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Last Updated on 20/03/2021
Glamping has become a popular holiday in the UK. Perhaps because the glam camping experience offers campers the chance to connect with the wild without the discomfort that actual camping can entail – the stuffy tents, the lack of bathrooms and the endless amount of insects come to mind… Instead, it combines the best of both worlds to create an eco-friendly nature retreat with the luxury of a comfortable bed and good quality linen too.
From camping pods to bell tents, award-winning treehouses and cosy yurts, I’ve compiled a roundup of the very best sustainable glamping sites in the UK. Each one offers a unique holiday experience that’s both luxurious and kind to the planet.
For the time being, staycations may well be the new normal as the world heals itself in the aftermath of the recent pandemic. Rather than being a hindrance, travelling domestically can provide us with new and fascinating insights into the countries we call home. Offering relaxation and seclusion in places of outstanding natural beauty, glamping could be the retreat we need once we can start to safely leave our houses again.
The top sustainable glamping sites in the UK:
Brook House Woods, Herefordshire
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Brook House Woods is one of the most enriching sustainable glamping sites in the UK. Located in the wilds of Herefordshire, the glamping site is a welcome retreat for those who want to connect with nature and try their hand at woodwork.
The site has six glamping retreats in the heart of the woodland. Highlights include a handmade yurt with its own wood-burning stove and a sweet little hobbit hut with a king-sized bed and fairy lights. The hut also has its own kitchen area, compost loos and a private fire pit.
Other accommodation includes three beautiful treehouses and my absolute favourite, Goji, a remarkable little tree tent suspended in a bluebell wood. Ideal for couples looking for a unique getaway, Goji has its own raised decking area, two single beds that fold into sofas and a glass roof for stargazing at night. Perfection.
For those who want to get more involved with the woodwork workshop, Brook House Woods also runs Woodland Makers. There you can take a woodwork course or simply practice your skills.
Price: From £95 – £160 a night for 2 adults. Stays are a minimum of 2 days.
Where: Brook House Farm, Avenbury Lane, Bromyard HR7 4LB
Amber’s Bell Tent Camping, Norfolk and the Midlands
Amber’s Bell Tents offer rustic glamping retreats with a healthy amount of home comforts. There are five campsites in total, dotted around various locations in Norfolk and the Midlands. Mannington, the flagship site is located in the grounds of a picturesque medieval country house.
It may be a campsite but you can leave all your tents and camping equipment at home. Each site has its own choice of cosy bell tents complete with double beds (and up to three camp beds for kids), cooking equipment, kitchenware and a wood-burning stove.
The interior of each bell tent is simple but stylish and with a strong focus on sustainability. Wooden apple crates have been artfully repurposed as bedside tables and led hurricane lamps that run on solar power and rechargeable batteries provide lighting. To top it off, each bell tent has its own awning to enjoy a bit of campfire cooking and stargazing in the evening.
Price: From £125 – £440 in total. Prices differ depending on the campsite and time of year. Stays are a minimum of 2 to 3 nights although 1-night stays are sometimes available. Some sites offer a 15% discount if you stay for 5 nights or more.
How to Book: Visit Amber’s Bell Tent Camping online to book.
Where: Mannington Hall, Wiveton Hall, Bells Farm, Hopton Court Estate, Hoveton Estate. Visit the website here for more information.
Eco Retreats, Powys
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Eco Retreats is one of the most off-grid sustainable glamping sites in Wales. Here, you can find tranquillity in the retreat’s beautifully designed yurts and wild surroundings. Located on an organic working farm deep in Dyfi forest, Eco Retreats is the place to be if you’re keen to feel the calming effects of forest bathing.
There are five yurts in total, spread out over 50 acres so guests can maintain a level of privacy and peace. Each yurt can accommodate couples and families, and they come equipped with snug wood-burning stoves and cooking facilities. Guests can also enjoy private hot showers and better still, soothing outdoor wood-fired baths!
Guests can use their stay to unwind and make use of the surrounding walks or wander over to the teahouse and conscious living centre for herbal teas, group meditation, yoga and conscious living workshops.
Price: Prices start from £275 for a 2-night midweek stay for 2 adults and £329 for a 2-night weekend stay for 2 adults. Children can be accommodated free of charge. Eco Retreats season runs from 1st April to 1st November 2020.
Where: Deep in the Dyfi forest near Machynlleth, Powys. The nearest train station is Machynlleth which has direct links from Shrewsbury, Birmingham, Aberystwyth and Pwllheli. You can then get a taxi to Eco Retreats.
Crafty Camping, Dorset
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Crafty Camping’s Woodman’s Treehouse has made a name for itself in the glamping world. Located in Dorset, this award-winning eco-friendly accommodation has featured in top magazines and newspapers, including Vogue, Conde Nast Traveller, The Guardian and The Sunday Times to name a few. It has also made television appearances on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
The treehouse is an extraordinary glamping experience located high in the branches of a veteran oak tree. Combining luxury with sustainable craftsmanship, the treehouse offers guests the chance to unwind in the privacy of a woodland eco haven.
What I love most about it is the innovative design that really makes this treehouse unique. Guests can enjoy the hot tub and sauna on the upper deck and relax in front of the revolving wood burner that can be pointed in the direction of the sofa, bed or kitchen. In the evening, you can gorge yourself on fresh pizza from the outdoor wood-fired oven and let all your troubles melt away. It doesn’t get much better than that!
During the warmer months, guests can also stay in yurts, a bell tent and a shepherd’s hut. Whichever one you choose, each glamping accommodation is chic and luxurious with a rustic touch to make you feel at one with the woodland.
Price: The Bell Tent starts from £196 – £294 for 2 nights, the yurt, tipi or shepherd’s hut start from £278 – £417 for 2 nights and the Woodman’s Treehouse starts from £990 – £1485 for 2 nights. Check the website here for more information about opening times.
Where: Crafty Camping & Woodland Workshop, Opposite – Higher Holditch Farm, Holditch, West Dorset TA20 4NL
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Glamping in the UK doesn’t get much quirkier than Kudhva in Cornwall. The campsite has four architectural hideouts that are raised above the ground on wooden legs and offer captivating views of the coast. In Cornish, ‘kudhva’ means ‘hideout’ and these shelters are just that – a chance to escape from the stresses of modern life and seek refuge in a unique and natural environment.
For those who want more of a camping experience, Kudhva also offers tentsile tree tents. They’re pitched in the treetops before your arrival and you just need to bring your sleeping bag and other comforts.
Guests can also stay in a Danish Cabin. Much like the rest of Kudhva, its innovative design blends the indoors with the outside to create a natural and interchangeable space. There are kitchen facilities on-site or if you fancy getting in the camping spirit you can cook your meals in the fire pit by the cabin.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy here, including a hot tub, yoga, stargazing, wild swimming, surfing and painting. Kudhva is gaining popularity in the glamping world and it’s fast becoming one of the top one-to-watch sustainable glamping sites in Cornwall.
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Where: Kudhva, Sanding Road, Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel, Cornwall PL34 0HH
The Ceridwen Centre, Carmarthenshire
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The Ceridwen Centre is a holiday, events and wedding venue in Carmarthenshire, Wales. It has a range of beautiful and sustainable glamping accommodation to stay in with highlights including B&B guesthouses, a converted double-decker bus, yurts and a hand-built eco glamping pod.
Sustainability is at the heart of the Ceridwen Centre and the site works hard to ensure that its impact on the environment is a positive one. All accommodation has been restored, upcycled or hand-built by the on-site team. Most of its energy is renewable, water is heated by solar power and all the furniture in the yurts are second-hand and bought locally.
The glamping site also has an eco hot tub and a licensed bar. If you’re keen to do a bit of socialising, it also runs regular pizza nights from its own wood-fired pizza wagon. The Ceridwen Centre is the perfect glamping choice for those who want to find a balance between a quiet holiday and a chance to meet the locals.
Price: The Eco Pod is about £144 for 2 nights and the yurts range from £156 – £176. There is a whole range of accommodation options to choose from.
Where: The Ceridwen Centre, Penybanc Farm, Drefelin, Drefach-Felindre, Llandysul, Carmarthenshire, SA44 5XE
The Devon Dens, Devon
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Devon Dens is an off-grid glamping escape in the heart of Devon. Perfect for those who want to spend time soaking up the countryside, the site is within reach of stunning beaches and Dartmoor National Park – one of the top places to visit in the UK for bird-watching!
Guests can stay in one of two private eco hideaways on site. The Den is a cosy little wooden structure which can sleep up to four people. It has its own outdoor shower, private compost loo and fire pit to snuggle next to in the evening. The Cabin is the newest glamping accommodation on the block. An off-grid eco haven, it can sleep up to six people. It has an indoor bathroom, a kitchenette, a large living area and a private deck for the fire pit.
The environment is a core part of Devon Dens, which is why it’s one of the top sustainable glamping sites in the UK. Both structures have been made out of sustainable wood and run on solar power, all waste is composted and a pond and beehive have been put in place to encourage biodiversity. If you’re looking to experience the Devonshire countryside at its best then this is the place for you.
Price: Devon Den starts from £80 – £105 a night and Carpenter’s Cabin starts from £125 – £150 a night. Prices vary depending on the season.
Where: Germansweek, Devon EX21 5AL
Cotna Eco Retreat, Cornwall
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Cotna Eco Retreat is the perfect treat for those wanting a seaside holiday at a slow pace. Located in the Roseland Peninsula, this Cornwall glamping experience invites guests to enjoy an environmentally-friendly holiday. Here, you can explore Cornwall’s stunning coastline, wander through beautiful woodland or get involved with the site’s foraging and seasonal cooking courses.
For the ultimate glamping experience, stay in one of Cotna’s three yurts. Located in a secluded orchard, the yurts have their own private spaces for guests to relax and unwind in.
Each yurt has a traditional but modern feel to it with bright and cheerful interiors. In particular, I love the incorporation of international influences here, including North African and Turkish Kilim rugs and beautiful Indian silks.
Cotna is also home to a guesthouse and a simple yet idyllic shepherd’s hut nestled on the lush green banks of a brook. The shepherd’s hut is cosy and romantic, conjuring bygone days in the English countryside. Inside, there’s a double bed and an extra single bunk on top. Indian silk hangings and locally sourced organic cotton textiles decorate the walls to give it a light, airy feel.
Price: About £150 for a yurt for 2 nights. Prices depend on the season.
How to Book: Check yurt availability and book here.
Where: Cotna Barton, Gorran Churchtown, Cornwall PL26 6LG
Catchpenny Safari Lodges, Elie, East Neuk of Fife
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Catchpenny Safari Lodges give their guests a unique Scottish glamping experience but without the midges! Situated on the stunning Fife Coastal Path, these safari lodges combine the excitement of glamping with all the comforts of a guesthouse.
Underneath each lodge’s billowing tent structure is a spacious living area with a wood-burning stove, cosy sofas, a well-equipped kitchen and a bathroom with gloriously hot showers. The lodges can sleep up to six people in total, with two king-sized beds and two singles. For a real treat, spend the evening toasting marshmallows over the fire pit while trying to spot a pod of passing dolphins before falling asleep listening to the waves lapping the shore.
Catchpenny Safari Lodges are proud to be one of the most sustainable glamping sites in the UK. All their power is generated on-site from wind and solar energy. They provide firewood from their sustainably managed woodlands and all their kitchen worktops have been made out of their own Scottish hardwood timbers. Catchpenny has also recently won a Scottish Thistle Award from Visit Scotland for ‘Innovation in Tourism’.
Price: Prices start from about £470 for a safari lodge for a minimum of 3 nights.
Where: Ardross, Elie, Leven KY9 1EU
Loveland Farm Domes, Devon
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Loveland Farm is a glamping eco-retreat located on the Hartland Peninsula in North Devon. Guests can stay in stylish geodesic dome glamping pods and tipis for a fun and unique camping experience.
Each glamping pod comes with its own private shower and award-winning compost loo. The smaller-sized pods are perfect for a couple’s getaway while some of the larger pods can sleep up to seven people.
Loveland Farm has six gorgeous glamping domes to choose from. Couples might prefer the snug Popla dome with its clear ceiling to gaze at the stars. The Loveland pod is located in its own private field and has a projector for movie nights. The Stargazer is the newest addition. With stunning views of the farm, it’s the perfect hideaway for families and friends.
Price: Pod prices start from about £270 for 2 people staying 2 nights. Check the website for the most accurate cost.
How to Book: Visit Loveland Farm online to book.
Where: Hartland, Bideford EX39 6AT
Whether you’re in the mood for some forest bathing, or you just want a fun new experience, I know you’ll love these sustainable glamping sites as much as I do.
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