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Glamping: a guide
Love the great outdoors but hate the thought of spending a cold, wet night shivering in a leaky tent? Prefer Egyptian cotton sheets to a smelly sleeping bag? Under-whelmed by the prospect of eating baked beans from a tin can? Glamping - the glamorous version of camping - could be for you.
Where to glamp
Glamping, a portmanteau of the the words 'glamorous' and camping' is a luxury version of camping. Designed to appeal to people who balk at the idea of traditional camping, glamping originated at boutique music festivals as an alternative to basic campsite facilities. Glamping tents are usually large, colourful affairs: yurts and wigwams often big enough to house a bed and mattress, and rigged for electricity to allow glampers to operate electrical appliances of their choice, from fridges to heaters.
There are a number of dedicated Glampsites in the UK, offering facilities closer to those found in hotels than at traditional campsites. Here we pick some of the best.
Located on the edge off the village of Biddenden, in Kent, Bloomsburys offers a range of glamping options from Sioux Teepees to a vintage caravan. The luxury shower and toilet block has heated limestone flooring and there's a wood fired hot tub as well as a farm and gift shop, cafe and restaurant on site.
Cuckoo Down Farm Yurts
Luxury yurts set in 30 acres of meadow and woodland. The yurts are furnished with double beds, sofas and carpets, and each has its own toilet and kitchen, with a shower block a few minutes walk away.
Galloway Glamping operates two sites in the south west coast of Scotland. Stay in a cotton canvas Bell tent equipped with wooden floors, futon style beds, solar powered fairy lights, a kitchen with gas hob and grill and outdoor BBQ and seating.
Glamping is an ideal way for those who have never camped - and never wanted to - to enjoy the great outdoors and beautiful surroundings minus the less savoury aspects of camping. If the idea of squatting in a bush or pitching a tent fills you with dread, glamping is the answer.