2018 looks set to be a huge year for Glamping. Recent years have seen a steady growth in popularity of this stress-free and luxurious version of camping. The success of Glamping has in no doubt been helped along by an increase in the appeal of holidaying in the UK. Brexit, expensive package holidays in the school holidays and financial pressures on families have helped in the rise in popularity. We’re now spoilt for choice with options of staying in treehouses, yurts, buses or even caves! Glamping is well and truly here to stay! I’ve really enjoyed exploring some of the newest Glamping sites and accommodation options being introduced for the 2018 season from all over England and a couple of fantastic locations in France.
Canvas & Stars – East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire
Following the success of their Bell Tent Family Glamping Site in East Sussex, Canvas & Stars are opening two further sites for the 2018 season.
Ridlington Farm in Petworth, West Sussex and Stanbridge Farm, Hampshire both offer accommodation in luxury Bell Tents, an enchanted fairy woodland, wood fired hot tub and Prosecco on arrival. Both sites are geared towards families with activities and complimentary marshmallows and hot chocolate all included.
If you’re looking for something more unusual, then they also offer the use of their Narrow Boat, The Sitting Duck in Shropshire…with it’s own hot tub on the deck!
Oxney Organic Estate – East Sussex
The Oxney Estate is an established vineyard near Rye, East Sussex. In addition to a set of 3 luxurious barns, Oxney is inviting guests to come and stay in their brand new shepherd’s huts this year. The huts have been lovingly decorated by Norwegian owner, Kristin in a beautiful Scandinavian style. The huts offer accommodation for 2 including a kitchen, bathroom and outdoor seating area. The huts are located in the vineyard so of course guests can also look forward to a complementary bottle of wine and the opportunity to join a winery tour.
MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays – Norfolk
Back for their second year of business MarGins have extended their walking and Glamping holiday packages to include a family option for the 2018 season. They provide fully equipped safari style tents for guests wanting to walk the Norfolk Coast Path, transporting luggage and accommodation as walkers progress along the coastline.
Also new for 2018 is the option of Glamping only holidays, where fully equipped tents will be set up on a campsite of the guests choice along the Norfolk Coast. Included in the price is pitch fees, beds, bedding, towels, fully equipped kitchen, seating, tables, lighting and a welcome hamper of homemade and Norfolk produce.
Happy Valley Venue & Glamping – Norfolk
Happy Valley has woodland wilderness and forest bathing at the heart of it’s attraction. Located on a Norfolk Wildlife Trust site in North West Norfolk Happy Valley now has 3 Shepherds Huts, a tree temple and their newest lodge is going to be part disabled friendly with all the main living space on one level….all handcrafted by one of the owners!
New for 2018 are plans to add a round house, a new treehouse and a couple more bespoke cabins.
The site is set in a magical forest with play areas, hammocks and rope swings. Happy Valley indeed!
Botany Camping near Longleat are excited to announce the addition of a double decker bus cafe this Spring. The bus will serve Thai food, breakfasts, coffee and gelato style ice cream once completed meaning guests in the sites Bell Tents and camping pitches have a tempting alternative to the nightly BBQ!
Owl Valley Glamping near Bideford already offers a beautiful, wild Glamping experience in their secluded Bell Tents. 2018 sees the addition of Owlet, a brand new off grid cabin set in a quiet valley with views over woodland, log fire to keep you warm and only the sound of wildlife to disturb you.
Wanderlust Camper Co – Gloucestershire
Wanderlust Campervans are increasing their fleet of custom made vans to include another family size vehicle. Lula will be ready as a new 4 berth camper-van from late Spring.
Wanderlust are also happy to announce that they are teaming up with Rosebud Meadow to offer additional accommodation on their site located close to the Three Counties Showground which run events suitable for all the family, including dogs and horses! The breaks are perfect for families looking to spend some time at the events and then the rest of the time walking the Malverns (with or without their dogs!) and riding their horses if they’ve come along for the break too.
Following their first successful season in 2017 In the Stix are planning on adding more domes and welcoming more guests for the upcoming season. Set in the heart of stunning Rutland, they aim to reconnect guests with the great outdoors with the help of their carefully designed accommodation. Their unique geo domes are functional, yet with a hint of luxury. In the Stix are also increasing the range of services they provide on site by adding pizza nights and acoustic campfire gig sessions for guests to enjoy.
Rosebud Meadow – Malvern Hills
Rosebud Meadow Glamping Site is set at the foot of the Malvern Hills in the beautiful rolling countryside of Worcestershire. The small, friendly glamping site offers accommodation in a set smart pods and is even BHS accredited for people who want to bring their horses glamping with them! New for 2018 the site is introducing a fire pit made by a local blacksmith, on site bike hire and a new bedding supply package.
Riverside Leisure Park – Wooler, Northumberland
Verdant Leisure’s Riverside Leisure Park in Northumberland is adding 31 caravan pitches and 7 new lodges to the established park. The development will also see the addition of a new pedestrian bridge over Wooler Water allowing better access to facilities. The bridge will also accommodate disability scooters and wheelchairs. Riverside will also welcome a new children’s play area on site for guests and holiday home owners to enjoy.
Parson Lee Farm Glamping – Lancashire
Parson Lee Farm are an adults-only site surrounded by beautiful countryside, fantastic walks, cyclepaths and the picturesque village of Wycoller. The site offers accommodation in 4 luxury yurts at the edge of the Brontë and Pendle Way. Having completed their first season with huge success in 2017 they are excited to introduce an everything for gin bike which will deliver all your gin needs straight to your door! Ice, syrups, cocktail menus all delivered on a quirky recycled bicycle!
The Country Lodge – Normandy, France
The Country Lodge is a brand new luxury Glamping site in Normandy with a total of 16 beautifully designed wooden lodges and cabins all situated on 60 acres of the rural countryside. When the site opens in Spring 2018 facilities will include a swimming pool, tennis court, sauna, Swedish Baths and sports hall.
Guests are encouraged to try a digital detox: take the time to watch the stars and count butterflies. The active can go biking, ride a horse, walk in the surrounding park or swim in the pond.
Each lodge is equipped with a fully-fitted kitchen, two bedrooms and a shower room with a private outdoors area. The heart of Country Lodge is the beautifully furnished lounge, which acts as an informal Club House, with 180 degree views of the surrounding countryside.
Bel air le Camping – Dordogne, France
Bel Air le Camping is a new site established by a family from East Anglia who dreamed of living a life less ordinary! The site opened in April 2017 with fully refurbished communal facilities, an outdoor cinema and a selection of six luxury belle tents available to enjoy. The new season sees the Bell Tents receive new decked platform and plans to build a Woodcutters cottage in the woods. Plus the family and site will be featuring on A New Life in the Sun on Channel 4 in February….one to look out for!