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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’.
Plenty of space for autumn –
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
Time is running out… we are taking a short break over the winter so will close for the season after the second weekend in November. So, if you’ve been hedging about a visit to the DG this year, now’s the time to jump off the fence (pardon the mixed metaphor)!
Here’s how it looks for the next few weeks (as of breakfast time on 21st October).
MIDWEEK SLOTS – OCTOBER
are all very quiet – so, ideal if you want a bit of calm and the owl tweeting thing! We also have the most amazing number of hedgehogs this year!
WEEKEND SLOTS – OCTOBER
Also quite quiet so lots of options.
HALF TERM BOOKINGS are now nearly full. If you are thinking of that, you need to make your mind up very soon.
There are three half term blocks and here’s what’s left in each of them…
Fri 24th Oct – for three nights – superdome, 1 simple dome,
Mon 27th Oct – for three nights – 3 hobbity domes.
Thu 30th Oct - for four nights – Halloween – 1 hobbity dome.
It’s Halloween on the third block but we’ll be doing lots of Haloweeny things around pizza night in the other two blocks too.
EASTER HOLIDAYS 2015
Plenty of room still across the Easter holidays.
MAY BANK HOLIDAYS 2015
Lots of enquiries coming in for the May Bank holidays next year.
1st May Nearly full now. 1 Double dome left and 3 Hobbity domes.
May Half term. Quite a few bookings already in place but still lots of room across the half term period. But if there is a gang of you, you should probably rally the troops in the next few weeks as the options will start to reduce.
THE HOBBITY DOMES were finished in the middle of the Summer, amidst much trauma and exhaustion. 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!