Somerset is a rural county of rolling hills, home to the Blackdown Hills, Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park so you know you will find plenty of wonderful locations for glamping. Somerset glamping is all about the great outdoors in special, quirky accommodations like shepherd's huts, yurts, tipis, bell tents and more. Some of the glamping comes with hot tubs as well, so you can take your lovely retreat to the next level.
If you are new to glamping then this article will tell you everything you need to know, plus the best glamping accommodation in Somerset. Unique Hideaways offer one-of-a-kind places to stay across the UK and have lots of hideaways in and around the Somerset area. Take a look at their glamping in Somerset page here. Whether you are after a shepherd's-hut or a wagon, we are going to find you the perfect glamping holiday in Somerset.
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What is glamping
This word has been popping out all over our social media. But what exactly is glamping? Glamping is a type of luxury camping. The two words sound like oxymorons, right? Glamping is camping that includes facilities considered generally more comfortable than traditional camping outdoors. It allows you to enjoy the great outdoors and feel out in nature with no restrictions, but with certain comforts to make the holiday feel great.
The main thing is that most glamping sites do come with bathrooms and warm water for a nice shower. Traditionally camping means no toilet or access to communal facilities only on campsites. This has been a major deterrent for many couples. Glamping is a way to be closer to nature while still experiencing basic comforts. Some glamping sites are so cool, they even come with private hot tubs, special beds and crazy shapes. You can most certainly expect a real mattress with linen bedding.
All in all, glamping is the perfect combination of comfort and countryside. Created for people who really want to be out in nature but in a manner of luxury.
What to expect from glamping
There are a few things you can expect when going glamping and all of them are positive! Glamping is ideal for soft adventure lovers who seek nature without compromising on luxury amenities.
Glamping accommodation ranges from basic framed shelters to incredible bubble pods with hot tubs on the side. You can even chill in a treetop, while still being protected from the elements, on the comforts of a mattress with a nice pillow. Glamping really made adventure possible for everyone.
When camping, I'm sure you know that you need to find a dedicated campsite that comes with communal toilets and showers. Glamping took care of this issue too, as most hideaways come with running warm water, private toilet and bathrooms. It's really getting the best of both worlds: being adventurous in nature during the day, retreating to a nice warm hut in the evening.
With camping, you normally need to bring cooking gear in the backpack whereas glamping sites provide options for cooking as well like traditional fire or firepit, butane hobs or wood-burning stoves. Some glamping sites even have electricity with electric appliances. It's all about finding your own balance on how rudimentary or comfortable you want your glamping site to be.
Our favourite glamping in Somerset sites
Whether you fancy a cute remote hut or a special accommodation with a hot tub just for you, we've put together our favourite glamping sites in Somerset. They are all perfect for a special and luxurious glamping retreat.
Lamb's Tale Shepherd's Hut
Stay in this amazing Shepherd's Hut which features its own hot tub. We're talking about a tranquil spot where you can have quaint accommodation with a spa session in the hot tub, after all your adventures in the wilderness. You'll have views over meadows, fields and woodlands. It sleeps two and it's dog friendly.
This one is a cute little wagon in Somerset located about 6 miles from Bridgwater. This type of glamping experience is for the eccentric, as this carefully restored button wagon has a lot of charm in store for the adventurous. Dulcie is well off the grid so this is the perfect short glamping experience for those who just want to forget about the world for a bit.
Dulcie sleeps two, has parking available for one car and logs for the wood burner. The nearest pub is 2 miles away, so you'll be in remote Somerset for sure!
Lady's Well Shepherd's Hut
Lady's Well Shepherd's Hut is surrounded by nature with its gorgeous views. This is the glamping experience for the romantic who wants to spend time reconnecting with the wilderness around. The accommodation is located just a few miles from Weston-Super-Mare so if it's a walk on a sandy beach that you desire, you'll find it not far from the glamping site.
A lovely glamping site created for two and dog friendly, Collie is a fantastic choice for boho interior lovers. Collie is a hand-crafted hut with its own charm set up in the English countryside. Did we mention it has its own hot tub? Imagine chilling with a glass of sparkling wine, admiring the sunset as you enjoy your hot tub experience! That's the luxurious spirit of glamping we love so much. And we're so happy we can experience it in Somerset!
Duck's Puddle Shepherd's Hut
Dog lovers, we've got another glamping site that is suitable for 2 and is dog friendly: Duck's Puddle Shepherd's Hut. It's a glam holiday hut with its own bubbling hot tub, with views over the hills and woodlands. A rustic and formidable hut with everything you could possibly need for an amazing holiday in the countryside. We especially love the kitchen with its lovely colours and wooden features. Truly a luxurious glamping site.
Want a little Scandinavian charm brought to the English countryside? We've got you because Coombe Lodge is exactly that! Think of truly luxurious accommodation for 6, with a pond, hot tub, fully equipped kitchen and a rustic wooden interior. For the ultimate luxurious glamping, this has to be it. Our favourite glamping retreat in Somerset goes to Coombe Lodge.
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Things to do while Glamping in Somerset
We used to live in Bristol and Somerset was basically in our back garden. You can imagine the numerous trips we took to the Mendip Hills with the beautiful Chew Valley and to the gorgeous Cheddar Gorge with its incredible caves and stunning vista points.
Here are all the things you can do in Somerset during your glamping trip.
Visit the Cheddar Gorge
The Cheddar Gorge is a limestone canyon with caves and trails. It's the perfect adventure for couples or families with kids. Trail to the top of the gorge and take in all those stunning vistas that stretch as far as your eyes can see. Indulge in cave-aged cheddar cheese and eat local ice cream. Opt-in for a day tour around the caves or just take your picnic blanket and have lunch with a view.
See the gorgeous Glastonbury Tor
Glastonbury Tor is a hill near Glastonbury in the English county of Somerset, topped by the roofless St Michael's Tower, a Grade I listed building. This site is managed by the National Trust so again, if you are a member, you won't have to pay the admission fee.
Did you know that Tor is the Celtic name for a cone-shaped hill? Glastonbury Tor is basically a hill in Glastonbury. It's believed that some of the terraces form a sort of maze that guided pilgrims up the sacred hills. It's known that Glastonbury Tor has a long religious history.
See the Dunster Castle
I loved my visit to Dunster Castle and I bet you will enjoy it too. Spend a magical afternoon in a medical English castle, sit down for a nice afternoon tea and chill in the vast gardens. The castle lies on the top of a steep hill called the Tor, and has been fortified since the late Anglo-Saxon period. If you are a National Trust member, entry to the Dunster Castle is free of charge.
Visit the Wookey Hole Caves
Head over to the Wookey Hole, which is a village in Somerset. It is the location of the Wookey Hole show caves where you can book a tour and see a spectacular underground network of caverns. Besides, there's some mystery in there too! Wookey Hole is the UK's largest show caves system, so it's a must to your UK bucket list.
Venture to the Exmoor National Park
If you'd like to enjoy a hilly open moorland then head over to the Exmoor National Park. Walk coastal trails with rocky cliffs with ravines and waterfalls. Some of the sedimentary rocks date back from the Devonian and early Carboniferous ages. The highest point is Dunkery Beacon, standing tall at 519 metres which is also the highest point in Somerset.
Fall in love with the Mendip Hills AONB
And Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Mendip Hills are a range of limestone hills with caves and ancient sites. The Mendip Hills has an area of protection similar to that of a National Park. The temperate climate supports a range of flora and fauna.
The Mendip Hills are perfect for those who love the outdoor life. You can do an array of activities like caving, climbing and even abseiling. Just grab your best-hiking boots and get started.
Take the South West Coast Path
Did you know that the South West Coast is the longest waymarked long-distance footpath? It's actually a National Trail in England stretching for 630 miles. It crosses parts of Sommerset but it goes all the way to Devon and Cornwall as well as Dorset. It's been voted Britain's Best Walking route and for a good reason as it comes with great views and scenery.
Are you ready to book your own glamping adventure in Somerset? Grab your suitcase but leave your camping gear at home, because now you can be in nature, while still comfortable and stylish! Enjoy the English countryside!
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