If you’re in the market for a large bell tent for car camping in style, we can’t recommend the Luna highly enough.
Masses of space
Waterproof enough to use all summer
Takes two people to erect
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Fancy something a little bit different for your next camping foray? A glamping-style bell tent is definitely a big investment, but they offer a wonderfully airy living and sleeping space, ideal if you find traditional tents on the stuffy side.
Our top pick is the handsome Luna bell tent from Boutique Camping. Inside there’s one large living and sleeping space that can comfortably fit four mattresses by night and a table, chairs and full cooking kit by day. Canvas tents are naturally breathable and cool on hot summer days, and the Luna’s polycotton outer material is water-resistant enough to deal with showers.
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We’ve been using the Luna for years, everywhere from camping holidays with groups of friends to weddings. Over that time it’s withstood heavy rain without any issues at all, although you do need to make sure it’s clean and dry before you store it, to avoid any mildew.
It can definitely be tricky to erect the Luna on your first go (although the included photo instructions help a lot) but once you’ve got the steps down, it’s surprisingly headache-free if you have two or three people to pop it up with. Inside is amazingly roomy for four.
The whole tent feels thoughtfully designed and beautifully made – a great long-term investment for years of camping to come. Inside this spacious dome tent there’s one large room that fits four mattresses by night, and accommodates table, chairs and full cooking kit by day.
Large windows make the inside a lovely place to hang out if rain stops play, or a haven to retreat to at a busy festival. All that space and thick canvas does come at a price, and the Luna is heavy and cumbersome as well as expensive – you’ll need somewhere spacious to store it and a car boot to transport it.
That said, once it’s erected (which isn’t difficult with two people) and ready for a summer holiday, it’s a true delight to camp in.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.