Starry skies, cosy nights around a wood-burning stove and splendid isolation out in the countryside. Sometimes, there’s nothing more romantic than escaping as a couple to the far flung reaches of rural Britain and enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors. To help you find the perfect romantic hideaway this Valentine’s Day, we’ve asked James Warner Smith from coolcamping.com – and editor of the guidebook Glamping Getaways – for his pick of the country's outdoor retreats…
Snowdonia Glamping Holidays, Snowdonia
Painted in soothing shades of eggshell and tastefully decorated with the finest local woolens, the two shepherd’s huts at this North Wales retreat are so romantic they’ve even coupled up themselves – one offers a sleeping and living space, the other is a luxury washroom.
The latter also features a wood-fired sauna, for an extra steamy experience, while, outside, there’s a fully equipped bush kitchen, plus a campfire pit, deckchairs and giant beanbags for stargazing in comfort. On the fringes of Snowdonia National Park and a short drive from Gwydir Forest, the location is a treasure trove for walking and mountain biking adventurers.
Little Seed Field, Yorkshire
Just beyond the eastern border of the Yorkshire Dales, this brand new glamping escape offers three snug, octagonal cabins, nestled amongst a landscape of boulders, rushes and trees. Despite the natural feel, this is still a working dairy farm – the far-reaching view is fronted by grazing Friesian cattle – but the owners aim to retain an element of wilderness.
"We’ve worked hard to ensure that resident deer, birds of prey and native flora are disturbed as little as possible"
Owners, Joanne and Sean
The result is a truly escapist experience – good luck finding phone signal – but still with the comforts of a wood-burner, electricity and a proper bed.
Country Bumpkin Yurts, East Midlands
Opened in 2017 in the meadows of Waterloo Cottage Farm, three bunting-clad yurts (including one smaller-scale design, specifically for couples) feature proper beds, rugs, throws and tasteful, rustic décor, plus similarly luxurious bathrooms with powerful showers.
Outside, meanwhile, glampers have use of a bubbly hot tub beneath the stars or, by day, with views of the surrounding Leicestershire farmland.
The site’s renowned farm shop runs exciting events throughout the year, too, including food making courses and wine tasting. To truly unwind the Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Centre is also just down the road!
Notgrove Holidays, Cotswolds
In the heart of the 1,500-acre Notgrove Estate in Gloucestershire, this collection of modern, insulated pods come with all mod-cons, including en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi and digital televisions. You can pre-arrange clay pigeon shooting lessons, horse riding, and fishing in the River Windrush, plus there are bikes for hire and tennis courts for competitive couples.
Three national walking trails cross the Notgrove estate – The Macmillan Way, Diamond Way and Gloucestershire Way – all of which dip in and out of various honey-coloured hamlets along the way. This is the Cotswolds after all, and every pit stop seems to have a wealth of independent shops and cafes to suit.
Jacob’s Hut, Devon
In the bottom of a private valley and tucked among a handful of trees, Jacob’s Hut is a place for couples to enjoy the quieter side of South West England. Equidistant from Cornwall’s north and south coasts, it occupies a prized but hidden location. Inside, the built-in double bed is warmed by a wood-burning stove and lit with tea lights and candles.
Outside, meanwhile, the door swings open to reveal views across a pond and up to the steeple of Thrushelton Church. There are binoculars for peeping at ducks and moorhens, while board games are provided for cosy evenings in. By day, meanwhile, pick between a seaside break or ambling in the rugged Dartmoor countryside.
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