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Here at Boutique Camping you’ll find a range of beautiful, practical and innovative tents to suit your needs. Whether you're looking for something classic and understated or you're fed up with bland beige and want something to stand out, we’ve got the ideal tent for you! With so many different styles to choose from, we’ve made this guide to provide all the information you’ll need to choose the right Boutique Camping tent.

What is a bell tent?

A bell tent is perhaps one of the most recognisable tent styles, featuring a central support pole to support the canvas, giving it it’s classic shape. The entrance is formed with an A-frame pole and its guy ropes provide stability. Here at Boutique Camping we’ve stuck largely to the original bell tent design but have included some design tweaks to make our tents ideal for today’s campers.

History of the Bell Tent

An early version of the bell tent was the Sibley tent - invented during the American Civil War by Henry Hopkins Sibley, a Brigadier General from Louisiana, having studied the Native American Tipi on his long expeditions in the American Old West. The modern bell tent is characteristically different, using modern treated canvas' that are waterproof and breathable, offering a more practical, luxury camping experience. At Boutique Camping we pride ourselves on making the best bell tents on the market through constant innovation, with a firm eye on design and aesthetics.

Our Range Of Bell Tents

Traditional bell tents
Our traditional bell tents are perfect for all occasions and come in a vast array of colours, patterns and sizes. Our tents have the added bonus of our generous 1.8m door for the 4m and a 2m high door for the 5m, so you can walk in without needing to bend down, we also have added the new feature, including a screw-on rain caps to hold the door A-frame in place, along with sturdy reflective guy ropes. Our traditional bell tents also feature zipped windows for ventilation and mesh window/door covers to keep insects out. Our bell tents are available in a variety of sizes, from 3m, ideal for solo campers, friends and small families, right up to an enormous 8m,
ideal for large groups.

Star bell tents
Our Star bell tents are an innovative modern take on the traditional bell tent and our range includes 4m, 5m, 6m and the Star Emperor option. We’ve taken a traditional bell tent and enhanced the design by adding a large canopy and features that provide even greater stability and protection from the elements. This range was designed with glampers in mind, and for those looking for more space and a lot of durability; instead of traditional guy ropes, the Star bell tent features heavy duty webbing making it highly stable in bad weather and when pitched in exposed locations. These tents have an integrated canopy which provides a 50cm porch area, ideal for storing muddy boots or providing effective shade and protection from the rain, making it the ideal choice for unpredictable weather. The Star range also features slightly higher walls and boasts 360° netting, helping campers feel even more connected to the great outdoors.

The Luna Bell Tent
Our exciting newly designed Luna bell tent has a highly distinctive dome shape that maximizes internal space and creates a sense of dramatic grandeur, making it perfect for glampers and family campers. A great deal of thought has gone into the development of the new Luna tent, with a design reflects how glamping has evolved over recent years. The Luna bell tent is erected by sliding the aluminium framework of curved poles into the inside of the tent and just like a more traditional bell tent, the Luna includes a sturdy centre pole. Once in place, the dome shape of the Luna tent is very stable able to withstand strong winds.
At the highest point, the Luna tent reaches 3m high, and with 1.9m high walls, the internal space of the tent is maximised, meaning there’s ample space for both people and furniture. The high walls make the interior of the Luna bell tent incredibly spacious. Factor in the impressive head space and both the 4m and 5m versions benefit from more usable space than similarly sized traditional bell tents.

Yurt tents
The Boutique Camping Yurt tent is designed to provide a true luxury glamping experience. The high walls of our 5m Yurt tent means there’s ample space inside, making it perfect for families and groups. Unlike traditional bell tents, the Yurt tent has the addition of 4 large windows with mesh covers and PVC ‘glass’ leaving you to enjoy the views. The large entrance makes it easy to furnish and the Yurt tent can comfortably sleep up to 6 people with space for luggage, furniture and
 plenty of head room.

Groundsheets

Bell tents come with different ground sheet options - some have a sewn in ground sheet (SIG) others have separate ground sheets. At Boutique Camping, all of our traditional, star and star emperor bell tents come with a zipped in ground sheet (ZIG), which provides customers with the most versatile option. Zipped in ground sheets can remain permanently attached to the tent or zipped off and the sides rolled up to let the breeze in on a hot summers day.

New Features Added

All New Sizes
Larger and smaller versions
of your favourite tents.

Upgraded Quality Mallet
Free with every Boutique
Camping tent.

Stronger Guy Ropes
Still interwoven, and reflective
for when it gets dark!

Free Spares Bag
Including some of those smaller
items like pegs and a rain cap.

Sharper, Stronger Pegs
New design for easy use
in all conditions.

Improved Packaging
Thicker boxes and shrink wrap to
keep your tent safe and dry.

Fabric Options

We currently offer our bell tents in three fabric choices:
Polycotton, Oxford, and Polyester.

Polycotton
We’re continually checking out what’s new in the world of glamping and looking for ideas and inspiration to help us in our mission to bring customers the very best possible camping experience. We have been testing Polycotton as a suitable alternative to our traditional 100% cotton canvas material. Essentially Polycotton is a cotton fabric with polyester weaved into it, which makes it easier to care for and more hard-wearing than traditional 100% cotton canvas. In 2018, we made the decision to make the switch away from 100% cotton to manufacturing Polycotton bell tents. This provides customers will all the benefits of cotton canvas but with the added durability and ease of care associated with Polycotton.

With so many benefits, was easy to understand why Polycotton has rapidly become the high-end tent fabric of choice for the world’s leading camping companies like Robens, Nordisk, Outwell, Kampa, Vango and Tent Tipi. Your Polycotton tent from Boutique Camping will provide you with many years of hassle-free, happy camping.

Some of the benefits of using Polycotton as a tent fabric include:

Quick Drying

Durable
More durable and less likely to rip than cotton,
making it more suitable for extreme conditions.

Mildew

Mildew Resistant
Less maintenance required and more
resistant to mildew.

Breathable
Fully breathable just like
cotton canvas.

Quick Drying
Quicker drying time than standard
cotton tents.

Holds Colour

Holds Colour
Holds colour better and less likely to fade
as quickly as cotton.

Crease Resistant
Looks and feels just like traditional cotton
canvas and less prone to creasing.



Oxford Canvas
We spent a long time researching for the perfect easy-care tent fabric, finally we developed a synthetic man made fabric which we called the Oxford canvas. This is similar to traditional cotton but stronger, more durable and waterproof straight away. Oxford fabric is tremendously hardwearing and also holds colour better than cotton canvas. It’s also more robust against rot, mould and mildew making it the ideal choice for campers who want a bell tent, but aren’t keen to take on the additional care and upkeep associated with 100% cotton canvas.

Polyester tents
Our Polyester tents are half the weight of our canvas tents and are ideal for festivals and weekend camping trips. Whilst this range of tents has been developed with this in mind, they have not lost the traditional feel of our bell tent. The lightweight polyester fabric is also quicker to dry, and far easier to take care of than other traditional tent fabrics - an excellent option for those that want to stand out in an amazing tent, at a fraction of the cost.

Please note, all our polyester tents are premium made quality tents, made from thicker hardwearing quality polyester material, please do not compare our polyester tents to cheaper poor quality alternatives on the market.

Our Traditional Bell Tent Sizes

From our 3m size tents right through to our enormous 8m bell tents and emperor ranges, we offer a number of different size options. All of our camping tents benefit from generous door heights, making entry and exit a doddle and they all have great head space, making them feel spacious, bright and airy. However, choosing the right size tent depends on a few different factors.

Which is best for you?
Our 3m camping tents are perfect for solo campers or couples whilst our 4m is perfect for small families, sleeping up to 4 comfortably; if you want to factor in living space, camp furniture and luggage however, you might be better off choosing something a little bigger, and our 5m tents are generally the perfect size for family campers. These tents provide additional space giving you enough room to set up furniture and even a camp kitchen inside your tent, making it our most popular size tent choice for families. Our 6m Bell tents are great for larger families and can comfortably sleep up to eight adults, with plenty of space to create a luxurious glamping haven. By comparison our 7m and 8m Bell tents and Emperor range are enormous and perfect for large groups and parties with room to stand or seat over 20 people plus.

Still unsure which is right for you?

We're always here to help you find the perfect tent! Email or call us below:

E: [email protected]

T: +44(0)203 394 2986

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