It’s ten years since the first edition of the Glamping Getaways guide and since then ‘glamorous camping’ has enjoyed a huge rise in popularity and can now mean anything from a bell tent in a muddy field to some of the most luxurious accommodation you’ll find anywhere.

The new edition of Glamping Getaways covers both these extremes, with plenty in between – read on to find you perfect summer glamping adventure.

Best for Hills & Mountains

Bryn Dinas Pods, Gwynedd

Glamping pods and family lodges just a stone’s throw from the picturesque village of Beddgelert, and a few hundred metres from the start of the Watkin Path to the top of Snowdon. Throw open your door in the morning and soak up the amazing views. Pods from £57.50 a night, family rooms from £100 a night, minimum two-night stays

Snowdonia Glamping Holidays, Conwy

Nestled in the hills above the pretty village of Betws-y-Coed, this spot is home to some cosy off-grid shepherd’s huts and a barn that takes luxury glamping to a whole new level. A place where you can really switch off – not only are the surroundings stunning, there’s no mobile or Wi-Fi signal. Huts from £95 a night midweek, two-night weekends £220, barns from £220 for two-night break

Catgill Farm, North Yorkshire

Proper, on-the-farm glamping in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, set in undulating meadows just outside the village around Bolton Abbey. Ten Hobbit-style timber pods and two bell tents sleep four to six on proper beds with all sort of luxuries including en suite shower rooms, compact kitchens, hot water and heating, TV and Wi-Fi – plus a landscaped patio with log-fired hot tub. Pods from £195 a night, bell tents from £165 a night

The Quiet Site, Cumbria

The Quiet Site above Ullswater is a real family favourite

This hideaway campsite above Ullswater is a real family favourite, set amid the fells with dramatic views on all sides. It has loads of options, from bell tents to “gingerbread houses”, and is super-eco-friendly too. Glamping burrows from £55 a night, pods £80 a night, gingerbread houses from £130 a night

Damson View, Cumbria

Not far beyond Kendal and Windermere, Damson View’s self-contained pods tuck into the less-visited Lyth Valley and offer everything you would expect from a self-catering cottage but in miniature: a double bed, bathroom, kitchenette, sofa, dining table and TV. The walking, cycling and outdoor opportunities are fabulous, starting with the family farm’s private fell behind the pods. £105–£115 a night

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Best for Woods & Nature

Elmley Nature Reserve, Kent

At Elmley, a seemingly endless expanse of sky and water that is the UK’s only family-managed National Nature Reserve, you can stay in a range of very comfortable glamping accommodation, from shepherd’s huts to cabins. There is a communal camp kitchen, but breakfast can be delivered to your door and you can enjoy dinner in the nearby Kingshill Farmhouse. From £90 a night

The Little Retreat, Pembrokeshire

This is the brainchild of Amber Lort-Phillips, whose popular Big Retreat Wales festival of wellbeing is held here every year. The site’s collection of luxury geodomes and summer bell tents enjoys a ravishing location high above the Cleddau river in the grounds of the Lawrenny Estate, and is far enough away from the hurly-burly of the coast to be peaceful, yet close enough to enjoy both Pembrokeshire’s cliffs and beaches. Domes from £140 a night, bell tents from £80 a night

Lloyds Meadow, Cheshire

Eight miles east of Chester, Lloyds Meadow is a fabulous lakeside getaway – not so much a meadow as a natural wildnerness, with lakes, reedbeds, alders and ferns making a wonderfully secluded spot to indulge in a bit of adults-only glamping in spacious bell tents. There are real beds, lots of waterside wildlife and solar lanterns in the trees to create an enchanting evening ambience. You’re also just a mile from Delamere Forest , one of the largest stretches of woodland in the country. Bell tents from £70 a night

West Stow Pods, Suffolk

Woodland glamping doesn’t come much better or more accessible than at the rustic pods and lodges at West Stow Pods

Woodland glamping doesn’t come much better or more accessible than at the rustic pods and lodges of this site deep in rural Suffolk. Think olive-green woods riddled with paths and cycle trails against a classic English backdrop of gentle hills and delightful villages. Lodges from £80 a night, megapods from £70 a night, Pod Hollow from £175 a night, two-night minimum on weekends

Wild Luxury, Norfolk

Luxury canvas lodges sleeping six to 10 are spread across two private camps in a prime position on the North Norfolk Coast, with no Wi-Fi and a focus on natural pleasures. Of the two sites, The Hideaway is more family-oriented, with a woodland adventure area and plenty of swings, slides and hammocks, while Thornham Bay has a farm shop and café, a fish and chips restaurant and fish smokery on site. From £495 for three-night weekend break

Best for Dark Skies

Godwick Hall Shepherd’s Huts, Norfolk

These little beauties offer cosy couples the chance to enjoy a secluded romantic break in the glorious countryside of a 100-acre North Norfolk estate. Each comes with hot water and solid oak floors, mini kitchens, a super-comfy double bed and en suite shower and loo. Going to sleep to the hoots of owls and waking up among the trees are a joy, while optional extras include a “stargazer package” – a firepit, two blankets and marshmallows and skewers. From £80 a night

Little Seed Field, North Yorkshire

Set among the rolling moorlands of the eastern Yorkshire Dales, Little Seed Field offers seven snug cabins in a peaceful corner of a working dairy farm, while the owners make a point of catering for people hoping to explore some of the darkest of Britain’s skies, with events throughout the year. From £65 a night

Graig Wen, Gwynedd

Cosy yurts, a couple of quarry wagons and a romantic shepherd’s hut are all on offer, equipped with wood-burning stoves, kitchenettes and double beds – and their location in the shadow of Cader Idris is perfect for observing some of Britain’s darkest skies. Large yurt from £650 a week, small yurt from £475 a week, wagons from £150 for a weekend; shepherd’s hut from £180 for two nights

Oaklands Glamping & Treehouse, Powys

Situated in a sensational hilltop location, Oaklands is an adults-only site has a couple of high-end boutique safari tents

Situated in a sensational hilltop location, this remote, adults-only site has a couple of high-end boutique safari tents and a super-luxury treehouse, which is comfortable enough for someone who would rather be in a five-star hotel, but also wild enough to satisfy outdoorsy types. Treehouse short breaks from £540, safari tent short breaks from £399

Under Starry Skies, Carmarthenshire

This site takes its name from the clear, unpolluted skies in this part of rural Wales, just five miles from the Brecon Beacons. But you don’t need to look up to appreciate this smallholding, nor to appreciate cleverly designed rustic cabins with a curved “living roof” that offers insulation at the same time as harbouring wildflowers. From £700 a week

Best for Families

Lower Keats Glamping, Devon

Situated in the heart of Devon’s Axe Valley, six luxurious safari lodges include en suite toilets and showers, three comfy double or twin bedrooms and a kitchen with wood-burning stove. The site itself is great for kids, with a wildflower meadow and pigs and lambs to pet plus chickens to collect eggs from in the morning. From £495 for three-night break

Middle Stone Farm, Somerset

Middle Stone Farm is positioned on the edge of Exmoor

Positioned on the edge of Exmoor are these six safari lodges (three of which are dog-friendly), along with a 32-acre patch with rare-breed pigs and sheep, goats, chickens and alpacas, and two children’s play areas. Ideal for couples’ breaks and family holidays. From £120 a night

Up Sticks Glamping, Worcestershire

On the fringes of the Malvern Hills, Up Sticks is nestled in 17 acres of meadows and natural ponds, with three large safari tents, each sleeping six. Each tent has a comfortable living area with wood burner and kitchen, and it’s just a few steps down a raised boardwalk to your private bathroom and wood-fired hot tub and firepit. For two-night weekend from £350, four-night weekday stays from £450

The Wildings, Gloucestershire

With a tremendous position on a sliver of land in the Cotswolds, The Wildings is perfect for young families, with each unit sleeping up to a family of five. The pods, tents and yurts can be tailored to your needs. Bringing a baby? Add the cot bundle. Camping as a couple? Booking a celebration hamper. Enjoy a campfire and watch the bats while the kids play on the climbing frame. From £55 a night

Sloeberry Farm, Ceredigion

From Sloeberry Farm you can reach the spectacular cove of Aberporth beach by way of an undemanding mix of footpaths and country lanes

With two wooden cabins and four safari lodges, Sloeberry Farm is ideal for families. You can reach the spectacular cove of Aberporth beach by way of an undemanding mix of footpaths and country lanes, and each lodge or cabin features a kitchen and a wood-burning stove, along with a wood-fired hot tub, picnic table, barbecue and firepit. Crucially, each has its own facilities too. Bell tents from £75 (two-night minimum), lodges from £100 (two-night minimum)

Best for Couples

Let’s Glamp Retro, Ceredigion

Situated in a glorious rural location, these fabulous, vintage-themed “LodgePods” are each named after pop icons – Beatles, Queen and Madonna. Naturally, Queen is 70s-themed and you can listen to cassettes, while Madonna’s 80s groove is limited to a selection of CDs, and The Beatles is equipped with a set of vinyl records and a deck. From £125 a night, minimum three-night stay at weekends, four-night stays midweek

Old Rectory House, Somerset

Two cute, oak-clad shepherd’s huts are brilliantly designed, with a pull-down double bed over a seating area at one end and a wood-burner at the other, plus a fully furnished kitchenette and a mains-connected bathroom. There is a wood-fired hot tub too, and it’s a cosy, romantic sort of place, with a walled orchard and wildflower meadow, and walks to the beach. From £140 a night

Stamford Cider Huts, Lincolnshire

These glamping huts in Stamford ooze country charm

No expense has been spared in kitting out these cosy love nests, just the other side of Burghley House from the handsome town of Stamford. Though supplied with high-quality fixtures and fittings (Smeg, Dualit), they ooze country charm. There is a double bed, an old-fashioned cast-iron radiator and wood-burning stove, a sumptuous fitted bathroom, and even a glass of bubbly. From £109 a night

Titchwell Manor Shepherd’s Huts, Norfolk

These luxury huts are basically outdoor hotel rooms, with all the amenities you would expect if you were staying indoors and with access to all the hotel’s services. Don’t be surprised to find the other hotel residents looking wistfully out at your set-up as you laze in the sun or gaze up at the Norfolk stars. From £180 a night

Ockeridge Rural Retreats, Worcestershire

This luxurious rural property boasts a variety of glamping accommodation and a superb two-bedroom cabin. The shepherd’s huts are extremely comfortable and larger than usual, with underfloor heating, tiled en suites, king-sized beds and compact kitchenettes. Love-up couples can choose the one with the roll-top copper bath. From £99 a night

All bookable on Glamping Getaways is published by Cool Places, at £18.99. Martin Dunford is the founder of Cool Places

published 2022-05-06 13:00:00