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Pirates, we know you love your quirky accommodation just as much as we do - but without having to sacrifice style or comfort, of course! But when it comes to this type of holiday, there is simply so much to choose from. To help you get started, we've rounded up our favourite glamping spots in the UK and beyond.

Glamping gives you the best of both worlds - the chance to enjoy nature while indulging in a bit of luxury. With so many glamping spots available, it's a great option for a UK staycation and for those that want to get away as a couple or as a family.

Always dreamed of going on a safari but can’t afford the price tag? There are several places where you can get a taste of the savannah right here in the UK and in Europe! Or why not let that inner child run free sleeping high above the treetops in your very own luxury treehouse? The possibilities are truly endless! 

What is glamping?

Glamping, otherwise known as 'glamourous camping', lets you combine the luxury of a fancy hotel stay with the close-to-nature vibe of a camping trip. It's become all the rage here in the UK, as well as in various destinations in Europe and beyond.

You won't find traditional camping tents here! Instead, glamping spots will offer accommodation that's much more spacious and often in unique forms, like bubble tents that let you see the stars or yurts. Glamping accommodation also often includes comfortable beds and private bathrooms.

Another key difference between glamping and traditional camping is that instead of having to bring your tent with you, your accommodation will be set up for you. And the best type of glamping usually has a spectacular setting, from peaceful countryside views to private beaches.

Although popular glamping spots sell out months in advance, especially for the summer months, you can still find fantastic last-minute deals.

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The best glamping destinations in England

Whether you're completely new to glamping or go every year, we've rounded up the very best glamping destinations from across England, along with some unmissable glamping recommendations. From Cornwall to Yorkshire, you're bound to find the glamping spot that's perfect for you.

Glamping in Cornwall

Located in the southwest corner of England, Cornwall offers a dreamy combination of tranquil countryside, cute coastal towns and wide sandy beaches – and let’s not forget those pasties and delicious Cornish ice cream. Whatever you're searching for, rest assured that you'll find it in Cornwall, an area that is absolutely ripe with awesome glamping options.

But remember to book ahead, as this part of England becomes very popular during the summer months, especially during school holidays!

Once you've settled into your glamping accommodation, check out the many things to do in Cornwall, from the world-renowned Eden Project to coastal landmarks like St Michael's Mount and Minack Theatre.

Our glamping recommendations for Cornwall

Lakeside Lodge, Falmouth

Designed by award-winning architects, the Lakeside Lodge is nestled in the peaceful Trecombe Lakes, nine acres of beautiful woodland and lakes located not too far from the seaside town of Falmouth.

Featuring stylish birch interiors, the lodges sleep up to six people and include a double bedroom, bespoke kitchen and private bathroom. You can expect extra flourishes like heated floors and a log-fired Swedish hot bath.

Atlantic Surf Pods, Bude

Atlantic Surf Pods is a small farm-based campsite in the seaside town of Bude on Cornwall's north coast. You'll have access to no less than five beaches here, all of which are a few minutes away by car.

Each self-contained surf pod is furnished to a high standard, with a comfortable bed, an individual deck area and a private bathroom.

Mount View Safari Tent, Penzance

Located in a peaceful Cornish meadow in Penzance, the super-luxurious Mount View Horizon Safari Tent offers 180-degree scenic views of St Michael's Mount. It's kitted out with everything you could possibly need for a comfortable self-catering holiday.

The safari-style tent consists of a bedroom with a king-sized bed, a separate twin bedroom as well as a cosy cabin bed. In addition, you'll have your own fully equipped kitchen, dining area, large deck area and private bathroom.

Glamping in the Cotswolds

Declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds is home to some of the most beautiful and most quintessentially English villages in the whole country. We're talking about cobblestone streets, half-timbered or stone cottages, ancient churches and rolling green hills as far as the eye can see.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the Cotswolds is a bit of a glamping hotspot, with loads of different options scattered across the region.

And there is so much to enjoy in the Cotswolds, from taking leisurely hikes and hopping on your bicycle to village hopping and visiting attractions like Blenheim Palace, Birdland or Highgrove Gardens.

Our glamping recommendations for the Cotswolds

The Fish Hotel, Broadway

The Fish Hotel offers a great selection of luxurious glamping huts and treehouses that have all the mod-cons you could wish for. The huts come with heated floors, en suite bathrooms and a private hot tub.

Their gorgeous treehouses are a bit more spacious, making them perfect for families. These feature wrap-around deck areas, heated outdoor baths, mini bars and much more.

Tinywood Homes, Leamington

The adorable Tinywood Homes offer glamping but with a tiny carbon footprint! This eco-friendly spot is located on a picturesque Warwickshire farm with stunning countryside views.

Each tiny house has its own bedroom, fully fitted kitchen and a separate bathroom. They also come with a South African-style 'stoep' or veranda that has a wood-fired hot tub.

The Glamping Orchard, Severn Vale

If you are looking for something quirkier, you’ll love the Warwick Knight Caravan at the Glamping Orchard - located in the Severn Vale on the edge of the Cotswolds – as seen on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces.

This lovingly restored 1950s caravan can house a family of four, with separate bunk beds for the kids. It also features a fully fitted kitchen, a rooftop garden and a separate private cabin with wood-fired shower and sink.

Glamping in Dorset

Dorset is known for its natural beauty and history in equal measure, with miles of sandy beaches, cute villages with thatched cottages and the emblematic soaring limestone arch, Durdle Door, which is featured on many postcards. It's a top glamping destination in England, with lots of places to choose from - along with some of the best weather in the country!

This county may be most famous for the Jurassic Coast, a stretch of coastline that's home to seaside towns, spectacular beaches and - you guessed it - fossils. But there's much more to Dorset than just its coast, and glamping is the ideal way to get to know this part of England better.

Some of the top sights in Dorset include Lulworth Cove, Old Harry Rocks and Corfe Castle, but you'll never run out of things to do here - if you can be tempted to leave your glamping spot, that is!

Our glamping recommendations for Dorset

Walnut Farm Glamping, Bridport

So good it yurts! At Walnut Farm Glamping, there are five luxury yurts to choose from, each with their own private bathroom and within their own paddock. These larger-than-normal Mongolian-style yurts feature a king-sized bed, a cosy wood-burning stove and a Nespresso coffee machine.

Some of the yurts have their own fully equipped kitchen, while others make use of the Walnut Kitchen, a separate communal yurt that has all the equipment you need to make a meal. The main attraction, however, is the hot tub in the orchard, which is available at an additional charge.

Crafty Camping, Holditch

Located on the award-winning Crafty Camping site, the Woodman's Treehouse is a super luxurious yet playful treehouse that commands several levels. You may have already seen it on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces; it may be a pricier option but this is a real bucket list experience.

The treehouse is accessed via a rope bridge and boasts its own kitchen, a bedroom with a huge skylight plus a private bathroom. Some of the other highlights include a sauna and hot tub, a revolving wood-burner and a gorgeous al fresco shower on the deck outside.

Lakeside Hut, Gillingham

The Lakeside Hut, an extended shepherd's hut, is located within easy reach of historical Gillingham and Shaftesbury, making it an ideal base to explore Bath, Bournemouth, Bristol and beyond.

Fishing is permitted in the lake here, so you can try your hand at catching some carp, too. The hut consists of a studio living area, a well-equipped kitchen and twin bedroom with a private bathroom.

Glamping in Kent

Kent is located in England's southeast, and it's a county that's rich in history and jaw-dropping natural beauty. Canterbury, Rochester and Dover are all popular places here, as well as the seaside hotspots of Whitstable and Margate. Often referred to as the Garden of England, so named for its abundance of apple, pear and cherry orchards, it's one of the most beautiful glamping spots in the country.

There are many different glamping spots here, from shepherd's huts to yurts to far more quirkier options. No matter what you end up choosing, you'll find plenty of things to do in Kent, such as Leeds Castle, the White Cliffs of Dover and Howletts Wildlife Park.

Although much of the Kentish coastline is beautiful, the unique Isle of Sheppey is a particularly worthwhile stop, with pretty beaches and large swathes of unspoilt nature reserve, such as at Elmley and Swale.

Our glamping recommendations for Kent

Elmley Nature Reserve, Elmley

We’re swooning over Elmley Nature Reserve, where you can choose from a range of luxurious shepherd’s huts or go for one of the more modern huts. All these options come with stunning views across the marsh, en suite bathrooms and other mod-cons. Some of the huts have their own kitchen or outdoor bathtub.

There’s also a communal outdoor kitchen as well as a Victorian barn, which is a welcoming hideaway in the event of bad weather. Help yourself to tea or coffee here, along with a slice of homemade cake, or get involved with a board game or two.

Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, Hythe

The award-winning Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve offers a safari glamping experience like no other, with a range of accommodation to choose from, including pods, safari tents, stargazing bubbles, treehouses and lodges with giraffes, zebras, elephants and big cats roaming around right outside.

For families and larger groups, you might want to look into a plush safari tent or a luxurious glass-fronted treehouse giving you a unique perspective over the 700-acre reserve.

Longberry Farm, Bethersden

Offering a glorious countryside setting that's just an hour’s drive from London, Longberry Farm allows you to take your pick from a selection of gorgeous bell tents that have been decorated according to different themes.

There’s a communal kitchenette, along with gas BBQs and a large, covered patio complete with lounge area so that everyone can dine together. If you want to add an extra bit of luxury to your stay, head over to the secluded Secret Spa (bookings must be made in advance).

Glamping in Devon

The southwestern county of Devon offers a plethora of delightful, postcard-pretty towns and fishing villages, unspoilt countryside and fine sandy beaches. All this is framed by the two scenic coastlines that call this county home.

Unsurprisingly - given that there's so much on offer in this part of England - Devon is ripe with great glamping spots. Whether you are after a countryside retreat or an escape by the seaside, you'll be spoiled for choice when you see just how many glamping spots can be found here.

In terms of what you can get up to, the county is home to Dartmoor National Park, which is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. It's here that you can hike and cycle to your heart's content. Other popular attractions include Babbacombe Model Village, Paignton Zoo Environmental Park and Lundy Island.

Our glamping recommendations for Devon

Brownscombe Luxury Glamping, Compton

The idyllic countryside retreat of Brownscombe Luxury Glamping is a 20-minute drive from Torquay, with accommodation options for couples, families and groups. The tin Tabernacle is popular for couples, with its own meadow, a king-sized bed, vintage furniture and a rustic kitchen, along with a private bathroom. You'd also have your own wood-fired hot tub.

For families, the luxury safari tents or Brownscombe cabin are great options. The safari tents have two bedrooms, along with a seating and cooking area, as well as an en suite bathroom. The cabin also has two sleeping areas - a master bedroom and bunk beds - along with a kitchen and private bathroom.

Lower Keats Glamping, Axminster

Nestled in Devon's countryside, Lower Keats Glamping can be found just outside the village of Tytherleigh. It offers a selection of safari lodges within the setting of a working, family-run farm. It's even been featured on Four in A Bed.

Each safari lodge is decorated with hardwood floors and includes beds for up to six people, a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, sitting area and al fresco deck. There is also an on-site honesty shop, providing everything you need for breakfast.

Ravendere Retreats Treehouse, Lee

The secluded adults-only treehouse at Ravendere Retreats is nestled between trees that overlook a beautiful valley. The treehouse has state-of-the art fittings and bespoke interiors created by a team of designers.

There's a wood-burning stove, a huge bed with fine Egyptian bedding, a roll-top bath, a fully equipped kitchen, a separate bathroom with a walk-in waterfall shower and a deck area with a barbecue and wood-fired pizza oven.

Glamping in Yorkshire

Located in northern England, Yorkshire is the largest county in the entire United Kingdom. It's known for its rich historical heritage - both the Romans and Vikings left their mark here - as well as its awe-inspiring natural beauty.

If it's impressive castles and medieval abbeys you'd like to see, alongside some of the prettiest chocolate-box villages, then this may just be your ultimate glamping spot. In addition, you'll be on the doorstep of places known for their outstanding beauty and serenity, such as the Yorkshire Dales, which offers peaceful woodland, moorland trails and trickling waterfalls.

This kind of scenery is made for glamping, so you'll be delighted to find out that there are seemingly countless options to choose from. Just keep in mind that Yorkshire is a popular glamping choice year round, but especially in summer, so it's worth booking ahead.

Our glamping recommendations for Yorkshire

Camp Kátur Glamping, Carthorpe

Camp Kátur Glamping is set within the beautiful 250-acre Camp Hill Manor Estate and offers a mind-boggling selection of glamping accommodation to suit all tastes. From bell tents to hobbit pods, geodomes, safari tents and Betty, the yellow 1980s retro caravan, you’ll find something for everyone here.

You can find comfortable beds, BBQs, fire pits and fairy lights throughout, with some of the units being fully equipped and some even have their own hot tub. There’s also an outdoor EcoSpa and several communal areas, including toilets, showers and kitchen facilities.

The Private Hill, Malton

With miles and miles of unobstructed, breathtakingly gorgeous views across the Vale of York, The Private Hill offers an exclusive and secluded glamping retreat. Consisting of a row of luxury geodesic domes, you'll have everything you need for a relaxing stay.

Each dome features a comfortable bed, lounge, kitchenette, private bathroom and a dining area. There are other fun communal activities, such as a bowling alley, on site and you can get a continental or vegetarian breakfast too.

The North Star Club, Sancton

This cosy retreat sits within 500 acres of native English woodland and offers all the charm of a wilderness escape, but with first-class luxury amenities. At the North Star Club, each woodland suite has been designed with your comfort in mind.

Each suite contains a bedroom, wood-burner, private bathroom, fridge, hob, covered veranda and more - this is glamping with a difference! Some suites can sleep up to six people and there are several great dining options in the area.

Glamping in Somerset

The southwestern county of Somerset is home to endless green spaces with many nature reserves as well as cute coastal resorts, quaint villages, dramatic caves and medieval castles. These are a few of the things that make Somerset a top glamping destination.

It's also known for its food; there's the quintessentially English Cheddar cheese, along with thirst-quenching cider and succulent strawberries. Whether you've come to enjoy the outdoors or feast, this part of England is sure to give you a memorable glamping holiday.

If you're dreaming of a seaside escape, head to northern Somerset for its meandering coastline. For pristine countryside, head south where you'll find nature-immersed glamping at its finest.

Our glamping recommendations for Somerset

The Yurt Retreat, Crewkerne

The ever-so-popular, adults-only Yurt Retreat is set on Fords Croft Farm in a stunning south Somerset location, just a stone's throw from the Jurassic Coast. There's a host of accommodation types to choose from here, including, as the name suggests, yurts as well as two roundhouses and a treehouse.

The roundhouses offer the best of a yurt and a treehouse experience all in one. And, if you're willing to tear yourself away from your accommodation, there's an on-site woodland sauna. Just remember to book in advance - the Yurt Retreat is often fully booked!

Shepherds Hut Retreat, Crewkerne

Now we may seem a bit biased, but the next entry is also part of the above-mentioned Fords Croft Farm. The Shepherds Hut Retreat offers luxury lakeside huts in a tranquil spot between the trees on the water’s edge.

Each hut comes with its own private decking, fire pit, fully equipped kitchen, private bathroom, dining area and a comfortable double bed. You can also make use of the lakeside hot tub and Woodland Sauna.

Wall Eden Farm, Burnham-On-Sea

Once a dairy farm in the 1950s, Wall Eden Farm has turned into an idyllic glamping retreat set over several acres of quaint Somerset countryside along the River Brue. It offers a range of luxury accommodation, from pods (including a hobbit-style one), to yurts and log cabins.

Some of the top features include en suite contemporary bathrooms and modern kitchenettes. There's heaps to do here, including visiting the Farm Shop, sauna or hot tub, as well as partaking in activities like fishing, pottery, archery, axe throwing and kayaking.

Glamping in Scotland

If you're looking to truly get away from it all, Scotland provides an endlessly wild and ruggedly beautiful backdrop for your next glamping holiday. Whether you're keen to stay on the outskirts of one of the major Scottish cities or be transfixed by the peaceful nature of one of the country's islands, nothing beats waking up to Scotland's famous views of mountains, forests and waterfalls.

While some of Scotland's gems require a bit of time to reach, you'd be surprised to know that some of the country's prettiest spots are just a short drive away from places like Edinburgh, Inverness and Glasgow. This is what makes Scotland an ideal destination for a glamping holiday, especially if you're travelling as a family.

As an added bonus, there is so much to do and see in Scotland. From natural attractions like Loch Ness, the Scottish Highlands and Ben Nevis to historical spots like Stirling Castle and Inveraray Castle, Scotland is the perfect place for an adventurous road trip.

Our glamping recommendations for Scotland

AirShip 2, Drimnin

The iconic AirShip 2 in Drimnin offers an out-of-this-world glamping experience. This gorgeous aluminium pod, designed by Roderick James, is set within four acres of secluded land on the Sound of Mull.

The AirShip has everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a sleek galley for cooking, a big bed, electricity, a shower and toilet, balcony and a sitting area. One end of the pod boasts panoramic windows, perfect for taking in those sunsets, and there's even a writing desk in case you're feeling inspired.

Catchpenny Lodges, Elie

The Catchpenny Lodges are situated right on the shoreline on the Fife Coastal Path, nestled between the fishing villages of Elie and St Monans with their honey-coloured beaches.

These luxurious safari-style lodges are kitted out with all your modern comforts, including a kitchen, large lounge with sofa and dining table, comfortable beds with premium linen, a shower and a flushing toilet. Oh, and those unbeatable views!

Hobbit Hideaway, Aberlour

The picture-perfect Hobbit Hideaway is any Lord of the Rings fan's dream location - and this spot would make Bilbo Baggins green with envy. Situated in Aberlour, the hideaway has been made using locally sourced materials and kitted out with top-of-the-range amenities.

The hideaway sleeps up to six people (and one wee four-legged pal). There's a kitchen, one double bedroom, a bedroom with bunk beds and an open-plan living area with a spectacular domed roof, wood-burning stove and hand-built snuggle seat.

Glamping in Wales

For what may seem like a relatively small country, Wales certainly packs in a whole lot of variety. There are the stunning lakes and valleys of the world-renowned Brecon Beacons as well as some of the best beaches you can find anywhere in the UK. Then there's the dazzling array of islands, picturesque fairytale castles, the soaring peaks of Mount Snowdon and the buzzing Cardiff. Wales really does seem to have it all!

This variety is exactly what makes Wales such a fantastic location for a glamping adventure. When you feel like venturing away from your glamping site, there's just so much waiting for you right on your doorstep.

Snowdonia National Park is unmissable, especially for outdoor enthusiasts, but the formidable Caernarfon Castle, the glittering Pembrokeshire Coast and the quirky Portmeirion are all bucket-list spots too.

Our glamping recommendations for Wales

Dragon's Eye, New Quay

Fantasy fans rejoice! The Dragon’s Eye is a one-of-a-kind glamping pod made of stainless steel shingles that resemble dragon scales. This unique spot was featured on Channel 4 and Netflix's Cabins in the Wild. The pod offers a large circular bed, a living area with a kitchenette, a wood-burner and a private bathroom.

There are some excellent communal facilities, including a pizza oven, barbecues, a hot tub, games room and additional showers and toilets, as well as access to a trout fishing lake.

The Phoenix Tree, Abergavenny

Is it a treehouse? Is it a safari tent? Well, it’s both! Located close to the scenic Brecon Beacons, the totally unique Phoenix Tree has its occupants climb up the ladder-staircase that traces an ancient tree trunk, leading them to a wood-panelled bedroom platform.

The ground floor is home to the kitchen, but you can also make use of the outdoor barbecue or fire pit for cooking. Also outside, there's a safari-themed outdoor shower, along with a Japanese hot tub that's heated by a wood-burning stove.

The Secret Yurts, Welshpool

Nestled in the heart of Wales and surrounded by glorious countryside you’ll find the suitably named Secret Yurts. These larger-than-average yurts come with huge king-sized beds, a log-burner, lanterns, candles and fairy lights along with dressing gowns and fluffy towels. Each yurt has its own stylish wet room and ample hot water.

This adults-only spot feels like a real retreat, but there's plenty to see nearby if you fancy it. Take the 20-minute drive out to the stunning Powis Castle and Gardens, or venture a little further to the scenic Lake Vyrnwy where boats and bikes can be hired.

Glamping in Europe

Glamping has well and truly taken hold within the UK, and it's safe to say that this trend is well established within Europe as well. So, if you're keen to turn your glamping staycation into a holiday abroad, you'll find that there'll be plenty of bucket list-worthy glamping spots to choose from.

The truth is, you can find spectacular glamping spots in just about any country within Europe, from Slovenia and Greece to Sweden and the Netherlands. And there's as much variety when it comes to the type of glamping accommodation on offer, from eco-friendly huts and yurts to bubble tents, treehouses, converted vehicles and so much more.

Since you'll be travelling abroad for your glamping trip, it's worth making sure you bring along everything you might need, especially if you're travelling with children. That said, many glamping spots are all about providing luxury and will offer most of the things you'd need for a comfortable stay.

The best glamping destinations in Europe

Portugal

Thanks to its sunnier weather and short flight times, Portugal is a popular choice for UK travellers seeking a glamping adventure. You can find a large number of glamping spots throughout the country, especially near the coast. Some of our favourite glamping spots in Portugal include the exclusive lakeside Shelter at Areias do Seixo, the bungalows and cabins at Montesinho Natural Park and the treehouses at Bukubaki Eco Surf Resort.

France

Glamping is well established in France, and you'll easily find a beautiful glamping spot in just about every region of the country. Glamping is a great way to explore wider areas, like Provence and the Loire Valley. Some of our top choices for a glamping holiday are the bumblebee-inspired tents at Domaine des Butineuse, the luxury cave of Amboise Troglodyte and the mountainside Mongolian yurts at Yourtes Gavarnie.

Croatia

Home to some of the most spectacular coastline in all of Europe, Croatia is a top contender for one of the continent's best glamping destinations. Whether you're visiting for a music festival, some island hopping or a road trip, adding a glamping experience will only make your stay in Croatia that much more memorable. Our favourite glamping spots are the safari-style tents of Arena One 99 Glamping, the African-themed casitas at Linden Tree Retreat and Ranch and the luxury tents at Plage Cachée Glamping.

Italy

A year-round favourite for travellers from the UK, Italy is another glamping hotspot within Europe. You can find deluxe glamping spots near popular cities like Venice and Florence, as well as in more remote countryside and along the coast. There are many options available, but some of our top glamping spots have to be the bubble tent at Bubble Suite Orion, the Nordic-inspired tents of Venice's Nordisk Village and the various glamping accommodation types on offer at family-friendly Orlando in Chianti Glamping Resort.