What is glamping?

Glamorous camping explained

Glamping is a hybrid of the words glamorous and camping. Choose a “glampsite” and you can expect a few more luxuries than are traditionally associated with camping. You won’t need to pitch your own tent and you’ll probably have a bed or futon to sleep. You can expect the facilities at the campsite to be more akin to a bed and breakfast than a traditional campsite: hot showers, towels and toiletries are standard.

Types of glamping accommodation

It’s unlikely that the tents and accommodation you’ll find at a glampsite will be traditional A-frame tents. Instead you can expect something a little more spacious and luxurious: bell tents, yurts or tipis are commonplace, the type of tents you would like to buy but probably can’t afford. Many glamping sites also offer accommodation in structures that are slightly more sturdy like shepherds’ huts, treehouses and gypsy wagons.

What is glamping. Glamorous camping in East Sussex

Our take on ‘wild glamping’

Our unique experience has meant that we have had to come up with a new term for our type of glamping, “wild glamping”. It’s perfect for people who want a real outdoors and back-to-basics experience but don’t fancy pitching their own tent, or sleeping on uneven ground. You won’t find silk sheets, hair dryers or a butler service at our Sussex glampsites. Instead you’ll find pre-erected bell tents with a double futon and fold-out beds as well as all the equipment you’ll need for your stay.

Each of our bell tents is pitched in among the trees on level ground or a platform off the forest floor. They all have their own picnic table, camping chairs, fire pit and grill. The “wild” part of our experience comes from our insistence on keeping things simple. Our sites, near Haywards Heath and Battle are off grid, which means nowhere to charge your phone, iPad or laptop ensuring that you have the chance to get away from the pressures of modern life and enjoy the natural surroundings. At night the site is lit only by campers’ torches, candles and firelight. We encourage our campers to enjoy the simple pleasures of campfires and, in addition to firepits, we provide each bell tent camper with a firewood allocation to help them get started.

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In line with our green philosophy of living lightly on the land, our Beech Estate Woodland Campsite has custom-built composting toilets. We also encourage campers to use our bucket showers which remind campers to limit their water usage. The site also has regular showers attached to the mains supply and flushing toilet for those who prefer modern conveniences. At Wild Boar Wood we have flushing toilets, but showering is eco-style in our bucket showers. Just in case you are wondering, that doesn’t mean cold water showers unless that’s what you fancy! You’ll find biodegradable shower gel, washing-up liquid and soap provided so there’s no need to bring your own.

In fact, all you’ll need to bring for your “wild glamping” experience is bedding, food and drink. Though we do recommend torches or candles too. Packing so little means it’s an easy getaway for a weekend in the wild.

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