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Carry on glamping: Five fabulous glampsites!

There's been a rise in staycations in the last few years, especially with the weak pound discouraging holidays abroad, and this domestic tourism boom is reviving British campsites.

But for those of us are not seasoned tent dwellers and do not relish the full back-to-basics experience of camping, glamping is the perfect compromise to add a level of luxury. With the British summer weather being so unpredictable, a nice wood burning stove and cosy, ready-made bed can make a stint under canvas much more appealing!

There are increasingly more cool glamping sites popping up across the country, with fabulous accommodation options that include ready-furnished bell tents, yurts, tipis and shepherds' huts.

Our favourite glampsites are those adorned with reindeer hides and sheepskins of course! After all, skins and hides are a natural camping and glamping companion for warmth and are much nicer underfoot than a plastic groundsheet!

So here's our round up of five fabulous glamping sites across the UK...

Camp Kátur, North Yorkshire

Image © Camp Kátur: www.campkatur.com

Camp Kátur is an off-grid glamping site in Yorkshire, set within a beautiful 250 acre English country estate. This site just outside Bedale - named after the Icelandic word for happy - is ideal for those who like quirky accommodation, a good dose of adventure sports (such as quad bike trails and a tree top aerial adventure) plus eco-friendly facilities.

Inspired by camping experiences from around the world, you can choose from safari tents, bell tents, tipis, unidomes, hobbit pods and geodomes as your abode! Pictured above is a wonderful geodome, furnished with a proper bed and wood-burning stove.

To end your invigorating day enjoying the outdoors, relax in the eco spa with its wood-fired hot tub and sauna.

http://www.campkatur.com


Crafty Camping, Dorset

Image © Crafty Camping: www.mallinson.co.uk/glamping.html

Nestled in secluded woods near Lyme Regis in West Dorset, Crafty Camping is the creation of expert woodsman Guy Mallinson. Here you will find various luxury clamping dwellings for adults only - three bell tents, two yurts, a huge tipi named Hoppus and a shepherds' hut named Bodger - within this beautiful woodland setting. To sharpen up your wood skills, you can also enrol on a green woodworking course at Guy's craft workshop on the site.

Naturally, all of the accommodation has wood-based frames designed and made using the traditional craft techniques taught here, plus beautiful wood features such as handcrafted wooden headboards. We also love the liberal use of reindeer hides in the lodgings - such as in the gorgeous interior of Hoppus the Tipi pictured above.

http://www.mallinson.co.uk


Soul Camping, North Cornwall

Image © Soul Camping: www.soulcamping.co.uk

Soul Camping is in a beautiful meadow overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in North Cornwall, just a 20 minute walk from Port Isaac, the beach and the coastal path.

Each of the stylishly furnished, 5 metre bell tents boast super sea views. You're guaranteed a good night's sleep too on comfy king size beds with top quality bedding. What's more, there are lovely bedside sheepskins to sink your feet into when you wake up.

Best of all, you can also watch the sun go down in the wood-fired hot tub on site!

Wild Luxury, North Norfolk

Image © Wild Luxury: www.wildluxury.co.uk

There are two private camp sites at this idyllic site on the beautiful North Norfolk coast - The Hideaway and Thornham Bay. We especially love the latter, nestled within an apple farm right by a secluded beach! On site there's a a farm shop and a bistro set in a magnificent yurt tent, plus the lovely village of Thornham - with 3 pubs and a deli - is walking distance away.

The Serengeti Safari Lodges here are VIP level luxury... they each sleep six with their own warm ranges, hot shower and flushing toilet. The welcoming living area is furnished with a gorgeous animal hide on the floor to add warmth, comfort and some serious safari style!

http://www.wildluxury.co.uk


Wild Mountains, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Image © Wild Mountains: www.wild-mountains.com

This riverside meadow is opposite a very quaint, National Trust-owned, community-run pub in the tiny village of Cwmdu, Carmarthenshire. With just four bell tents - this small scale glamping site allows for real privacy and tranquility, while enjoying the Black Mountains close by.

Wild Mountains is owned by Tom, Lisa & their dog Ambrose, who wanted to share their love of the outdoors, nature and adventure with everyone. A stay here is a great mix of nice home comforts inside the tent, but a feeling of the great wilderness outside.

Being on the edge of a designated Dark Sky Reserve, you'll enjoy some fantastic stargazing here on a clear night too.

http://www.wild-mountains.com


Our furthest flung Fab Fleece Fans!

We've been making quite a few bespoke sheepskin rugs for international customers lately so we thought we'd showcase some of our furthest flung fleeces...

Gone to Gozo!

Above is the wonderful holiday home of Fab Fleece Fan Caroline Logsdail, who recently ordered two Rare Breed Octo sheepskins from us to furnish her house on the Mediterranean island of Gozo. Don't the natural tones of the fleece look fabulous combined with that sandstone wall?!

You may be thinking that sheepskins would be too warm for a hot Mediterranean climate like on Gozo... Well although it seems counterintuitive, sheepskin is excellent at cooling us down in summer due to its temperature regulating properties. Read more here about why sheepskin keeps you cool in summer.

Caroline also asked our advice on the best way to store the sheepskins in the low season when the house is not in use. We'd say leave it out wherever possible. However, if you do need to put your sheepskin away into storage, be sure to place it in a large cardboard box with plenty of room to aid good air circulation. Never wrap it in plastic as sheepskin needs to breathe!

More far flung fans

Returning to look at other places our sheepskins have travelled to, we recently sent out a Chocolate Brown Rare Breed Decto sheepskin to the USA to adorn a hunting lodge. We've made several for ski chalets in the Alps and as we speak, we are preparing a bespoke sheepskin for a customer in Gibraltar!

So if you are not based in the UK but would love to own one of our rugs, we have shipping options for many different parts of the world. See our delivery page for more details on international postage. If your country is not listed, contact us for a delivery quote.

The benefits of using sheepskins for yoga

ⓒ Natalie Seager

Although it’s commonplace to see people carrying those rolled-up rubber mats on their way to yoga class, more may now be sporting a woollier variety… a sheepskin rug for their yoga mat. The idea of using a sheepskin for yoga has been gaining ground in recent years, especially due to the rising popularity of Kundalini yoga.

Kundalini is more spiritual type of yoga that is extremely useful for stress relief and some its high profile practitioners include celebrities like Demi Moore and Russell Brand.

Why sheepskins are used in Kundalini yoga

Being a meditative style of yoga, Kundalini is generally performed in a seated position, with poses that are held for up to five minutes, often with eyes closed.

Sheepskin is seen by yogis as a way of protecting your energy from that of the earth, but it’s also very practical in having lot of cushioning to provide comfort during all the time spent in those seated postures. The soft texture of the fleece is also very soothing when you are practicing deliberate relaxation and meditation.

ⓒ Natalie Seager

ⓒ Natalie Seager

Yoga in Yorkshire

This idea of a sheepskin rug being a useful accessory to practice yoga, or mediation, was recently highlighted when Fab Fleece customer Natalie Seager got in touch to buy a selection of Herdwick sheepskins. She is a yoga teacher and wanted to use the Herdwicks in her new yoga classes, so we were keen to find out more...

Natalie is based in Halifax, West Yorkshire and trained as a Hatha yoga teacher nearby in Hebden Bridge three years ago, after practising yoga for many years. As soon as she started teaching, she was drawn to including something called Yoga Nidra into her classes. But what is it?

Practicing mindful relaxation

“Yoga Nidra is a beautiful, restorative practice of creating relaxation with awareness,” Natalie explains.

“It’s not a ‘doing’ yoga practice so much as a ‘being’ practice. Firstly you lie comfortably so that the body and mind can settle. You are then guided by a facilitator's voice into a trance-like state (between wake and sleep) where the brain can process deeply and you can experience profound relaxation.” Sounds blissful!

ⓒ Natalie Seager

Inspired by Cumbrian Herdwicks

Natalie first discovered the appeal of using sheepskins when in Cumbria, where she carried out her training course to become an official Yoga Nidra facilitator.

“We had the most beautiful set up and stunning views, but one of the aspects that made it such a luxurious and comfortable experience was lying on sheepskins,” she says.

“They warmed my back and added something very special to the whole ritual of creating a personal space to rest.”

“While in Cumbria, we were surrounded by Herdwick sheep,” Natalie continues, “so I was drawn to buying Herdwick sheepskins when setting up my space for delivering Yoga Nidra back home in Halifax.”

ⓒ Natalie Seager

“The most beautiful Herdwick fleeces I found were those at The Fabulous Fleece Company. Lucy could have not been more helpful. I have a shop business too and I hugely value dealing with suppliers who offer not only great quality products but are also friendly and helpful.”

We wish Natalie every success with her new venture. It sounds wonderful! Natalie kindly allowed us to use her beautiful images to illustrate this post so you can see what an appealing set up she has.

For anyone lucky enough to live near Halifax and able to attend Natalie's fabulous yoga classes, do check them out. For more information about Natalie and Yoga Nidra, visit natalieseager.co.uk

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