You get to a certain age and the things that you loved doing when you were younger now seem to be a bit of a chore. I’m talking about camping holidays. When we were younger the thought of spending a few nights outdoors and cooking our own food on a campfire was the stuff of childhood dreams. Now if you mention camping to me, I think of lumpy sleeping bags, cold nights and dodgy tents.
But what if there was a compromise? Something that would still keep the feel of an outdoor holiday, but offered a certain style of luxury as well? Welcome to glamping! Whether you fancy camping in a log cabin, a yurt, a log cabin or a wooden wigwam, glamping takes the pain and hardship out of camping,, but still allows you to experience nature at it’s best.
We’ve chosen four special glamping holidays, in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, and all featuring different styles of glamping. See what is out there!
Posey – Gloucestershire – Shepherd’s huts
We have missed the spectacular bluebell woods for this year, but this is definite choice for next year. The traditional shepherd’s hut is situated at The Bluebell Wood, where you can view the nearby maze of badger sets, and watch the native deer roaming freely in the ancient woodland. The kitchen is fitted with gas hobs, there is a hot safari shower and solar lanterns glow to light your way through the woods. You are surrounded by the beautiful Cotswolds, where there are wonderful walks and cycling paths.
Cost is from £70 per night, minimum of 2 nights. Children can camp alongside in their own tent for an extra £10 per head. www.canopyandstars.co.uk
Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast – WigWams
This part of the world has spectacular views across the Giant’s Causeway, and is known to feature picturesque fishing villages, beautiful beaches filled with golden sand, awe inspiring cliff tops, peaceful glens, and even a World Heritage site. The Wigwams are made from timber frames and are entirely insulated, complete with a weatherproof roof material.
The doors and windows are double glazed and if required you can order an optional furniture pack. Inside the Wigwam there is a central platform that allows a spacious sleeping area, this can be dismantled during the day for a living space. The Wigwams are designed to be lived in all year round, making them the perfect escape.
Prices start from £35 (based on 2 people sharing). www.wigwamholidays.com/
Scottish Borders – Campervans
Fancy reliving your youth in a classic campervan? Here’s your chance. ‘Dorothy’ is a classic T2 VW Campervan, owned by Iconic Campers and situated in Abbey Saint Bathans in the Scottish Borders. This is a superb location for anyone who wants to explore Scotland and Northumberland, as you can travel up to the Highlands, or if you prefer, stay close and check out the beautiful beaches on the Heritage Coastline of Berwickshire and East Lothian and the Lammermuir hills.
Dorothy comes fully equipped with everything you would need for a camping holiday, from sleeping bags, to crockery and cutlery, to pots and pans and you can even request additional camping furniture such as picnic tables and awnings.
Prices start from £85 per day. www.iconiccampers.com
Carmarthenshire – Gypsy Wagon
If it is the gypsy’s life for you then head across to West Wales, where father and son team Will and David Robinson have lovingly restored this 20th century Romany bow top wagon.
The gypsy wagon has been fully converted to provide a stunning living space, complete with a full size double bed, with underbed cupboards for storage, cushioned seating and a battery lantern and fairy lights for lighting. Alongside the wagon is a log cabin that includes a private decked area, with a handmade bench and table.
There is also find an open fire pit for your use, where you can sit and roast marshmallows should you wish to do so. Inside the log cabin you will find a log burner, a sofabed and tv and a selection of books to read. There is also a fitted kitchen that has all the basic essentials. A shower room, with sink and flushing toilet complete this wonderful cabin.
Prices start from £120 for 2 nights. www.oldoakgypsywagon.co.uk