This extremely cool glamping specialist will convert reluctant campers across the land.

Established in 2013, the humorous motto of Classic Glamping is: “Thou shalt not rough it”. Which is just what we like to hear.

To live up to their promise, they select the finest yurts, pods, shepherd huts and tin tents in the West Country. But that is not all. They make three other guarantees, too. First, you get your own bathroom at each of their properties. Second, you get your own loo. Third, you get the service of a company who tries harder. Seriously, what more could you want?

If you are after an invigorating break in the wild but don’t like to forgo your creature comforts, Classic Glamping is for you. Here, we select the most alluring sites – in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset – on their books.

Airstream 1234


Built in 1956 but restored to 21st century standards, this vintage Airstream trailer is tucked away in glorious South Devon countryside. Sleeping two, this stylish, hi-spec beauty comes complete with wifi, a hot tub and access to a games room and tennis court.

Campion


With two separate bedrooms (one containing bunk beds), a huge living area with sofa bed, a decked veranda and irresistible views, this sturdy tent spells serious family fun. The owners’ homemade pasties, nearby honesty shop and free-range chickens are the icing on this Cornish cake.

Cherry Blossom Shepherds Hut


South of Exeter, in a peaceful meadow bordered by wildflower hedges, lies this beautiful handmade shepherds hut. Inside, stunning oak fittings are cleverly arranged to maximise space and luxury. There’s a wood burner, a full size fridge, a Belfast sink. Everything is chic and tasteful and, basically, perfect.

Coastal Gaze


Sleeping four, this really is a pod with benefits. A few miles outside Penzance, it has incredible views that sweep from the Lizard Peninsula to the pretty village of Mousehole via St Michael’s Mount. Coastal Gaze is so stylish, comfortable and beautifully done, you will never want to leave.

Lady’s Well Shepherd’s Hut


With its hot tub, fire pit and pond plus charming jetty, this secluded Somerset site is paradise. You may well hear nothing but nature’s rustle for the entire length of your stay. The hut itself is thoughtfully fitted out with underfloor heating, 4G broadband and a lovely big bed.

The Chalet on the Beach


Slap bang on one of the Jurassic Coast’s sand and rock beaches, you can hear the waves lapping from this cosy Dorset bolthole. Hunt for fossils, sip sundowners, take a nap in the “bed shelf”, with its glorious views of the ocean. This place is beyond restful.

May 2018