If you’re in search of a break in which you can get back to nature without the fear of freezing toes, dodgy bathroom facilities and sodden groundsheets, then glamping Peak District style should be next your on your holiday bucket list!
Whether you’re planning a trip with the family, a dog-friendly weekend for just you and your pooch, a romantic mini break with your other half away or ditching your domestic responsibilities for a break with the girls, we’ve rounded up the Peak District’s best yurts, tents, huts and caravans to give you all the inspiration you need to book your next break.
1. Whitelee Farm Shepherd Huts, Wincle
Two luxurious shepherd huts overlooking the stunning Roaches
The surroundings: Whitelee is a working farm and so there is an abundance of flora, fauna and animal life on the doorsteps of these luxurious cabins. Located in the breath-taking Dane Valley, the farm is surrounded by gorgeous rolling pastureland and fringed by the spectacular River Dane while the rocky ridges of the Roaches are visible in the distance, this beautiful location has got the lot.
If you plan on straying a little further from your cosy accommodation, you’ll find a number of great amenities in the surrounding towns and villages. Located on the edge of three counties, Whitelee Farm is within easy reach of Buxton in Derbyshire, Macclesfield in Cheshire and the Staffordshire market town of Leek – perfect for some lazy afternoon exploring.
The accommodation: Whitelee Farm’s bespoke oak-built shepherd huts are the very last word in luxury. From sumptuously soft king-sized beds to handy USB points and cosy log-burners, this Peak District glamping experience if perfect for those who would prefer not to leave their home comforts at home.
The two huts, named Dane Valley and Hen Cloud, have been crafted by expert artisans to ensure they are not only in keeping with the beautiful surroundings, but warm and cosy throughout the winter months and cool in summer. The super stylish oak-floored interiors are practical as well as pretty with king-sized beds that fold away by day to make space for a four-seater dining table.
If the bathroom arrangements on a glamping trip make you nervous – fear not. Whitelee Farm’s shepherd huts are fully kitted out with chic en-suites complete with gas-powered showers and WCs – for your convenience.
Eat: Small but perfectly formed, the hut kitchens are well-equipped for whipping up an evening feast. Emma and the Whitelee team can also arrange for a locally-sourced hamper to be delivered to you so that you can enjoy the area’s delicious produce during your stay. The huts are also close to numerous eateries if you plan on hanging up your oven gloves while on holiday.
You’ll love: There’s plenty to love about these gorgeous shepherd huts but location-wise they’re hard to beat. Pour a glass of wine and settle on the veranda for an evening of drinking in the peace and quiet of the stunning Dale Valley.
Cost: Each hut sleeps two adults and prices start from £100 per night.
2. Scaldersitch Farm, Hartington
Deluxe yurts and tipis in the heart of the Peak District
The surroundings: Scaldersitch Farm is positioned just outside the picture-perfect village of Hartington and offers easy access to some of the Peak District’s most beautiful countryside. Numerous walks begin from the glamp site making exploring the beautiful surroundings as easy as possible. If you fancy visiting some of the nearby attractions, the iconic Chatsworth House is a mere 30 minute drive away by the village of Bakewell where you can sample their world-famous pudding.
Despite feeling delightfully remote, the village of Hartington with its local pubs and village shops is within walking distance of the site so you can ditch the car during your break.
The accommodation: With a collection of five yurts and tipis, Scaldersitch have carefully designed their accommodation to provide ultimate glamping luxury while remaining in-keeping with the surroundings. From the cosy Woodpecker Yurt which is kitted out with a king-size bed and a skylight for some seriously romantic star-gazing, to the family-sized Hygge Tipi with its Scandic styling and cosy accessories, every detail has been thought of to ensure the trip of a lifetime.
The old dairy has also been converted and now houses some super luxe washrooms. Underfloor heating, rainfall style showers and hairdryers mean these facilities rival those of many boutique hotels – count us in!
Eat: To ensure you have everything you need to feed the family, Scaldersitch have converted the Cartshed Barn into a communal kitchen kitted out with a range cooker, fridge/freezer, crockery, cutlery and more. Alternatively, pub lunches are on offer within walking distance of the site too.
The Scaldersitch team work in partnership with local restaurant, Peak Weavers, to offer a delicious menu of frozen meals that can be delivered to your tipi so that you can simply defrost and enjoy a candlelit supper without the faff.
You’ll love: Just when you think these Peak District yurts can’t get any more ritzy, you discover that each tipi and yurt is accompanied by a private wood-fired hot tub – bliss!
Cost: Stays start from £295 for two nights based on two sharing.
3. Greenacres, Denston
A rustic shepherd hut and pretty pink caravan
The Surroundings: Set among acres of gorgeous organic grassland, Greenacres is home to hosts Tessa and David – Tessa’s family having lived on the land since the mid-1800s! Nestled in the Staffordshire Moorlands, Greenacres is surrounded by breath-taking countryside with walks such as The Old Railway Line right on the doorstep – perfect for those looking to get up close and personal with the stunning natural beauty of the area.
The accommodation: Greenacres is home to a luxurious two-bedroom barn conversion that is available for holiday lets but for those in search of a Peak District glamping experience, the farm also offers a luxe shepherd hut and the prettiest pink caravan we ever did see.
The shepherd hut, known as The Parlour, is beautifully crafted and fitted with a hand-built oak kitchen, a double bed, a log burning stove and an en suite shower to offer the ultimate glamping stay. With views over the orchard and wide open meadows, prepare to feel seriously relaxed after a break in this stunning haven.
The aptly named Rosebud is a hand-built Barefoot caravan that can accommodate two adults. The caravan boasts a double bed, a well-equipped kitchen, a shower and a toilet all wrapped up in the cutest pink exterior you can imagine – the perfect romantic getaway.
Eat: As well as a well-equipped kitchen, The Parlour comes with an Indian-style kadai for elegant al fresco eating. If cooking isn’t on your holiday agenda, there are plenty of nearby eateries crammed to the rafters with delicious local produce. Try Denstone Hall Farm Shop & Café for an afternoon tea you won’t forget or The Tavern for good pub grub within walking distance.
You’ll love: As well as being surrounded by stunning nature, fabulous scenery and an amazing network of walks, Greenacres also offers something for the thrill-seeking holiday maker. Just 10 minutes away from the idyllic paradise lies Alton Tower – truly the best of all worlds!
Cost: Stays start from £205 for two nights.
4. The Tawny, Consall
Hotel luxury with a glamping edge…
The surroundings: Set in the heart of Consall Garden Estate, prepare to be wowed by 70 acres of stunning gardens and wonderful woodlands, The Tawny describes itself as a “deconstructed hotel”, that is to say it has all the perks of a hotel stay (fine dining, room service etc) but instead of a traditional hotel rooms, the grounds are studded with unique private buildings that you can call your own for a night or two.
The fabulous grounds are yours to explore during your trip and offer everything from lakes and woods to carefully cultivated flora and fauna – the perfect place to spend a few hours getting lost.
The accommodation: The Tawny offers a variety of different accommodation options for those in search of the Peak District’s glammest glamping. With boathouses, treehouses, lookouts and huts on offer, each “room” has been carefully designed to make the most of the fabulous natural surroundings while offering the kind of attention to detail that guarantees a luxurious stay. From outdoor baths to exquisite interiors, these little escapes will be loved by the whole family.
Eat: A stay at The Tawny is designed for complete relaxation and that includes handing over meal responsibilities to the on-site restaurant, The Plumicorn. With a menu packed with fine dining delicacies such as miso wild salmon and barbecued scallops, these are dishes to be savoured. Alternatively, it’s also possible to order room service for a more casual dining experience or you can even pre-order a picnic and enjoy a hamper full of treats in the gorgeous grounds.
You’ll love: The Tawny’s guest facilities truly are second to none as they have taken all the trappings of a luxury hotel stay and applied them to their array of huts, treehouses and lookouts to create a stay that is steeped in the outdoors. However, for us it’s the outdoor heated pool that has captured our attention – enjoy a dip in the stunning scenery for a truly indulgent experience.
Cost: Stays at The Tawny start from £230 in the Wildwood Huts, £360 in the Lookout, £400 in the Boathouses and £420 in the Treehouses based on two sharing and inclusive of bed and breakfast.
Images by James Andrew Photography
Bath shot by Andrew Billington
5. Peak Pods, Alport
Peak District glamping for all the family
The surroundings:When it comes to exploring the Peak District, it doesn’t get much better that Peak Pods’ fabulous location. The site is set on the working Broadmeadow Farm which is positioned within half a mile of both of Lathkill Dale and Bradford Dale, making it the perfect base for those looking to explore the rugged beauty of the area. Whether you’re walking or cycling, there is plenty of exploring to be done!
The accommodation: Broadmeadow Farm offers four expertly crafted larch and pine pods, each of which boasts an en suite shower room – no more hunting for a torch to find your way to the communal loos in the middle of the night! Each pod boasts a double bed and a separate sofa bed as well as a neat dining area and kitchen plus an outdoor patio – perfect for post-walk G&Ts!
Eat: As well as a well-equipped kitchen, each of the Peak Pods come with a Weber charcoal barbecue so that you can really make the most of the stunning scenery with an al fresco feast. The nearby village of Youlgrave offers plenty of pub grub options or Bakewell is just three miles from the site and offers a whole host of delightful eateries.
You’ll love: The Peak Pods team really have thought of everything and if you venture into the woodland you will stumble upon their communal fire pit – especially designed for marshmallow toasting. If you haven’t packed your mallows you can even buy some on site.
Cost: Stays start from £85 per night.
6. Peake’s Retreats, Anslow
Mongolian Yurts with hot tubs in the heart of the Peak District
The surroundings: The Peake’s Retreats yurts with hot tubs are located on a working farm and you’re likely to spot some of the residents including ducks, sheep and horses – your little ones are even welcome to join in with the daily egg collecting. There are numerous Peak District scenic walks available on the site’s doorstep as well as family-friendly outing options such as The National Forest Adventure Farm just a few minutes’ drive away.
The accommodation: Peake’s Retreats offers three luxurious yurts that provide a boutique hotel vibe while being under the stars. Beautifully furnished with king-size beds and with cosy wood-burning stoves, these fabulous yurts will put even the most anxious glamper at ease. A separate toilet and shower block boasts individual bathroom facilities for each yurt and is even stocked with gorgeous Neal’s Yard goodies. There is also a communal hot tub available and the Milne’s Corner yurt has its own wood-fired hot tub for total privacy.
The yurts don’t have electricity to ensure you really get into the “off grid” spirit of things but there are charging lockers available so that you can keep your phone topped up – phew!
Eat: Each yurt is equipped with a wood-burning stove, a gas stove that can be used for cooking (as well as an outdoor fire pit with a cooking tripod) and hot tubs. There is also a communal kitchen area if you have grander culinary plans or you can use the site’s Finnish-style BBQ hut and order tasty local produce from Denstone Hall to grill up a storm.
You’ll love: If the stunning surroundings and luxe interiors haven’t relaxed you enough, you can book to have a massage in the comfort of your own beautiful yurt before slipping back into the hot tub, this is our sort of holiday…
Cost: Stays start from £100 per night.
7. Edale Gathering, Edale
Family-sized safari lodges in the Edale Valley
The surroundings: Set on a super peaceful farm at the top of the Edale Valley, the safari lodges are set along the banks of the Grindsbrook stream with open access to miles of fabulous countryside. Overlooking heather, moorland and pastures, this location is a dream for those looking to explore the Peak District on foot. Rock climbing and caving are also popular activities in this area or you can even take a dip in the Grindsbrook rock pools – the ideal cool down after a bracing hike!
The accommodation: With each of the striking tented safari lodges able to sleep six, Edale Gathering is perfectly set up for families looking to get away from it all. Although the gorgeous surroundings do their best to steal the show, the tents are pretty spectacular themselves with super comfy Hypnos beds, roll top baths and wood-burning stoves.
Eat: The safari lodges offer plenty of cooking facilities and your helpful hosts can even arrange breakfast hampers and barbecue boxes to be delivered to your door. There are also some excellent local eateries as, despite feeling secluded, the safari lodges are only a short walk from Edale village which offers pubs and cafes or go all-out with a Michelin star meal at Fischer’s in nearby Baslow.
You’ll love: Edale Gathering elevate their glamping experience by offering daily tent services to ensure your wood is stocked, your bins are emptied and everything is ship-shape for you to enjoy. Nothing is too much trouble for the team and they can even arrange a photographer to capture your magical break, a masseuse or a babysitter to enhance your hols!
Cost: Stays start from £685.00 for a 4 night mid-week stay and from £705.00 for a 3 night weekend stay.
8. Hoe Grange, Brassington
Glamping pods, log cabins and a gorgeous gypsy caravan
The surroundings: Set on a family run farm in the heart of the fabulous Derbyshire countryside, Hoe Grange is run by David and Felicity who will be on-hand to offer you a warm welcome. The couple’s collection of animals including super cute pygmy goats, horses and chickens are also likely to feature during your trip along with the abundant wildlife such as owls, foxes and hares.
As well as beautiful farmland, Hoe Grange is close to a number of Peak District must-sees including High Peak Trail, Hoe Grange Quarry butterfly reserve and Hopton Hall and Gardens.
The accommodation: Hoe Grange offers a few different glamping options including deluxe log cabins which can accommodate up to six and offer accessible facilities making them perfect for families. The two Glamping pods, Skylark and Swallow, are designed for two adults and are super cosy thanks to infrared heating and are kitted out with chic en-suites too. For the ultimate romantic getaway, Rose Hip, the 100-year-old gypsy caravan is brimming with charm and modern details such as free Wifi and phone charging points!
Eat: Hoe Grange offers an on-site shop full of delicious local goodies for you to snack on during your stay. You can also hire their pizza oven if you fancy designing your own Italian-inspired feast – they’ll even provide the dough!
You’ll love: Give yourself an extra treat by booking in for a session in the site’s Swedish hot tub or log-fired sauna or go all-out with a spa-experience in the comfort of your cabin. From aromatherapy massages to luxurious pedicures – nothing is too much trouble!
Cost: Gypsy caravan stays start from £95 per night, glamping pods from £125 and log cabins are priced from £729 for a 3 night stay.