‘Luxury’ and ‘camping’ may not be two words you’d expect to see together, or even in the same sentence. Yet as festivals catering to a wider audience than fun-loving, mud-splashing youngsters continue to spring up, so do possibilities for accommodation that is a bit more Splendia – and a bit less ‘rain-soaked family holiday circa 1995’. Read on for our top 3 ways to experience the great outdoors in style…
This “transient hotel” does exactly what it says on the tin, appearing at some of Britain’s most desirable outdoor events. Henley Festival and Regatta 2012, the River Cottage and Glastonbury 2013 (of course) are a few of the destinations playing host to these luxurious custom-designed Bell tents. The Pop-Up Hotel takes the camping experience and sieves out all the bad bits – the wet, the mud, the unpleasant space issues – leaving you with a romantic, boutique hotel experience that allows you to get up close and personal with the English countryside. Those most discerning campers will be delighted to know that suites enjoy king-sized beds, en suite bathrooms and covered front decks.
Ecopod Boutique Retreat
Nestled on Scotland’s famously beautiful west coast, these environmentally-friendly domed structures provide guilt-free decadence and stunning panoramic views. They use just a fraction of the energy required for a standard 5-star hotel but retain all of the indulgent touches: luxury organic linens, cedar bathrooms and leather sofas, as well as fully-equipped kitchens with an electricity supply. Enjoy a countryside ramble, a spot of horse riding or sample some Scottish langoustines before returning to your pod to sink into Ecopod Boutique Retreat’s handmade Japanese cedar hot tub. If it weren’t for the vista, you might even forget that you’re still outside… technically, at least.
Camping-averse festival-goers attending Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party or Bestival should definitely look into hiring one of these stunning tents. Erected and decorated so you don’t have to get your hands dirty, they come in three types: basic, simple and sumptuous – the latter featuring lavish and meticulously sourced textiles from Vietnam, Mexico and Rajasthan, to name a few. Individually-styled explosions of warm colour and organic patterns, Hooe’s Yurts are cocoons of exoticism which provide the perfect respite to a long day spent under the beaming British sunshine.
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