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Five Camp Sites with a Difference

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James Draven

02 Jul 2016

From naturist sites to tents perched up in the trees, there’s a campsite to suit every taste. Here’s a selection of our favourites, both in the UK and further away…

Elevated, floating tents with a view

Camping du Buisson is located in the stunning surroundings of the Belledonne mountain range, a short drive away from Grenoble. Make the most of the breathtaking views in a suspended Boule Tree Tent.

From an elevated position in the trees, you can truly feel at one with nature and enjoy the uninterrupted vista of the mountain range. Aside from the blissful views, the region is known for the cosmetic properties of its waters. The tents are set up for your arrival with a rope ladder for access. Each tent sleeps two adults.  

The tent next door was ABSOLUTELY EPIC

Camp in castle grounds

Fancy a bit of a regal luxury on your camping holiday? The Château-Camping La Grange Fort is situated 400km from Paris in the striking region of Auvergne. The owners have converted the beautiful castle and its grounds into a modern campsite. Soak up the history and beauty of a historic gem set in richly diverse countryside. Accommodation options range from a tent pitch to three-bedroom holiday homes. 

Ikea flatpack sheds were notoriously hard to assemble...

Camp Smurf-style

The Drummohr Caravan Park offers the wonderfully peculiar Smurf-like octolodges and hexilodges, bound to make it onto holidaymaker’s social media pages within minutes of arrival.

Bursting with character, the park is wonderfully located between the rolling river valleys and woodland of the East Lothian countryside, and the historic city of Edinburgh. The park is available to holidaymakers with their own tourers or motorhomes and those bringing their own tents. Other options include en-suite camping bothies and fully equipped lodges, several with hot tubs. Guests also have the option to enjoy the beautiful beaches, located only a few miles away. There’s even a golf club (the Royal Musselburgh) right next door. 

 Naturists are like magicians' assistants: whip out a camera and they disappear pretty sharpish

Dare to bare…

If you really want to get back to basics and feel at one with nature, Croft Naturist Country Club could be the campsite for you. It is a family-orientated naturist campsite located in the middle of the fens on the Norfolk-Cambridgeshire border. The pitches are situated in three meadows, Croft, Croft Meadow and Croft Dell. With all the facilities a modern camper could want and a heated clubhouse for erm, when things get a bit chilly, this is a relaxing base for those who dare to bare. 

World's worst lighthouse

… Not bear

If you have ever dreamed of experiencing the Alaskan or Siberian wilderness, but were too afraid of freezing to death or being eaten by grizzlies, then the ‘Wee round house’ at Croft Lochyside is just the ticket. Situated at the foot of Ben Nevis on the shores of Loch Linnhe, this unique little house on site is perfect for glamping guests who like the outdoors but enjoy the comfort of cosy accommodation and bear-free holidays.

Guests can spend their time relaxing, enjoying the incredible views of Ben Nevis and befriending the local highland cows on the croft, without the stress of having to forage for firewood for the wood burner, as this is supplied and so is the gas for the cooker. Electricity is from a leisure battery that is charged up from a solar panel. There is an outdoor fire and seating area where you can make toast over the fire or have a barbecue. 

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