8 Glamping Getaways With The National Trust
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Nestled in countryside on the shores of Strangford Lough, Castle Ward is full of opportunities for outdoor adventure. There are 21 miles of trails to discover and activities including canoeing on the lough.
Voted Northern Ireland’s Best Glamping Experience by Outdoor Recreation NI in 2015, the heated standard and family-sized camping pods provide a warm, dry and spacious base to set up camp in.
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Situated below the towering Langdale Pikes, in some of the best walking and climbing areas in the Lakes, is the Great Langdale Campsite. Here you’ll find a great selection of glamping facilities; you can try one of the wooden pods which have heating and lighting. There are also Nordic Tipis complete with woodburning stoves and reindeer skins and even Moroccan-style yurts boasting serious luxury with comfortable futon style beds and warm duvets.
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Clumber Park is a beautiful expanse of parkland, heath and woods. There are more than 3,800 acres to explore on foot or on two wheels with highlights including the two-mile double lime tree avenue.
The Clumber Park camping pods are a mix of sturdy wooden camping cabins, some with built-in beds, set in peaceful woodland. Designed to be comfortable in all weathers, the pods are insulated with sheep wool, ensuring you’ll stay warm when it’s cold outside, and cool in the heat.
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Located on the shores of Upper Lough Erne, Crom is a landscape of islands, ancient woodland and historical ruins which are a haven for wildlife. Hire a boat for a unique perspective from the water.
Opened in 2015, the glamping pods at Crom have come a long way since they were once used to house pigs. Looking out over Upper Lough Erne, the pods come complete with a microwave, kettle, heater and electric points and one is dog-friendly.
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Steeped in climbing history and home to both England’s highest mountain (Scafell Pike) and deepest lake (Wastwater), Wasdale boasts stunning vistas and fantastic fell walking, it’s also a great base to explore the West Cumbrian coast. Experience the rugged beauty with a little added comfort in heated camping pods or enjoy Nordic Tipis with woodburners to keep the cold at bay.
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Located on the quiet Western shore of Lake Windermere, Low Wray is a great place to stay for families. It offers plenty of outdoor adventure on nearby paths, bridleways and fells, as well as local attractions such as Wray Castle and Hill Top. For the glampers, Low Wray offers a Berber Tent (as used by the Nomadic tribes of North Africa), as well as camping pods and there’s even a ‘dog pod’ at the Low Wray campsite for our four legged friends.
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From the panoramic scenery of Lizard Point, the most southerly point in mainland Britain, to the seclusion of Kynance Cove and picturesque harbour at Mullion Cove, the Lizard peninsula is a place apart.
Teneriffe Farm campsite at Predannack Wollas has camping pods so you can explore this area of stunning natural beauty with a little added comfort at the end of your day.
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Gibside is an elegant landscape garden peppered with architectural delights and picturesque picnic spots. There are over 15 miles of footpaths to explore and views of the Derwent Valley to discover.
The Mongolian yurts at Cut Thorn Farm provide the perfect combination of back-to-nature living without compromising on comfort. There are futon-style beds, duvets, wood burning stoves, solar lighting and even solar-powered phone chargers.
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