Having to leave your dog behind when you go glamping can take the sheen off any break, especially if you’re shelling out for kennels.
The team at boutique camping specialists Campsites.co.uk have chosen their favourite sites for a luxury stay where pets are welcome too.
Camp Katur - Yorkshire
Camp Katur is an off-the-grid glamping experience in Yorkshire woodland, which offers a variety of activities in a setting designed to encourage relaxation and tranquility. Located in the 250-acre Camp Hill Estate, the site is fully open to dogs with up to two allowed for a small extra fee. Our tip is to stay in the Woodland Hide Unidome, which sleeps two adults and offers a 360º panoramic view of the surrounding wilderness.
How much: from £35 a night, Unidome from £85 (two-night minimum on weekends and school holidays)
Yurts at the Ceridwen Centre - Carmarthenshire
Set on an organic farm in the West Wales countryside, the Ceridwen Centre offers 40-acres of rural bliss. Well-behaved dogs are welcomed for an extra charge, with one allowed per accommodation, and the site runs occasional doggie wellbeing retreats. The Middle East-inspired yurts come in two sizes, 16ft and 18ft, and each is quite separate, with its own outdoor decking area for al fresco dining.
How much: from £146 for a 16ft yurt (two-night minimum)
Cosy Under Canvas - Powys, Wales
Sitting just outside the famous literary town of Hay-on-Wye on the border between England and Wales, Cosy Under Canvas focuses on environmentally friendly eco-glamping with everything provided. The family who run the site are dog owners themselves, and friendly dogs with their own beds are welcome. Each of the seven Geodomes sleeps between four and six, and come with a fire pit and stove, plus their own wood-fired hot tubs.
How much: from £245 for four nights midweek.
Katas at Comrie Croft - Perthshire, Scotland
This retreat in the Scottish Highlands is conveniently located just an hour from both Edinburgh and Glasgow and, as one of Scotland’s premier eco-camping destinations, is run on sustainable principles. For £5 per animal, up to two dogs are welcome with each booking, as long as they stay off the beds! The site’s hand-crafter Nordic Kata tents are set in open birch woodland and they stay cozy in any weather thanks to a wood-burning stove. Each tent includes giant comfy beds and sleeps up to four adults.
How much: from £99 for one night
Northlodge Eco Holidays - Pembrokeshire, Wales
Located on the edge of the Pembrokeshire National Park, Northlodge has wonderful views of the Preseli Mountains and is only 10 minutes from the sea. As long as they are up to date on their vaccinations, the site is dog-friendly, and there is a dedicated exercise field where pets can run off-lead. As well as traditional camping pitches, there are two off-the-grid cabins, Damson and Preseli, that sleep up to four. They both feature private kitchens and spectacular views of the mountains and the surrounding countryside.
How much: cabins from £40 per night based on 2 people sharing (two-night minimum)
Cotna Eco Retreat - Cornwall
This eco retreat is nestled in a hidden valley on the south coast of Cornwall, and recently won the county’s sustainability award. It also offers courses on foraging, cooking and gardening, as well as holistic therapy services including reiki and hot stone massage.
Dogs are allowed by prior arrangement, and Cotna is close to several dog-friendly beaches, so there’s plenty of space where they can run about and play. Each of the boutique-style yurts are named after a local Cornish variety of apple, and decorated to a different traditional theme.
How much: from £70 per night (minimum stay of three nights applies).
Camping Pods at Eskdale Campsite - Cumbria
Eskdale is situated in a beautiful part of the Lake District championed by the writer Alfred Wainwright, and is surrounded by walking and cycle trails. Dogs on leads are welcome on site and in the pods, and the campsite itself contains numerous footpaths running into the surrounding countryside. The pods are made from locally sourced timber and insulated with sheep wool. Each pod can sleep a maximum of three adults, or two adults and two children, and comes complete with an electric light, heater, and lockable doors.
How much: £46 per night (two-night minimum booking)
Shepherd’s Huts at Meon Springs - Hampshire
If fishing is your thing, Meon Springs, nestled in the Meon Valley in the heart of the South Downs, might be your glamping paradise. As well as being known for the quality of its angling, the site has a peaceful countryside feel yet it’s also well situated for exploring the historic cities of Portsmouth and Winchester. Dogs stay free of charge and you’ll find dog bowls dotted all over the site for those thirsty summer walks, and there’s even a dog-sitting service should you wish to go out for the day. As well as yurts, Meon offers six shepherd’s huts that each sleep two. All are self-contained, with their own kitchenette, toilet and shower, and an up-to-date but rustic decor.
How much: Huts from £95 per night (two-night minimum stay).
Lantern and Larks Exton Park - Rutland
Lantern and Larks’ campsite lies in the grounds of the Grade II-listed, 18th century Exton Park outside Oakham. The site is sheltered in a 5-acre walled garden that gradually slopes down to an ornamental lake that is home to a variety of wildlife. Dogs can holiday with their owners in the three-bedroom, canvas-wrapped safari tents that sleep up to six people, with each featuring an open-plan living area, kitchen and private bathroom. There’s a charge of £20 per pet.
How much: from £365 for a 4 night midweek stay
Quarry Pods at Dunsdon Farm - Devon
These luxury camping pods are nestled in an old stone quarry on Dunsdon Farm in North Devon, where there’s also a private 23-acre woodland reserve home to a community of nesting barn owls. The site is happy for dogs to holiday with their owners for a small fee, and there are plenty of great walking routes both on and off the farm. Each of Dunsdon’s pods, or ‘wooden tents’ as they like to describe them, sleep either two or four and come with electric sockets, private bathrooms and free wifi.
How much: from £55 per night (minimum of two nights).
Campsites.co.uk lists more than 1,500 camping and glamping sites across the UK, with unique accommodation varying from converted helicopters to sky-high treehouses. The company’s free iPhone app, Campmate, is top ranked on the App Store.