Dartmoor Domes, Devon
There are four geodomes at this idyllic site in a valley on the edge of Dartmoor, backed by woodland and a stream. Each dome has a king-size bed, a wood-burning stove, and a skylight for stargazing; a private kitchen, bathroom and shower; and an outdoor space with a fire pit and barbecue. Two are couples’ domes with wood-burning hot tubs and two are family domes. Guests can walk to Sheepstor for views of Burrator Reservoir and down to Plymouth Sound, bike the nearby Drakes Trail, or head to the village pub. It is half an hour drive from the nearest beaches.
Domes for 2-5 people, from £135, dartmoordomes.co.uk
Surrounded by heather and rolling hills, this moorland site has a wild camping feel, but without the hardships. You can choose from six tents, a converted railway carriage and a shepherd’s hut. The tents have double beds, terraces with fire pits, and private shower/toilet stalls. The carriage and cabin have bathrooms, kitchens, wood stoves, and fire pits. Muiredge is off-grid, using solar power, water from a spring-fed burn, compost toilets, and local larch siding; and guests can plant a tree or plant wildflowers. It is just outside the town of Auchterarder, about an hour’s drive north of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
4 Person Bell Tent From £100, 2 Person Train Car From £120, coolcamping.com
Brook Cottage Shepherd Huts, Llŷn Peninsula
Five huts (several of shepherds, poachers and gypsies) sit in a wildflower meadow overlooking a loch near Pwllheli on the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales. They have double beds, wood stoves, kitchens, bathrooms with showers, and fire pits. Guests can have breakfast outdoors, with eggs from the local chickens, and take in the views of the Yr Eifl Mountains. As well as the seaside town of Pwllheli, some of the main attractions of the peninsula are nearby, including Abersoch, Criccieth Castle and Portmeirion. Walkers can go from beach to beach along the Llŷn section of the Wales Coast Path.
From £115sleeps two, luxuryglampingwales.co.uk
Cottages and cottages on the hillside, Northumberland
Owners Fiona and Philip have built two cottages and a two-story cottage on their 145-hectare estate near the historic market town of Morpeth. Philip knows a bit about camping, having spent 20 years organizing safaris, and his experience shows. Cabins have indoor and outdoor showers, decks, wood-burning hot tubs, fire pits with roasting pans and forks. They’re made from reclaimed wood and corrugated iron, and insulated with sheep’s wool and hemp. The farm is also run on eco-friendly lines: 12,000 trees have been planted in the last 20 years, and guests can walk through the woods, wildflower meadows, and ponds. Local milk and eggs and homemade chocolate cake are provided.
From £130capacity for two adults and two children, canopyandstars.es
Moat Island, Haveringland Hall, Norfolk
This is glamping fit for royalty: a turreted castle-style shack on wheels set in the moat of an old medieval hall near Norwich. Haveringland Castle Cottage has a tower adorned with fairy lights for eating and sleeping, plus a kitchen, composting toilet and wood-burning stove. Other options on the wooded island include a cabin with a covered terrace; twenty-foot furnished tents with proper beds, wood burners and fire pits; and basic tents, one with see-through panels for stargazing. There are compost toilets near each tent, plus a shower block and a field kitchen made from Christmas trees removed from the site. Best of all, guests can take a dip in the natural pond for swimming and sunbathing on the jetty.
bell tents from £65, castle cottage from £350 for two nights (both sleep five), moatisland.co.uk
Penhein Glamping, Monmouthshire
Glamping at this farm near Chepstow has a Persian vibe that reflects the owner’s Iranian heritage. This year, two new Alachigh high dome tents (from northern Iran) bring the total to eight. The tents have adequate beds, kitchens, bathrooms, wood stoves and fire pits. The new ones also have showers; the others have a shower block with underfloor heating, rainfall showers, and a claw-foot tub. There’s a new social space, a large Persian-style pavilion, and plenty of activities, from guided treetop walks to moonlit workshops.
From £295 for two nights, sleeps five, penhein.com
Wheatsheaf Cottages, Oxfordshire
This mini glamping is ideal for a family vacation: adults can sleep in the two shepherd’s huts and children in the tents. The accommodation is in its own field on a 200-hectare estate near Banbury. Kids can meet donkeys, kunekune pigs, emus and a rhea, while adults relax in the wood-fired hot tub. There are kitchens and campfires: the owners offer baskets of their own meat and eggs, plus homemade and local treats. The cabins are isolated from the grid and the farm produces renewable energy from solar panels, a biomass boiler and a combined heat and power pump.
From £150, sleeps two adults and four children, kiphideaways.com
Foot of the Downs, South Downs
On the edge of Fulking and just off the South Downs Way in the national park, Perching Manor Farm now has a shepherd’s hut and two curved pods. Each is insulated and air-conditioned, and has a kitchenette, bathroom with shower, and a welcome basket of essentials. Guests can request barbecues and breakfast baskets, fire pits and logs. There is a pub within walking distance; walkers can earn a pint by first climbing Devil’s Dyke, which is two miles further on, and is nine miles from Brighton.
Curved Capsules For Four People From £120, footofthedowns.co.uk
Wantisden Park, Suffolk
This site on private property near the Suffolk coast overlooks lakes and ancient oak woodland. Accommodations include eight cabins and pods (some with whirlpool tubs), such as a small wood-frame roundhouse, two converted vans once powered by steam engines, and six wooden tents. There are also pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes, as well as a cafeteria and shop. Miles of footpaths surround the park and it’s a 15-minute walk to the nearest pub. Sutton Hoo is 10 minutes’ drive away and Orford and the coast are 15 minutes away.
Wooden tents for two people from £50, capsules and cabins for four people from £320 for two nights, pitchup.com
Spire View Yurts, Derbyshire
These three yurts are located on a rural site near Ashover, on the edge of the Peak District. All have a king-size bed and bunk beds, wood-burning stoves, and a terrace; two have whirlpool tubs. They have private bathrooms and share a kitchen/dining room. Ashover has three pubs and is about the same distance from Matlock and Chesterfield. In addition to hiking the Peaks, glampers can bike the High Peak Trail. The yurts can be booked individually or exclusively, for a maximum of 14.
Seven nights from £631sleep five, sykescottages.com