Our Story

Family photo in Toby's orchard, Barny, Em, Jonny and George having some fun and smiling together.

A Family Run Glamping Business

The Glastonbury Retreat is a family owned business based in Wedmore, Somerset. Founded by Barny Lee in 2016, 2019 will see the return of The Glastonbury Retreat after the hugely popular sell-out debut in 2017.

Barny runs the glamping business with his wife Emily and their close knit, hard working team from their farm in the heart of the Somerset levels.

Barny and Em having some fun on the glamp site golf buggy

From Marquees to Glamping

Barny Lee Marquees is the sister company to The Glastonbury Retreat. They have been supplying event coordination, marquees and furniture for hundreds of weddings, events and festivals since 2003.

With his extensive background in the marquees and events industry, Barny saw an opportunity to expand the business by providing luxury camping facilities in addition to their core marquee offerings.

A stunning clear span marquee at night as the sun sets, next to a lake in a private house. It is busy with people and coloured lights from the marquee are reflected in the water of the lake.

Being Part of Glastonbury Festival is a Family Passion

Barny and his family have lived their lives within earshot of Glastonbury Festival. Growing up in the area, Barny, Emily and their friends have been lucky to attend, work and be part of the festival for many years.

For a long time, Barny searched for the ideal site on the edge of the festival gates and dreamt of creating a boutique Glastonbury glamping experience for all to enjoy.

Illuminated Glastonbury sign in a 'Hollywood' style and a twilight view over the Glastonbury Festival site.

The Perfect Glamping Site for Glastonbury

In 2016, through a local friend Barny found the perfect site with 7 acres of land, only 5 minutes walk from Gate B at the festival. Barny wanted a glamping site not only that people rave about but also where friends and family can come together year on year in a relaxed environment. The perfect retreat to refresh and revive before embarking on the great experiences at Glastonbury festival.

Private secluded sunny bar and garden with life size decorative cow models setting a fun vibe at the Glastonbury glamping site.

Glastonbury Glamping 2019

The Glastonbury Retreat returns for 2019, bigger and better than ever.  We offer all the comforts of a family run, luxury glamping site where guests are looked after 24 hours a day by a warm, friendly team.

We look forward to welcoming back old friends from 2017, and meeting new ones too. Let us take care of all the little extras so you can go off and revel in the delights of the largest and surely most exciting festival in the world!

The chill out bar area at The Retreat with Chesterfield sofas.

The Badminton Retreat

Thanks to the ongoing success of The Glastonbury Retreat, the glamping business is growing! Barny and Emily are very pleased to announce that 2019 will see the launch of The Badminton Retreat – the exclusive official glamping site for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 70th Anniversary.

Located in the heart of the action at Huntsmans Close on the cross country course, guests will be treated to luxurious on site accommodation and VIP evenings in the restaurant with guest speakers and experts from the world of 4* Three Day Eventing.

Glengarnock gets a birds eye view over the KBIS Bridge

Mitshubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials official logo

The Badminton Retreat is the official luxury glamping site

for Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2019