Would you like to relax with your family somewhere in the wilderness, but not in a tent, but in a luxury apartment? In the modern world, this is possible thanks to glamping. You get the opportunity to find yourself in the forest, in the mountains, near a river or in some beautiful park, but at the same time enjoy excellent conditions for living there.
Glamping is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and there are several such places near London. They are located away from crowded places, which promises silence around, as well as complete relaxation and tranquility.
Want to try? Hire a car and drive with your family to one of the local glamping sites. If you arrive at Heathrow Airport, there’s no need to travel to London – pick up 9 seater hire Slough, which is just 6 kilometers from the airport. It’s much more convenient and cheaper.
After you’ve booked your hire car, it’s time to think about where to go…
In the heart of Kent County you’ll find the picturesque Rankins Farm Hotel, which is ideal for families. The first thing tourists will see are wildly bright green lawns, orchards and wooden houses that look like space capsules with windows and a glass door. The owners approached the design of the guest houses very creatively. All capsules are equipped with underfloor heating system, luxury bathroom and double bed.
Any meal can be prepared either in the compact kitchen with a refrigerator, stove and microwave, or by the fire with a cast iron stove and grill pan. There’s a TV on the wall in the room, although few people turn it on – more interesting entertainment waits outside the threshold. History buffs will certainly want to visit old castles nearby, such as Leeds Castle or Sissinghurst Castle.
Address: Linton Hill, Linton, Maidstone ME17 4AU
Graywood Canvas Cottages
An unusual yurt glamping is located near the picturesque village of East Hoathly in East Sussex. The idea came from a British woman Stephanie, who once stayed at an Eskimo house during her trip to Yosemite National Park.
In fact, canvas igloos are in no way inferior to cottages. You get two floors with a mezzanine, panoramic windows with wooden diamond-shaped grilles, a double bed with red linens, a living room with soft sofas and a kitchen equipped with all modern appliances.
The miniature bathroom has a hot shower, toilet, underfloor heating and all toiletries. After sunset, guests can relax in the garden, soak up the private Jacuzzi, or organize a barbecue by the fire overlooking the wilderness.
Address: Graywood Lane Graywood Farm, Lewes BN8 6QT
Woodside Spa and Glamping
You may have noticed that there are many glamping sites are located in East Sussex. From the magical Ashdown Forest to the atmospheric ruins of Battle Abbey, everything here invites you to relax and unwind.
All yurts of the Woodside Spa and Glamping are placed far enough from each other so that you don’t have to worry about your neighbors. The design of the home, despite its simplicity, boggles the imagination: the interior is painted in the colors of the rainbow, like all furniture and decor items.
If you get bored of meditating under a tarpaulin dome, head towards the wellness complex with a hot tub, sauna and beauty salon. Naturalists of all ages should explore the local attractions such as Bodiam Castle and medieval villages.
Address: Woodside, Junction Rd, Staplecross, Robertsbridge TN32 5SG
Elmley Nature Reserve
Hire a car to drive to Elmley Nature Reserve, where a cozy glamping site is located on the edge of a quaint Victorian farm. It consists of six shepherd’s huts with all amenities, including heating, shower and toilet. In addition, there are two glass houses on the territory – the Ferryman’s and the Saltbox, offering panoramic windows, a double bed and an open-air shower.
For lovers and married couples, the owners recommend hiring the Damson apartment with a barbecue area and a vintage Jacuzzi where you can steam while watching the geese fly home for the night.
In the afternoon, you should leave your cozy home and go out into nature: watch wading birds from local shelters, cycle through historic villages or go on a wildlife safari tour.
Address: Kingshill Farm, Elmley, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 3RW
The Chilterns View
It was right in this countryside that the famous British writer Agatha Christie once lived. Just a few miles from her home is the Chilterns View glamping, which offers five wooden houses with panoramic views of the meadow and tranquil pond.
Its interior is the embodiment of modesty. Although, thanks to small details like a woven blanket, a night lamp and hooks in the form of deer horns, you want to stay there for more than two days. Moreover, there’s a veranda adjacent to the rooms, a Jacuzzi and a space for sitting around the fire.
Talk to glamping owner Rachel for local entertainment. She will tell a couple of horror stories, and then send you to the picturesque village of Ewelme with a cozy country pub and an old church. Address: Ewelme Down Farm, Wallingford OX10 6PQ