With sustainability rooting itself more and more deeply in our travel habits, the word staycation might well fall out of use, as it becomes the norm rather than the exception. But alongside important environmental concerns, it feels like we’re finally waking up to how great it is to holiday in the UK.
Staycations mean not dealing with any of the evils of airports, from overpriced food to massive carbon emissions, but they also mean exploring parts of Britain that you might not otherwise visit. There’s so much countryside to see, history to stumble upon and not just well-priced but world-class food to discover. We could be a bit biased, but we think a glamping staycation is the best way to do it too. You get an amazing space in an amazing place and wake up to a fresh perspective not just on the UK, but life itself. Are we overselling it? Find out for yourself...
We’ve been doing this for a while now. Since 2010, in fact. In that time, we’ve travelled all over the country, personally inspecting every place we work with, because there’s no other way to know if our guests are going to have a special staycation when they book. You can read our website knowing that if we talk about lovely views and cool features, it’s because we’ve seen them, swung on them, bathed in them, eaten them and whatever else. Our places are all different, so if you can’t decide or have any questions, get in touch with our Guest Experience Team, who have all the knowledge to guide you to a perfect break.
These are some of ours, and our guests, favourite outdoor hot tubs and baths
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Does a staycation limit my options? Not at all. Think about how diverse the UK is geographically and culturally. A glamping staycation could take you to one of our remote Scottish glamping places, the beach anywhere from Cornwall to Norfolk, to Yorkshire, or even into the woods just round the corner from trendy foodie towns in Herefordshire that are a match for anything you’ll find around the world.
What sort of glamping places can I stay in? All our places are different, from incredible treehouses with hot tubs, shepherd’s huts in peaceful fields, yurts, bothy, buses and cabins in all corners of the UK. Each has been built by an independent, creative owner, so what you get there will vary. Make sure you read our website carefully and if you can’t decide, get in touch with our Guest Experience Team and they’ll guide you to the perfect one.
Is glamping like camping? Sort of, but better. With glamping you get all the benefit of being away in the outdoors, without any of the drawbacks of camping – the crowds, wrangling with tent poles, waking up a bit cold and damp. All you need is a change of clothes and a big bag of food, although in most cases there’s a great farm shop around to raid for delicious local supplies.
Is glamping an ethical way to travel? It certainly can be. Glamping places tend to be built and run with the utmost care for the land and local connections, so by going glamping you’re supporting the local butcher, baker, potter, painter and more. Then there’s us. We’re part-owned by a charitable trust that we established to support environmental causes, we’re employee-owned and a certified B Corp. So yes, if you choose right, it’s very ethical.
We’re majority employee owned, with a shared commitment to fair, ethical business practices
Our Charitable Trust uses 24% ownership of the company to support environmental causes
We plant a tree for every booking through the charity Treesisters and get our hands dirty in many local initiatives