Picture this: a warm summer night, a light breeze cooling your skin as you watch the silhouettes of feathery clouds skid pass the moon. All around are the muted sounds of nocturnal creatures and just down the path is a crackling campfire. Maybe you follow that sound to join a group of figures, laughing and telling stories of their travels. You sit and help yourself to a warming drink. Maybe you retreat instead. You head to a tent…though it can hardly be called that, with a full sized, soft bed. Glamping can be the most incredible way to get close to nature whilst enjoying all the comforts your body has been craving through the working year.
Glamping is by far one of our favorite ways to escape, here at EC and we are delighted to offer such a range of unique and beautiful places to stay. If you are interested in a late-summer glamping trip (August/September), we recommend you start looking asap…see if any of these inspire you…
Situated in charming wooded countryside near Bath, this camp lets you reconnect with nature whilst also having a comfortable and relaxing experience. Spacious traditional bell tents allow you to experience the wild beauty of the untamed outdoors without finding yourself knee-deep in mud and without hot water. The tents are cozily furnished with log-burning stoves and futon beds made with fresh linen. As well as catering for bigger groups, The Farm Camp is ideally suited for two-to-four person midweek breaks, so why not take the opportunity to enjoy the perfect nature retreat?
Get a group together and go ‘off-grid’ with a countryside glamping experience. Oaker Wood Leisure caters for groups of between 10-100 people and can offer your party exclusivity at one of their two separate ‘Glamping Villages’. Located in the borderland wilderness between Herefordshire/Shropshire and Worcestershire, this camp and outdoor activity centre is based in 175 acres of mature privately owned woodland. You might struggle to get phone reception in this secluded location, but that will allow you to truly escape from the pressures of modern life. No phone calls, texts or emails… Bliss!
Eco Retreats offers a wifi free, eco-friendly retreat in the heart of Wales’ Dyfi forest. Our four beautiful yurts and one tipi secluded in a hidden valley offer a sense of peace and quiet that’s hard to find in today’s busy world. Each living space is in its own secluded spot far away from other guests, complete with private bathroom and private outdoor wood-fired bath.
If you’re looking for something a little more wild and wonderful…check out some of our incredible glamping outside the UK, and even outside Europe!
Situated in the Village of Jamtara, near Pench National Park, Jamtara Wilderness Camp is a 10 luxury tented property in the heart of rural Pench. Surrounded by tall Arjuna Trees and an ancient Banyan rooted on a dry riverbed, each tented room overlooks the forest which set the perfect background to this jungle experience.
The main area consists of a dining and lounge tent, a breakfast deck and an open fireplace. Sundowners can be enjoyed from the top of a mountainous rock plateau close by, delivering epic impressions of the vast beauty of the surroundings.
From Boulders Safari Camp you will explore the deep south of NamibRand Nature Reserve. Guided scenic drives, or two to three-hour walking safaris treading along the ancient hunting grounds of the bushmen, will happily fill your days.
The Observatorio: a treehouse suspended 25 meters above the forest floor, in the tropical Costa Rican rainforest canopy. This unique lodge allows you to truly experience the jungle from the perspective of the inhabiting monkeys, sloths, and toucans, all without harming a single tree. You reach your room by either climbing or being pulled up via an elevation system, so even getting to your room is an adventure in itself! Nature lovers will never forget the incredible views of the forest they’ll enjoy from this unique hotel in the sky.
The River Nile: Africa’s longest river and lifeblood. Its source has been a mystery for thousands of years, a mystery that Victorians John Hanning Speke and Richard F. Burton set out to solve in the1850s. Fast forward to today, don your explorer’s hat and head to The Source of the Nile Camp where you can experience this part of Tanzania just as those intrepid pioneers would have done over 150 years ago.