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If you’re looking for a weekend away in the great British countryside, all wrapped up in an affordable slice of luxury, glamping is the way to go. There’s no building tents, no pumping up air mattresses and no fighting for the best pitch. Budget glamping in the UK has become a bit of a thing and I’m so down for it.
From wooden pods to bell tents and little huts, cheap glamping in the UK can be found all over the country making it the perfect option for a weekend away close to home.
And let’s face it, domestic travel is the way forward at the moment…
So to help inspire you (and me) to explore more of the UK on an affordable budget, I’ve enlisted the help of some fellow glamping fanatics to bring you some of the best glamping in the UK locations. So grab your camp chairs and BBQ food and check out these awesome places to go glamping on a budget in the UK.
1. The Glamping Orchard, Cotswolds
The Glamping Orchard in the heart of the Severn Vale in Gloucestershire is a true haven of rural tranquillity, perfect for couples and families alike. Nestled within an orchard on a working farm, there is a renovated vintage Warwick Knight caravan as well as a cute bell tent with lots of homely touches to make guests feel welcome.
Each unit is self-contained with its own washing cabin and compost toilet hut, and plenty of open space for picnics and toasting marshmallows over fire pits. The caravan is particularly quirky with a mini climbing wall inside to access the children’s bunk beds, and a roof terrace with chairs so you can watch the sunset whilst enjoying a glass of wine.
As well as meeting the resident animals and collecting your own eggs from the chickens for breakfast, there are local walks along the banks of the River Severn, as well as horse and carriage rides to be enjoyed. You can also take a day trip to the Cotswolds, try out the numerous cycling routes in the area and sample the delights of local eateries. The Glamping Orchard appeared on George Clarke’s ‘Amazing Spaces’ and is a real hidden gem.
Recommended by Heather from Conversant Traveller
2. Hill Farm, Suffolk
Hill Farm, near Eye in Suffolk, is a glorious 160-acre arable working farm. The glamping site is located in an ancient bluebell wood at the end of a road. There’s definitely no traffic anywhere near this affordable glamping site. Unless, of course, you include the wildlife – this is a great place to spot rabbits, hares, deer, pheasants and foxes.
The site has 6 bell tents, which can sleep up to four in each tent and there are (new in 2019) shower, toilet and kitchen facilities. Each tent also has a picnic table and a barbecue, plus there are shared bikes and games to borrow from the farm. The entire site has WiFi access. There are a network of public footpaths around Hill Farm, including access to the Mid Suffolk Long distance walk and you can easily walk to 3 local pubs that provide meals – and takeaways too!
The closest town with facilities is Eye, with a greengrocer, butchers, two small supermarkets and a great fish and chip shop! And just 200 metres away, the next farm has an honesty box for free-range eggs too! There are also two holiday cottages available for rent. Hill Farm is a perfect affordable glamping escape – we know, we’ve been here for 9 weeks and adore the place!
Recommended by Sarah from Lets Grow Cook
3. Surf Snowdonia, Wales
Surf Snowdonia Adventure Parc is a world-first inland surf lagoon. The lagoon was built on a derelict industrial site that was once home to an aluminium factory. There are a number of glamping pods on-site, with washroom facilities nearby and access to the lagoon side hot tubs and sauna. There is also a surfside cafe and bar, for your meals and drinks if you don’t fancy cooking during your stay.
The glamping pods sleep up to four guests, with a double bed and two single beds. There is also underfloor heating, lighting, plug sockets and a lovely decked area to the front of the pod with a picnic bench and seating area. What is really special about Surf Snowdonia is the opportunity to try out surfing in a controlled environment. During your stay you can try your hand at a surf lesson, choosing from beginner to intermediate to advanced. There is also the Crash & Splash Lagoon providing an opportunity to test your balance, agility and determination by trying out the over-water challenge.
Surf Snowdonia is situated in North Wales and there is so much to see and do nearby, including the Snowdonia Railway, Conwy town walls beautiful beaches and stunning walks around Snowdonia National Park.
Recommended by Katy from Otis and Us
4. Nettwood Farm, Somerset
Sitting on a ridge overlooking particularly breath-taking scenery is Nettwood Farm. The farm offers a mixture of camping and glamping in three small fields.
Nettwood Farm is located in the Mendip Hills area of Somerset, close to Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole and within day-trip distance of Wells, Bath and Bristol along with many other attractions in south-west England. However, once you reach the site, you might find it difficult to leave. There are many walks straight from the farm ranging from short strolls through the farm’s woods to extensive hikes down towards the Chew Valley lake.
There are five different glamping options including a pod and a safari tent, some come with a bathroom and heating so there’s no need to rough it at Nettwood Farm. Some of the glamping units sleep families of up to five while others are just for two guests. BBQs and log fires are permitted at Nettwood and there’s a little play area in one of the fields, making Nettwood Farm perfect for families.
If you don’t fancy cooking, there are several pubs within walking distance of the farm, perfect if you like to walk off your meal afterwards. At night, the skies can be incredibly clear and unpolluted, ideal for star-gazing. The owners are friendly and helpful, making a stay at Nettwood Farm an enjoyed and relaxing holiday for groups of friends, families and couples alike.
Recommended by Annabel from Smudged Postcard
5. Highfield Farm, Devon
Highfield Farm in Topsham, Devon, is a small glamping site offering a choice of three tipis and The Snug. I stayed in The Snug, a bargain at £70 a night on AirBnB.
The Snug is essentially a shed, which doesn’t have electricity, but does have a luxuriously cosy bed, solar powered fairy lights and access to a clean compost toilet a few metres away. You’ll find touches such as a hot water bottle, blankets, firewood and a camping stove waiting for you, and outside there’s a fire pit for cooking or keeping warm on cool evenings.
Although there’s not much to do site, the charming village of Topsham is within easy reach and full of boutique shops, cafés and restaurants, tennis courts and a heated swimming pool. Nearby, Darts Farm offers an extensive farm shop, and you can walk around the farm, enjoying the company of cows, pigs and alpacas! There’s also a play area, making it perfect for families.
For the adults, don’t miss a visit to Pebblebed Vineyard and Winery, which is just a couple of miles away from Highfield Farm glamping site and offers tours and tastings.
Recommended by Ellen from Adventures with Nell
6. Dinas Caravan Park- Snowdonia National Park, Wales
7. Tapnell Farm, Isle of Wight
8. Deer’s Glade, North Norfolk
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