From Gypsy Wagons to Clifftop Pods, These Are The UK's Best Glamping Options
When you love the outdoors and are desperate to get away from the city for a few days, camping would be great, if only it wasn't so cold. The idea of climbing to a tent when it's soggy underfoot and chilly out isn't the most appealing. But for instances like these, there's glamping.
Roulotte Retreat, Melrose
Hide from the cold in one of the traditional Gypsy caravans at Roulotte Retreat in Melrose, Scottish borders. Overlooked by the Eildon Hills, each caravan has a different, jewel-colored decor drawn from the influences of Moroccan, Oriental, Indian, and Celtic cultures. Our favorite is Mahanari—the Indian-inspired caravan with carved elephant and lotus motifs inside and out. After a night or two in the countryside, head to Edinburgh which is a quick one-hour drive away.
Stay from $140/night
Elmley Nature Reserve, Kent
All three of the bespoke huts at the Elmley Nature Reserve are fitted with en-suite bathrooms and contemporary furnishings—thick woolen throws, clean linens, vintage floral plates, and cozy stoves. Surrounded by nothing but nature and rugged marshland, they're the perfect escape. Wake up to building-less sunrises, admire starry nights, and kick back with your bottle of bubbles (in real cut-glass saucers!) while checking out local wildlife. The Vanellus hut has a floor-to-ceiling window at the end of the bed so you can wake up to stunning views without moving a muscle. It gets better: Elmley is the only place in the UK where you can spend the night in a nature reserve.
Stay from $100/night
Love in the Round, Cornwall
Like something out of Alice in Wonderland, Love in the Round is a quaint and kitschy home away from home in one of England's most beautiful counties, Cornwall. This copper-roofed roundhouse was made by a couple for couples—complete with a four-posted bed. Spend your evening outside around the cast-iron fire pit with the bottle of wine you've picked from the honesty basket. Take the night off from cooking and take up the offer of having a Persian feast delivered to your hut instead.
Stay from $188/night
Fishguard Bay Resort, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
The incredible view is the main attraction at the pods at Fishguard Bay camping resort in Wales. Situated along the Wales Coast Path, the huts are the perfect base for blustery winter walks with breathtaking vistas. Each of the glamping pods sleep up to four and come equipped with BBQs, TVs, tea, coffee, and fresh linens. The resort houses holiday cottages, caravans, lodges, and regular campers so it never gets too lonely up on the cliff top. The fact that it's a 'resort' brings the advantage of freshly baked bread, pastries, and pizzas available on-site for sale daily.
Stay from $50/night
The Dome Garden, Gloucestershire
Spend the night in Gloucestershire's Forest of Dean in one of the 11 space age domes that scatter the woodland, making up The Dome Garden. Each dome ranges from 12-24 feet in size, perfect for a cozy couple or larger party. Futuristic quirks include astroturf on the floor, color-changing lamps, and hanging canvas beds (there are regular mattresses, too, for less adventurous sleepers!). Don't forget to dive into the local activities—canoeing, anyone?
Three night stay minimum
The Shepherd's Return, Sussex
A holiday home on wheels, The Shepherd's Return is set in the calm surrounds of a West Sussex country garden—just one hour from London. The cabin is heated and lit by solar and wood fuel, and everything is designed to be as organic as possible, from the natural wool bed linen to the sheepskin hot water bottle—and don't forget the organic breakfast hamper.
Stay from $177/night
Coracle the Yurt, Dorset
Coracle the Yurt is a naturalistic handcrafted yurt—complete with king-sized bed—at Crafty Camping, a sophisticated adults-only site in the heart of West Dorset countryside. It overlooks a fishing pond and has its own tree shower, a dressing table, sofa and chairs, fresh linens, and candle lanterns. In case you were worried about the chilly nights, there are reindeer skin rugs, down bedding, electric blankets and even heated towel rails that will keep you perfectly cozy through sunrise. At the end of the wooden walkway is a shared kitchen—complete with pizza oven—games yurt, and a sauna yurt.
Stay from $150/night