Catching butterflies, fishing on lakes, hot mugs of cocoa around a fire – most of us have cherished memories of one camping adventure or another, but when was the last time you slept in a sleeping bag? There’s no question that the great outdoors can be a rejuvenating tonic for the city dwellers amongst us, but many of us are just so hooked to having our household luxuries on tap that we wince at the mere suggestion of ‘roughing-it’ in the countryside. However, you needn’t cross off that camping holiday from your summer bucket list just yet. From cutting-edge yurts to lux forest cabins – these days good old fashioned camping has been given a glamourous makeover. So this time, leave the sleeping bags at home and soak up some country air on a British glamping adventure.
THE HEDONIST CAMPER: ROYAL SAFARI TENT
Dance under a full moon to headline acts, feast on banquets served-up by Michelin-star chefs and be revitalised with a holistic massage in the Lakeside Spa; Oxfordshire’s Wilderness Festival is the ultimate in hedonistic camping with an ode to creativity filled with workshops, talks and costume-clad music lovers. Retreating to your very own royal safari tent complete with antique oak flooring, King sized beds and botanical toiletries at the end of your night gives a fantastical twist to your experience under the canvas.
THE WOODLAND CAMPER: FOREST YURT
A more recent addition to the British camping scene, the yurt is an extremely en vogue camping option. Hailing from tribal living in Central Asia, the distinct circular shape of this nomadic shelter is said to promote a sense of calm and unity and this is certainly the case at the luxurious Sapperton Yurt in the Cotswolds. Here, you can snuggle up in fluffy sheep skin, soak in your double ended roll top bath and enjoy an afternoon tea secreted away within these majestic ancient woodlands.
THE ROMANTIC CAMPER: RIVER CABINS
For true camping opulence, staying in a real log cabin is the perfect way to get away from it all and still reap the rewards of relaxing countryside life and the Hidden River Cabins offer a lavish forest hideaway for two. Fall under the spell of the wonderful Cumbrian scenery with romantic woodland walks and get acquainted with kingfishers and otters – your only neighbours – before unwinding with champagne in your outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking your own private slice of riverside.
THE SEASIDE CAMPER: BEACH YURT
For those that prefer their camping complete with sea and sand, the gorgeous Priory Bay yurts on the Isle of Wight are enough to make any beach lover swoon. Dine on fresh barbecued lobster and enjoy lazy strolls along the golden beach, studded with the rich variety of flora and fauna that makes the island so special. Relish your seaside getaway in your own beach-chic designer yurt and watch the sun sink into the gently breaking waves from your secluded candelit terrace.
THE HISTORICAL CAMPER: THE ROUNDHOUSE
History aficionados take note – the summer months are the only time you can stay in a replica of a Celtic Chief’s home. Comprised of a conical thatched roof set on low granite walls, the Roundhouse at Bodrifty is a unique reconstruction of Iron Age camping. But lux seekers need not fret – the creature comforts are distinctly modern day with a four poster bed, lavish duck-down duvets and Egyptian cotton sheets. For a full history hit, the Bodrifty Iron Age Settlement is just three fields away.