Yurts, cabins, gypsy caravans, tipis, bell tents and pods in the forest – our guide to the world of glamping holidays
Glamping offers ways to enjoy the outdoors if roughing it isn’t your thing
With its unpredictable and often unseasonal weather, Britain is the perfect place for glamping. This glamorous form of camping is for those who want to experience the freedom of the great outdoors without sacrificing their creature comforts. Whichever end of the glamping spectrum you’re on, there will be something to suit you. Here’s a rundown.
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These can vary from simple modern structures with all the mod cons to rustic log structures with every luxury you can imagine including log burners and Egyptian cotton sheets. They usually have their own internal kitchen, toilet and shower – like a home away from home. For a relaxing, authentic option, stay in a handmade shepherd’s hut in the Dorset hills and try your hand at Western horse riding while you’re at it.
Pods offer an eco-friendly (and warmer) alternative to a tent whilst retaining all the ambience of a camping holiday. Don’t go without a microwave, fridge and dining table just because you’re on holiday. They are great if the weather turns, often providing a TV, DVD player and WiFi. They offer a lodge-style holiday but without the price tag. You can find a choice of pods in the heart of the Forest of Dean, offering exclusive savings for Boundless members.
For a taste of the old days, but with a log burner and other comforts, try a restored gypsy caravan. Cooking is al fresco with these wagons, so you need to not be afraid of getting stuck in with a campfire, but a lot of sites offer BBQs, firepits and picnic benches. Often a bit tight on space, these are better for couples than families. We fancy staying on the shores of Bala Lake in Snowdonia National Park.
Sort of a glorified tent, but with much more space and comfort, and you don’t have to put it up yourself. Yurts vary in levels of luxury, from a basic one with beds and bedding provided, to bells and whistles options that include wood burning stoves, cosy furnishings, and power outlets. For a family-friendly adventure with easy access to walking and wild swimming, head to the Orkney Yurt.
For a bit of Americana without leaving the country, stay in an airstream trailer. Shiny on the outside, cosy and retro on the inside, with a range of luxuries that can stretch to a TV and a hot shower. You might see these converted into mobile coffee shops or ice cream vans, but there is a growing number of them being offered as holiday accommodation. Try the vintage airstream experience in the Suffolk countryside.