My Top 5 Favourite Campsites for Couples
By Jennie Bianco
Not everyone agrees with me that camping is a perfect couples’ adventure, but for me there’s nothing more romantic. You can keep your boutique B&Bs with a chocolate on the pillow – in my 20s it was all about throwing a tent and a sleeping bag in the car, then heading for the hills for a few days of sipping beers under the stars, then snuggling up under canvas. I still love a cheap-and-cheerful back-to-nature camping adventure, but I’ve also discovered the delights of glamping – a perfect halfway house for camping fans who don’t want to give up all their home comforts!
The problem with camping (like so many things) is other people – everyone has a tale to tell of the noisy family in the tent next door, the drunk who falls on your tent, or the guy playing bongos until dawn. So here are a few of my favourite couples’ camping spots – perfect hideaways for quality time with the one you love.
Plush Tents, Chichester
So this place is pretty swanky, but in a nature-inspired, hippy kind of way – I love it. You sleep in a cosy yurt or bell tent, with proper beds, snuggly blankets and all the creature comforts you need for a romantic break. There’s a hot tub and a campfire too, and it’s all nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Brighton isn’t far away if you fancy a day trip, and the beaches and clifftop walks nearby are lovely.
Muasdale Holiday Park, Argyl
There’s nothing more romantic than watching the sun set on the beach, and the sunsets in Muasdale on the west coast of Scotland are pretty incredible. This gorgeous campsite has spectacular views across the Scottish Isles and even to Ireland, with amazing walks and stunning countryside nearby. There are some great restaurants too, or you can buy some fresh fish from Campbeltown and barbecue it on the beach before heading back to your tent. It’s hopelessly beautiful and brilliant for couples wanting a getaway that feels like a million miles from anywhere.
Cosy under Canvas, Powys
The only thing better than camping in Wales is glamping in Wales, and this place is one of my favourites. It’s actually barely a mile from the English border, so you can always pop to Hay-on-Wye if you fancy a pint in the pub or a rummage in one of the many bookshops. You stay in a canvas dome in the woods, fully kitted out with a comfy bed, sheepskin blankets, a campfire and a wood-fired hot tub – there’s a shared kitchen too so you can prepare your own food. There are cosy domes with a double bed, or spacious domes with a king-sized bed – the location is idyllic, with everything you need for a romantic break in the countryside.
Eco Retreats, Powys
Did I mention I love Wales? Eco Retreats in the heart of Powys were offering glamping before it was a proper thing, and it’s still one of the best back-to-nature camping experiences. The cosy tipis and yurts are spread out over 50 acres of forest, so there’s every chance you could spend a whole weekend and not see another soul. The focus is on eco-living, so it’s basic rather than luxurious, with a composting toilet and solar shower, although wood-fired bathtubs have recently been added. There’s no electricity (which means you’ll have to leave your phone at home), but there’s also no light pollution, so the night sky is spectacular. What could be more romantic?
Deer’s Mead, North Norfolk
If you truly want a grown-up camping experience, there are some campsites that are adults only, and Deer’s Mead is one of the best. For a start it’s in North Norfolk, which offers some of the best beaches in the UK, and brilliant cycling, birdwatching and boating on the Broads. This lovely sheltered site is mostly hard standing for caravans and motorhomes, but there are some grassy spaces for tents too, and it’s all beautifully maintained and thoughtfully designed.