Embrace the great outdoors, fresh air and a great night’s sleep under a starry night sky – without having to light a campfire and battle against tent pegs. Here are five affordable luxury glamping getaways for newlyweds looking to honeymoon at home
We've all done it. Planned a weekend away camping in the wilderness with a schedule full of outdoorsy activities to rival Bear Grylls, only to find that missing tent pegs and collapsing poles leave you abandoning the camping gear to head for the nearest caféfor a decent cuppa. Or at least reaching for the single-ring gas stove to make one.
Yet camping isn’t what it used to be. In fact ‘glamping’isn’t really camping at all. It’s staying somewhere rather warm and cosy, with an actual bed and sometimes a proper roof, and the beauty of the elements surrounding said love nest. Sounds like a lovely honeymoon idea to us.
With help from upmarket glamping specialist Sawday’s Canopy & Stars, we’ve whittled down some of the best unconventional honeymoon-at-home locations for those hoping for remote romance on UK shores.
1. Love In The Round , Roundhouse in Cornwall
This copper-roofed roundhouse is nestled in secluded woodland on the edge of wild flower meadows, and was crafted by a conservation officer and an artistic horticulturalist. After a short walk through the woods to a shepherd’s hut with a hot water monsoon shower, come home to a four-poster bed with faux furs and a warm fire.
The site has wilderness appeal, as does the barbecue, cast-iron firepit and the opportunity to order a Persian feast or Cornish barbecue hamper with chocolates to enjoy. If that’s all too much for a relaxing escape, choose a book from the library or chill out to a romantic soundtrack on the pre-loaded tablet. When you’re done, explore Cornwall’s beaches and kickback in the outdoors by kayaking, vineyard touring, flying and surfing.
From £150 per night (sleeps two)
2. Treehouse at Deer Park, Devon
Hark back to youthful days as a couple in this private getaway located atop a spiral staircase in the oak trees of a Georgian manor house. The thatched turrets are pretty special, as is the bathroom complete with roll-top bath, rain shower, and the balcony overlooking River Otter Valley.
Step inside and a woodburner will keep any happy couple warm and cosy, before you explore the hotel and its Italian renaissance-style gardens. Play croquet on the lawn, trial archery, go 4x4 off-roading or try fly fishing. If your plan is to do absolutely nothing, the champagne on ice and half-hour in-room spa treatment will make that a reality.
From £295 per night (sleeps two)
3. Black Shed, Highlands
Looking for a countryside hideout that's a little bit different? Discard visions of a garden shed, this Scottish sanctuary boasts stylish cabin design with pine-clad walls, textured concrete floors, walk-in shower, stainless steel kitchen and local art. The wrought iron king-size bed doesn't go amiss either, nor do the picturesque views of northwest Skye thanks to the remote hill location which overlooks Loch Dunvegan.
We imagine it’d be lovely to cuddle up on one of the decked terraces absorbing the breathtaking scenery, or equally as luxurious warming up by the woodburner on cosy rugs and watching a movie. According to Canopy and Stars, you might even see the Northern Lights.
From £85 per night (sleeps two)
4. The Studio at Orchard Flower Farm , Cabin in Cornwall
Make like true romantic artists in this wood and glass airy open-plan studio where master printer Hugh Stoneman produced work with former residents such as Sir Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Sandra Blow and Grayson Perry. Gaze out through floor to ceiling windows across the valley or relax in the mezzanine bedroom with en-suite.
Soak up scenic, romantic walks in six acres of woodland and fields which make up Orchard Flower Farm, or roam the nearest beach which is a short walk away. Return to a well-equipped kitchen and welcome pack of supplies which includes bread, juice, butter and eggs from the owner who lives in the main house adjoining the studio.
If the great outdoors is too secluded, escape to Penzance, just a 10 minute walk away, for a candlelit dinner.
From £130 per night (sleeps two)
5. The Yurt at Harptree Court, Somerset
Check this out for a tent. Okay, it’s not exactly a tent, it’s a three-pod yurt, but regardless, it has a dishwasher and that trumps any kind of camping experience we’ve ever had. With touches of Georgian antiques, a roll top bath, hot running water, flushing toilet and Wi-Fi, the luxury doesn’t stop there.
Newlyweds are likely to love the peace and quiet in this isolated location, particularly after a laze in the hammock and a cosy-up to a woodburning stove. With country pubs, footpath walks and historic Bath nearby, there aren’t many reasons why you’d get bored of this offshoot of manor house Harptree Court, which was built in 1797.
From £120 per night (sleeps two)