You can almost hear the wolves' howling and the buffalo running... and (more likely) you can smell the woodsmoke: wake up in the world of the Old West on a holiday in a tipi. The traditional dwelling of the Native American tribes of the Great Plains, tipis (not to be confused with wigwams, a domed structure) are increasing in popularity as a quirky alternative to other camping and accommodation options.
Tipi camps (and Yurt Camps) have been springing up all over Britain. They range from a single canvas structure pitched in a farmer’s spare field to multi-tent sites spread over tracts of woodland and with all the activities and facilities you’d expect at a modern campsite. Indeed, many are now designed for luxury camping: they have floorboards and supported walls and are spacious enough to house a double bed, comfy chairs, basic cooking equipment and a wood-burning stove to keep you snug under a sheepskin blanket.
Their unique, striking design has stood the test of centuries and provides a cosy space that keeps out extremes of weather. Check out some holiday ideas including tipis in greentraveller founder Richard Hammond's list of top green Autumn breaks and have a look at a selection of places you can experience a night under canvas in the very old American way, below.
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Tipi- weekend from £279 - £349, mid week from £195-325, Yurts - weekend from £299 - £399, midweek from £215 - £355. Extra nights £70.
Yurts Low -High Season: 2 Days £200-240, 3 days £240-300, 4 Days £280-360, 7 days £400-520. Tipis Med-High Season: 2 Days £180-240, 3 Days £240-300, 4 Days £240-280, 7 Days £385-455
Yurts, tipi & shepherds hut £158, bell tents £113 in high season per night, min 2 nights week time, min 3 nights weekends.
From €50 per Yurt per night in April, May & Oct. From €70 per Yurt per night in the summer. Based on a stay of 7 nights. Tipis are €20 pppn
£98 (village field) £110 (private site) per night. Prices based on 2 people for a 7-night stay in peak season. Short breaks are available.
From £229 for weekends, 239 Midweek and 299 full week
Yurts - Mid-week (Mon-Fri) £330, Weekend (Fri-Mon) £330, Full week (Fri- Fri, or Mon - Mon) £490
From €65 for 2 in a tipi or wagon, €130 for 4
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From £54/£82 per night (B&B/yurts). From £235/£350 weekend in cottage, sleeps 6/7. From £895/£1598 in house, sleeps 19.
Self catering house £440 to £1,680 and yurt £440 to £780.
£26 for single room, £46/69 for 2/3 sharing a room, £20 each for groups of 8 or more. Under 10 years old £13. Camping: £8 per person over 14 years, £4 for 5-13 year olds.
All rates are bed and breakfast; (2PAX); Dome £117; Crog loft £148, Threepi £86, Nomad £67. Note all accommodation is booked as weekend, midweek or full week only.
Safari tent costs €100 per night for 2, Yurt €85, Tipi €75. Extra people in each tent are €10 for the first night and €5 for the remaining nights per person. The double tipi (2 tents) is €90 a night for 4 persons in high season.
Tipi/log cabin-€500, apartment/studio-€700, stone cottage-€1400 per week
£60 per van per night (£56 if arriving by public transport.) including bedding, gas, candles & fire wood. 50% deposit required for group bookings.
doubles from £135 including breakfast
Camping peak season from £14 per night for 2 people. Themed accommodation in peak season £70 for up to a family of 4
Air-conditioned Bell Tent cost €164 per night, Air Conditioned Forest Lodge costs €247 per night
Caravans from £133, Apartments from £143, Lodges from £176 per night
£37pn Big Chief Wigwam (inc 2 adult) and £42pn Running Water Wigwam (inc 2 adult). Extra: Adult £6pn, Infant (0-3) £foc & Child (4-16) £4pn
1 x yurt style pod starts from £325 for 3 nights
from £18 camping to £90 yurt. All other prices in between.
From £55 for two
From €90 for two
Pitches from £14; wigwams & hides £19.50 pppn; bunkhouse £15 pppn; cottages from £185 for 2 nights.
Glamp it up on the 3000 acre Broxtead country estate in an authentic tipi, or opt to stay in one of their newly converted Suffolk barns. The tipis themselves stand on large wooden decks in two separate locations, each sleeping up to eight adults. They both come with their own fire hearth inside for cosy nights under canvas and a BBQ area outside with a fire pit for cooking and heating water in the large kettle provided. The three barns sleep between two and eight people, all thoughtfully converted to preserve authentic elements of their agricultural past as such as the exposed timbers and weather boards. Whilst modern touches such as flat screen TV’s, free WiFi and spacious, fully equipped kitchens bring them bang up to date.
Cornish Tipi Holidays, Cornwall
Not glamping, not tramping, just real camping made easy in a beautiful and private place. Sit round your own camp fire, fish and swim in the sparkling lake, drift through butterflies or run on the wild Atlantic beach. Price: £98 (village field) £110 (private site) per night. Prices based on 2 people for a 7-night stay in peak season. Short breaks are available.