We have been a nation of campers since the early 1920’s, but it is only now that the activity has gone through a glamorous makeover. Luxury camping, or glamping, has seen an exceptional rise in popularity over the last few years. This could be attributed to more UK residents staying in the country when going on holiday, or even the popularity of Festivals like Glastonbury offering VIP camping experiences.
If you’re thinking it might involve leaky canvas and insects crawling on you in the middle of a forest, you couldn’t be more wrong. Glamping usually takes place inside lodges, glamping pods, cabins, wigwams, tipis, yurts, safari tents or even treehouses, where the interior is decked out in the same style as a city apartment. Have a look below as we trace the various ways you can go glamping. These include our very own Hideaways which are available to book throughout the year.
Another form of glamping is using a cabin called a Hideaway. The structure itself is derived from a birdwatching hide. The features inside have been inspired by what you may find in a capsule hotel. It therefore maximises a smaller space in an extremely effective way. This means that a bedroom, lounge, bathroom and kitchen are all cunningly concealed inside.
The idea of a Hideaway is great for couples wanting to experience all the fun of camping, but all the comforts of home. Set within Skelwith Fold’s beautiful caravan park in the Lake District, it’s perfect for those wanting to experience a glamping holiday. Since there are three Hideaways in close proximity, it means that there is space for six people, who can also make the most of a communal BBQ area in the middle of the plot. Think warm summer days, tasty food, sipping gin and tonic with great company.
Wigwams and Tipis
Of course, the casual exploit of camping that we see today has been a way of life for certain societies over the course of history. In the case of Native Americans, living under canvas was a much more permanent living arrangement. Many tribes used wigwams and tipis to house whole communities of people. Little did they know that hundreds of years later, their form of housing would be used as part of a glamorous holiday for UK residents.
Cabins and Lodges
Glamping can also take place without canvas. Staying in a log cabin or lodge will mean you have much more opportunity to indulge in a glamorous holiday. These can be enhanced with the addition of a hot tub or other luxury items. The structures themselves have historical roots in Europe, more specifically in Scandinavia, where they were also used as permanent abodes. Some of the first European settlers in the United States built log cabins as early as the seventeenth century. They used the same technique of interlocking horizontal logs joined at each corner.
As long as you don’t have a fear of heights, glamping can also take place in a treehouse. It is essentially a log cabin suspended by trees, or even just constructed within a woodland off the ground. This dwelling has been derived from treehouses constructed in tropical habitats such as jungles. Its elevated position helps to keep guests away from dangerous animals or even other tribes.
For a Lake District glamping holiday with an injection of style, you can’t get better than a Holiday Hideaway at Skelwith Fold Caravan Park. To check availability, prices and for any other enquiries, get in touch today.