Marie Westmoreland-Thornhill says if you’re not a fan of camping, then it’s time to try a glamorous glamping site
For those too posh to pitch, why not go glamping and enjoy the great outdoors in style this summer?
If the thought of pitching a tent and slumming it on the floor in a sleeping bag isn’t your idea of a holiday, but you enjoy being outside, watching wildlife and stargazing at night, glamping could be for you.
This glamorous form of camping offers holidaymakers unique accommodation in some of the most picturesque rural settings.
Whether it’s a tree-house, yurt, tipi or pod, tucked away in the woods or nestled in a farmer’s field, you’ll find home comforts such as quilted beds, log-burning stoves, and in some cases running water, depending on where you choose to stay.
Having such luxuries on hand while holidaying outside is one of the reasons glamping has taken off in the past few years.
There are many glamping sites across the UK and Europe offering an array of weird and wonderful alternatives to tents.
The Sky Den Treehouse, in Calvert Trust Kielder, Kielder Water and Forest Park, Hexham, designed by Sunderland architect George Clarke, during the second series of his Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, is one of example of how glamping has been taken to another level.
Set in the heart of the Calvert Trust, it is designed to enjoy nature and the elements.
In good weather, the whole roof opens for panoramic views of the Northumberland Dark Skies.
There’s also an open side deck in addition to the circle – a viewpoint of corrugated iron – where you can kick back and relax with a brew.
Inside the den is a versatile space, with a functional kitchen with foldaway furniture and wet room accessible from the deck.
Prices starts at £150 per night (based on a four-night stay in low season). For more information, visit www.canopyandstars.co.uk
Award-winning glamping site Great Langdale, in Cumbria, sits at the head of Great Langdale Valley, nestled below the towering Langdale Pikes.
It offers some of the best walking and climbing routes in the Lake District. In 2014 the site was crowned Winner of the Great Outdoors Accommodation Awards.
Visitors can choose from double-glazed wooden camping pods, which come with heating and lighting to luxury yurts furnished with Moroccan-style rugs and throws, fairy lights, lanterns and a wood-burning stove. Standard pods are priced from £35 a night (two adults, one child). For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk