There is nothing I enjoy more than holidaying in the UK. I really do enjoy a staycation, there is just so much to explore on our fabulous island. I have stayed in holiday cottages, hotels, bed and breakfasts and caravans, importantly when holidaying I want to be able to relax and be comfortable in my surroundings. Which is probably one of the reasons why I have never tried camping, but then some clever person invented the concept of Glamping.
What is Glamping?
Glamping "a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping."
Glamping gives you the chance to enjoy camping without the need of buying all the equipment and with the luxury of many modern amenities. The permanent nature of glamping lodges is perfect for none campers, everything you need is provided. It makes a bid for a quick escape from a busy home life to exploring the countryside just a step away.
So the lure of glamping with the promise of luxury really appealed to me, I love the countryside and nature and an escape that combined all these elements sounded exciting and different. So given the opportunity my sister and I packed our bags and headed off in the car to Oxfordshire.
|Perfect package of luxury|
|Comfortable and surprisingly spacious interior|
We stayed in an amazing wooden pod lodge created by The Hideout House Company, it had everything you needed, whilst you relax, kick back and enjoy being surrounded by nature. Situated on the outskirts of Henley on Thames, our lodge at the Swiss Farm Camp site sat on edge of a lake surrounded by trees.
|Relax and unwind on a pod lodge break|
|Stunning lakeside setting|
If this is glamping, I love it!
|Hot tub luxury|
|Hello Mr Bunny|
|Heron by the Lake at Swiss Farm Camping|
Wooden lodges are not the only way to enjoy glamping, you can stay in Yurts even re purposed old train carriage or a shepherds hut.
There are dedicated glamping sites located all around the UK, some have many pods or lodges on a site other maybe quite isolated and more basic. I know of site in rural Shropshire where country estates and farms have diversified into glamping by setting up a self contained lodge in a countryside setting.
Have you been glamping? I would love to know your thoughts and recommendations for locations.
Disclosure: I received a stay at the Swiss Farm Camping courtesy of The Hideout House Company.