If you love being surrounded by the outdoors, but taking the tent seems like too much hard work on holiday, then glamping could be for you. Our glamping options range from pretty pre-erected tents, to all-weather wooden pods. So, if you don't want to spend all your time looking for the tent pegs and a mallet, then you'll have more time to get out exploring. Some of our glamping options are run by third party companies - we will always make this clear.
Glamping is pretty much what the name suggests, like camping but as you don’t need a tent of your own, it is perhaps a little more glamorous and allows you to save some space in the car. Often based at the same locations as traditional campsites, our glamping pods and tents offer that back to nature feel, but without the effort of putting up a tent for the night.
What do I need to bring?
Although you don’t need a tent of your own, but you will usually still need to bring all your own bedding etc. A few of the more luxurious options do offer pretty much everything but most glamping options are just like camping but without you having to put the tent up!
What are the different types of accomodation on offer?
Usually timber structures, with insulation for winter, a foil layer to keep the pods cooler in the summer, a window and lockable doors our pods make for great nights away. Often available in two sizes: standard, which sleeps two adults and one child; and family, which sleeps two adults and three children. You’ll still need your own beds, bedding and anything else you’d take camping. Some of the pods will have mattresses, heating and lighting, and some won’t, but it should always say.
Our pods at Crom are actually stone-built and are converted former pig houses.
Modelled on original Turkmen yurt, these luxurious tents come with futon beds, fairy lights and large skylight lanterns are available at Great Langdale campsite. There are also yurts on the lakeshore at Low Wray. These are provided by Long Valley Yurts.
There are then Mongolian Yurts at Gibside, Tyne and Wear with futon-style beds, cooking facilities, wood burning stoves, solar lighting and even solar-powered phone chargers.
Our safari tents in Low Wray, Cumbria are fully furnished with a woodburner and a gas cooking stove, so you don’t need to pack as if you’re going camping. You will still need to bring your own bedding and towels, but the tents even have wooden floors and windows.
There are airy, spacious tents, often with a woodburner – but you’ll need to bring all your own sleeping and cooking equipment. We have some Nordic Tipis at Wasdale in the Lake District.
There are also Swedish-style tipis at Great Langdale and Hoathwaite provided by Basecamp Tipi. These are based on a design by the Sami people and have wooden floors, wood burners and reindeer skins, so you’ll still need all your own camping kit like sleeping bags, cooking equipment and chairs.
At Low Wray there are colourful North American style tipis provided by 4 Winds Lakeland Tipis with woodburner, wooden floors, mattresses and a range of cooking and eating equipment provided.
At Low Wray campsite there is one Berber tent provided by Wild in Style. Originally used by the nomadic tribes of northern Africa and Morroco, Berber tents make a great glamping option, providing all the home comforts you can think of including wooden floors, a dining table and chairs, futons, a proper double bed, lighting and a woodburner.
Geodomes and Romadomes
There are at the Hoathwaite campsite by the shores of Coniston Water, provided by Wild in Style. Geodomes and Romadomes are like yurts but slightly taller which allow you to stand up in more of the space.