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11 AMAZING Places To Go Glamping Near London

Fancy going glamping near London? From treehouses and yurts to double decker buses and houseboats, these chic escapes will give you your countryside fix.

From safari tents, house boats and bell tents, to shepherd’s huts, quirky treehouses and log cabins, there are so many amazing types of accommodation on offer these days.

When I’m planning trips, I often look for quirky accommodation to stay in. It always makes for a more immersive and memorable experience. While camping can be fun, there are risks with the weather, and you often have to pack a lot of items to make sure you’re covered. Not to mention trekking to the showers or toilets in the middle of the night! That’s just not my cuppa tea! With glamping, you’ll still have all your home comforts.

Hobbit Hole at The Quiet Site
One of our favourite glamping spots, but sadly this one isn’t near London! The Quiet Site, Lake District

If you’re based in London, no doubt you crave a countryside escape from time to time. Thankfully, there are plenty of places to go glamping near London. Many of these glamping sites are located on farms or within huge areas of countryside, so you’ll get your nature fix while you’re there.

Rankins Farm, Kent
One of the coolest spots to go glamping near London is Rankins Farm, Kent

While the majority of these options sleep between 2-4 people, if you’re looking for something for a group, you book multiple huts or yurts. Many of these locations have several available for rent and make a great stop if you’re on a weekend away or backpacking around the UK.

From Essex and Kent, to Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and East Sussex, it’s time to share some of the most unusual places to stay near London.

Oh, and if you’re looking for a cool place to stay in London itself, don’t miss my guide to the quirkiest hotels in London

Amazing Places To Go Glamping Near London

The Hide Out, Kent 

This chic shepherd’s hut is one of my top picks for glamping near London. Located close to Rye, it has a comfy living space with kitchenette, wet room and sofa area. It’s split-level too, so climb the ladder and you’ll find your bed for the night. There are two other huts on site to choose from too, all equally as adorable!

The Hide Out, Kent
The Hide Out, Kent
The Hide Out, Kent
The Hide Out, Kent – one of the most romantic places to stay near London

There’s an outdoor deck area with a BBQ and fire pit. It’s located on the top of a steep hill, with gorgeous woodland and valley views too, making it a peaceful escape from London.

If you’re looking for another great glamping spot in Kent, check out Nut Plat Retreat. They have some awesome vintage vans for hire, which include a wood-fired hot tub.

Luxury Airstream Retreat, Kent

One of the quirkiest accommodation options on this list has to be this vintage airstream caravan and treehouse combo! Sleeping up to ten people across the various rooms, you’ll have a wild experience in the woods as you settle in around the log fire here.

luxury airstream retreat
This airstream retreat is located in Kent

Located between Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone, you’ll be within easy reach of some great attractions in the south of England. I think this is one of the coolest glamping spots in the UK right now – definitely take a look if you’re looking for somewhere for a group trip!

Elegant Hilltop Yurt, Kent 

One of the cutest yurts near London, this one at Free Range Glamping in Edenbridge in Kent has a touch of luxury to it. Inside you’ll find a full king-size bed with a comfy mattress, plus a wood burning fire. There’s also an outdoor patio kitchen with a BBQ and hob.

Elegant Hilltop Yurt, Kent
Elegant Hilltop Yurt, Kent

The Kent Downs are a lovely place to visit, and the kind of place you’ll really feel like you’ve escaped the city buzz. Plus, if you want to visit as a group, there’s another yurt plus a cute shepherd’s hut you could book too.

Farmhouse Garden Shepherd’s Hut, Surrey

Another adorable shepherds hut, this time in the stunning Surrey Hills. The traditional hut has been restored to a high standard and includes mains electric, a cosy log burner, kitchen and bathroom.

farmhouse garden shepherds hut
This cute shepherds hut is the ideal place to go glamping near London

Outside you can enjoy the pretty gardens. It’s a cosy spot, and a great option for outdoor lovers. You’ll be able to explore the Surrey Hills and South Downs – two of the prettiest natural areas near London.

Houseboat in Surrey 

If you fancy a break from dry land, how about staying on a houseboat? This one is modern inside, and is located in Penton Hook Marina, close to Thorpe Park in Surrey.

This is a very special place to stay, and do you know what’s great? It sleeps up to 6 people, so it’s ideal if you’re planning a group glamping holiday close to London.

This houseboat is one of the most stylish available

Inside you’ll find all the comforts of standard self-catered accommodation, including 3 large double bedrooms, chic bathrooms, a fully fitted kitchen and an open plan dining area and lounge. There’s also an outdoor dining area, where you’ll be able to spot all sorts of wildlife out on the water. This is such a lovely place for a memorable group get together.

Lake View Retreats, Hertfordshire

This shepherds hut is really close to London and definitely takes glamping to the next level! As well as the gorgeous handmade hut, it has its own sauna and hot tub! Imagine having a soak in there under the stars?

Lake View Retreats, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
Lake View Retreats in Rickmansworth offers upmarket glamping near London

There’s also a very cute garden pod, similar to an igloo, where you can cosy up and enjoy the views over the gardens and water. Inside the compact but chic hut you’ll find a double bed, sofa area with TV, shower room and toilet and a full galley kitchen. You can pack a lot into these charming little huts!

Luxury Double Decker Bus, East Sussex

This has to be one of the quirkiest places for glamping near London! This double decker bus is parked up in a lovely green space in Uckfield in East Sussex. It’s beautifully converted and was designed by two huge travel YouTubers! With that in mind, you know it’s going to be dreamy for photos.

glamping bus
This luxury double decker glamping bus is a short drive from London

There’s a double bed and a set of bunk beds, so this bus sleeps four, making it ideal for a family or group of friends. One of the best additions? The inflatable hot tub you’ll find on the top deck. What an amazing place to stay!

Rankins Farm, Kent

Another great spot for glamping near London, at Rankins Farm you can hire one of six brand new, self-contained glamping pods. They’re set in the Kent countryside, and are a great place for a romantic getaway, or a break with a group of friends.

Rankins Farm, Kent
Rankins Farm, Kent
Rankins Farm, Kent
Rankins Farm, Kent – one of the most romantic places to stay near London

Each glamping pod contains a double bed, sofa bed, an en-suite bathroom and fitted kitchen. They’re heated too for any chilly nights. Outside there’s a BBQ area too, so you can cook your own dinner before relaxing in the pod. These glamping pods are really close to Maidstone, and not far from London, so make a great option for a weekend break from the city.   

The Adventurer’s Village, Milton keynes

It’s fair to say that a lot of places for glamping near London are aimed at couples. However, this very cool spot near Milton Keynes has families in mind.

adventurers village
The Adventurer’s Village is great for glamping as a family

Set in a holiday park, there are cabins with interesting themes, bunk beds and everything you’d need for a fun break as a family. Some are right by the water too, offering idyllic views all around.

Hoot’s Treehouse, Kent 

One of my favourite options on this list is Hoot’s Treehouse. What a romantic and memorable place to stay! It’s absolutely beautiful inside, clad in cedar wood, with a double bed, dining area, small kitchen and a bathroom.

Hoots Treehouse, Kent
Hoot’s Treehouse is one of the most unusual places to stay near London
Hoots Treehouse, Kent
The stunning interior of Hoot’s Treehouse, Kent

While it’s definitely great for couples, it could work for families too. It can fit 2 children in the loft area, although they’ll have to be happy climbing up a ladder to get there! The treehouse is set in a woodland area, which is pretty whatever the time of year, plus there are plenty of country walks on the doorstep.

Windmill Retreat, Buckinghamshire 

*update: unfortunately it doesn’t look like you can stay here currently, but if this changes I’ll update this post!

One of the most romantic and unusual places to stay near London, this newly restored five-storey windmill sleeps 2 people, and has unique round rooms.

Romantic Windmill Retreat, Buckinghamshire
Romantic Windmill Retreat, Buckinghamshire – one of the most unusual places to stay near London

There’s a kitchen on one floor, a sitting room on another, and a bedroom and bathroom as you climb up. The views are gorgeous too, as the pretty windmill is set in beautiful gardens, moments from a picturesque lake. Oh, and if you’re thinking that lake looks inviting, you can actually venture in for a spot of wild swimming!

If you’re looking for another great glamping spot in Buckinghamshire, I’d also recommend checking out Wingbury Farm Glamping. There are some cool glamping pods you can hire, which look very cosy!

When Is The Best Time To Visit England?

England is a country obsessed with weather. Don’t know what to say? Comment on the weather! Us Brits talk about it a lot, but contrary to what you may have heard, we don’t have awful weather in England. It’s just a little unpredictable and varies from region to region.

You can expect average lows of around 5 °C in London in January / February, and highs around 25°C in July / August.

If you’re wondering when is the best time to visit England, I’d suggest planning a trip in May or June. The weather tends to be warm and sunny, rain is at a minimum and it’s out of peak season, so you shouldn’t be battling any big crowds either. The longest day is around 20th June every year, so it’s a time you can enjoy maximum daylight hours exploring!

I’ve never been a fan of November in England. It’s the wettest month of the year, and while December can be pretty cold, there’s a Christmas magic around the country which always puts a smile on my face!

I hope this post has inspired you to go glamping near London. Let me know if you end up booking somewhere special.

Oh, and don’t forget if you’re looking for a cool place to stay in London, don’t miss my guide to the quirkiest hotels in London

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With a passion for food, fun and adventure, Chloe is the content creator behind one of the UK's top travel blogs Wanderlust Chloe. From volcano boarding in Nicaragua, to sailing around Sicily and eating her way around Japan, her travels have taken her to some of the coolest spots on the planet. Named Travel Influencer of the Year in 2022, Chloe regularly works with a number of tourism boards, producing inspirational travel content across multiple platforms. Find out more about Chloe here.

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