Getting out in nature is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of everyday life and how better to do it than a luxury glamping holiday? From shepherd’s huts with hot tubs to magical treehouses and remote cabins with sea views, these havens across England and Wales all offer clever design, modern comfort and wraparound peace-and-quiet for the most memorable of staycations.
Luxury Glamping Holidays
Captain Blake’s Retreat
For salty air and never-ending sea views, this low-slung, white-washed cabin is the perfect Cornish seaside bolthole. Set on Captain Blake’s Point (named after a 17th century naval commander), the one-bedroom retreat is perched above the sandy sweep of Whitsand Bay, surrounded by nothing but fields. Indeed, you can’t reach it by car – only via the coastal path (remember to pack light), making this luxury glamping holiday deliciously remote.
This is the kind of place that’s as welcoming in winter as it is in summer. From the wood-burner in the open-plan dining/living room and the well-equipped Shaker-style kitchen to the soft linens on the king-size bed and the huge walk-in shower, no detail has been overlooked. The gravelled area outside is for sundowners and spotting the peregrine falcons that fly overhead.
From £110 per night. BOOK NOW
The Lean To
You know when sometimes you walk into a rental and it stops you in your tracks – The Lean To is that place. The former threshing barn, deep in the wilds of Powys in Wales, has been beautifully converted into a one-of-a-kind hideaway, sleeping two, using locally sourced, eco materials.
The exterior – with its Japanese Shou Sugi Ban-style cladding and glass – sets the tone. Inside, the design is a masterclass in maximising space. The open-plan living area is all warm woods, mid-century furniture and mood lighting, with an eye-catching staircase up to the bedroom and bathroom with its deep sunken bath.
From £140 per night. BOOK NOW
When something is called The Nest, you know it’s going to be special. And indeed, it is. This bespoke one-bedroom cabin offers the ultimate in solitude, sitting amongst thick woodland high on a cliff above South Devon’s Labrador Bay (on the subject of which, dogs are welcome here). Stunning sea views aside, water sports enthusiasts will be in their element – there’s wild swimming, sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking…
The indoor-outdoor design is enchanting. The open-plan living, dining and kitchen area has floor-to-ceiling windows allowing light to flood in, while a huge squishy sofa provides a front row seat to the waterscape beyond. Once dusk falls, pull down the projector screen and settle in for movie night – or hit the outside deck for stargazing.
From £140 per night. BOOK NOW
Isle of Wight
If you’re looking for glamping with sea views, it doesn’t get more romantic than staying on a hand-crafted houseboat overlooking the picturesque harbour of Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. Spend your days watching the oystercatchers on the pontoon (hence the name of the boat), watersporting or pottering around the local village with its traditional shops, pubs and the nearby sandy beaches.
This houseboat offers all the creature comforts you’d expect from a luxury glamping holiday. Upstairs, there’s a snug sitting area with a log-burner for cooler months and a fully kitted-out kitchen. Below, three bedrooms include the ensuite master and two twins, plus a family bathroom. On sunny days, the expansive wooden deck is the place to be.
From £190 per night. BOOK NOW
Shepherd’s huts don’t come any chicer than The Whistle, especially when they come with hot tubs. Located in the heart of Somerset, just east of Ilminster, fields seemingly stretch for miles; your only neighbours are the sheep (there is one other hut, but you can’t see it from where you are). Indeed, this luxury glamping spot is so secluded you can wallow for hours in the outdoor wood-fired hot tub or jump in the alfresco heated shower without spotting a soul.
The rustic-luxe interiors include a sumptuous king-size bed with a built-in TV (surely, the ultimate decadence), shower room, a cosy seating area and a kitchen with everything you need. For a meal to remember, fire up the outdoor pizza oven or barbecue and dine under the starry night sky.
From £88 per night. BOOK NOW
Sammi’s Freight Train
If you’re looking for a memory-maker, this converted railway carriage is on the right track. Nestled amongst fields on the edge of a working farm, close to the charming market town of Richmond, it’s the ideal stepping off point to explore the wildly beautiful Yorkshire Dales, with their lush green valleys, towering peaks and dramatic waterfalls.
If you like your glamping with hot tubs, this one’s for you. After a day’s hiking, return to your bolthole, pour yourself a glass of wine and sink into the wood-fired hot tub on the patio area outside. Interiors are just as inviting; the bed is cloud-soft, there’s a shower room and a perfectly compact kitchen, with a fold-down table and retro seating.
From £115 per night. BOOK NOW
Tawny Owl Treehouse
Can there be a better place to switch off than a treehouse? Set amongst sun-dappled woodland, just north-west of Penrith in Cumbria’s Lake District, Tawny Owl offers stylish seclusion. Crafted using reclaimed wood, the treetop hideaway is surrounded by nature, with kingfishers, buzzards, kestrels, deer, badgers and even the odd otter calling the woods home.
The open-plan construction allows natural light to flood in, with huge windows meaning you can wake up in the four-poster bed to a view across the canopy. Furnishings throughout are quirky-cool, particularly the kitchen with its playful cabinetry. But it’s outside which steals the show, from the swing seat to the alfresco shower and bathtub.
From £115 per night. BOOK NOW
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