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The definitive guide to the UK’s best luxe camping spots

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Deborah Cicurel
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Camping is always memorable for the right reasons. But with hectic schedules and stressful commutes, sometimes, as much as you'd like to get up close and personal with nature, you just can't quite bring yourself to pitch a tent, get deliciously muddy and trek miles to the nearest toilet.

Step in luxe camping - the perfect compromise. It takes all the luxury you enjoy at hotels and brings it to the great outdoors. You can enjoy a sauna in a wigwam, snooze in a wagon or enjoy a good book in your yurt, all while still experiencing the tranquility and calm of the countryside.

Take a look at some of the best luxe camping options across the UK...

  • Shepherd's Hut, North Kent

    Waking up to wilderness in luxury is always a treat, but especially in one of these three shepherd’s huts, set in the middle of a 3,200 acre National Nature Reserve on an island in North Kent, only one hour from London.

    There are epic sunrises, miles of unspoilt landscapes, hares, owls and birds of prey in their natural habitat - and best of all, there are complimentary bottles of gin and even massages available to give you that camping feeling without any of the effort.

    From £75 a night. Book here.

  • Ashley's Shack, Devon

    A quaint cabin, a lake strewn with waterlilies, and a sheltered patio for late night meals - it's luxe camping at its best. For campers who really aren't into building their own sleeping bags and pitching their own tents, Ashley's Shack is a truly swanky option, with a king-size bed, nearby beaches and coves and a local Friday morning market ready to add some pizzazz to your staycation. 

    A three-night stay costs from £131 pp. Book here.

  • Knights Glamping, Leeds

    If you'd feel like cheating doing luxe camping in anything but a tent, then you have to take a trip to Knights Glamping at Leeds Castle. The roomy, Medieval-style tents each contain a wood burning stove, chic furnishings, giant beds and tea and coffee making facilities.

    What else could you need for a cosy camping weekend away?

    £135 a night. Book here.

     

  • Secret Cloud House Holidays, Cauldon

    We bet you never had a sauna on those childhood camping holidays, but now all your adult dreams can come true. 

    Secret Cloud House Holidays offer eco-friendly luxury tents set on the edge of the Peak District and containing a barbecue, sauna and personal hot-tub - plus a fluffy bathrobe, of course. 

    £180 a night. Book here.

  • Mad Dogs and Vintage Vans, Ross-on-Wye

    This gorgeous vintage-inspired escape beats a busy city break any day of the week. 

    Near Ross-on-Wye in the Herefordshire countryside, you can book the whole site out for a special occasion, cooking on the fire, picnicking by the river and enjoying the pretty landscape from converted vans - and even one former military vehicle. 

    Starting from £150 for two nights. Book here.

  • Brampton Wigwams, Cumbria

    This takes luxe camping to a whole new levels, with pods containing beds with memory foam mattresses, flatscreen TVs, DVD players, and en-suite bathrooms with hot water.

    Plus, if you can tear yourself away from your cosy wigwams, there's an abundance of local attractions to explore, from Hadrian's Wall to the city of Carlisle. 

    Prices start at £78 for two nights. Book here.

  • Foxfield Glamping, Bath

    The two truly swish pods, named Honeysuckle and Clover, available at Foxfield Glamping, have all the facilities you'd usually associate with a fancy hotel - including free Wi-Fi, underfloor heating and an iPod dock.

    Plus, they're just 20 minutes from central Bath, so you can explore as well as pretending to camp. 

    £75 a night. Book here.

  • Bow Top Elle Gypsy Wagon, Cornwall

    Described as a "Traditional Romany Bow Top Window and Door Style Gypsy Caravan", this colourful wagon sleeps two, and features a charcoal burning fire pit outside where you can light a fire and gaze at the stars - if you can drag yourself away from the cosy caravan's giant comfy bed.

    £75 a night. Book here.

  • Gurt The Yurt, Arlington

    This isn't an ordinary yurt - it even has a name. Located in the midst of a peaceful field, the yurt can sleep up to four - and if you just can't bear cooking on the BBQ after a while, there's a pub just a stone's throw away.

    But we don't know why you'd ever want to drag yourself away from Gurt and her toasty log-burning stove.

    £120 a night. Book here.

  • Geodesic Dome, Pembrokeshire

    You can bring all your friends along to this space age Geodesic Dome Dwelling on the Pembrokeshire Coast - it sleeps five and is ultra-posh, with wooden floors, a wood-burning stove and electricity for all your iPad needs.

    Located just a few minutes away from a beach, with plenty of local walks and adventure activities (like swimming with seals - sign us up, please) this is the perfect chance to experience nature from the comfort of your own dome. 

    £395 for 7 days. Book here.

  • Gypsies Hideaway, Cornwall

    The quintessential luxe Little House on the Prairie-style escape, Gypsies Hideaway is made up of two bowtop wagons (named Nelly and Ned, naturally).

    It's set in a peaceful Cornwall meadow and features a huge kitchen cabin, an en suite shower and a summer house for laid-back camping fun. 

    A three-night stay costs from £71 pp. Book here.

  • Highgate Yurt, London

    Who says you have to be located in a faraway field for luxe camping to be possible? This luxurious offering is just 25 minutes away from Piccadilly Circus, and has all the mod cons you wouldn't expect from a yurt, including a hot shower, electricity and internet connection.

    It's the perfect blend of city and country living.

    £99 a night. Book here.

  • Shepherd's Hut, Somerset

    In the tranquility of the Blackdown Hills, in the middle of the 30-acre Beetham Farm, surrounded by cows, sheep and geese, lies a shepherd's hut that can force you to switch off and wind down.

    There's a double bed, plenty of food, and your own bathroom to take the hassle out of camping - but there's also the sound of owls hooting at night and the view of animals roaming around during the day to help you feel at one with nature.

    £125 a night. Book here.

  • Dome Garden, Gloucestershire

    If you want a sense of community during your luxe camping adventure, why not visit Gloucestershire’s Royal Forest of Dean, where 11 insulated geodesic domes live in a luxury camping village.

    Each dome has its own individual en-suite bathroom with wood-fired showers or baths, as well as cosy beds, wood-burning stoves and plenty of opportunities to watch the stars at night.

    From £393 for a weekend. Book here.

  • Woodland Hideaway, The Lake District

    Set in a leafy park, you can experience the outdoors while very firmly indoors in the heart of the Lake District. With everything from a kitchen to a double bed to a shower, it's ideal for those who want to get back to nature - but want to relax without lifting a finger while they're there.

    And when you get bored of sitting on your balcony, there's walking, biking, wildlife spotting and hiking in beautiful surroundings to be enjoyed.

    From £292.50 for a long weekend. Book here.

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Deborah Cicurel is a freelance journalist who writes about everything from lifestyle and travel to fashion and entertainment. She loves spicy maki rolls, cosy socks and visiting far-flung destinations, and is unable to walk past a dog on the street without stopping to befriend it.

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