Camping as a leisure activity or type of holiday has been with us since the 1800’s. Somewhat surprisingly, glamping holidays and camping pods didn’t take off with everyday people until around 2007. However, the idea of enjoying nature without leaving the luxury of home has been around since at least the 1100’s thanks to the semi-nomadic Mongolians, Genghis Khan and yurts.
Yurts, tipis, and safari tents initially held sway over the glamping trend. Even after Newfoundland pods were designed by Ian Bone in 2004, they took a while to catch on. These sturdy little lodges were used in the Lake District national park for the very first time in 2007. A new phase in the glamping movement was born. We saw them in 2009 at an alternative accommodation exhibition. The Newfoundland pod is truly a glamping pods UK invention, despite what the name might suggest!
The evolution of glamping pods in the UK Since the initial incarnation of the Newfoundland glamping pod, other manufacturers have imitated the design in a range of materials to create similar warm, weather-proof and comfortable spaces. Some even pair pods for glamping with hot tubs to elevate the back to nature camping holiday to a luxury glamping UK experience.
Today there are ten variations on the initial Newfoundland pod design, two of which are available at Langstone Manor Park. Glamping pods are now used for far more than a short break in nature. From glamping to private family rooms, home offices and onto luxury lodges, pods have really caught on. After an initially slow start, these structures are now shipped and constructed all over the world.
In 2009 we brought Newfoundland glamping pods to Dartmoor national park in West Devon. This gives people a soft camping option and opens up out of season camping experiences. Since then, glamping in Devon has grown phenomenally and we have two types of glamping pods to choose from. Our Langstone glamping pod comes with heating, lights, electricity, and USB sockets. These are located close to our five-star showers, toilets and dishwashing facilities. There’s room for inflatable mattresses and cooking gear on the front veranda. Glamping Devon style means a picnic table and chairs outside each pod are included for you to enjoy the beautiful Devon views and clean country air.
For a little more luxury, Mega glamping pods are also available. These come with all the mod cons you’d expect in a tiny home away from home. Comfort reigns supreme – a double bed, sofa, TV, fully equipped kitchenette, toilet and patio with BBQ facilities await families and groups of friends looking for a luxury camping experience without the hassle. Glamping pods book up quickly, so it is wise to book your glamping holiday in advance.