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Autumn Glamping: Treehouses And Yurts For All Weathers

22/10/2014 13:09 BST | Updated 22/10/2014 13:59 BST

Summer may be over, but there's still plenty of time to pack up the car for a glamping holiday to shack up in a cosy yurt or sturdy treehouse and get reacquainted with nature.

In fact, the changing autumnal landscape and not-too-chilly temperatures make this season an ideal time to take the family exploring and enjoy the great outdoors.

"The countryside bursts with colour in autumn: it's one of the best times of the year to enjoy the outdoors. Harvest-time, misty mornings, leaves turning golden, country pubs with roaring fires... what's not to love?" asks Dan Yates, founder of outdoor accommodation specialist, Pitchup.com.

Whether you're keen to explore England, Scotland or Wales or drive a little further out to the warmer climes of France or Spain, there are plenty of suitable year-round glamping options to suit couples, families or groups of friends. Just remember to come prepared for any weather - especially getting wet.

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According to Yates, autumn glamping must-haves include "stylish wellies, a cosy coat, good waterproofs including a poncho or showerproof jacket - and socks: pack plenty of warm socks for walking, for inside the tent, for general cosiness. Avoid jeans as they're no fun when wet. Make sure you take a torch and spare batteries for when the nights draw in, and take some really indulgent toiletries to enjoy in a hot bath - this is glamping after all!"

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When it comes to finding the optimal glamping experience for you, it's all about what suits your mood and the group of people travelling.

"Yurts often have large indoor living areas with heating and cooking facilities, as do wigwams and tipis (both Native American-styles of tent)," Yates explains. "Camping pods are great for couples and tend to be wooden with double-glazed windows, whereas shepherd's huts may well be exactly that - restored huts insulated with wool from the site's own flock.

"Gypsy caravans are always a winner for a cosy, romantic break as they are packed with character and evocative of days gone by. Lodges are a great way to enjoy an outdoor holiday in autumn as they can be a 'home from home' with heating, a fitted kitchen and bathroom, and even laundry facilities."

Another thing to remember is that if you're staying at a glamping site, the tents will be waterproofed. If you're feeling a little more adventurous and planning to pitch your own tent, Yates recommends taking an extra groundsheet to put under the tent and also a tarp with some pegs and poles so you can build a shelter outside the tent.

To combat damp, pack an extra blanket to place under your air mattress or sleeping bag.

Have a look at the top autumn glamping ideas in the UK as well as some yurts, tipis and treehouses to rent or buy for a new adventure.