Our Best Retreats for Rainy-Day Glamping!

11 June 2024

“We’re glamping in the rain, just glamping in the rain…”

If the ongoing forecast for rain has put a literal dampener on your holiday plans, fear not. Many holidays are only improved by changes in the weather – none more so than glamping.

How? If you want to watch the natural world come to life, just add water! Everything looks greener and more vibrant, while that fresh ‘just-rained’ smell is almost addictive when you’re surrounded by magical woodland.

Not to mention the fact that snuggling up inside as raindrops drum on the roof is one of life’s cosiest pleasures… especially when paired with the warmth of a woodburner, or a steaming mug of hot chocolate.

The added luxuries of glamping only elevate these simple pleasures to brand-new heights. Covered barbecues and on-site restaurants mean you won’t have to rely on sodden supplies, while cosy communal spaces furnished with books and games will help you while away some fun time indoors.

And how about a hot tub dip or wild swim to add a little indulgence to a downpour?

These wonderful glamping retreats aren’t just suitably unusual. Each one features activities or facilities – or both! – that turn summer showers into something to look forward to.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Lilypod in the rain | Devon


Launceston, Cornwall, England
Embrace the natural life and get some literary inspiration under clear starry skies, with the scenic backdrop of Cornwall's ‘Peaceful Valley' to keep you company.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2/4/8 per unit
£155 / night (geodome)
Our glamping pods are lovely in the rain! All of them have cosy wood burners so you can while the evenings away in front of the fire while listening to the sound of rain on the roof. Our bathtubs all have lovely views but are under cover so again you can watch the rain from the comfort of the bath. Our safari tents also have huge covered balconies so you can sit out in nature while sheltered from the rain.


Broxted, Essex, England
Indulge your wanderlust with an off-grid, self-drive adventure aboard your very own Land Rover Defender, complete with rooftop tent set-up, a cosy lounge, and all the equipment you could want!
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 roof tents
Sleeps: 2-7 guests
£165 / night
Named by The Times as "2024's answer to glamping" earlier this year, our set up is fully capable of surviving a drenching while still being fun (plenty of guests to attest to that this year!) with rooftents tested by Thule in their extreme weather testing facilities (rain, wind, extreme cold etc) they're designed for UK weather and much worse!

Glamp and Tipple

Attleborough, Norfolk, England
An award-winning, family-run retreat in rural Norfolk with luxury dog-friendly yurts, private facilities, and wood-fired hot tubs… ideal for first-time glampers!
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 8
£162 / night
We are an ALL YEAR ROUND glamping site and so we are well and truly geared up for the English weather! All our luxury yurts are insulated and have large powerful log burners, covered private hot tubs steps from the yurt door and a private heated bathroom with hot water 24/7 and flushing toilets! We also have our large covered communal space where guests can enjoy playing games (pool, table tennis, darts, table football etc) and get a hot coffee from our honesty coffee machine no matter the weather!


Lewdown, Devon, England
Romantic and restorative eco-retreats, lovingly hand-crafted and nestled on a shimmering Devon farm lake, with an on-site vineyard and hammocks suspended over the water for the ultimate in digital-free luxury
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
Without the rain, we don’t see rainbows! Imagine yourself enveloped in the tranquil embrace of your floating pod, gently swaying on the water’s surface. As the rain cascades down, settle into the plush comfort of the pod’s cozy interior. Light the wood burner and let the rhythmic sound of the raindrops lull you into a state of peaceful relaxation. Pour yourself a comforting cup of herbal tea or hot cocoa, letting the warmth seep into your hands as you sip. This is the perfect moment to lose yourself in a good book, the pages turning slowly as time drifts by unnoticed. Peer through the pod’s panoramic windows, watching the rain ripple across the water’s surface. The world outside becomes a watercolour painting, this is a time to reconnect, relax, to let your thoughts wander and your mind unwind. For those who love a touch of adventure take a leap from your pods deck and experience wild swimming in the rain, simply magical…. and remember with summer rain comes gorgeous rainbows.

Coastal Cabins

Bideford, Devon, England
A selection of luxurious, award-winning hideaways for couples and families, with indulgent on-site facilities and surrounded by North Devon countryside.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: Varies
£78 / night
At Coastal Cabins Glamping you’ll have fun whatever the weather! Each cabin has its own mini kitchen but for something a bit more exciting why not try out the communal BBQ cabin. With seating for up to 25 people around a huge indoor bbq this is the best place to cool up a feast whatever the weather.

Hush Hush Glamping

Presteigne, Powys, Wales
Naturally luxurious pods set on lush, wildlife-steeped Welsh farmland, with jaw-dropping views of the Radnor Valley.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per pod
Sleeps: 2 or 4 per pod
£91 / night
We have a covered hot tub at Hare's Form glamping pod, along with an outdoor covered cinema area for guests to enjoy.


Hatherleigh, Devon, England
An enchanting collection of five unique hand-crafted wooden ‘Truffles’, spaciously dotted around 15 acres of ancient oak woodland in the heart of Devon.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2 or 2 (+2)
Fabulous new ‘cookeatarys’ have just been installed for Moss, Sun-Dapple and Dormouse (plus Hush and Heartwood have had a little upgrade too!) So come hone your grill skills in a tree-wrapped sheltered happy space with your favourite person!

Glamping Under the Stars

Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland
A private, magical haven with joyfully quirky retreats and idyllic wildflower meadows, peacefully secluded in Ireland’s ‘Ancient East’ close to bustling Dublin.
Sleeps: 6
£107 / night
Both glampsites at Glamping Under The Stars have a 'Glamp House' - a cosy indoor communal space for cooking, dining, cosying up to the wood burning stove, and playing board games, etc, on a rainy day. (We do get a few here in Ireland!). There's a glass covered BBQ area too.

Secret Meadows

Hasketon, Suffolk, England
Unwind amongst wondrous wildlife and amazing accommodation luxuriously inspired by the Great Outdoors, with unspoilt Suffolk countryside as far as your eye can see.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 8
£332 / 2 nts
The safari tents, two storey tent and horsebox hideaway each have a sheltered porch with seating so you can enjoy the view and relax outside in all weathers. Cosy log burners keep you warm while you’re inside and a range of complimentary games will keep you and your family or friends entertained. If you feel like venturing out on the nature reserve on rainy days, the farm animals which include goats, cattle, chickens, a pet pig and rabbits, always appreciate a visit!

Camp Katur

Bedale, North Yorkshire, England
A vast, multi-award-winning, pet-and-family-friendly North Yorkshire retreat with unique and eclectic eco-havens, al fresco activities galore, and its very own Pub!
Bedrooms: Varies
Where better to spend a rainy night than snuggled up in a cosy geodome, listening to the gentle pitter-patter of raindrops on your stargazing ceiling whilst being heated from within by your log-burning stove? And if you get really lucky, your panoramic window will give you a front-row seat of a thunderstorm, one of nature's finest spectacles.

Get Away Hide Away

Dereham, Norfolk , England
A peacefully secluded, entirely off-grid haven in rural Norfolk, with welcoming hosts, lovingly hand-crafted vintage horsebox retreats, and abundant wildlife.
Bedrooms: 1 per lorry
Sleeps: 4
£80/ night
Dixie comes with a wood burner so you can cosy up inside and get toasty warm on the colder wet days. Don't let the summer rain bother you either as our top decking area is under cover where you can sit and relax on the hammock chair, taking in the views and enjoying the peaceful surroundings with the wildlife in the wildflower meadow.

Holiday Farm Bus

Darlington, County Durham, England
A vintage, dog-friendly ex-‘farmyard flyer’ with cosy onboard facilities, ample outdoor space and soothing farm views, secluded on the rural outskirts of Darlington.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
£150 / night
If the rain has been putting you off booking a short break have no worries at the Holiday Farmbus we have a cosy warm double decker with a massive log burner and TVs dvd players in the lounge area and both bedrooms, plus games to play. The bus is in a sheltered area plus patio area with uninterrupted views and local wildlife to spot, including deer, pheasants, rabbits, hares, birds, cows and sheep!

Lower Keats Glamping

Axminster, Devon, England
A warm welcome to natural living awaits under a refreshing Devon sky, on a luxurious and friendly family-run glampsite with off-grid, wood-fired hot tubs.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6 per lodge
£685 /3 nts
At Lower Keats Glamping, you'll discover the comfortable lodges feature large sheltered decked front porches to sit out on whatever the weather. Keep snug and warm with substantial wood burning stoves with ovens, in each lodge, as well as bbqs outside, so you can always cookup a feast undercover. Instant hot water for steaming showers, whenever needed. Undercover Hive communal area for use by families but with room for groups to eat, keeping warm and dry but still enjoying our wonderful views. Our hot tubs are open to the elements but who doesn’t love relaxing in a steaming tub with rain. Outside animal feeding and pizza nights continue but with options to move to a sunnier day. Rain pattering on one of our safari lodge roofs is the most relaxing way to sleep, white noise at its best!

The Commander's Caravan

Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, England
A former Cold War army trailer, lovingly transformed into a warm and welcoming shepherd's hut, complete with a wood-fired hot tub for off-grid comfort in rural Worcestershire.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£120 / night
At the Commander’s Caravan you can always be cosy inside, light up the woodburning Rayburn and stay put with a steaming mug of freshly ground coffee and a good book, or brave the few steps to the hot tub- once your in the rain becomes a refreshing treat on your shoulders-( think natural version of a Spa rainfall shower) while the rest of you soaks in the blissfully warm water.

HARTA retreat

Barnstaple, Devon, England
A sustainable sanctuary nestled amongst woodland and meadow on the scenic edge of Exmoor National Park, with the sweeping North Devon coast practically on the doorstep.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2 per tipi
£125/ night
It has been rainy indeed, but this did not dampen the experience for recent guests at HARTA Retreat - here’s what Lauren and Rich, (May 27) had to say: "Thank you Miranda and Aaron ! We love this place! The tipi is amazing - your attention to detail means everything comes together for a really relaxing, luxurious experience. We loved listening to the rain with the log burner on; enjoyed a hot bath (again while listening to the rain!); cooking on the fire pit and hot and cold showers in the open air. We recommend having an explore of the grounds - amazing trees and views. We followed your recommendations on your brilliant guide and particularly likes Barricane Beach and Biffen's Kitchen in Croyde. Having your delivious curry after arriving was a great bonus! We hope to be back!"

Rusty Lane Safari Lodge

Seend, Wiltshire, England
A luxuriously rustic retreat with home-style comforts and an al fresco hot tub, beautifully secluded in the tranquil heart of the Wiltshire countryside.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
£196 / night
At Rusty Lane Safari lodge guests can enjoy the covered seating area, cosy log burner and best of all, a hot tub so there is one reason you will actually want to get wet!

The Artisan Bakehouse

Ashurst, West Sussex, England
An award-winning foodie retreat that combines soothing West Sussex countryside views with baking masterclasses and tempting seasonal produce.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£325 / 2 nts
Stay at The Bakers Hut and guests can stroll over to our Bakehouse and be cosy all day with our wood fired oven burning, learning to make bread on one of our range of classes. (pre-booking )

Texas School Bus

Woolacombe, Devon, England
An authentic, beautifully converted American School Bus for a memory-filled and Insta-worthy stay in Devon, full of fun and adventure.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 6
£195 / night
Texas School Bus in Woolacombe (and Long Beach School Bus in Somerset!) have underfloor heating and a lovely wood burner to cosy up by, plus each bus has 29 windows for the best views!

Free Range Glamping

Chiddingstone, Kent, England
Get back to nature in cosy comfort, on an organic Kentish farm glamping site with eclectic accommodation, an al fresco shower, and plenty of wide open space to get lost in.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2 or 4
Here's a fun rainy day activity at Free Range Glamping! We’ve just opened our milk parlour observation deck, where you can watch the cows being milked. You can then buy the milk from our brand new milk vending machine!

Tom's Eco Lodge

Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, Isle Of Wight, England
Sustainable rural glamping on the Isle of Wight - where you'll find the perfect setting, from scenic romantic escapes to fresh, fun-filled family adventures.
Bedrooms: varies
Sleeps: varies
£90 /night
We have our very own farm park with archery, axe throwing, all indoors at the farm for guests to enjoy. Also, when the bbq gets rained off we have our very own restaurant The Cow.

Round the Woods

Weston Longville, Norfolk, England
Come and unwind with luxury eco-friendly glamping, set in 20 beautifully serene acres of Norfolk countryside.
Bedrooms: 1 per yurt
£220 (2 nts)
At Round the Woods a rainy day is the perfect opportunity to retreat to the Roundhouse, light the fire, get cosy and make the most of our board game library. Borrow one of our selection of games and spend time together learning to play a new game or getting competitive over an old one, while the rain gently patters on the huge skylight overhead..

Malting Farm

Little Bentley, Essex, England
A small and idyllic escape, secluded on a 300-acre family-run farm in North Essex, you will find three oak-framed cabin retreats with private hot tubs, that offer a little something for everyone.
Bedrooms: Varies
£70 / nt
We have a lovely lakeside wooden cabin called The Lakehouse with all the modern facilities for our glampers to enjoy should it rain. Guests can paddleboard, fish or swim in the lake - you'll be getting wet anyway if it is raining, so why not have some fun!!

In the Stix

Greetham, Rutland, England
Six unique and ultra-modern geodesic domes, each with their own private kitchens, bathrooms and blissful wood-fired hot tubs in rural Rutland.
Sleeps: 4-6 per dome
£585 (4 nights midweek low season)
We have our undercover event space “Smoke ’n Stix” which is available to book for large group bookings to cook and dine together whatever the weather. If you have taken the whole site, you can have a party with live music all sheltered from the elements!

Plum Tree Glamping

Pershore, Worcestershire, England
An award-winning haven with a whimsical selection of eco-friendly retreats, peacefully secluded amongst an ancient plum orchard in the Vale of Evesham.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2 or 2-4 per unit
£95 / night
Make memories in the rain. Check out our 2 bell tents, Egg Plum and Greengage,where you can enjoy alfresco dining at the under covered kitchen with picnic table.

Mad Dogs and Vintage Vans

Ross-on-the-Wye, Herefordshire, England
Elegant boutique glamping with plenty of comfort and extra treats, set in the picturesque heart of the Wye Valley.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: Varies
£90/nt Elsie
Here at Mad Dogs & Vintage Vans we carry on regardless of weather – take refuge in our glorious Summer Kitchen with its cosy logburner and long table – great for crafting with kids and feasting by day or night. You’ll sleep in vintage caravans all with their own different styles and personalities and take it from us - nothing beats drifting off to the soothing sound of soft summer rain on a tin roof.

Kabinas @Baxby Manor

Husthwaite, Yorkshire, England
Gorgeous, family-friendly wildflower glamping pods with private hot tubs, secluded on a medieval manor estate that's beautifully set between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 3 or 5
£180 / night
Our Kabinas are perfect for all weather but with a covered eating area outside and a hot-tub the rain wont stop you from having a good time! (You’re going to get wet in a hot-tub anyway, right!) There is also plenty of space inside for board games and with comfy sofa, throws, cushions, and aircon and heating you’ll be nice and cosy!

Dittisham Hideaway

Dittisham, Devon, England
An exquisite collection of luxury treehouses, a gleaming American airstream, and artisan shepherd's lodges, all with al fresco hot tubs and beautifully nestled in the scenic heart of Devonshire countryside.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 1-5
Dittisham Hideaway features log burners and underfloor heating (if required) in all our propertie. Family board games to be played and books to be read. Hot tubs, although not undercover are a great experience in the rain. Also onsite is undercover ping pong!

Hawthorn Hideaway

Doncaster, Nottinghamshire, England
Two stylish and romantic couples' cabins, each with their own private hot tub, soothingly secluded on a magical Nottinghamshire woodland site that features a wood-burning sauna and a barbecue cabin.
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Sleeps: 2 per cabin
£199 / night
" Hawthorn Hideaway is a great place to spend a rainy summers day, there's plenty to do. We have binoculars to watch the abundant wildlife, rabbits, deer, kingfishers and lots more. If that's not your bag, all our lodges have cards, dominoes and games compendiums, as well as a book selection. Book a slot in our indoor BBQ cabin, or relax in our sauna and/or the aromatic steam room for two. All private, and then of course all of our accommodations have a covered hot tub. Book a massage or a yoga session in our gorgeous yurt in the evening it all gets turned round for use as your own private mini restaurant, for our Fine Dining Experience, basically your own chef for the evening. Pick a menu from or website or liaise with our chef to create your own dream menu. Hawthorn Hideaway is a great choice come rain or shine".

Snowdonia Glamping Holidays

Betws-y-Coed, County Conwy, Wales
Dreamy shepherd’s huts and boutique barns, rich in luxurious detail and beautifully nestled in the lush hills of Snowdonia National Park… with fresh-air adventure right on the doorstep!
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2 or 2 (+2)
Let’s face it, Wales is known for its rainy days but that’s not a problem if you stay at Snowdonia Glamping Holidays. Cook up a feast come rain and shine in the covered, fully equipped outdoor kitchens! Rainy days can be a great opportunity to wind down and reconnect with your family - snuggle up by the wood burner, and enjoy the owner’s collection of board games and jigsaws. And if you stay in our shepherds’ huts, enjoy the magic of your private woodburning sauna.


Lauder, Scottish Borders, Scotland
An award-winning selection of five-star retreats with hot tubs, enticingly set amongst acres of scenic, wildlife-steeped farmland in the big-sky Scottish Borders.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2-10 per unit
£350 /2 nts
The lovely Rowan Pod at Airhouses has a fabulous hobbit style BBQ hut perfect for cooking up a storm in a summer storm!

Hart Lake Escapes

York, North Yorkshire, England
Exquisite self-contained shepherd's huts for romantic couples, with luxurious detail and individual wood-fired hot tubs, secluded around a shimmering private lake on the edge of York.
Bedrooms: 1 per hut
Sleeps: 2 per hut
£141 / night
Rain won’t stop play at Hart Lake Escapes due to the recent completion of our magnificent structure ‘The Octave’. An 8m diameter octagonal refuge where you can sit and watch the fountains dancing on the stunning lake until the late hours whilst sipping away at your favourite tipple with adequate seating for everyone.

Bulworthy Eco Cabin

Tiverton, Devon, England
Learn to appreciate nature again and relax in a lovingly handcrafted off-grid cabin, secluded in its own Devon woodland glade.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£200 /2 nights
There's nowhere better to be on a rainy day, than a cosy little cabin in the woods where you can snuggle up and watch the flames of a woodburner.

Lydcott Glamping

Widegates, Cornwall, England
A unique, expertly handcrafted back-to-nature escape that showcases some of the best sea views in Cornwall.
Bedrooms: Varies
£100 / night
Our cabins are fully heated, have their own indoor bathroom and kitchen, and we provide lots of games so you never need to step outside if you don't want to! Our huge windows also mean you can watch the rain across the fields and all the way out to sea.

Bob's Lodge

Upper Tysoe, Warwickshire, England
A sumptuous and spacious wood-crafted holiday home with a geodome & hot tub, nestled on a working farm in the scenic Cotswolds.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
£335 / night
Our stargazing geodesic domes are brilliant on rainy days – decamp there and listen to the raindrops fall.

The Red Cabin

Cranbrook, Kent, England
Rediscover your zest for life in the heart of the Wealden countryside, from the vibrant comfort of an off-grid wellness retreat with a private sauna, hot tub and cold plunge pool.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
£160 /nt
Complete with private sauna, hot tub and cosy fireplace perfect for rainy days.

Erwain Escapes

Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, Wales
A cwtch-infused cabin with an indulgent bathtub, nestled in its very own four-acre, river-fronted wildflower meadow and beautifully secluded in the “garden of Wales”.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£160 / night
Enjoy an alfresco bath sheltered against back of the cabin. The BBQ / Fire Pit area has undercover seating, plus there's a cosy log burner, and a suitcase full of board games and onsite activities perfect for rainy days.

Woodland Escapes

Ludlow, Shropshire, England
Feel compelled to relax in a luxury dome, lodge or treehouse, soothingly set amongst 45 acres of magical Shropshire countryside.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
£100 / night midweek
Our domes are designed to be cosy whatever the weather. All modern facilities, log burners,fully central heated bathrooms, 6 seater dining tables with huge viewing windows with the option of alfresco dining undercover.


Northlew, Devon, England
A relaxing haven, lovingly handcrafted by the owners and filled with sensory delights including a Japanese Onsen hot pool and a Finnish-style Eco Sauna, nestled in the deepest depths of Devon with magical, ever changing views towards Dartmoor.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
If it's horizontal Dartmoor mizzle you're after then you've come to the right place. We have guests who come for our special blend of Hygge which works specifically in tandem with our lovely British weather. Be it the Japanese Onsen, The Toasting shed, The Hide & Honesty Bar & The Sauna, - we've got you covered, for just de-stressing & re-setting -no matter what the weather.


Hartland, Devon, England
Step inside a classic mystery novel, in a characterful double decker bus set on the grounds of a North Devon country house.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 5
£135 / night
At Fosfelle our Bus is ideal to sit on the top deck and watch the weather or sit by the log fire in the coach and watch the world go by, or if you prefer you can while away your time in our games room playing, pool, Air Hockey, table tennis or play one of our smaller games.

The Landpods at Wildflower Wood

St Ives, Cornwall, England
Innovative glamping pods with stargazing roofs, secluded in a leafy hilltop hideaway with stunning views of St Ives Bay.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 4 or 5 per pod
£75 / night
If the weather is a little damp, in Wildflower Wood you can still enjoy a cosy al fresco coffee or hot chocolate. The covered outdoor kitchen, with fairy lights and a leafy canopy umbrella shelters you when the heavens open. And a damp day is fine for adventures like surfing or coasteering off the gorgeous Cornish coast. The fun doesn’t stop just because of a little rain!


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