Is this the craziest glamping accommodation you’ve ever seen? Words: Madeleine Barber
FOR OUTRIGHT ODDNESS
Windmill Campersite, near Newport, Isle of Wight
Find whacky places to rest your head at Windmill, which has an outdoor barbecue/pizza oven named Big Bertha and a musical Shower Shack. From beehive camping pods (sleeping two) and Hector the ramshackle shepherd’s hut (sleeps four) to disused helicopter Galahad (sleeps three), there’s nothing ordinary about this destination.
Prices for a 1-night Galahad stay start from £112 based on 2 adults sharing (pitchup.com).
FOR A CHANCE TO SLOW DOWN
Unique Hideaways, Ventnor, Isle of Wight
Slow down and embrace a dose of island life at this stunning yurt nestled at the most southerly tip of the Isle of Wight, spending your days roaming the green garden, dining alfresco on the deck and putting your feet up in the outdoor bathtub. Explore an abundance of tropical beaches, local seaside towns, miles upon miles of coastal walks and unspoilt countryside right on your doorstep.
All yurts with open plan living-room with bedroom areas, wood-burner and King-size double bed (5’) and twin sofa beds (3’). There is outside access to WC and wash-basin, with a separate exterior shower and outdoor bathtub.
Prices from £180 – £200 per night, based on a 7 night stay. (01736 230 147 www.uniquehideaways.com)
The Park, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
The Park has all kinds of glamping options, from Airstreams and yurts to summerhouses and caravans. Airstreams are a quirky choice, with The Park offering retro options fitted with Original fixtures or more roomy modernised Versions. The Route 66 Airstream has been imported from the US and is refreshingly authentic, whereas Kara and Stravaigin have been lovingly revamped. All guests can use the heated swimming pools (although the sea is less than 500m away), sauna and steam room, plus the on-site award-winning café.
Prices start from £440 for seven nights in an Airstream (01637 860322, mawganporth.co.uk).
FOR A TIPI VILLAGE
Cornish Tipi Holidays, Pendoggett, Cornwall
This glamping village – consisting of 20 18ft-high tipis styled in an authentic North American fashion – is located in Tregildrans Quarry, a forested valley around a spring-fed lake four miles from Port Isaac and less than two from the coast. Swim in the lake or the sea, fish for rainbow trout, cycle the South West Coast Path or explore pretty seaside villages before bedding down in your sustainable stay.
Prices for a three-night break, based on two three people sharing a medium tipi, start from £240 (01208 880781, cornishtipiholidays.co.uk). Photo: Kim Appleby
FOR CLIFFTOP YURTS
Black Isle Yurts, near Fortrose, Scotland
Superb sea views are the selling point at the Black Isle Yurts site on the Moray Firth. Saunter down a cliff path through thick woodland to a secluded sandy beach and search for Bottlenose dolphins on the horizon before returning to your hand-crafted yurt inspired by Central Asian designs. All six yurts are off-grid, so lighting is solar/hand-powered and water is supplied at The Hub building. The site doubles-up as a working farm and is home to a flock of Hebridean sheep and two pigs, Bracken and Bramble. For the best ocean views, choose 15-foot Holly Yurt.
With a minimum stay of two nights and sleeping up to five people, prices for a Black Isle yurt start from £140 (01381 620634, blackisleyurts.co.uk).
FOR CIRCUS CARAVANS
Baby Moon Camp, near Guisborough, North Yorkshire
Escape to the circus at Baby Moon Camp, which has three show wagons fit for a ringmaster. ‘The Menagerie’ is inspired by a love for animals and ‘The Trapeze Artist’ is adorned with costumes. The ethos of Baby Moon is love: for nature, yourself and each other. Explore the Magic Herb Garden, meditate in the White Picket Fence Garden, or try one of the therapies – which include yoga, aromatherapy massage and osho tarot reading – or on-site classes. Beaches at Saltburn-by-the-Sea and Marske-by-the-Sea are just three miles away.
Prices from £95 per night per caravan, based on two adults or a family of four sharing (07764 928487, babymooncamp.com). Photo: evephotography.co.uk.
FOR POSH PITCHES
Ogden & Jenkins Fine Camping, near Blackheath, Suffolk
Glamping at its best. Think beds with sheep’s wool duvets, antique furnishings and fine china in tents inspired by Edwardian and Victorian campers. There are three types of tent: ‘Colonial’, ‘French Linen’, and ‘Vintage Summer’. With a choice of two campsites, pick Heathside – a 15-minute drive to the coastal towns of Southwold, Walberswick and Dunwich
Weekend and midweek prices, including campsite fees and an East Anglian welcome hamper, start from £325 per tent (07706 067569, fine-camping.com).
FOR VINTAGE VIBES
Teapot Lane Glamping, Tawley, Co. Leitrim
Revel in 1970s style at Teapot Lane Glamping, where you’ll discover a bright red vintage caravan with polkadot bunting and gingham curtains, and a communal kitchen nearby for preparing meals. There is an on-site spa for pampering, hot outdoor showers and a campfire each evening. It’s also only three miles from the Donegal/Sligo border and just a Ocean beaches and the Wild Atlantic Way. Want more? Teapot Lane offers surfing and horse-riding packages, plus a vintage tea party and picnic. Sleeping two, prices are a stone’s throw from sandy Atlantic bundle.
For the vintage caravan start from €150 for a two-night stay (+353 87 9340341, glampingireland.ie).
FOR GYPSY WAGONS
The Gypsy Camp, near Wickham Bishops, Essex
Sitting in an idyllic spot four miles from the little-known beaches of the Blackwater Estuary, the camp – on Bouncers Farm and an old wartime gravel pit – is home to two bowtop wagons with snug beds and a bender tent made from local willow where visitors can prepare food and chill out. With no electricity, light is provided by candles, and cooking is done over a campfire.
The camp, sleeping four, costs from £105 per night (0117 2047830, canopyandstars.co.uk).
FOR SEAVIEW PODS
Fishguard Bay Resort, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire
It’s all about the clifftop location at Fishguard Bay resort, where neat glamping pods get the best ocean views. Each pod is fitted with a double sofa bed, two bunks, a fridge, television, kettle and table. Outside, you’ll find a picnic table and barbecue perfect for evening meals in the open air. If you’re dining before the light fades, shift your gaze to the horizon for one of the best sea sunsets in Pembrokeshire.
Sleeping up to two adults and two children, prices for a pod start from £45. Add £2 for a gazebo and £1 for a pet (01348 811415, fishguardbay.com).
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