The UK is known for its picturesque countryside and idyllic landscapes, and what better way to immerse yourself in the beauty of the outdoors than by indulging in a bit of glamping? This unique blend of glamorous camping is the perfect way to enjoy the summer in style, without sacrificing the charm of the great outdoors. With so many top glamping destinations to choose from, here’s our pick of the best for Summer 2023.
Yurtshire, Yorkshire Dales National Park
The yurts at Eavestone Lake on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales are already pretty special. On raised platforms, they come with a private hot tub and BBQ outside, a kitchen and bathroom, electricity and a wood burner, plus stargazing ceilings above the bed. Now they also have access to a nearby glass-fronted sauna in the woods, a spa treatment yurt and wellness studio. Add to that yoga by the lake, wild swimming and ice baths and you’ve got all the ingredients necessary for the perfect wellness mini-break.
A night from £220 for two, yurtshire.co.uk
The Nest, Stamford, Lincolnshire
Inspired by safari lodges in Kenya but slap bang in the middle of the English countryside, the Nest’s three ‘tents’ are dog and family friendly. With three bedrooms sleeping six, they have a large living area and an inviting egg-shaped tub with great views of the lake. You can order a hamper or BBQ pack.
Four nights from £750, thenestglamping.co.uk
Soak up the scenery of the Ribble Valley as you lie in your private hot tub in one of a dozen lodges set amid verdant hills. Whether you pick a Scandi-chic or a ski-chalet theme, each cabin has a wood burning stove and kitchenette within. A new wellness space is the place for yoga and meditation.
From £250 a night, everything-retreat.com
Treehouses at Leckie, Stirlingshire
Taking treehouses to a whole new level, these four raised wooden cabins amid ancient woodland have views to the Gargunnock Hills. With one or two bedrooms, they feature underfloor heating and wood burners, with outdoor copper baths and electric BBQs.
A night from £290, leckietreehouses.co.uk
Hide at St Donats, Wales
Lie in bed and gaze out of the 5m picture window towards the Glamorgan coast from the Pavilion, a gorgeous getaway for couples. New to this little glampsite next to St Donat’s Castle, it has a swish wood-floored dining/sitting area with the same view, decorated by glasswork, art and textiles from local artisans. A small twin room is at the back, along with a kitchen and shower room. There’s plenty to see in the surrounding area…although you could just stay in and enjoy that view.
From £160 a night for two, hide.wales
By the Wye, Wye Valley
A new accessible tent is opening at this small site, with five existing tents. It sleeps up to six people, is on one level with ramp access, and is near its own car parking space. Meanwhile the romantic couples’ tent, The Cwtch, gains a private sauna on its lower deck, with river views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, and an outdoor shower.
Two nights from £330 for two, bythewye.uk
Text by Jane Knight