Friday, 08 April 2016

Glamp it up

Go glamping in a fun and funky pod, den or dome – it’s the stylish way to get back to nature

Written by Wendy Gomersall


Loveland Farm, Devon
The five pods at Loveland Farm vary in size and all have one clear side for the moon and stars to shine through. Eden Pod, for example, has space for six people under a stainless-steel skeleton covered in a lightweight shell. Beneath the bubble, there’s a tipi with a double bed inside, two sofa beds and a dining table. Two wooden huts sit on the elevated deck – one has a kitchenette inside, the other has a hot shower and eco loo. A two-night stay costs £212 for two people.

0117-204 7830,

West Stow Pods, Suffolk
West Stow’s wooden glamping pods sleep four people on one double bed and a fold-out double sofa bed. There is an en-suite shower and WC and other amenities include a kitchenette with fridge, oven, and tea-making facilities. You’ll find a table, chairs and a barbecue on the outdoor decking. Pods cost from £65 per night, based on two adults sharing.

020-7820 9333,

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Middlewick Cottages, Somerset

Middlewick Farm in Glastonbury is home to three luxury E-den cabins. Each one has a double bed, a Velux window for stargazing, a shower room, barbecue and decking. There is a heated indoor swimming pool on site. The cabins cost from £63 per night, for two adults sharing.



Lake Torassieppi, Finland
Artisan Travel offers new Aurora Dome tents in Finnish Lapland, by Lake Torassieppi. Each has a large window from which to see the Northern Lights, double/twin beds and stove, with sauna and toilets just 50 metres away. The Torassieppi Summer Tailormade trip, from £780 per person, includes one night in a Dome, three nights at a reindeer farm, half-board and flights. Activities available, from £40 per person, include canoeing and hiking with huskies.


Les Cantarelles, France
Lakeside Les Cantarelles, Villefranche-de-Panat, in Aveyron, central France, has 450 acres of grounds and an on-site snack bar serving quick and delicious bites, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a play area, which includes ping pong and pétanque. Guests can choose to stay in quirky, basic tonneau, or barrel pods. Sleeping up to four, the pods cost from £35 per night, based on a two-night stay.

travel-590-2Kahutara, New Zealand

Kahutara, New Zealand

A third Pure Pod has opened in Kaikoura on New Zealand’s beautiful South Island, following the success of the first in Little River, Canterbury, and another in Manakau, Kaikoura. The all-glass pod allows guests to enjoy the stunning surrounding scenery and nearby activities include birdwatching and bush hikes. Pods cost from £210 per night, based on two people sharing. 
020-7930 1662, – for NZ packages: 01737-900593,

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