Carry on Glamping
Set in the glorious West Dorset countryside, this adult-only (sorry kiddies) luxury glamping experience is the perfect get away for nature lovers who also happen to be comfort lovers. Situated in its own private woodland, the almost unbelievably peaceful accommodation is found in beautifully appointed hand-crafted cabins, from where you can listen to the sound of chirruping birds – while clinking glasses on your private balcony. The brainchild of Guy Mallinson, the onus is on style here; so much so, in fact, that the Woodsman Treehouse scooped the RIBA’s Small Project of the Year award, as well as winning plaudits from both George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces show and from Grand Designs.
All the accommodation features king-sized beds, and each tent has its own private clearing or deck, ensuring privacy and total seclusion. Expect proper flushing loos, famous ‘tree showers’ and sauna-in-a-yurt, as well as access to wi-fi in the kitchen and communal yurt. Feeling especially crafty? Try your hand on a green woodworking course, available at various times throughout the year.
Relative newbies to glam camp, Amber and her husband are nonetheless doing it with all the panache of old hands. That’s probably because, although they’ve only been glamping hosts for a year, they’ve been running their stunning farmhouse B&B for far longer. In a bid to welcome those who prefer to take their forty winks al fresco, the duo has built spectacular a walled garden, which provides a large expanse for additional tents – which in turn means that you can bring the whole family en masse. After all, who wouldn’t want to experience this astonishingly beautiful landscape, set above the River Cleddau in Britain’s only coastal national park? Within walking or cycling distance of the village shop and two great local pubs, there is a whole network of footpaths around the estuary too. A slipway and boatyard just a mile away is the perfect launch point for the Milford Haven Waterway for kayaks, dinghies and powerboats. Don’t fancy camping? Just opt for the main house, which is as comfy and cosy as it comes.
Cuckoo Down Farm
Cuckoo Down Farm is set in beautiful Devon countryside near the spectacular World Heritage coastline at Sidmouth and its beautiful – not to mention safe – beaches. There are four beautifully decorated safari lodges – some with hot tubs for those inclined to blissful repose – and two gorgeous yurts, which provide relaxed and easy glamping, designed with couples and families in mind.
It’s a great place to bring the kids; not only is there a veritable farmyard of creatures to pet, including ponies and chickens, there are campfires to sing round, thirty acres of unspoilt meadows and eve a Forest School with a plethora of activities in our three-acre oak and bluebell wood. One thing’s for sure; the smalls will sleep well here. Expect all the comforts of glamping, with hot showers, wood burning stoves to cosy up to, sofas, rugs and double beds. The most joyfully magical place for a family getaway.