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Winter Glamping at Elmley Nature Reserve

Published: 15th December 2015

Elmley Nature Reserve is the only nature reserve in the UK where you can actually stay. It is located on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, and has three vintage shepherds huts that you can rent, and we want to stay there this winter......

Elmley Nature Reserve is a wonderful haven on The Isle of Sheppey in Kent. Its hard to believe that this wilderness it is only just over an hour away from London. The perfect weekend retreat. This unique nature reserve also offers a unique glamping experience the only nature reserve in the UK that you can stay at. Nestled in the landscape are three vintage shepherds huts that have been lovingly renovated in to cosy en-suite bedrooms, perfect for a couple or family of 3 to stay in.

Owner, Georgina Fulton, explains why it is particularly magical in the winter. The shepherds huts are really cosy and well insulated with wood burning stoves, and to make sure everyone stays warm theyre furnished with lovely wool blankets and hot water bottles. The highlight of these huts is that they all look out on to the wild marshland landscape, so whilst you are snuggled up in bed with a coffee, you can also see breath taking views of frosty sunrises.

So what to do whilst you are there? Well, for lazy afternoons, each hut has a selection of games and books. If the weather allows, there are firepits outside the huts so stargaze under blankets and sip wine. Also on site is a gorgeous Victorian Barn. In the summer this hosts weddings, but in the winter it is decorated twinkling tealights, fairy lights, blankets and sofas. There is a projector and DVDs for afternoon films, and you can enjoy a complimentary whiskey or a sip of home made Elmley sloe gin. Massages and holistic treatments are available on request. Roll on plans for installing a wood fired hot tub in 2016!

But hang on a minute, lets remember where you are. You are in a nature reserve, and in winter tens of thousands of migrating wildfowl and wading birds visit Elmley. These visitors offer one of the UKs most amazing wildlife spectacles, particularly with their murmurations. Winter is also a good time to see birds of prey including beautiful Short Eared Owls.

Photography by Rebecca Douglas and Robert Canis

Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature Reserve

Isle of Sheppy - Kent

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Sleeps 6

From 75/night

Claire Wills
Claire is the International Editor for CoolStays. It's her mission to scout the globe for new amazing places to show you. You can follow her on Twitter, @clairelewills

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