Glamping in the UK with kids is an absolutely wonderful experience. There is nothing quite like a holiday under canvas, where life can be simple and stress free, but that added bit of luxury that glamping provides can give an extra special element and be just the tonic for everyone to get the best out of their holiday. We’ve rounded up the best places across the UK to go glamping with kids.
The best places to go glamping in the UK with kids – England
The six canvas cottages at Glampotel in Dorset are situated in the peaceful Rowlands Wait Touring park and come complete with en suite bathrooms. The accommodation is perfectly situated so that guests can enjoy all the privacy they want and also the surrounding nature. The ‘cottages’ come complete with hardwood floors and wood burning stoves and it’s always nice to have an ensuite bathroom which comes with a composting loo. Beds are decked out with luxury Egyptian sheets and duvets and all important fluffy towels! For older children, on request, Glampotel can set up a separate bell tent so that your kids can be close by but with their own space. Perfect for glamping in the UK with kids.
Dome Garden, Forest of Dean
Stay in England’s biggest forest, the Forest of Dean and settle down in one of eleven luxury domes. With en suites, wood fires showers or baths and comfortably taking five or even eight if you go for the Superdome, they are fantastic spaces for a family – quirky, inspiring and full of fun. The Dome Garden is all about reconnecting – finding time to relax, to read, to enjoy each other’s company and maybe spend some time around the fire, meeting others while you cook your food. If your children have more energy to run off there are rope swings, zip wires and even a secret tree house. We love their note on the wifi, that as there’s none on site, “it all adds up to a simple but effective remedy to unplug your children from the virtual world so many inhabit”.
Find out more here – http://domegarden.co.uk/
Elephant Lodge, Kent
Set within Port Lympne Animal Reserve, the Elephant Lodge is really unique accommodation. The luxury tents come fully equipped with all the amenities you could want including wood-burning stoves, full sized beds and that often elusive benefit of your own private attached bathroom. Choose from 19 different tents sleeping up to eight guests and sip your morning cup of tea whilst watching the cheetahs play. You will have full access to the animal reserve while you stay and they have a large collection of animals to see including There is a playground for younger children, a clubhouse restaurant for breakfast and dinner and the opportunity to take an evening safari during your stay.
Read more with our full review of the Elephant Lodge or click here to find out more – http://www.aspinallfoundation.org/elephant-lodge/elephant-lodge
Wild Luxury, Norfolk
The perfect place to blow away those cobwebs, Wild Luxury does exactly what it says – provides you with an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with added creature comforts. These large safari style tents sleep up to ten and come with master bedrooms and twin or bunk rooms. They have separate dining and living areas, kitchens with wood-burning range cookers and your own flushing loo and hot shower. With easy access to some of the best beaches in England from the site you really can experience Wild Luxury at its very best. Perfect for family adventures.
Click here to find out more – http://www.wildluxury.co.uk/
Cornish Tipi Holidays
How about a stay in a tipi for a family getaway this year? Cornish tipi Holidays provide the most idyllic setting with a nearby lake, perfect for wild swimming and an open fire to cook up your breakfast. This has to be every child’s dream to stay in such a fun space and with 40 authentic style North American tipis standing proud in these Cornish fields really is something to make the heart leap. The tipis come in small, medium, large and even extra-large with the latter sleeping up to 12. The spaces are set out so you can feel as though you have your own private space.
Secret Meadows, Suffolk
A complete mix of accommodation is available at Secret Meadows in Suffolk from luxury lodge tents to gypsy horse caravans and finally their new Hobbit Box. Set in over a hundred acres of wildflower meadows, woodland and ancient trees this is a great place to really enjoy the countryside. The luxury tents sleep six and come with king sized wooden beds, sofas, dining tables and wood burning stoves while the beautiful gypsy caravans sleep four with beds, candle lighting and woollen blankets. The new Hobbit box is a luxury converted horse box sleeping four with handcrafted wooden furniture and a Middle Earth theme. For children there are bushcraft activities and opportunities to meet the animals and you can even hire a chicken coop to have next to your accommodation to feed, look after and collect eggs from during your stay. Not only will glamping at Secret Meadows be a treat for the family but you will be helping out at the same time by supporting The Sinfield Nature Conservation Trust who run the site.
Coalport Station Holidays, Ironbridge, Shropshire
This is definitely a quirky one, staying in your own covered railway carriage in the middle of the beautiful World UNESCO Heritage Site of Ironbridge. With two converted carriages sleeping up to six they have all the amenities you need, from a kitchen with washing machine and lounge with comfy sofas but you can look out of the window in to the countryside beyond and feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. The carriages are situated on a closed bit of line and so you can feel like you’re having your own Famous Five adventure as you go for a ramble down the track. What child wouldn’t love a stay in such an evocative space?
The best places to go glamping in the UK with kids – Wales
One Cat Farm, nr Ceredigion, West Wales
One Cat Farm is the perfect place to go glamping in the UK with kids. Set out near the coastline but not feeling windswept there is much to explore nearby. One Cat consists of four dens in an eight acre site so there is plenty of feelings of freedom. There are beautiful beaches nearby and the owners can give you details of a ‘secret’ cove you can likely have to yourself. The dens are all beautifully handmade with a Scandinavian feel. It’s a wonderful setting and a beautiful place to feel like you’re getting away from the stresses of day-to-day life.
Glamping in the UK with kids just got seriously quirky. Stay on this 58 acre site in a beautiful gypsy caravan with views across the Wye Valley. The caravans have a gorgeous vintage feel and there are some lovely walks around the site and a wonderful river for summertime splashing. This is somewhere to really breathe in that fresh air and relax away from the modern world, but definitely not having to give up the little luxuries (like running water inside and a power shower and flushing loo nearby).
Cosy Under Canvas, nr Newchurch, Powys
Right on the Welsh border Cosy under Canvas is a peaceful site with five geodes and two bell tents that come complete with wood burning stoves and fire pits. Using wood-fired showers, compost loos and solar lights they are flying the eco flag and providing fluffy sheepskins, super comfy beds and bags of style. The geodomes come complete with use of a hot tub to get star-gazing on clear nights. Kids will love the opportunity to try out kayaking or pony trekking locally or have a go at stream dipping. There are trails, swings and plenty of woodland games to keep everyone occupied. This is a wonderful place to go glamping in the UK with kids.
The best places to go glamping in the UK with kids – Scotland
Harvest Moon, Lochhouses, Scotland
Harvest Moon is in an amazing setting right on the fantastic beach at Lochhouses dark, this is a beautiful spot to take a family trip away. With seven tree houses from which you can look down on the coast and seven safari tents, all with en suite bathroom facilities this is glamping at its best. The tree houses are particularly spectacular with two double bedrooms and a covered walkway leading to an octagonal living area. There is no electricity which just adds to the appeal with lanterns keeping everything ambient and cosy. Harvest Moon have a dedicated kids corner with lots of animals from ducks and bunnies to lambs and ponies and there is plenty to do including cycling, horse riding and canoeing near by.
Find out more here – http://www.harvestmoonholidays.com/
Trossachs Yurts, nr Stirling
There are three yurts at Trossachs just outside of Stirling and they are all handmade with a real emphasis on comfort. With wood burning stoves they are cosy and inviting no matter what the season. Surrounded by beautiful woodland this site is somewhere that kids will love to run free in and you might see deer or even lizards in the countryside around the yurts. With plenty to do from hiring bikes to taking part in some local crafts this will represent a real break away for all the family.
Find out more here – http://trossachsyurts.com/
The best places to go glamping in the UK with kids – Northern Ireland
East Coast Adventure Centre, Rostrevor, Co. Down, N. Ireland
The glamping pods at the East Coast Adventure Centre just outside of Rostrevor in Northern Ireland sleep four (although some six berth pods are available) and are ideal for families looking for a lot of activities to keep them entertained. With a huge number of courses to take advantage of, from kayaking to forest school experiences this is somewhere to never hear those dreaded words, “I’m bored”. The East Coast Adventure Centre is set in beautiful mountain scenery and every day can be different, with bike trails, sailing, kayaking and many more opportunities for fun on offer.
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