Even though we’re into September already, don’t rule out Glamping in the UK during this month, next month or even beyond. Many sites throw in wood burners, fire pits and even the odd hot tub meaning glamping isn’t just a summertime option…
Here's 10 of our favourite:
The Grove, Cromer, Norfolk
Wood Burners | BBQ | Fire Pits
This one is a personal favourite having stayed here with my girl mates in 2015. It was pretty bloody good then but now, in their own words ‘Since then, The Grove Glamping has gone from strength to strength and from glam to glammer.’.
When we stayed here back in 2015, we were in lovely Bell tents, each with a double bed, bunk beds, wood burner, matting on the floor, blankets a-plenty and trunk full of useful utensils. Now the Bell tents have gone and been replaced by Nomadic and Mongolian insulated yurts with oak doors no less and windows in the roof so you can sleep under the stars without actually sleeping under the stars. Each yurt still has a double bed with mattress and duvet, bunk beds, and wood burner plus solar charged electricity points to charge your phone and separate covered cooking area with gas hobs and BBQ and seating area – but if you can’t be arsed to cook – there’s a restaurant onsite at your disposal. The yurts can sleep between six and eight people and there are five dotted around the site. The toilet and shower block have been re-vamped and Glampers also have access to the swimming pool.
A short walk through the woods brings you out on to the cliffs at Cromer on the beautiful North Norfolk coast. Famous for its crabs (delicious), the blue-flag wide sandy beaches at Cromer complete with pier are clean and safe to swim at. The town has a mass of shops, pubs and restaurants and even boasts a cinema and pier theatre – not bad for a small seaside town. The town is easily reached along the small coastal path and will only take a 10 minute stroll – perfect for a few drinks in town and then ping-pong your way back to your yurt.
Hot tub | Underfloor heating | Wood Burner | Fire Pit | BBQ
Tucked away in the Kent countryside, near to the city of Canterbury is a quirky little wooden cabin for two with its very own secret garden and hot tub. Your King size bed looks out onto your secret garden via glass walls and you sleep under the stars via a glass ceiling and with underfloor heating complimented by a wood-burning stove you will be as snug as a bug in a rug in this gorgeous place. The hot tub is just a short dash across the lawn but fear not, towelling robes and slippers are provided and they even leave you a complimentary bottle of bubbles in the welcome pack!
Approximately 1 hour drive from London, the small village of Blean lies between the cathedral city Canterbury and the town of Whitstable in the Kent countryside. Blean Woods is one of the few ancient woodlands left in the UK and is rich in wildlife. The local pub is just a 5 minute walk from A Secret Garden.
Red Kite Tree Tent is exactly what is says – suspended between trees above a stream, these spherical tents, lined with lambs wool contain a foldaway double bed or twin and wood burning stoves to keep the cold at bay. Walk through the forest and cross the bridge to your cosy home in the trees, this the perfect getaway for a bit of luxury in the wilds of Wales. Cross over your very own drawbridge to the open air decking area where you will find gas hob and cooking utensils and sink with hot and cold water. The enclosed shower cubical blends in with surroundings with WC a discreet distance up the slope. Solar power runs to the tent for lighting and charging so although you’re in the wilderness civilisation is still accessible should you want it.
North of the Brecon Beacons, Red Kite Tree Tents are the perfect location to get lost in the countryside from. Nearby Bulith Wells and Llandrindod Wells provide the local amenities with the latter offering museums and spa made famous in Victorian times.
Fire Pits | Wood Burners | Central Heating (Yurt Yami and Airstream Ana)
Options at Cotswolds Camping abound from a Yurt and Bell tents to a Gypsy caravan or Airstream, cosy up in your home from home and enjoy the facilities.
Yurt Yami – The 5m insulated yurt has a double bed plus 3 futon chairs, wood burning stove and is richly decorated with Indian wall hangings, kelim rug and wooden flooring and is even complimented by central heating. Campsite facilities such as kitchen, shower and toilet are shared and you need to take your own bedding.
Gypsy Caravan Carmen – perfect for a romantic getaway the gypsy caravan is lined with wood and boasts its own wood burning stove. The bed is raised and slightly smaller than your average double so a certain level of bedroom athletics are required to even get in to bed but once in you will cosy as. There is a covered outside seating/dining area with fire pit and cooking and washing are in the shared glampers facility block.
Airstream Ana is a beautiful, recently refurbished 1960’s Silver Bullet caravan with wood burning stove and central heating. Ana has her own cooking facilities and toilet & wash basin with hot and cold water, along with a double bed and indoor seating and dining area which can be extended to make another double bed. There is also an outside seating area and fire pit to while away the evenings looking over the views of the local countryside.
Bell Tents – the bell tents are simpler but no less cosy with newly installed wood burners and rugs covering the wooden floors. Each contains a double bed with extras if needed, outside seating areas and fire pits. Cooking and washing facilities are shared.
Near to Shipston-on-Stour and Chipping Norton, Cotswolds Camping is surrounded by countryside and slap bang next to Whichford Wood, at its most resplendent in Spring with a covering of Bluebells, the wood is a beautiful place to be any time of year and is accessed by a lane just opposite the campsite. The village of Whichford has a fine pub serving food but no shop although one can be found in nearby Long Compton. For those who like to delve in to a bit of history The Rollright Stones provide a bit of ancient mysticism and include a 4,000 year old stone circle and 5,000 year old burial chamber.
With 4 Shepherd Huts for rent (the fifth is a wash hut with loos, sinks and showers with hot & cold water), The Original Hut Company offers fully equipped wooden huts complete with wood burning stoves. The dining area converts in to a double bed with linen provided and a day bed at the opposite end which converts into bunk beds. Each hut has a cooking area with gas hob and sink and lighting courtesy of solar panels on the roof. The outside seating area is warmed by a fire pit with open-fire cooking equipment at your disposal. New for 2017 is an onsite farm shop and café for life's essentials and spa for that added bit of luxury.
Situated just a short walk from the campsite is the most impressive 14th Century Bodiam Castle amongst the most picturesque in the country with rounded towers, spiral staircases, battlements and portcullis, a visit here on a romantic getaway is a must. Catch the small ferry from the castle to the village of Newenden where you can eat at the local pub and spend a few hours messing about on the river in your own rowing boat.
The Isle of Skye is a beautiful place to be but with an average temperature of 12 degrees in September, Skye Shepherd Huts with their heating and wood burners are where you want to stay! Despite their size, the huts are bright and airy and afford truly stunning views from all aspects. There are two huts onsite, each with electricity, sink and double bed with linen and towels provided and they even chuck in an electric blanket. Bathroom facilities are situated in the main house with easy access and include showers. Breakfast is included in your stay and is served in your individual hut.
Nearby Broadford and Sleat provide the entertainment, with pubs and plenty of places to eat from fish & chips to a Michelin starred restaurant just a short drive away. Walk along the coastal paths or be a bit more energetic with outdoor sports on hand such as mountain biking or sea kayaking or take in a bit of culture and visit the nearby neo-Gothic Armadale Castle or simply relax outside your Bothy, wrapped in blankets and if you’re really lucky you may catch a glimpse of the spectacular Northern Lights.
Lincoln Yurts provide a yurt for all tastes. With 5 yurts on offer, no matter what your personal style there’s one here for you. Choose from the French Yurt, a shabby chic romantic yurt with enormous king size four poster bed slap bang in the middle of the tent, this is one for the lovers out there. A wood burning stove keeps the temperature high and this yurt comes complete with piano should you feel the need to serenade your loved one. The Gothic Yurt is, as you would expect, predominantly black and purple and most dramatic when lit with candles. The 6 ft bed head sports a carved vampire's head which may not be to everyone’s taste but does provide an oddly boudoiresque feel and yes, here also is a piano. Heading towards the more traditional style of yurt is the Balinese Yurt whose piece de resistance is the 125 year old hand carved rosewood wedding bed which forced the owners to build the yurt around the bed. This yurt has no electricity and is lit by over 40 candles and light from the wood burning stove. The Oriental Yurt offers a round bed with king size mattress and beautiful carved oriental cupboards – kick back and watch a film using the yurt projector from your enormous bed whilst being kept warm by the pot-bellied wood burner. Last but certainly not least is the Mongolian Yurt, a colourful blend of genuine Mongolian furniture and traditional accessories including hookah. As with all the yurts, this is heated with a wood burning stove and oil filled radiator and along with the French Yurt, features a super king sized bed to snuggle in to.
The French Yurt credit: Lincoln Yurts
The Gothic Yurt credit: Lincoln Yurts
1 mile away is the village of Welton in Lincolnshire with it’s history dating back over 1,000 years. This classic village has small brick lanes, a village green and even a haunted coach house. There are several shops including a supermarket plus a takeaway and fish & chip shop if you don’t fancy cooking and what’s more, the owners will even drive you there to get what you need – now that’s service! Slightly further afield is the cathedral city of Lincoln with all the amenities and nightlife you’d expect from a thriving city.
Hot tub (Big Chief Wigwams) | Fire Pits | BBQ | Wood Burners (Shepherd Huts)
Secret Valley has the lot – Lodges, Yurts, Shepherds Huts, Tipis, Bel(le) Tents but what we’re interested in is the Wigwams – the Big Chief Wigwams to be precise – why? Because they come with their own 4-person hand-made Scandinavian wood fired hot tubs – yeah baby! There are 2 of these super-duper wigwams and another seventeen sans hot tub but nevertheless cosy – built from wood, the wigwams all have electricity providing light and heat to keep the chill out. Sit outside and light up the barbie and keep yourself toasty with the fire pit. Alternatively try the Shepherd Huts which have a wood burning stove inside and BBQ and Fire Pit outside.
Set in the Quantock Hills in Somerset, Secret Valley is on a 400 acre farm with its very own vineyard. Surrounded by valleys, moors and ancient woodlands if you are an outdoors type this place is perfect with walking, hiking, climbing, horse riding and biking. And if you're not - no worries, the town of Bridgewater is only 3 miles away and Taunton is ten. Eating out is around 3 miles away but really - why would you bother...