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Picture the scene: you’re in the heart of the countryside, drinking a hot mug of cocoa and toasting marshmallows over a crackling campfire, the open sky twinkling with stars above you. Camping is a great way to get away from it all, but the thought of foregoing little luxuries such as running water and a comfy bed isn’t always appealing!

Enter glamping: an abbreviation for glamorous camping, it’s the way to go for those of us who want to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing our home comforts. Fortunately, the UK boasts a wide variety of glamping accommodation – we’ve chosen our favourites below!

The Secret Yurts, Wales

Feather duvets, hot running water and cosy wood-burners make this a glamping experience to remember. There’s a fully equipped kitchen at your disposal, and each yurt’s private decking makes for the perfect place for a romantic feast under the stars. Enjoy the best of the Welsh countryside before spending the evening relaxing in the hot tub. Working with the surrounding environment, there’s a rainwater harvesting system and hot water is provided through ground source heating and solar panels.

Inside a Secret Yurt in Wales
Inside a Secret Yurt

Loveland Farm, Devon

With sea views and an ethos revolving around sustainability, this ‘glampsite’ of 5 stylishly designed pods is set close to the beautiful Devon coast, bringing the simpler things in life to the fore. Sleeping up to 6, each pod is beautifully kitted out with all the home comforts – think kitchenettes, showers and eco-toilets. The perfect place to get away from it all, there’s also Wi Fi for those of us who want to stay connected.

Loveland Farm Devon
Loveland Farm, Devon

 Wriggly Tin Shepherd’s Huts, South Downs

Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, in an idyllic meadow in the South Downs National Park, these shepherd’s huts offer a great place to escape it all and unplug. Sleeping up to five people depending on the hut you choose, you can opt for a breakfast basket delivery in the morning, or whip up your own from the supplies included – there are cooking facilities and camp fires are encouraged!

The Quiet Site, Ullswater

As if waking up in the heart of the English Lake District wasn’t enough, this relaxed Cumbrian campsite has its very own set of ‘Hobbit Holes’ too – pared back underground living spaces which blend seamlessly into the rolling hills of the site. There are also timber pods, offering protection against the elements and views over the Ullswater valley. You’ll need to bring your own camping gear – don’t forget marshmallows to toast over the campfire!

Ullswater in the English Lake District
Looking out over Ullswater

Feather Down Farms, Across the UK

Boasting a number of locations across the UK, all Feather Down camp sites are pitched on working farms and accommodation ranges from cosy ‘Canvas Lodge’ tents to log cabins complete with hot tub outside. There’s easy access to fresh farm produce, activities such as farm tours can be enjoyed, and a number of extra little luxuries are available – you can even request a private bunny to cuddle during your stay!

Feather Down glamping inside the lodge
Inside a Feather Down log cabin

Would you go glamping?

IMG: © 2005, Otto Kalkhoven, Ton Hurks Fotografie / Feather Down Farms; Camping Farm, pshab, Ullswater, claire_h / Flickr cc.

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