While it's great to get back to nature, trips to the great outdoors can mean cramped tents, insect bites and treks to the loo at 3am. While this may not be everyone's cup of tea, it doesn't have to be this way. From Glamping to Safari huts and even camping coaches, modern camping makes it easier than ever to get back to nature in style.
We've rounded up 6 great (and unusual) camping locations in Europe, so that everyone can find something that works for them. Now all you have to do is pack the essentials!
Get lost in France
For a truly luxurious way to glamp, stay at Glisten Camping in Col d’Ibardin, France. Each of its stunning geodomes has a double bed, beanbags to lounge on, hammock ‘pods’ for kids and outside fairy light decorated kitchen area with grill. There’s an on-site open-air pool, too. Nestled in the countryside near the Spanish border, the site is accessible from Biarritz airport or Bilbao port.
For days out, it’s an easy drive to the beach at St Jean de Luz, or to picturesque San Sebastián, if you fancy a romantic stroll.
COSTS FROM: £60 per night per dome (6 people sharing, 4 adults maximum, minimum 2 nights)
Come on board
For a camping experience with a difference, you can’t beat The Majestic Bus, near Hay-on-Wye in Powys, Wales. This old coach has been beautifully converted into a quirky, cosy space for up to four people. You can watch the stars through the windows in the roof as you fall asleep, or laze on the vintage sun loungers in the summer months. Close by is a bath house, with roll-top tub and wood burner. Head into Hay-on-Wye for bookshop browsing and a great choice of restaurants and bars.
COSTS FROM: £90 per night, based on 2 sharing
Staying in a tent on a chicken farm might not sound glamorous – but, believe us, Sweffling Hall in Suffolk is a special place. Its large safari tents, which sleep up to six, are set on raised decking and have everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay, including an oven. Chickens roam around the site, along with Crumble the Shetland pony and Milly the goat, and little ones can feed the animals, play on the rope swing, or just run wild across the grass. The seaside town of Southwold is nearby if you fancy fish and chips and a stroll past the beach huts, or why not enjoy a spot of crabbing in Little Walberswick?
COSTS FROM: £430 for 4 nights (6 people sharing)
For an action-packed holiday, head to Duinrell in Wassenaar, Netherlands. The campsite is crammed with things to keep the whole family busy, with its own amusement park, waterslides, and an adventure forest for climbing and ziplining – plus restaurants and a pub! An easy drive, via a car ferry or the Eurotunnel, you can either take your camping gear or book a Duingalow – a mobile home with decking. It’s a short drive to the nearest beach, or you can hire a bike and cycle there. The town of Wassenaar, just a short stroll away, has an ace pancake house that kids will love, while Amsterdam is a 45-minute drive, so you can get a slice of city life, too!
COSTS FROM: £245 for a 7-night stay in a 2-bedroom Duingalow (sleeps up to 6)
Turn-up-and-pitch site Burnbake Campsite in Dorset has an old-school vibe. You can’t book ahead (apart from Spring and August bank holidays) – instead, just rock up and put your tent wherever you fancy. Set in the woods, the site has a magical feel; imagine sunlight glinting through the trees as the kids run around on the grass. Facilities are top-notch, too, with shower and loo blocks, a shop and an adventure playground. The beautiful sandy beach at Studland Bay, on the Jurassic coast, is just a 10-minute drive (or an hour’s walk), and there are watersports on offer if you fancy trying canoeing or paddle-boarding.
COSTS FROM: £20 a night for a pitch for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children)
Cream of Cornwall
Looking for a holiday packed with Cornish flavour? Trevella Park, near Newquay has all the right ingredients. Think fun activities for kids, a chilled-out vibe, and a great caff serving killer breakfasts! Set in grounds with colourful flowers, it has pitches for your own kit, or you can book a safari tent or caravan. Youngsters will love the mini golf and adventure playground, and days can be spent by the heated outdoor pool, fishing by the lake – or head to nearby Crantock Beach for crab hunting and Cornish pasties. The Eden Project, a huge indoor rainforest, is a short drive away, as is Dairyland Farm World.
COSTS FROM: £24.20 per night for a camping pitch for 4 (2 adults, 2 children)
For more great camping ideas read The Most Unique Ways To Camp This Summer. Let us know your favourite campsite by using #goodliving on social media.