Glamping in the UK – 10 sites handpicked by us, for you.
Imagine your private bell tent that unzips into ancient woodland or vast farmland. There's no need to rough it up to enjoy the British countryside this summer – you've earned that relaxing soak in a hot tub in the pastures. From the magical forests of Hampshire to the rivers and waterfalls of Yorkshire, here are 10 glamping sites handpicked by us, for you.
This cosy hut in Melksham by the River Avon and tucked amongst apple trees strung with lanterns in a fenced garden is remarkably quaint. The adults-only Shepherd's Hut comes with a double bed, kitchen, shower, underfloor heating and a wood burner. Dine or have a glass of wine outside under the apple trees – this mini-house is surrounded by vast swathes of grass. Explore the nearby Biss Meadows Country Park, which is perfect for nature walks and bird watching.
Dandelion is just steps away from the Forest of Bowland AONB, full of valleys and moorland, in northern England. The adults-only pods are homely with light-wood interiors, kitchenettes with lilac-coloured cabinets and overhead skylights in bedrooms. Have a picnic on your private patio, soak in your own hot tub, roast marshmallows on the pit, or take a long walk in the pastures while keeping an eye out for sheep.
The Traditional Shepherd's Hut in Ambleside is ideally situated to explore the wondrous Lake District. It consists of four cabins on the grounds of Rydal Hall, also home to a 17th-century manor, filled with gardens, waterfalls and woodlands, with the enchanting Lake Windermere, which inspired Beatrix Potter's illustrations, a stone's throw away. Be warned that the cabins, decked in wood furniture and bunk beds, do not have electricity. But it's about enjoying Old World charms, so light a candle or start a fire in the wood-burning stove and read a book – or simply sit outside and stargaze.
It's luxury meets hippie vibes at this glamping site set in 10 acres of magical ancient woodland on the Hampshire-Berkshire border 45 minutes west of London. Hollington Park Glamping is run by a family with two dogs, all of whom live on-site and glampers are welcome to bring pets for a fee. Cabins and bell tents come with electricity and are furnished with vintage trunks, pretty patchwork quilts, and colourful-patterned throw pillows and fuzzy carpets. The forest with towering trees and wildlife is a natural playground. It's easy to pass time here collecting wood for the firepit and bunny petting for children – and adults – can also be arranged.
Set in a wonderfully rural area of Ledbury in Herefordshire, Mikes Meadow Glamping consists of three handmade insulated wooden pods, one with a wood-fired hot tub. It's easy to keep fit on the grounds, which is next to a golf course and where a tennis court can be reserved. Equestrians will be happy to know that horses are welcome on the property with stables available for rent. Further afield, Wye Valley and Malvern Hills are also worth venturing out to.
A pretty wood cabin on a family-run farm in South Shropshire by the majestic Shropshire Hills, Park Farm Glamping is all about experiencing the great English countryside. Inside, windows allow for ample sunshine to pour in and the cabin doors, lined by potted flowers, fling right open onto grassland. Have a barbecue or picnic and take a stroll by the grassy hills covered in wildflowers. You're never alone here – on the premises are pigs, sheep, chickens, cows and horses.
At the bottom of the hill of the Vobster Inn in the Somerset countryside in Radstock, Glamping on the Hill has two yurts and two shepherd huts with kitchenettes, wood-burning stoves, and barbecue pits – all with stunning views of Mells Valley. One of the huts comes with a private wood-burning hot tub and all yurts and huts are beautifully furnished with wood furniture and rugs. Glampers can eat breakfast at the Vobster Inn or have a picnic in the marvellous gardens.
Nestled in a little village called The Lea, in between the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, Greenacres Glamping has two bell tents, two yurts and two new domes. Each is individually designed and furnished and ranges from retro-fitted to industrial-themed. Expect indoor plants and trunks, and quirky touches such as nightstand globes, velvet blankets and groovy-patterned bed runners. The bell tents are on wooden decks and have outdoor dining areas and all accommodations have wonderful views of the rolling hills.
Resting on the edge of Yorkshire Dales National Park, Wensleydale Glamping Pods consists of three wooden cabins on a farm that has been in the same family for generations. The pods are on raised wooden platforms and have lovely indoor dining areas that look out into the farm as well as outdoor picnic areas. Outdoor activities abound here – the national park has rivers and waterfalls and the area is popular amongst walkers and cyclists. Glampers can also bring their horses on holiday and leave them at the stables.
Despite its proximity to downtown York, The Little Hide, with its 10 cabins, yurts and pods – including four dog-friendly pods – is tucked in nature. The adults-only accommodations are snug and homely, with bird-print pillowcases, warm duvets and furry blankets. The Willow Farm Café on site serves a scrumptious farmhouse breakfast and a cuppa with takeaway options to enjoy in the picnic area. Be sure to soak in the spa after a day exploring the historic city centre.