With summer now officially here and the weather heating up, experts at Glampingly have provided us with their favourite new spots to glamp this summer
Stocklinch Shepherd’s Hut, Somerset
Having moved into a former village post office, the first thing Fiona and Matt Day did when they moved here was to plant hundreds of trees in the meadow out back. Today, it’s the setting for a romantic shepherd’s hut, with a built-in double bed, en-suite bathroom and compact kitchen space. Outside there’s a wood-fired hot tub and campfire pit, and guests are the sole occupants of the orchard. It’s a pleasant half-hour walk to the National Trust’s Barrington Court, a 15-minute drive to the Blackdown Hills and only 40 minutes to the coast. The shepherd’s hut sleeps two; from £100 per night.
The Templar Treehouse, Pembrokeshire
This playful Pembrokeshire treehouse, only five miles from Saundersfoot Bay, is rustic in appearance – upcycled timber, 80s-era kitchen cabinets and a chunky woodburner – but offers the utmost luxury. There’s underfloor heating, a modern bathroom and, on ground level, a bubbling hot tub, while the main veranda overlooks a tranquil mill pond. Quirky touches, like the stained glass window made from bottles and a trophy stag’s head that sings karaoke, add an extra layer of fun. Plus, why take the stairs when you can use a slide? The treehouse sleeps four; from £190 per night.
The Stag Lodge, Kent
Having opened in June, this brand-new safari tent retreat, less than a mile from the station, is sure to be a hit with Londoners. In the heart of Kent’s wine country, it’s just a short stroll from the nearest vineyard, while Leeds Castle, Sissinghurst and Royal Tunbridge Wells are all a 20-minute drive. The safari tent itself sleeps six comfortably, with all mod cons, including wi-fi, plush bathrooms and a very well equipped kitchen, and there’s ample space beyond for campfires and barbecues. The safari tent sleeps six; from £160 per night.
Ty Cwch Boathouse, Ceredigion
Just metres from the pebbly Cymtdu Beach (also known as Seal Bay), this contemporary collection of upcycled shipping containers is split into two storeys, with bedrooms on top and communal spaces – a lounge, kitchen and dining area – below. Outside, picnic benches and boxes filled with nets, buckets and body boards are shaded under canvas canopies; borrow what you like for games down on the beach. It’s a half-mile coastal walk to Castell Bach, an Iron Age hill fort above a beautiful sandy cove, then two miles further to popular New Quay. Cabins sleep four; from £100 per night.
The Quirky Quarry, Durham
In the garden of a Tees Valley B&B, this private shepherd’s hut offers stunning views over the North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty. There’s a free pick-up and drop-off service for walkers on the nearby Pennine Way – plus owner David has walked the trail himself and is a fountain of knowledge – and guests also receive 10% off visits to popular High Force waterfall. The hut sleeps two, with a kitchen and an en-suite bathroom, while the west-facing campfire area is perfect for sunsets. The shepherd’s hut sleeps two; from £85 per night.
By James Warner Smith, Editor at glampingly.co.uk