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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’.
3 Delights for this Autumn –
FORAGING & FOREST COOKERY on Sat 18th Oct. with Dinner to eat it all.
Then… BUSHCRAFT sessions on Sun 19th Oct. Then… Halloween over Half term.
Then… we’re shut for the WINTER. GASP oh no!!
If you’ve been hedging about a visit to the DG, now’s the time to jump off the fence! click here to find out what’s what.
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
Autumn Glamping 2014
Kids safely back at School? – another weary Summer over? PHEW!!
Now’s the time then to re-charge your batteries and take advantage of our quiet Autumn Glamping weeks or if you say PAH! to the quiet life then try our special treat this year.
One great weekend. FORAGING and FOREST FOOOD delights on the 17th October, BUSHCRAFT on Sun 18th October. We haven’t put the programme together yet but it will be fab and there’s a tiny contribution towards the costs of the weekends activities at £10 a head… So what are you waiting for?
Ooh yes, that as well… nearly full in the middle slot, but plenty of room at the beginning and end over Halloweeeeen!!
So, if you’ve been hedging about a visit to the DG this year, now’s the time to jump off the fence!
Here’s how it looks for the next few weeks (as of breakfast time on 13th Sep).
Weekends 3 night stays
Fri 19th Sept – Small Domitory, 2 Simple domes and 3 Hobbity Domes
Fri 26th Sept – Small domitory, 3 Hobbity domes
Midweek 4 night stays
The rest of the September and October weeks are very quiet – so now’s the time if you want a bit of quiet and the owl tweeting thing – although last night they were far from quiet!! We also have the most amazing number of hedgehogs this year!
HALF TERM BOOKINGS are now starting to take shape. If you are thinking of that, now would be the time.
There are three half term blocks…
Fri 24th Oct – for three nights – lots of space still
Mon 27th Oct – for three nights – Superdome, Double dome plus 3 hobbity domes.
Thu 30th Oct – for FOUR nights – Halloween – starting to fill up but still lots of options.
It’s Halloween on the third block but we’ll be doing lots of Haloweeny things in the other two blocks too.
THE HOBBITY DOMES were finished in the middle of the Summer, amidst much trauma and exhaustion – one of them even flooded during the aftermath of the Hurricane. No harm done and they all have lovely wood-burners to boot. Here’s a little bit about them and if you want photos try here…
The 3 Hobbity Domes are in a small group in the far corner of the site. At 15ft in diameter they were designed for two but came out bigger by mistake!! So, now they are cosy for two – and even more so for a maximum of two adults with a brace of ‘smalls’.
For couples they are 2/3rds the price of the equivalent Simple Dome. If you add more people then it’s £50 per extra head, per stay..
The structures themselves are cave-like, fero-cement domes. They are sunk into the ground by about a metre. Each one has its own concrete tree inside and its own ensuite outside.
The en-suites are not actually attached to the domes but are three steps up from the entrance… they are housed in one (soon to be) earth-covered grotto in the centre of the group, with flushing loos and fabulous wood-fired cave showers.
So, what are you waiting for?
Start with a simple click here to release the cave dweller within and confirm availability!