Five of the Best Glamping Sites for Summer

Best Glamping Sites for Summer

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by James Warner Smith

LONGLANDS, DEVON

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On the edge of Exmoor National Park, Longlands' five en-suite safari tents are each positioned for the best valley-side views. Poking from a wild grass bank, tents include a king bedroom, twin room and a cosy 'cupboard bed' in the main living space. The kitchen is like a country house – there's a butcher's block, wood burner and every utensil you need. A small boating lake onsite adds watery fun, though North Devon's best beaches are just five minutes by car.

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Longlands, Exmoor Devon. three-night weekend breaks from £595 for  up to six people 

COSY UNDER CANVAS, POWYS, WALES 

COSY UNDER CANVAS, POWYS, WALES

A mile from the English border, six off-grid geodesic domes each enclose a double bed and wood burner, with extra futons for groups. Some come with wood-fired hot tubs, and all share a communal kitchen, with a pair of Agas that also heat the showers behind. Secluded clearings within the woods provide each with privacy – for views book the Oak or Hazel domes. It's a 10-minute drive to both Hay-on-Wye and the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Cosy Under Canvas, Powys, Wales. Three-night weekend breaks (Fri–Mon) from £330 for four people.

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SECRET MEADOWS, SUFFOLK 

SECRET MEADOWS, SUFFOLK

You don't have to be a Tolkien fan to appreciate the splendour of Secret Meadow's Hobbit Box, a quirky, wooden-clad abode with oval windows and warm oak furnishings. It accompanies six über-luxurious lodge tents and a romantic gypsy caravan on this 115-acre Suffolk farm. Tucked among mature trees and brambly hedges, each unit has a well-equipped kitchen, with an onsite farm shop stocking locally-sourced treats. Massages and therapies can be arranged on site or hop in the car to explore the Suffolk coast.

Secret Meadows, Suffolk.  Three-night weekend breaks (Fri–Mon) from £445 for four people.

SKYE SHEPHERD HUTS, ISLE OF SKYE

SKYE SHEPHERD HUTS, ISLE OF SKYE

Chosen from a menu the night before, a freshly-cooked breakfast is brought to the door of these two romantic shepherd's huts each morning by friendly owner Janet. Inside you'll find a  double bed, washbasin, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a toasty wood burner. Outside the beautiful views will help drag you out of bed, and with somewhere to dry clothes and store bikes, explorers of the Cullin Mountains and the dramatic Skye coastline are well looked after.

Skye Shepherd Huts, Isle of Skye, Scotland, from £80 per night for two people, B&B

GLAMPOTEL, DORSET 

GLAMPOTEL, DORSET

The clue is in the name at Glampotel, a woodland glade in Dorset with hotel-like bedrooms under canvas. Expect candle lanterns, a proper double bed and wooden furniture inside each of the six bell tents, while an outside barbecue deck leads round to a private bathroom. Though secluded and peaceful, the site backs on to a campsite – meaning a shop and laundry facilities on hand. Opposite there is a vast 300-acre forestm and the  beautiful unspoilt  beaches of Dorset's Jurassic coast are 20 minutes away.

Glamphotel, Dorset, two-night weekend breaks (Fri–Sun) from £310 for two people.

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