Wine lovers can head straight to the source with a glamping getaway near some of Britain’s best vineyards. There’s no need to travel to Napa Valley when you can wander through peaceful vineyards on home turf, sampling the finest English sparkling fizz and Welsh blush rose. After a few happy hours quaffing award-winning vintages, it’s a mellow stroll (or quick taxi) back to one of our unique glamping pads to polish off the bottle out on the deck in the evening sun. Take a look at our places to stay near vineyards.
Two unique glamping spaces are nestled at the heart of Tuffon Hall Vineyard, directly overlooking sweeping fields of vines. The Grain Silo is an effortlessly cool, circular structure that has been beautifully converted into a split-level retreat for two, complete with a mezzanine sleep deck and a kitchen, bathroom and living area below. Just like its charming neighbour, The Poacher’s shepherd’s hut, it has a wood fired hot tub outside for long soaks, accompanied by some extremely local award-winning wine. Family-run Tuffon Hall Vineyard is deep in the beautiful north Essex countryside and offers tours and tastings throughout the summer months. There’s also tennis on site, kayaking on the river and water sports at Gosfield Lake.
Escape the ordinary in the Hampshire Downs with a treehouse break overlooking the rolling vineyards of Black Chalk Wine where you can book tasting tours to sample the award-winning small batch English sparkling and still wine. There are four stunning treehouses to choose from at Wild Escapes, all sustainably built in unspoilt woodland. Each lofty nest is cosy, artisan and luxurious with an outdoor tub and plenty of convenient spots to rest a wine glass. Before you crack open the bottle, make sure you leave enough time to explore the glorious Test Valley countryside, one of the most beautiful river landscapes in the UK. It's a hot spot for fly fishing if that floats your boat, but if you prefer your activities slightly more action-packed, try wild swimming on the lake at Fullerton Farm or book on to a summer Hawk Walk or winter truffle hunting expedition.
Cosy up like jolly elves on a Welsh Christmas tree farm in a small-but-perfectly-formed shepherd’s hut. From the goose feather duvet and glowing wood burner to the hot shower and well-equipped kitchen, the owners have lovingly prioritised comfort and ease at every turn. The atmosphere at Gwdihw just keeps getting better as the scent of fresh pine mingles with the aroma of your morning coffee as you sip it out on the deck. Once you’ve devoured a hearty breakfast (some might say lined your stomach, not us…), head off to sample mouthwatering Cariad wines at nearby Llanerch Vineyard. It’s well worth booking a table in the award-winning restaurant to try delicious, imaginative dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. All washed down with a fine vintage and stunning vineyard views.
The ancient woodland at Glottenham Castle provides an idyllic backdrop for a blissful break from reality staying in one of the domes, the yurt or the cabin. Immersed in the trees, you’ll spend lazy days exploring the 20-acre woods – building dens, relaxing round the campfire and exclaiming at the abundant wildlife as you meander. There are rare birds in the wetland area – snipe, lapwing and wading birds – and turtle doves in the tree canopy. When you’re ready to reenter civilization, nearby Oxney is the largest single-estate producer of English organic wine and part of the thriving Sussex winemaking scene. From May to September, they run 90-minute tours every Saturday and in the winter months there’s the option of a little less time outside and a little more time inside, sampling the produce while munching on home-made charcuterie and crudités. Cheers to that.
In a beautiful spot overlooking the Mendips and a field of friendly alpacas, Uplands Treehouse is a stone’s throw from Bristol, but you’d never know it in this tranquil spot surrounded by fields. The treehouse is a masterclass in beautiful craftsmanship with natural light streaming through the floor to ceiling windows, a huge balcony with uplights, and a picnic table. The only thing missing is a glass of something delicious and you can solve that problem with a visit to the beautiful Aldwick Estate. Tour the vineyard, taste the award-winning wines, then pick up a few bottles of your favourite and head back to the peace of your treetop perch to toast the alpacas. If you don’t fancy cooking, the shop and pub at Wrington village are only a ten-minute walk away.
A luxurious love nest sets the scene for an indulgent glamping weekend of wine tasting, country walks and long soaks in the outdoor jacuzzi bathtub. The Lodge Treehouse is perched in the branches in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on a smallholding where the owners encourage guests who fancy helping out with the chickens and sheep – including lambing in the spring. Close by, Terlingham Vineyard offers walks through the vines with spectacular views over the Channel and wine tasting accompanied by cheeses, bread and cake. The owners’ gentle rescue dogs, Ruby and Normie often pop down to say hello during tastings! If ale is more your tipple of choice you’re equally well catered for, as the North Downs Way has teamed up with local breweries to create The Ale Trail leading you from beer to glorious beer.