With international travel still out of the picture, it makes sense to opt for a staycation this summer. Step forward glamping – the ideal last-minute holiday that will make you feel a hundred miles away from home.
Hadrian’s Wall Yurt, Hexham, Northumberland
This is what camping feels like if you’re a renowned general with a legion to set up your tent for you. Inside, a collection of antiques make up your bedroom and lounge, giving a stately feel to the inside of the spacious yurt. Outside, an island of decking holds a covered kitchen and walkways to the shower and loo. Your two-acre camp is surrounded by the rest of Barry’s 27-acre’s of land, so you’ll not see another soul during your stay.
Yurt for 2 from £90 per night
Yarlington Yurt, Somerset
The Yarlington Yurt is an unusual two pod arrangement, with a king-sized double bed in the main yurt, and two single beds in a connected bedroom pod. It’s magnificently eccentric and although perhaps unexpected within the grounds of such a house, somehow seems to fit it perfectly.
Yurt for 4 from £95 per night
Bramblewood Yurt, near Bath
Bramblewood Yurt sits under a limestone rock face and has a cosy, ‘pull up a chair, have a drink and stay a while’ vibe that even crummy weather couldn’t hide. You can gather around the wood burner, sit in the rocking chairs listening to music on the stereo or read books on the sheepskin covered sofa. There’ll be no post-shower shivers or torch-lit trips to the loo here – the ensuite is rather special and has underfloor heating!
Yurt for 2 from £130 per night
Deers Leap Yurt, Holford, Somerset
The views from Deers Leap, over the trees and across rolling countryside and ancient woodland, are an ever-changing backdrop to a stay of beautiful peace and solitude. You might see deer in the woods as you lie out on the deck for an afternoon nap and, as the sun sets, you can watch the stars come out as you sit round the firebowl or swing in the hammock.
Yurt for 2 from £100 per night
River Yurt, Powys, Wales
The location could hardly be more idyllic: in the heart of the Dyfi forest, 25 mins off the tar road, in a beautiful buttercup-filled meadow high above a sparkling river. River Yurt is a light space and a roomy one, with two round windows and a transparent skylight above the white canvas walls. A comfy double bed beautifully handcrafted out of oak gathered on site and local larch is covered in sheepskins and plenty of cushions, making it perfect for lounging.
Yurt for 2 from £138 per night
Harvest Moon, Lydbury, Shropshire
Raised up on stilts overlooking one of the natural pools at Walcot Hall, Harvest Moon Yurt is built like a round Mongolian ger: wooden struts soaring to a high ceiling with a cupola, so you can wake with the sun, or a woolly alarm clock – the estate’s sheep often nibble the grass below. Up on the deck there’s no one to disturb, just a barbecue and a table for sitting with a pack of cards as you watch the light soften with the setting sun.
Yurt for 2 from £72 per night
Kinton Cloud House Yurt, Powys, Wales
Cloud-House is the original Mongolian term for yurt, although the original Mongolian yurt-dwellers would probably be utterly amazed at the canopy of rainbow colours you see as soon as you open the door to the Kinton Cloud-House; bright fabrics fill the ceiling and walls, while mountains of throws, decorative fleeces and authentic sheepskins ensure maximum cosiness.
Yurt for 2 from £77 per night
Inshriach Yurt, Highlands Yurts, Scotland
The yurt is a cosy space set in wonderful isolation on the hillside above the river Spey. Isolation is all part of being at Inshriach. You’re perfectly set up for forays into the Cairngorms, safe in the knowledge that a comfortable haven is yours to come back to but before bed, why not pop over to the owner’s gin distillery too.
Yurt for 2 from £72 per night
Burlingham Yurt, Norwich, Norfolk
This cosy yurt is perfectly positioned between the Broads in one direction, the coast in another and Norwich to the west. Not only are you the only people camping, or indeed staying here at all, but there is also a good distance between Burlingham and their nearest neighbours. This isolation means that the night sky is stunning. You can even remove the yurt’s central roofcap and watch the stars from bed.
Yurt for 2 from £95 per night
Sapperton Yurt, Stroud, Gloucestershire
Follow a winding farm track and a footpath across a meadow through 30 acres of ancient woodland to magical Sapperton Yurt. The spectacular yurt is a dream in cream canvas, a traditional Kyrgyz design handmade in Devon by Yurts for Life. Sink into the supremely comfortable double bed, lounge on the bean bags surrounded by rugs and throws in the cosy space warmed by the wood-burning stove.
Yurt for 4 from £115 per night