Ten geodesic domes have sprung up in the garden of a former dilapidated Forestry Commission lodge, now ultra-modern wooden home-cum-breakfast-bar-hangout. And, as the years go by, like the ancient trees in the forest surrounding the garden, this place is blooming into something magnificent.
Owner Jonny and his family were dedicated tipi-campers, until one winter they made a snow dome that could sleep 10 people. When it melted, they decided to invest in some permanent structures, and the Dome Garden was born.
The garden already has a supremely sociable vibe, with kids making friends on the rope swings, in the tree house or running out into the forest. The ever-growing willow tunnels and clever-landscape gardening allow plenty of space for privacy, but by night-time, once the pizza oven is lit and everyone’s making their own creations, even the most hermit-like campers will find it hard not to join in.
Yes, this is glamping on a grand scale. But if you’re no fan of the outdoors and open fires, do not apply. Wood is used for cooking or heating, from simple stick-heaters – yes, you feed a tiny fire sticks beneath a kettle for your morning cuppa – to the garden’s log-fuelled central firepit. There are so many innovative yet simple touches here that you’ll be hard-pushed to find anywhere else like it. Lime-green AstroTurf carpets your dome, kids sleep in hanging pods and there’s an ambient light… just see what colour your dome glows after dark. Kevin McCloud would comment that this place is, indeed, a work of grand design.
Please note - arrival days at Dome Garden are Friday and Monday only.
The campsite owner says
Dome Garden is a luxurious, purpose built, UK glamping site with a unique collection of 11 insulated geodesic domes, just North of Bristol, in the spectacular Forest of Dean.
A unique collection of space-age eco-lodges, forming an iconic encampment, with a stylish blend of outdoor life, environmental principles and real luxury facilities.
Individual en-suites with flushing loos & wood fired showers or baths, proper beds, luxury linen & wood burning stoves. Everything you need for a fantastic, family-friendly UK glamping break.
The Dome Garden is not a hotel – but it does have lovely linen, fine food & cool ensuites. It’s not a campsite – but there are pegs & zips, cosy fires & lots of canvas.
We think it’s the benchmark for UK Glamping Sites. The Sunday Times, The Guardian, National Geographic, Cool Camping, and even Mumsnet, all agree. They claimed we are ‘The Best UK Glamping site’ and in the ‘Top 5 Luxury Camping Sites in the UK’.
But judge for yourselves! Dig around here to see what’s going on, what people say & what makes us different. Then hit the ‘booking‘ tab to come uk glamping and see for yourself.
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