10 of the best UK glamping sites for foodies
From pods in the grounds of a restaurant to yurts on a garlic farm, there are plenty of places to camp — and eat — in style.
Forget tins of beans and fiddly gas stoves. As glamping has reinvented camping, so has it reinvented camp food. There are now luxe sites where your pitch not only comes with a barbecue and fire pit but an on-site kitchen garden, farm shop, gourmet feast nights or delicious dishes delivered direct to your yurt, cabin or treehouse. Here are some of the UK’s tastiest retreats to try.
1. Fforest Farm, Ceredigion
Fforest Farm — a rustic-chic hodgepodge of shacks, lofts and domes scattered along the River Teifi — is as renowned for its food as its gorgeous glamping. Drink and be merry at Y Bwthyn (Fforest’s onsite pub), dine at the convivial lodge, spend time in the vegetable garden or book a seat in the barn for one of Fforest’s local-produce-packed eight-course feasts. Domes (sleeping two, plus two children) from £260 for two nights.
2. Ham Hideaway, Kent
At this new high-end enclave of shepherds’ huts and roomy safari tents you can experience the joys of camping alongside the glamour of a five-star hotel. A 15-minute drive from the coastal town of Deal, accommodation comes with a private chef and butler service. Opt for a prosecco afternoon tea on arrival, breakfast in bed or a three-course meal served on your deck. Huts (sleeping two) from £195 per night.
3. Mad Dogs & Vintage Vans, Herefordshire
Cooking outdoors — on your barbecue or fire pit — is encouraged at Mad Dogs, a cluster of four eclectic vintage vans, tucked into a Wye Valley meadow. The on-site honesty deli is packed with everything from locally produced meat, cheese and chutneys to homemade Mad Dogs cider. Don’t feel like cooking? Order ‘van service’ to have wholesome homecooked food, such as curries, chillies and crumbles, brought to your door. Vans (sleeping two) from £170 for two nights.
4. Abbey Farm, Yorkshire
In the heart of the North York Moors, Abbey Farm is the producer of artisan Rosedale Goat’s Cheese made from its herd of Smock Alley goats. It’s also home to two luxe shepherds’ huts, complete with antique French bedsteads, private showers and heated gazebos. Guests can buy goat meat to barbecue, as well as breakfast hampers featuring goat’s milk yogurt and cheese; and cheese-making courses run in the farmhouse kitchen. Huts (sleeping two) from £95 per night.
5. Monachyle Mhor, Perth & Kinross
Foodies flock to loch-side Monachyle Mhor Hotel for its award-winning restaurant, where outstanding dishes are made from ingredients sourced from its own garden, farm and the nearby hills. Glamping options in the hotel grounds — a 1950s wagon, a cosy bothy and a modern treehouse —provide quirky accommodation, spectacular Highlands views and easy access to the hotel’s dining delights. Monachyle Mhor has its own bakery and chippy in nearby Callander, too. Wagon (sleeping four) from £145 per night.
6. West Lexham Glamping, Norfolk
You won’t go hungry at West Lexham, a fairytale-style woodland site of bell tents and treehouses that also claims to be a “fully catered biodynamic extravaganza”. Its Kitchen Cafe serves plant-based breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily, using ingredients from the organic garden. Seasonal feasts are held, too. Treehouses (sleeping two/six) from £247 for two nights.
7. Garlic Farm, Isle of Wight
This family-run farm has been growing garlic for more than 60 years and is open to visitors year-round. To wake up amid the aromatic alliums, stay in one of its yurts, handmade on the Isle of Wight, which come with kitchens, outside firepits and barbecues. Pick up products at the farm shop (black garlic beer, garlic ice cream), dine at the on-site restaurant or sign up for a garlic bread-making class. Yurts (sleeping four) from £263 for two nights.
8. Bert’s Kitchen Garden, Gwynedd
Set around a bountiful kitchen garden on the lovely Llŷn Peninsula, close to the sea, this almost wild campsite is great for glamping, too. Accommodation is in Otto, a converted school bus, and Hank, a renovated camper. Hungry? Bert’s restaurant opens for croissants at breakfast, afternoon cake, evening drinks and weekly full-on feasts, with much of the produce grown, sourced or foraged within a few miles. Otto (sleeping four) from £200 per night.
9. Grasmere Glamping, Lake District
The Yan hotel is one of the finest foodie finds in the Lakes: dishes are no-fuss and delicious (with everything down to the ketchup made from scratch) but reasonably priced. And the two stylish, heated glamping pods are perfect for the peckish; there’s no extra charge for room service, so guests can order breakfasts and hearty dinners — Cumberland sausages, signature Shepherd’s Pie — to be delivered. Pods (sleeping two) from £275 for three nights.
10. Oastbrook Estate, East Sussex
Wake up and smell the chardonnay… The bell tents at Oastbrook sit right by the estate’s vines. Tours and tastings can be arranged, or you can order a bottle of Oastbrook wine to match a chef-prepared meal, served in the privacy of your den or around the communal fire. A breakfast hamper will be brought to your tent each morning, too. Bell tents (sleeping two) from £145 per night, including breakfast.
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