Do you like the idea camping but not the hassle? Putting up a tent or maintaining a caravan or campervan isn’t for everyone. And what if you prefer a bit of luxury when you go away?
Glamping (glam camping) could be the answer because it gives you the best of both worlds. You can stay in touch with the great outdoors and have the feeling of camping without missing out on your creature comforts!
This is a guide to the glamping accommodation available in Tranquil Parks. It ranges from basic pods, to fully equipped units with private bathrooms.
Whether you’re looking for a holiday, a romantic break or a last-minute getaway, don’t forget that all Tranquil Parks are child-free, so you can really enjoy the peace and quiet of our parks’ country settings. What could be better for relaxing and putting your feet up?
All our parks are independent and glamping accommodation varies, but generally includes:
• Pods – cosy huts with an arched roof that goes down to the ground
• Wooden cabins and lodges
• Shepherd huts
• Large pre-erected tents such as yurts and bell tents
Please be aware that Tranquil Parks members often restrict glamping accommodation to two people rather than groups in keeping with the tranquil ethos.
Although not strictly glamping, several Tranquil Parks also have static caravans if you’re looking for larger accommodation.
New choices and hot tubs at Longnor Wood Holiday Park, Derbyshire
Set in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District, Longnor Wood has two brand new pods and six static caravans. The park also has a range of wooden holiday lodges, with mini lodges, deluxe lodges and two-bedroom luxury lodges to choose from. All the units have private decks, and all the lodges and statics also have their own hot tubs.
Glamping village at Back of Beyond Touring Park, Dorset
If you’re heading for the south coast, Back of Beyond has a new luxury yurt with its own wood burning stove in the park’s glamping village, along with four pods and two lodges. There are also three bell tents in other parts of the park.
If you want to bring your dog, both of the lodges, one of the pods and one of the bell tents are pet-friendly.
Cosy pod available year-round at Wolds View Touring Park, Lincolnshire
The Beach House glamping pod was introduced last year and is suitable for any time of year. It’s fully equipped with a king size bed, Freeview TV and mini-kitchen, as well as a covered deck area.
Pods offer complete package at Eye Kettleby Lakes Holiday Park, Leicestershire
If you’re looking for a bit of luxury while visiting the beautiful Leicester countryside, these glamping pods are ideal. Enjoy a day’s fishing followed by an evening relaxing outside, toasting marshmallows over your very own fire pit, while taking in views of the rolling hills.
The super pod has everything you need for a short or long stay, including a fitted kitchen, en-suite shower room and lounge area with TV and DVD player.
Great value pods at Daisy Bank Touring and Caravan Park, Powys, Wales
Looking for a low cost getaway? There are four camping pods located around Daisy Bank. And at just £35 per night for two people, they’re great value.
These are basic pods, so you need to bring your own camping gear. They’re warm and cosy all year round, with electric heat and light. Outside, a barbeque and table and chairs are also provided.
Award-winning glamping at Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park, Somerset
Voted the 9th best glamping experience in the whole of England by one of the UK’s leading touring magazines, Fairswood Lodge is a relaxing getaway for two adults in a peaceful setting on the edge of managed woodland. Carefully thought-out fittings, appliances and the check-in hospitality pack come top in guest reviews.
A large sundeck, veranda and barbecue terrace are perfect for summer evenings overlooking the manicured lawns of this award-winning park.
Fairswood Lodge is located in Bishop Sutton village on the edge of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to Somerset’s beautiful Chew Valley Lake. Lodge guests can enjoy lakeside walks, cycling, fishing, birdwatching or a trip to the coast. Bath, Bristol, Cheddar Gorge and Wells can all be reached within half an hour.
Cabins, shepherd huts and lodges at Old Oaks Touring Camping and Glamping Park, Somerset
Ideal for couples, the Old Oaks glamping cabins are a bespoke type of camping pod, designed and built just a few miles away near Glastonbury. They come with a king-sized bed, mini kitchen, covered outside deck and a skylight for star-gazing.
The delightful shepherd huts are two-person self-contained units, hand built and furnished to a very high standard. They include all the luxuries you’ll need for a countryside getaway, including a beautiful shower room with toilet, kitchen facilities, double drop-down wall bed and fire pit. One also has a Scandinavian-style wood-fired hot tub.
Four high spec mini cedar lodges for couples were introduced last year, providing the crème de la crème of self-contained glamping. The accommodation includes a fixed king-size bed, shower room with toilet and the perfect space for alfresco dining.
Lodges, cottages and something different at Wells Touring Park, Somerset
Another relaxing spot in the West Country is Wells Touring Park, where lodges have views of the rolling Mendip hills. For a pet-friendly option, check out the park’s four holiday cottages, available all year round.
If you’d like to try something different, the park also has a static boat for hire, the ‘Evielou’, moored in Brixham, Devon.
More camping pods on the way at Woodland Springs Touring Park, Devon
The Woodland Springs camping, caravan and glamping site in Dartmoor has two pods temporarily in the main site, while a development of up to 20 pods is underway. The two ‘family size’ pods are for two adults and are built by the UK’s leading pod manufacturer.
Static caravans and other accommodation
Holiday homes at Wayfarers Caravan Park, Cornwall
The three holiday homes at Wayfarers near Penzance tend to get booked out early. They are large, fully equipped caravans, and only two adults can book at a time. Please be aware that visitors are asked to bring their own bed linen and towels, and that dogs are not allowed at this park.
Luxury, space and sea views at Tyddyn Du Touring Park, Conwy, North Wales
Situated on the coast with sea views over to the Great Orme, Llandudno, as well as Puffin Island and Anglesey, Tyddyn Du has one static holiday home for hire. Only two people can book this four-berth accommodation to ensure it’s comfortable and spacious.
Briarfields Motel and Touring Caravan and Camping Site, Gloucestershire
In addition to the adult-only, pet-friendly touring park at Briarfields in Cheltenham, there’s a family-run motel. It has 20 en-suite rooms comprising single, double, triple and quad rooms, providing simple, clean, comfortable and very affordable accommodation.
Holiday homes for sale
If you’re interested in a more permanent holiday home, there are new and pre-loved lodges and static caravans for sale at:
• Blue Rose Caravan and Country Park, East Yorkshire
• Brookside Country Park, Lincolnshire
• Lamb Cottage Caravan Park, Cheshire;
• Moor View, Devon – also available to rent
• The sister site of Red Kite Caravan Park, Llanidloes, Wales – Clywedog Riverside Holiday Home Park