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The UK's top ten luxury camping destinations


Nearly all of us have been tainted by that camping trip from hell, where it poured it down endlessly and someone took a midnight pee on the side of our tent. But alfresco travel doesn't have to involve mouldy duvets, the stagnant smell of feet or 5am I'm-so-cold-I-might-actually-die chills.

Picture a world of crisp white bed linen, wood-fired bathtubs and home-cooked meals delivered direct to your tent, and suddenly the prospect of camping seems altogether more appealing.

We've rounded up the most luxurious places to camp in the UK, for you to get your fill of romantic outdoor adventure minus the obligatory mud, sweat and tears.

From yurts to gypsy caravans and deluxe tents, these places guarantee canvas chic without all the hassle. Happy campers, get set:

The Wild Camp, Norfolk

In the heart of Norfolk's beautiful open unspoilt countryside, Wild Luxury's pop-up summer camp gives large groups of people (between 8-12) free reign to kick back over the space of five top-end sleeping bell tents, a 5m 'chill' tent and an amazing 13m canopy to stargaze by at night. There's also a kitchen with gas hob, cooker, girls and boys loos, a hot power shower and hammocks. What else could a girl ask for...?

From £995 for weekends or midweek stays, wildluxury.co.uk

The Gypsy Caravan, Suffolk

Who could fail to be charmed by the romantic ambiance of a gypsy caravan? This gorgeous little hideaway shrouded by brambly hedges and trees has a cosy wood-burning stove, bookshelves and candle lanterns for atmospheric lighting by night. Alongside the caravan itself, there's a shepherd's style hut with kitchen and shower facilities and a built-in cupboard bed with sleeping space for two extra people.

From £495 for a weekend stay during high season, secretmeadows.co.uk

The Tipi Lodge, Herefordshire

Take a unique foray down the River Wye via canoe and then a stay in one of a range of luxury tipis dotted around the area. The family-run Tipi Adventure company wants you to enjoy the beauty of the Wye Valley primarily by water, but also via horseback, walking and fishing. The tipis themselves are luxe, with outdoor fire pits, indoor open fires or "Trivetts", double futons and a hamper of useful camping accessories.

From £250 per tipi per night during high season, and £50 per day for canoe hire, tipiadventure.co.uk

The Harvest Moon tents, East Lothian

Forget tripping over your sleeping back to zip open the tent - the safari tents at Harvest Moon will seem like a palace in comparison to the average camping trip. Light and airy, they boast two bedrooms, a wood stove and oven and a pine dresser to rival that of any home interior store. There's also en-suite WCs and hot showers. But the real highlight of this farmland escape is its enviable location right by the beach, around 30 miles from Edinburgh. Pony trekking, cycling and even wake-boarding are all popular activities in the area.

From £660 for a five-day midweek break during high season, harvestmoonholidays.com

The Yurt Farm, West Wales

If you fancy drifting off to sleep in a king-sized bed to the sound of a crackling wood fire, this is the place for you. Hosts Laurie and Thea have handcrafted every aspect of these yurts using timber from their farm, making for a delightfully cosy mountain retreat. Guests are greeted with welcome hampers of vegetables and eggs, fresh flowers, candles and firewood for the duration of their stay.

From £420 for a week's stay in high season, theyurtfarm.co.uk

The Ekopod, Cornwall

These fun, stylish and eco-friendly pods are perched on the edge of Bodmin Moor in three acres of wild flower meadows. The site offers beautiful views of the rolling Cornish countryside around the River Inney valley. On the luxury front, each pod has an outdoor wood-heated bathtub with firewood provided and a bottle of St Kitts bath salts. There's Dunstaple ice cream and Cornish Orchards juices to be had at the local honesty shop, or local pub The Rising Sun is 10 minutes' away.

From £425 for a five-day or weekend break during high season, ekopod.com

The Deluxe Tent, Yorkshire

The Deluxe Tent in the glorious North Yorkshire countryside sleeps six, with two lucky people able to bag the four poster bed. There's a fridge, a wood-burning stove, a veranda with a barbecue or a camp delivery service with home-cooked seasonal meals such as ham baked in cider with molasses and cloves. The roll-top bath with instant hot running water means you can banish that freezing morning jaunt to the shower forever.

From £655 for a two-night weekend during high season, jollydaysglamping.co.uk

The Safari-Style Retreat, Exeter

More like a small house than a tent, this spacious abode in Devon comprises two bedrooms (a double and a twin), a dining and sitting area and a top notch kitchen with a wood-fired oven. Try your hand at alfresco cooking on the barbecue and open fire, or simply soak in the ambiance of the gorgeous unspoilt natural woodland - with oak, ash, chestnut trees and more - which is all yours for the period of your stay.

From £895 for a week's stay during high season, thewoodlife.org

The Superdome, Forest of Dean

This veritable giant of a dome has room for eight people on two levels. Its centrepiece is a seriously cool swinging double bed that hangs from the ceiling. There are more hanging beds all around the bottom level of the dome, along with a shelf of yacht-style pipe cots just above. There's a wood-fire shower and heater area, dome-based pizza nights and even bespoke bottles of wine to be had - the "Cote du Dome" variety sounds intriguing.

£1,195 for a week's break during high season, domegarden.co.uk

The Mongolian Yurts, Cumbria

On the banks of the river Eden in Lake District territory, Drybeck Farm prides itself on its beautifully appointed fleet of Mongolian yurts, gypsy caravan and retro caravan. The yurts are decorated with a mixture of vintage furniture and upcycled pieces and there's a fully-equipped cookhouse with dining space overlooking the river. We recommend the breakfast hampers, stocked with Drybeck's own sausages, dry cured bacon and freshly-laid free range eggs.

From £360 for a long weekend, drybeckfarm.co.uk



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