At the beginning of 2016, I decided it was going to be the year of the mini break! Instead of booking a ‘big’ long haul holiday, we made a decision to take lots of smaller trips around the UK to enjoy some cities and places we hadn’t experienced before. One of our highlights was Edinburgh and another was a glamping trip to the Suffolk seaside town of Southwold.
As a child I did go camping with my parents, but as an adult, I prefer accommodation with a little more than canvas and perhaps an airbed at a stretch. That’s where glamping came in. We discovered so many alternative accommodation options when we researched glamping that we thought it would be a fun option all year around. We found some really cosy accommodation options making it a perfect winter option for the mini break.
Here are some of our favourite ways to ‘glamp’!
Wooden pot / hut
We stayed in these wooden huts over the summer, but they would be really cosy in winter as they are heated throughout and small enough to stay warm. Our ‘pod’ had a double bed, bunk bed, sofa and shower/toilet room and even a microwave and kettle! There were lovely nature walks and donkeys right outside the window too.
Yurt / Bell Tent
A yurt is effectively a big round tent, but is definitely a luxury way to camp. Most of them will house a bed or futon in the centre and some will even have a log burner to keep your accommodation warm. You’ll often find yurts in secluded locations and forests making it a real adventure.
We have seen air streams being used for street food in our home city of Cambridge, but the american retro caravan is now a trendy accommodation option too! We recently stayed in an air stream on the roof of a hotel in the West of the UK and it was a lot of fun. Most are run in an eco-friendly manner and have basic features, but enough to feel comfortable.
Have you ever been glamping?