Fun for foodies
The Yan boutique hotel and bistro is one of the tastiest places to eat in the Lake District and has two luxury glamping pods at its pretty site on Broadrayne Farm, at the foot of the Fells near Grasmere Village. Each pod has a wood burning stove and underfloor heating, kitchen and lounge area, Bluetooth music system and en suite. It’s perfect for a secluded foodie break, with both room and bar service, so guests need not set foot over the threshold of their pod if they don’t want to! If you’re feeling energetic, there are great walks and cycle routes with amazing views.
• A four-night stay for two in one of The Yan’s glamping pods costs from £275 on a self-catering basis. Breakfasts at The Yan cost from £3.75, while a main course at dinner costs from £13.95. There is no charge for room service to the pods. For more info, visit Grasmereglamping.co.uk
Stay in a conker
Set in the heart of an 80-acre conservation site on the edge of mid-Wales’ Cambrian Mountains, you will find Conker, a spectacular glamping pod. The pod once appeared on Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, and has been cleverly designed with plenty of comforts despite the emphasis on switching off from the trappings of modern life – it’s fully off-grid and featuring state-of-the-art sustainable design. Despite its size, the pod packs in a comfy double bed, seating area, a well-equipped micro kitchen, underfloor heating, LED mood lighting and a Bluetooth soundbar. Outside, there’s a pizza oven, fire pit and a copper bathtub that’s heated by an open fire underneath, plus a separate bathroom hut with an eco-loo.
The nearest village of Newbridge-on-Wye is a few miles away, making this a real off-the-beaten-track experience, with no WIFI or TV, just the wildlife and woods around. Make the most of the peace and quiet and enjoy watching red kites wheeling overhead, walking in the surrounding hills and star gazing at the clearest night sky in the evening.
• From £160 per night, based on two sharing. For more info and to book, visit Qualityunearthed.co.uk
Hide away in a country hut
For the prettiest of stays, Nancy’s Shepherds Hut is situated on a working sheep farm in the small hamlet of Wincle in the South West Peak District. This beautiful retreat enjoys a peaceful location with an abundance of walks. A stable door lets the light and fresh air flood into the hut and helps you enjoy the surrounding views. There is a kitchen area with a hob and grill, fridge and microwave – everything you need to rustle up a hearty breakfast. Outside, there is a summer house with comfy seating, plus a barbecue and fire pit, so you can eat your dinner while watching the sun go down.
• A three-night stay costs from £343. To book, visit Thelittledomain.com
Sleep among the tree tops
What could be more exciting than sleeping up high in a safari-style tent, above the River Wye, Herefordshire? Each tent is carefully positioned for privacy, elevated on stilts to make the most of the gorgeous water views. There’s a fully equipped kitchen with a wood-burning stove, a family-sized cool box to chill your bubbles, an ensuite with a power shower and a fire pit on the deck for alfresco cook-ups. Sustainability is taken seriously here, with solar power, chemical-free toiletries and careful use of the natural woodland. Take an amble down the banks and even a life-affirming dip, try your hand at fly fishing, or just potter into Hay-on-Wye to rediscover the joy of mooching about in a second-hand bookshop. Simple pleasures!
• From £640 for four nights for two sharing a safari tent. For more info and to book, visit Rarehideaways.co.uk
Leeds Castle in Kent has created a medieval village in the grounds, which was once a vineyard. The eight luxurious striped pavilions each include a four-poster bed, a wood burning stove and soft, fluffy throws. Enjoy lazy summer evenings outdoors and eat as a medieval knight before battle with use of the cast iron griddle over the open fire pit! Just a short stroll away, you will find the Knights Cottage, with shower and washing facilities. Plus, during your stay, you will also have full access to the castle grounds.
• A one-night stay costs from £145. For more info and to book, visit Leeds-castle.com
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