This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Glamping is so 2016. Today’s in-the-know travelers know that “champing” — or sleeping in an old church — is the next big travel trend. Or at least it is in Southeast England, where The Churches Conservation Trust, a nonprofit organization that works to save the country’s historic churches, has set up a network of medieval places of worship that visitors can call home for the night.

“Our Champing churches are living time capsules, with stories that can be traced back as far as the Saxon period, and centuries of history to explore,” the “Champing” page of the organization’s website says. “They present the perfect setting to explore England’s culture, heritage and craftsmanship throughout the ages.”

According to Atlas Obscura, the program kicked off in 2014 at the medieval All Saints’ Church in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire, located less than three hours from London. With its unique design details, including limestone arches and a square tower, the venue was a hit with architecture lovers. And the church’s close proximity to a charming village, a river for canoeing and woodlands for exploring made it a unique country getaway for both Londoners and visitors looking to get a taste of life outside the city.

Since then, the Trust’s network of participating churches has expanded, with each one offering a unique opportunity to explore a bit of England’s past on your own timetable. Plus, it’s private: you’ll be given your very own key to the church and free run of the place, so you can play that ancient organ as loudly as you want. It’s also a bargain at £55 (less than $70) per person per night, which goes toward helping maintain these landmarks — and includes a delivered breakfast.

But don’t expect five-star amenities; the point of champing — which literally combines the word “church” and “camping” — is to go back in time a bit, so it’s a pretty rustic experience. You’ll bring your own bedding (at least pillows and blankets) and most of the churches don’t have electricity, instead using lanterns and battery-operated candles, which will be provided. There’s usually no running water either, but you’ll find a supply of water, plus eco-toilets and water basins for washing up.

Because none of the churches are heated, champing is a warm-weather activity, running from May through September only. For more information or to make a reservation, visit Champing.co.uk.

H/T: Atlas Obscura

Featured image courtesy of The Churches Conservation Trust.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
18.24% - 25.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Know before you go.

News and deals straight to your inbox every day.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.