Glampotel (Sanctum on the Green) Glampotel
The Old Cricket Common, Cookham Dean, Berkshire, SL6 9NZ
The Cool Camping team have seen the full campsite spectrum over the last decade, from the most rustic of farmyard fields with room for a tiny tent, to full blown luxury lounges with everything you could possibly need. There's no prizes for guessing where Glampotel position themselves on the scale. Firmly footed at the higher end of the camping world, this two-tent glamping hideout in the gardens of a hotel stakes its claim as one of the most luxurious sites in the south.
Two miles from the banks of the River Thames, as it snakes its way towards London, this conveniently located site seems tailor made for an easy out-of-town break. It's a 45-minute train journey from London to nearby Marlow but the scenery here is as rural as you want. The river wriggles through meadows, flanked by mature trees, and to the west lay the Chilterns, ideal for daytime exploring. You needn't even walk to find a homely village pub – the hotel bar already has that covered.
The camping itself comes in the form of two pre-pitched, bell tent-like structures, perched on flat wooden platforms at the bottom of the garden. Inside they have king-sized beds, wooden bedside furnishings and all the bedding you require, while outside guest have access to the full facilities of the hotel. You can swim in the outdoor heated swimming pool, lounge in the jacuzzi or enjoy a morning coffee in the walled courtyard. The hotel restaurant also serves complimentary breakfast. The tents are best thought of simply as a boutique, outdoor bedroom. Chocolate on pillow included.
The village beyond has no fewer than three pubs within strolling distance – not including the hotel itself. The Chequers is perhaps the most renowned (and the beer garden out front has a pleasant buzz on sunny weekends), while The Jolly Farmer is enough of a village establishment that it plays host to the post office inside. By bike you can continue further, rattling along the riverside towpath towards the pleasant town of Henley, or hop in a car and venture into the Chilterns.