In days of yore, camping used to be a little rough and ready, especially in the UK where you needed a boy scout mentality to brave the elements under canvas. However, things have changed significantly in the past few years – camping, and its posher counterpart glamping, has become ‘de rigueur’ with the festival and Millennial crowd.
However, concerns over health and safety have meant that camp fires are no longer allowed at many sites throughout the UK. We think gathering around the flickering flames, toasting marshmallows and swopping stories is essential to the camping experience. So, we decided to share some of our favourite hot spots with you.
Top of the Woods, Pembrokeshire
Top of the Woods is a magical place with enough freedom and space to let you reconnect with nature, family and friends. Located close to the Pembrokeshire National Park and the Ffynone Woodlands, it combines remote beauty with access to wild beaches, castles, woodlands and wildlife. Their glamping options include huge eco boutique Safari Lodges, Pioneer Camps, Nature Domes and Meadow Camping for a ‘back to nature’ experience without compromising space, comfort and luxury. It is the perfect place to enjoy slow living, to relax and to escape.
Campfires are a must when you go camping or glamping and Top of the Woods have worked with Certainly Wood for 3 years as they love the fact our wood is produced sustainably and even the most inexperienced campfire maker has no problems in getting a wonderful campfire going with our kiln dried logs.
Find out more www.topofthewoods.co.uk
Living Room, Snowdonia National Park
Living Room features six treehouses, each as unique as the trees in which they are built. They are nestled in a hidden valley, in the heart of the Welsh mountains, close to the sea and the end of the hippy trail.
Built with care to blend seamlessly with the beautiful woodlands – they represent a world far away from the pressures of modern life.
Cosy wood burning stoves, flickering candles, fast-flowing streams, wobbly bridges, whirling red kites, breath-taking walks and tree-top homes high in the canopy of the ancient woods make for a fairy tale experience, whatever your age.
Living Rooms designs and builds the treehouses itself and they can accommodate couples or families but are off-grid structures - so no electricity!
Everything guests need to be very comfortable is provided in unusual ways - water evaporation fridges, wood fired hot tubs, gorgeous spring water heated by the wood burning stove.
The wood burning stoves are an important part of the experience. The environmental impact of every part of their business is considered carefully so eco firelighters from Certainly Wood seemed an obvious choice.
Find out more at www.living-room.co
Pineapple Estate, Dorset
Pineapple Estate is a family run, converted dairy farm, nestled in the West Dorset Countryside. A fossil’s throw from the Jurassic Coast, this adult-only campsite is within walking distance of two pubs and there is also an artisan ice cream maker on site. Bring your own tent or campervan or enjoy a stay in Blossom the bell tent.
Their strong environmental ethos is evident throughout the business with their solar panels, water system and pollinator meadow to encourage lots of lovely wildlife like bees.
Their desire to protect and encourage a healthy environment is why they chose Certainly Wood to supply firewood to the campsite and glamping guests. Not only are the firewood boxes convenient, but the wood is sustainably grown, and the firelighters are completely natural.
Find out more https://www.pineapplegroup.co.uk
Byecross Farm Campsite, Herefordshire
Choose from camping in the apple orchards where camp fires are positively encouraged or one of two yurts that feature wood burning stoves.
Located in the heart of Herefordshire, the farm offers breakfast and take-away food in the evening too. There’s a licensed beer garden and a communal area with a fire bowl, giving visitors a lot of choice how to spend their time.
Fires are part of their whole ethos and for people to have a campfire to sit around, keeping away the chill of an evening socialising and eating – all a big part of the camping experience. They sell loads of our wood and we are incredibly local to them!!
We’d love to hear of any camp sites you’d suggest where camp fires are all part of the adventure.