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Autumn glamping: best places to reconnect to nature in the UK

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Megan Murray
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Reconnect with nature and yourself at one of these charming and remote glamping spots. 

Sometimes the speed at which we’re living can feel overwhelming. Careers, friends, tubes, dates, meetings, self-care… is it just us, or is time whizzing past faster and faster? 

Well, we know it’s not just us because the feeling that time speeds up as we grow older has been scientifically proven. So how can we slow down, unwind and take a minute to just…stop? It’ll take breaking out of our normal routines and habits, stepping away from that keyboard and leaving the pollution-heavy roads behind, that’s for sure.

Head to the countryside and find some peace and quiet to reset your batteries, take a moment to breathe and reconnect to nature. We’ve found five beautiful accommodation options that promise to immerse you in the great outdoors, whether that be a tree house in Wales, a suspended, circular forest pod in Cornwall or a bell tent in Wiltshire. 

But don’t worry, these out-of-the-city spots may be sustainable and nature-focused, but each one has an element of luxury, so you won’t need to give up all your home comforts. 

The Living Room Tree House experience in Machynlleth, Wales 

Looking for a way to reconnect to nature? Well, we reckon staying in a tree house, surrounded by woodland and wild flowers, should just about do it. 

The Living Room Tree House Experience has six different hoisted huts on offer, each with a woodburning stove in the centre to keep the tree house toasty and heat caught spring water for your shower. There’s no electricity in this woodland dwelling home, so lanterns and candles are used for lights in the evening and an eco-friendly ensuite Swedish compost toilet. 

The experience is only available to book in blocks of two nights at a time to arrive on Sunday, Wednesday or Friday, priced at £379

Wossnem Bell Tent at The Farm Camp in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

Stay on Church Farm in your very own bell tent and leave the stresses of city life behind. The camp is completely off-grid, so your private compost loo shed near your tent is the closest you’ll come to modern luxuries. But this solitude has its benefits: even though you’re staying in a wider complex with other tents and buildings in the area, Wossnem is totally on its own, to ensure that you enjoy the privacy that being in the middle of nowhere affords.

Of course you won’t be judged if you find yourself soon missing basic home comforts, and just half a mile down the lane are the main farm buildings where you’ll find not only power but also an indoor heated swimming pool and a games room that you’re welcome to use.

Bell tents for two can be booked at £99 per night on Canopy & Stars, with a minimum of two nights stay per visit. 

Tree Pod at Lost Meadow in Bodmin, Cornwall 

If you’re looking for something a little bit different, we think we’ve found it. This suspended, circular tree pod is cedar-clad and hangs between two trees, giving guests an elevated forest experience.

Not only is it sustainable, but it’s also built both to minimise impact on the trees and to withstand unimaginable weights with design inspiration taken from early zeppelin engineering, so you don’t need to worry about the safety of you, or the trees. 

Stay inside the pod and open up the ceiling window to gaze up at the stars or venture out and explore the 20 acres of woodland and meadow. You could also try your hand at fishing, which is available to do in the nearby river. When you get bored of that, head down to the kitchen hut to rustle up some grub and sit in the riverside ‘living room’ to enjoy it.

The tree pod is available for minimum of two nights at £95

Alachigh tent at Penhein in Chepstow, South Wales 

Penhein’s alachigh tents are similar to a yurt, but with origins in Iran, where today they are still used by the nomadic Shahsavan tribe. These Persian tents are a cosy, simple way to glamp in the gorgeous Welsh countryside and manage to make you feel like you’re getting back to basics, while staying homely and elegant all at the same time. 

Inside, the tents are roomy with a double bed and sofa, living space and log burner to keep you warm. Although there are a few home comforts for you to enjoy, you’re still bound to feel immersed in nature thanks to the outdoors washing facilities, incredible views and natural springs on the farm that supplies water to the sinks.

Prices depend on the size of the alachigh you’d like and can only be booked in blocks of three or five nights

Love in the Round in Blisland, Cornwall 

This roundhouse is truly a refuge, nestled in a woodland setting it looks like somewhere a very glamorous hobbit might live. Not only are the roundhouse’s surroundings reminiscent of an enchanted forest, but its interiors would look at home in a storybook, too. We love the look of the huge, hand-made four-poster bed that grows up from the solid oak floors and it’s green oak posts that intertwine into the wooden rafters high above. 

As well as enjoying the walking routes and secret beaches that lay just beyond the roundhouse’s site, the owner’s are happy to help you feel even more connected to your surroundings by organising a candlelit forest dinner, which looks like a once in a lifetime experience.

The roundhouse is available to book for weekends off-peak for £450 or peak times for £550. 

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