Star Wars-inspired getaways from Pitchup.com
Dec 15 2015 Posted by Jardine Howlett
With the new Star Wars movie, ‘The Force Awakens’, premiering in the UK on the 15 December, the experts at outdoor accommodation specialist, Pitchup.com, have put together their top five affordable Stars Wars-inspired breaks in the UK and Europe.
From Tatooine and Endor to Hoth and Kashyyyk, these breaks, starting at just £15 per night, will have Star Wars fans jumping to lightspeed on their next holiday.
The desert landscapes surrounding Camping Los Escullos, in the rocky outcrop of Andalucia, are reminiscent of Luke Skywalker’s home town of Tatooine. The campsite is an ideal choice for those wishing to bask in the sun and with over 328 days of sunshine per year, guests will be left more than just a little ‘Lukewarm’. There’s an outdoor swimming pool to cool off in and multi-sports courts for the more active.
Modern two-bedroom lodges start at £44.60 per night for up to five people. They include all the must-have pleasantries needed on a ‘desert planet’, including air-conditioning, a fully-equipped kitchen, flat screen TV and outdoor terrace.
Take cover beneath the trees of the forest moon, Endor, by pitching your tent on a non-electric woodland pitch at Little Ropers Woodland Camping. With a 9.5 out of 10 review rating overall by Pitchup.com customers, the campsite offers a truly unforgettable wild camping experience in the lush heart of the Stour Valley. An ideal choice for families as children will enjoy meeting the llamas, cows and hens in the nearby fields and building dens in the woods. Facilities include a flush toilet, undercover washing-up area and additional outside tap.
Non-electric woodland pitches start from £15 per night for up to four people.
Spain, Comunidad de Madrid:
Be inspired by the Ewoks of Endor and head up into the trees at Camping-Bungalows Monte Holiday where you can stay in the AT-AT style Skyscraper pods, which stand on stilts four metres above the ground. The pods, which are heated for year-round comfort, offer spectacular views over the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park from the spacious outdoor terraces. There is a swimming pool and restaurant on site and for those wishing to take a day trip, Madrid is less than 80 km away.
The pods start at £42.44 per night for two people excluding bedding.
It’s not quite the remote ice world of Hoth, but a blanket of snow in Penrith can quickly turn The Quiet Site into a snowscape. Stay warm (no need to involve any dead tauntauns…) by snuggling up in a two-bedroom wooden pod. Each cosy pod is carpeted throughout and comes complete with heating, lighting and electricity points. There are large family bathrooms available on site, a playground and a magnificent family pub. The pub, located in a 17th-century barn, features a well-provisioned cellar, games room (with football, pool, air hockey and table tennis), television room and upstairs soft playhouse.
Camping pods start from £40 per night for up to two adults and two children.
France, Midi Pyrénées:
It’s no Kashyyyk, but we feel the Wookiees would feel right at home in this treehouse, situated between Toulouse and Bordeaux, in the heart of the Gascogne region. A hideaway tucked behind the trees, Domaine d’Escapa’s treehouse is perched five metres above the ground and features two bedrooms (a double bed and a large triple room), a separate kitchen and spacious outdoor terrace with private Jacuzzi. Those looking for something ‘chewie’ will benefit from the on-site take away service offering a range of local delights. Fresh pastries can be ordered for breakfast the following morning.
Domanie d’Escapa treehouse starts from £165.50 per night for up to five people.
-May the Force be with you-
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