15 luxury glamping spots
Well, if you go down to the woods, you'll be sure of a big surprise. In a good way, mind. Luxury glamping options anyone? Let's go!
Elmley Nature Reserve, Isle of Sheppey
Elmley Nature Reserve is one of our favourite destinations in Kent to completely switch off from life. It’s the only National Nature Reserve in England where you can spend the night and they have a wealth of luxurious sleeping options to do just that – why not try one of their uber-Instagrammable Shepherd’s Huts?
The Damson, The Ferryman’s and The Salt Box are their large shepherd huts. Sleeping up to 4 people with two beds (one kingsize!), fire pit, galley kitchen, epic marsh views and depending which one you book you’ll either have a hot outdoors bath tub or an open air shower with a view! Don’t worry, there is a shower inside too incase you’re not open to that exhilarating experience!
Or try their smaller traditional Shepherd’s Hut; Little Owl and Samphire. Perfect for 2 people with a full-sized double bed with sweeping views, wood burning stove, ensuite bathroom decorated in a rustic, vintage style.
Or why not experience the magic of Elmley from a beautiful, roomy Bell Tent? With 3 to choose from, they’re all provided with electricity, a BBQ, a gas stove and beautiful Bramley products. Sleep in comfort in a double bed and wake up to the wilderness in their luxury tents, perfect for families, friends or couples.
Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve
Home to the county’s only safari experience, as well as over 900 animals across 75 species – this wildlife park and breeding sanctuary offers something special. Situated between Ashford and Folkestone this attraction has really upped its game in the last few years – offering a huge raft of brilliant accommodation experiences.
Experience luxury glamping like no other with Forest Hideaways, Camping Pods, Shepherd Hut’s, stay closer than ever to their residents giraffes in a luxury tent at Giraffe Lodge or have the opportunity to stargaze on safari in your very own Bubble offering 180-degree panoramic views (pictured) – there’s something for everyone.
Coming soon is Leopard Creek! Tucked away in a quiet corner of the reserve by their leopard enclosure, stay in a luxurious cabin (2-4 people options) and get to meet a pair of majestic Amur leopards.
Romney Marsh Shepherds Huts, Romney Marsh
Escape to these gorgeous, traditional shepherd huts that offer a touch of luxury (of course), situated at the heart of the family farm on the Romney Marsh. With stunning views, these huts give you the chance to unwind and get close to nature. Did we mention they have a flock of 1,200 Romney ewes and 150 Merino ewes?
The Romney Marsh Shepherd Huts are fully equipped with a double bed, kitchen (including hob), a built in toilet and shower room, and outdoor fire pit – basically everything you could possibly need so you can hide away from it all for as long as you like. Settle in for a night under the stars by the fire pit, or cosy up inside with the log burner on. Whichever season you choose to visit Romney Marsh offers a unique experience – from summer sunsets to crisp winter mornings, as well as all the colours of autumn and the famous marsh mists in the spring.
Everything about this place makes for a magical break away and wholesome escapism.
Leeds Castle Knight’s Glamping, nr Maidstone
Rest your head like a queen at the most beautiful castle in the world! Leeds Castle has created Knight’s Glamping, a beautiful area of eight striped pavilions with their own decking for those summer nights, sleeping up to 4 persons. Enjoy the luxury of a four posted bed, electric flame effect stove, crisp cotton bedding and you don’t need to bring any special camping kit with you! Just food for your evening feast mind. Plus you’re just a short stroll away from Knight’s Cottage where your shower and washing facilities are.
Your booking ALSO includes access to Leeds Castle, grounds and attractions. There’s so much on offer for a jam-packed day including castle tours, walking routes, pretty gardens, playgrounds, The Maze, Adventure Golf, the Birds of Prey Centre with Falconry Shows, Segway Tours and Go Ape Tree Top Adventure plus The Castle View Restaurant – breakfast sorted!
AirRV Luxury RV Motorhome Hire
Want the space but the freedom to explore? You’ll love these stylish and luxurious A Class RVs! A massive game changer when it comes to staycations. AirRV based in Southborough (just outside of Tunbridge Wells) would be perfect for those weekend getaways, long trips or even festivals and events. Included you get fully comprehensive insurance for 2 named drives, access to all ‘britstops’ parking sites, 2 king size beds, separate shower and WC, 3 burner hob, grill, small oven, large outdoor table with 4 chairs, Nespresso machine and a hairdryer! Pretty much everything you’ll need for an unforgettable trip.
Samsara Retreat & Yoga, West Peckham
Looking for a way to recharge your boots? Well let us help you out and introduce you to Samsara Retreat & Yoga – a magical and peaceful retreat, located deep in the Kentish countryside, built with your relaxation at the forefront of their minds.
Immerse yourself in yoga sessions, meditation, woodland walks and home-cooked food – bliss! Practice yoga outdoors in their spectacular garden or if the weather is not in your favour, there is an indoor yoga studio, set in a traditional Oast House, which is equally heavenly.
Come and stay in their idyllic shepherd’s hut, The Luna Lodge. It has a private decking area to relax in, a luxurious double bed, private bathroom with hot power shower, luxurious Neal’s Yard toiletries, soft dressing gowns, log burning stove, access to the cottage kitchen and a private garden with a fire pit. Ooooh sounds heavenly.
Or stay in The Bedouin Tent! A luxury glamping tent, a stones throw away from a modern shower room and toilet, situated amongst the trees with a beautiful view and captivating sunset.
Kent Cottage Holidays, Canterbury
Enjoy something completely unique and experience Kent in a way you might not have before! Kent Cottage Holidays have 6 uniquely different properties from the Honey Tree Lodge (pictured) to the Enchanted Faraway Tree, perfect for weekend escapes, midweek breaks or full week getaways.
Inside is everything you can expect from a luxury stay, they have really thought of everything! Cosy log fires, cinema screen TVs, bespoke fully equipped kitchens, comfy beds and even a welcome hamper of locally produced goods awaits you on arrival. Depending on each property, outside you could have your own private hot tub or a treehouse snug – I know which one I would prefer!
If it’s a cool and quirky stay you’re after then Kent Cottage Holidays may just the perfect retreat for you.
Enchanted Globes, Boughton Monchelsea
Why not try a night sleeping under the stars in your own bubble? Enjoy your own private woodland clearing, complete with a sleeping globe, lounging globe and fire pit. Situated in the orchards on a private farm, these Enchanted Globes are owned by Muddy’s favourite The Curious Eatery so we know you’ll be in the best of hands here. Wander through the orchards to a microbrewery, pick your own flowers or enjoy cake and coffee roasted onsite. Leave the kids at home and enjoy some peace and quiet in this secluded, romantic spot.
Gooseberryfield Glamping, Pluckley
There’s glamping and then there’s glamping at Gooseberryfield! On this spacious 5-acre site is 7 stylish bell tents (we’ll have the one with the hot tub!) and a vintage Airstream trailer complete with its own private victorian hot tub (pictured). From carefully designed interiors, fluffy duvets with 100% Egyptian cotton bed linen, all the crockery and cooking equipment you will need, a sturdy bbq/firepit with a complimentary basket of logs, for that most important campfire and perhaps a campfire feast – they have everything!
Gooseberry Field is not only a glamping site, it’s a working small holding as well. Exploring the 5-acre field, you will find piglets, chickens, a poly-tunnel surrounded by a vegetable garden and raised beds, a vineyard and lots and lots of fruit trees and fruit bushes dotted around the site.
There’s plenty of space to roam around, play games or just relax in a deckchair and enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine and a good book. Go on unplug, relax and reconnect with friends or family.
Ham Hideaway, Sandwich
Ooh roughing it has never been so comfortable! Experience a night at Ham Hideaway, get the full outdoors experience with the benefit of private showers and toilet facilities (we like the sound of that). Stay in a traditional Shepherd’s Hut or try Robins Roost (pictured) a spacious and stylish 4-6 person safari-style tent with a deck. All accommodations come with super fast WiFi, a range of gourmet catering options from afternoon tea hampers to farmhouse breakfasts and even butler served dinners to your tent – dogs are welcome too!
The site is nestled amongst a maze of rural footpaths from Ham Fen, Kent’s last surviving ancient natural fenland, a rogue for very distinctive and rare wildlife including the Eurasian beaver (fact fans). Plus with Sandwich Bay and the historic market town of Sandwich within walking distance, there’s plenty to see and do.
Barn Garden Bell Tents, Woolton Farm, nr Canterbury
Like cider? Experience this glamping experience with a difference! Visit Woolton Farm, near Canterbury, home of Kentish Pip and their fabulous range of award-winning, distinctive East of England ciders. They use the best ingredients, innovation, style and a pinch of tradition to create their ciders. Visit the shop, stroll around the cider garden, sit and drink in the sun, enjoy one of their group tours and tasting experiences – even get some food from the BBQ on weekends, 11am-7pm!
So make a weekend of it and stay in one of their Bell Tents in The Barn Garden. They have 8 bell tents located in the fruit garden, all well-spaced nestled in a row of cobnut trees with views into the fruit garden. Bliss! No need to worry about taxis here (hic).
Love Betty Parties
Who says you need to leave your front door for an unforgettable glamping experience? If you’re looking for a tee-pee party or boutique bell tent hire – look no further than Love Betty, where the fun is all set up for you at home! You won’t even need to lift a finger with the bedding, cushions, blankets, decorations all curated to a theme of your choice.
Why not have a date night with a difference? Escape the chaos and cosy up with a night under the stars with Love Betty’s luxurious Bell Tent Design starting from £160 for 1 night.
Or if you, your child or teen has a birthday or special occasion coming up, make it magical with a Teepee Party package or a Boutique Bell Tent (pictured). Sort a sleepover party in your garden and make their day something to treasure.
The Knoxbridge Glamping & Camping Site, Frittenden
If you’re looking for a fun Glamping experience but on a budget, get a rainbow or leopard bell tent for just £90 for 2 nights! You can’t go wrong with The Knoxbridge Glamping and Camping Site it has a pub on site, flushing portable toilets and it’s dog-friendly. There’s a wide range of Glamping options depending on how many bells and whistles you want! We like the sound of their Deluxe Canvas tents (pictured) with everything you could need included with decorations, fairy lights, a double bed and breakfast.
Bodiam Boating Station, nr Rye and Cranbrook
This one is camping, rather than glamping, but it’s a special spot so we thought we’d add it in the mix. Muddy readers will no doubt have heard us celebrating all the things we love about Bodiam Boating Station – a brilliant river activity centre 6 miles from Rye and 8 miles from Cranbrook. Perfect for a family day out, group trip or adventure with your girlie mates – with every kind of boating you can imagine on offer. Just click here to see the many ways that you can enjoy your time on the water.
And why not stay and camp this summer? Riverside Cottage Camping is their small rural site based in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the High Weald – making it the perfect place to unwind. There are 25 pitches (half with electric hook-up), catering for Motorhomes, Caravans and tents.
Sit back, relax and watch the Kent & East Sussex Railway steam trains as they chug by in the distance. For the Bear Grylls amongst us campfires are encouraged and the owners can provide fire pits, wood and even marshmallows (should you have forgotten your own). There’s a wonderful café on site – oh, and a cocktail bar too. Snap up the last few precious spaces while you can – there’s some availability mid-week and even one nighters during the school holidays.
Woodland Farm Glamping, Tunbridge Wells
If you’ve got kids to entertain, Woodland Farm Glamping sounds like just the place you’d need! There’s table tennis, platonic area, small sandpit plus 60 acres of woodland to explore perfect for walking or riding bikes. With no electricity on site (don’t worry there’s a communal area to charge your phone!), you can relax and enjoy the escape into nature. Prices are £100 per tent per night for up to 4 people. They come with a full campers kitchen of utensils, plates and cutlery, a kettle, small gas stove and a cool box. All bedding is supplied and you’ll have a table outside. Plus portal toilets and 2 shower blocks are available.