Camping, you either love it or you absolutely loath it. For some people it’s too much fuss, you want the top-notch hotel where you don’t have to worry about making a fire, but on the other hand you want the sense of adventure that comes with camping.
So let us introduce you to something in between, as we present you our list of the top 10 glamping sites in Shropshire and the Midlands.
Pigeon Door, Shropshire
What if we told you that you could spend the night in a double decker bus? We’re sad to say that’s it not the incredible Knight Bus from Harry Potter, but it’s about as good as it gets. Pigeon Door aim to provide you with a perfectly peaceful break in the Shropshire countryside in one of their incredibly refurbished double decker buses. All buses have different amenities which include: heating, bedrooms, hot tubs and kitchens – bus Betsey Blue even has her own bathroom! If a week away with a twist is something you fancy, then Pigeon Door certainly won’t disappoint.
The Ninks, Ellesmere, Shropshire
Have you ever wanted to run away with the circus? Or stay somewhere a little more eccentric? Then this 1920’s Showman’s wagon is definitely the place for you. With an impressive decorative-interior, you can get an insight into exactly what life for a circus owner and Ringmaster was like – how cool is that? Located just a few miles away from Hawkstone Park, The Ninks is the perfect place for you and your partner to explore the beautiful sights of the rolling Shropshire hills.
Secret Cloud House Holidays, Staffordshire
When anyone utters the word ‘glamping’ we automatically think of a giant teepee – well, we do anyway. Right on the edge of the Peak District National Park is a collection of the most stunning yurts that will definitely offer the unique holiday experience. Each yurt has everything you need, from luxury duvets, roaring fires, handmade toiletries and a delivered breakfast hamper, you couldn’t really ask for any more. Oh, we forgot to mention you can also stay in a yurt that comes with a private hot tub; so if you fancy stargazing with a glass of red, this is probably the best way to do it.
Ludlow Eco Lodge, Shropshire
If spending a couple of nights in a yurt isn’t quite your thing, then a luxury lodge might be. Set in two acres of the beautiful Shropshire countryside, this incredible lodge allows you to have the full camping experience without the hassle of constructing a tent for six people. Just two miles from Ludlow, you can find plenty of places to explore and eat before heading back to your lodge to do a bit of wildlife spotting.
Enchanted Forest, Alton Towers, Staffordshire
Whilst most of us escape to Alton Towers for a bit of an adrenaline rush, the popular theme park is also home to some pretty awesome glamping spots. It only opened in 2015, yet the Enchanted Forest is rapidly becoming one of the parks most popular on-site resorts. Whilst their cosy lodges look like they have made a trip over from Hobbiton movie set in New Zealand, their tree houses are rather incredible. Because let’s be honest, there’s really nothing cooler than spending a couple of nights up in a giant tree.
Forest View Retreat Lodges, Bewdley
You may have spent the day exploring West Midland Safari Park, yet you can’t help but feel like you need a little more adventure in your journey. Forest View Retreat's Bewdley base has two quirky lodges for you to choose from. Whether it’s Bluebell or Bramble that catches your eye, you’re bound to find that extra bit of adventure that you have been yearning for. It comes with everything you could possibly need, so you can relax whilst soaking up the beautiful views. If you want that extra bit of luxury you can upgrade to Bramble, which holds its very own hot tub.
By Becky Weaver