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14 of the UK's best glamping sites

Leave the airbed and nylon sleeping bag at home and add a touch of luxury to your family camping trip. Here are 14 of the best UK glamping sites as recommended and reviewed by families.

By Laura Westerman | Last updated May 26, 2021

Glamping

Glamping can be a great way to spend some quality time with family and friends, reconnect with nature, and take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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What is glamping?

An amalgamation of the words 'glamorous' and 'camping', glamping (sometimes called luxury camping) is a style of camping that combines the comfort and convenience of self-catered accommodation with the outdoor nature of a traditional campsite.

Glamping won't typically require you to bring any of the usual camping essentials, including a family camping tent, sleeping bags and cooking equipment. Instead, you'll be met with a ready-pitched haven kitted out with everything you could possibly need for an enjoyable stay.

While there are many different glamping options available – some boast hot tubs and power showers, while others offer basic bedding and cooking facilities – glamping can be the ideal set-up for families wanting to enjoy the great outdoors in a place that feels homely and familiar.

You don't have to go abroad for it either. From yurts and glamping pods to treehouses and bell tents, you'll find a whole host of brilliant and bespoke glamping choices right on your doorstep – ideal for making the most of that much-needed UK staycation, whatever the season.

So up your camping game this year with our selection of the best family glamping holidays the UK has to offer – based on recommendations from Mumsnet users, glamping site award lists and other review sites, including Cool Camping.

Here are 14 of the best glamping sites in the UK.

1. Ivy Grange Yurts, Suffolk

Ivy Grange Yurts

A games barn, campfire pits and fruit picking

If you're looking for an affordable glamping holiday, the picturesque Ivy Grange Farm could be just the ticket.

With four furnished yurts to choose from depending on party size and needs, Ivy Grange Farm sits on a three-acre meadow nestled in the beautiful Suffolk countryside.

As well as comfortable beds, kitchen appliances and wooden decking with chairs and a table, each yurt also has its own wood burner, BBQ and campfire pit so you can enjoy your evenings outdoors while watching the sun go down.

When it comes to amenities, you'll be able to use the site's outdoor Woodland Shower (with warm water, may we add) or an indoor bathroom situated in the farm's eco-friendly 17th century barn.

There's also a games barn with table tennis and table football to keep the children entertained at all hours of the day, and the chance for families to do their own herb and fruit picking on the farm – actively encouraged by the owners.

Great for:

  • Fruit picking
  • Smaller families
  • Those on a tight budget
  • A digital detox – wifi not available in the barn, but can be used from the main house

What Mumsnetters say:

“The entire set-up makes for the perfect break for parents, children and couples. The yurts are spotless and luxurious: outdoor shower (with lovely hot water), wood fires and barbecues (all ready to be lit), a little wood for the kids to 'lose' themselves in (although they are actually visible to adults pretty much all the time) and fully equipped outdoor and indoor kitchens.”

Price: From £180 (minimum two nights)

2. Warwick Castle, Warwickshire

Warwick castle

Banquets, knight school and jester training

When it comes to medieval glamping, nothing quite beats a weekend at the impressive Warwick Castle.

While the castle offers fancier accommodation options for those wanting to fully embrace the royal lifestyle, such as a stay in the 14th century Caesar's Tower, we'd recommend the Knight's Village for a more unique outdoor retreat.

Situated in a woodland grove within the castle grounds and alongside the River Avon, the Knight's Village is, quite frankly, the stuff of medieval dreams.

It boasts 28 themed lodges separated by wooden walkways, each sleeping up to five or seven people. Each lodge also has a separate bathroom and shower, and tea or coffee-making facilities.

You'll also find a medieval-inspired restaurant, an outdoor entertainment area ideal for children, and a whole host of attractions to satisfy imaginative minds including knight school, medieval banquets and an archery show.

With each reservation comes two-day Warwick Castle entry tickets, complimentary breakfast, unlimited wifi, themed evening entertainment and car parking.

Great for:

  • Short breaks
  • A themed getaway – one imaginative children will love
  • Child-friendly activities

What Mumsnetters say:

“Our weekend of glamping, sword fighting and banqueting at Warwick Castle was the best my three boys can remember.”

Price: From £200 (family of four)

3. Brownscombe Farm, Devon

Brownscombe farm

Private hot tubs, spa treatments and farmer's rounds

Situated in the heart of Devon’s South Hams, the family-run Brownscombe Luxury Glamping has garnered many a positive review – and for good reason.

Whether you're looking for an indulgent weekend with friends, a couples retreat or a fun family stay with children of all ages, Brownscombe Farm will have something for you.

It boasts four family-sized Safari Tents, a Tabernacle and a secluded Cabin, all with their own private hot tubs, but each offering something different depending on your needs.

For families, we'd recommend either a Safari Tent or a Cabin. The Safari Tent has two bedrooms (sleeps four), a living area, ensuite shower room with hot water, kitchen fully equipped with a fridge, electric hob and log-fired range, and a timber deck with Adirondack chairs.

The Brownscombe Cabin is also big enough to sleep a family of four – two adults and two children in built-in bunk beds. It boasts a living room, fully-equipped kitchen, a family bathroom with a wall that opens out so that you can bathe outside, and outdoor decking complete with stunning views of the valley.

For fun evenings as a family, indulge in a Brownscombe pizza night where you can roll out, spin and add toppings to your pizza before watching it cook in the woodfired pizza oven.

Other activities include spa treatments, open-air yoga, rope swings, and farmer's rounds where children can help the owners take care of the farm's many animals.

Great for:

  • Families of any size
  • Peace and quiet
  • Couples
  • Nearby coastal walks

What Mumsnetters say:

“Brownscombe Luxury Glamping is very family-friendly in this area.”

Price: From £340 (minimum two nights)

4. The Dome Garden, Gloucestershire

The Dome Garden

Zip wires, pizza ovens and private bathtubs

The Dome Garden describes itself as a 'magical eco-encampment in the heart of the forest' and it feels similar to Cornwall's very own Eden Project.

Ideal for both adrenaline-fuelled children and burnt-out adults wanting to relax and unwind, it successfully combines fun and adventure with relaxation and comfort for families looking for the best of both worlds. And we reckon the domes themselves are one of the coolest things about this retreat.

Situated in the middle of the mythical Ancient Forest of Dean, just 20 minutes by car from the city of Bristol, The Dome Garden is made up of three hotel-style rooms and 11 partly self-catering geodesic eco glamping pods that sleep groups of between two and eight people.

Guests can enjoy comfortable beds (or hanging canvas pods if you're a child), woodburning stoves, en-suite facilities including an indoor loo, and a warm woodfired shower, a seasonal restaurant and a twice-weekly pizza night.

We love the communal feel of this glamping site and the fact that there's no wifi to be found – warn the teens first! – allowing guests to really escape.

There are also lots of activities for children, including rope swings, a zip wire and bike tracks for mountain biking.

Great for:

  • Eco-friendly glamping
  • A digital detox
  • Large families
  • Those who want to be close to the city

What Mumsnetters say:

“They've got the combination of get away from it all/rustic and luxurious comfort absolutely right. As an exhausted single professional mum with two kids, I was looking for a relaxing and comfortable weekend. Our dome was gorgeous and the kids had a ball.”

Price: From £395 (three nights)

5. Old Bidlake Farm, Dorset

Old Bidlake Farm

Keenly priced, a small peaceful site and just 20 minutes from the beach

For a tranquil weekend break that won't break the bank, Old Bidlake Farm, tucked away in West Dorset’s Marshwood Vale, could be the ideal choice.

While significantly smaller than some of the glamping sites on this list, we think it's a great option for families wanting a low-key glamping experience with the benefit of a great location.

The farm has four five-metre bell tents to choose from – or a charming Bluebird Caravan if you're travelling without children – each furnished with a double bed and two child-sized futons (sleeping bags required). All other camping equipment you'll need is provided, including a woodburning rocket stove for campfire meals, pots and pans, a family cool box with ice packs, and a selection of outdoor furniture.

You'll find a communal barn and Rainy Day Room on-site to keep kids busy on wetter days, plus a chicken coop for children wanting to help with egg collection. The site is also only three miles from the Jurassic Coast and its stunning coastline.

Great for:

  • Families on a budget
  • Low-key glamping
  • Location

What Mumsnetters say:

“Just four bell tents in a field, surrounded by rolling fields and open skies. The tents are beautifully kitted out with great attention to detail: pretty bunting, a soft toy each for the kids, and hot water bottles. There is a 'rocket stove' for cooking, a cool box, and all crockery and cutlery are provided. There's a communal kitchen, and space to eat under cover if needed, and very nice loos and showers.”

Price: From £75 per night (regular camping also available)

6. The Dandelion Hideaway, Leicestershire

The Dandelion Hideaway

Roll top baths, fire pits and plenty of warm bedding

Close to The National Forest and within two hundred acres of idyllic countryside, The Dandelion Hideaway is a nostalgic retreat in the heart of Leicestershire.

Satisfying adults with long-forgotten dreams of living on a farm and young children curious to learn more about animals, this luxury glamping experience offers a selection of farm activities on Osbaston House Farm, including collecting newly laid eggs and grooming Shetland ponies. The site itself is also dog-friendly for families wanting to bring their furry companion.

For larger families, stay in one of the six unique-designed secluded canvas cottages (sleeps six), complete with a fully-equipped kitchen, rustic furnishings, a woodburning fire, and an ensuite bathroom with a chrome roll top bath. And we think children will love the secret wooden cabin that houses the third bedroom.

Other facilities include the Cow Shed Stores for evening meals and an old-fashioned honesty shop offering local produce and gifts. Local attractions include Market Bosworth and the historic Bosworth Battlefield.

Great for:

  • Those after a bit of luxury
  • Families with dogs
  • Farm activities
  • Days out

What Mumsnetters say:

“We travelled with our five and two-year-old, and I fear we have ruined the future of camping holidays for them; unless there’s a log burner and a roll-top bath (yes, really) my two will be quite put out.”

Price: From £450

7. The Quiet Site, Cumbria

The Quiet Site

Strong green credentials, fantastic spot in the Lakes and an on-site bar

Opening its doors to campers and caravaners since 1963, The Quiet Side has won many an award for sustainability and eco-tourism, which makes it a great spot for those looking for an eco-friendly glamping experience.

Situated close to the Ullswater, the second largest lake in the stunning Lake District, The Quiet Side is loved as much for its location as it is for its accommodation.

Families can enjoy a walk from The Quiet Side to the nearby Aira Force Waterfalls as well as a variety of picturesque walks, cycle trails, and a boat ride on one of the Ullswater Steamers cruises.

With a multitude of sleeping options available, including glamping cabins, bell tents for those wanting a more basic glamping break and holiday cottages, The Quiet Side is suitable for families of any size.

We love the glamping cabins for their facilities and view of the stars, but we'd also recommend trying one of the 15 Hobbit Holes for a truly unique underground experience and lovely views over the lake. Each Hobbit Hole is spacious enough to sleep two adults and four children, is fully equipped with a kitchen appliances and a bathroom, and is also completely energy efficient.

Other on-site facilities include a bar and zero-waste shop.

Great for:

  • Eco- and budget-conscious families – site is award-winning for its eco credentials
  • Location – areas of interest within walking distance
  • Keeping kids entertained
  • Dog-friendly glamping

What Mumsnetters say:

“Beautiful site with gorgeous views over Ullswater. Spotless shower block with plenty of hot water. Well-stocked little shop for the essentials. Pod was warm and quiet – bliss!”

Price: From £40 per night (prices vary considerably depending on accommodation choice)

8. Secret Meadows, Suffolk

Secret Meadows

Chickens, reiki and Bushcraft workshops

Owned by registered charity The Sinfield Nature Conservation Trust, Secret Meadows is a 115-acre country wildlife site nestled in the unspoilt Suffolk countryside.

It's the ideal luxury camping holiday for wildlife lovers, bird enthusiasts (White House Farm is home to over 50 bird species) and children who love spending time exploring wildflower meadows and woodland areas.

It also takes a very green approach with green-themed packages including hen coop hire, locally-sourced food hampers, and off-grid hot tubs. Interesting sights include a turf labyrinth and tree circle, and guests can enjoy the site's many nature trails as well as outdoor activities, including Bushcraft and Whittling workshops, den making, wellness treatments and yoga.

Secret Meadow offers a handful of accommodation options – a luxury lodge tent, a two-storey luxury safari tent, a gypsy caravan with shepherd's hut, and a recycled horsebox truck. Each option boasts a private loo and shower, a fully-equipped kitchen and more.

If that wasn't enough, by staying at Secret Meadows you would be helping the charity to take care of the surrounding nature reserve and its wildlife.

Great for:

  • Large groups
  • Eco-conscious families
  • Wildlife lovers

What Mumsnetters say:

“Beautiful countryside and there are lovely walks around the wildlife site through meadows and woodland. We took the private hen coop hire, and now our children (especially the three-year-old, but also the teenager) want hens at home.”

Price: From £341 (minimum two nights)

9. Craighead Howfs, Perthshire

Craighead Howfs

Handcrafted Howfs, stunning views and a retreat ideal for couples

Glamping in central Scotland doesn't get much better than the family-run Craighead Howfs, home to a selection of quirky, handcrafted accommodation that includes a Hobbit-inspired burrow, a Summer Howf and an eye-catching treehouse.

While each option offers something unique, we think the Tree Howf is a must-try. Sitting high within the branches of an ancient ash tree, this self-sufficient treehouse offers 360-degree views of the Ochil Hills (and beyond!), allowing guests to immerse themselves in the peace and quiet of the surrounding grounds.

It's also kitted out with everything you could possibly need, including a shower, compost toilet, cooking facilities and a woodburning stove.

For Lord of the Rings fans, the Hobbit Howf, built into the hill side from natural stone and wood, also comes highly recommended.

Great for:

  • A unique glamping experience
  • Couple's retreats – the majority of site isn't suitable for children
  • Location

Price: From £105 per night (minimum two nights)

10. Somerset Yurts, Somerset

Somerset Yurts

A country retreat perfect for large groups

Set on a working dairy farm in the idyllic Quantock Hills, Somerset Yurts is a peaceful haven for families wanting to explore the countryside.

With views over the Taunton Vale to the Blackdown Hills and enough space for children to run and play, this glamping site is ideal for large families or groups.

Each traditional Mongolian yurt is fully furnished with a double bed, double futon, table and chairs, woodburner, BBQ and outdoor picnic table. You'll find a regular kitchen, power showers and flushing toilets in the farm's main barn.

Safari lodges are also available for families wanting even more space – each has its own kitchen and private bathroom, plus two separate bedrooms.

For day trips, consider visiting the nearby Hestercombe Gardens, Fyne Court nature reserve, Exmoor National Park and the West Somerset Railway.

Great for:

  • Large families
  • Things to do nearby
  • Those on a budget

What Mumsnetters say:

“I have been on many camping trips and this was a million percent easier. The yurt had everything we needed and was clean and comfy. The weather was very hit and miss and the rain poured down at night but the yurt stayed warm and dry. It has a lovely family feel, but is not at all intrusive. You really do feel like you are in the middle of nowhere.”

Price: £200 (two nights minimum)

11. Boswarthen Farm, Cornwall

Boswarthen Farm

Luxe tents with sea views on a real working farm

Stunning views? Check. Dog-friendly? Check. Cricket matches and wheelbarrow races? Check check.

Whether it's playing in the sandpit, sitting round the campfire or collecting chicken eggs, there's always something to keep little ones entertained at Boswarthen Farm.

A big hit with families, this glamping site offers both a relaxing weekend away for parents and lots of fun for energetic children, which is why we think it's one of the best family glamping weekend breaks to be had in the UK.

Accommodation includes fully-furnished glamping tents (featuring snugly cabin beds!), a two-storey glamping lodge and a gypsy caravan depending on how much space you need, each a unique but comfortable option in its own right.

Great for:

  • Families with dogs
  • On-site activities
  • Big groups
  • Sea views

What Mumsnetters say:

“We stayed in Lanyon, which sleeps six to eight people, and is absolutely delightful! The 'tents' (they're so luxurious it feels silly to call them that) are spread across a large field, with plenty of space, overlooking the surrounding land and sea! You can enjoy this lovely view from a deckchair on your veranda – ideally with drink in hand.”

Price: From £225

12. Blackberry Wood, Sussex

Blackberry Wood

A magical, but popular spot in the quiet Sussex countryside

Blackberry Wood is situated in South Downs National Park and is very popular among families – so much so that it's best visited in low season.

Only a stone's throw away from Brighton (well, 10 miles to be exact), this family-run glamping spot is the ideal choice for those wanting to enjoy spending time in a woodland setting but still be close to the city.

There's a whole host of glamping options to choose from too – from a converted London double-decker bus to a Curvy Cabin, Wessex helicopter (yes, we're serious), gypsy caravan, fire engine and two handcrafted treehouses – Higgledy and Piggleby – for those looking for a magical and adventurous experience.

The treehouses sleep up to four adults and two children – there's a double bed and snug loft that looks like a bird's nest – and is equipped with a shower room, kitchen, woodburning stove and outdoor area for BBQs.

Guests can also enjoy a number of outdoor activities, including countryside walks, bike rides and the nearby Seven Sisters Cliffs. London is also reachable by car in less than two hours.

Great for:

  • Adventurous families
  • Those who want to be close to the city
  • Unique glamping options

What Mumsnetters say:

“Blackberry Wood was fab. My boys (5 and 3) loved the campfire.”

Price: From £45 per night (minimum two nights)

13. Camp Katur, North Yorkshire

Camp Katur

Adventure playgrounds, tipis and an eco spa

For adventurous families looking for lots to do, Camp Katur is a brilliant choice.

Set within North Yorkshire's Camp Hill Manor Estate, Camp Katur has a generous amount of accommodation options to suit different budgets. These range from bell and safari tents to hobbit pods, unidomes and even tipis.

We think the Geodome or Tipi is the ideal option for families of four, offering decent facilities and a truly unique glamping experience for adults and children alike.

For curious kids looking to learn new skills, on-site outdoor activities include a high ropes course, skywalk and zip wire, and a shelter-building workshop. There's a good selection of indoor activities for wetter days too.

Don't worry – adults won't feel left out as the site also has its very own outdoor eco spa. Yes, we're serious.

Great for:

  • Outdoor activities
  • Accommodation options
  • All budgets

What Mumsnetters say:

“This glamping site has quad biking, segway tours, an adventure playground, Bushcraft area, treetop adventure course, climbing wall and rope bridge, plus zip wire. There is also an outdoor eco spa with wood-fired sauna and hot tub. The hobbit pods are good value in autumn.”

Price: From £65

14. Living Room Treehouse Experience, Powys

Living Room experience

Treehouses, spring water showers and mountain walks

Makes your kids' treehouse dreams come true with the Living Room Treehouse Experience, situated in the heart of the beautiful Welsh mountains.

The site boasts six uniquely-built treehouses nestled among the treetops, each with their own woodburning stove, shower, double bed, fold-down bunk beds, kitchen and ensuite Swedish compost toilet.

Offering a serene experience for families wanting to get away from it all, the Living Room Experience is also close enough to Aberdyfi Beach for sand dunes and surf, and Snowdonia National Park and Dolgoch Waterfalls for fun, nature-filled days out.

Great for:

  • Location
  • Walking trails
  • A unique and peaceful glamping experience

Price: £399 for a family (two-night stay)

What do I need for glamping in the UK?

While most glamping sites will offer fully-equipped accommodation, including bedding, towels and kitchen equipment, some more basic options may require you to bring a few things yourself.

Glamping essentials may include:

  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • Extra towels
  • Wellies
  • Walking boots
  • A picnic rug
  • Camping chairs and table if no outdoor seating
  • A torch
  • Matches
  • Loo roll
  • Hot water bottles
  • A travel cot if you have a young child
  • Food and drink
  • J-cloths
  • Bin bags
  • A tea towel for drying up
  • Cups, cutlery and plates
  • Chopping board
  • Cool box and ice packs
  • A football, frisbee or a rounders/cricket set
  • Disposable BBQ (if no BBQ or BBQ area)

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