Fancy a glamping staycation with the kids? Family Traveller Editor, Jane Anderson knows the perfect places
1/5 Canopy & Stars
Canopy & Stars offers a vast selection of characterful glamping for families with the emphasis on getting the kids outdoors and appreciating the wild. Book a holiday with them and you might find yourselves foraging, feeding farm animals, living in trees, cooking over a campfire or crafting with sticks. Top of our picks is The Ferry Waiting Room in the Highlands of Scotland. Head to this lost and found ferry terminal and bothy, rehomed in the grounds of the fab Monachyle Mhor hotel for mountain views, starry skies and phenomenal hikes.
The Ferry Waiting Room on Canopy & Stars costs from £140 per night (sleeps 4).
2/5 Quality Unearthed
Quality Unearthed is a great collection of cabins, eco pods, narrow boats, safari tents, treehouses, wagons and yurts across the UK. We love Deerland Safari on an organic farm in the Dorset countryside. This stylish two-bedroom safari tent is off-grid and cooking is done on a small gas hob, lighting is via candles and torches and there’s a charcoal brazier on the deck for chilly evenings. There’s a double bedroom and a bunk room for kids. A hot shower and eco-loo are in an adjacent hut. Kids will love exploring the fields and woods on the look out for deer.
Four nights at Deerland Safari in August costs from £559 for up to four sharing. One dog is welcome free of charge.
3/5 The Tribeca
UK holiday village operator Away Resorts aims to revolutionise caravanning with the launch of the Tribeca. This vast boutique style caravan has an open-plan, uber chic living space, super cool kid’s bedroom and an adults bedroom with a hidden TV behind the mirror next to a stand-alone bath tub. The Tribeca can be found at Whitecliff Bay on the Isle of Wight and Tattershall Lakes Country Park in Lincolnshire by Easter in specially created family enclaves called the Tribeca Village. Watch out for the Pop Star Academy too!
Seven nights in a Tribeca with a hot tub in the Tribeca Village at Whitecliff Bay costs from £1,947 sleeping five in the summer holidays. awayresorts.co.uk
4/5 Wigwam Holidays
From its humble beginnings some 22 years ago, Wigwam® Holidays is now has over 80 sites across the UK from the rugged Scottish Isles to the shores of Cornwall. Wigwams® are fully insulated timber cabins with heating, lighting and secure doors and windows, not forgetting the comfortable mattresses and some with en suite toilets and showers too. All sites are independently owned and offer their own activities from nature trails to pottery.
A week’s stay at Wigwam Holidays‘ activity based East Grange is £497 for a family of four.
You might not have realised but YHA (England and Wales) now offers glamping. Brand new for 2017 are safari tents at YHA Tanners Hatch, a youth hostel on National Trust grounds in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Each tent has two bedrooms, a campers’ kitchen and outside decking with bbq. A woodburner keeps things cosy. There are fantastic walks nearby and a short drive gets you to Bocketts Farm Park, Chessington World of Adventures and Brooklands Museum.
The YHA offers Safari tents from £129 per night for a family of up to six people.
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