Has this gorgeous sun made you contemplate an outdoor summer vacation this year? So do we. Fortunately, these days, a weekend spent reconnecting with nature no longer has to mean damp tents and soggy fires — just in case the weather doesn’t hold up as much as your newfound enthusiasm for the great outdoors. Quite the contrary, the best glamping spots now come with their own hot tubs, pizza ovens, oh, and flush toilets. Allow us to introduce you to 10 of the best in the UK.
Yurtshire, North Yorkshire
On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, the bright new Yurtshire tree yurt site, surrounded by woods near Lake Eavestone, is the perfect getaway for couples. Each of the seven Scandi-chic lodges is tucked away among the trees for complete privacy and features a large raised deck from which you can enjoy sublime views in your own wood-burning hot tub. There is also a power shower, flush toilet and a large open-air outdoor seating area, complete with a fire pit.
From £200 per night (two night minimum stay); yurtshire.co.uk
The Yan, Lake District
Do you like the sound of “gastro glamping”? Yan, a boutique hotel at the foot of the Central Fells in the Lake District, has added glamping pods to its former 17th-century farmhouse just outside the pretty village of Grasmere. Each comes with its own kitchen and living room, with a wood burning stove, underfloor heating and a Bluetooth music system. After taking the long walks to Helvellyn or Helm Crag (or both), you’ll get one of their famous home-cooked meals right on your doorstep. Think shepherd’s pie, plates of potato chips and herb broths with horseradish muffins to refuel ready for another day of rambling.
From £420 for two for four nights; theyan.co.uk
The Nest, Lincolnshire
The Nest is an African-inspired glamping retreat in the heart of the Lincolnshire countryside, with safari-style lodges that sleep up to six, complete with a king-size master bedroom, king-size cabin bed and twin bedroom, all made with clean sheets from the White Company. There is a fully equipped kitchen and flush toilet, not to mention the pièce de résistance, a large freestanding bathtub overlooking the lake, best enjoyed with a glass of wine. Enjoy wild swimming nearby, excellent local pubs and plenty of local trails and gardens to explore, while if the weather is bad you can get stuck in the well-stocked selection of board games.
From £750 for up to six people for four nights; thenestglamping.co.uk
Starry Meadow, Wales
As a side of the vibes festi with your glamping? Of course you do. Head to Starry Meadow at Raquety Farm, a family-friendly festival-inspired glamping spot nestled at the foot of the Brecon Beacons. Expect luxury, flag-decked bell tents that seat up to four (with room for two extra kids), hot showers as well as stalls serving delicious street food, a bar serving local craft beer, a movie theater, and a lineup of activities. packed, including archery, pony rides and bushcraft workshops.
From £595 for a three-night weekend and £645 for a four-night midweek break for a family of four; starrymeadow.co.uk
Home farm, Hertfordshire
Craving country calm, but CBA with Friday night’s heavy traffic? Home Farm Glamping is just 21 km from central London or a short drive from Elstree & Borehamwood station, which is served by regular trains to St Pancras in just 22 minutes. Set in 150 hectares of private forest, fields and lakes, this is glamping with a big dose of holistic wellness. There are daily yoga classes at SouLand Yurt and facials and massages offered at the beauty tent, as well as a list of events planned this summer, from dance classes to raise money for Ukraine to weaving workshops. With indoor heated showers, flush toilets, and on-site hair dryer sockets, this campground is city rat style. You can even order a delicious dinner for the night of your arrival to be delivered directly to your fire pit for easy entry.
From £125 a night for a bell tent for up to four or £175 a night for a yurt for five; homefarmglamping. with
White House, Herefordshire
Nestled in an apple orchard in Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Herefordshire, White House Glamping is a riverside retreat with six tipis, pizza oven rentals and a private pebbled beach and pier for endless swimming, boating, fishing and paddleboarding. Resident ecologist Bryn offers guided wildflower walks, while puppies will receive dog baskets full of goodies and happy glampers can enjoy barbeques in their own outdoor dining area or by the river.
From £139 a night for a tipi that sleeps up to five; whitehouseonwye.co.uk
Penhein Glamping, South Wales
Give yourself a well-deserved digital detox at the family-run Penhein Glamping – the wild surrounding Monmouthshire countryside will more than make up for the lack of TV or wifi. Accommodation is entirely off the grid, though guests can access a “crook’s kitchen” should the moment present itself. Set on a 450-acre farm with wildflower meadows, an adventure playground, a creek to cool off and adjacent to Wentwood Forest for balmy days strolling through the woods, having picnics and building dens. Tired heads can rest in comfortable beds in the Persian tents, while adults can socialize and watch the stars by the campfire.
From £345 for a family of five; penhein.co.uk
Woolley Grange, Bradford-on-Avon
As an extra comfort aid when connecting with the great outdoors? Then Woolley Grange, in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, is the place for you. Guests at the Glamping enjoy access to the hotel’s spa facilities, which include an indoor and outdoor heated pool, and can enjoy treatments using products from British wellness brand Bramley. There is also on-site day care and a pizzeria, which will serve campers a continental breakfast each morning.
From £445 bed & breakfast (minimum two night stay); luxofamilyhotels.co.uk
Raynham Estate, Norfolk
Heading to the land of the great skies this summer? Look no further than the Raynham Estate in Norfolk, which now offers stylish accommodation for glamping amidst a five-acre wildflower meadow. Each of the eight spacious yurts features a massive oak super-king (with additional beds available), wood-burning stove, grill, fire pit, private bath and shower, and is powered by electricity to create cozy atmospheric lighting. Guests can order Aberdeen Angus beef for the barbecue and a locally produced basket with all the essentials, including craft beer and wine.
From £420 for three nights for two; raynham.co.uk
Alexander House, Scotland
After something totally isolated? Take the journey to Alexander House, Scotland, where three luxurious yurts sit high in the Perthshire hills and offer sensational views of Gleneagles and Ben Vorlich. Each has its own private wood-burning hot tub, to be enjoyed while the stars gaze up at the night sky, and a private bathroom, complete with a romantic roll-top tub.
From £175 per night (two night minimum stay); alexanderhousescotland. with