The cool adults-only campsites to book now

Abha Shah
·6-min read
 (Black Tomato)
(Black Tomato)

If things go to plan, we’ll be let loose this summer - in the UK at least.

Staycations are in high demand and while self-catering offers all the mod-cons, we’re itching for a wilder kind of weekend.

Golden days spent rustling up campfire-roasted meals, swimming in lakes and hiking to glorious views; nights cackling with mates into the starry skies, champagne bucket at our feet. It’s the kind of Eden we’ve spent all year craving.

For some, what this picture doesn’t include are little ones, demanding time and diverting attention. As adored as they are, a short break from sluicing down wriggling toddlers and dreaming up endless ways to stave off their boredom can work restorative wonders for everyone.

And, for the childless, a weekend free from tripping over other people’s kids is worth its weight in gold.

Call your pals and stuff the boot with booze; it’s time to (temporarily) flee from all your responsibilities on a grown ups-only getaway.

Camp Quaives, Kent

Camp Quavies
Camp Quavies

Deep in the Kent countryside in the grounds of an estate once owned by Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie, is a new bell-tent glamping concept primed for summer bookings.

Surrounded by wildflowers, the 20 boho tents are dressed sumptuously - think illustrated headboards, plenty of jute and lanterns diffusing a soft glow in the evenings - for hotel-esque hospitality so polished you may forget you're sleeping under canvas. While there's a kitchen and bar servings fresh Kentish fare on-site, trips to nearby vineyards to sample the best of England's wine country will be hard to resist.

Open from May 28, Camp Quaives is a welcome launch that’s blissfully close to London at a time when pretty much everything else is booked solid.

From £200pn, two-night minimum, www.campquaives.co.uk

Blink by Black Tomato, Jura, Ayrshire

Blink
Blink

Dreaming of the staycation to end all staycations? It’s literally no sweat with Black Tomato who’ll do it all for you through its bespoke glamping service Blink. Past trips have seen guests unzip bouji tents on Bolivian salt flats, as well as deserts and palm-fringed beaches. This year they’re building entirely personal and private campsites on Jura up in the picturesque Inner Hebrides.

Your group will travel to the mainland before zipping over by boat to the island, home to a number of gin and whisky distilleries, to spend two nights laird-ing it up in the grounds of an Ayrshire castle, all food, drink and activities sorted. When the revelry is over, Blink will take everything down, leaving no trace in the rugged Scottish wilderness.

Four nights for four people sharing from £5,000pp, blacktomato.com/blink

Kymani Getaways, various UK locations

Kymani
Kymani

New kid on the block Kymani offers tailor-made camps with all the trimmings; think pretty fully-furnished bell tents, a central tipi serving as Party HQ, and a fire pit for dancing under the stars with your tribe.

Kymani sorts it all, from local produce to sunrise yoga and quad biking sessions. Gather around a woodland banquet sipping wine poured by a sommelier, catching up with the mates you haven’t seen all year. Your trip, your way - does it get any better?

From £395 per tent based on two sharing for two nights, inclusive of breakfast and dinner. Full site takeover for 20 guests from £3,950, inclusive of breakfast and dinner, kymanigetaways.com

Indian Summer Tipis, Salle Moor Farm, Norfolk

Cool Camping
Cool Camping

King-sized beds and sparkling candelabras may feel the stuff of five-star hotels, but you’ll find these luxury extras and more at Indian Summer Tipis, a child-free glampsite in Norfolk. Fleetwood Mac-vibes abound, from boho rugs and straw bales bordering the campfire to the banjo poised for unleashing your inner Stevie Nicks. Secure fresh brews from the resident microbrewery and spend the weekend lost in the two-acre wildflower meadow. Time to go your own way.

From £135 per night for two, coolcamping.com/indian-summer-tipis

Bredy Farm, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

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Set about a mile from Dorset’s jagged Jurassic Coast lies Bredy Farm, an adults-only campsite complete with attractions for 18+ guests: think on-site cider production, a vineyard, microbrewery and The Parlour restaurant serving holiday-defining roasts. Wake naturally to the soothing babble of River Bride, spot wildlife on winding country lane walks, or simply soak up the widescreen views from your patch in the orchard - there are tent, caravan and motorhome bays available. Friendly staff stop by at dusk to replenish firewood, but other than that you’re left to your own devices. Bag a pitch at the end of the site for total privacy.

From £14pp, bredyfarm.com

The Danish Cabin, Kudhva, Cornwall

Canopy & Stars
Canopy & Stars

You half-expect George Clarke to greet you at the door of The Danish Cabin, nestled in Cornish greenery. The off-grid amazing space has nifty tricks like folding walls to make the most of the setting and can sleep six. It’s a bit of a trek to get to, but once there, rewards include unspoiled forestscapes, thundering waterfalls and wild swimming - plus a wood-fired hot tub for those who have less taxing pastimes on the agenda. Forage to supplement your food supply, or go one better and hire a private chef to do the heavy lifting for you. Surfing, cooking and climbing lessons can be organised to satisfy the restless.

Cabin for six from £269 per night, canopyandstars.co.uk

Piggy Wood, Wincanton, Somerset

Piggy Wood
Piggy Wood

While some of us were busying ourselves with watercolours and banana bread bakes, Woody and his sons spent the first lockdown building this cosy cabin in the woods, now open for summer bookings. It’s an undiscovered gem with swish interiors, a plush super king bed and a fireplace to ease the chill off summer nights. Outside, a firepit is the perfect spot for late night chats and stargazing after a visit to the Stapleton Arms, a half hour stroll away.

Cabin for two from £280 per night, canopyandstars.co.uk

Kent Cottage Holidays, Blean, Canterbury Kent

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Head a few hours east of London to this adults-only haven, sandwiched between coast and countryside. There are five design-led options, from the hexagonal Treehouse Hideaway to the Enchanted Faraway pod with a skylight the size of the huge circular bed under it. Club together and book the whole place for exclusive use for you and 13 of your favourite people. Whitstable is up the road, or explore the restaurants and shops Canterbury, also a short drive away.

Two nights from £300, campsites.co.uk

The Yurt Hideaway, Carmarthenshire, South Wales

The Yurt Hideaway
The Yurt Hideaway

Beat a retreat into the wild Welsh countryside to The Yurt Hideaway, where bookings help support a tree planting project in Malawi. Sleeping two, the Hideaway offers a spacious yurt and shepherd’s hut turned wetroom with plenty of hot water and a loo; this is nature with a luxury filter. As well as a fully-equipped kitchen, there’s also a clay oven for pizza. Bring champagne for the cedar wood hot tub and float in bubbles beneath the forest canopy. Well behaved dogs welcome.

Three-night stay from £120, goglamping.net

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