5 family camping trips with a twist

Fancy camping but are looking for something a bit different this year? If you like the idea of sleeping in the great outdoors but with a few perks, check out our selection of quirky alternatives in pods, yurts and safari tents in marvellous settings from castle grounds to working farms.

Mediaeval glamping

Warwick Castle East FrontSleep in a shaded glade by the River Avon in a beautiful bell tent within the grounds of stunning Warwick Castle. The tents include wooden-framed beds and all bed linen and are dressed to look the mediaeval part. Budding knights and princesses will love the experience. Highlight of the stay is the free evening entertainment, which includes Jesters’ and Knights’ School and have-a-go archery – kids are kept happy, engaged and entertained without an iPad in sight! Two days Priority Castle tickets are included as well a cooked or continental breakfast served in the Mediaeval Banqueting Tent.

From £200 per night based on two adults and two children. www.warwick-castle.com/glamping/ 

Perfect pods

Wootton ParkLocated in the stunning surroundings of Henley-in-Arden, Wootton Park, offers cosy camping pods. The pods feature double beds and linen and camping luxuries from bathrobes to mirror and hairdryer. A fully lit woodchip path leads to the shower and toilet so there’s no need to put off that nocturnal loo trip. There are even bacon breakfast baps available in the 500-year-old farmhouse on site – just stroll through the garden to meet other podders over a morning cuppa.

From £110 per night based on four people sharing. www.pitchup.com

Farm life

Screen Shot 2014-06-20 at 09.42.55Lord Stones is a beautiful estate in the North Yorkshire Moors. Choose to spend a night in a camping pod, bell tent, scout tent or even camp the old-fashioned way in your own tent. The campsite has a fine dining restaurant, cafe and artisan farm shop. It’s a real family affair with youngest brother Patrick tending the family herd of Belted Galloway cows, which are then passed on to be butchered by middle brother James while eldest brother Dominic manages the restaurant.

Pods, from £60 per night for 2 people. Bell tents, £50 per night based on four people sharing. www.lordstones.com

Island escape

peninnis farm main photoThe Isles of Scilly are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that lie 28 miles off Land’s End. Peninnis Farm offers safari tents with kitchens, bedrooms and shower rooms. There is a master bedroom with a king-size bed, twin room and a bunk bed room. The living area includes a wood burner, dining table and cosy sofas. And the kitchen has a sink and oven. Best of all, children will enjoy collecting the eggs every morning and feeding the pigs with Farmer Dan or even getting to see a calf being born.

From £745 for a week for 6. www.peninnisfarmluxurycamping.co.uk

Say yes to a yurt!

yurtsExperience something special with a yurt stay near Glastonbury, Somerset, surrounded by sheep pasture with a small river running next to the comfortably furnished yurts that include luxury beds and linen. Guests may use the facilities in the main house and enjoy a hot tub while watching the sunset behind Glastonbury Tor. There are endless walks to enjoy and prolific bird and wildlife to take in at this secluded spot.

From £80 per night based on two people sharing for a minimum of two nights. www.ownersdirect.co.uk/england/E15235.htm

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