We take a look at true glamping seclusion in ten of the most remote glamping and luxury camping locations.
If camping is all about getting out into
the wilderness then glamping is about doing it with an added bit of style. Sure
you still want a deep double bed, en-suite showers and a steamy morning
espresso but no one’s saying you can’t do it all in the most remote and
wild places. Peace, tranquility and the freshest of country air – no where
does it better than these spots. We’ve picked ten of our favourite glamping sites, from shepherd’s huts in the hills to yurts in river valleys, all with that middle of nowhere feel. Now all you have to do is find a trusty map and jump in the car!
Separated from mainland Wales by the narrow Menai Strait, Anglesey boasts some of the country’s most
remote and beautiful scenery. How fitting it is, then, that this, one of few
glamping options around, comprises just five tranquil clearings carved out of a
wooded wilderness – two with yurts and three with tipis. The rest of the site
is untamed enough for you to feel like you’re the first person to
discover it. The only time you’ll leave is to explore the Coastal Path, a network of sweeping sandy beaches and dramatic towering cliffs.
Tuscany may not strike you as a secluded getaway – Pisa and pizza seekers alike swamp the
place in Summer. Yet at the regions eastern fringes, you can truly leave the beaten track. Nestled in the heart of the Val’d’Ambra, lush, green hills stretch for miles around while in-land lagoons puddle the valley floor. Comprised of 8 wooden ‘caravans’ and 5 wooden ‘tent houses’, Agricampeggio Madonna Di Pogi offers ingenious glamping accommodation and a campsite owner with one of Italy’s friendliest faces. It’s an undiscovered Tuscan treasure.
Searching for isolation in the wilds is nothing new, in fact, Hesleyside manor in the fringe of Kielder Forest has been around since 1343. Not exactly abandoned in the hills then, Hesleyside Huts still has some civilisation on the doorstep but surrounded by the vast and largely unpopulated national park it’s certainly a secluded hideaway. The huts themselves fit the classy manor setting, with wooden furnishings and sumptuous beds, while outside you can fish in the prestigious north tyne or take on the world renowned mountain biking on offer.
Seclusion seekers in the UK have a tendency to head straight for the
north of Scotland but you needn’t go to its craggy fingertips to experience
true remoteness. Just over an hour south of Edinburgh, on the banks of Ettrick
Water, Ettrick Valley Yurts offers a stunning riverside location and equally beautiful accommodation.
The two yurts are perfectly poised for fishing, hiking and cycling with silent
nights and dark, starry skies.
It can take a real search to find
privacy in the summer honey-pot that is Portugal, yet retreat east into the
mountains and Pego Ferreiro is ready to destroy your preconceptions. Far into
the hills of Serra de São Mamede Natural Park, three wooden cabins are so
snuggled among the trees that you could easily miss them. The most sought
after, The River Lodge, sits enviably elevated above the Rio
Sever, meandering through the park, with expertly hand-carved furniture on
the overlooking balcony.
Our ten remote glamping sites could have easily all come from Ireland but at the edge of the northerly Fanad Peninsula, Portsalon Luxury Camping is the one that takes the bacon. Five stunning yurts come furnished with king-size beds and wood-burning stoves with stunning coastal views. The closest beach to the 18-acre site is none other than Ballymastocker Bay, voted by The Observer as the second best beach on the entire planet, only pipped to the post by some spot in the Seychelles. Shame. We think it’s unbeatable.
Four tipis and two yurts hidden away in a stunning, remote forest are the simple yet effective makeup of Eco Retreats. The site theme is peace and tranquility, with a healthy dose of eco-living thrown in. Each of the dwellings is set in its own idyllic location with access only possible on foot. To get you into the mood, the experience includes a session of reiki healing in the comfort of your own tipi and soothing meditation sessions as the sun sets. Out here, in Southern Snowdonia, you won’t be disturbed.
Deep in the
protected Parc Naturel Livradois Forez, hidden from view amid the pine-clad
slopes, Camping Auvergne Naturelle is one of the most magnificently isolated
glamping sites in France. Truly off the beaten track, the campsite has an
alpine feel that reminds one more of Switzerland. There are just four
deliciously decorated yurts, each allotted their own personal shower, along
with an immaculate sanitary block and communal barn. Campfires are a must as is
bringing a pair of sturdy walking shoes to go exploring.
between mountains and loch, Loch Tay Highland Lodges started out as a tents
only gem, once splashed across the pages of Cool
Camping Scotland. Things have moved on in the intervening years and now its
wigwams, glamping domes and woodland cabins that compliment the stunning surroundings.
Down by the waterside try activities like kayaking, sailing and
fishing, or turn and take the campsite path that leads directly up Ben Lawers,
a serious mountain ascent only to be tackled by the suitably skilled.
Doesn’t the name say it all? Out among the back roads of the Llyn Pensinsula, innovation and style combine in the shape of three geodesic glamping domes. Named after the surrounding mountains, the domes feature large timber beds covered with Welsh woolen blankets, with lamps, candles and wood-burning stoves all adding to the comfort. The new Welsh Coastal Path is 3 miles away or up the stakes and take a day trip to Bardsey Island, the only spot more remote than the peninsula itself.
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