The numbers are vital: 250 new campsites thus far this 12 months on reserving portal Pitch Up, 100 new glamping places on the Cover & Stars web site, and extra to return, plus a number of different treehouses, yurts, caravans and easy pitches awaiting your individual canvas.
This summer time seems to be set to supply a bumper number of new prospects, partly a results of relaxed rules about pop-up websites, but additionally as a result of comparatively few Britons are anticipated to vacation oversees. Bookings are up all over the place – threefold at specialists Glampingly – however elevated provide means there may be loads of alternative nonetheless out there.
What makes a superb website? Let’s begin with a fundamental one, which lays on a bathroom and perhaps a bathe however little else. The belief is you’re outdoors the tent more often than not. What I need to know is the place are you able to stroll to? Is there a river or lake close by and might you swim in it, or kayak or fish? What wildlife may be noticed? Can I’ve a hearth? The place’s the closest pub? What number of pitches are there and the way shut collectively? Easy campsites are almost at all times deeply embedded, by necessity, in native life. Good homeowners can inform you the place greatest to buy, eat, and drink. This new crop actually look promising.
New in Suffolk
Wild Riverside Tenting and the brand new Suffolk Wild Tenting (which can launch quickly) are on the identical giant farm near the Suffolk coast. Jonathan Simper began with a 2.4-hectare pop-up website in 2020 and is doing the identical this 12 months, and including one other giant area. Pitches are going to be additional aside than final 12 months’s 10 metres. The River Deben is a couple of minutes’ stroll away, and kayaks, paddleboards and dinghies are welcome. Should you don’t catch your individual fish then the farm operates business boats which can. There’s even a smokehouse that seems kippers and salmon. The movie The Dig exhibits what the world seems to be like: most of the exterior photographs had been accomplished on the farm. Sutton Hoo is close by and there’s a pub, The Ramsholt Arms, alongside the river. Wildlife is ample with otters noticed often, marsh harriers, barn owls and three sorts of deer.
• Pitch from £30 (as much as 5 folks). It is a website working below the brand new 56-day opening rule (the restrict for a pop-up website) and so solely operates at weekends
Additionally fundamental in Warwickshire
Opening up for the primary time is Lengthy Meadow Campsite close to Warwick, a four-hectare plot with bogs and showers. There are many native footpaths, the choose being the routes round Edgehill the place Charles I raised his normal in what could be the primary battle of the English civil warfare (there’s a superb pub, The Fort, on the location now). There are beautiful rural views and the Peacock gastropub at Oxhill is inside strolling vary. For different points of interest – the Cotswolds, Warwick Fort, Stratford-upon-Avon – you’ll want a automotive. Campfires are allowed.
• Pitches from £26 an evening, open 30 April to 1 September
And one other in Devon
Stitchpool Farm close to South Molton popped up for the primary time in 2020 and can be again for the summer time holidays. There are simply 30 pitches so no crowds. You get a bathe, a toilet and operating water however the remainder is as much as you. With Exmoor and the North Devon coast close by, there’s a lot to do. Plus there may be the characterful Poltimore Arms pub a two-mile stroll away.
• Pitches £25 an evening for as much as 4 folks, open 16 July-30 August
Sussex riverside location
New Wharf sits on the River Adur in Sussex with entry to swimming and boating, however right here you possibly can rent kayaks and paddleboards. There’s a bit extra in the way in which of services: you may get a bathe. Campfires are allowed and there are not any vehicles permitted on the tenting space, making it child- and dog-friendly. The closest seaside is eight miles away and Brighton is a day journey.
• Household-size shepherd huts from £120 an evening, tenting £15pp, open April–September
Wild swims and a superb pub within the New Forest
Any campsite that boasts respectable wild swimming instantly catches my eye, and Harry’s Meadow within the New Forest isn’t any exception. A grassy area beside the River Avon, the location is nice for a dip. There may be additionally a wonderful pub, the Horse and Groom, inside straightforward strolling distance. This 12 months, the Sheriff household’s operation has grown to 2 separate fields with barely totally different atmosphere: Harry’s Meadow for wilder and easier; Harry’s Subject for extras, comparable to a pizza oven and a beer wagon – really a well-laden Land Rover from the native Downton brewery.
• Pitches begin at £20 plus £9/£4 an grownup/little one, open 9 July-30 August
Stepping up the services in Norfolk
Right here at Camp Elwood we’re shifting up a degree in services: hairdryers, a kids’s playground, electrical hook-ups for vans, a eating corridor with restaurant and takeaway, and an Americana-themed licensed bar enjoying surfer tunes. At its coronary heart, nonetheless, that is nonetheless a pop-up website in a high quality location. It’s on the Holkham Property with a lake (boats to rent), bicycle trails (bikes out there), lengthy walks (the Norfolk Coast Path) and a sandy seaside that leads right into a nationwide nature reserve the place you would possibly hear the natterjack toad, spot redshanks and even, with luck, a white-tailed sea eagle.
• Three-night weekend keep for 2 is £210, open 26 July-9 August
Out of the canvas and into the bushes in west Wales
Tenting turns into glamping when the roof is stable, however with that I count on to need to cling round the home, just because it’s so rattling attractive. Rhodri and Sarah Lloyd-Williams constructed Ty’r Onnen (the Home of Ash) after watching Cabins within the Wild on Channel 4. It’s a treehouse on their natural sheep farm, seven miles from Aberystwyth, that’s off-grid but additionally feels luxurious. Lounge in mattress watching hares run across the meadow of their droves, then step out on the balcony for a sizzling, open-air bathe. The couple have used lockdown to construct one other treehouse, Ty’r Derw (the Home of Oak), half a mile away, that guarantees the identical combine of untamed and fantastic – plus a sizzling tub. The wildlife is spectacular: pine martens and polecats within the woods, barn owls and pink kites overhead. Should you do get twitchy, yomp away into the abandoned hills or get all the way down to Borth seaside for a swim.
• Ty’r Onnen sleeps 2, from £140 an evening; Ty’r Derw will sleep 4, value TBA
Nonetheless up within the bushes, in Scotland
The definition of treehouse appears to have shifted in recent times to be extra like a cabin on stilts, however I’m high quality with that. Flycatcher and Willow Warbler, an hour’s drive north of Edinburgh and Glasgow, are undoubtedly on stilts, amongst bushes, and all the higher for it. There’s a rope bridge between them if hiring each, plus a sundowner deck and out of doors copper bathtub. The close by River Teith provides loads of bankside strolling and additional afield you will have the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs nationwide park.
• Each sleep 4 from £130 an evening
Extra Welsh glam
There’s an tendency amongst glampsite homeowners to put up stage-managed pictures of a bottle of champagne and two half-filled glasses – as if this tells you something helpful in regards to the website. Nevertheless, within the case of Retro Queen, I make an exception. It is a place the place the bubbly matches completely: a colourfully curvaceous 70s themed cabin has extras, comparable to a cassette machine! There’s a wood-fired sizzling tub and good TV, plus outside cooking services. Should you want the 80s, head for Retro Madonna, its neighbour. There’s a pond and wildlife (binoculars offered), however for me the star is the Ceredigion coast a brief drive away (because the crow flies, at the least). Llangrannog, New Quay and Aberaeron all supply good locations to begin a coast stroll.
• Each sleep 6, from £115 an evening
On wheels in Northumberland
At its greatest, glamping design appears to launch shedloads of inventive ingenuity. Ashton Symm has exerted his on a Bedford TK lorry. And why not? Incarnations of this unsung design basic have included a hearth engine, military personnel provider, chuck wagon, horsebox, and now, with this 1964 mannequin, a family-size glamper with logburner, copper sink and bathe. At Abbeyfields, you get a big area to yourselves with walks within the woods and meadows (the market city of Morpeth is a mile away) plus the campfire and awning.
• Sleeps 4, from £110 an evening
Additionally on wheels – in Herefordshire
Mojo and Kizzy Fell had been doing high quality renting Airstream caravans to movie stars on set when lockdown got here. Some fast readjustment of enterprise plans means we will all get pleasure from their gorgeous vans now. The Wells Glamping is on their 16-hectare farm in a few of Herefordshire’s greatest surroundings. There’s loads of good strolling and a very good pub close by however why would you go anyplace? Mild a campfire subsequent to your wagon and sit out below the celebs. Final summer time they’d 5 vans – this 12 months they hope to have 12.
• Reserving out there quickly. Every van is £250 an evening and sleeps as much as 5, open April–October
On wheels – and nonetheless shifting – within the Lakes
The placement of this gem could be troublesome to pinpoint: homeowners Hannah and John transfer Hinterlandes round, though at all times inside the confines of the Lorton valley within the Lake District and at all times tucked away in a area. Inside, there may be superbly crafted panelled woodwork, in addition to a big logburner and marble-tiled bathe. Exterior, is a big bathtub to soak in below the bushes.
• Sleeps 2, from £155 an evening