The best glamping in the UK: 10 sites we can’t get enough of!

Posted on 3rd Jun 2020. In , , , , , ,


From cosy couples’ retreats and hot tub heavens, to cool log cabins and the unique and usual, Glamping in the UK is here to stay. Traditional campers may scoff at it, but not even a global pandemic will keep glamping down forever.

And now that the UK’s glampsites have reopened (with Covid-19 measures firmly in place to keep guests safe), we’re ready to give them a loud social distanced clap and cheer. 

Top of our cheer list will be this little lot: 10 of the best glamping spots in the UK, picked by yours truly for their originality, personality, unique touches, and, of course, Covid-19 safety measures. 

So set your Siri reminder and schedule a well-deserved post-lockdown UK glamping weekend away.

Best Glamping UK | No. 1

 In The Stix, Rutland | Sleeps 4 – 6

The UK’s first glamping eco-domes with solid mezzanine second floors

The Surroundings: 30-acres of pea-green fields and unbroken views, folded into the peaceful yet little known county of Rutland (the smallest in England with the motto: ‘Multum en Parvo’; which means ‘much in little’ – so expect big things). 

Up the hill, there’s the family farm (where your hosts, Alex and Darren live) and outside your geo-dome wooden door, there’s miles of stillness; only broken every now and again by blackbirds and woodpeckers, the wind in the trees and nearby farm animals. 

Further afield, south of In the Stix glamping, Rutland Water beckons with its come hither cycle trails, fishing, sailing, aquapark and watersports, post-pandemic of course. And just 10 mins south west of In the Stix, there’s the historic market town of Oakham with its pretty tea rooms, independent shops and Norman castle. 

Sleep: In your very own boutique eco-bubble, safe from the outside world and cocooned in modern luxury. We’re talking Chesterfield leather sofas, log burners, ensuites (goodbye compost loos), and unique mezzanine second-floor bedrooms, with all the good looks of a well-heeled hotel and sink-soft doubles to throw yourself into come nightfall. 

Electricity is the only thing deliberately not a part of this Rutland glamping package. The watchwords here are laid-back living, where getting back to nature without a smartphone in your hand is a good thing. To help parents combat any digital detox withdrawal symptoms, each dome has a coffee table trunk bursting with board games. Yes, the hosts have children, too, so have made sure families that stay here are well catered for.

All in, there are 4 lunar-white geodesic glamping domes at in the Stix, each slightly different in their comforts and character: Greetham with its coastal blue and grey interior; Barrow with its Moroccan vibe; Hambleton is all retro swagger, whilst Exton’s east-facing kitchen means your morning cuppa will be the best of the day. 

Eat: Cook up a feast in your own private Field Kitchen, next to your dome. Inside there’s a wood-fired oven, two-ringed gas hob, and dining table with six chairs. For an off-duty evening, order a one-pot meal (from £20 for 4 people), freshly cooked by owner and ex-chef, Darren. And delivered to your dome for you to simply heat through. 

Breakfast hampers come affordably yours (from £35) and stuffed with Rutland Goodies. Stay at this UK glamping site as a large group (post-corona, obviously) and you can all enjoy a pizza or steak night, hosted and cooked by Alex and Darren. 

You’ll love: The wood-fired hot tubs are everything you want from one of the UK’s best glamping sites: cosy enough to be intimate, large enough to be friendly and neatly secluded, so you can drink up the views without seeing another soul. But the show-stealing feature for us is the panoramic half-moon window at the heart of every dome; so you can be simultaneously outside whilst in, joined by two guests that you’ll be glad to see: the sunrise and sunset. 

Covid-19 safety: As a small family-run business, In The Stix is leaving nothing to chance when it comes to keeping guests safe. As well as every dome having plenty of land around it to distance it from the others, they also have their own bathroom, kitchen and living space – which is rigorously clean. The site’s communal spaces will remain closed: the playground and on-site shop. Should you need supplies, Alex or Darren will deliver them to your doorstep, wearing full PPE. But the communal firepit will open on a one-dome-at-a-time rotation basis, allowing guests to choose a time slot.

Cost: A weekend at In The Stix glamp site from £405 (low season), £505 (mid season), £670 (high season).

Ad: This inclusion has been kindly sponsored by In the Stix.

Best Glamping UK | No. 2

 Mad Dogs and Vintage Vans, Forest of Dean | Sleeps 2 – 5

4 off-grid retro caravans that take you back to a Golden Age

The Surroundings: a secluded patch of leafy Herefordshire in the Forest of Deanwith the pretty town of Ross on Wye just a 30-min walk. This UK glamping site is small, secluded, and set in the beautiful grounds of a Grade-II Georgrian rectory. 

It overlooks the Black Mountains to the west, with endless sky views and incredible sunrises and sunsets, and the glade around each van is swimming in shoulder-high cow parsley, so you always feel shielded from any other guests.

Nearby, the River Wye snakes its way through the countryside. Post-corona, it’s the ideal spot for outdoor adventures including canoeing, walking, and cycling (we love Inspire2Adventure in Monmouth for outdoors adventure). On-site, there’s a tennis court that’s open to guests and a make-shift shop selling kindling and local produce.

Sleep: In one of 4 vintage caravans dating from the 1930s – 1960s: Monty, Sybil, Gertie, Elsie – sleeping between 2 and 5 people. Alternatively, grab a group of friends and hire the lot for a whole-site stay!

Each van is furnished with comfy beds, feather duvets and quilts, and woodburners to keep the chill off. And each comes full of individual character, keeping the vintage charms of its birth decade alive. Think ditsy-print fabrics, crocheted throws, coronation-style bunting, and gas lights. 

Off-grid is the spirit here, so electricity isn’t provided – although you can recharge phones up by the shop should you need to. The shared wooden facilities are modest and eco-friendly, with local sustainable products, yet entirely comfortable and pretty with meadow flowers, a pink sink and stain-glass window. 

Eat: Pre-pandemic, guests arrived to a complimentary homemade afternoon tea served on vintage china. Post-pandemic, one-pot dinners will be available (from £15 a head), home-cooked straight from the host’s kitchen and delivered to your van (without any personal interaction). Al fresco cooking is also catered for with your own campfire to the side of your van, and the freezer section of the Mad Dogs’ onsite deli will be stocked with glamping essentials like sausages, bacon, milk, butter, and ice cream.

You’ll love: The ease and whimsy of an age that has been captured by the gorgeous owners, Sacha and Jo, and gifted for us all to enjoy. Nothing at this UK glamping site is overdone: the vans retain their original charms, with a lick of paint to keep them fresh, whilst the site is simple and modest, yet thoughtfully arranged. The result? You feel properly hidden from the 21st-century. 

Covid-19 safety: With its wild flower meadows encircling each van, social distancing whilst staying here is no problem at all. The outdoor facilities are shared, so glamping with members of your own household is possible, but sensibly the owners are waiting to see what the Government guidelines say before allowing more than 2 different households to book.

The site is perfect for group bookings of up to 16 people, so if you’ve a birthday or celebration approaching, this is a wonderful option for later in the year.

Cost:  3-night weekend stay for the whole site (4 vans) is £1390 low season and £1650 high season (July/August). A 2-night mid-week stay at Mad Dogs and Vintage Vans costs from £150 low season.

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Best Glamping UK | No. 3

 Downash Wood Treehouses, East Sussex | Sleeps 2 – 4

Live the high life in leafy luxury with only birds and deer for neighbours

The Surroundings: 5 acres of unspoilt private woodland (Downash Wood), sitting in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that touches the Kent border, just an hour outside of London. 

Beyond the wood, rolls 33-acres of Sussex countryside, at the heart of which is a destination gem: Bewl Water Reservoir country park where you can walk, cycle, kayak and swim. Whilst over the road is Bedgebury Pineatun boasting 320 acres of forest.

Branch out further afield in the car and you’ll reach Royal Tunbridge Wells and the seaside towns of Hastings, Rye and Camber Sands. Ditch the car completely and you can walk to the nearby village of Ticehurst in 15 minutes.

Sleep: In one of two stunning thick-set oak-framed treehouses: Tinkers (sleeps 2) and The Oakey Koakey Treehouse (sleeps 4). Or stay grounded in the Hobbit-style wooden cabin, Willow The Wisp (sleeps 2), which completes this UK glampsite’s royal flush. 

Nestle in the treetops and you’ve five-star comforts at your disposal, including a fully-fitted kitchen, bathroom, living space – so an isolation staycation is perfectly possible. 

Both treehouses are furnished for year-round comfort with wood burners, chunky sofas, woollen throws, fluffy rugs, fire bowls and wrap-round wooden decks. So even if lockdown only abates in the autumn, you can still come to this glamping site and enjoy a cosy non-seasonal break.  

Book Willow The Wisp instead and burrow down below the trees. A beautifully-furnished cabin for 2, it opens onto a double bed/living space, with a shower and loo room at the back, and an electric hob, kettle, toaster and sink for easy self-catering. 

Eat: Cook in kitchenettes or over an open fire at the base of your treehouse or cabin, with the stars for company. Or stroll into Ticehurst where the local award-winning pubs, The Bell Inn and The Cherry Tree, will hopefully be serving hearty country fare once again, when the restrictions ease. 

You’ll love: The treehouses place you amongst nature whilst also lifting you above it so you can watch the coming and goings of the wild world, without disturbing its rhythm and pace. You’ll also fall for the cabin’s Hikki outdoor hot tub. Fired by freshly-chopped wood and powered by laughter, it’s the way Saturday nights were meant to start.  

Cost: A 2-night stay at Downash Wood Treehouses costs from £240

Covid-19 security: All three glamping options are private from one another – reached via individual pathways and set in their own meadow, so you won’t come across any other guests. And each is fully self-contained, with a private kitchen and bathroom. Gift vouchers are also available to buy.

Best Glamping UK | No. 4

 Trelan Farm Cargo Cabin, North Wales | Sleeps 2

A stylishly refurbished shipping container in the beautiful Welsh hills

The Surroundings: a quiet corner of a working 150-acre beef and sheep farm in Cilcain, North Wales, which sits at the foothills of the popular peak Moel Famau, loved by hikers and walkers. 

Around you wildflowers sway, sheep bleat, birds and insects buzz, and cows wander up to say ‘hello’. All set against stunning views of a designated AONB that stretch on for miles.

Within easy reach of Trelan Farm are the wonders of the majestic Snowdonia National Park – home to the brilliant Adventure Parc Snowdonia – and Offa’s Dyke, as well as the local market towns of Ruthin and Mold and the ancient city of Chester.

Sleep: In the brightly-decorated comforts of a refurbished shipping container, modestly called the Cargo Cabin. This unique farm stay is the epitome of simplicity and proof that with a little imagination even characterless utilitarian items can become something special. 

Clad beautifully with wood and set on a decked terrace, Cargo Cabin has a palpable romance that appeals to couples: the double glass doors open into a cosy kitchen and living area, transforming neatly into your bed for the night with a few quick adjustments. The glamping cabin also has its own sparkling wet room, flushing toilet, heating (with easy to control thermostat), bluetooth speakers and Wifi.

Eat: Cook up something nice inside the cabin or on the BBQ outside. Just a mile away, delicious Welsh pub grub waits in the form of the White Horse Inn (post Covid-19), where cabin guests get 10% off their bill. For drinks, a bottle of bubbly will be chilling in your fridge, courtesy of Catherine and Wynne, the owners, and there are local teas and coffees ready for your first morning. 

Love: It’s impossible not to fall for the glamp site’s outdoor bathtub. Perfectly placed to the side of the cabin, under the endless Welsh skies. Fill it with bubbles and pour a glass of your own, then sink in for a soak under the stars.

Covid-19 security: The beauty of Trelan Farm is that it is a glampsite just for two. There are no other cabins on the farm, just Cargo Cabin. Which means when you stay, you are the only guests on-site. The cabin itself is meticulously cleaned after every stay and you can check yourselves in, contact-free. All the information to make the most of your stay is digitised. And if you book now, you can swap dates easily if your stay cannot go ahead due to government restrictions.

Cost: A weekend for two costs £280 between May to October/£240 between October – April.

Best Glamping UK | No. 5

 West Coast Hideaways, Scotland | Sleeps 2 – 6

Sleep like a shepherd under the Northern Lights with a loch at your feet

The Surroundings: Tucked into the small hamlet of Nedd (which means ‘the nest’ in Gaelic) and overlooking a sea loch of the same name on Scotland’s stunning North Coast 500 route.

The views here are truly mesmerising; they rush across the waters of Loch Nedd to Lower Badcall, Scourie, Handa island and all the way up to the distant mountain peaks of Fionaven, Arkle, and Ben Stack. Nearby, there’s the remote, but not isolated, village of Drumbeg as well as the stunning beaches of Achmelvich, Clashnessie and Clachtoll. 

For wildlife lovers, West Coast Hideaways is a dream come true: seals play in the loch waters, sea eagles and golden eagles have been seen in the area, and wild deer come visiting the glampsite daily.  

But what makes this one of the best glamping spots in the UK? The fact that, if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the Northern lights from your bed.

Sleep: In the peaceful seclusion of one of three luxury shepherd’s huts: Iris, Handa, or Rowan. All three huts have a personality of their own and comfortably sleep 2 people. 

Inside, they’re beautifully furnished and neatly kitted out with rainfall shower ensuites, log burning stoves, fully-fitted oak-dressed kitchens, king size beds and large picture windows which spill magnificent sea and mountain views into your mornings and evenings. 

Outside each hut, there’s a private wooden deck where you’ll find a wood-burning hot tub, dining furniture and a BBQ. If they’re all booked up, you could try Eriskay in Aviemore at the foot of Craigellachie Hill in the Cairgorms National Park. 

Eat: Some of the freshest seafood in Scotland, delivered most Wednesdays in Nedd by the local fishermen. Take your fresh clutch back to your van and cook up a BBQ watched by the mountains. Fancy something a bit more formal? There are plenty of restaurants and pop-up cafes within 20 miles, open during the season.

Covid-19 safety: Fortunately, the huts at West Coast Hideaways are completely self-contained, the only communal space is the open air car park which can be easily managed to comply with social distancing regulations. But to fully reassure guests, Jacqui and Jason (who own the glampsite) are putting in place social distancing measures, as well as following the best possible hygiene regime. There’s a sanitiser gel dispenser at the site’s entrance gate and a short video explaining how to light the inside log burner and how to heat the hot tub, so guests won’t need to interact with their hosts.

Cost: Friday – Monday stay from £115 per night, including the wood-fired hot tub preheated for arrival.

Best Glamping UK | No. 6

 Drover’s Rest, Wales | Sleeps 2 – 4

Award-winning safari glamping and hands-on fun at the heart of a working farm

The Surroundings: a gently reclining 10-acre meadow to the left of a beautiful 16th-century shepherd’s (‘drovers’) farmhouse, tucked into Welsh hills on the border of Herefordshire and Wales – in the stunning Wye Valley

The world-famous book town of Hay-on-Wye is less than 10 mins away by car (home to the famous Hay on Wye Literature Festival) and the Brecon Beacons are reachable in under an hour; the site itself is wonderfully ‘off the beaten track’ so pay close attention to directions on your way there. 

Once you arrive, there’s almost no reason to leave again for the entirety of your stay. The family’s farm becomes yours for a rustic hands-on extension of your escape, with a range of activities perfect for kids, including feeding the farm animals, crafting workshops, guided walks or nature watching hunkered down in the site’s wildlife hide. Kesri and Paul who created Drover’s Rest even offer the chance to press your own cider, once you’ve plucked apples from their orchard.

Sleep: Under African-style canvas in a luxury safari tent – there are 7 on this glamping site, each sleeping 4. Every one is as handsome as Tom Hardy in a safari suit and with muscular proportions, to boot: a large wooden porch with outdoor sofa, extensive lounge with obligatory log burner and a kitchenette with all the mod-cons. 

At the back of the tent you’ll find two good-sized double bedrooms divided from the living space with an inner canvas lining and dressed with wrought-iron single beds, warmed with locally-spun Welsh-wool blankets and cushions.

Best of all, the individual safari tents come with their own private ensuite (hello monsoon shower, underfloor heating and flushing loo) in the form of a contemporary stable block, 2 mins from your glamping tent. 

If you prefer solid walls, as opposed to canvas ones, Drover’s Rest glamping site also boasts three pet-friendly traditional Welsh cottages, sleeping 2 – 4:  Drover’s Cottage, The Shepherd’s Shack, and The Carthouse. 

Eat: This is one glampsite that revolves as much around food as it does luxury. There are various foodie nights on offer four times a week, as well as sharing platter roast dinners on Sunday (in pandemic-free times). All the food is organic, home-grown or foraged – and, weather permitting, cooked over an open fire, then served in the no expense spare, stunning chill out barn. 

You’ll Love: The communal barn, The Hayloft, is a masterstroke that glamping families with bored teens or children. Converted from the original farm hayloft, it has free WiFi, Sky TV, a games console, books, games and a farm shop with a small café and bar (just the thing for corona-free glamping cocktail – yes, they serve cocktails onsite, too). 

Cost: A 4-night mid-week break at Drover’s Rest in a safari tent costs from £240-£795. Luxury Cottages Breaks from £300-£895 for a 4-night midweek break. If they’re all booked up, you’ll find By the Wye nearyby – 3 safari tents on the banks of the River Wye, ideal for Wye Valley glamping.

Covid-19 safety: Acres of woodland and meadows makes social distancing at Drover’s Rest glamping site entirely possible – as long as you play by the rules and stay 2m apart.

The safari tents themselves are fully equipped for self-catering, come with private bathrooms and have enough square footage of grassy field around them to ensure you don’t cross paths with other glampers. Self check-in will be in place and in all spaces high-touch, hard surfaces will be throughly cleaned and disinfected. All linen will be washed at the hottest water setting before you arrive. 

The communal areas will stay closed but food nights will still be served, with families able to dine at tables 2m apart. Animal feeds and guided walks will go ahead with special social distancing measures in place and use of the camp fires will be split to families can stay at a safe distance.

Best Glamping UK | No. 7

Happy Days Retro Vacations, Suffolk | Sleeps 2 – 5

Uber-cool vintage airstream caravans 5 miles from the Suffolk coast

The Surroundings: Miles of Suffolk farmland wrapped around a neat little tree-lined glamping site that shines as bright as a pin in the English sun. 

Nearby, you’ve the Suffolk heritage coast ( 5 miles away) – with the coastal splendour of Aldeburgh, Southwold and Thorpeness to keep you busy – as well as the pleasant market town of Saxmundham (with direct train links to London). 

Once you’ve arrived, kick off any modern pretensions because this UK glamping site thrums to a retro beat. From the site’s playful centrepiece, a 1950s’ French army truck, to the bubble-gum coloured bunting and furniture, the owners’ imaginations have run wild to ensure Happy Days are had by all – especially for the young at heart. 

The site is car-free so kids can play safely either in the open air on the swings, slide or giant trampoline, or inside the ingeniously converted polytunnel: complete with giant Connect Four and table football.

Sleep: In authentic 1950s’ kitsch thanks to the glamp site’s 8 retro caravans: 6 American Airstreams, an American Avion Trailer and one British Cheltenham Sable. You’ll love the vans’ individual personalities; as you might expect, each one has a name and a unique vintage furnishing theme of her own.  

Wanda is straight out of 60s’ Ohio with her pink and turquoise charms; Betsy flaunts lipstick-red good looks and hails from Pennsylvania; Gloria is a 1960s’ Californian girl who continues to turn heads; Peggy’s cool 70s’ blues just add to her ‘origins unknown’ mysteriousness; Annie’s West Virginia heritage is captivating (even John Denver agreed);  Dee Dee is a 1950s’ Southern Belle who wears florals and gingham very well; Elsie is the only Brit, with cabbage green English country elegance; and, finally, Netty – is a Motown diva with an uber-cool 70s’ vibe.

Each van as a private firepit right outside, plus there’s a modern toilet, shower and washing-up block just 50 yards from your front door.

Eat: Each van is kitted out for self-catering with a hob and small oven (except Elsie). If you fancy a BBQ, you’re encouraged to bring your own and you can always toast marshmallows on the outdoor firepit.

You’ll Love: The cleverly converted ‘red shed’ – an onsite vintage cinema room showing classic family movies twice a week, during the school holidays and at weekends (pre-pandemic).

Better still, Happy Days has two ingenious escape rooms housed onsite in wartime Nissen huts. Play Air Raid or Superbugs as a pair or as a group of up to 8. You’ve an hour to crack the codes and complete the mission. 

Cost: A three-night weekend break at Happy Days glamping costs £450 (4-berth) or £470 (5-berth) in high season. Elsie is not open this year. 

Covid-19 safety: Happy Days are currently offering 4 vans for rental, so each has a private toilet and wash facilities. Should restrictions ease, they’ll increase this to 6. All vans will be cleaned by professional cleaners, with a longer turn-around time in-between guests to ensure exceptional hygiene standards.

Bedding is optional, so bringing your own makes common Covid sense and a guide to your vans will come in video form, so Jenny and Kevin, the owners, can give you a guided tour, without doing so in person.

Best Glamping UK | No. 8

Green Cart Farm, Cornwall | Sleeps 2 – 3

A gin holiday in a magical Cornish treehouse, shepherd’s hut or cabin 

The Surroundings: this rural escape sits in a 7-acres of beautiful Cornish farmland in Lostwithiel. Within ten minutes of Poldark’s Harbour Charlestown, Eden Project, Fowey, Lantic Bay, Poldark’s Bodmin Moor, gorgeous beaches and the Saints Way.

There are no paved walkways (wellies are a must) and your nearest neighbours are the sheep, cows, ponies, geese, and ducks of the off-grid botanical farm at the other end of the field. In the summer, you’ll find a cast-away boat on the nearby lake for you to use, a rope bridge to trundle across, as well as a hammock to sway happily in – gin in hand. 

The farm is also home to a tea room and farm shop, as well as the site’s distillery: the largest essential oil distillery in Cornwall with 2200 litres of still capacity for various types of specialist distillation, including rum and Green Cart Farm’s own brand of gin – made from herbs grown less than 50 metres away.

Sleep: In one of the site’s 3 quirky options. The Treehouse perches at the top of an 18 foot ladder, in a prime sunrise and sunset spot on ancient oaks. It’s a small, cosy space with a double bed for 2, a cast iron wood-fired stove and is filled with rustic, curious objet d’art. 

The Tiny Tin House – or Star Gazer – sits on wheels overlooking the farm’s lake. Oozing character, its charms include an original chapel door, windows and oak architrave; a small, simple kitchen with a bijou Belfast sink; a sofa and a pillowy double bed (Star Gazer can sleep 3). 

Lastly, the glampsite’s Cornish shepherd’s hut is as ‘real’ as they come. This is not luxury glamping; it’s an authentic, working hut with an upcycled and recycled finish. Includes a traditional wood pot-belly stove, indoor caravan toilet, a full-size tin bath, double bed and outdoor Dutch oven. Your private hot shower and toilet are a few paces away from all three glamping options.

Eat: Wake to a delicious breakfast delivered to your door (if you’re staying in the treehouse, it’s placed in a wicker basket attached to a pulley system for you to lever up). Before the pandemic, Green Cart Farm also ran tapas evenings in the treehouse, bbq dinners for guests in the Tiny Tin Hut as well as steak evenings, cooked by Ben. Finger’s crossed they can again soon.

You’ll Love: The gin two-hour gin masterclass run by Shonna (pre-corona). She guides you through the distillation process, from picking your own botanicals, to distilling the gin in their traditional copper distilling pots. As well as B&B gin masterclasses, Green Cart Farm also offer moonshine holidays, candle making experiences and rum distilling. No surprise that it’s one of the best glamping sites in the UK!

Cost: A B&B stay in the treehouse, cabin or shepherd’s hut, including a two-hour workshop for 2, costs from £150.

Covid-19 safety: The beauty of Green Cart Farm is that you get an experience, rather than just a place to stay. With that in mind, the lovely owners are closing until spring 2021. At that point, they’re hoping to be able to offer the full Green Cart package to their guests. But a word of warning: so loved is this uk glamping site, they get booked up super-fast – so it’s worth booking now, for next year.

Best Glamping UK | No. 9

Boutique Farm Bothies, Aberdeenshire | Sleeps 2 – 4

A remote Scottish agritourism escape amongst fields of barley

The Surroundings: Rural Aberdeenshire rolls our before you; barley sways in the fields and the sheep call out to see if you’re listening. Welcome to Newton of Begshill Farm, a remote family farm where husband and wife team, Jane and James, cultivate strawberries, grow barley (for malting whiskey) and rear sheep. 

This is true rustic living; you’ll need a car to get to this best UK glamping site. Find it near Drumblade, on the Burn of Forgue in the Strathbogie district of Aberdeenshire. 4 miles away, you’ll find the historic town of Huntly with the impressive Huntly Castle. The Cairngorms National Park is 25 miles away. 

Sleep: Like lambs tucked up in the remote bucolic luxury of one of two unique glamping choices: The Barley Bothy (sleeps 4) or The Sheep Shed (sleeps 2). The Barley Bothy is a traditional corrugated tin bothy, with a veranda running its length. The entire building has been beautifully upcycled – the cladding is from an old chicken shed – so there’s heritage and character in every nook and cranny. Includes two king-size box beds, Jotul log burner, immersion heater, stargazing window, vintage flushing toilet and roll-top slipper bath. And exclusive use wood fired hot tub.

The Sheep Shed lives in a hidden copse all of its own; a tin wonder with a ground floor and mezzanine, thrown almost open to the elements thanks to an impressive floor-to-ceiling window. Includes salvaged kitchen units and floral print drapes, a fabulous tin water trough for a bath and your own exclusive-use wood-fired hot tub. 

Eat: A welcome hamper awaits your arrival, filled with Scottish treats, Jane’s home grown strawberries and homemade bread. For dinner, think pizza: both bothies have wood-fired pizza ovens, and homemade pizza dough is available on request. Alternatively, venture out to one of the nearby farmer’s markets (check Covid-19 restrictions) for some local produce.

Cost: A three-night weekend break at Boutique Farm Bothies in either the Sheep Shed or the Barley Bothy for 2 people costs £485 high season and £440 low season.

Covid-19 safety: With no shared facilities and a field to yourself when you stay in either the Sheep Shed or Barley Bothy, this is socially-distanced glamping you’re sure to feel comfortable with. As you’d expect, the accommodation is cleaned to a gold standard which adheres to the ASSC (Association of Scottish Self-Catering), WHO and UK Government guidelines, and you can check yourself in on arrival. If you need any help at all, Jane is on hand over the phone to make sure your stay is as special as you want it to be.

Best Glamping UK | No. 10

Blackberry Wood, Sussex | Sleeps 2 – 4

A remarkable glamping menagerie jazzing up the peaceful sussex countryside 

The Surroundings: Nestled at the foot of the South Downs National Park in Sussex, is a secluded glade almost lost among the native woodland. Footpaths and bridleways criss-cross nearby and the pretty red-bricked village of Ditchling is just a 45-minute walk with two fabulous village pubs to lure you in (once restrictions ease). 

London Victoria is an hour by train, Lewes is just 5 miles away and 30-minutes south of Blackberry Wood, Brighton’s vibrance sparkles loud and clear by the sea. Not that you’d know it from the peace and quiet onsite. 

Sleep: In a midsummer night’s dream thanks to the 7 unique glamping options created by owners Tim and [name]. Choose from a 1960s’ Holiday Bus (sleeps 4); a converted 1965 Wessex Search and Rescue helicopter (sleeps 4); a curvy modern wood-clad cabin (sleeps 4); a perfectly-preserved 1930s’ bow-top gypsy caravan (sleeps 2); Angus the fire engine (sleeps up to 4); or one of the glampsite’s two enchanting treehouses, Higgledy and Piggledy (each sleeping 4).

Traditionalists can choose to camp instead of glamp in a selection of woodland glades – there’s space for just 20 tents, so it’s peaceful and private. And all guests have access to onsite handcrafted toilets and hot showers (check if any Covid-19 restrictions are in place).

Eat: Each option comes with private cooking facilities with all the equipment you need for great meals in. Or eat al fresco over a campfire in the designated firepits. Pre-corona, the site boasted an onsite shop selling local food and basics.

You’ll Love: With so many unique glamping options available, you can return again and again to Blackberry Wood for an entirely different experience every single time. 

Cost: Please enquire direct for individual prices on the different styles of accommodation. And if you have no luck at Blackberry Wood, try The Hyde in Cuckfield (a shepherd’s hut for 2 by a private lake).

Covid-19 security: Naturally, Blackberry Wood is introducing special measures to ensure your stay is safe and enjoyable: all glamping options will be deep cleaned between guests turnaround and you’ll need to bring your own towels and bedding and cooking equipment (where there isn’t the option of self-catering).

All glamping options are well-spaced but you’ll need to following social distancing whilst onsite. Cleaning products will be on hand for you, as well as hand sanitisers in key points.

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