Five reasons to holiday in a tent

If your idea of a camping holiday is a flimsy tent in a muddy field, then these suggestions will make you a very happy camper


Pentre Mawr Hot Tub: Safari For adults only

WHERE: Denbigh, Wales. With over 1,000 years of history this may well be the most historic market town in North Wales. Its 800-year-old Denbigh Castle still dominates the skyline.WHY: If you hanker after safari lodge luxury check out these adult-only safari-style tents. They are situated within the grounds of a five-star luxury hotel in Denbighshire.

The canvas lodges have under floor heating, freestanding baths and wet rooms and granite worktops. Each has its own private terrace with hot tub, king-size leather beds and a sitting area. Facilities even include Freeview TV and a DVD player, an iPod dock, bath robes and slippers. Guests can use the swimming pool and restaurant in the main house. Prices start from £325 per night and includes breakfast.

Camp Katur Family luxury

WHERE: Being mentioned in the Domesday Book and for its proximity to the stunning Yorkshire Dales.
WHY: Camp Katur is more glamping than camping (that means you get some luxury thrown in). It is set within 250 acres of rolling countryside with lots of quirky accommodation scattered over pretty meadows and woodlands. These include safari tents, tipis, bell tents and hobbit pods. Best of all they have "unidomes", the UK's only clear panoramic domed shape structure, which offers 360-degree views of the surrounding woodland. Imagine: you get to stargaze until you fall alseep and wake up to the views of picturesque woodlands.

Nearby there's a kids' adventure area, woodlands walks and trails, cycling, a BBQ hut, segway treks, quadbiking and a treetop ropes course. There's pampering too in the eco spa with hot tub and sauna.

Prices range from Hobbit pods starting from £90 for two nights, to unidome stays from £160 for two nights.

Scamperholidays Timber Tents: Camping by half

WHERE: Three Cliffs Bay and Rhossili, Gower, Wales. When you pitch up here you will be doing so on the most westerly bay of the Gower peninsula. This is where the Atlantic swells and where you are likely to get the best surfing experience.

WHY: You get a taste of the back-to-nature goodness of a tent but with the guaranteed warmth and comfort of a windproof timber structure. Canvas roll-up awnings with decked floor living quarters merge with the cosy timber bedroom, creating an outdoor-indoor feeling of true camping with a touch of pure luxury.

Price from £200 for two nights, sleeping up to four people.

BCC Loch Ness Glamping Cosy as a hobbit

WHERE: Situated a few miles away from world-famous Loch Ness and the equally enchanting Glen Affric, renowned for being one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland.
WHY: Live like a hobbit in hobbit-style camping pods. You will have access to the site's shared kitchen, modern
toilet and shower block, and BBQ,
children's play area and WiFi. On site there is the River Enrick where children can fish and a beautiful forest to enjoy long leisurely walks. Just six miles away you can explore Urquhart Castle or go Nessie-searching on a Loch Ness boat trip via the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Centre. The pods cost from £35 per night, based on two adults sharing.

Leeds Castle: Knight's glamping

WHERE: The castle rises up from a moat in Kent surrounded by stunning parkland.

WHY: Tourists flock to experience its mazes, falconry, gardens, zip lines
and punting on the moat but now you can stay the night in a tent. Accommodation is a stripped tent with a four-poster bed, furry rugs and throws, candles and a log-burning stove. A walk along the path to Knight's Cottage, there's a Chesterfield-dominated living room for chilling out, and squeaky clean showers. The medieval knight theme is complete with the option to eat as one, cooking on a cast-iron griddle over an open fire pit. The tent sleeps four and prices start from £940 per week.

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