Spring is officially here, so it’s time to start thinking of your summer get away. How about something slightly alternative? Forget expensive hotels - we take a look at some of the best ‘glampsites’ on our very own shores…
Cornish Tipi Holidays, Pendoggett, Cornwall
These diamonds in the rough are just 5 minutes from Port Isaac, nestled right next to Tregildrans Quarry Lake. At the lake you can swim, fish or take a leisurely boat ride and enjoy all the surrounding wildlife. The owners offer a traditional style of camping and work to ensure that the site has the lowest possible impact on the environment; while they source local materials where possible.
The Gypsy Camp, near Wickham Bishops, Essex
Back to basics with a splash of colour. Just 4 miles from the hidden beaches of the Blackwater Estuary, these traditional bowtop wagons provide candles and campfire cooking. What could be more romantic than a wagon for 2?
Classic Cottages Glamping Holidays, Owl Cedar Yurt near Dartmouth, Devon
Did someone say wood-fired hot tub? Sold! Welcome to glamping at it's best. This yurt has it's own wooden deck, king size bed, underfloor heating and fully equipped kitchen. Located in the middle of the forest, it has spectacular views over the valley and nature so close it takes your breath away.
The Park, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Stay in one of these American retro-style 'Silver Bullet' trailers and you'll be 'surfin' USA' in no time. Not least because the trailers are located less than 500 metres from the sea. Imported from the US and completely authentic - what a brilliant alternative to your usual run of the mill caravan holiday.
Brocklands Farm Glamping, Hampshire
Now these luxurious tents will give you a glamorous taste of the safari lifestyle. You may not meet any big game hunters, lions or bears (no thanks), but you will be able to relax and take in the glorious English countryside. With exclusive use of the 2.5 acres of meadow and all the forest surrounding it, getting back to nature couldn’t be more enticing.