Go glamping in a groovy space-age pod at Futuro House, Somerset


Only 68 of these out-of-this-world pods remain after they were built in the 1960s (Picture: Marston Park)

I’m walking down a muddy path between towering trees in a patch of woodland when, suddenly, I catch sight of it through the foliage.

A strange turquoise pod looms above the ground, with a small set of white steps leading up to its mysterious interior.

I’m drawn to it like ET to a phone, slowly ascending into the epicentre – what will I find within? Will aliens ask me to take them to my leader?

Thankfully what I do encounter is some rather groovy, 60s-style, white, grey and mustard decor.

There are five lounge-like seats, a circular table with four matching chairs, a stand containing stylish coffee-table books on architecture, two tiny, tucked-away cabins, each with a double bed, and a cubby area with tea, coffee and biscuits – not a little green man in sight.

Futuro House has a fun retro interior with lots and lots of mustard yellow (Picture: Laura Millar)
Walking into the pod feels like entering your own private spaceship (Picture: Laura Millar)

Welcome to the Futuro House, which this summer has touched down in the beautiful grounds of Marston Park, several acres set around a peaceful lake, in Somerset.

The park opened as a glampsite last summer, the brainchild of Charlie Bonham Christie, whose family owns the land, and his co-founder Michael Fenna.

Already home to 30 plush bell tents, this year they upped their accommodation game.

‘Futuro Houses were invented by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in the 60s,’ says Charlie at the lakeside bar, The Terrace, as ducks wander around our feet.

‘They were meant to be for families to use as a holiday home. The idea was that you could tow it, or even fly it by helicopter, to your destination.’

Surprisingly the holiday pods never took off in the 60s (Picture: Laura Millar)
On-site chef Gareth Oates will rustle up dishes like grilled sea bass and hot chilli dog for glampers (Picture: Laura Millar)

Fewer than 100 were made after being greeted largely with indifference and some hostility by the public. It’s estimated only 68 remain.

Many are in museums, or privately owned, which is how Charlie and Michael got hold of one.

It belongs to artist Craig Barnes, who came across it in South Africa. He brought it to the UK and spent several years restoring it to its former fibreglass-moulded glory.

As the sun sinks, I tuck into grilled sea bass, hot chilli dog and burnt Basque cheesecake from on-site chef Gareth Oakes.

The sound system cranks up, People dance, firepits are lit, and we have a spaceship to spend the night in. Jetsons-style windows welcome us back, and, thanks to the underfloor heating, we’re toasty.

Next morning, I see campers gawp at our grounded flying saucer – at least this means we’ve not taken off in the night. As we climb down the steps for the last time before breakfast, I heave a sigh. I’ve come back down to earth with a bump.

You can rent Futuro House from £400pn (sleeps four). Click here to find out more.

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