As more British families plan a holiday at home this summer, glamping sites are looking forward to a bumper year. But where should you go? Glamping specialist Campsites.co.uk has picked out the Top 10 best glamping holidays in England.
These wow-factor breaks include cabins inspired by clinker boats, stargazing pods, hobbit homes, wacky wood cabins and idyllic Shepherd’s huts with beautiful views.
NEW FOR 2019: SHIP SHAPE, HEXHAM, NORTHUMBERLAND: Winner of the Best Newcomer prize at the annual Campsites.co.uk awards, Langley Dam is set in the Tyne Valley on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The site opened in 2018 with a range of high quality en-suite glamping cabins that have been inspired by the old clinker boats found along the Northumbrian Coast. The cabins, designed to resemble upturned fishing boats, are positioned on the bank of Langley Dam Reservoir with exceptional views of the fly-fishing lake. https://www.campsites.co.uk/go/28325
2019 ANNIVERSARY: HOBBIT HOME, YORKSHIRE: July 2019 marks 65 years since Lord of the Rings was first published, so a stay in a cosy Hobbit hole is apt. The grass-topped Shire House at North Shire is built into a North Yorkshire hillock and has a striking round door and windows. Step inside and the interior is cosily styled with plump armchairs, copper sinks, a tiny bathtub and lots of lamps for Hobbit hygge. The Shire House sleeps up to six and has a fully fitted kitchen for self-catering. https://www.campsites.co.uk/go/21443
NEW FOR 2019: STAR TURN, ALTON TOWERS: The oh-so-simple Stargazing Pods are the newest accommodation option at Alton Towers’ Enchanted Village. They’re located on a village green and each cosy pod sleeps up to four with one double bed and two single beds. In the evening, seek out a telescope on the green to explore the night sky. Other benefits of staying in the Stargazing Pods include a free takeaway breakfast bap, a second day free in the theme park plus early access to some ride and a free round of Extraordinary Golf. https://www.campsites.co.uk/go/28058
TREE TENT, BROMYARD, HEREFORDSHIRE: Brook House Woods is an adult-only glamping site with spectacular views of the Frome valley and the Malvern Hills. The luxury treehouse, Hobbit house and yurt are fabulous, but the amazing tree tent steals their thunder. The giant ball-shaped tent hangs between ash and oak trees and has two single sofa beds, a wood burner and a glass roof for sensational stargazing. https://www.campsites.co.uk/go/28117
NEW FOR 2019: FLOUR POWER, SHAFTESBURY, DORSET: Stay at Miller’s Huts for two slices of history: the mill site was mentioned in the Domesday Book and nearby Gold Hill famously appeared in that 1970s Hovis TV advert. Today, this adult-only site features a stoneground flourmill and gentle millpond, and is on the edge of Cranborne Chase in an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to Dorset’s World Heritage coastline. The glamping accommodation includes a tempting shepherd’s hut for two and a traditionally crafted Living Van, with room for a double bed, wood burning stove and a dining table overlooking the paddock, that is opening its doors for Easter 2019. Try an on-site bread-making course – the flour used is sourced from the mill. https://www.campsites.co.uk/go/28391
FAIR PLAY, BODIAM, SUSSEX: Roll up, roll up for a vintage break at Hideaway Holidays in Sussex. This collection of three lovingly restored carriages includes a 19th century fairground favourite and two showman’s carriages, all returned to their travelling fair heyday. They boast grand names – The Sir Paul Gooderham, Lady Stella and The Prince Regent – mahogany interiors and painted backdrops. The cosy caravans are for couples only, but each one is a romantic space with views of Bodiam Castle, a steam railway and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. https://www.campsites.co.uk/go/28285
NEW FOR 2019: BUBBLES AND SEA, LOOE, CORNWALL: Wake up to sea views of Seaton Bay and Eddystone Lighthouse with a stay in the new Iglucraft glamping cabins at Lydcott Glamping. The two handcrafted cabins have been named ‘The Pasty’ and ‘Prosecco,’ and they’re covered with spruce shingles with lots of aspen on the beautifully crafted interiors. The closest beach is just 10 minutes walk and the owners start every day with a delivery of fresh milk and eggs from their hens. https://www.campsites.co.uk/go/28388
AMAZING SPACE, LONGNEY, GLOUCESTERSHIRE: Stay in a restored 1950s Warwick Knight caravan that is believed to be one of only three left in the world. The Glamping Orchard is a family-run smallholding in the Severn Vale and the Warwick Knight has been renovated from a relic to a luxury caravan that featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. The revamped holiday home now has its very own roof garden with chairs and pillows for soaking up the sun (or the views). Inside there is ample room for a family of four, with a fully equipped modern kitchen and a wood burner for cosy evenings. When hunger hits guests can collect fresh eggs for breakfast, forage for berries down the country lanes or take a horse and cart ride to the local pub. https://www.campsites.co.uk/go/27258
CAPTAIN’S CHOICE, ST KEVERNE, CORNWALL: Outlandish Holidays, near St Keverne on Cornwall’s south coast, has a variety of weird and wonderful accommodations, but the pick of the bunch is the Jack Sparrow fairytale cabin with its steep roof that almost reaches the ground and a carefully crafted interior that reminds visitors of an old ship’s cabin. This cosy cabin is for couples only, and has a mezzanine level with a double bed and beautiful views of Falmouth Bay and the Lizard Peninsula. https://www.campsites.co.uk/go/2237
NEW FOR 2019: RULE THE ROOST, AMPLECARR, YORKSHIRE: The Hideaway is a glamping site set in woodlands attached to a 14th century medieval manor close to the Howardian Hills in an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The chilled out glamping experience includes the new Rufus’s Roost turreted treehouse, which has its own log-fired hot tub, an outdoor shower and a big-terrace for outside dining with a pizza oven for delicious bites. Inside there’s a den with bean bags, a popcorn maker and games, but the focus of any stay is on the amazing locations, so binoculars are included and there’s a bat monitoring station next door. https://www.campsites.co.uk/go/23073
STILT STAY, TINTAGEL, CORNWALL: Kudhva is a creative, eco-friendly, hideout with captivating coastal views. There are tree tents, a pub-styled cabin, and four wow-factor kudhva that are cabins raised high on wooden stilts for incredible views of their quarry setting. Each has floor-to-ceiling windows, a large outside terrace area and a mezzanine bed for two. The off-grid site has a strong eco ethos, with solar powered shower cubicles and a large communal kitchen, plus a hot tub and bar. https://www.campsites.co.uk/go/28053