11 of the best glamping sites in the UK

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Our round up of the best glamping sites in the UK, including cabins, treehouses, yurts and pods.

If you love the idea of reconnecting with nature by going on a camping trip, but aren’t too keen on the basic living arrangements, then perhaps you should try glamping. It’s camping but with added luxury, style and fun.

You don’t have to go abroad to find the best glamping spots, as we’ve got some amazing staycation opportunities right here in the UK. From lavish treehouses and yurts to cosy log cabins and a double-decker bus, there are some extraordinary choices.

1. Parkhall Glamping Pods, Derbyshire

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This location is truly special, nestled in the hawthorn hedges in the village of Mapperley, with only cattle grazing in the nearby fields as your neighbours. Offering style on stilts, Parkhall Pods has five glamping pods that sit in peaceful countryside. As one of the best glamping spots in the UK, you can expect a kitchenette area, comfortable sofa, sumptuous bed and a beautiful bathroom in your cosy pod. There's also internet access and a TV, alfresco dining and a hot tub.

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2. Paddock Wildcamp, Cornwall

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Only adults are welcome at Paddock Wildcamp, making it a serene glamping experience that couples will enjoy. Set in the peaceful Cornish countryside, between Newquay and Perranporth, there are four bell tents available, offering lovely country views while you're just five minutes from the beach. The couples-only glampsite has very little light pollution, making it perfect for stargazing and you can truly switch off and go off grid. Each tent has a double bed, solar fairy lights and cooking essentials. There are compost loos and a hot shower, plus a firepit area and free range hens providing eggs for breakfast.

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3. Brooks Guesthouse, Bristol

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At Brooks Guesthouse in Bristol, you can spend the night in a shiny bubble caravan for a retro stay in the city. Located on the rooftop of the guesthouse, the three British-built Retro Rockets the luxury of a hotel and the adventure of glamping. You'll find a double bed, flatscreen TV, fLuffy towels and eco showers, which you can enjoy as you take in the city centre views of Bristol.

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4. Yurtcamp, Devon

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Surrounded by 40 acres of gorgeous woodland, Yurtcamp is ideal for wildlife watchers. Get your binoculars out to see birds of prey, deer and other woodland creatures. Overall, the site contains 22 yurts hidden among the trees. Each has its own log burner, campfire pit and actual bed. And just so you don't miss out on any stargazing, there is a viewing dome at the top of each yurt.

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5. Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe, Warwickshire

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With a range of glamping accommodation, from yurts to Airstreams and bell tents to a converted wendy house, this wonderful retreat in the Cotswolds offers a rustic experience with unique places to sleep. Set in the grounds of the Holycombe Holistic Retreat Centre, you'll find weekend classes and holistic therapies to try during your luxury camping escape. There's a stone circle at this mystical glamping site and plenty to see and do nearby, including traditional Cotswold pubs and the wildlife-packed Whichford Wood.

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6. Camp Katur, North Yorkshire

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Do you like the sound of hobbit pods or a woodland dome offering 360-degree views? Then Camp Katur in Carthorpe could be for you. It sits in 250 acres of North Yorkshire countryside, with all the accommodation featuring outdoor furniture. Activities available at the glamping site include quad bike trekking, segway tours and a treetop adventure course. Plus, you can enjoy a massage, hot tub and sauna at the Eco Spa. Board games, garden games and camp fires are all part of the glamping fun!

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7. Hoots Treehouse, East Sussex

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Want a whole glamping site to yourself? Escape to this dreamy treehouse in Mayfield, where you can live out your childhood dreams. Hoots Treehouse is luxurious, romantic and picturesque, set in an Area of Outstanding Beauty. Ideal for couples or families, the treehouse sleeping four boasts aromatic cedar, a loft area accessed by a ladder that kids will love and a cosy living and sleeping space, as well as space outside for alfresco days.

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8. Bwlcheinion Sea View Glamping, Powys

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Located on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park in the beautiful Welsh mountains, Bwlcheinion Sea View Glamping is home to two pods set in a secluded area of a peaceful sheep farm. If you're after privacy, this glamping site is worth considering. Each pod has underfloor heating, a toilet, shower and heated towel radiator and a fridge. The sleep four people and for larger groups, you can bring one pop-up family tent at an extra cost. While here, you can sit around the fire bowl toasting marshmallows and enjoying a drink as you watch the sunset.

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9. Ceridwen Glamping, Ceredigion

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Lovers of the Welsh countryside can also make their way to the Ceridwen Centre, an organic farm set within 40 acres of beautiful land. The glamping options available here include Middle Eastern-inspired yurts, an 1890s gypsy caravan, and a 1964 Leyland Titan double-decker bus. Want to get on board? The bus has two double bedrooms, a toilet and a fully working kitchen.

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10. Abbeyfield Horsebox Glamping, Northumberland

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Described as a cottage on wheels, Abbeyfield Horsebox Glamping is a 1964 Bedford TK with all the home comforts to make a night in a horsebox a luxurious treat. Offering panoramic views of ancient woodland in Morpeth, the glamping site has a double bed with luxury feather bedding. The sofa bed gives extra space for an adult or child. Outside, there's a decking area for alfresco dining and relaxing. With lovely walks nearby, this is the perfect place to get back to nature on a luxurious camping trip.

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11. Oxford Riverside Glamping, Oxford

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Set beside the River Thames, Oxford Riverside Glamping offers an alternative break close to the city. It's luxury camping within a park-like setting, featuring bell tents that sleep up to four people. Each has a central double bed, crisp white linen, rustic furniture, rugs and a candle chandelier. There's electric heating, along with extra blankets for cooler nights, and outside each tent is an area to cook and sit by the fire.

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