Good things come in small packages. At least that's the premise of this book dedicated to tiny campsites. Featuring more than 80 tiny campsites across the UK (determined by its size being less than an acre in size), this useful holiday guide provides camping lovers with full details for each campsite, so they're armed with all of the information they need to find the tiny campsite that's perfect for them.
The guide provides a wealth of information including an overview of the facilities, nearby pubs and supplies, contact details, a list of nearby rail stations and recommendations for what to see and do in the local area.
We've rounded up our favourite tiny campsites...
This campsite in a small forest glade in Inverness-shire even comes complete with an outdoor bush shower. There is also an independent, mountain-hut style hostel sleeping up to 8 people privately, which is great for families and small groups.
Located near Hay-on-Wye in Herefordshire, Walkers Cottage Camping boasts a 180-degree view of the picturesque Wye Valley. Here campers will be able to mix with the local wildlife including a field of sheep and beehives hidden amongst wildflowers. Given its location on the edge of the Brecon Beacons Dark Sky Reserve, you'll be rewarded with stunning starry nights.
At Ten Acres Vineyard guests will be able to camp amongst the vines. Animal lovers will also love the pigs that live on site whose job it is to graze the grass amongst the vines - aww.
Tiny Campsites by Dixe Wills is published by AA Publishing and is available from Amazon.co.uk (£11.99 for a paperback).
Stylish stays around the UK
If you’re the type of person who doesn’t want to stay in any ‘ol tent, then you’ll love Cool Camping’s latest edition of ‘Glamping Getaways’. From tree houses to yurts, safari tents to lodges, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding your perfect glamping retreat.
Although all of the recommendations in the book are amazing, we’ve whittled it down to help make your choice even easier.
Here are our top five favourite glamping experiences across the UK...
Longlands Glamping, North Devon
Located near the picturesque coastal town of Combe Martin, this glamping location features five luxurious safari tents. Each tent comes equipped with a kitchen with a wood-burning stove, a show room, a separate en-suite bathroom, games to keep you occupied and a private BBQ, so you can cook a rustic meal, weather permitting. Guests also have access to the Longlands Larder, which is stocked with milk, cheese and chutney, available 24 hours a day.
Prices from £575 for a midweek stay to £595 for a weekend stay. Open mid-March – November.
Secret Meadows Glamping, Suffolk
Secret Meadows comprises six luxurious lodge-style tents spread across an 115-acre farm. Each tent has a double bed, two singles, a fully equipped kitchen with a Belfast sink, a slate worktop, fridge and traditional kitchen dresser. The tents also come equipped with a BBQ, a loo and a shower.
Prices from £545 for a 3-night weekend stay or from £369 for a 4-night midweek stay. Open March – November.
Wild Luxury, Norfolk
Located in North Yorkshire, with its prairie like flatness and wide, open skies, you’ll find seven luxury safari lodges in a fenced-off field. The lodges are completely off-grid, there’s no electricity and all water is stored on site, but each lodge comes equipped with hot showers and a flushing toilet, making it a great option for those who want to ‘live wild’ but still maintain some of life’s little luxuries.
Prices from £269 for a two-night weekend break in the low season to £1,495 for a week during the summer holidays.
Alde Garden, Suffolk
This campsite boasts a diverse variety of camping options including two yurts, one gypsy caravan, one stilted tent, five small tent pitches and a year-round holiday cottage. There is also a ‘jungle shower and an outdoor kitchen with gas cookers, straw-bale seats, cutlery, crockery, pots, pans, tea and coffee. Conventional loos and showers are also available in an outbuilding nearby.
Prices from £75 for two nights in The Hideout to £125 for two nights in the Bell Tent to £170 for two nights in the gypsy caravan to £180 for two nights in a yurt. Camping is also available from £14 per night.
Roulotte Retreat, Scottish Borders
This glamping location has seven seriously sexy ‘roulette’s’, which are French gypsy caravans that are bursting with character. Many couples find it difficult to prise themselves away from the romantic caravans, deciding to hole up for a bit of l’amour. Each roulette comes equipped with a power shower, a modern toilet, a cooker, a wood-burning stove, a BBQ and independent heating.
Fitness lovers can also book in for a yoga class with the owner, Avril, who hosts one-to-one sessions or group bookings upon request.
Prices from £95-£135 per night in the low season to £105-£165 per night in the high season. Eco hot tubs are also available for an additional fee.
I was so inspired by our recent review of Cool Camping Europe (Second Edition), that I wanted to discover what fabulous camping options there were to be had a bit closer to home.
Living in London, the pull for country life is strong, particularly after a trying week when one's daily routine consists of being squashed like a sardine on an overcrowded tube carriage with a million strangers. So, it was lovely to settle down this evening with a cuppa and the latest edition of Cool Camping Britain (Second Edition), so I could start planning my next rural escape - even if the summer months seem hopelessly far away during the long rainy days of December!
The guide is bursting with recommendations for inspirational campsites across the UK, ensuring that there is something for all camping enthusiasts to enjoy, whether you prefer glamping or more traditional no frills camping.
We've rounded up our top five favourite UK campsites featured in Cool Camping: Britain (Second Edition):
1. Treen Farm Campsite, Penzance, Cornwall
This traditional campsite in Cornwall is low on frills but high on outstanding natural beauty. Some of Cornwall's most breathtaking beaches are within walking distance. Other nearby attractions include the stunning outdoor theatre at Minack Theatre and Land's End.
2. Ninham Country Holidays, Isle of Wight
This family run campsite is perfectly situated for exploring Shanklin, a popular resort town on the Isle of Wight. The site's 230 pitches are divided into two fields, which helps to create a sense of privacy, without any distractions.
3. Glendaruel, Argyll, Scotland
This 22-acre escape in Argyll is perfect for those wanting to get away from it all. There are only 10 pitches for tents and there is also the Little Camping Lodge on site, which sleeps up to four people. Nearby walking trails and cycle routes provide healthy entertainment for the family.
4. Lochness Shores, Inverness-shire, Scotland
This 99-pitch campsite on the shores of Loch Ness rewards its visitors with the stunning natural beauty that surrounds it. From forests to mountains, nature doesn't get much better than this. Offsite adventures include canoeing and river kayaking adventures.
5. Rothiemurchus, Inverness-shire, Scotland
This award-winning woodland campsite is a must for forest lovers and is the best place to enjoy the Caledonian woodland. Offsite activities include archery, hiking and canoeing at the nearbyRothiemurcus Centre.
For more cool campsites, visit www.coolcamping.co.uk. Cool Camping Britain: Second Edition is available from Amazon for £14.86 (paperback).
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