With the weather the way it is, it's hard to focus on where you're going to spend your summer holidays – and even more difficult if you're considering a camping or glamping break. However, at Cool Places HQ we reckon it's going to be stonker of a summer, so you'd better get your act together and book one of these wonderful Quality Unearthed glamping retreats pronto. The glamping options featured here represent just a small selection of what's on offer - so loads more to choose from here. Quality Uneartherd. And, with regard to that summer forecast, remember you heard it here first….
These two open-plan tents are the chicest thing in glamping you could imagine, with a vaguely African appearance that makes you feel as if you're on a posh safari; each sleeps up to four people and you can hire one or both for a large family gathering. Each has its own cooking facilities with a decent loo and hot shower at the back of the tent. Situated in the owners' own equestrian centre, they're well located on the edge of the Venn Ottery Devon Wildlife Trust reserve, a lovely stretch of lowland heath that's perfect not only for horseriding but walking and cycling too. You're also only 20 minutes' drive from the coast at Sidmouth.
If you've ever fantasized about a weekend away in a gypsy caravan, this traditional-style, brightly-painted wagon is for you. There's a pullout double bed, benches and a dinky kitchen. Luxurious private bathroom facilities are just a few steps away, with a huge shower and heated towel rail. There's a useful hanging barbecue for those lazy summer evenings, surrounded by a beautiful orchard garden and – for when the weather is less clement – a shared lounge with flatscreen TV.Great location, too, close to the southern Norfolk Broads and beautiful Waveney Valley.
Set in a flower meadow bordered by woodland in the northern part of the Gower Peninsula, you can choose between these two delightful Mongolian yurts; each accommodates up to 6 people each and because they're only a short distance apart they also make a lovely pair for a family gathering or a big group celebration. Each is its own complex of sleeping/living quarters and decking leading to a covered kitchen and dining, equipped with gas hob and a wood-burning brazier for barbecues. You can immerse yourself in the 23 acres of grounds and explore Gower's breathtakingly wild scenery and wonderful golden beaches.
Who doesn't want to stay in a treehouse? Tucked away in an area of deep, historic woodland, this is the sort of place you dream of staying when you're a child and as a grown-up makes the most perfect romantic hideaway. There is one double bed, a kitchen and dining area, and a decked balcony outside – which also leads to the treehouse's bathroom and toilet. Really, it couldn't feel more away from it all; in fact it doesn't get better than relaxing on the balcony with a book and a glass of wine as the sun goes down beyond the tree canopy.
It's amazing how much you can pack into this sustainable Shepherd's Hut – indeed the tardis-like interior of this place, bucolically situated on an organic farm at the foot of the Melbury Downs in central Dorset, has everything a couple could possibly want, a stylish interior with log burner a comfy bed at one end and a convertible sofa at the other (it can accommodate four at a pinch). A separate cabin next door provides eco friendly bathroom facilities. There is a deck outside and a huge meadow for basking if the sun is shining; but even if it's not, my goodness it's cosy inside!
Adam and Eve eco cabins
These two glamping cabins, situated in 16 acres of lovely countryside just outside Glastonbury, Somerset, were built in the shape of a Fibonacci spiral, but even if that doesn't impress you, the location and facilities will: they're brilliantly insulated and warm all year round; each has a private bathroom a short walk away and they share washing-up facilities. You're just a 20-minute stroll away from Glastonbury, but you may find enough to occupy you on-site: the grounds themselves deserve exploration, and there's a heated swimming pool in an adjacent group of holiday cottages, where they light a large outdoor oven every week for communal pizza evenings.
The Guardian called this 'one of Britain's top eccentric places to stay', and they weren't far wrong; indeed this 1950s Shropshire caravan is quite unlike anywhere else you may have stayed – all gleaming vintage chrome on the outside, and beautifully retro within, with lots of leatherette, mirrors, twinkly lights and, yes, more chrome – plus a well-disguised wood-burning stove for extra warmth and comfort.....It sleeps two, has simple cooking facilities inside and a log-burning brazier outside. Loo and bathroom facilities are just a few steps away in a separate cabin. The grounds include lots of pleasant walks, a lake with islands, and use of a rowing boat to explore it. You many want to check out Nink's authentic Circus Wagon at this same location.