We can’t deny that our summer holidays are going to be a bit different this year, but we think we have the answer – secluded glamping!
With social distancing likely to be this summer’s buzzword, what could be better than some luxury, secluded glamping out in the countryside away from the crowds?
We’ve taken a look at the prettiest remote glamping spots in the UK, from the Scottish Highlands to the beaches of Devon…
Glenapp Castle’s Hebridean Sea Safari, Scotland
Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland is already renowned for its remote credentials, as it sits in 36 acres of private land. However, it’s taking things to a new level thanks to the launch of its new Glenapp Castle Boat, offering guests the chance to go on a Hebridean sea safari.
As well as a two-day stay at the castle, visitors get to spend a further two days exploring the islands of Jur, Islay, Eilean Mor MacCormick, Gigha and Ailsa Craig, sleeping in luxury glamping camps positioned in unique and remote locations.
Chefs travel with you, cooking up sumptuous feasts along the way, with goodies such as lobster, oysters, indulgent racks of lamb and mackerel. What a unique experience!
RiverBeds, Scottish Highlands
Found at the entrance to the Glencoe Valley in the Scottish Highlands, the RiverBeds lodges are designed to be little ‘castles in a cabin’.
Perfect for a romantic escape, there’s colourful mood lighting and even central and underfloor heating for those cooler summer evenings.
In the mornings you can enjoy your continental breakfast on the veranda, and then after a long day of exploring (or not!) ease your achy legs in the hot tub.
The Treehouses at Lanrick, Perthshire
You can’t get much more remote in the UK than the Scottish wilderness, right? If this is the kind of social distancing you’re looking for, then the Treehouses at Lanrick might be perfect for you.
The five luxury – and eco-friendly – treehouses can be found on the banks of the River Teith in Perthshire. Each includes a kitchen/living area, log burning stove, bathroom, outdoor bath or shower and 250 square foot tree top terrace with a BBQ.
Great for nature lovers, you’re slap-bang in stunning woodland and perfectly based for some river walks, fishing and biking. The treehouses are also only four miles away from the Trossachs National Park, which offers mountain climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, wild swimming and boat trips on Loch Lomond. There’s also Doune Castle, Stirling Castle and Deanston Distillery all a short car journey away.
Even better, although you might feel totally out in the sticks, these treehouses aren’t too tough to get to – they’re about a 20-minute drive from Stirling and Dunblane and less than an hour from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Woodland Escapes, Shropshire
You’ve definitely got some seclusion here, as Woodland Escapes is made up of just two luxury domes and an open plan lodge in the Ludlow woods.
The Star Dome can sleep a family of four, and as well as a lovely dining table and chairs and a natural fire, it has a stargazing window for you to enjoy night skies unaffected by light pollution.
Then there’s the Tree Dome, an even more romantic affair, set on an elevated platform and secluded under a canopy of trees.
Here everything is wood-fired – from the oven you use to cook dinner to the outdoor hot tub! And don’t just take our recommendation for it, this glamping site featured in the Daily Mirror’s top ten and has also been shown on the TV show Escape to the Country.
A little Bit of Rough, Rutland
This luxury camping experience is set within 20 acres of woodland in Rutland, England and offers guests a stay in one of four canvas lodges.
Outside each lodge is a BBQ area, a large elevated deck with a glass balustrade, dining table and reclining chairs. Head inside and you’ll find a lovely lounge area with a leather sofa, games and books. There’s also a dining table and a large wood burning stove, which you can use for both heating and cooking – as well as single ring gas stove for that all important morning cup of tea.
Each lodge sleeps up to six: there’s a king size bed in the master bedroom, twin beds in the other bedroom and a double cabin bed in the lounge if needed. There’s also en-suite bathroom, complete with a roll-top bath and shower and separate toilet room.
A Little Bit of Rough also has an eco-friendly focus, and energy comes from green sources including wind, solar and locally-sourced, sustainable fuel for the wood burner.
Bishy Barney Bee, Norfolk
Did you know that Bishy Barney Bee is a local term in Norfolk for a ladybird? No, neither did we! (Oh, and in Kent, woodlice are called cheesy bugs – just wanted to share for fellow fact fans).
In this context Bishy Barney Bee is the name of an upmarket shepherd’s hut remotely situated in Thetford Forest – now that’s secluded glamping! It’s got some rather swish features, including a veranda that has a luxury bath and outdoor kitchen.
Inside there’s a cosy wood burning stove for colder days (braver souls can make use of the outdoor gas fire pit), TV and ‘boom box’ (how retro!) and somehow they even squeezed in a comfy king-size bed.
If this isn’t enough, guests can pay a little extra to use the outdoor spa area, which consists of a hot tub and sauna.
The surrounding land is owned by the Norfolk Wildlife trust, so animal fans will love it here – we’ve been told you might even wake up to red deer grazing outside. If you’re not lucky enough to see that, there’s still a beautiful country trail to walk that takes you over to Thomspon’s Lake, and I’m sure you’re bound to spot a bird or beast or two during your wanderings.
Fforest Farm, West Wales
Go for some secluded glamping at Fforest, a 200-acre farm near Cardigan, bordered by a wild nature reserve and the river Teifi.
It houses eight different accommodation options carefully dotted and placed to make the most of the natural beauty and nature of the farm, including a traditional Welsh crog loft and even a spacious geodesic dome with Japanese-style onsen outdoor bath area.
Sitting between the nature reserve and river Teifi, Fforest offers a range of walks and running trails along the gorge and through the marshes, with a couple of wild swimming spots along the way. There are also beautiful beaches and coves nearby, including the National Trust’s Mwnt and Penbryn, and the farm also offers activities such as canoeing down the gorge, coasteering, climbing, surfing and even dolphin-spotting boat trips.
Fforest has a tradition of encouraging and including community at breakfast and evening suppers. This year they’re having to do things a bit differently. For example, although very property is fully self-catering, there will be takeaway options from the site’s barbecue and wood-fired pizza oven.
One of the highlights of Fforest is the Bwythn, a 200-year-old farmworker’s cottage, which was transformed into one of the smallest pubs in Wales. Inside, a limited number of tables will be available, or guests can take out beers and gins.
The Hovel, Suffolk
I just love the name of this place, but don’t expect it to actually be some kind of dilapidated shack. The Hovel is actually this cutsie little cottage next to a stream and surrounded by meadows. Magical!
It’s slap-bang in the middle of a 5,000-acre country estate made up of fields, woods and wetland, oh and you’re not that far from the seaside either.
Close to the Suffolk towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold, the Hovel is aimed at couples and comes with a gorgeous copper bath as well as a hot tub outdoors.
Designed for you to lock yourself away for a romantic weekend, you can get breakfast hampers delivered and even request a private chef cook you dinner.
If for some reason you do want to venture out, then there’s a range of activities on offer including rowing, SUP-ing and cycling, and you can even go out with a range to learn about the local wildlife.
I definitely plan to drop some not too subtle hints to Justin for our anniversary next year…
West Stow Pods, Suffolk
Welcome to Hobbiton in the UK! You’ll find West Stow Pods just a hop, skip and a jump from Bury St Edmunds (and also the beautiful village of Lavenham) and one of its glamping pods is designed like a Hobbit house!
Step through Pod Hollow’s circular door and live life like a Baggins, with cute archways leading to your own sitting room, kitchen, two bedrooms and shower room.
Stay in and enjoy second breakfast and in the evening cosy up in front of the fire. It might be the other side of the world from the real Hobbiton, but looks like a great replacement since we can get there right now!
Hattie the Horsebox, Kent
This vintage horsebox has been turned into a romantic retreat, which can be found in farmland around the Kentish village of Hawkshurst.
Worthy of its own renovation Insta account, Hattie is super pretty and has all the mod cons. As well as the double bed hidden away, there’s a sofa with mini TV and DVD player for evenings in, a galley kitchen, and French doors that open up to your own private courtyard. This is all kitted out for everything you need to enjoy a british summer, including a lay-Z-spa hot tub.
I was sold when I found out the resident horses and free-roaming chickens like to make friends, but if you want to venture beyond the farm, you’ll find some lovely country pubs and walking and cycling routes.
Oh, and if you want to learn more about the village itself, why not check out the Smugglers’ Trail? Running between Goudhurst and the Sussex coast, this marks the escapades of the notorious Hawkhurst Gang, a famous 18th century band of smugglers.
The Huts at Elmley Nature Reserve, Kent
Spend your summer holiday on an island in the Thames. Unique, huh? Although you’ll only be an hour from London, Elmley Nature Reserve, on the Isle of Sheppey, is over 3,000 acres of beautiful countryside.
This secluded glamping site is made up of six huts of differing sizes and styles from modern design to rustic cabins. The larger Vanellus, Saltbox, Ferrymans and Damson all have fully opening glass doors that you can open up in the morning and get even closer to nature while you enjoy a cuppa from the comfort of your king-size bed, while the shepherds huts (Little Owl and Samphire) are more rustic, with no mains electricity but cosy wood burning stoves.
There’s also no wi-fi, so you can really get back to nature, but for those of you that cannot be without a connection, we’ve been told that 4G is pretty reliable. Panic over.
I particularly love that if you wish, you can get home-cooked meals delivered to your door. A week off cooking? Yes please!
Wildlife lovers will adore it here – in particular twitchers, as there’s hundreds of species of birds to be spotted both during the day and at night. Keep your eyes open and you’re also likely to see the hares bouncing around and even some seals who like to find their lunch in the nearby river.
If you feel the need to travel a little further afield you’ve got the pretty towns of Sheppey, Whitstable and Faversham, nearby and there’s also the Kent Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as some stunning beaches.
Loose Reins, Dorset
Loose Reins is a Wild West inspired countryside ‘ranch’ where guests can stay in cedar cabins or luxury canvas lodges in Dorset’s Blackmore Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The three cedar cabins have wood-panelled interiors and you’ll find a well-equipped kitchen with wood burner, gas hob and oven, along with indoor and outdoor dining areas to enjoy your meals in comfort. A super comfy king-sized bed is the perfect place to snuggle up after a long day out in the country air.
For those who prefer to sample life under luxury canvas, the three Loose Reins lodges, nestled at the edge of the forest, are the perfect secluded glamping spots. With plank floors and wooden room-dividing walls, this is outdoor-style living at its most opulent.
Wake up refreshed thanks to the gorgeous rain shower, and here’s a stylish living area, complete with sofa, armchairs and a wood burner. On sunny days you can even open up this up to make it part of the outdoor deck.
Enjoy your meals in the spacious, fully-equipped kitchen and dining area, then claim your beautifully made up bed from the king-size four-poster, king-sized cabin bed and twin singles.
If you want to stay in there’s books and board games in each lodge, but for those who want to venture out you can get up close and person with the local wildlife, which includes two resident pigmy goats and a small flock of rare breed sheep, while going on one of the many great walking routes, and perhaps stop off at a country pub when they’re back open!
The Beach Hut, Devon
For a romantic, totally off-the-grid escape couples will love The Beach Hut.
This remote little bolthole can only be accessed via a 15-minute walk, which includes a steep cliff path, offering totally isolation and even your own private beach.
A cute little getaway for two, there’s no wi-fi, meaning you’ll really re-connect, and what better place to do that than with views out over the sea and in a wood-fired hot tub.
You’ve got everything you need here – including an outdoor barbeque – but if you do want a change of scenery, you’re not far from the cute village of Holbeton and near to some other beautiful beaches including those at Mothecombe and Challaborough.
The Beach Hut is also only nine miles from Plymouth and just a 30-minute drive from Dartmoor National Park. If you decide to visit, why not check out Emma’s guide to five great things to do in Dartmoor?
Secluded glamping – with a bit of luxury
So, if you’re on the lookout for a luxury, secluded glamping experience this summer, hopefully this guide has given you an idea of what’s out there.
Wherever you want to base yourself, the UK has you covered, from secluded house rentals, cabins and treehouses through to tiny houses and safari tents.
We hope you’ve found this guide to secluded glamping in the UK useful, but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to fire them over using the comments box below.