARRY MEADOW
Like a side of festi vibes with your glamping? Of course you do. Head over to Starry Meadow at Raquety Farm, a family-friendly festival-inspired glamping spot set in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons. Expect luxury, bunting-adorned bell tents sleeping up to four (with room for two extra kids) hot showers, as well as stalls serving delicious street food, a bar serving local craft beer, a cinema and jam-packed activity schedule, including archery, pony riding and bushcraft workshops.
From £595 for a three-night weekend and £645 for a four-night midweek break for a family of four; starrymeadow.co.uk
Home Farm, Hertfordshire
YOGA AND WELLNESS ON TAP AT HOME FARM NEAR LONDON
Craving countryside calm but CBA with the heavy Friday night traffic? Home Farm Glamping is only 13 miles from central London or a short drive from Elstree & Borehamwood station, which is served by regular trains to St Pancras taking just 22 minutes. Set on 150 acres of private woodland, fields and lakes, this is glamping with a big dose of holistic wellness. There are daily yoga classes in the SouLand Yurt and facials and massages offered in the beauty tent, as well as a roster of events planned for this summer, from dance classes to raise money for Ukraine to weaving workshops. With heated indoor showers, flushing loos and hair dryer sockets all onsite, this istown mouse-style camping. You can even order a delicious supper forthe night you arrive to be delivered direct to your campfire to help ease you in.
White House, Herefordshire
WHITE HOUSE ON WYE
Nestled in an apple orchard in the Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty in Herefordshire, White House Glamping is a riverside retreat with six tipis, pizza oven rentals and a private pebble beach and jetty for endless swimming, canoeing, fishing and paddleboarding. Resident ecologist Bryn offers guided wildflower tours, while pups will receive doggie hampers filled with treats and happy glampers can enjoy BBQs both in their own private outdoor dining area or down by the riverside.
Penhein Glamping, South Wales
PRETTY INTERIORS AT PENHEIN GLAMPING
Give yourself a well-earned digital detox at family-run Penhein Glamping — the surrounding wild Monmouthshire countryside will more than make up for the lack of TV or wi-fi. Accommodation is totally off-grid, though guests can access a “cheat’s kitchen” should the moment present itself. Set on a 450-acre farm, with wildflower meadows, an adventure playground, a brook for cooling off in, and adjacent to Wentwood Forest for balmy days spent woodland wandering, picnicking and den-building. Weary heads can rest up in comfy beds in the Persian yurts, while grown-ups can socialise and stargaze by the firepit.
From £345 for a two-night midweek break for a family of five; penhein.co.uk
Woolley Grange, Bradford-on-Avon
GLAMPERS AT WOOLLEY GRANGE IN WILTSHIRE GET ACCESS TO THE SPA
Like an extra helping of creature comforts while connecting with the outdoors? Then Woolley Grange, in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, is the spot for you. Glamping guests enjoy access to the hotel’s spa facilities, which include both an indoor and outdoor heated pool, and can enjoy treatments with products from British wellbeing brand Bramley. There’s also onsite childcare and a pizzeria, which will serve campers a continental breakfast each morning.
From £445 bed & breakfast (minimum two-night stay); luxuryfamilyhotels.co.uk
Raynham Estate, Norfolk
RAYNHAM ESTATE’S BOUJEE GLAMPING PODS
Heading to the land of big skies this summer? Look no further than the Raynham Estate in Norfolk, which now offers stylish glamping accommodation in the middle of a five-acre wildflower meadow. Each of the eight spacious yurts features a solid oak super-king (with additional beds available), wood-burning stove, BBQ, firepit, private toilet and shower, and is powered with electricity to create cosy atmospheric lighting. Guests can order estate-reared Aberdeen Angus beef for the BBQ and a locally produced hamper filled with all the essentials, including craft beer and wine.
From £420 for three nights for two people; raynham.co.uk
Alexander House, Scotland
HOT TUBS AND STARGAZING AT ALEXANDER HOUSE ESTATE
After something totally secluded? Take the trip up to Alexander House in Scotland, on the grounds of which three luxurious yurts sit perched high up in the Perthshire hills and offer sensational views across Gleneagles and Ben Vorlich. Each boasts its own private wood-fired hot tub, to be enjoyed while star gazing up at the night sky, and ensuite bathroom, complete with a romantic roll-top tub.