The Cotswolds offers some of the best back-to-nature boltholes in England. Rolling countryside, honey-hued villages and pristine waterways offer total tranquillity just two hours from London. It’s been a go-to destination for well-heeled visitors for centuries, so it’s no stranger to hip hotel brands and luxe accommodation. But as glamping becomes more popular, more of us are seeking out off-the-grid options that combine nature with mod cons. From lakeside lodges to woodland canopies, here are some of the best glamping spots in the Cotswolds.
7 of the Best Glamping Spots in the Cotswolds
Tucked away under a canopy of woods at Westley Farm, you’ll find two elegant yurts. Both offer breathtaking countryside views and seclusion, with a handful of brilliant pubs a short stroll away. The yurts are filled with sheepskins and woollen rugs, double beds and two single futons, and a wood-burning stove. The Yurt Reynolds has its own wood bathhouse with a roll-top bath too.
Promising high life living amongst the orchard’s apple trees, Warwick Knight offers one of the quirkiest night’s sleep on our list. Once deemed the Rolls Royce of caravans, the restored vehicle is now fitted out with a crackling log burner, comfy double bed with luxury linen and a charming shower-on-wheels. But the best bit? Your own lawned rooftop garden. This glamping spot is in Longney, five miles south of Gloucester.
Overlooking the idyllic village of Notgrove, these camping pods are fully equipped with a large double bed and a sofa bed. There’s also an en-suite shower, kitchenette, flat screen TV, dining table and outdoor seating and fire pit to make the most of the long summer evenings. It’s perfect for those looking for a Cotswold walking holiday, with three national trails bordering the site: The Macmillan Way, Diamond Way and Gloucestershire Way. And there’s even an option to book yourself a massage or relaxing massage at the end of it!
These luxury lakeside log houses offer total tranquillity in 130 acres of rolling Cotswold countryside. But just because they’re quiet, doesn’t mean they’re boring. Each eco-friendly escape has its own rowing boat, private beach and indoor fire. You’ll have a private Finish hot tub too, perched on the edge of the lake, not far from a family of resident otters. The largest cabin, Mayo Landing, even has its own heated pool and private sauna, set on a private island in the middle of the lake.
Another lodge glamping offering, this time set close to the pretty postcard village of Kingham. The lodges are set back in the small bluebell field with inspiring views (it’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). There’s a range of different sized lodges to choose from, each with its own hot tub and some with saunas and whirlpool baths. Inside, the lodges are kitted out with king-size beds and crisp linen and fluffy towels.
6. The Fuselage
Possibly the most architecturally distinctive glamping spot we’ve seen across the UK, The Fuselage is inspired by aviation. Step inside and you’ll feel like you’re floating 700 foot above sea level. Inside, there’s a curved bedroom with views of the field at the foot of the bed. Furniture cleverly folds away to make way for an indoor seating area. Outdoors, you’ll have your own wood-burner to huddle around under the stars. There’s a local vineyard, as well as a variety of historic houses and gardens on the doorstep.
These adorable huts at Farncombe Estate offer just the sort of rustic romance we’re after. Set in 400 acres of rolling hills with sweeping views across the Cotswolds, each hut is decked out with comfy double beds, a lounge area with a TV and DVD player and underfloor heating, so you don’t have to wait until the summer to stay here. They each have a private hot tub with winning views, and some have an indoor rolltop bath too. The Boaty McBoatface hut also comes with its own paddleboat, so you can sail off for a nautical adventure. The huts are also within spitting distance of The Fish Hotel and its award-winning restaurants.