Glamping holidays have become increasingly popular across the globe and appeal to those who would no more consider sleeping in a flimsy tent in a field, than flying to the moon!
Many people shun camping holidays because of the anticipated discomfort and lack of home-from-home comforts. They may adore the great outdoors, but quiver at the thought of camping “Bear Grylls style”.
However today there is a simple answer – opt for glamping holidays!
1. What Are Glamping Holidays?
Glamping holidays allow you to enjoy all the wilderness has to offer but without sacrificing any comfort. Put simply – It’s glamorous camping and you’ll find yourself holidaying in comfort, or even downright luxury!
Whether you choose an idyllic tree house high up amongst the birds, or a 5 star luxury pod with hot tub and champagne on arrival, you are sure to have a wonderful experience.
2. Types of Glamping Holidays
2.1 Domes – Great For Families And Groups
Domes or bell tents are a great choice for families. They are generally more spacious inside compared to other options because they have a single, central support with the walls being held securely by tension cables pegged to the ground. This space is great for bigger groups and all the extras kids bring on holiday.
The kids will be entertained as there are lots of things to do from exploring the surrounding woodland to building a secret den. Most domes feature a wood burning stove inside to ensure a cosy night. with a fire pit and BBQ outside to cook meals al fresco. And most excitingly, you will usually find all the mod cons you’d expect from a hotel – from Egyptian cotton sheets right through to SKY TV!
2.2 Tree houses – Great for Individuals And Couples
A tree house stay is a wonderful experience to get up close and personal with nature. You will have a fantastic view point for the surrounding area, plenty of privacy and the added extra thrill of sleeping above the ground. Perhaps this option isn’t for the faint hearted – the access is usually a ladder although some sites do offer suspension bridges.
Tree houses generally come in 2 types:
1. A traditional small house built in the trees’ natural branches.
2. A solid structure that is built high up on stilts, usually offering a perfect 360 degree view across the landscape.
Glamping holidays in treehouses normally include hardwood floors, comfortable beds, cable TV and all the added extras to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
2.3 Pods – Great For Families And Groups
“Pods” is the rather understated name for wooden cabins which are fully insulated and come in a variety of shapes – armadilla, cylindrical, hobbit – as well as various sizes. The top of the range pods are equipped with proper beds, a small kitchen area with hob, fridge, microwave and kettle, a TV and patio furniture to sit outside when the weather is kind. Some of the more luxurious versions also have a toilet and handbasin inside; on other glamping sites you’ll have to use the public facilities.
2.4 Wigwams – Great For Families And Groups
Inspired by the Native American design of a dome-shaped dwelling, glamping wigwams may be wooden or canvas. The timber structures are similar to pods in terms of design and durability. Opt for wooden if you require a little more luxury – they have insulation, double glazed windows, a kitchenette, dining area, TV and electrical sockets. And the very best ones have en-suite facilities too.
2.5 Tipis – Great For A Luxury Tent Experience
These pre-pitched tents tent to be more traditional in that they are made from wooden poles and cotton canvas covers and so give a great sense of being back-to-nature. Some even have a vent at the top so you can lit a campfire when you’re inside. From the outside, they appear little more than a tall, elongated tent, and are a less luxurious option than some of the others mentioned above. However they are often furnished in a quirky style, with bright prints, soft carpets, a generous mattress and even heating. Furthermore their spacious interiors ensure you don’t feel cramped as is so often the case with a traditional 2 man tent.
These are just a selection of the many types of glamping accommodation options available all over the UK today. They are absolutely ideal if you want to get closer to nature, enjoy a camping experience but aren’t prepared to forgo your little luxuries!
Michelle has worked as a traditional and digital marketer for the past 8 years. Prior to that she had a varied career, firstly qualifying as a pharmacist, completing a PhD and working in the field of Quality Assurance. Then she upped sticks and moved to sunny Portugal, and worked in an operational role as Leisure Area Manager for a large resort company.
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