While we’re taking a look at camping this week it’s not all about back to basics. This is the first of our round ups focusing on the more comfortable option of Glamping.
Full Circle Yurts is a luxury yurt site in the heart of the Lake District. The site is in the grounds of Rydal Hall and includes access to their gardens. It is a family run business and children are well provided for. There is an adventure playground close to the yurts so children can play where you can see them. The yurts have a stove for heating and cooking, a double bed and two single beds. They can sleep a total of six (including any pets or babies). Their charges are the same all years round so you won’t be penalised for being a slave to school term times and there are no additional charges for linens, travel cots etc.Â As you can imagine, school holidays sell fast so if you want to secure your slot book now for 2011.
Getting away from the rat race could take you to the barely populated Isle of Canna in the Scottish Small Isles. Canna Camping Holidays provide a 5m bell tent raised on a wooden floor and fitted with wood burner. Inside you have one double and two single futons which provide both sitting and sleeping. There is a woodland alongside the tent for children to play in and showers operated by 50p coins. The island is so remote that you order your groceries from the mainland to be delivered on boat days. Definitely the option for you if you want to go wild.
4 Winds Lakeland Tipis is a community campsite in traditional Native American style. The Tipis come equipped with a double futon, blow up beds for the kids and even a gas cooker. The site is situated in the Lake District close to Ambleside. All ‘complete camping‘ guests also get use of the health and leisure facilities at Windemere Manor Hotel.
If you’ve always dreamed of romantic nights in a gypsy caravan then Gypsy Caravan Holidays on Old Spittal Farms in Dumfries & Galloway. The caravans sleep two adults and two small children. If you need a bit more space there is a second caravan for hire which can accommodate older children.
Jollydays is luxury camping squarely aimed at families and designed to make camping accessible to those of us who like our comforts! You can choose luxury tents which boast wood burners, toilets, showers and sleeping for six. Or equally appealing are the bell tents which have wooden floors, futons and wood burning stoves. There is a real community atmosphere on site and while you’re no closer than 15m to you neighbours there is a central campfire for guests to gather around. The whole site is in woodland close to York where there is plenty to do on a wet day.