You don't have to sleep in smelly old canvas tents to go camping these days! From opulent yurts to cabins on stilts, converted gypsy caravans to stargazing tipis, glamping has taken off as the family holiday of choice in Europe - not least because it offers a brilliant solution for families looking for luxury on a budget. Glamping offers comfort, fun and freedom all rolled into one.
We've picked out some of the loveliest spots in Europe for family-friendly luxury without the price tag. You can't beat a spot of glamping...
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Editor's picks: Best family glamping spots in Europe
This eco-retreat runs on wind and solar power: it's a unique example of sustainable living. What's to love? The yurt has been tastefully styled with original handpicked hard wood Mongolian furniture. The bathroom boasts a walk-in shower and free-standing marble sink, while the outdoor fully fitted kitchen has a breakfast bar that overlooks the south facing decked and private patio, which is protected from the wind and perfect for relaxing and sunbathing. Guests have full use of the of the solar heated 10 meter long pool (with sea and mountain views) and chill out area. Rates from €1,120 (GB £920) to €1,330 (GB £1,092) per yurt per week (sleeps four). How do I book it? Through Responsible Travel.
If you fancy playing Tarzan and Jane, check out the tree house accommodation at Manoir Parc in France's Loire Valley. What's to love? These cabins-on-stilts each come equipped with a private jacuzzi and a terrace overlooking the Royal Castle of Amboise. A tree house for 2 people starts at €940 per week in low season. How do I book it? Visit manoirparc.com for more information.
What's to love? This is glamping at its luxurious best! If you have a passion for nature, love elegant, refined yet unconventional furnishings and love meeting new people then this is for you. Owners Federico and Emanuela have put their hearts into creating this lodge resort, an enchanting fusion of nature and culture. There is a spacious bedroom (with beds that can be arranged according to requirements) and a lounge area, while the bathroom has a panoramic view over the surrounding fields. Rates from €700pw per tent based on two people sharing during low season. €110 per night. Each additional bed €20. How do I book it? Visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk
What's to love? The beautiful Chez Devalon in the Dordogne consists of two yurts, built by hand by their owners and furnished with crafted, found and foraged items, overlooking the classic vistas of the south of France. Le Grand Abri sleeps two or four and costs from £65 a night, while La Cabushe sleeps 2 and costs from £65 a night. The Bodgers' Yurt also sleeps 2 and costs £65 per night. How do I book it? Visit canopyandstars.co.uk
What's to love? Designed to emulate the style of traditional gypsy caravans, Les Roulottes are purpose-built with insulation, hot water and all the mod cons, giving guests a real taste of the bohemian lifestyle. Set within four different locations across rural France, Les Roulottes are cosy, quirky and sleep up to five people; ideal for young families or couples looking to swap the buzz of traditional European campsites for something more relaxed and secluded. Costs £648 for 7 nights in September or October, including off-peak ferry crossings Dover - Calais. How do I book it? Visit canvasholidays.co.uk
What's to love? Carré d’Etoiles provides unusual 'cubed' holiday accommodation offering guests the chance to sleep under the stars with all the comfort of being indoors. Budding astronomers can catch a glimpse of the ‘Big Dipper’ or ‘Orion’s Belt’ in the new star-gazing cabins with unique roof top portholes. The bijou cabins sleep up to two adults and two children. With little or no light pollution, the star-gazing cabins are located on two Roulottes de Campagne sites in rural France: Les Roulottes du Domaine de Dienne, Vienne (The Loire Valley) and Les Roulottes des Monédières, Corrèze (The Dordogne). The cabin costs £615 for 7 nights in September or October, including off-peak ferry crossings Dover - Calais. How to I book it? Visit carre-detoiles.com for more, of for more information, visit Canvas Holidays
What's to love? Cloud House Farm is a secluded mountain yurt hideaway located deep in the hills of the Andalucian Rio Genal Valley, just an hour from Ronda and close to the white-washed village of Genalguacil, set against the spectacular backdrop of the Sierra Bermeja mountain range. It's perfectly located for adventure and discovery amongst Andalucia's most spectacular hiking routes. Featuring its own natural spring, the yurts are completely off grid with solar panels as their main energy source. From €65 per night for the yurt based on 2 people sharing, but families of 4 can be accommodated for a small additional fee. How to I book it? Visitcloudhouse.es
What's to love? Settle into the simple life! Close to hiking and fishing in Ireland's unspoilt outdoors and a deserted beach, this haven is neatly slotted in at the top of a garden, overlooking terraces and a vegetable patch. Sleeps two, from £75 a night. How do I book it? Visit canopyandstars.co.uk
What's to love? Calling all romantics! This is a lovely rustic escape tucked away in the curves of a French country garden, perfect for some real peace and quiet a deux. It sleeps two, from £55 a night. How to I book it? www.canopyandstars.co.uk
What's to love? For a full-on retreat experience, there's organic fare and holistic therapies galore. You can even visit the nearby Centre for Alternative Technology. The four tipis and yurt are set within 40 acres of a large organic farm deep in the Dyfi Forest. Prives range from £245 - £369 per tipi for 2 nights (sleeps 2). How do I book it? Visit responsibletravel.com
What's to love? These tented lodges are wonderfully luxurious - think private bathrooms, hot showers and views galore. And Venice is just a short drive or train ride away. Prices start at €65 per night. How do I book it? Visit viacanonici for more information and to make a reservation.
What's to love? Beautifully created, this little gem allows you to experience the true meaning of glamorous camping in a Mongolian Yurt or an old gypsy van. Situated in the centre of the Algarve, a stone’s throw from the relaxed town of Silves and not far from the coast and the Serra de Monchique, this is an ideal base to explore all the beautiful places of south Portugal. In low season the yurt and gypsy van costs from €40 per night and the fire van costs from €40 per night. For the latest rates visit: www.eco-lodgebrejeira.com/availability_prices_and_booking.html How do I book it? Visit eco-lodgebrejeira.com