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Caravanners offered 'posh camping experience'

Posted by Linda Davidson

Holidaymakers are enjoying a surge in 'posh camping' experiences as "seductive tepees" and "retro-chic caravans" become all the rage, it has been suggested.

Fred Mawer of the Daily Mail noted that many people are now looking to enjoy more comfortable and "glamourous" camping holidays – a trend that could increase the demand for caravan water heaters or Thetford caravan fridges.

Mr Mawer observed that Country House Hideout is now catering to this camping trend by allowing people to stay in the grounds of a country house in their own Victorian-era, safari-style encampment.

Four such hideouts have so far opened in the Scottish Borders, Essex, Shropshire and Lancashire.

Mr Mawer gave an account of his own family's stay at a Country House Hideout site at the edge of Lancashire's Forest of Bowland.

"Our private encampment … was vast and, I was told, cost more than £25,000 to create," he said, adding: "The main tent was a beautiful, rustic affair with canvas sides, boarded floors and a long dining table and chairs fashioned from antique wood."

Last week, Simon Calder, the travel editor of the Independent, urged caravanners to engage with local people when away on holiday.