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Campwell at Cherry Wood
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14 dreamy places to go glamping in the UK

Yurts, tipis, geodomes, bell tents and safari-style structures – all clever ways to go camping in the UK without actually having to rough it

By Ellie Walker-Arnott
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So you’re ready to escape the city for a much-needed post-lockdown break? Thanks to lockdowns and travel restrictions, holidaying in the UK has never looked so tempting. Camping, too, is having a bit of a moment, with people and their sleeping bags flocking to those wild open spaces in droves. It’s a nice idea, but if the thought of actually roughing it this summer makes you want to stockpile loo roll again, here’s an alternative. Forget about tent poles or trying to get your eight hours on the world’s thinnest ground mat, none of these ace places to go glamping – from pre-pitched canvas to yurts and safari tents – require you to pitch your own, or forgo an actual bed. Some even come with hot tubs. Stress-free summer hols, here we come.

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Camp Out 2020
Camp Out 2020
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Ty’r Chanter, Powys

One of the pop-up campsites Canopy & Stars set up this summer to cope with rising demand for outdoor escapes, Ty’r Chanter is a bell tent that would have been doing the music festival circuit. Instead, it’s been set up for a comfy camping experience in Wales’ Brecon Beacons, complete with aerobed, proper linen and a real shower. 

Canopy and stars
Canopy and stars
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The Farm Camp, Wiltshire

This dreamy spot south of Bath is just the right mix of outdoorsy and plush. Each of the site’s roomy bell tents have real beds, fresh linen and a wood burner to keep you warm. The loos are of the compost variety, but you’ll also find hot showers, a well-equipped kitchen and – wait for it – an indoor pool. Fancy, right?

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Moat Island Glamping
Moat Island Glamping
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Moat Island Glamping, Norfolk

The luxe bell tents on this site are set up in what was once the moat for Haveringland Hall. These days, you’ll find spacious Lotus Belle tents with proper beds, fresh linen, wood burners and camping stoves. They are all pitched around an idyllic natural swimming pond. 

Frida Glamping
Frida Glamping
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Frida, Herefordshire

You can stargaze before you snooze in this off-grid, clear-roofed bell tent, which the owners have supplied with books about astronomy, star charts and even a telescope. Then try out your new-found celestial skills from the open-air bath next door.

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The Fire Pit Camp
The Fire Pit Camp
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The Fire Pit Camp, Norfolk

Fancy putting on your very own mini, socially-distanced festival with all your pals? You can hire out the Fire Pit Camp in its entirety, for up to 20 people. You’ll sleep in plush bell tents, and have access to a fire pit area, a warehouse for wet weather days and a double-decker bus which has been turned into a unique dining space. 

Bramblewood Yurt
Bramblewood Yurt
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Bramblewood Yurt, Somerset

Even hardened urbanites will feel right at home in this cosy Somerset yurt. Inside there’s a log burner, a big wooden bed and clever little kitchen. Outside on the deck, you’ll find a wood-fired tub and a BBQ area for grilling bangers in the woodland.

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Crafty Camping, Dorset
Crafty Camping, Dorset
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Crafty Camping, Dorset

Forget airbeds, you can sleep in an incredible bed hand-crafted from tree trunks in Crafty Camping’s yurts. This one, called Corcale the Yurt, also has a wood burner and a hot ‘tree shower’, PLUS a pizza oven and a peaceful lake to explore.  

Gravel Pit Farm, Kent
Gravel Pit Farm, Kent
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Gravel Pit Farm, Kent

If bell tents and yurts still feel a little outdoorsy for your liking, take a look at this baby. You’re still technically under canvas in Gravel Pit Farm’s safari-style tents but you get perks like wi-fi, electricity, real toilets, a gas cooker and a four-poster bed. So, pretty much your flat, but in a lush Kent field. 

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Campwell at Cherry Wood
Campwell at Cherry Wood
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Campwell at Cherry Wood, Gloucestershire

There are a bunch of glamping options at Campwell at Cherry Wood, and you could book them all up if you had 14 like-minded pals keen to spend a few nights in a forest in the Cotswolds. Our fave is Yurtup, a two-person yurt with a solid double bed, set in the wilderness. Wander through the trees to find the wood-fired sauna, or book on to classes, from yoga to foraging and a campfire cookery how-to.  

Ekopod, Cornwall
Ekopod, Cornwall
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Ekopod, Cornwall

You can choose between big safari tents and geodomes at this campsite, set between Bodmin Moor and the Cornish coastline. The clear-sided geodomes, like this one, are hidden away with rural views and huge king-sized beds from which to enjoy them. 

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The Tipi, Warwickshire
The Tipi, Warwickshire
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The Tipi, Warwickshire

This pre-pitched tipi is on the banks of Oxford Canal, in the middle of a working family farm. No hard labour for you though. All you need to do is stretch out on your sturdy wooden bed, soak in the wood-fired Swedish hot tub and toast marshmallows over your firepit. 

Oak Apple Lodge, Dorset
Oak Apple Lodge, Dorset
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Oak Apple Lodge, Dorset

Peace and quiet is guaranteed in this secluded spot surrounded by old oak trees. You get a true rural experience, but with mirrors, lanterns, heated blankets and Moroccan-inspired interiors rather than sleeping bags and tent pegs.

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Longlands Devon
Longlands Devon
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Longlands, Devon

Thick duvets, hot water bottles and egyptian cotton sheets await in these super-comfy safari tents. But first you’ll want to cook up a feast on your wood-burning stove and tuck in around a candlelit dining table. (Don’t worry – there’s one secret plug socket if you really need to charge your phone.) 

The Lost Garden Retreat, Suffolk
The Lost Garden Retreat, Suffolk
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The Lost Garden Retreat, Suffolk

These canvas lodges are so luxe we’re not sure you can get away with calling a stay here camping. The four tents look out over a pretty lake, and each comes with a wood-fired hot tub, fire pit, BBQ, king-sized four poster, real bath (in a bathroom with heated floors!) and fully-equipped kitchen. Roughing it this is most definitely not. 

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