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Saturday, 23 July 2011

Going nuts for glamping?



Let’s face it, you’ve got to be mildly mad to go camping in Great Britain. Despite our homeland’s name, the weather on offer to holidaymakers isn’t exactly great. That’s probably why we’ve invented a clever new pastime called ‘glamping’. The idea of glamorous camping is much more appealing – better still, glamping doesn’t even have to involve a tent.






Some of my friends in the northern Cotswolds have two shepherd’s huts in their wood (one sleeping two, the other four), which they’re letting out to glampers. James Kerr’s photographs right and below give you an idea of the style of accommodation. There’s also a composting loo, which I’ve been assured isn’t smelly – and a ‘hot outdoor shower through a bucket.’







You’ll note there’s no sign of rain in either of these photographs. Email us if you’re interested…





Alternatively, if you’re determined to try out some authentic camping, young designer Ross Pugh has designed a pop-up tent that can be erected and dismantled in seconds.

His tents can also be connected together to create a camping community – and then folded away into easily transportable carrying bags.







Oh, and whenever you’re camping, it’s always useful to have some practical accessories around. Curiously eccentric (OR WOT!) Mark H has created a handy clip called Le Croc, which is quite the perfect accessory for glamping – and is available exclusively at ShopCurious. The ultimate crocodile clip, Le Croc is 18 carat gold plated by a company that also works for the Royal Mint. Made in the Midlands, every clip is trimmed with an individually customized tie hook. Cracking!






Talking of Mark camping, do you remember Mike Leigh’s hilarious Play for Today, Nuts in May?




Do you?

8 comments:

David said...

Nuts In May - Brilliant, Cringe makingly Brilliant - a far cry from glamping I imagine. Does one have to wear eye makeup and expensive undergarments to glamp?

Susan said...

Gold silk boxer shorts and David Bowie style face paint are simply de rigueur for glamping dahling.

Style Porn said...

Glamping is way more up my alley than, excuse my french, pooping in a hole. I am especially not into freezing my nalgas off in some poorly insulated tent. But sleeping in a beautiful, rustic cabin in the woods is just about what I could handle. This HAS to exist in California as well.

Jan said...

Nuts in May - unforgettable.
Camping (any type) forget it.
As you say weather too unpredictable.
:)

Susan said...

Probably comes (like most trends) from California, SP.

Still trying to find someone who has a good word to say about camping, Jan...

Han said...

I love camping - I'm all for glamping if my tent looks likes the ones from Harry Potter - but if you're going camping do it properly lol.

Wellies, thermals, extra blanket, sleeping bag, woolie hat (even in the summer) and you're sorted. The woolie hat keeps you warm when the temp in your tent drops in the night - it sounds silly but it works. I'm going camping in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and West Midlands in the first week of September when my OH attempts Land's End to John O'Groats on a bike

Susan said...

Best of luck to your OH on the bike ride, Han!

Ross Pugh said...

Thanks for the mention. Great to see someone interested in my work.
Thanks again.