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A Beginner’s Guide for First Time Glampers

Do you like the idea of camping in the great outdoors but can’t deal with the lack of comfort or facilities? Glamping could be the ideal solution for you!

What is Glamping?

Glamping is a high-end version of camping; allowing you to become fully immersed in nature, with all the comforts and luxuries found in a holiday home or hotel. Your accommodation is already set up for you, so no need to mess around with tent poles and mallets – simply arrive and relax! Glamping appeals to many different people, such as couples, families, groups of friends, solo adventurers and even honeymooners.

What’s the History Behind Glamping?

The earliest recorded mention of glamping dates back to the 16th Century! The Scottish Duke of Atholl created the first ever glamping experience in the Scottish Highlands for King James V and his mother in the 1500s. African safari tents began to gain in popularity amongst the rich in the 1920s, before the term “glamping” travels to the UK in 2005. By 2007, glamping has become a popular phenomenon in the UK and Ireland, and the trend can even be seen in the USA.

Types of Glamping Accommodation

Although by no means an exhaustive list, these are the most popular types of glamping accommodation:

  • Tents, such as bell tents or safari tents (like ours!) – think of them as a luxury holiday home but with canvas instead of walls

  • Yurts – a traditional-style tent which has an open floor with a fire in the middle

  • Treehouses – wooden structures that are perched amongst the treetops

  • Tipis – reminiscent of traditional North American camps, tipis are wide at the bottom with a peak at the top

  • Pods – a newer form of glamping accommodation, often made of wood and using eco-friendly methods for fuel and warmth

Our Luxury Canvas Lodges

Our luxurious canvas tents contain all the essentials you could possibly need for a short break away, as well as offering ultimate comfort and style. All our tents feature 3 bedrooms – including one king, one twin and one child’s bed. The spotlight cabin bedroom features its own canopy, double mattress, and hatched doors, making it the ideal hideaway for children. Each bedroom has its own access to the shower and toilet facilities.

What’s Provided?

Our kitchen area is well-equipped with a wood burning stove, gas burner, fire pit and a small refrigerator. You can either cook indoors on the wood burning stove and gas burner or choose to indulge in some alfresco dining using the outdoor fire pit. As well as containing these essential appliances, we also provide a kettle, teapot, cafetiere, teabags (standard and herbal) and sugar, as well as all the crockery, glassware, cutlery, and cooking equipment you could ever need. For washing up, we provide eco washing up liquid, cleaning spray, dishcloth, scrubbers, and tea towels.

We leave bath towels, hand towels, a bathmat, hand wash and toilet roll for the bathroom; and bed linen, pillows, duvets and quilts, throws and hot water bottles for the bedrooms. We supply plenty of logs, kindling, matches and fire lighters to light up the fire pit and indoor stove, as well as board games and books for some evening entertainment.

Upon request, we can provide a travel cot with linen, highchair, all-terrain buggy, changing mat, baby bath, toys, and crockery for young children. If you’re bringing your four-legged friend away on holiday with you, we can supply a dog sleeping mat, towels, bowls, treats and poo bags.

What Should I Pack?

  • All-weather clothing – we all know that the British weather can be unpredictable!

  • Towels for swimming

  • Picnic blanket

  • Books and/or magazines

  • Children’s toys

  • Walking boots and/or wellies

  • Backpack for days out

  • Camera

  • Chargers for phones and other devices

  • Toiletries

  • Food and drink

Activities to Enjoy Whilst Glamping

There are various activities to enjoy whilst glamping – whether you are holidaying with your family, friends or other half, there’s something to suit everyone! Here are just some of the things you can do whilst glamping:

Go Glamping at Exe Valley Glamping

Set within our 150-acre family farm, Exe Valley Glamping provides the perfect escape from daily life, allowing you to reconnect with nature and each other. Enjoy mesmerising scenery and catch up with family and friends - all without sacrificing home comforts.

We have limited availability for this summer, so book now to avoid disappointment!

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