Friday Cabins #38: The UK's Obsession With "Glamping Pods"
A survey of the many cute micro cabins dotting the British Isle's rolling, rugged landscape
Howdy and happy Friday. Today your usual newsletter writer Ellen is offline in the Pacific Northwest on a reconnaissance mission to visit Captain Whidbey, a rather well appointed 1907 lodge on the Puget Sound just north of Seattle. Which means it’s back to me, GH, your OG—and admittedly rusty—Cabins Etc writer, founder, intern, and so on.
First things first, it’s Friday so that means it’s time for Friday Cabins, a weekly newsletter published by Cabins Etc, which is itself a sister publication of Field Mag, *the* publication for lovers of good design and the great outdoors. If that’s confusing, then good! Welcome to digital media in 2022 :\ Shout out all you subscribers (especially the paying ones u rule!) for supporting our indie efforts :)
Today we’re exploring the United Kingdom’s curious obsession with what they call “glamping pods.” Like the tiny house/micro cabin/airbnb obsession sweeping North America, these clever little communal accommodations boast minimal square footage and maximal charm. Sort of like a mini KOA campground, these pods are privately owned properties featuring a handful of cute, small cabin-like shelters arranged around a shared common area with fire pits and barbecues. Private hot tubs are common, too (makes sense given the typical UK weather). The shelters are often of a “fun” shape—think domes, A-frames, quonset huts, etc—and full of glass for letting the outdoors in/stargazing.
We (aka Field Mag) recently compiled a couple articles boasting the best glamping pods in Scotland & Northern Ireland. Seeing has how the British Pound is dang near equal to the US Dollar these days, now is the perfect time to let your daydreaming go overboard and actually book an overseas holiday for yourself. Scroll on for a selection of my personal favorite “glamping pods” that have legit had me checking flights and car rental options…
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Set among nature on the edge of Lough Erne, these eight comfy, cozy pods are fully-stocked with hiking trails, kayaking, and swimming just feet away. Yesss.
Located in the southwest of Northern Ireland, this crazy property is nothing but unique. Here, the only thing that’s separating you from actually being outside is the totally transparent circular walls of these unique bubble domes. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the forest and unmatched stargazing in your own private dome home. The lakeside sauna and spa make it especially dank.
Situated in one of Northern Ireland’s Dark Sky Sites, these A-Frame cabin pods feature a cozy interior with a large, triangular window in the bedroom for unobstructed mountain views and fantastic the night sky stargazing.
On our radar for a while now, Inverlonan is a remote property offering two off-grid prefab cabins on the shores of Loch Nell, accessible only by foot, boat, or 4x4 buggy. Both bothies have a clean and refined design, private deck, fire pit, outdoor wood-fired pizza oven, and outdoor shower. Plus, free farm fresh breakfast!
This thing rules. I have no idea what it is but I love it and I want to sit inside it during a gnarly storm, drinking coffee and then local Scotch whisky. Set in the Scotland’s Highlands, this extraterrestrial, aluminum glamping pod features a wood-burning fireplace unbeatable views of the mountains and sea.
These small, dome-shaped cabins are fully outfitted with plenty of comforts—a kitchenette, full bathrooms, heat and AC, and of course, plush beds—and located on the mountainous coastline of the Scottish Highlands, with sandy beaches and a bustling downtown only a short distance away. A classic Glamping Pod experience.
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That’s all for today. Have a great weekend. See ya across the pond!