Glamping honeymoons: under the stars

Gone are the days when camping meant soggy, dirty days in a smelly tent in the middle of a waterlogged field (though of course, that’s still not that hard to find in the UK if that’s what you’re after). Not only have campsites drastically improved (thanks in no small part to the wonderful Cool Camping guides), but so-called “glamping”, or glamourous camping (two words which ten years ago would never have been seen together) has really taken off. Now camping doesn’t have to mean pitching your tent in the dark as the wind whips around you – while you can still enjoy the benefits of traditional camping – being outdoors, enjoying the peace of the countryside, having campfire dinners – you can also revel in the kind of comfort that wouldn’t be out of place in a boutique hotel.

I’m currently smitten with Sawday’s Canopy & Stars – a new collection of rather unique “camping” places to stay that has been put together by the people behind Alistair Sawday’s Special Places to Stay (which are, incidentally, great books to check out if you’re off to any of the destinations they cover). These places are really something special – from treehouses and luxurious yurts to utterly charming Gypsy caravans and an Iron Age-style roundhouse, you’re spoilt for choice if you’re looking for something in the UK that’s a bit different.

Here’s a few of my favourites:

Ekopod, Cornwall

A wood-fired bath, panoramic views of the surrounding hills, and within easy access of both the coast and the moors – what more could you want?

From £90 a night.

Lovestruck, Sussex

I love a bit of quirkiness – and Lovestruck is certainly that. A converted horsebox, of all things, which now has an interior that feels rather more like a homely gypsy caravan. With its wood-clad interior, curtained-off bed and gingham curtains, it’s delightfully cosy and unashamedly old fashioned.

From £90 a night.

Yarlington Yurt, Somerset

There’s a number of lovely yurts on the website, but this one is my favourite. It’s been beautifully decorated with a nod to the Victorians, with lots of beautiful fabrics and rugs, paintings, old suitcases and other knickknacks. With fairy lights strung into the canopy, it would be a really magical choice – and, best of all Yarlington House (the grounds of which the yurt sits on) is a popular wedding venue, so this would also be a fabulous spot to spend your first night.

From £80 a night.

The Roundhouse, Cornwall

This really is unique – an authentic replica roundhouse, complete with an utterly luxurious four-poster bed and an amazing moorland setting, close to the sea. It looks wonderfully rustic, but with all the right touches (I love the pink rug and the curtains on the bed) to make it something really special and romantic. This one’s definitely going on my list of places to go next year.

From £125 per night.

You can also buy Canopy & Stars gift cards, which would make a wonderful wedding present.

All photos courtesy of Canopy & Stars

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