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5 wild glamping getaways

From safari tents to Gypsy caravans, these rural retreats provide an idyllic escape with nature on the doorstep.


Longney, Gloucester

Put a new spin on your family glamping holiday with a stay in this converted 1950s Warwick Knight caravan, complete with stunning rooftop garden. With room for four, you can spend your days exploring the nearby orchards or just sit back and relax, taking in the peaceful surroundings. In the evening, light candles, bask in the heat of the fire, swap stories and enjoy each other’s laughter.

Prices from £120 to £160 per night. This includes logs for the wood burner, fire-pit and wood-fired shower and a basic condiment basket.


Near Melrose, Scottish borders

Nestled beneath trees on a small private estate near the legendary Eildon Hills in the Scottish borders, Roulotte Retreat offers a real chance to escape. It has a collection of beautiful Gypsy caravans each blessed with its own unique beauty and charm. The decor draws influence from Moroccan, Indian, Oriental and Celtic culture with rich tones and intricate woodwork. In the meadowed surroundings is a small lochan and wildlife pond for birdwatching. You will also find a full range of wellbeing treatments available on site.

Prices from £270 to £400 (depending on room) for a two-night stay. A private woodland car park is available for guests next to the meadow. The roulottes are not suitable for children.


Near Dartmouth, Devon

Perched on the slope of a sun-dappled wooded valley, this cedar-clad yurt blends subtly into its tranquil setting. Right in the heart of nature, you can look out for local wildlife including the occasional deer, badgers and owls. The yurt is cleverly divided into sitting, cooking, dining, sleeping and bathing areas, making it feel like a home-from-home and unlike any camping trip most people have been on before. Indulge in a life of luxury by stargazing from your hot tub, barbecuing on the deck or snuggling by the wood burner. Take your pick…

Prices from £556 to £1,389 per week, based on Saturday changeover days. A non-refundable booking fee of £24 applies.


Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Situated on the edge of a family-run farm, these luxury en-suite pods look out on breathtaking views by day and catch the full beauty of the fiery sunset in the evening. Offering relaxing camping with a touch of luxury thrown in, details include all essential facilities, home comforts and entertainment in the form of a brick barbeque and Scandinavian hot tub. The small nearby village of Wingrave is worth a visit for those keen to explore the area.

Prices from £140 to £160 per night, based on a family of four sharing. There is a £60 surcharge for four adults sharing. All linen is included.


Bude, Cornwall

This secluded enclave of eco-pods is situated on the north Cornish coast, just a mile or so from a handful of beautiful sandy surfing beaches and rugged coastline. Enjoying a sheltered spot in Cornish farmland, Atlantic Surf Pods makes for a quiet and peaceful retreat close to the sea. Each pod is a liveable, well-insulated, spacious capsule, providing all-year-round comfort. The farm is an idyllic place for a holiday for those who wish to combine the adventure of sleeping in the outdoors with the comfort and style of a cosy bedroom.

Prices from £89 to £115 per night depending on season. Each pod sleeps two adults and two children. No dogs allowed on site.

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