Posted on June 25, 2021
If you’re after all the excitement of escaping to nature and falling asleep under twinkling stars without the “roughing it” element of camping, then glamping could be perfect for you!
Most of us will be exploring closer to home this summer and autumn, looking for a little escape either in the countryside or along the coast. For countryside destinations, The Cotswolds should be top of your list with its boundless nature, picturesque towns to explore and a fantastic foodie culture.
For those wanting to relax in a home away from home this summer, we’re sharing six of the best places in The Cotswolds for a spot of glamping.
Situated on a small family run farm, a few miles from the towns of Tewkesbury and Winchcombe, Cotswolds Glamping offer camping holidays in the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside. Featuring all the fun of sleeping under canvas without the hard work and necessary prep required for a traditional camping trip, glamping is definitely the way to go for busy folk in need of an escape.
With three bell tents on the farm positioned near facilities but in their own private space, expect king size beds for a good night's sleep, a kitchen room kitted out with everything you need to prepare a delicious meal, plus your own private outdoor area with a fire pit and BBQ.
We love their summer house facilities that are available for anyone staying in the bell tents to use. Seeing as there are only three tents, there’s no need to worry about the shared facilities being overcrowded. The summer house has gorgeous outdoor seating with a pizza oven if you fancy a night of pizza making, plus the heated outdoor pool is essential for that summer holiday feeling!
Book your glamping retreat over on the Cotswold Glamping website.
Surrounded by nature and sounds of the farm, Cotswold Farm Park is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for a family luxury camping experience!
For the ultimate “no worries” trip, choose their lodges which sleep up to six people and why not take your stay to the next level by requesting a lodge with a private wood-fired hot tub? With everything self-contained from the private bathrooms to fully-equipped kitchen, it’s a perfect choice for families that want to keep to themselves. Each lodge even comes with a BBQ and private deck overlooking the rolling Cotswolds hills.
If you’re looking for camping but with a few creature comforts thrown in, the glamping tents are just for you. Their Moroccan-themed tents offer a great introduction for those new to camping. Everything’s here for you, ready and waiting and each tent offers lighting, electricity, a fridge and kettle for those essential morning cuppas, beds and fresh linen.
Finally, brand new for summer, from 9th July to the 31st August Cotswold Farm Park are throwing a family glamping party, creating a village of 16 ‘festival themed’ luxury bell tents, each sleeping up to 5 guests. What makes this stay extra special is all the included food! From sausage baps to stone baked pizzas, each guest is treated to two meals per day for the duration of their stay.
Cotswold Farm Park are currently taking bookings up until 31st October with good availability from September. All bookings include daytime Farm Park entry for the duration of your stay. Find out more here.
Notgrove lies in the heart of The Cotswolds, only four miles from Northleach and is the idyllic location for a Cotswolds family glamping or group holiday.
Take your pick from their modern barns, glamping pods or luxury safari tents for a little taste of the exotic right here in England. All accommodation is self catering, however if cooking isn’t really your thing, you can have fresh home-cooked food delivered to your door, eat at the on-site Nuttery Cafe or even hire a private chef if you’re staying in one of the barns.
Why not make the most of being in the countryside, surrounded by local farmers and order fresh meat and groceries from The Black Farmer to be delivered direct to your barn, pod or tent on arrival?
If you’re unsure of what to do throughout your stay, Notgrove really go above and beyond to provide amazing activities and facilities that span from the adventurous to completely chilled out. Get exploring with their electric quad bike adventures, bush craft and foraging experiences. Or take a laid back art or yoga class and wander through their beautiful mapped walks in 1500 acres of Cotswold countryside. Did we mention that they also have cute farm animals on site? Keep an eye out for their friendly alpacas, highland cattle and noisy donkeys!
Find out more about a stay at Notgrove Holidays over on their website.
Featured in Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, Stylist, The Guardian and many more, Loghouse Holidays is the place for a luxury retreat while getting back to nature. Each of the eight luxury log cabins is placed in their serene, private 130 acre nature reserve in The Cotswolds.
Time moves slowly as you’re embraced by the peace of nature. Take your boat out on the lake to listen to the morning birdsong or watch as the sun sets and is beautifully reflected over the lake from your steaming hot tub. For those chillier evenings, stay cosy and be comforted by the warmth and crackle of flickering flames from your fire-pit.
Log House Holidays is the perfect choice is you’re after privacy and peace. Hidden in the countryside, you’re secluded from the busy towns in The Cotswolds, while also being far enough from other cabins in the reserve to feel like you have the place to yourself. Every one of the eco-friendly log cabins has been built by hand, using solid Baltic pine logs from Finland to keep guests cool in summer and cosy in winter.
Log House Holidays is open all year round for a Cotswolds luxury retreat, find out more and book here.
Westley Farm in Chalford, Stroud is home to secluded Cotswold stone cottages and magical woodland glamping yurts and cabins.
Offering glorious views, seclusion and fantastic pubs just a walk away, Westley Farm’s 70 acres of Cotswolds nature are sublimely beautiful. Feel immersed in the true English countryside and while away the day watching ponies and sheep graze the fields. Keep an eye out for the odd deer and fox that emerge from the nearby woodland while listening to the doves coo.
Each cottage is set in its own quiet area on the farm while the glamping spots are hidden in the magnificent ancient woodland. We’re in love with the newly opened Far Out Yurt that's beautifully crafted from the natural materials in the very woodland in which it stands. A hideaway among the trees, Far Out Yurt perches on a platform in a complete world of its own, far from the crowds.
The cosy elements of the glamping experience are well thought out, with plenty of cushions and throws retrieved from the Marrakesh Express throughout the yurt. Beds made up with crisp linen ensure a perfect night’s sleep and luxurious towels await from your dip in the wood-fired hot tub or fresh outdoor shower.
Find out more over on the Westley Farm website.
If hiking, wildlife watching and waking up to the sound of grazing sheep is what you’re looking for from a Cotswolds glamping escape, then check out Hidcote Manor!
The Canvas Lodge tents are a stone’s throw from the honey-coloured limestone hamlet that clusters around the gorgeous National Trust gardens of Hidcote Manor. Sleeping up to six people, the lodges are built with simplicity in mind without sacrificing luxury. You have everything you need, from beds with fluffy duvets to electricity, wifi and a fully equipped kitchen.
A haven for wildlife, the farm features bird plots that play host to skylarks, lapwings, and finches. You can also catch a glimpse of the residing badgers on a summer evening if you’re quiet enough! Covering just under 300 acres, half of the land is home to the 450 grazing sheep and in spring, you can watch adorable lambs as they leap and jump across the fields.
Hidcote Manor farm is also ideally situated for exploring some of those iconic Cotswolds towns. Chipping Campden, home of the Arts and Crafts movement is just a four-mile footpath walk away. Broadway, ‘the jewel of the Cotswolds’, is a little further off by car and you can read up on what to do and see in Broadway in our Area Guide.
Find out more and book a stay at Hidcote Manor Farm here.