Time for a well earned break. Whether it’s “glamping”, tipis, yurts or lodges you’re looking for, this is how to enjoy camping without all the hassle. These beautiful and bespoke camping experiences are the perfect way to get in touch with nature and start relaxing from the moment you arrive. Whether you’re looking for a fully tailored experience or a hint of the wild, these luxury outdoor retreats offer the break from reality that you’ve been looking for.
Critchill Manor, Frome, Somerset
Escape to this quaint haven on the outskirts of Frome. Nesta’s camping experience is truly a retreat from reality which will leave you feeling regenerated, recharged and relaxed.
Their exquisitely handmade yurts come equipped with elegantly decorated furniture, including double beds and canvas roofs so you can experience total bliss under the stars. Looking for more than just nature to revive you? Nesta’s spa experience will have you melting into wood-fired hot tubs under a canopy of foliage, whilst their meditation and yoga classes are restorative and relaxing. If that’s not enough relaxation, you can get a massage to renew your body, mind and spirit.
Although there are many places to explore nearby, with their restaurant and bar, you won’t feel the need to go anywhere at all. Offering South Indian fusion food, wood-fired pizza, breakfast, handpicked local alcoholic beverages and a carefully curated cocktail menu, that they will even bring directly to your yurt, you’re set for your whole escape.
With wilderness on your doorstep, secluded in wondrous woodland, Honeydown’s bespoke architect-designed handmade wooden pods called ‘truffles’ offer an unforgettable camping experience. In addition to super restful double beds, relaxing hammocks, and wood-burning stoves, each tucked-away-truffle has an outdoor fire pit and a private bathroom.
Surrounded by the tranquillity of trees, tuck into a book or game found in your truffle. Alternatively, observe the birds and beasts as you wander the woods. For those seeking more of an adventure, there’s Dartmoor and the North Cornwall coast to choose from. A woodland wonderland that allows you to do as little or as much as you wish, in the heart of Devon.
Turvey House Estate, Bedfordshire
A laid-back festival-style pop-up camping experience, within Turvey House Estate’s picturesque parkland grounds. Wild Canvas will uplift and inspire you with traditional pitch-your-own for those who enjoy the wild and luxury camping options for those who want nature without the work.
Tipis are available furnished or unfurnished depending on your preference of the wild. On calming weekdays you can take a cool summer dip or paddleboard along the banks of River Great Ouse while you prepare for the weekend of drinks by the communal fire and dance to world-class DJs and live performances. Boutique festival camping without the drunken crowds, a place for friends and family who love the outdoors.
Chew Valley Lake, Somerset
Reconnect with nature at Nature’s Spectacular. Immerse yourself in nature’s constantly evolving environment and explore 35 acres of pristine woodland teeming with undisturbed wildlife, which is illuminated at night. Offering unique secluded stays in repurposed vehicles and structures handcrafted from sustainable materials.
Their enchanting accommodation options range from hilly landscapes to breathtaking lakeside views, and each offers full amenities like in a home. Unwind by your own roaring fire or if you feel the need to socialise with like-minded individuals there is a communal fire pit with picnic benches, overlooking the lake. A peaceful place to truly take in all of nature’s spectacular gifts.
Brickyard Farm, Lewes
Camping for those who are real nature lovers yet still want the luxury of a hot shower. The Secret Campsite offer secluded woodland meadow camping and three secret accommodation options for a quirky stay allowing you to become one with nature, especially their Tree Tent.
Located amid the ancient woodlands that surround the camping meadow, this Dormouse nest-inspired tree tent is completely surrounded by the wilderness, suspended between three sturdy oak trees. You can escape the wilderness by exploring the picturesque town of Lewes, nestled in the South Downs, just five miles from the site.
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