Life under canvas with all the luxury extras
The glamping tent
Where: Love2Stay, near Shrewsbury
This slick, stylish holiday park, nestled in the Shropshire countryside, offers 20 glamping safari lodges with all the luxuries you would normally expect at a fancy hotel. There’s space to sleep six, with a comfortable double bed, bunk beds and secret hideaway room, while the living space includes a fully fitted kitchen (with dishwasher), dining area and comfortable lounge space with a wood burning stove. And you can forget the traditional camping-style “wet wipe wash”, as the bathroom boasts a massive monsoon shower, roll top bath, White Company toiletries and underfloor heating. Outside, you’ll find your own private firepit and hot tub, where you can watch the sunset over the hills with a glass of fizz in hand.
The real selling point of this excellent resort is the wide range of activities on offer for all ages. During our stay, we tried out a variety of experiences, including kayaking, campfire cookery, zorbing and yoga. The on-site spa offers an extensive range of treatments, and if fitness is your thing, the LoveFitness suite is a fully kitted-out gym with a range of classes including a boot camp and an adult assault course. You can book into the cinedrome tent to watch a movie, or enjoy an authentic wood-fired pizza on the sun deck. There is plenty to please little ones, including an immaculate adventure playground and sensory trail. And there is a BIOTOP natural swimming pool, which might not be for the faint-hearted in the colder months, but provides a very refreshing dip when the sun comes out.
For a family of four to stay in a glamping safari lodge at Love2Stay with use of park amenities, prices start at £420 for three nights, or £1,260 for seven in low season, rising to £780 for three nights or £1,820 for seven in high season.
· The park is open all year round. For more info visit Love2stay.co.uk
The extra eco pod
Where: Loveland Farm, Devon
It’s not surprising that this sustainable campsite was the brainchild of a former fashion designer. It was set up as a creative hub, but has become a beautiful spot where you can truly soak up the natural surroundings and on-site farm.
The farm offers a selection of pods, which are all fabulous, but the Loveland Pod sleeps six and is housed in its own private field. The pod uses solar power and a wood-burning stove, plus it features an en-suite kitchen, shower and compostable toilet. However, the stylish, stripped-back decor will ensure you feel properly pampered during your stay. And if you don’t fancy firing up your in-house stove, you can order one of the epic home-made pizzas, or the infamous Loveland Roast.
· The Eco Pod costs £130 per night at Canopyandstars.co.uk
Where: Copper Beech Glad, near Harrogate
These vintage gypsy caravans, nestled in an enchanted glade of copper beech trees, are an Instagrammer’s dream, each decorated with traditional drapes and paintings (our favourite touch is the child-sized tea set in the smallest caravan, Rosita). There’s also a comfortable log cabin living space, private compost loo and shower. And of course, with the posh town of Harrogate on your doorstep, there are plenty of sophisticated spas and tea rooms to keep you amused before you head back to your cosy caravans for some fizz around the fire pit.
· The three caravans sleep up to six, costing from £200 a night via Canopyandstars.co.uk. Outside of July and August, the wagons at Copper Beech Glade are booked individually as Bella and Carmen
Where: Tom’s Eco Lodge, Isle of Wight
This unique spot at Tapnell Farm will make you feel like you’re a million miles away, not just a quick ferry-ride off the south coast. There’s a wide range of glamping accommodation, but we’re totally taken with these cute Modulogs, which have the most stunning views on site and sleep up to six people. You’ll be spoilt with Wi-Fi, heating, a log burner and seriously comfy accommodation. If you can tear yourself away from your smug little spot, there are loads of adventure activities on-site, and you’re moments away from the beach. But for a romantic getaway, you can’t beat sitting in your wood-fired hot tub and soaking up the spectacular views.
· Mid-week short breaks start from £130 at Tomsecolodge.com