Original article from Kent Live
A Kent camping site has been ranked as the fifth most picturesque campsite in the UK.
Elmley Nature Reserve, on the Isle of Sheppey, claims to be the only national nature reserve in England where you can spend the night within, and beat off tough competition to secure the top-five spot.
The honour came after consumer spending website money.co.uk completed research by looking at data compiled from the social media app Instagram.
The team collated a list of ‘Instagrammable’ and ‘beautiful’ camping and glamping sites across the UK by using multiple sources including IdealHome, Buzzfeed, and CoolCamping.
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They then searched variations of each campsite into Instagram and totalled the number of relevant hashtags for each location.
The camping site raked in an impressive 4,882 hashtags on the social media application.
It's easy to see why Elmley Nature Reserve bagged a top spot on this exclusive list, with the site boasting bell tents, quaint shepherd huts, and luxurious rooms.
Campers who want to stay in the Meadow bell tents will wake up to "beautiful sunrises and spectacular views across the marsh", the website states.
Meanwhile, the Woodland bell tents have views across the reserve to the estuary, come equipped with electricity and even their own swing, which could be ideal for Instagram photoshoots.
If you fancy glamping, the Elmley Cottage could be the perfect place to unwind.
The property can hold up to ten guests, has six bedrooms, three bathrooms and "enjoys sweeping views from the huge windows for wildlife and cloud watching", the website adds.
Guests can also choose from a number of rooms on the nature reserve, with most of them able to accommodate two guests.
The fun doesn't stop there though, because the nature reserve can host a number of small weddings each year.
It is just over an hour from London and is a privately-owned 3,300-acre estate.
"The traditional Kentish Barn is the heart of the wedding celebrations," the website raves about the venue.
It adds: "Its wooden vaulted ceiling is draped with twinkling lights and the huge window provides breathtaking views across miles of unspoiled landscape.
"Hold your wedding feast and party the night away with the moonlight shining off the lakes beyond.
"The huge rustic barn doors open out onto a grass courtyard, encircled by wildflowers, and festoon lighting, for reception drinks, games and dancing under the stars."
The nature reserve also hosts retreats, such as yoga and mindful workshops, to help you unwind.
To find out more about Elmley Nature Reserve, click here.