The Last Word
Spring is in the air, the sun is in the sky, and the Easter bank holiday weekend is just around the corner. This trio of uplifting events makes us at the Last Word want to get outdoors and get camping for the first time this year.
However, while attending an outdoor music festival early in the season may seem appealing to some, for us the changeability of the British weather means it’s a little too soon. Instead, we want something a little more upmarket to help us get our camping fix this coming weekend.
Glamping gives you all the benefits of camping outdoors with none of the hangups - many even have an iron to perfectly press your favourite Ben Sherman button down.
Give the pop-up tent and portaloo a miss and instead let the Last Word guide you to the best glamping sites the UK has to offer.
Shepherds Hut, Crake Trees Manor
As anyone who has ever visited the Lake District before will know, as beautiful as the area is, it is almost 99% certain to pour down with rain for the majority of your stay.
With this in mind, you’d have to be a lunatic to bring out the tent in such conditions. The owners of Penrith’s Shepherds Hut clearly had this in mind when putting together their picturesque hut based on the sheep farms of the area in the 19th century.
With Scandinavian decor, a comfy bed and hot shower, let alone a small balcony to quaff a bottle of the local ale, it’s a far cry from your usual camping fodder.
Tinywood Homes, Lincoln
This picturesque glamping pod by the lakeside in Lincolnshire is kitted out with all the mod cons to give you a real home away from home. As well as bedrooms, small kitchen and living area inside the pod, Tinywood Homes also feature a fixed gazebo which provides cover for a heated hot tub and wood fired dining area. Due to the clever use of space, worthy of George Clarke’s Channel 4 show, all of the above is enclosed in a neat, compact package, and is well worth a visit.
Humble Bee Farm, Scarborough
Fancy a short break in a Normadic yurt beside one of Britain’s most traditional seaside resorts? Of course you do, and Humble Bee Farm will be right up your alley.
With wigwams, bell tents and yurts of varying sizes also on offer, this family-friendly venue is ideal for a long weekend with the kids.
The Mollycroft, Yorkshire
Formerly a showman’s touring van, this (now static) caravan in sprawling Yorkshire is every bit as extravagant as the individuals who once travelled in it. Multiple sofas, a gas hob and even Wi-Fi will ensure this turquoise camper suits your every need. There’s even a fire pit should you wish to get a bit more primeval about it all.
Surrounded by stunning coast, great nature walks and contemporary art, it’s the perfect place to spend a long weekend.