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Top 10 Glamping Spots in the SW

Top 10 Glamping Spots in the SW


Pictured above: Crafty Camping

Crafty Camping, Dorset

An adults-only woodland oasis close to the Jurassic Coast, this must be one of the most romantic spots in the South West. Luxury yurts, tipis and bell tents with double beds, hot woodland showers, a sauna, wood fired pizza oven, come here to get away from it all. By day roam through the spectacular woods armed with an ordnance survey map, by night cook up steaks on the barbie and sit out under the stars. You can book in for a wood working course and learn how to craft a spoon or bowl.  It's open in winter too, with log burners to keep you warm and the feeling of Narnia.

Appletree Shepherd's Hut, Cornwall

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Tucked away in a quiet corner of Trevoole Manor, not far from St Ives is the beautifully furnished Appletree Shepherd's Hut. Holed up in your deluxe double bed, you won't believe the views from your window. A delicious breakfast of croissants and home-made muesli is brought to you every morning and your hosts will cook dinner for you up in the main house. Fantastic coastal walks and some of Cornwall's most spectacular beaches are close by.    

 

Devon Yurt, Devon  

A slice of timeless charm up here on Borough Farm close to Dartmoor. This is a truly idyllic spot, somewhere to escape from the 24/7 realities of modern life. Great Links yurt (big enough for families) has an Emperor sized sleigh bed with Egyptian cotton linen, fully fitted kitchen, log-burner, indoor and outdoor dining areas. There are home-grown organic vegetables, home-made elderflower cordial and it would be crazy not to have eggs for breakfast sourced from Julia and Andrew's roaming chickens. Come night-time toast marshmallows on your fire pit and watch shooting stars. Ponies to ride, Dartmoor to explore, nearby Widemouth Bay, Sandymouth or Bude for surfing. True bliss.

The Arkette, Wiltshire

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We love this quirky gothic-inspired wagon made by woodworker James Noble. It's built on an old horsebox trailer chassis, with a shimmering ceiling of recycled drinks cans. The Arkette sits within a beautiful walled garden, you can pick your own veg here and cook up a storm on your own wood-fired oven. There's a hammock for lazy afternoons and an outdoor swimming pool when the sun shines. Small but perfectly formed we think it's the perfect couples' retreat.      

 

 

 Mad Dogs and Vintage Vans, Wye Valley, Herefordshire  

OK so it's slightly off our beat but we couldn't not share Mad Dogs and Vintage Vans with you, a glamp-site in the most idyllic location we've seen. Set in the grounds of a beautiful Old Rectory right by the River Wye (for canoeing and kayaking) are 3 stunningly converted caravans, including one from the 30s, known as 'the girls'.  Gertie, Elsie and Darcy are nestled in a wildflower meadow and beautifully furnished - think vintage boho chic with plenty of luxury frills. Cooking on an open campfire and a spectacular view of the Black Mountains and the Hay Bluff. The owners can provide home-made casserole and local cider - believe us, you'll never want to leave. New addition is Monty, a Brockhouse military wagon with the vibe of a rustic log cabin. Team up with another family for an unforgettable mini-break.

Alpaca Yurt Holidays, Wiltshire  

We love the quirkiness of this Wiltshire-based Alpaca farm which offers glamping in a yurt right in the middle of 40-strong herd of alpacas. Get up close and personal with these crazy beasts, have a cooked breakfast delivered to your yurt, learn how to make bread, weave on a peg-loom or just chill out with a glass of champagne on your private decking and watch the sun go down. The yurt is fabulous, of course, double bed, sofa-bed, kitchen and log-burner. You are right on the border of the Cotswolds here - nowhere better for a little light antique trawling and perhaps a gastro pub lunch?

Happy Days, Dorset  

Always wanted to stay in an airstream trailer? Not sure you can do better than this very cool glampsite in the heart of East Dorset, close to the pretty market town of Wimborne. The beautiful 1970s trailers have names such as Dee Dee and Peggy (of course) and are wonderfully kitsch but uber-comfortable inside. The campsite has a lake for fishing, firepits for cooking at night and is near to the Jurassic coast for impromptu beaching. They've thought of everything here - even a fish and chip van on Saturday nights. Gastro pub Drusilla's Inn is less than a mile if you can't face campfire cooking. Bring your own Coke Floats and live the dream.

Cornish Tipi Holidays, Cornwall

These guys were pretty much first on the glamping scene, making the most of their truly spectacular location and bringing a Native American vibe to the proceedings. It's still a joy, this place, one to book with a couple of families for a holiday they will always talk about. Wake to birdsong, swim in the lake before breakfast, then cook bacon and eggs over your open fire. Just love the fact that every year there's a marriage proposal and the answer is always 'yes'. Guys, this place is foolproof. Girls, be very afraid.

 

Berridon Farm, Devon  

Looking for the ultimate family holiday? We've found it. The 5 man safari tents have a double bed, trapper beds (for kids), cowhides on the floor, antique trunks full of books.  You'll arrive to a stack of fresh white bed linen and make up the beds yourself. Don't complain it's camping (with bells on) which is what you and  your family wanted, no? Stunning views, a stream to splash about in, tyre swings and a knockout treehouse. You'll be wanting to cycle the Camel Trail, eat Rick Stein fish n chips or take the ferry from Padstow to Rock. But your kids won't. They'll just want to stay here, possibly forever.  

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