Fancy a five-star holiday under canvas? We list the best glamping spots in the Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Essex 2017
Ten years ago when glamping, “posh” camping, popped up on the scene, campsites offered little more than a bed under canvas, a hessian rug and bunting, but oh, how times have changed. Today, glamping accommodation rivals hotels and cottages as a stylish getaway. Power showers, hot tubs, yoga classes and BBQ grills are just some of the little luxuries you can expect. If fresh air, outdoor activities and dining under the stars sounds like your dream break, then glamping is definitely for you!
Luxury campsites in East of England
White House Farm Wildlife Site, Hasketon, Nr. Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 6JP
Sleeping: It’s clear to see why this site regularly tops lists as one of the best glamping destinations in the UK; tucked away on a 115 acre wildlife site, you can camp among the wildflower meadows in a luxury safari tent, Gypsy’s Rest or The Hobbit Box. The accommodation combines rustic charm with excellent facilities including a private toliet and shower, fully equipped kitchen with hot water, fridge, and barbeque. Guests can explore nature trails on foot or with bike hire and choose from packages such as luxury food hampers, wood-fired hot tub, hen coop hire, wildlife sponsorships and bushcraft workshops.
Activities: Browse the boutiques or visit the Tide Mill in the market town of Woodbridge, step back in time with a visit to English Heritage’s Framlingham Castle or explore the Suffolk coast.
Top tip: Luxury Lodge Tents and Gypsy’s Rest are dog friendly and a dog basket, blankets, towels, bowls and organic dog treats are provided.
Price: Gypsy’s Rest (sleeps 4) or the Hobbit Box (sleeps 4) start from £385 for a 2-night weekend stay and £295. Luxury Lodge Tents (sleep 6) from £395 for a 2- night weekend stay
Book your trip at http://www.secretmeadows.co.uk
Sleeping: Enjoy an African inspired getaway without the hefty price tag with a stay at Wild Luxury’s safari lodges. The luxury canvas accommodation is spacious and fully equipped with great kitchens, warm ranges, comfortable bedrooms, flushing loos and power showers. There may not be any elephants but we can guarantee big skies, adventure filled days and hopefully a visit from the local wildlife.
Activities: The camp is surrounded by countryside so you get a real sense of staying in the wilderness. Enjoy a family day out exploring the footpaths and cycles routes.
Top tip: Wild Luxury Camping has three Norfolk sites. If you prefer a family break in a private estate opt for The Hideaway, or if you’d rather be in easy reach of the beach and local produce of the North Norfolk coast choose to camp at Thornham Bay.
Prices: Lodges start from £345 for a Midweek stay low season, up to £1,200 per week in high season
Visit www.wildluxury.co.uk for more details
Aldenham Rd, Elstree, Borehamwood WD6 3AZ
Sleeping: Described as Hertfordshire’s ‘‘coolest place under canvas’ Home Farm offers a place to kick off the shoes, sit back and escape the hustle and bustle. Set in beautiful farmland the site features three yurts and nine bell tents with barbeques and campfires next to each tent and fine dining options.
Activities: During the day enjoy open air yoga classes, fish on the lake or take a walk among the acres of land and woodland. By night settle down in front of the fire and roast marshmallows.
Top tip: Dogs are welcome and there’s some great nearby walks. Just tell the the owner prior to arrival that your pooch will be coming too!
Price: A weekend break in a yurt for two starts from £175. Bell Tents from £80 midweek.
Full details at www.homefarmglamping.com
Hatfield Peverel, Essex
Sleeping: If you’re looking for romantic weekend away in the great outdoors, look no further than Lily Lake. The Mongolian luxury yurt sleeps up to three, and is situated overlooking the lake with its own private hot tub and BBQ for al fresco dining. Robes and slippers are provided so after a night time dip you can sit back among the twinkling lights and candles and relax under the stars.
Activities: The yurt is located near three lakes which offers free fishing or perhaps take a walk in the 15acres of countryside and find a perfect picnic spot.
Top tip: Host Sue is happy to offer as much or as little interaction with guests as required. Fishing lessons and equipment hire is available from £5 per person per day.
Prices: Weekend price hire from £130 per night
The property is available for hire via Air B&B at https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/754101
Tree House Holidays in Norfolk
Sleeping: How about sleeping in a treehouse? A luxury treehouse, of course! Spark your imagination and embark on an adventure in the forest. Forest Holidays have given a number of their Golden Oak Treehouse cabins an extra special fairy tale makeover to help you rediscover the magic of your childhood. The Treehouse has an extra ensuite bedroom, which you access via a wooden walkway between the trees. Ideal for a group holiday, the Treehouse cabins sleep up to 10 people and have a spacious lounge with log burning stove where you can gather. Fluffy towelling robes in the en-suite, cosy log burning stove in the spacious living area and inviting hot tub on the decking; all the luxury and comfort you could wish for, to ensure that your forest break is just perfect. There is something rather splendid about lying back in your hot tub, glass in hand, with the night forest around you.
Activities: Located in Thorpe Forest, a woodland on the the banks of the River Thet. Here you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of a leafy setting with riverside walks. The forest itself is a delicate patchwork of pines, heathland and broadleaf trees, and home to a rich variety of British wildlife, including deer, squirrels, pheasants, woodlarks and nightjars. The local area offers an array of attractions, from the mystical beauty of the Norfolk Broads to the medieval charms of Bury St. Edmunds. Create your perfect holiday in this stunning location.
Top tip: Save 15% on your holiday when you enter EASTLIFE7 at www.forestholidays.co.uk when you book by 31 July and holiday by 31 August 2017.
Glamping on a budget
Staithe Rd, Burgh St Peter, Beccles NR34 0BT
Sleeping: Fancy waking up to views of the river Waveney and the Carlton Marshes? New for 2017, the Waveney River Centre has introduced three nomadic yurts. Snug and cosy, the yurts are ideal for those looking for accommodation at great value and family facilities on-site.
Activities: Take a dip at the indoor heated swimming pool or explore the Broads by boat, canoe or bike.
Price: Available from £65 a night
Book your trip at https://www.waveneyrivercentre.co.uk/norfolk-broads/glamping/yurt