Camping Cabins – Have you tried glamping?

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If you are in need of a budget holiday this year but for whatever camping isn’t really appealing to you, maybe it’s time you booked yourself a few nights in one of the many camping cabins that are springing up in groups all around the UK and gave glamping a try. My wife and I decided to try glamping earlier this year even though all my natural manly instincts to brave the great outdoors, make fire and cook foil wrapped potatoes were screaming at me not to do it. In all honesty I had to overcome some real mental barriers to give glamping a go but now that I have let’s just say that it’s going to be tough to head back into my dingy, damp tent. So what were the advantages of glamping?

The Kids

The only reason we decided to try glamping in the first place was because of the kids. They are at that age where we felt they were just that little bit too young to enjoy real camping but we still wanted them to get an experience of outdoor living. Did they enjoy it? They loved it. The campsite we stayed at had about 12 camping cabins surrounding a massive play area for the kids with tyre swings, slides and a mini football pitch. The area was totally secure so you felt really comfortable sitting outside your cabin watching them play, or if you’re anything like us then you can feel free to jump in and have a bit of fun too. In the evenings it was a lovely experience turning our cabin into one giant bed and cosying up under a cover with the kids to watch a family film. We had to keep it down a bit once they’d gone off to sleep but by that time we were enjoying the relaxation and peace and quiet of the evening and of course we were able to nip outside and use our private table for a glass of wine around our very own fire basket (Logs were included).

The home comforts

I do love the experience of traditional camping but I have to admit it was a nice change to be able to enjoy a few of the comforts of home too. Cold beer and wine in the fridge, a sink to wash up and a gas hob didn’t exactly cause us any hardship. The showers and toilets were much cleaner than what we were used to on huge campsites and with private cubicles there were no uncomfortable encounters. Having a table indoors to play board games with the kids while keeping the doors open was another nice luxury.

The cost 

Another great thing about glamping was the cost. The cabins we stayed in were priced up at £50 a night and when you stayed on Friday and Saturday you then got Sunday night for £25. So £125 for a very decent 3 night stay in a lovely countryside location that we could use as a base to explore the surrounding villages. There are some cheaper camping cabins available but you have to be careful because from the reviews I read online, you get what you pay for. When you consider the cost of a hotel room in a nice location for a family of 4, I’m sure you’ll agree the cost was good value.

Yes it’s not camping in the true sense of the word and of course we will be taking the kids on a traditional camping trip when they are a little older but at this point in our lives glamping was a great middle ground, allowing the kids to experience the outdoors while enjoying a few home comforts too.

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5 Responses to Camping Cabins – Have you tried glamping?

  1. I keep wanting to give glamping a try. Maybe 2014 is the year for it?!
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  2. 2wisemonkeys says:

    Looks VERY cool! We’ve never camped before and haven’t glamped either! Glamping sounds like it could be our thing :)
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  3. I love the “glamping” concept. Everything I enjoy about camping without the hassle.
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