Today we have another treat for our UK readers; the inside scoop on some of the best honeymoon camping around! Enjoy:
Recent research by Best of British, a high end campsite company, suggests more newly married couples each year are plumping for camping, caravanning, chalet or camper van style honeymoons. Rather than the usual tried and tested overseas destinations, staycation type ‘moons are becoming more popular and it’s little wonder why.
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Campsites today offer intimate accommodation options, vastly bigger than hotel rooms, that don’t come with noisy neighbours. High end sites boast five star luxury that would break most budgets with overseas destinations meaning camping honeymoons are now perfectly acceptable with plenty of choice available.
The following list is the top 5 UK spots for camping-keen honeymooners as picked by caravan and motorhome classified service C4 Caravans.
Woodovis House, Gulworthy, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8NY
Nestling in the rural Devonshire countryside, close to Tavistock, Woodovis Park offers seclusion and scenic beauty all set in 14 acres of parkland. For those looking for a peaceful honeymoon experience in a tranquil area Woodovis offers a number of quaint little glamping pods which are perfect for those who love the idea of camping but want creature comforts at the same time.
There are two types (one smaller pod and two super pods) to choose from and all are warm and cosy – perfect for snuggling up at the end of a long day in the outdoors. With double glazing, insulated walls and electric lighting the Woodovis glamping pods are great for a relaxing break with your new wife or husband.
And don’t forget this area of the UK is perfect for those who love the outdoors. The north and south coasts of Cornwall and Devon are within easy reach and serve up fantastic surfing conditions, amazing beaches and have great access to cycling trails, walking routes, coastal villages and traditional towns.
Stroud Hill Park
Fen Road, Pidley, PE28 3DE
An exclusive adult only and privately owned touring park; Stroud Hill boasts a stunning timber framed barn for wedding receptions and ‘the shepherd’s hut’ – perfect for honeymooners to stay in after their big day. This part of Cambridgeshire is beautifully scenic and Stroud Hill Park is set in a naturally sheltered and ancient bluebell woodland. A 150 acre family run farm completes the feel. For wildlife lovers, Stroud Hill has been found by a recent RSPN survey to attract 50 species of bird, some of which are rare. The onsite camping facilities are perfect for guests to make use of during the happy couple’s big day and without too great a distance to navigate from the barn, the need for taxis, after a few shandys, is non-existent.
The surrounding area offers many rural walks that link local villages together and are great for getting idly lost in. Rounding off each day with a hearty meal in a local pub, cosying up with your new spouse, couldn’t be any more blissful.
East Harptree, Bristol, Somerset, BS40 6AA
Slightly tenuous in terms of the word ‘camping’ as the Harptree Treehouse is more of a sky high en suite bolt hole, handcrafted and perfect for two. It’s more like a scrumptiously luxurious glamping pod – only better. Featuring sumptuous internal décor; an elegant copper bath, wood burning stove and star gazing veranda that looks out towards the lake. For honeymooners looking for swish high end accommodation, that still retains a degree of back to nature and al fresco living, then it doesn’t get much better than this.
Harptree Treehouse is surrounded by beautiful countryside and close to plenty of attractions including Glastonbury, Wookey Hole, Cheddar Caves and Gorge, Wells Cathedral, Bath and Bristol. Honeymooners looking to escape the hustle and bustle will find a plethora of country pubs, restaurants and drinking holes in the area. And if you fancy truly unwinding then there’s a variety of Holistic treatments you can book including aromatherapy, reflexology and Indian head massages.
For anyone who considers the Harptree Treehouse to be too close to a hotel room, then there’s also the option of a luxury yurt for two. Featuring a wood burning stove, flushing loo, roll top bath, kitchen/sitting/dining area, dishwasher, gas hob and fridge – this really is glamping at its best.
218 Hurn Road, Matchams, Nr Ringwood, Dorset, BH24 2BT
The New Forest, Dorset, is held in high regard by many and is well frequented throughout the year as it’s a stunningly beautiful part of England. Honeymooners looking to get away for a well-earned rest, after their big day, in a relaxed and beautiful setting will find Little Paddock fitting the bill nicely. Little Paddock specialise in romantic breaks, honeymoons, mini ‘moons and luxury lodge holidays. The quiet and tranquil setting is ideal for couples as it’s an adult only site.
Getting out and about is super easy as transport links are numerous. The site is close to the bustling town of Ringwood, where there’s plenty of life. Further afield you’ll find Bournemouth and Poole with their associated beaches, pubs, bars and restaurants. Heading into the New Forest you’ll discover quaint rural villages, country pubs and roaming wild horses the area is famed for.
Luxury onsite lodges are fit for two and have been awarded a four star rating by the AA. They’re set in their own little glen and great for honeymooning couples – uniquely hidden from prying eyes and brilliant for taking in surroundings and enjoying the woodland environment. Mistletoe Mansion is the specific lodge designed with newlyweds in mind.
For those not able to take an extended honeymoon then Little Paddock offers couples the option of a mini ‘moon for 2 – 3 days. There’s the option of booking the Mini Moon Romantic package which includes a bouquet of red roses, truffles, strawberries and a ‘paper trail’ of flower petals. You’ll also get a taxi pick up to take you to a local Italian restaurant, Al Trullo, where you’ll be wined and dined with a three course meal and bottle of house wine. You’ll then be whisked back to your luxury Little Paddock lodge to finish off the evening how you see fit. For a total hassle free honeymoon experience, Little Paddock in the New Forest fits the bill.
Little Oasis Pandy
Ty Newydd Farm, Pandy, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 8DW
Little Oasis Pandy is an exclusive and tranquil glampsite that boasts two very special ladies. Rosie and Josie, recently refurbished old fashioned gypsie style caravans, are ready and waiting to provide a cosy honeymoon experience that’s stunningly picturesque. Nestling at the top of a hill, overlooking the beautiful countryside, Josie and Rosy have their own exclusive areas complete with outside seating, dining area, fire pit and camping kitchen. A stash of logs is also provided, with more available if necessary, for those snuggly evening fires that you and your brand new husband or wife can huddle round.
The bow top caravans have ample space inside with double beds and roll out mattresses. You’ll find little nooks, cleverly designed to accommodate the mattress, bone china and cookware when not in use. Both ‘girls’ have their own composting toilets located just a few short hops away from your accommodation.
Josie is next to a wooded area and surrounded by grazing fields most likely full of cattle while Rosy is further up a hill and takes advantage of the breath taking views of Skirrid Mountain, Hatterall Hill and the Black Mountains. Nestling in an orchard; it’s a bit of a steep walk to get to her but ensures privacy.
For those of an active disposition then there are amazing walks and cycle rides that are easily accessible from Little Oasis Pandy. If all that energetic exercise is too much to bear then don’t forget the array of restaurants and pubs located nearby.
If you want those special touches, to make your honeymoon extra special, the owners can arrange a freshly baked cake, a locally sourced fruit/veg box, local duck and chicken eggs, a camping breakfast box, a continental breakfast box or a luxury spoil yourself hamper – what could be more fantastic?
Whatever type of camping honeymoon you’re after there’ll be something in budget and with you especially in mind. Honeymoon camping options are now wide and varied and the examples above are just a few of what’s available. Have a rummage online and you’ll no doubt come across plenty more – whether you want super high end five star plus or a more relaxed and rustic experience. Camping, glamping, caravanning and yurting are all, now more than ever, perfectly feasible for those first few days of wedded bliss.
About the Author:
Tez Plavenieks is a freelance writer who scribes for a number of websites, magazines and newspapers. Specialising in topics covering the outdoors, lifestyle and sports; Tez loves nothing better than telling stories or helping you tell yours. You’ll find more about Tez at tezplavenieks.com.
Was your honeymoon of the camping or glamping themed variety? Let us know where you went and how you found it in the comments below!