As the weather starts to improve, I find myself itching to book the annual summer break. Normally, like most of you, my first inclination is to find to somewhere with sun, beaches, pool side cocktails and and a local population that speaks as little English as I speak ancient Latin. This formula has worked well over the years and apart from all the inherent stresses of packing, arguing, getting ready to fly over the ocean in large metal bird, I’m usually happy for 2 – 3 days during the week away and am excited to do it again.
Unfortunately the way the winds blowing makes me doubt we’re going to be able to do that this year.
But, hey, don’t worry, the situation seems to be getting better, albeit, inch by inch, but as things start to open up again we could still have the holiday we’ve been clamoring for, a little closer to home.
I understand that for many of you, the first reaction to hearing, ‘holiday at home’ is a dreary caravan / campsite, littered with crisp packets, empty cans of lager and drunken football fanatics. Or wild trekking in woods, with wet feet, wet trousers and a wet tent that never ends up looking like the one in the picture. But what if I told you there countless, luxurious Glamping sites dotted all over the UK, that give you all the spiritual benefits of spending time outdoors, while enjoying all the familiar comforts of a night in a hotel.
What is glamping
” The word ‘glamping’ derives its name from Glamorous Camping, a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those usually associated with traditional camping.
Glamping is all about the ‘experience’. It’s about immersing yourself in your surroundings, taking great gulps of air, feeling the earth under your feet and dissolving away your daily stress. It’s about getting back to nature without getting back to basics. You won’t be living out of a rucksack and sleeping on the floor. No, Glamping is most definitely luxury camping.” – Credit
This movement has made travelling around our beautiful countryside, walks in the wilderness, BBQ’s and late nights under the stars accessible for everyone.
Our Finman Range has become one of most sought after, Luxury Glamping cabins on popular sites such as, Tripadvisor.com, because of the cosy, Tolkien esqe , hobbit- home appeal. Because of this, camping / caravan / glamping sites, all over the UK are using, our products as alternatives, to traditional caravans or lodges, due to the versatility of the range and the bespoke nature of the order process. The growth of the Glamping market has made, prices, per, night increase exponentially over the last 10 years leading to great returns on investments – Finman Retreat Description
If you were thinking about buying to rent, visit the – ‘Stay in one of our products’ page on our website, to see our regularly updated map of the best places to spend the night in a Logspan cabin.
Here are some of our favorite examples of our customers who are already making an extra income with their beautiful holiday homes….
Skye Eco Bells
Our friends Scott and Nadia host this picturesque highland retreat over in the North West of the Isle of Skye. Offering stunning sea views, and breath taking natural landscapes, you can truly immerse yourself in wonder and awe, staying in one of the most beautiful places on earth
They live and work on site all year round, they battle the elements to make sure you can relax and find solocae in knowing you have someone watching your back as you enjoy the freedom of ‘off the grid living’.
They display 3, 17m2 Finman Sleeper Cabins, each uniquely named to engross you into the hidden village vibe. Each comes with an individual fire pit and access to the 2 acres of moorland and woodland gardens.
Each sleep up to 3 people, with a double and single bed, and have their own private barbecue area to relax and take the day at their own pace. Guests also have access to a shared equipped kitchen and dining area.
Walking and hiking can be enjoyed all throughout the island.
Find out more about how you can make a reservation, visit their pages on;
Scott and Nadia are very active on social media, especially Instagram and Facebook
The Nest Glamping with en suite
Located in the majestic, serene backdrop of Ardteatle , Dalmally in the Scottish Highlands, The Nest is offers that slice of serenity as you are dropped into a cosy Finman Retreat decorated with a large double bed, microwave, mini fridge, kettle, toilet, hand basin, and shower.
Thrive in the natural beauty of the highlands.
” The area has zero light pollution and gives guests the opportunity to get away from their busy lives and relish the local wildlife and magnificent views. ” – Booking.com
A star gazers dream.
” The Nest overlooks stunning scenery in a secluded spot 2 miles from Dalmally, 15 miles from Tyndrum and 40 mins from Oban. A great stopping off point if you are visiting the islands ” – Booking.com
This location makes it an ideal, weekend / short- stay, getaway for 2. You have great flexibility here at Dalmally as you have access to shops and restaurants within a short drive, or the ability to cook your own food using the BBQ facilities made available on the campsite
If you are interested in finding out more – check them out on AirBNB, Booking.com and TripAdvisor
” Moorcroft Holidays is a family run campsite situated on a working croft 1 mile south of Carinish village, North Uist on the main road, A865, through the Southern Isles.
The site is positioned overlooking a tidal bay with views of the neighbouring island of Benbecula and also the hills of South Uist.
Ideally located for shoreline and moorland walks with several places of historical interest close by with easy access to public transport. ” – Credit
A stunning, silent retreat, in the most beautiful country on earth.
” Our Hobbit Homes are positioned to enjoy the spectacular views from the campsite. They are equipped with 2 futons, table & chairs, fridge, microwave, kettle, kitchen utensils and complimentary tea & coffee. ” – Credit
I don’t think I’m the only one that want’s to escape and self-isolate in the quaint calmness of North Uist right about now.
They are currently closed until further notice, but you can follow them on Facebook for news and updates and can make a reservation through Trip Advisor.
The Riverside Inn at Aymestry
” The Riverside Inn is set deep in the countryside of Herefordshire, yet still close to Ludlow and Hereford. Authentic and atmospheric, this 16th century black and white building is surrounded by the natural beauty of the River Lugg.
Inside The Riverside Inn bar and restaurant, the surrounds are unspoiled and unchanged, with log fires, candles, hops and pine. Hopefully you will find the atmosphere soothing, relaxing and informal. ” – Credit
This gorgeous hotel and restaurant has three, perfect 5m Finman Retreats, available for bookings all throughout the year.
With competitive prices and an award winning kitchen, there are few better places to enjoy the peace and serenity of our beautiful country.
Certain services are unavailable for obvious reasons but they still remain open by offering a takeaway service for locals.
They post regular updates and offers on their Facebook page.
Find out how you can book your stay on Tripadvisor
I, like you are getting pretty fed up with this ”New Normal” and am missing some of my familiar comforts, like all- inclusive holidays and mini bottles of gin but somethings in life are more important. These are unprecedented times and as regulations start to lax, we must still remember the dangers are still ever present. Enjoy time away, enjoy the luxury, enjoy the tranquility, but please stay close to home.
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