Midsummer Meadow Bed Dartmoor Glamping

7 Seriously Instagrammable West County Glamping Spots

Molly Dyson checks out the most Instagrammable glamping spots that are perfect for escaping the hassle of everyday life and (almost) returning to nature.

The mercury has tipped into the double digits of late, which can mean only one thing: summer is nearly upon us! The longer days and (slightly) warmer evenings are making me pine for the great outdoors, for balmy nights spent sipping a G&T by a campfire and talking to friends and family until it’s nothing but embers or soaking in a hot tub as the sun goes down. But if you’re like me and want all the fun of camping without the hassle of setting up a tent and sleeping on the hard ground, here are seven of the prettiest glamping sites that are too good to be true.

Midsummer Meadow Bed 1 Glamping
Midsummer Meadow Bed Dartmoor

Southcombe Midsummer Meadow Bed
This is one for couples willing to brave the open air, but it’s so worth the risk if only for the Insta-worthy setting. Nestled in a fairy-tale wildflower meadow you’ll find a gorgeous four-poster bed carved from the wood of a fallen eucalyptus tree (don’t worry, there’s a canopy above the bed to keep you dry). A small bell tent houses a lounge area that can also be used as a back-up sleeping space in case of bad weather, while the nearby barn is where you’ll find a private bathroom and tea-making facilities. You can cook up a meal on the BBQ or ask hosts Tom and Vashti for recommendations of local places to eat. They can also tell you about the best spots for walking and wild swimming. For the ultimate relaxation, ask for a meditative sound bath at the bed.

Bluebird Penthouse
Bluebird Penthouse

Bluebird Penthouse
This vintage caravan set in Devon’s Taw Valley oozes 1950s charm but updated with a dash of luxury. It has everything you need for a country holiday, including a kitchenette, a bathroom and a double bed. But the real selling point of this glamping experience is the outdoor space, which boasts a covered terrace with seating and a large BBQ and pizza oven and – get ready for this – a hot tub built into a vintage Land Rover. It’s so unique it has to be seen to be believed. The entire site is heated by a biomass boiler, which is fuelled using sustainable wood from the farm on which Bluebird Penthouse sits, so it’s a fantastic place to get away from it all any time of year. There’s even a hidden wine cellar beneath the caravan. Count me in!

Dimpsey Sherpherd Huts Bed
Dimpsey Sherpherd Huts Bed

Dimpsey
This collection of three shepherd huts is nestled on a farm in the Blackdown Hills of Somerset, near Chard. Adorably named Hither, Yonder and Dapple, each hut is tucked away in their own field, giving guests heaps of privacy – ideal for making use of the wood-fired hot tubs at Hither and Yonder or the outdoor copper bath at Dapple. I’m personally a fan of Yonder, which is actually two huts connected by a walkway. The bedroom has a gorgeous, free-standing copper slipper bath, while the doors lead out to a deck that winds its way to the hot tub. Owners Andrew and Emma say they’ve seen lots of wildlife in the fields surrounding the huts, so it sounds like a peaceful place.

Photos: Ben Carpenter (@bencphoto)

The Bide Cabin Dorset Glamping
The Bide Cabin Dorset Glamping

The Bide Cabin
What do you get when you combine an architectural genius, a keen eye for design and sustainable building practices? Answer: The Bide Cabin, tucked away on a working farm near the historical Milton Abbas in Dorset. Scott and Caroline put a lot of thought and passion into creating this luxury glamping experience, using sustainable materials such as sheep’s wool and wood fibre insulation and finding eco-friendly fittings like the Devon-made Naturalmat superking mattress and the waterless composting Separett toilet from Sweden. Pair all of this with breath-taking views of the rolling countryside, a carefully curated library, an in-house cinema screen and a wood-fired hot tub and you’ve got the recipe for a seriously amazing escape from everyday life.

Photos: Jake Balston

Aller Dorset Glamping
Aller Dorset Glamping

Aller Dorset
Aller Dorset offer two of the cutest shepherd huts I’ve ever seen – and I mean that in the best possible way. Both the Links and Littledown huts offer a bedroom with a king-size bed with a gorgeous, upholstered headboard, bathroom, living space, a kitchen fitted with an oven and fridge/freezer, and an outdoor bath (with a wooden privacy screen) overlooking a lake on the family-run Aller Farm. Owner Cat has kitted out the huts with all of the interior design choices you would expect from a luxury hotel, and they’ve even started selling homewares the likes of which you can find inside so you can truly take some inspiration for your own home. What’s not to love?

kudhva glamping
Kudhva Cornwall Glamping

Kudhva
If you’re looking to reconnect with nature, look no further than Cornwall’s Kudhva. The site has a range of accommodation options, including four of the eponymous kudhva (the Cornish word for ‘hideaway’), which are uniquely designed cabins that are raised above the ground on wooden legs (the main image is an example of a kudhva). If literally climbing into bed isn’t your thing, opt for their Danish Cabin, which sleeps up to six people. For the more adventurous, they also offer four Shanti Tipis – each with a double bed – and a selection of tree tents dotted around the site. All these options are designed to encourage a digital detox, offering a place to disconnect and truly enjoy the landscape.

Treehouse on the Lake glamping
Treehouse on the Lake glamping

Treehouse on the Lake
Okay, I’m not sure if this one really counts as glamping, but with its incredible woodland setting at the heart of Clowance resort in Cornwall, it’s easy to pretend you’re on a nature retreat without giving up the comforts of a modern home. Treehouse on the Lake has two bedrooms and an open-plan living room, dining area and fully-equipped kitchen, as well as complimentary wifi – ideal really, seeing as you’ll want to show off the gorgeous outdoor copper bathtub on Instagram straight away. The wrap-around terrace is the kind of place I can envisage chatting with friends while watching the stars above.

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