With costs rising, a holiday in the sun may not be a thing this year. However, sometimes it can be really nice to go back to basics and take a short break instead by going camping in the countryside.
But what if a night in a tent isn’t your idea of fun? Why not consider glamping as it’s a nice mix of the fun of camping without the horror of a leaky tent or sleeping bags?
There are several glamping sites around Nottingham that have a lot to offer. Here’s our guide to the best glamping options nearby.
1 – Murino Pods
Agnes Meadow Ln, Kniveton, Ashbourne
The Murino Pods are located in Derby in the middle of the countryside – so much so that the pods are surrounded by sheep and fields. If you are looking for quiet relaxation, this is the best place for it. There are three different modules on the site, but each is far apart, so you don’t have to share with strangers.
The pods run an honesty store so you can pick up the essentials – by that we mean marshmallows and sticks to roast over the fire pit at night. There are also plenty of options nearby for a nice hearty pub meal, but it’s worth checking out The Red Lion in Kniveton which does an amazing meal and has a lovely cozy atmosphere.
Distance: 29.6 miles
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2 – Peacock glamping
If you are looking for a nice relaxing weekend, Peacock Glamping in Gunthorpe is a great option. There are hot tubs on-site that are perfect for an after-work soak – just be sure to grab a nice glass of wine and a book while you’re there. Not only that, but the site has a private lake that visitors can go fishing in.
The pods are very comfortable and nothing beats lying in a cozy bed listening to the sound of the rain on the wooden cabin. Alternatively, if the weather stays nice, which is not guaranteed in England, there are sun loungers so you can sit outside and soak up the rays.
Distance: 10.8 miles
3 – Village of bell tents
Holme Pierrepont Natural Park
This is one for a group weekend as the tents here can sleep up to 16 people in one tent, making it a great choice for those looking for a hen or stag night option. If you are a seasoned ‘glamper’ who has your own gear, the village also offers unfurnished tents where you can set it up yourself as you wish.
There are plenty of nearby options for cycling, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground and the National Watersports Centre. Not to mention plenty of walks and pubs to keep everyone busy. Children will be delighted with the water sports possibilities and the giant playground.
Distance: 3.3 miles
4 – Meadow Vale Retreat
Hawksworth Road, Screveton
If pods aren’t your thing, why not stay in a yurt? Meadow Vale Retreats offers a number of different sized yurts perfect for couples looking for a romantic weekend or families looking to get away from the city center.
There is plenty to do locally including Gedling Country Park for walks and relaxation. The yurts also have a communal fire where you can socialize with other glampers while roasting marshmallows. The Railway pub in Lowdham is renowned for its food and cozy atmosphere, so if the common marshmallows aren’t your thing or you need more than one meal, you can drop in here.
Distance: 16.3 miles
5 – Southwell Retreat
Normanton Road, Southwell
The Southwell Retreat offers luxury pods with all the comforts of home, including comfortable beds, decent showers and even underfloor heating. Although you might not need it in the summer months, hopefully.
There is also a barbecue and fire pits on site, ready for a cozy night under the stars. Pod prices are incredibly reasonable and the team recently added another pod, Rosy, to the lineup, so there should be good availability.
In terms of activities, the secluded camping area is just a ten minute walk from the village of Southwell. There are plenty of pubs and cafes, but it’s worth a visit to visit the impressive Southwell Minster which has been open for 900 years. If you time your visit well, you might be able to catch an event during your stay, including an outdoor cinema.
Distance: 14.6 miles