While the idea of camping on Valentines Day might strike fear into the heart of many a boutique hotel loving couple, for those of us who love the great outdoors then sitting under the stars, cooking on an open fire and snuggling up and watching the sun go down on a campsite, might be the most romantic trip you'll ever go on. As long as you go with the right person, have the right gear and choose a romantic spot. Which, let's face it, is different for everyone. One person's remote Lake District spot can be another person's idea of hell #noWaitrose. And of course, not everyone wants the pole and canvas, back to basics experience. In fact a lot of us - if we are honest - prefer a touch of luxury when we are sleeping in the elements. But, whatever rocks your romantic boat, there is something quite wild and wonderful about a night under the stars. So instead of trying to panic book a "hotel and all you can eat buffet" combo, have a think about doing something a bit different for your next romantic trip. Here are domes, gypsy caravans, wildflower meadows, shepherds huts and more to get you in the mood for love....
Situated in the beautiful rural village of Cannich in the Scottish Highlands, at the gateway to the Glen Affric Nature Reserve, Caledonian Glamping offer pretty timber-framed eco cabins where you can go camping in style without loosing any of the earthy, back to nature vibes. Set in a gorgeous wildflower meadow, the huts have heating to keep cosy warm inside, and an outdoor deck to relax, sing romantic songs to each other, and watch the wildlife go by. There are indoor and outdoor cooking facilities, but if you want to spend more time staring into each other eyes and less time slaving over the barbeque, then it is just a few minutes walk down to the local pub where you can enjoy award-wining craft beers and some good food. Nearby, stroll though the magical woodlands of Glen Affric Nature Reserve; an extraordinary place full of ancient pines, brooding lochs and wild moorland. If that landscape doesn't get the romantic juices flowing, chances are nothing will.
Nestled into the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Luna Domes at Hoath House in Kent offer privacy, unbridled luxury, very unique accommodation and lashings of good old romance. Each classy dome is situated well apart, offering privacy and space and they are surrounded by woodland and grassy meadows with far reaching views over the countryside. It is peaceful, idyllic and super luxurious; beautifully furnished inside with sumptuous bedding, high end toiletries and fluffy robes....and outside - a huge raised decking area with seating and in some cases, a hot tub. It is lush. In fact, it is the perfect place for a romantic proposal so get hinting. If that doesn't pay off, divert an awkward situation by heading out to one of the nearby historic attractions such as Chiddingstone Castle, Hever Castle and Penhurst Place, or take a cycle around some of England's loveliest countryside.
For those of us who love camping in its truest sense and are looking to wake up in one of the most gorgeous locations in the country, look no further than the lovely Bredon Vale; a campsite overlooking Bredon Hill and the Malverns in the heart of Worcestershire's Vale of Evesham. Pitch your tent among the ancient fruit trees in the orchard and unwind in this tranquil and eco friendly campsite; wildlife, ecology and a genuine care for the environment are at the centre of everything here. It has great amenities too and as little or as much luxury as you choose; if you don't want to bring your own tent then they also have log pods, bell tents, a shepherds hut and a vintage caravan. The evenings bring stunning sunsets followed by dark skies, and the lack of light pollution means it is a perfect place for stargazing. Light a fire pit, sit back and watch nature at its best. Cue: romance.
It's adults only here at Brook Cottage shepherds huts, and these beautifully crafted abodes have been designed with romance in mind. Situated on the glorious Llŷn Peninsula close to the boarder of the Snowdonia National Park, these handcrafted huts have everything you need for a peaceful and luxurious stay, including a woodburner, bed linen, a small and fully decked out kitchen and an outdoor fire pit with seating. This rural retreat - and it is just that, a retreat from the world - has uninterrupted views across the beautiful landscape out towards the Yr Eifl mountains and is also only a few miles from the pretty seaside town of Pwllheli, so you have the best of everything Wales has to offer. With romance in mind, this lovely glamping site has a Valentine's weekend special where you get a free bottle of bubbly with a three night booking - so if you are looking to whisk your loved one away somewhere special, then this might be just the place.
Romantic, unique and totally bespoke, Wanderlusts provide an extraordinary camping experience for those with a sense of adventure and who are looking for something truly different. Book a camping trip with Wanderlusts and your home will be a horse drawn gypsy caravan trundling along the country lanes in and around Cumbria and The Eden Valley - a stunning area linking the Lake District National Park with the wild northern Pennines. With the help of your guide you can take the reins and steer your horse and wagon down the quiet tracks, before arriving and settling down at one of their secluded and romantic camps. Here, you can paddle in the nearby stream, cook over an open fire and immerse yourself totally in nature. It is sheer bliss. Your guide will settle you into the campsite - even setting up a fire if you wish - before heading off and leaving you for the evening. Watch the sun go down before snuggling up in your cosy vintage wagon. The next morning your guide will come and collect you to travel onto the next campsite, although with most trips you travel every other day, giving you a chance to wind down, relax, swim and explore your camp. Only running from early April onwards, this one is a belated Valentines treat. Adventurous, memorable, romantic and totally unforgettable.
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