With the Omicron variant sweeping the UK, it’s not the best time to be heading abroad.
As restrictions change and cases rise, there’s the potential for winter sun plans to be put on hold – but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a break.
Britain may not be warm at this time of year, but our rugged countryside continues to wow past summer, and there’s still plenty to do regardless of the weather.
A winter glamping trip gives you a chance to see what the country has to offer without braving the elements, with cosy lodges and tents designed to make camping more comfortable.
We’ve rounded up some of the UK’s best glamping spots for your festive staycation, all featuring stoves and heaters for a snuggly staycation.
Mallinson’s Woodland Retreat, Dorset
Nestled in the West Country woodland, these unique treehouses were built by BBC Mastercrafts host Guy Mallinson.
The Dazzle treehouse – which still has availability for December and January – is surrounded by nature, but has enough mod cons so you won’t perish with the cold.
It boasts rear deck with a hot tub, cargo net daybed, barbecue, and pizza oven, as well as a wood burning stove and Nespresso machine in the fully-equipped kitchen for holing up indoors.
Prices start at £990 for two weeknights in the Dazzle treehouse, or £1950 for three nights over the Christmas period. Visit the website for more information.
Little Seed Field, North Yorkshire
For those who prefer glamping with a little more camping than glam, head to Ripon for a wild(ish) experience.
Five snug cabins sit on the sit on the moors, with lighting, electrical points, and a log stove to keep you slightly in the modern age while you enjoy your surroundings. Ensuite cabins also have electric heaters in the bathrooms.
It’s less about the amenities, and more about having an eco-conscious way to visit this certified Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just off popular walking routes like Hack Fall trails, the Crackpots Mosiac Trail, and Ripon Rowel.
Book via CoolCamping, with prices starting at £190 for two nights.
Adhurst Yurts, Hampshire
Ideal if you’re coming from London, the Adhurst Estate can be easily reached by train, taking you from the big city to the South Downs National Park in under an hour.
Guests staying in one of the six on-site yurts will get everything they need provided, including a fully-stocked wood store for the log burner and cast iron cookware for their outdoor safari kitchen.
Choose one of the yurts with a hot bath if you feel the cold, but all have double beds with 100% cotton sheets for a super snuggly break.
Two nights midweek cost from £350 and three night weekends from £510. Check the website for more information.
Loch Katrine Eco Camping, Stirlingshire
Stay on the beautiful, 9-mile-long Loch Katrine, and witness everything the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park has to offer from your own eco cabin.
Inside each there’s a compact kitchen, heating, ‘proper’ beds, TV, and free Wi-Fi, while certain lodges also offer ensuite shower rooms and underfloor heating.
That way you can go hiking (Ben A’an and Ben Venue are in view from the camping spot) or even wild swimming in the picturesque waters, while coming back to a warm welcome.
Prices start from £70 a night for the eco lodges. Book via CoolCamping.
The Herdsman’s Hut, Kent
The Herdsman’s Hut at Broxhall Farm in Canterbury is ideal for couples, sleeping two in a secluded setting that’s not too far from the local country pub.
Cows graze on the rolling hills where the hut is located, and indoors you’ll get amenities like a wood burning stove, hot running water, an electric shower in the ensuite bathroom, and an electric hob and mini fridge for rustling up simple meals.
For those who’d prefer to cook al fresco, there’s a fire pit on the veranda.
Prices are from £95 per night. Book via the Broxhall Farm website.
Lantern and Larks, Rutland
Lantern and Larks has a number of glamping sites across the country, but the Exton Park spot is one of the prettiest.
The parkland on the estate has existed since the 12th century, playing host to performances by Handel in the 18th Century and nowadays as a filming and wedding location.
Perfect for larger groups, the tents have three bedrooms and can accommodate six people. Fire pits come as standard, and there’s a gas-powered shower, WC, log burning stove, and double gas hob in each.
Book direct from the website, with prices starting at £321.30 for two nights.
Hensleyside Huts, Northumberland
These charming shepherd’s huts are all made of reclaimed wood, set in Capability Brown-designed parkland near the historic Hensleyside Hall.
Stay in the Heather hut, which featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces on Channel 4, and is insulated using sheep’s wool for sustainable warmth.
Inside there’s a king-size bed with luxury mattress and Egyptian cotton sheets, an ensuite bathroom with power shower, and a wood-burning stove and oven, and you’ll also get access to your own wood-fired outdoor bath for long nights stargazing.
Prices start at £120 per night, with a two-night weekday minimum stay and a three-night weekend minimum. Book or get more information on the website.
Grasmere Glamping, Cumbria
For camping with a little less ‘roughing it’, head to the Lake District and stay in one of the two luxury Micro Lodge Pods on Broadrayne Farm.
You’re right in the middle of the National Park, and the Coast to Coast walking route passes through the nearby village of Grasmere for easy access to hiking trails.
As for home comforts, your glamping pod has a log burning stove, Wi-Fi, a bluetooth music system, plenty of sockets with integrated USB chargers for your devices, and an LG smart LED TV enabled for Netflix and Prime.
Book on the Grasmere Glamping website, with a three-night stay costing from £315.
Headland Escape, Pembrokeshire
This glamping site in South Wales comprises a small collection of yurts and an en-suite shepherd’s hut, all 10 minutes from the coast.
Each yurt has its own private shower and bathroom facilities, with features like king-sized beds and wood-burning stoves for a comfortable break.
If you want to be extra boujee, the Cornflower and Daisy yurts also have their own wood-fired hot tubs.
Prices start at £350 for a two-night stay via CoolCamping.
Hattie the Horse Box, Kent
Hattie is a converted horse box you can stay in, with panoramic views over the Tunbridge Wells countryside and its very own hot tub.
An electric stove keeps things toasty, and if you’ve sampled everything the local area has to offer, you can come back to this unique accommodation with cooking facilities and a TV.
Prices start at £250 for two nights. Book via SnapTrip.
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published 2021-12-16 21:45:15