Adventures mean different things to different people. For some it’s abseiling down a sheer cliff face or scaling a mountain, while for others it’s the excitement of trying something new in a different environment. The activities at our wild glamping spaces aren’t just for adrenaline junkies, foodies will love the culinary adventures that await them. From catching your own fish for supper, to barbequing al fresco and touring local distilleries and vineyards, our spaces are a feast for the taste buds as well as the other senses. Take a look at our most delicious glamping places for foodies.
Row, row, row your boat gently round the lake at Chigborough in Essex. This serene floating cabin is surrounded by trout-filled water, and you’re encouraged to fish to their heart’s content. If you need a bit of help getting started, get in touch with Nigel J Angus Fly Fishing, who run courses and casting workshops. There’s a fully equipped outdoor kitchen and a BBQ on the deck, where you can cook up your catch of the day for supper. Supplement your feast with goodies from Terajola deli or The Farm Café by Black Pig. While you’re planning the next meal, splash around in the rowing boat or hop over to the bank and soak in the wood-fired hot tub. If you fancy a foodie-themed excursion, head for a pint at the Cricketers, visit the seafood shack at Heybridge Basin or go for a sweet treat at one of Tiptree’s tearooms.
You’ll find the quintessential remote log cabin in the Highlands of Scotland near Aviemore. Inshriach Loghouse demands that you hunker down with a cup of tea and a book in front of the wood burner, as the smoke curls up into a vast expanse of sky above. Your back garden is breathtaking, with two hundred acres of natural woodland to explore on a large estate bordered by the river Spey. All these outdoor adventures require serious refreshment, so it’s lucky that the estate has its own gin distillery that shot to fame in 2015, by winning Channel 4's Shed of the Year. It has monthly open days and you can buy award-winning Speyside Gin in the licensed Saloon Bar on site. To whip up an accompanying feast on the BBQ, The Old School Shop at Rothiemurchus sells meat from their estate, delicious cheeses, fine wines and whiskey.
Hidden among the branches of an ancient oak, Oriana is a stunning shingle-clad cabin in the heart of Brook House Woods. The light-filled, open plan space has views over wildflower meadows and the Malvern Hills – ideally enjoyed from a horizontal position in the roll top bath at the foot of the bed. Foodies will be thrilled to discover that the farm has its own award-winning cidery, Little Pomona, as well as a small vineyard. The owners offer cidery tours, flights and takeaway bags to transport a bottle or two back to your cabin. They also offer a range of delicious food hampers tailored to breakfast, lunch or dinner, with the option of pizza dough to use in the Ooni pizza oven and BBQ packs for the fire bowl. Burn it all off with walks through the woodlands, orchards and along the Herefordshire Trail.
Wild suppers involve a bit of a journey at Squirrel’s Nest, a gorgeous Scandi-style treehouse with a cool spiral staircase leading up to it. Your very own hobbit-like BBQ hut is tucked away on a small island in the pond accessed via a small bridge. It’s a hut with a nod to the past, as these cosy havens were originally built by nomadic reindeer herders in Lapland. There’s also an outdoor brick pizza oven, a fully-equipped kitchen and a lovely local pub, The Miner’s Arms, within a five-minute walk. In between culinary delights, head to the Wye Valley for biking and kayaking, or to the Forest of Dean for picturesque walks.
Poppy Treehouse in the Hampshire Downs overlooks the rolling vineyards of Black Chalk Wine, which offers tours and tastings of its award-winning small batch sparkling and still wine. Bring back a bottle or three to savour on the deck of your luxury treehouse, which has been designed to evoke the aesthetic of an old English barn. Sip some fizz in the outdoor tub, in front of the wood burner or by the fire pit, until you’re completely certain which vintage is your favourite. You’re in the perfect spot to counteract any over-indulgences with an invigorating walk in the glorious Test Valley, one of the most beautiful river landscapes in the UK. Try your hand at fly fishing, go for a wild swim or just yomp contentedly across the chalk hills soaking up the scenery.
A shrine to boat building, Bowcombe is a waterfront sanctuary decorated in dark teal, aged brass and eclectic artefacts that the owners have gathered over the years. The dresser is bursting with a selection of “welcome gins and rums”, but before you tuck in, take the kayak out and paddle along the estuary to Kingsbridge for lunch. The Crabshell is a lovely spot to sample local ales, seasonal dishes and watch the world go by on the quayside. If you like the idea of eating your way around Devon, Salcombe, Dartmouth and Totnes are within easy reach with excellent seafood restaurants, patisseries and tearooms. Make you bring some tasty morsels back with you, because with a boathouse this idyllic you won’t want to spend too much time away from your private balcony overlooking the Ria.