Four traditional shepherds huts, each sleeping two, for your exclusive use in a woodland clearing in the Black Mountains, near Hay on Wye. This is off grid in the best possible way. There is availability left for one week in July. Lucky you if you nab them!
£705 for three nights.
We went to the Bentley site, part of Embers Camping a few years ago in Sussex close to the South Downs National Park. Each site had fire pits and they can provide the bell tents already pitched for the novice campers like ourselves. No dogs. (Love the look of their New Forest site too)
From £425 for a 6 person bell tent in July.
The picture postcard fisherman’s huts in Whitstable have the odd night's availability over the summer. Run by the Hotel Continental. They don't come cheap though.
From £185 p/n.
Back to basics
Barefoot, on the Thames Path, 11 miles upstream of Oxford prides itself on its eco creds but in a 1970s way. They have bowed to modern glampers with four lovely bell tents, or you can take a log pod. Smaller campervans also welcome.
Log pods from £35 p/n
Lovely small, old fashioned campsite next to a medieval working farm by the River Frome near Bradford-on-Avon. Afternoon teas available, breakfast and dinner, meats, eggs etc boxes can be provided.
£8 per pitch.
OK, we haven't actually been here but it is high up our wish list. Fforest takes camping to a whole new level of laid back, eco cool. There are two spots, one on a farm and one on the coast near Cardigan in west Wales. Pods, bell tents, domes and a couple of sturdy Welsh farmhouses. There is some availability in July, better in August.
From £450 approx for 3 nights.
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Wowo is set in beautiful Sussex countryside, with a stream that ribbons through the campsite which the kids love to play in. On Friday night there's a wood fired pizza van plus on site massages, circus entertainer and shop selling craft beer and organic meat. Double check as the on site massages may not survive social distancing! Each pitch comes with its own camp fire. Pitch your own tent or choose from glamping options including shepherds huts (there is only Aug availability for the latter.) Harriet Whiting.
Tent pitches from £20 per night
Easy reach from London
If you like the idea of back-to-basics camping but still want to sleep on a bed then Wild Boar Wood campsite is a great option. This is the place to come for off-grid wild camping; there's no need to pitch a tent but don't come expecting electricity and power showers. Instead, you'll get a fab bucket shower and will be cooking dinner on an open fire. The exact location of the campsite is only given once you've made a booking in order to preserve the area. What they do tell you, however, is that the site is in a bluebell wood not too far from Brighton - making it an easy camping weekend away from London. Come to build dens and hunt for bugs; to build a campfire and play games; to go birdwatching and to simply spend some quality time together. 9 wild glamping bell tents, sleeping 6.
A great recommendation from Katja Gaskell.
From £155 per tent per night.
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