What is glamping?

From yurts to shepherd's huts and everything in between, glamping is much more fun than you may think. If you love the outdoors, getting back to nature and enjoying all your home comforts, glamping could well be your perfect getaway.

Glamping definition: Glamping, or ‘glamorous camping’, is a step up from traditional tent camping and usually involves staying in small, self-contained accommodation with a focus on creature comforts like full-sized beds and cooking facilities. Glamping usually takes place on specific sites or in set locations, and tends to focus on getting back to nature.

 

Couple under duvet in wooden-interior glamping pod

Types of glamping

The different types of glamping available are largely related to the type of accommodation you choose. Where traditional glamping is often associated with yurts and safari tents, probably because of its camping origin, there are so many other places you could stay. Glamping pods, cabins and lodges are a more hardy, all-weather option for nature lovers and explorers, where shepherd’s huts often offer a more ‘back-to-basics’ approach. For a real 'wow' factor when glamping, try a treehouse stay or a renovated campervan/caravan. The latter often have a more personal touch than other forms of glamping, where ordinary people repurpose units they're no longer using themselves.

Couple sitting on blanket outside countryside yurt

Enjoy a yurt stay in Kent

Benefits of glamping

There are plenty of reasons to go glamping. Whilst it might be more expensive than traditional camping, this is often for good reason. Many glamping units come with toilets and showers - like our glamping pods, cabins and Airstream caravans - and offer a more sturdy covering compared to a tent. Glamping therefore, is a great all-weather option, giving it the edge over traditional tent camping.

Similarly, whilst campers will often be confined to a small area of a campsite, with glamping you’ll potentially get to stay in some stunning locations. Even if you visit a glamping site, your accommodation will usually have a private feel to it, secluded from other guests. It might not feel quite as remote as some shepherd’s huts located in the middle of nowhere, or treehouses way up off the ground, but your perspective could well be altered on a glamping break.

Man cooking in airstream kitchen while chatting to wife

Cook up a storm in your Airstream kitchen

Eco-friendly glamping

One of the benefits of camping is that it's largely eco-friendly. Glamping doesn't have to be an exception to this though, and you may just find that glamping is more eco-friendly than you originally thought.

If you’re comparing a glamping break with a hotel stay, glamping trumps on eco-friendliness the majority of the time. Many glamping sites have solar panels installed to generate at least most of the electricity they use, and often use less electricity and water than a stay in a hotel, as a result of needing less maintenance. 

Of course, there are glamping sites out there that use compost toilets, have a spring water showers and perhaps has no electricity or Wi-Fi whatsoever. These are much more eco-friendly than your standard glamping option, but a little harder to find.

Couple in the porch of a camping pod at Brighton

Our cosy camping pods offer a back-to-basics glamping experience


Our glamping sites have plenty to offer whether this is your first glamping stay or your fiftieth, and with six accommodation types in eight stunning locations across the UK, you're bound to find something to suit your needs.

 

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