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Unusual Summer Glamping Retreats To Suit Absolutely Everybody (Yes, Even You!)

6 February 2024

A glorious mash-up of “glamorous” and “camping”, glamping has been around since 2005 (the word was finally added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2016).

The “glam” part means you won’t be pitching your tent in the rain or dark, while bathroom facilities will be a step up from those found at a traditional campsite. There may even be a stargazing hot tub to soak in, too. Yet you’ll still enjoy the freedom, fresh air, and beautiful countryside that make camping so special, particularly so in summer!

Seriously, what’s not to love about that?

So whether you’re a family glamper, part of a cosy couple or a large group, pet-free or bringing your dog, these unusual  glamping retreats have got you covered for your summer glamping adventures ahead.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Gulliver the Quirky Camper, Kent UK

Our Favourite Summer Family Glamping Retreats

Busy urban life has its advantages, but if you’ve got a family it can be hard to find quality time to spend with them, even in the summer months. So these family-friendly summer glamping retreats aren’t just suitably unique. They’re also designed for you to reconnect with your favourite people – and nature – in the energising Great Outdoors.

Here you’ll find plenty of wide open space to play games and make fun memories all together… yet with added conveniences – and luxuries! – that make a family holiday feel special.

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
From
£95 / night

Fairytale Glamping

Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
Let your imagination run wild and free, in a lovingly hand-made ‘castle' with off-grid facilities and child-friendly adventures galore, royally secluded in rural Lincolnshire.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6
From
£195 / night

Lakeside Petzen Glamping

Feistritz ob Bleiburg, Carinthia, Austria
Spoil yourselves with views of the picture-perfect lakes and mountains that surround Austria's first glamping resort.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£115/nt

Green Acres Glamping

Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England
A family-run glampsite where everyone is welcome, perfectly set between the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: Up to 4 per unit
From
£65 / night

Ling's Meadow

Diss, Norfolk, England
Relax and unwind on an exceptionally friendly, family-run Suffolk farm surrounded by meadow grass and wildflowers.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£85/nt - Dome

Campden Yurts

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, England
Make your escape to the glorious Cotswolds all the more memorable by staying at Campden Yurts.
Bedrooms: Studio
Sleeps: 4-5 per yurt
From
£440 (4 nights midweek)

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
Sleeps:
From
£220 (2 nts)

Comrie Croft Nordic Kata Tents

Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland
Enjoy a wee slice of gloriously green relaxation and fresh adventure in an authentic Scottish heartland home-from-home.
Bedrooms:
Sleeps: Up to 6 per tent
From
£99 / night (Sun-Thurs)

Our Favourite Summer Dog-Friendly Glamping Retreats

When your best four-legged friend is part of the family, leaving them at home on your summer break is a wrench… for you and for them. It takes a heart of steel to resist those doleful doggy eyes as you close the door and head off on holiday.

We’ve picked these unusual dog-friendly summer glamping retreats to save your guilt, but also because a glamping break is much more fun with a playful dog in tow!

Unimog Army Ambulance

Friskney, Lincolnshire, England
A thrilling stay in a cosily-converted rescue vehicle parked on a Linconshire lake, in a rural area that boasts picture-perfect views of gorgeous Lincolnshire.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£70 /night

Grey Willow Yurts

Cullompton, Devon, England
A laid-back, off-grid glamping site where everyone is welcome (especially dogs!) beautifully set in the star-studded midst of the Blackdown Hills AONB.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 5
From
£99.50/nt

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
From
£332 / 2 nts

Lough Mardal Lodge Glamping

Ballintra, County Donegal, Ireland
Luscious, off-grid lakeside retreats and a strawbale lodge, mesmerisingly secluded amongst 90 acres of diverse, wild, and unspoilt landscapes on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2-4 per unit
From
£100 / night

Top of the Woods

Boncath, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Warmth, wildlife and a friendly sense of community await, at an eco award-winning Pembrokeshire camp-and-glamp site.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps:
From
£70 / night

Wye Glamping

Brecon, Powys, Wales
Reconnect with nature and enjoy breathtaking views in eco-friendly luxury, set against a stunning backdrop of the Brecon Beacons.
Bedrooms:
Sleeps: Varies
From
£275 (3 night w/e or 4 night midweek)

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
Sleeps:
From
£100 / night

Lantern & Larks Bleasdale

Garstang, Lancashire, England
Luxury glamping accommodation on Bleasdale Estate in Lancashire, set beside the Forest of Bowdale.
Bedrooms: 3 per tent
Sleeps: 6 per tent
From
£295

Our Favourite Summer Hot Tub Glamping Retreats

There’s nothing like relaxing in a warming hot tub when you’re on a summer holiday. Especially when the stars are just coming out to play, and you’ve got a glass of bubbles firmly in hand.

Add the soothing natural beauty of the countryside, and even those who find it hard to switch off will feel fully relaxed in an instant!

Whether wood-fired or jet-powered, these unusual summer glamping retreats each feature that all-important hot tub, to elevate your break from great to other-worldly.

Long Valley Yurts Windermere

Witherslack, Cumbria, England
Moroccan-inspired, family-sized yurts with Scandinavian wood-fired hot tubs, nestlgamed on a charming farm site just a pebble skim away from England's largest and most spectacular natural lake.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: Up to 6 per yurt
From
£325 (4 nts)

Redwood Retreat

Rhayader, Powys, Wales
Two luxurious, off-grid geodesic domes with private wood-fired hot tubs, beautifully nestled on an unspoilt, wildlife-steeped hillside just a mile away from Wales's "outdoor capital" of Rhayader.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2 per unit
From
£165 / night

Brackenhill Glamping

Ugborough, Devon, England
Cosily furnished, family-sized safari tents with hot tubs, dog-friendly and secluded amongst 1,5 acres of Devon nature that's close to both Dartmoor National Park and unspoilt South Hams beaches.
Bedrooms: 2 or 3 per tent
Sleeps: 5 or 6 per tent
From
£300 /2 nts

Gulliver the Quirky Camper

Nr Canterbury, Kent, England
Gulliver is a quirky camper van bursting with creature comforts, whimsically settled in his own private Kent garden with hot tub.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£150 /night

The Secret Yurts

Welshpool, Powys, Wales
The Welsh countryside's best-kept secret, until now - three luxurious, eco-friendly yurts packed with cosy creature comforts.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps:
From
£360 2 nights

DDG Retreat

Casares, Andalucia, Spain
The ultimate in unique Andalusian luxury; a peacefully private glamping haven featuring the world's most opulent tents.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2 per unit
From
£149 pp

Coppet Hill Glamping

Bridport, Dorset, England
Peaceful, private havens for couples and small families, set on a 600-acre family farm that's teeming with wildlife and golden sunflowers, surrounded by Dorset's most magnificent hills.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2 (+2) per unit
From
£100 / night

Alexander House Glamping

Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland
Luxuriate in the beauty of the great outdoors, in welcoming en-suite yurts with hot tub or cosy horseboxes secluded in the lush grounds of a Scottish country house.
Bedrooms:
Sleeps: 2 (Yurts) 4 (Cabins)
From
£75 / night

Our Favourite Summer Couples’ Glamping Retreats

Whether you’re planning an engagement, a honeymoon, or a ‘just because’ romantic break with the one you love, there’s only one rule: it has to be special.

So you’ll find each of these charmingly unusual summer glamping retreats rich in sumptuous features – and added privacy – that make them ideal for cosy couples.

All you have to do is open a bottle of wine and get lost in the kind of deep, laughter-fuelled conversations you never seem to find time for at home, as you toast marshmallows on the crackling firepit together. Bliss.

Two Hoots Glamping

Bighton, Hampshire, England
Cosy, adults-only retreats nestled on a Hampshire hilltop, with abundant wildlife and glorious green views towards the South Downs National Park.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2
From
£85 / night

Aladdin Luxury Camp

Phuket, Thailand
An exclusive adults-only retreat that’s home to lavish tents and a deck that floats dreamily over the lotus lake, peacefully secluded in scenic, culture-rich Phuket.
Bedrooms: 1 per tent
Sleeps: 2
From
£145 /night

Haelarcher Helicopter Glamping

The Lizard, Cornwall, England
A welcoming ‘home-from-home’ Cornish stay with a delicious farmhouse breakfast, beautiful sea views, and a comfy bed in an ex-Royal Navy helicopter!
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£99/night

Lilypod

Lewdown, Devon, England
A romantic and restorative eco-retreat, lovingly hand-crafted and nestled on a shimmering Devon farm lake, with an on-site vineyard and a hammock suspended over the water for ultimate luxury.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£220/night

Mallory Meadows

Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire, England
A welcoming, family-owned glamping haven in rural Leicestershire, with dog-friendly cabins and romantic roundhouses that each feature a private, scenery-showcasing hot tub.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2 or 2 (+2) per unit
From
£299 (4 nights

RiverBeds Luxury Wee Lodges

Ballachulish, The Highlands, Scotland
Luxury Wee Lodges, complete with bubbling private hot tub, nestled at the entrance to the mighty Glencoe Valley.
Bedrooms: 1 per lodge
Sleeps: 2 per lodge
From
£198 / night

Melbury Vale Winery Glamping Barrel Pods

Shaftesbury, Dorset, England
Lovers of the grape rejoice, in a cosy hillside haven on the soothing grounds of a Dorset vineyard.
Bedrooms: 1 per barrel
Sleeps: 2 per barrel
From
£750 (6ppl)

Earth Conker

Llanafanfawr, Powys, Wales
Unplug from daily life and unleash your creativity, in a designer off-grid glamping pod, gently nestled in a remote Welsh valley.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£270 (2 nts)

Our Favourite Summer Group Celebration Glamping Retreats

If you’re looking for a memorable group celebration with plenty of added wow-factor, welcome to glamping!

After all, it isn’t often that you’ll sleep under the stars all together, or tell giggly stories around a communal campfire with soft fairy-lights in the background… after devouring a sizzling supper cooked in the open air!

You’ll find many of these unusual summer group glamping retreats also offer extra treats – such as catering, pampering, or fun activities – that put their stamp on your celebration and fuel excited conversations long after you’ve returned home.

Champing Lewes

Lewes, East Sussex, England
A historic haven for non-conformist worship, close to the Norman castle and Saxon lanes of Lewes with soothing sea views and the South Downs National Park on the doorstep.
Bedrooms:
Sleeps: 16
From
£74 / night

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
From
£162 / night

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
From
£80/nt

Longberry Farm

Bethersden, Kent, England
Live your rural dreams with a group getaway on an exclusive, three-acre family-run farm filled with cosy comforts and a ‘secret' hot tub spa in the Garden of England.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps:
From
£77.50 pppn

Gilestone Glamping

Brecon, Powys, Wales
If you're in need of a break from your hectic daily life, escape to Gilestone Farm,
Bedrooms: 3 per lodge
Sleeps: Up to 6 per lodge
From
£400 (3 nights)

Walcot Hall Glamping

Lydbury North, Shropshire, England
Get ready for incredible dog-friendly glamping at Walcot Hall, where the fantastical blends with the fabulous for an unforgettable retreat. 
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies (2-4 per unit)
From
£30 p/n to £250 p/n

The Ceridwen Centre

Llandysul, Carmarthenshire, Wales
If you like the sound of unique accommodation on an eco-friendly, organic farm, plus the chance to try more activities than you can shake a stick at, you'll love the Ceridwen Centre!
Bedrooms: varies
Sleeps: 2-50
From
£85 / night

Middlewick Glamping

Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Magical eco-friendly holiday adventure in the enchanting E-den cabins in Glastonbury, with breathtaking views towards Glastonbury Tor and the Somerset levels.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2 per unit
From
£85/ night

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