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Swap your airbed for a four-poster with our guide to eight of the best glamping sites in the UK, says Martine Berens.

Jolly Days, Village Farm, North Yorkshire

Wow factor: Boasting personal hot showers, four-poster beds and candle chandeliers, this eco-chic glampsite now offers the added luxury of Deluxe Lodge tents. With French doors opening on to the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, you can cook up a feast on the four-ring gas hob or the wood-burning stove and eat beneath an awning in the great outdoors.
Book it: A three-night weekend in a Deluxe Lodge Tent from £675 in July (sleeps six).
See: jollydaysluxurycamping.co.uk

Hollings Hill farm, Cradley, Malvern, Herefordshire

Wow factor: Set within the rolling countryside and the Malvern Hills, you can relax after a stressful week in the city at the Feather Down Wellness Spa. This carbon-neutral do-it-yourself treat consists of hot and cold showers, a sauna and a huge warm-water field tub.
Book it: A two-night weekend in July from £456 (sleeps six).
See: featherdown.co.uk

Country House Hideout, Hampworth Estate, New Forest

Wow factor: Enjoy the ultimate glamping experience with your own hamlet of tents, – a main tent, a discovery tent, a shower tent and your own bathtub. You’ll also have your own cooking cart so come rain or shine you can ‘cook without knobs on’ in the great outdoors.
Book it: From £575 per tent (max seven adults) for a weekend in July.
See: countryhousehideout.co.uk

Bodrifty Farm, The Roundhouse, Cornwall

Wow Factor: This unique Iron Age replica Roundhouse will transport you back to 600 BC in style. It is set on 100 acres of organic farm on the rugged Penwith moors in Cornwall. Happy glampers can relax in a handmade four-poster bed with luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets and wake to the sweet sound of birdsong.
Book it: From £380 for two nights in July (sleeps two).
Seebodrifty.co.uk

 

Vintage Vacations, Ashey, Isle of Wight

Wow factor: Quirky and cool, these refurbished American Airstream caravans are Britain’s answer to the Hollywood glamour of yesteryear. Dating from the Forties to the Sixties, all 10 trailers are kitted out with Americana – from crocheted bedspreads and vintage board games to groovy radios and pullout ‘Gaucho’ beds. Visitors can also enjoy a Babycham and cream tea on arrival.
Book it: From £175 per two-night weekend, per trailer from April-October (sleeps four).
See: vintagevacations.co.uk
   
 

Hot Tub Safari, North Wales

Wow Factor: Set within the grounds of the five-star luxury Pentre Mawr Country House, near Llangollen in North Wales, sit these authentic African safari-style tents – minus the wildlife. Each lodge has a full bathroom with underfloor heating, towelling robes, a super-king- size bed and all the mod cons you could wish for. Every tent has a private terrace with your own hot tub, and guests can have access to the main house, swimming pool and award-winning restaurant.
Book it: From £80 per person, per night based on two sharing.
See: hottubsafari.co.uk

Ekopod, Bodmin, Cornwall

Wow factor: This futuristic white dome tent, on three acres of wildflower meadows, offers stylish modern furnishings. There’s a separate tent housing a kitchen, bathroom and wood-fired bath tub. You can wake to a continental breakfast hamper of fresh bread, jams and local apple juice, delivered to your tent.
Book it: From £385 for a three-night weekend in July, including breakfast (sleeps two).
See: ekopod.com

Forest Garden, Shovelstrode, Sussex

Wow factor:  You can get involved with the projects to increase biodiversity. This is the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature and, after a hard day learning a new craft, you can glamp out in one of the traditional Mongolian yurts set in the surrounding ancient woodland.
Book it: From £200 per two-night weekend (sleeps six).
See: forestgarden.info


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