Quirky glamping options in idyllic countryside locations aren’t just reserved for families; in fact there are plenty of glamorous glamping spots that make the perfect hideaway for two. From a fairytale treehouse to converted shipping containers, shepherd’s huts and horse drawn gypsy wagons, the experts at www.coolcamping.co.uk have handpicked their top glamping getaways à deux in the UK.
1. The Lake, Cornwall
Both romantic and utterly unique, this single shipping container, set on its own private lake on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, proves that wild glamping doesn’t have to take place under canvas. Positioned on a disused china clay quarry overlooking a spring fed lake, the newly opened off-grid site offers a seriously stylish getaway-for-two with Scandi-chic interiors, solar power and a glass fronted living room that overlooks shaggy grazing cattle and moorland ponies. Couples can even opt to hire their own rowing boat- perfect for wiling away the hours with nothing (and no one) around to disturb the peace.
Prices available from £100 per night, with a minimum 2 night stay. Open year-round. www.coolcamping.co.uk/campsites/uk/england/south-west-england/cornwall/2152-the-lake
2. Blackberry Wood Treehouse, East Sussex
Surrounded by secluded woodland on the edge of the South Downs, with the option to walk to village gastropubs, venture a few miles into laidback Lewes or visit bussing Brighton, Blackberry Wood is a fantastically wacky site that’s perfect for couples after laid back luxury and a touch of the unexpected. There’s a retro 60s caravan, an RAF helicopter, a gypsy caravan and, new for July, a fairytale house in the trees; complete with grand staircase, swinging chairs, a hammered copper-plated Tower Shower and a terrace for alfresco dining à deux.
Prices available from £175 per night for the Treehouse. www.coolcamping.co.uk/campsites/uk/england/south-east-england/east-sussex/21-blackberry-wood
3. Hesleyside Huts, Northumberland
Tucked away in the grounds of the grand Hesleyside Hall Estate- amidst the Northumberland National Park- is this small but perfectly formed clutch of ultra-luxurious glamping huts; three oversized shepherd’s huts and one even larger, built in an American pioneer chapel style. It’s more luxury lodge than rustic retreat; the huts conceal large king-sized beds, opulent bronze bath tubs, plush en-suites, fully furnished kitchens and cosy log-burners- complete with a cool mezzanine style layout. Best of all, there’s acres of space within the Estate to explore discover on romantic summer strolls.
Prices available from £75 per night, with a minimum 2 night stay. www.coolcamping.co.uk/campsites/uk/england/north-east-england/northumberland/1153-hesleyside-huts
4. Honeybuns, Dorset
If you like your glamping gluten free then Honeybuns will certainly ‘rise’ to the challenge- this pretty Dorset-based bakery (their cakes are sold in Waitrose) is set amongst rolling hills near Sherborne and is home to a 1940s cedar- clad vintage caravan. The cosy glamping ‘ark’ houses quirky décor, with vintage throws and plenty of pops of colour- plus an oversized double bed, a kitchen (with important gluten free toaster), bathroom with roll top bath and views across fields of grazing ponies. After feeding the hens and collecting the eggs, take a stroll through the rose gardens and relax on a swing seat with views of nearby Bulbarow Hill.
Prices available from £100, with a minimum 2 night stay. www.coolcamping.co.uk/campsites/uk/england/west-country/dorset/1257-honeybuns
5. Dimpsey Glamping, Somerset
Surely one of the most instagrammable glamping spots around, this stylish shepherd’s hut has been described as a “five star hotel in a field” with interiors straight out of a magazine, featuring only every item you could possibly need but also sheepskin rugs, local artwork, bronze fittings, candles and a stash of comfortable pillows. Outside there’s a BBQ, firepit and hanging grill that are ideal for real campside cooking- you can even buy the farm’s own burgers from their Dexter cattle. Plus, being in the Blackdown Hills (an official AONB) means plenty of good walks and Somerset cider-serving pubs are close by.
Prices available from £125 per night, with a minimum 2 night stay. Price includes breakfast on night one. www.coolcamping.co.uk/
6. Mill House Farm, Shropshire
The Oddsocks Cart was once a travelling stage for theatre productions and now resides in the Shropshire hills as a beautiful wooden glamping caravan. The owners met through the theatre company and so the place has a real emphasis on romance- with cosy interiors, full cupboards packed with essentials and a luxury hamper of goodies upon arrival. There’s a babbling brook nearby for fishing, a Weber BBQ for sunset cook-offs and it’s just over an hour to walk into the gorgeous medieval town of Shropshire.
Prices available from £75 per night, with a minimum 2 night stay. www.coolcamping.co.uk/campsites/uk/england/central-england/shropshire/2143-mill-house-farm
7. Cwtch Woodland Camp, Pembrokeshire
Head to a secret corner of Pembrokeshire for romantic wild camping with a luxury twist- based in one of three wooden eco ‘cwtches’ surrounded by spruce trees in the little known Estuary of Dangleddau. A large double bed dominates each cwtch, complete with upcycled furniture and vintage fabrics to give a homely feel. Couples looking to ‘get away from it all’ will enjoy the off-grid three-acre patch, yet the site is still close enough to explore secluded coves, castles, cliffs and abandoned mines. It’s a beautiful area to discover on two wheels too, whilst evenings are best spent enjoying BBQs and cocktails on the south-facing deck as the sun sets.
Prices available from £90 per night, with a minimum 2 night stay. www.coolcamping.co.uk/campsites/uk/wales/west-wales/pembrokeshire/1107-cwtch-woodland-camp
8. Amber’s Bell Tent Camping, Norfolk
Fringed by an oak dell, Amber’s Bell Tent Camping occupies a three-acre meadow on Norfolk’s Mannington Hall, with a cluster of bunting-adorned Bell tents in the estate’s quintessentially English back garden. This is glamping at its most traditional with double beds, woodburners, rugs, vintage touches, fairy lights and lanterns. Couples have free run of the hall and its gardens- complete with woodland trails, boules and badminton court and a tea room. And, come evening, they can enjoy simple pleasures such as marshmallow toasting around an open fire and dark skies away from light pollution.
Prices available from £85 per night, with a minimum 2 night stay. www.coolcamping.co.uk/campsites/uk/england/east-anglia/norfolk/582-ambers-bell-tent-camping-mannington-hall
9. The Dandelion Hideaway, Leicestershire
If ever there was a glamping paradise this must surely be it- six spacious canvas cottages with farmhouse kitchens, wood burning stoves, antique iron beds, chrome showers and luxe roll top baths. One of the cottages also has a hot tub- ideal for romance under the stars. Located on a working farm deep in the Leicestershire countryside this is the place for far reaching views and fresh air. There are endless walks and bike tracks within the 193,000 acres of farm and an onsite Old Cow Shed serves delicious home-cooked meals and sells local honey, cakes and meat.
Prices available from £500 for 4 nights. www.coolcamping.co.uk/campsites/uk/england/central-england/leicestershire/942-the-dandelion-hideaway
10. White Horse Gypsy Caravans, Wiltshire
What could be more romantic than life on the open road, plodding along winding country lanes at the reins of your very own gypsy caravan? Perhaps the most unique glamping experience on this list, White Horse offer three night breaks that allow couples to tour Marlborough’s historic centre via horse-pulled gypsy wagon before setting up camp in a selection of private meadows en route. An experienced groom is on hand to provide assistance if needed, before leaving guests to relax each night once the campfire is alight. For those who want to stay put, there are static gypsy caravans are available for hire too.
Prices available from £80 per night for a static gypsy caravan and from £490 for a 3 night horse drawn break. www.coolcamping.co.uk/campsites/uk/england/west-country/wiltshire/266-white-horse-gypsy-caravans
To book any of the above glamping options, visit www.coolcamping.co.uk