With everyone opting to take a break in the UK this year here are eight stays which all a little bit different from the rest.
Wild Meadow Glamping
Raynham Estate, Norfolk
Set in the historic parkland of the Raynham Estate at the gateway to North Norfolk, Wild Meadow features four luxury, stylish yurts, named after the wildflowers that grow across the estate’s parklands. This safe, comfortable, and completely unforgettable glamping experience is perfect for those looking for a rural Norfolk retreat next year.
Features include: Super king size beds (children’s beds available to hire) with bed linen provided, bedside crates with lamps, battery power to charge your devices, rugs and blankets, wood burner, bespoke canopy-covered dining area with BBQ and outdoor seating, hobs, kettles, cafetieres, enamel tableware, pots, pans and all utensils, separate designated toilets, and showers with Faith in Nature products, as well as a fire pit and free parking on site.
Sleeps: 4 or 5 (depending which yurt you choose)
Pets: No (except guide dogs)
Secret Meadows Glamping
White House Farm Nature Reserve,
near Woodbridge, Suffolk
Owned by wildlife charity The Sinfield Nature Conservation Trust, Secret Meadows Glamping is a 115-acre site with 4 different types of accommodation.
All glamping accommodation includes private toilets and showers, ready-made beds, organic towels and flannels, fully equipped kitchens, hot and cold running water throughout, sofas, dining tables and chairs as well as many other great features. Perfect for wildlife lovers, this staycation choice is suitable for the whole family.
Luxury Lodge Tents: Sleep 6
Gypsy’s Rest: Sleeps 4
Two Storey Luxury Safari Tent: Sleeps 8
The Hobbit Box: Sleeps 4
Pets: Dogs are not allowed during the main summer holidays but are welcome at other times.
Trickers Mill is a beautifully historic, restored Grade II listed five-storey windmill nestled in the heart of the Suffolk market town of Woodbridge.
The Mill features a private, furnished courtyard along with an open-plan lounge, smart television, Wi-Fi, wood burner as well as a fully fitted kitchen. A spiral staircase leads to the first floor containing a bedroom with super king bed as well as the bathroom containing bath with shower and toilet. Trickers Mill is a wonderful alternative to a traditional cottage stay.
Sleeps: 2 in 1 bedroom
Woodland Retreat Shepherd’s Hut
Located in a calm and picturesque wood, Woodland Retreat Shepherd’s Hut is a bespoke shepherd’s hut ideal for couples wanting to escape everyday life for a romantic break. This cosy hut may be compact, but it has everything you would need for a luxurious short break for two. If it’s privacy and calm you’re looking for and a wish to return to nature, escape to this wonderful sanctuary and truly relax!
The Woodland Retreat Lodge is situated near the shepherd’s hut and can be booked at the same time.
Pets: No dogs but horses welcome!
Lynx AH9A Helicopter Glamping Pod
Perfect for aviation fans, the Lynx AH9A is an ex-Army Air Corps helicopter that has been converted into a truly unique glamping experience.
After an active service with the army all over the world, the helicopter even went on to appear in the 2019 Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw action/adventure movie! The helicopter provides your own personal toilet and shower facilities as well as fitted climate control to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There is also a hot tub available by appointment.
Sleeps: 2 in 1 bedroom
Red Poll Barn
If you’re looking for a peaceful place to wind down for a weekend or short break, Red Poll Barn is ideal: overlooking a moat with south facing private sun deck and views of the water from all rooms. The single storey accommodation is well equipped and beautifully furnished in soft shades of grey with pops of colour. Unique artefacts compliment the old beams in the high ceilings, which create a light and airy open plan living space.
Sleeps: 4 in 2 bedrooms
Pets: Yes. Dogs go free!
The Grain Store
This unique contemporary conversion of a period detached farm building sits on the Reydon Grove Estate, surrounded by countryside, just ten minutes from the picturesque town of Southwold. If you enjoy somewhere special and unusual with all the modern comforts this is the place for you! Many features reflect the history of the Grain Store with original timber restored to its former glory and tin lined walls retained wherever possible, enhanced by upcycled bathroom fittings from the main house and stylish furnishings throughout with a fab modern kitchen/dining room.
Sleeps: 6 in 3 bedrooms
Firs Glamping has five spacious, rustic bell tents (Silver Birch, Hawthorn, Willow, Copper Beech and Holly) which each have amazing individual view of the rolling countryside in the tranquill setting of Uggeshall in Suffolk, just four miles from Southwold.
All five tents feature double beds with mattresses, pillows, bed linen, cushions, blankets and duvets provided. Seating, a table and chairs, solar lighting, candle lanterns, USB chargers, fire pits, fire kits, log burners, BBQs, camping kettles and marshmallows are all included in the cost of your stay.
Firs Glamping is also just across the fields from Latitude music festival in July – at only a mile away, they’re perfect as an alternative, off-site base for a relaxed festival experience. All 5 tents cost from £75 p/night (Oct & March) and from £85 p/night (April to Sept).