Rural camping/glamping sites that are open all year

I was recently asked to write an article asking my opinion on rural travel and tourism trends for the next few years and I highlighted the fact that I think off-peak holidays will rise in popularity as people try to save a few pennies. 

Not only is it cheaper but there are continually more options and better experiences available as more sites are seeing the benefit of opening year-round and glamping continues to dominate market trends. 

So with the school holidays in mind, I asked the internet where in the country I could stay all year round, expecting a list of 10ish sites to share with you all-from hyggelig glamping to wild camping.

The results are below and I’ve had to divide them into regions there are so many...

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Scotland

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Craighead Howfs

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Craighead Howfs, Dunblane, Perthshire

The three 'howfs' at Craighead are all impressive, but it's the Tree Howf that wins our hearts. Built high in the branches of an ancient ash tree, it has incredible 360 degree views of the countryside. Fully self contained, a highlight is the hand-made king size bed with a huge star gazing window above. A wraparound terrace outside has a heart-shaped table for romantic dining and there's a fire pit on the ground below.

Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Trossachs National Park are all within reach, and several magnificent Scottish castles are waiting to be explored close by.

Prices from £350 for two nights.

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Eden Leisure Village

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Eden Leisure Village, North Lanarkshire

Set amongst beautiful Scottish countryside, Eden Leisure Village offers guests a range of glamping options which are open year-round, including, glamping pods, bell tents and hobbit huts.

Each of their glamping options is equipped with a fridge, a TV and DVD player, electricity, lighting, heating, a kettle, comfy foam mattresses, a picnic bench and a firepit.

Hobbit huts can sleep up to four people, while their glamping pods can sleep up to five. The park is less than 30 minutes by car from Glasgow and offers lots of leisure options to keep all guests entertained, from relaxing spa treatments to high energy activities such as off-road karting, zorbing, archery and Highland games.

Prices from £60 per night.

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Northern England

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Great Langdale Campsite

- The National Trust

Great Langdale Campsite, Lake District

With the towering Langdale Pikes looming above it, Great Langdale Campsite is a particularly dramatic spot to pitch up for a holiday in the outdoors. The site offers a wide selection of grassy pitches suitable for families and friend groups, as well as a collection of wooden camping pods, perfect for a winter break.

This well-equipped site boasts two toilet and shower blocks, washing-up areas, a laundry and drying room, a bouldering wall and a children's play area.

Ideally located for walkers keen to explore the Lake District, an orienteering course is also available. For those better suited to cycling, bring a bike and hit the trails.

The accommodation options span from 120 camping pitches which are spread informally throughout the meadows, glamping yurts and pods, as well as areas for campers and motorhomes.

Prices start from £10 per pitch.

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Wasdale Campsite

- The National Trust

Wasdale Campsite, Lake District

Located in a spectacular setting at the foot of England's highest mountains and a stone's throw from Wastwater, England's deepest lake, Wasdale Campsite has immediate access to the highest fells in the Lake District, including England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike.

In addition to regular camping pitches, the site boasts seven heated camping pods, two Nordic tipis with wood burning stove, as well as campervan pitches with hard standings and electric hook up.

Facilities include an on-site shop where all of the basics can be purchased, a toilet and shower block, pot washing and laundry facilities.

There are also four pitches with electric hook-ups available.

Prices start from £10 per pitch.

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Beacon Hill Hideaways

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Beacon Hill Hideaways, Northumberland

An idyllic break for two in a Shepherd’s Hut at Beacon Hill Hideaways – set in a lovely area of rural Northumberland -  with spa, gym and beauty salon starts at £125 per night for two.

The shepherds’ huts are modelled on the original Northumbrian shepherds’ huts. However, unlike their 19th century counterparts, they huts are very warm and beautifully decorated, offering total, self-indulgent luxury for two.

As well as the spa, you can enjoy tennis, woodland and lakeside walks and a star-gazing observatory in the landscaped grounds.

Prices from £125 per night.

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The Shepherd's Hut

- Premier Cottages

The Shepherds Hut, Durham

The Shepherd's Hut is in beautiful unspoiled rolling countryside in Lower Teesdale on the Durham/Yorkshire border.

Perfect for a romantic getaway, it’s extremely well equipped with a luxury two-seater sofa, Hobbit wood burning stove, Neff hob, granite worktops, spacious shower, and king size bed. There is excellent cycling and walking from the doorstep, great local pubs and farm shops nearby and not to be missed is Durham Cathedral.

Conveniently situated within easy reach of Northern England’s most beautiful scenery and historic sites with an abundance of walking and cycling routes available right from the door.

Off -peak prices from £450 for a week and £280 for three nights.

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Yurts at Uppergate Farm

- Premier Cottages

Yurts at Uppergate Farm, Yorkshire

Nestled in 10-acres of secluded woodland, the craftsman-made Yurts at Uppergate Farm offer a luxurious break with a difference. The two yurts are brimming with mod-cons including a fully equipped kitchen and shower room, plus under-floor heating and a log stove.

On the spacious deck is a private hot-tub and BBQ, and the heated swimming pool is a short walk away. Outdoor enthusiasts will love exploring the Peak District National Park and Holme Valley, and after a day discovering Yorkshire’s hidden gems, guests can indulge in a hearty meal at the nearby pub.

Off-peak prices from £385.

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Humble Bee Farm

- Wigwam Holidays

Humble Bee Farm Glamping and Camping, Yorkshire

Humble Bee Farm Glamping and Camping is located on a working farm in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, close to the Yorkshire Coast.

The family-run farm includes three comfortable holiday cottages - two with outdoor hot tubs; Four Running Water Deluxe Wigwams® (each with its own wood-fired hot tub, TV, en-suite shower, toilet and kitchen area), 16 Big Chief Wigwams®, Bell Tents and four Nomadic Yurts, electric tourer pitches and non-electric tent pitches . They accept dogs and families are welcome to join them down on the farm throughout the year.

Off-peak prices from £45 per night.

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Lordstones Campsite

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Lordstones Campsite, North Yorkshire

Lordstones is a privately-owned Country Park located in the beautiful North York Moors National Park offering 15 camping pitches, glamping pods, bell tents and yurts.

Their glamping pods are open year-round and comfortably sleep four people. Each is equipped with a wash room with a toilet and hand basin, a double bed, a double sofa-bed, a small kitchenette with an under the counter fridge and an electric kettle, a dining table and chairs and a wood burning stove for cooler evenings.

The Pods also have their own outdoor timber decking area, with a BBQ and seating. Onsite facilities include a café for a quick coffee stop or relaxing lunch as well as their Belted Bull Restaurant which offers the finest quality, locally sourced produce.

Prices from £60 per night.

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Mains Farm

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Mains Farm Caravan Site, Cumbria

The family run Mains Farm Caravan Site is located in the beautiful Eden Valley in Cumbria.

Offering a choice of non-electric and electric camping pitches for caravans and tents serviced by a brand-new shower and toilet block from a stable conversion, they also have 10 camping pods with electricity, lighting, an electric heater, a porch and a picnic bench for dining.

Further accommodation can be found in their choice of five bunk barns each sleeping four to six people.

All their accommodation options are open year-round and offer spectacular views of the Eden Valley. Stays at Mains Farm can be spent indulging in riverside walks, woodland picnics, fishing or days out Kirkoswald (a frequent winner of Cumbria’s best kept village award) offering a village shop, post office and two inns.

Prices from £15 per night.

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Northern Ireland

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Castle Ward Campsite

- The National Trust

Castle Ward Campsite, Northern Ireland

Castle Ward is an eccentric 18th-century mansion on a hillside, looking out over the tranquil waters of Strangford Lough in County Down. Walk or cycle along the Lough trail or through the sheltered woodlands and spot butterflies, rabbits, ducks and swans.

Step into the fantasy world of castles and dragons in the Georgian farmyard and the Lough shore; film locations for the smash hit television series Game of Thrones.

Situated in the 820-acre walled demesne, the caravan park consists of 25 hard standing sites all serviced with electricity and water and with awning or no awning options available. Laundry facilities include two washing machines and tumble dryers, with a stand-off drain for Campervans.

10 tent pitches without electric or water are also available, along with Castle Ward's award-winning camping pods. The pods are next to the caravan park, set into the woodlands and just a stone's throw from Strangford Lough.

Prices start from £12.50 per pitch.

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The Midlands

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Ismore Coppice Campground

- The National Trust

Ismore Coppice Campground, Shrewsbury

Ismore Coppice Campground is on the edge of Attingham Park estate.

This simple, informal site, on the banks of the River Severn is popular with canoeists as it offers access directly onto the river. 

There is a natural grassy landing area where boats can be hauled out before setting up camp. Further up the field is the main camping area with a woodland backdrop. There are composting toilets, a water standpipe and a fire pit and it's possible to access the area by car, with parking 30 metres from the camping field.

Prices start from £6 per person, per night.

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Nink's Wagon

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Nink's Wagon, Shropshire

Owned by a former circus performer, Nink Ellis, Nink’s Wagon is a vintage showman’s wagon that’s nearly 100 years old. These wagons were once known as ‘palaces on wheels’ and this is probably one of the finest examples that is available to stay in. The interior is highly decorated and is complete with an original panelled sitting room, cut glass mirrors and hand-painted ceiling decorations. There’s a cosy built-in raised bed, tiny kitchen with just enough space for essentials, wood-burning stove and, a few metres away, a heated bathroom hut with a toilet, hot shower and sink for washing up. 

The farmland is within the grounds of a former country estate, complete with a peaceful lake and lots of pretty country walks. Medieval Shrewsbury is within easy reach, with its museums, restaurants, castle and theatre, plus a short drive away are Llangollen, Chirk and Whittington Castles.

Prices from £89 per night, based on two sharing on self-catering basis. 

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Juniper Safari Tent

- Mulberry Cottages

Juniper Safari Tent, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire

On the border of England and Wales sits this canvas tent on a working farm, offering all the comforts of home during a glamping adventure.

Stunning views of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons await for guests to explore during the day, wandering the countryside and taking in the surroundings.

During the winter months, the log burner is perfect for welcoming guests back in for a cosy evening, and the BBQ is great for home cooked meals, as well as toasting marshmallows.

Alternatively, meals are served in the barn with comfy sofas and an honesty bar and farm shop. The property is a great place to meet the alpacas and sheep as well, and your four-legged friends are welcome too.

There are five tents on the site, each sleeping four, which can be booked together for a great group holiday with family and friends.

Prices from £74 per person for three nights.

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Mulino Pods

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Mulino Pods, Peak District

Mulino Pods is eco-powered, exclusive, rural valley glamping at its finest, complete with stunning views and friendly neighbourhood sheep in the beautiful Peak District. 

After a stay in the quietly welcoming Mulino Pods, three private glamping pods situated on farm land featuring outstanding valley views, far out towards the tranquil Carsington Water reservoir, you'll be a glamping convert. 

As you watch the sun rise slowly into the morning sky from the comfort of your private pod with its stylish French doors and outdoor decking area, you'll realise this is the ideal place for reconnecting with nature, far away from the stresses of modern life.

The pods are separately nestled in hawthorn bushes, naturally creating your very own private space, with just the sheep to keep you company.

Prices from £60 per night.

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Hoe Grange Holidays

- Host Unusual

Hoe Grange Holidays, Peak District

Escape to the Peak District with a stay at Hoe Grange Holidays, a working farm and eco-friendly retreat that everyone can enjoy.

There are many reasons why this wonderful place has won numerous awards for its accessible accommodation and green credentials - but the best way to find out why is to experience it yourself. 

All four log cabins offer four-star Gold accommodation, including family bathrooms with whirlpool baths, fully equipped open-plan kitchens, and spacious living areas. 

A log-effect fire, central heating and double glazing keep you cosy and warm, whatever the weather's doing. Keep warm thanks to the infra-red heating and excellent insulation, and relax in the knowledge that your pod has been built from eco-friendly FSC timber.

Prices from £200 for two nights.

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Bracelands Campsite

- Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Tourism

Bracelands Campsite, Wye Valley

Wonderfully spacious, perfectly placed and incredibly enticing, Bracelands campsite waits to welcome you all year round to the Forest of Dean. Its panoramic views of the Wye Valley lets you pitch up in nature’s best surroundings. 

With 520 pitches on grass and hardstanding, electricity for tents, caravans and motorhomes plus five new camping pods, it has perfect protection from the elements all year round. The site is dog friendly and facilities include toilets, showers, dishwashing and a laundry.

Walk to the edge of the site and immerse yourself in the beautiful Forest of Dean and the miles of walking and cycling tracks it offers. Or a short drive will take you to the numerous attractions including the popular Symonds Yat Rock viewpoint, offering striking views of the River Wye.

Low season price is from £13.90 per pitch per night.

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Broadstone Park

- Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Tourism

Broadstone Park, Forest of Dean

Broadstone Park, is a small family run campsite nestled in a quiet and unspoilt area on the English/Welsh border in the Forest of Dean between the market towns of Monmouth and Coleford, with both town centres only a 10- 15 minute drive away.

The farm is surrounded by beautiful settings and sits amongst the ancient oak trees and Neolithic stones that gave the farm its name. There are walks and trails around the farm and woods where you will be able to explore the surrounding areas and spot the historic BroadStones. 

Facilities include a small cafe and fly fishery, modern shower and toilet block, chemical waste point and bike wash. Electrical hook ups are also available.

Arnie and Barney the resident pet pigs have become popular celebrities on site, along with other animals and wildlife in the area.

Pitch prices from £12.

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Whitemead Forest Park

- Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism

Whitemead Forest Park, Forest of Dean

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing break or an action-packed holiday, Whitemead offers camping pitches and glamping pods in the heart of the Forest of Dean.

Their pods are luxury furnished timber lodges, great for couples and families with young children.

Their superb camping pitches are located in three beautiful areas around the park, the Meadow, the Hollow and the Mead. All have 16 amp hook-ups, reinforced, gravel or grass pitches and access to showers, a family bathroom, laundry and washing up facilities.

On site amenities include an indoor pool, gym, sauna and hot tubs.

Explore the beautiful Forest of Dean right on your doorstep, or enjoy a drink in the Foresters Bar.

Off peak prices from £15 per night

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Brooks Country House

- Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism

Brooks Country House, Wye Valley

Brooks Country House, a Georgian manor house hotel between the pretty town of Ross-on-Wye and the cathedral city of Hereford, has an unusual glamping option all year round in the form of three vintage Bedford horseboxes, which provide alternative guest accommodation in the hotel grounds and are each custom designed and renovated to an exceptionally high standard.

Sleeping two to four people, the horseboxes are perfect for both romantic breaks and fun family adventures. 

Prices from £89 per night.

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Fforest Farm

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Wales

Fforest Farm, Cardigan

Fforest is a 200 acre farm sandwiched between the river Teifi gorge and the Teifi marshes nature reserve, moments from the coast.

Choose between croglofts at Fforest Farm, cabins at Manorafon or granary lofts on the riverside in Cardigan.

The camp has a range of tented and converted farm building accommodation, including romantic dome tents, cosy cabins with wood-burners and bell tents with barbecues. 

Off-peak prices from £150 for two nights.

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East Anglia

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Little Ropers' wild campsite

- Little Ropers Woodland Camping

Little Ropers Woodland Camping, Suffolk

Little Ropers is a wild camping site on a working farm which lies in the picturesque Stour Valley in Suffolk.

They offer tent pitches in woodland or meadow where campers can make a campfire and enjoy the natural surroundings. Vehicles are left at the farmhouse, where sacks of wood are available for sale.

The site is a 5-10 minute walk but there are free wheelbarrows for transporting kit. Facilities include a woodland hut incorporating a ‘proper loo’, basin, washing up sink, mains water and information about the farm and locality.

Cattle and llamas graze in the fields and two nature reserves are a short distance away, making the site a wonderful place for stargazing on clear
nights as there is no electricity.

Winter rates start from £12 per pitch and hammocks and tarps are welcome.

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Wardley Hill Campsite

- Wardley Hill Campsite

Wardley Hill Campsite, Suffolk

Wardley Hill Campsite is an ecological campsite in the Waveney Valley.

Wild flowers and grass are left to grow to encourage butterflies and bees, although there is still plenty of space to throw a frisbee or perhaps have a game of rounders. Its six-acre site has woodland, a stream and secret areas cut into the long grass and its car-free camping field is exclusively for tents while campervans are also welcome to stay in a separate area.

Facilities on site offer an authentic back-to-basics camping experience with clean composting toilets for guests to use and a hot shower. Campfires are encouraged in the fire drums provided and dogs on leads are welcome.

You can choose your own space to pitch your tent or rent one of their 'too posh to pitch' options which include a shepherds hut, bell tents and a boat (coming soon).

Prices from £3 per night.

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Deers Glade

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Deers Glade, North Norfolk

Located in a beautiful woodland clearing in North Norfolk, the family run caravan and camping park of Deers Glade is just a short drive from the popular coastal town of Cromer.

The park offers a great range of luxury glamping, with furnished bell tents, glamping pods, shepherd's huts and a self-contained cottage offering all the usual comforts of home. Luxurious facilities blocks are equipped with power showers and under floor heating, while their spacious touring and camping pitches each have TV and electric hook-up points.

Their shepherd’s huts are equipped with a flat screen Smart TV, a kitchenette area with a fridge, microwave oven and kettle and can sleep up to four people, with a double bed and two single bunk beds.

Outside, the hut has a fire pit, picnic table with parasol and concrete ‘table’ on which to place a stove or barbeque.

Prices from £45 per night.

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Happy Valley

- Happy Valley

Happy Valley, Norfolk

Happy Valley sits on a Norfolk Wildlife Trust site in the heart of North West Norfolk and is perfectly placed in unspoiled surrounds and woodland, close to Sandringham, Houghton and the stunning Norfolk Coastline.

Owners Katy and Scott build all their cabins as it's a small family-run business.

They have shepherds huts, a tree temple, a treehouse (coming soon) which will be part accessible and additional bell tents in the Summer. They have just added a wood fired hot tub.

All cabins are heated and come with handcrafted real beds, build in kitchenettes - hob, fridge, kettle, toaster, seating, tables, bbq, fire pits, hammock etc. There are rope swings dotted throughout the site, a pond with a bridged island, a beautiful fir forest, beech forest with a Woodpecker temple and weeping willows, perfect for tree-bathing.

Prices from £225.

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Southern England

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Westermill Farm

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Westermill Farm, Exmoor

Westermill Farm is a working hill farm tucked away at the end of a private valley, deep in the rugged heart of Exmoor National Park.

Its 14-acres of mown paddocks run beside the River Exe with new family shower rooms and large drying room creating a perfect and comfortable camping experience.  

Hot water is provided by an eco-friendly wood-chip biomass boiler using wood from the farm.

Logs and marshmallows are sold in the farm shop (along with lots of other tasty goodies) and campers are welcome to light campfires in the fourth field. 

Westermill is located in the heart of the International Dark Sky Reserve, which is perfect for some excellent stargazing.

The farm makes an ideal base for exploring the open moorland, wooded valleys and spectacular coastal scenery of Exmoor, or simply for relaxing and escaping the hum-drum of everyday life.

Prices start from £4 per person, per night.

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Cofton Holiday Park

- Cofton Holiday Park

Cofton Holiday Park, Devon

The award-winning Cofton Holidays is set in 80-acres of glorious Devon countryside and its on-site facilities include a heated indoor pool with a splash pad area and hydrotherapy loungers, a gym, restaurant, pub, steam room, sauna, fitness studio, soft play area, playground, sports wall, woodland adventure area and much more. Guests also have access to five coarse fishing lakes, miles of cycle paths and nature trails that take visitors through woodland, parkland and mature meadows to Dawlish Warren beach and nature reserve. 

The team have been investing heavily in its facilities and camping options, which range from camping to caravanning and RV pitches.  In the last year alone, hard standing has doubled from 40 pitches to 80.  There are newly refurbished toilet blocks, and many pitches are easy to access with Astroturf.

Off-peak prices from £19.50.

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Exmoor Bunk Barn

- Exmoor Bunk Barn

Exmoor Bunkbarn, Exmoor

Ideal for group trips, Exmoor Bunkbarn is a converted stone barn on a working farm in the heart of Exmoor. It offers great value camping style accommodation for up to 25 people with three bunk rooms, separate male, female and disabled WC`s/Shower rooms, large central and a well-equipped kitchen where everyone can be seated together - all under one roof.

The barn has full central heating provided by a biomass boiler, a large drying room, free wifi and a wood burning stove (free bag of logs on arrival).

Outside is a BBQ area and a field with a great view over the Exe valley.Additional camping is available during the summer by prior arrangement.

Off-peak prices: weekends £350 per night (min two nights).
Weekdays £300 per night.

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Blackberry Wood

- campsites.co.uk

Blackberry Wood, Ditchling, East Sussex

With accommodation as unique as a converted "holicopter", double-decker bus, and two incredible treehouses named Higgledy and Piggledy, it's no surprise that Blackberry Wood is one of the most popular listings on the camping.co.uk website.

Higgledy and Piggledy are both fully self-contained, and have every luxury, including a wood burner each for extra cosiness.

Located in pretty the Sussex countryside, just east of Ditchling and only 10 miles from Brighton, it's a site that has it all.

Off-peak prices from £350 for two nights.

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Crafty Camping

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Crafty Camping, Holditch, Dorset

The Woodsman's Treehouse at Crafty Camping is set in an old oak tree, with superb views from the exterior boardwalk.

Guests at the RIBA architecture award-winning treehouse can also enjoy a private sauna and hot tub on the upper deck, a rotating fireplace and an incredible double-ended copper bath.

The treehouse appeared on George Clarke's 'Amazing Spaces' and Grand Design's 'House of the Year' and is within easy reach of Dorset's Jurassic Coast.

Off-peak prices start from £780 for two nights.

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Into the Woods

- Into the Woods

Into the Woods, Isle of Wight

Located on Isle of Wight are four traditional self-build shepherd huts that have been designed to create an island glamping experience.
Into the Woods Glamping is owned by Fiona and Will Headington and they have created a holiday let unit called ‘Shepherd’s Hideaway’ using four Blackdown Shepherd Huts, instead of the usual single hut.

Each of the huts is a different room and they are all set around a private decked area.

Based on the north coast of the Isle of Wight, just seven minutes from both ferries’ arrival ports, the four wooden shepherd huts were all constructed by Will on site using Blackdown Shepherd Huts’ self-build hut option.

Off-peaks prices start from £270 for two nights.

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The Challoners

- Quality Unearthed

The Challoners, East Sussex

Off a country lane within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just south of Royal Tunbridge Wells, The Challoners is made up of two beautifully-crafted oak huts, a shepherd's hut for sleeping and an adjacent cabin for living space.

The property sleeps just two, and is ideal for anyone just dipping a toe into the world of glamping. Inside the shepherd's hut the bedroom includes luxury linens, antique furnishings, slate floors with under-floor heating and a stylish bathroom (with roll-top bath) hidden behind hand-carved oak doors. 

The living cabin is similarly chic, with a small but well-equipped kitchen, cosy corner seating area and a second bathroom with a hot shower. Dogs are welcome too, with a dog bed, lead hanger and dog washing area all available.

Prices from £110 per night, based on two sharing on self-catering basis.

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Bensfield Treehouse

- Quality Unearthed

Bensfield Treehouse, Sussex 

This luxury tree house, set on 44 acres of private Sussex farmland is a perfect spot for a romantic break just for two at any time of year.

The treehouse is reached via a swinging rope-bridge, making it seem like something from a childhood playground, but inside it’s very much a grown-up hideaway.

The open-plan interior is constructed around a mature oak tree and is completely circular, with a king-sized bed, en-suite shower room, curved fitted kitchen, dining space and a wide screen TV, plus it’s even equipped with WiFi and, crucially for winter visitors, is centrally heated too.

Visitors all receive a hamper on arrival, filled with lovely organic produce including local apple juice, sausages, bacon, bread and eggs. There’s deck with a gas bbq, as well as fields and woodlands to roam in.

Wadhurst and Royal Tunbridge Wells are just a short drive away if the peace and quiet gets too much.

From £179 per night, based on two sharing on self-catering basis.

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Lynher and Tamar

- Quality Unearthed

Lynher and Tamar, Cornwall 

Set in the Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, with dramatic views across Plymouth Sound and the docks, Lynher and Tamar are two handsome shepherd’s huts, each sleeping up to four.

Each bespoke hut has been hand-crafted from the finest English oak and is furnished inside with a distinct 1950s style that echoes a simpler time. Both huts have a double fold-out bed, two single bunks, a wood-burning stove and a movable kitchen pod, and are equipped for self-catering, although the Country Park has two café/restaurants on site for those who prefer not to cook.

Private showers, toilets and washing facilities are in a bathroom block a short walk away. The cosy huts are off-grid, so lighting is provided by solar panels and candles, and on a clear winter night the fire pit outside is a perfect spot to congregate for some star gazing.

The Country Park is steeped in history and offers plenty to explore, from strolling in the formal gardens to walking a nine-mile stretch of coastal path. There’s a Bronze Age burial mound, a red brick Tudor stately home and a deer park whose inhabitants are descended from those donated by Henry VIII.

Stays from £89 per night, based on two sharing on self-catering basis.

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Concierge Camping

- Host Unusual

Concierge Camping, West Sussex

Experience the beauty of the Serengeti and the African-style luxury safari lodge concept in an award-winning site in the UK.

Set in stunning West Sussex countryside, Ratham Estate's Concierge Camping has won multiple awards since opening in 2015, including AA Campsite of the Year and ‘Best of British' Campsite for the quality of the lodges, so you can be assured of a very special stay indeed in the heart of Sussex. 

For those who love the great British outdoors, but are not keen on the concept of traditional camping with cold, dark journeys to the toilet and complex tent pitching, a stay in a luxurious Safari Lodge may be just the ticket.

Lodges sleeping four (plus the dog) are single storey, while those sleeping six are duplex-style, over two levels. The lodges also have toasty underfloor heating, making them ideal for winter months as well as summer.

Prices from £360 for three nights.

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Devon Dens

- Host Unusual

Devon Dens, West Devon

Devon Dens is a perfect year-round off-grid woodland garden sanctuary, delightfully secluded amongst the leafy paths of West Devon.

Offering a peaceful timber sanctuary for up to four people, it is ideal for utter tranquility and reconnecting with surrounded by woodland, wildlife and star-studded night skies.

The accommodation comprises a solid, sustainable timber cabin (set within its very own woodland) including everything you need for a unique break in the great outdoors, all year round, including the obligatory wood-burner. 

Light the fire pit by evening for an al fresco dinner, with a glass of something sparkling, then gaze at the stars in the sky, as the site is set in one of the clearest sky areas in England.

Enjoy many refreshing walking trails near the site, through picture-postcard villages and friendly local pubs.

Prices from £65 per night.

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Crealy Adventure Park and Resort 

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Crealy Adventure Park & Resort, Devon

Created with families in mind, this camping site is right next door to Crealy Adventure Park, the South West's number one family attraction with more than 60 rides and attractions.

Their award-winning accommodation site is home to 105 generously sized pitches that are perfect for various accommodation types including tents, caravans, motorhomes, and more.

For year-round stays, the site offers luxury lodges and glamping holidays in themed Safari Tents or Medieval Pavilions with beautiful facilities and mod cons that are ideal for the whole family – including dogs. 

Crealy’s popular Luxury Safari Cabins are fully carpeted with a solid front door and fully insulated walls and ceilings, heating and electricity to ensure a cosy stay year-round. Sleeping up to eight people, these tents offer comfy beds, a fully fitted kitchen complete with a wood burning stove and ample comfy seating for everyone.) Adventure Park Tickets included.

Prices from £63 per night.

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