‘Glamping’ – glamorous camping – has become rather popular in recent years, perfect for folk who like to think they’re the outdoorsy types, but who really would prefer to be kicking back with a glass of something bubbly, surrounded by fairy lights, on a bed of throws, pillows and Egyptian cotton. Sound familiar?
Settled in the grounds of Edinburgh’s Dundas Castle, in their own secluded wooded knoll, Canvas Cottages offer guests a mix of uber-stylish interiors, breathtaking views of the Castle’s loch and acres of peaceful leafy grounds to relax in.
Each cottage is decked out with hardwood floors, custom wooden furniture, a wood burning stove, full cooking facilities, full-length mirrors and clothing rails, blankets, chest of drawers, its own en-suite bathroom and more.
King-size beds come with memory foam mattresses, cashmere pillows and Egyptian cotton sheets, silk pillow cases and hypo-allergenic duvets. The wood burning stoves provides more than enough heat to keep you warm right through the night, but sweet little hot water bottles are also provided to keep chilly toes warm.
The bathrooms are a revelation – you’d never think you were showering in the middle of the woods. Again, you’ll discover hardwood flooring, solar lighting, instant cold and hot water (that stays hot), a modern eco-friendly toilet, mirrors and a towel rail (no wet, slippy floors – can we get a hallelujah?). You’ll also be treated to fluffy white bath and hand towels and plenty of luxury, biodegradable toiletries for you to use.
Step outside on to your large (and private) wooden deck, for alfresco fun. Find a gas-powered BBQ, patio heaters to keep you toasty, and a bistro-style dining set with comfy seating. A large parasol covers the deck, ensuring you can use all the facilities whatever the weather throws at you, but plenty of throws and blankets are also there if the Scottish cold gets the better of you when things turn dusky.
BBQs not your thing? Inside the kitchenette you’ll find everything you need to prepare and devour delicious campsite grub, including pots and pans, utensils, glasses, crockery and cutlery for the whole family.
Tea, coffee, fresh milk and bottled water will be waiting for you on arrival and you’ll also be given a solar or propane-powered refrigerator to keep your food and drinks nicely chilled.
Oh, and for all you techy folk, solar power ensures not only will you have light when you need it, you’ll also have sufficient USB outlets at the ready to charge your phones and other electronic devices. A combination safe ensures you can store your valuables before you leave on your adventures.