The days when camping was seen as the last resort for those who couldn’t afford a proper holiday are now long gone. The attraction of camping for a whole new generation has come about due to the massive popularity of music festivals such as Glastonbury and today there is a whole new school of thought about the idea of an outdoors holiday.
’Glamping’ is the nickname given to the idea which basically covers any type of camping break that has a touch more glamour that the old idea of a cold night under canvas. One of the best resources for finding out all about this relatively new way of enjoying sleeping outdoors is to check out the information at Caravan Club. They also give you all the data you need to make informed choices about things like where to stay, which style of glamping might suit you best and other important issues such as why you need caravanning insurance.
In the meantime, here are six of the best glamping sites to visit in the UK:
Turkey Creek, Westmoor Farm, Oxfordshire
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Slightly strangely named as there isn’t a creek and there aren’t any turkeys either, there is a range of different accommodations to choose from at this fantastic site. Rustic bell tents, a tipi or a yurt could be your home from home in a shady wood where camp fires burn and resident dogs and goats make you feel right at home.
Cuckoo Down Farm, Ottery St Mary, Devon
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There are more yurts at this 30-acre site – and more friendly animals too! Each of the three yurts presents a superb luxury accommodation with double beds, wood-burning stoves and a vase of freshly cut flowers.
The services of a masseur, reflexologist, yoga teacher, reiki healer and art therapist are all available to make sure you really achieve the relaxed state of mind and body that a holiday should deliver.
Comrie Croft, Crieff, Perthshire
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Comrie Croft boasts a reputation for being environmentally friendly and offers two camping meadows for family tents amongst its secluded woodland pitches. There are also five katas, which are the Nordic style of a tipi, available to hire and which are large enough for a family of six.
Really Green Holiday Company, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight
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With fresh local organic food delivered prior to your arrival and an organic cafe and shop within the site’s orchard, renting a yurt in this scenic setting is a great way to have a healthy and eco friendly break. Visitors are encouraged to leave their cars at home and experience the true beauty of camping on the Isle Of Wight.
Shadow Woods, Billingshurst, West Sussex
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In the heart of the Weald downlands there are 63 acres of bluebell woodland called Shadow Woods. The owner is an ex-film producer who now focuses her energies on running the site and making sure the wild nature of the woodlands is there for visitors to enjoy for years to come.