What is glamping, what are glamping pods and which are the best places for luxury camping in the UK?

GLAMPING for those who don’t want to rough it, but want the great outdoor experience. 

Here is all you need to know about these boutique campsites. 

 Glamping is for those who like the high life


Glamping is for those who like the high lifeCredit: Getty – Contributor

What is glamping?

It is a fusion of glamping and camping. 

The dictionary definition is defined as “a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping”.

Some tents come equipped with everything you could ever imagine and cost more than if you were staying in a 5* hotel – a far cry from the hassle of traditional camping. 

What are glamping pods?

Glamping pods are simple wooden or canvas huts. 

With beds, table and chairs and even a wood burner, it’s camping with some special extras.

They range in size.  

But most have extra room for amenities that your standard tents.

 Inside a glamping pod


Inside a glamping podCredit: Handout

Which are the best places for luxury camping in the UK?

There is a big variety of glamping options available around the UK, and we’ve rounded up the best ones. 

Cosy Under Canvas, South Wales

Here domes sleep up to six.

Each one comes with hammocks and its own wood-fired hot tub.

Yet dome life takes you back to basics with no electricity.

But you’ll be provided with lanterns to find your way. 

There are composting toilets and wood fuelled showers.

There’s a kitchen and dining area for guests to share – and you can cook over an open fire.

Free Range Escapes, Cornwall

Stay in a decorated Shepherd’s hut near the Cornish coast with its own secluded garden area.

There is also 20 acres of woodland and a fresh water lake for boating and swimming.

Each hut has a double bed, wood burner and kitchen facilities. 

And outside there is little seating area and some have a hot tub.

Camp Katur, North Yorkshire

At Camp Katur there are plenty of options, including bell tents, tipis and cabins. 

One of the best is the unidome which is hidden in the woods and offers 360-degree panoramic views while you enjoy the champagne and hampers. 

Inside there is a log burner and outdoors a BBQ.

Airstream Glamping, Norfolk

This is an American dream getaway in an Airstream caravan with plastic flamingos on the lawn.

The airstream interiors have been decorated to a high standard yet still have original features that look wonderfully retro.

Then there is a comfy memory foam mattresses, a fully equipped kitchen and luxury bathrooms installed.

Luxury ‘glamping’ site boasts its own sauna 30ft in air

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