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Set in the beautiful Somerset wilderness, Marston Park is the perfect UK escape from your day-to-day life.
With the stresses and costs that travelling abroad now brings as the pandemic continues, you can't blame people for deciding to stay in the UK for their annual break.
And with so much beauty and culture to take in, people are starting to realise just how much Britain has to offer – and it's all right on our doorstep.
One of the magical places waiting to welcome visitors is Marston Park, a newly opened glamping spot described as a "playground for creativity with grown up food and drink".
Hidden in the wilderness of Somerset – a short drive from quaint Frome – Marston Park is the perfect place to unwind, get back to nature and learn to appreciate the simple things in life.
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When I first arrived at the getaway, I instantly felt my body relax and my breathing becoming deeper as I took in the various shades of green, the cool fresh air and the sounds of nature.
My eyes went straight to the Victorian lake, which the site is built around, and the twinkly fairy-lights surrounding the bell tents.
On my first night, I stayed in one of the many canvas studios dotted around the edge of the lake, spaced out a perfect distance that you don't feel like you're encroaching on someone else's area.
The bell tents allow you to enjoy all the best things about camping, but with an added element of comfort, luxury and relaxation.
Complete with a log burner, a soft double bed, art materials, an external fire pit and pretty decoration, I found it hard to believe that this was still technically 'camping'.
The best feature of the bell tents? Opening the canvas doors up in the morning and staring out at the still lake from bed – nothing short of bliss.
I was also ecstatic to find that the site came with a number of flushing toilets and piping hot showers, complete with Bramley products, perfect for a pamper in the morning.
For the artist in all of us, each canvas suite comes with a work desk, an easel and painting materials, a lovely touch for those quiet afternoons when the sunset is just too beautiful not to try and capture.
During my stay, I also stayed in the Futuro – accommodation too bizarre and cool to try to put into words. In short, I stayed in a spaceship.
That's right, nestled in the forest of Marston Park is this iconic piece from the 1960s, lovingly restored by artist Craig Barnes.
The Futuro House was a concept first dreamt up by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen, who wanted to created a transportable holiday retreat.
The design was commercially launched in the late 60s, and while people loved the concept, very few of them were purchased, meaning that only 68 are known to still exist across the world today.
And at Marston Park, you have the opportunity to spend the night inside this unique UFO.
Barnes spent around a decade restoring the Futuro House after discovering it in South Africa, and before landing in Somerset, it spent some time in London's Central Saint Martins and Matt's Gallery.
Seeing the UFO sat amongst the natural setting of the park, I was immediately blown away by the contrast – something that shouldn't work, but it totally does.
When I stepped inside the Futuro House, the Scandi-style decor and the yellow and white colour scheme made me feel like I was in fact an alien, stopping off at Marston Park for the night.
The beauty and creativity of the accommodation at Marston Park continues through to their new wild pool, the outdoor hot tub and the dining and music area.
You can enjoy delicious food at breakfast, lunch and dinner at the communal area, situated on the lake edge and complete with stunning views – especially at sunset.
In the evening, the adults can order drinks from one of their food and drink trucks and sit and enjoy the music, provided by a number of talented DJs and artists.
This site lives and breaths creativity, and because of that, there is an array of activities that visitors can take part in, whether it be yoga and meditation by the lake, calligraphy for beginners, hoops dance, willow weaving or life drawing.
For more information, prices and booking, visit Marston Park online here.