From weekend breaks to a full-blown glamping adventure, we take a look at the popular holiday choices
Received a Cool Camping Gift Voucher? Or thinking of sending one to the lucky camper in your life? Of course, the fantastic thing about a voucher is that it unzips the tent of opportunity, with endless different places to choose from. Should you use it to visit the Llyn Peninsula in Wales and pitch your tent beside Hell’s Mouth Beach, for example? Or should you pluck for that treehouse in rural France where you can zip-line back to your car? Sometimes the variety of options can be overwhelming. So, to help you out, we’ve put together a breakdown of the most popular ways to spend vouchers on our website. It’s worth noting, of course, that you can spend more than just your voucher amount. But here’s a quick glance at how far one can get you…
Back-to-basics (£25 gift voucher)
The stars, the view, the dawn chorus, the campfire... the best bits of camping are rarely the things that cost huge sums of money and even with a £25 Cool Camping Gift Voucher you'll be able to pitch up at some of our almost wild campsites and cover the cost of a weekend pitch for two. In summer, there's generally a wealth of temporary, 'pop-up' campsites that have only composting loos and basic facilities, with showers occasionally available too. If you like old-school camping without the frills, these sites occupy some of the most stunning locations in the UK. And if you want better facilities? A £25 voucher will still go some of the way to cover the costs of somewhere else.
Comfortable camping (£50 gift voucher)
While a quick mid-week adventure or a back-to-basics break offers the chance to immerse yourself in nature, a gift voucher is really about getting something a little extra. Whether it's taking the whole family on your camping weekend or finding a dog-friendly campsite, a £50 voucher will comfortably cover the costs of a larger camping pitch. Some of our most popular campsites, such as those that allow campfires or seaside campsites near the beach, are, unsurprisingly, the most commonly booked with a £50 gift voucher. Remember, the gift voucher can be applied to the whole booking, so if you add logs or hire a campfire pit via Cool Camping, your voucher will help cover that too.
Rustic glamping (£75 gift voucher)
With this voucher we’re tip-toeing into the world of glamping or considering the option to add a few perks to your camping trip, such as food hampers and marshmallow toasting packs. Bell tents offer a good balance between luxury and budget. They’re one of the cheapest forms of glamping accommodation but you get a lot for your money: You’ll still be sleeping outdoors under canvas and beneath the stars yet you won’t have the bother of packing and setting up your camping gear, with everything ready on your arrival. A £75 Cool Camping voucher will also go further if you’re camping, particularly in the most popular locations like The Lake District and Cornwall, where prices are generally slightly higher than elsewhere in the UK.
Year-round glamping (£100 gift voucher)
A triple-digit gift voucher is the ideal way to contribute towards a proper glamping holiday, with real beds and furnishings in things like pods, yurts and shepherd's huts. These structures are suitable all year round, from cosy winter days around a wood-burner to warm summer months when you can fling open the door and let the sunshine in. If you book a break outside of the peak season you’ll find your voucher goes a lot further (and some structures, like shepherd’s huts are, arguably, better in the winter months) but, even in summer, you’ll be well set for a glamorous night or two.
Hot tubs come calling (£150 gift voucher)
Want to turn your glamping holiday up a notch? “Hot tub glamping” is one of the most commonly searched phrases on our entire website and, particularly outside of summer, it’s what many voucher holders hunt for when they fancy splashing out. Whether it's basking in the sun outside a safari tent as your Jacuzzi bubbles away, or relaxing in a wood-fired hot tub beneath a starry night, you’ll probably find a place with a hot tub that suits your needs. Given its popularity, of course, glamping accommodation with hot tubs has a tendency to get fully booked well in advance, so make your plans early if you want to put your voucher towards a hot tub break.
Family time in comfort (£200 gift voucher)
Safari tents are the ideal glamping structure for families or a big group of friends because they’re generally larger and more spacious than other types of glamping accommodation. Glamping sites like Dam View in Scotland, Up Sticks Glamping in Worcestershire or Gravel Pit Farm in Kent can comfortably accommodate six people in each tent, while places like Sloeberry Farm in Pembrokeshire even have two-storey safari tents with room for eight people. A £200 gift voucher won’t cover a week-long summer holiday but it’s a great contribution to a larger-scale holiday of this kind.
Treetop living and boutique spaces (£250 gift voucher)
Making dreams come true isn’t always easy and fairytale treehouses generally come with a price tag. One or two of the most luxurious treehouses in the UK have been known to cost up to £500 per night but most, including exceptional treehouses like the Higgeldey Treehouse in Sussex, the Templar Treehouse in Pembrokeshire or the Heartwood Treehouse and Ty Coeden in Powys, are still available for under £250 per night. Quirky, bespoke spaces, such as the conker at the Red Kite Estate in the Cambrian mountains or the floating Kingfisher cabin in Pembrokeshire, offer something unique too. And, if it’s a true gift you’re after with your gift voucher, why not spend it on something unlike anything else?