WE may be mourning the passing of the summer but that doesn’t mean we can’t get away in style…on a budget.
It’s time to shake off that camping gear and get ready for glamping.
Pitchup.com are the UK specialists in finding the best places to literally – pitch up across the UK.
But not all require you to bring a tent with you because the company list a number of properties offering furnished and homely accommodation complete with lighting, electricity and all important heating.
Here are 10 amazing glamping destinations outside Northern Ireland:
1. Cosy birdwatching
Picture yourself in a bird hide that doubles as a sauna. With Pitchup.com’s new accommodation at Tarset Tor in Northumberland visitors can not only enjoy wonderful accommodation but also do a spot of toasty bird watching thanks to the on-site hide which doubles as a sauna.
This is just one of the features of the site where accommodation comes in stylish two floor bothies.
The fully furnished mini houses come with en-suite bathrooms, kitchen areas, woodburners, TVs, DVDs, ipod docks and can sleep up to eight people plus dogs.
They are insulated and heated and have a private veranda for sunnier days. There is plenty to explore nearby including Kielder Water and Forest Park, Hadrian’s Wall and the Northumberland coastline.
The bothies cost from £125 per night and sleep eight.
2. Beautiful views
Tucked away high on a hill with breathtaking views of a Central Highlands loch, Loch Tay Highland Lodges provides a luxury glamping experience amid some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland.
Facilities include Wi-Fi, a TV and games room, and the on-site Boathouse restaurant. Looking over the Ben Lawers mountain range and Loch Tay, the stylish new premium camping pods come with heating, lighting and an outdoor picnic area with seating and firepits.
Each pod sleeps two comfortably but can sleep four. There is a double bed, seating area, dining area with compact kettle and an en-suite shower room.
Visitors need to bring their own crockery, cutlery, bed linen and towels but all else is provided.
Pods cost just £70 per night.
3. Breakfast included
A breakfast hamper of home-produced sausages, eggs and free-range bacon is included in the price during a stay in a shepherd’s hut at Teifi Meadows to get guests ready to explore the local Ceredigion coast, Cardigan Bay and nearby National Trust sites.
The pretty bothy is in a hidden garden bordered by woodland and a stream. Private toilet and shower facilities complete with fluffy towels can be found in the Ty Bach (little house) alongside.
The indoor woodburner keeps the hut warm come rain or shine and brave winter visitors can cook outside courtesy of the gas barbecue.
There are also lovely restaurants within walking distance.
A one night stay costs £65.
4. High tech
Can’t bear to be away from all the high-tech gadgets and gizmos of modern life?
Fear not: the three-bedroom lodges at St Tinney Farm in Cornwall are the perfect place. These
luxury lodges can sleep up to six people and come with everything one could need for a holiday including a 37-inch TV, DVD player, iPod dock, free Wi-Fi, two large leather sofas, a fully-fitted kitchen and large bathroom plus an additional cloakroom with toilet and washbasin.
The kitchen has a wide array of cooking utensils and crockery so dining in is an easy affair, although with a bar and restaurant on site, visitors can enjoy a cooking-free holiday! The lodges are double glazed, insulated and fully heated.
There are radiators in all rooms plus a wood-effect electric fire in the lounge. Lodges are available for stays as short as just one night and cost from as little as £40 per night.
Other facilities on site include five fishing lakes while local attractions include Tintagel Castle and the Eden Project.
5. Family stays in sheer comfort
For a retreat away from the crowds, Yealm Cabin near Plymouth, Devon is a perfect choice for couples or families. This one-bedroom luxury log cabin offers open-plan living with a bedroom to the rear.
Fully furnished and equipped with cooking facilities and a dining/living area, it provides year-round cosy accommodation for up to five people – even the family dog is permitted.
The lodge enjoys views across the surrounding countryside and with glass-fronted
doors visitors can enjoy it whatever the weather. There is also a bathroom and private courtyard and free Wi-Fi.
The cabin has a minimum seven night stay policy costing £395.
6. Naturally crafted
For those who love the feel of a more natural style of place to stay, the shepherd’s hut at Cheddar Petruth Paddocks offers the perfect setting for a cosy winter glamping holiday.
The hut sleeps four in beautifully crafted beds with natural wood being used as both a feature and also for purpose of providing beds and seating areas.
There is heating provided meaning it remains warm year round added to which the pod has been insulated with sheep’s wool and topped with an authentic tin roof.
With Cheddar Gorge on the doorstep there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy bracing winter walks.
The pod sleeps four and in winter costs from £140 for a two-night stay.
7. Rustic shabby chic
Wannabe Kirstie Allsopp types will love the reclaimed furniture and shabby chic style of North Lodge in Boncath, North Wales.
This quirky log cabin sleeps just two people and has been fitted with unique reclaimed furniture including a solid wood wardrobe and a cottage-style three-piece suite.
Visitors will need to bring their own entertainment and bedding but the cabin offers a living and dining area, bedroom, and a woodburner for cosy nights in. At the front of the property is a covered area for cooking.
There is no electricity in the lodge but lighting is provided via LED lights powered by a photovoltaic system. The lodge is located in a remote part of Pembrokeshire, suiting couples looking for a real break from reality and the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
At just £45 per night for accommodation, it’s a great option for those on a budget too.
For those who want to venture a little further afield, Pitchup.com also has some amazing accommodation in Europe for winter:
Eat, drink and be merry at Castelwood Vacances, where visitors can tuck into regional delicacies like potted duck, wild mushrooms, local cheeses and other produce sold at regular farmers’ markets nearby, plus the wines of local vineyards such as Bergerac, Buzet, Thézac and Cahors.
Explore fortified castles, medieval towns, old country churches and prehistoric sites in the Dordogne and Vézère valleys.
Accommodation is in spacious two-bedroom chalets at the foot of the Castle of Biron. Each chalet is heated, fully furnished including a good sized kitchen and living area plus an en-suite bathroom.
The cost from £32 per night and sleep four.
Experience German glamping at its best at Camping Resort Zugspitze, a modern alpine campsite (which only opened in 2014) that has stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
For foodies, there is a wine bar and the Schmölzer Wirt restaurant on site providing culinary delights.
Over-indulgers can work out in the fitness room then relax in the sauna.
Camping and motorhome pitches with electric start from £18.70 per night.
For some winter sun book a cabin at Camping Villasol near Benidorm.
The campsite, only 1.3km from Levante beach, has an indoor pool that’s open year round and a restaurant serving Spanish and international dishes with a terrace offering fabulous views over the city.
On site there’s a multisports area with a basketball court, a playground and a pétanque court, plus a well-stocked mini market.
The two-bedroom cabins sleep four and offer plenty of space with a kitchen and relaxing/dining area, en-suite bathroom and private veranda. Satellite TV is also included.
A one night stay costs from £60.
For more info log onto www.pitchup.com
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