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Dome Garden is a unique collection of insulated domes formed into stylish, eco glamping lodges – a genuine, luxury camping village and one of the only planned glamping sites in the UK, with a careful blend of outdoor life and real luxury facilities.
This is not just a bunch of beds in pretty tents, stuck in the corner of a farmer’s field! NO! The 10 domes each have individual en-suites, flushing loos, proper beds, luxury linen and wood burning stoves. Everything you need for a fantastic luxury UK glamping break, and all right inside Gloucestershire’s Royal Forest of Dean, one of Britain’s biggest and most spectacular forests.
The Dome Garden is not a hotel – but it does have lovely linen, fine food and cool ensuites. Nor is it a campsite – but there are pegs and zips, with cosy fires and lots of canvas.
We think it is the benchmark for UK Glamping Sites. Luckily The Sunday Times, The Guardian, National Geographic, Cool Camping, and even Mumsnet, all agree, naming us ‘The Best UK Glamping site’ or in the ‘Top 5 Luxury Camping Sites in the UK’.
All done – bar the shouting!!
click here to find out what’s what over the winter.
They say a picture paints a thousand words.
Well, if that is true, here’s a novel’s worth of them – a small selection of our favourite moments from the last year or so at the Dome Garden.
But if you’re already a seasoned ‘Gardeneer’ and feeling a little homesick then click this link to download next year’s calendar. Stick it on your fridge and count down the days until you come back!
Strictly speaking, ‘glamping’ comes from a concoction of the words ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’, a superior ‘luxury camping’ experience way above the standard campsite.
But, let’s face it, it’s not a pretty word is it? And there are side effects; the spawning of variants like ‘to glamp’ and the catchall ‘glampsite’ makes you realise why it never existed before!
Other efforts included ‘camping 2.0′ – but no-one really understood what that referred to. ‘Camping with style’ is popular in South Africa, whilst in Germany ‘furnished camping’ seems to be on the up… Globally though ‘glamping’ is king with Ireland and the US now firmly on board.tell me more
IT’S ALL OVER!!!
2014 has come and gone so fast, we feel we are only just ready to open for the season as we’re about to close!!
Upside is that we’ll be ready for next year and other than a bit of tinkering over the winter there are no new building projects in line, so we’ll be running at full speed when we reopen in March.
Over the winter we are opening a couple of times for special events, but other than that we are looking at around the 20th March to start again – unless people are baying for something before that.
As for availability, well, plenty of room for everyone but here’s a few points.
2014 was busy!
This year we accommodated 43% more people than we have ever done before and at the start of August we were saying “No” to people at a rate of 20-30 a day.
For 2015, we are already twice as booked as we were at this time last year -which means it looks like 2015 will be another really busy year.
SO… Please, please don’t leave it ’til August to book, as we don’t want to be saying no to you too!
We just love the Hobbity domes, they represent so much about what we are doing at the Dome Garden. Despite that, we have been unsure about how far to take them.
In modern parlance this Summer’s run was like a Beta release and we have now gathered tons and tons of feedback about what people thought about what it was like to stay in them. We’ve loaded all that into the jumbled soft drive that is Jonny’s head and out has come a few changes that will make them just little bit more normal but just as quirky (in fact in some cases more so). There will be more shelter for inclement whether, new cookers are already in, there will be a slightly less rustic finish on some of the walls and… actually you’ll have to wait and see as they’re about to get their own website!
In the meantime if you want to read the whole Hobbity saga try here
MAY BANK HOLIDAY BOOKINGS The first early May bank holiday is now full -except for the Hobbity domes. The second bank holiday is getting pretty busy.
Every year for four years now the May bank holidays and the half term have been full to bursting so please, please, please book now to guarantee a place.
Other than that, Christmas will soon be upon us so have a great festive season and we’ll compare notes next year at The Dome Garden!!
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