Are you one of those people who have never been camping but want to know what all the fuss is about? Or have you avoided camping like the plague because it looks far too stressful? Is there just too much mud? Or too many creepy crawlies? Well now there’s a solution to the stressful camping situation; find alternative but still adventurous accommodation. Here’s a guide to the most exciting “glamping” options out there…
The good old camper van is a miniature self-catering apartment on wheels. There’s a vast array of makes, sizes and specifications to suit all budgets and if you don’t think you’ll be using it often, there’s always hiring options. They have everything you need for a short break including a fold away dining table, a tiny TV and some even come with a miniature dishwasher. Check out http://www.chooseleisure.co.uk for buying options and http://www.mcrent.co.uk/ have some great deals on hiring motorhomes. If you really want to camp in style then there’s also many sites available for hiring traditional VW camper vans, they may be slightly less equipped than the modern motor but they ooze charm and boots your happy hippy camper status. VW Camper Hire are as retro as it gets with bespoke interior design in each of their vans with added luxuries such as a flatscreen TV.
Good points: Everything you could possibly need including the kitchen sink.
Bad points: Expensive.
Glam Rating: 5/10 for the motorhome
7/10 for the VW campervan
Yurts are undeniably cool and are far cosier than they first appear. These tipi-like structures originated in Mongolia and have been adapted for modern camping use. Each Yurt is typically built with a sturdy wooden frame and has a tough canvas exterior. They are English Precipitation-proof. Don’t worry about being cold because they are equipped with a wood burning stove and many furnishing are provided such as blankets and sheep skin rugs. A fantastic glamping site is Bivouac in North Yorkshire which has eight Yurts, several log cabins and a bunk barn. You can also explore Yurt buying options at http://www.yurtsforlife.com/.
Good points: Stylish, cosy and something out-of the ordinary.
Bad points: You have to go to the Yurts rather than taking them with you.
Glam rating: 9/10
The tent is not to be underestimated. Although it looks complicated, cold and could collapse in a slight puff of wind, tents are getting more sophisticated by the year and one option is to buy a fold out trailer-tent. Opus have created an innovative camping device that’s part tent, part motor home that neatly collapses down into its own trailer so it can be towed anywhere. The trailer becomes a base for the main living area which comprises of a fitted gas cooker, sink, work top, storage space and then a sofa folding out bed. The two sides hold elevated sleeping spaces which can be zipped up like a tent for privacy. Devices such as these can be unfolded and constructed in as little as 10 minutes and packed away just as fast.
Good points: Highly mobile and easy to set up.
Bad points: No bathroom facilities.
Glam rating: 9/10 because its so ingenious.