UK glamping for foodies
Reacquaint yourself with the great outdoors at one of these great glamping spots for foodies, from Somerset to Sussex and Scotland
Looking for the best campsites in the UK for foodies? From glamping in the Cotswolds to camping in Scotland and Wales, we have found the best bell tents, yurts, treehouses and more on farms, campsites and country estates.
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UK campsites for foodies
Pop-up glamping in Bedfordshire
Turvey House Estate in Bedfordshire is hosting a pop-up campsite for 3-30 August with Wild Canvas. Sleep in traditional tipis or contemporary tipi tents, both of which are pitched in riverside meadows (you can bring your own tent, if you prefer). There's a relaxed family-friendly festival vibe, with daily yoga sessions, guided paddleboarding and a kid's nature club. At the onsite café, tuck into wood-fired pizzas, nourishing veggie bowls and BBQ dishes, accompanied by local ales and ciders. Down the river you can find award-winning ice cream and sorbet from Riverside Dairy for pud. wildcanvas.uk
Camping in Devon
Westland Farm in Devon offers DIY old-fashioned camping and glamping on a working farm, overlooking a small lake. There's a yurt (sleeps six), a shepherd’s hut (sleeps four), and a grass-roofed drover's hut (sleeps six) with its own private hot tub and kitchen, complete with wood-fired oven. You can collect eggs straight from the hens' nest boxes, during the summer there's a small farm shop run on an honesty box system, and children are welcome to help feed the pigs, lambs, hens and horses.
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If you'd rather somebody else did the cooking, you can sample some of Westland Farm's produce at The Pyne Arms nearby, which during lockdown ran a takeaway menu and a drive-through option on Friday and Saturday evenings. It also offers a Sunday roast – starters such as beetroot chutney and local salad leaves, followed by BBQ pork belly burger with smoked cheddar.
A grass pitch for two costs from £50 per night, coolcamping.com
Wildlife camping in Kent
Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve is set in 600-acres of beautiful Kent countryside and is home to many rare and endangered animals. There’s a wide variety of accommodation on offer for different group sizes and budgets, you can choose from luxury treehouses to clear lookout bubbles for star gazing in bed.
Each glamping area also has its own vantage point on the wildlife, within a whisker of big cats or with a bird’s eye view of roaming rhino. All accommodation comes with out-of-hours access to the safari park as well as a safari truck tour which takes you on an adventure through the South American, Asian and African experience zones.
You’ll find plenty of locally sourced Kentish ingredients at the on-site restaurants, Babydoll (named after the park’s beloved gorilla) serves up wood-fired sourdough pizza topped with fresh veggies from the kitchen garden, or there’s a great-value curry night at Bear Lodge overlooking the spectacled bear habitat.
Accommodation prices start at £139 per night, Port Lymne Hotel & Reserve
Glamping in Wales
At Fforest, a 200-acre farm in wild west Wales, you can stay over in a geodesic dome (complete with wood-burning stove and Japanese-style onsen bathing area), an original Welsh crog loft, or simple 'garden shac'. All have private shower and toilet areas, to try and create a coronavirus-safe environment. Fforest is also home to the smallest pub in Wales, Y Bwthyn, once an old farmworker’s cottage. Here, you can buy take-out beers and gins created by Fforest alongside local producers such as Mantle Brewery in Cardigan (craft lager Cwrw Fforest); and Crafty Devil in Cardiff, who helped create Fforest Haf, a hazy pale ale with a hint of mango. The Boy Ashore Gin has seaweed, coriander and cubeb (an Indonesian pepper) botanicals. Food-wise, there's a takeaway kitchen that provides barbecued local meat and fish, as well as wood-fired pizzas. coldatnight.co.uk
Bell tents in Sussex
Crackling campfires, stargazing and toasted marshmallows: Wowo on Wapsbourne Manor Farm specialises in old-fashioned family fun. You can stay over in a yurt, an original gypsy wagon, shepherd's hut or lotus flower-shaped bell tent. The Wowo shop is packed with local produce (the website even lists the food miles) from Paynes pure English honey (one of the hives is on the farm) to organic eggs from Grassington Farm (1.2 miles) and The Sussex Kitchen's award-winning artisan bread (0.2 miles).
Curry Love's pop-up tent serves a moreish menu, featuring Punjabi chole masala (chickpeas, caramelised red pepper, onion and courgette in an aromatic tomato and onion-based curry), lentil samosas and smoky pineapple pickle. Not that hungry? Curry Love’s street-food snacks include loaded polenta fries and queso frito – fried halloumi sticks with smoky-sweet tamarind and maple syrup dip. wowo.co.uk
Off-grid glamping in Yorkshire
At Camp Kátur on a 250-acre woodland estate in North Yorkshire, you can choose to snooze in a unidome, safari tent, tipi, hobbit pod, geodome or bell tent – with at least 10m between you and your nearest neighbour. This is glamorous off-grid glamping. The two geodomes, for example, come with candles, a wood-burning stove, outside barbecue, fire pit – and fairy lights (as well as private toilet and shower). Optional extras include not just breakfast hampers, but also delights such as a ‘nibbles and fizz hamper’ and ‘winter warmer tipple’ (hot chocolate, miniature Baileys, marshmallows and dunking biscuits for two). There's also a cute, Norwegian-style BBQ cabin in the woods (booking required). Sit in a circle around the fire and watch your steaks sizzle on the flames. For the ultimate indulgence, add on the ‘fondue dessert hamper’. campkatur.com
Glamping pods in the Lake District
Grasmere Glamping's two bespoke 'pods' are on Broadrayne Farm, which dates back to the 17th century and is also home to The Yan, a bistro with bedrooms. The en suite pods have wood-burning stoves and fitted kitchens – but why cook when you've got The Yan next door, offering a hot takeaway service and a click-and-collect heat-at-home Sunday roast? More specifically, slowly braised shoulder of lamb wrapped in cured ham; or half a spatchcock chicken roasted with lemon and thyme, with a white wine gravy on the side. Takeaway options include beef brisket in a ciabatta bap topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, mustard mayo and Yan ketchup; or the YFC (Yan Fried Chicken) with crispy fried chicken breast, spicy beans, roast corn on the cob and bacon slaw. grasmereglamping.co.uk
Treehouses on a farm in Scotland
Alongside Harvest Moon Holidays' treehouses (which sleep six), you can now stay in an eight-person beach cabin overlooking the dune-backed Tyninghame beach. The working arable farm that the cabin sits on has been in the Dale family for more than 150 years, and as well as growing crops they have hens (collect your own eggs for breakfast), alpacas, goats and sheep. The welcome pack includes a list of local producers, there's a farm shop nearby for supplies, or you can head to the harbour in nearby North Berwick for lobster and chips, crab, sea bass and line-caught mackerel at the Lobster Shack. harvestmoonholidays.com