9 things to consider before booking your glamping staycation
With the increasing trend of the glamping staycation and a vast array of sites on offer we thought we'd provide few pointers to help you find your perfect experience.
The Structure - There are many structures which have been built, converted or adapted to provide a unique or quirky stay. From Shepherd's Huts, to Bell Tents, Tree Houses to Domes, even Helicopters if you fancy something completely different. Domes and Bell Tents are generally only open during the warmer months whereas the more rigid structures offer year round holidays because they are considerably more weather proof. Let's face it, August in the UK is just as likely to see rain 6 days a week as January so think carefully before you click on that search filter.
The Site - There are many glamping businesses with a single structure thus offering that exclusive stay. By contrast, it is possible to Glamp in a caravan park, where the campsite owners have seen the opportunity and added in yurts, cabins or shepherd huts as an alternative to the traditional mobile unit, literally setting them up in rows just a few metres from each other. Those are the extremes with everything else in between, literally a different option for everyone's needs.
How Glam? Glamping came about from the desire for a more comfortable camping option, an actual bed inside an already constructed canvas tent, sometimes with electricity. As time has gone on there are now many more interpretations of the ideology which means more choice for the adventurous staycationer. Off grid offers an opportunity to strip back from modern life, literally pulling the plug. Remember this could mean collecting water from a well or using a water pump, lighting one fire to boil the kettle, another to heat the water to shower, (not all off grid sites have shower facilities) and another heat the room. This could be exactly what you need, if not, don't worry, there are choices which provide all of your creature comforts from wifi to coffee makers, en-suite bathrooms to sound systems. Be sure to check the details before you book.
The 'facilities' - Let's get down to the nitty gritty. The loo! If you're happy to walk from the comfort of your hut/yurt/dome/whatever to visit the WC, maybe have to cover your waste in compost or wood shavings then book away without investigating. If however you prefer the modern luxury of an en-suite, flushing loo and washing facility you'll want to ensure that's what you're getting.
What's the package? It's always worth reading the description before booking that bargain minibreak. Most businesses offer the basics; bedding, towels, tea & coffee etc. however there are sites which don't provide these and even ask for extra if you'd like crockery. By contrast it is possible to have all of the above plus breakfast ingredients, condiments, washing products, welcome treats, even and a bottle of bubbly.
Parking facilities - Many glamping businesses are on farms which is a fantastic opportunity to live remotely for a few days, however, this can sometimes create a rather sticky trek from your vehicle to the accommodation, slightly troublesome for your suitcase on wheels, it's all part of the experience. Not a welly owner? Don't worry, there are sites with hard surface parking alongside the accommodation.
Hot Tubs - Some glamping offerings have the additional feature of a hot tub, but not all hot tubs are equal. It's worth checking the details to make sure you know what to expect. Is there a hot tub for each structure on the site or do you need to pre-book a session? How often can you book and how long is each session? If you have your own hot tub will you be overlooked when getting in & out and relaxing in it or is the hot tub exclusive and private?
Is there a back story? For many the styling and history behind their glamping holiday isn't something they'd consider, the chance to get away from everyday life to a simply decorated room is all they need. If you dig a little though, you might just learn something of times gone by in that part of the world, find a love story of bygone years, find yourself absorbed and enchanted by the narrative, taking your escapism to another level.
Where will you eat? Many glamping businesses have some cooking facilities, if you're planning to cook yourself it's worth checking exactly what you'll be using when there. If you prefer to eat out when taking a break from the monotony of everyday life handing over the culinary skills to a chef in a local pub or restaurant is the way to go. The question is: how far will you need to travel, especially to get a really good meal? It's worth checking the website for the owners' recommendations or contacting them prior to booking to help you decide if this will be the perfect break for you.
We hope you find these hints and tips useful, the choice in the glamping industry is vast. If you would like to stay in a private, luxury shepherd's hut, with en-suite facilities, offering unlimited and exclusive use of a log fired hot tub, has hard standing parking right next to the accommodation (no wellies needed here) and just a few hundred metres from a foodie pub you'll be glad you clicked through to our website.