Glamping in Cornwall
If you are looking to go Glamping in Cornwall then you have many options open to you but first lets clear up this modern phrase of ‘Glamping’.
What is Glamping
I personally have a little bit of a love hate relationship with the word. In its broadest sense ‘Glamping’ can mean many things – glam camping, luxury camping, deluxe, posh, boutique. Whatever you want to call it, it basically means going camping with a little bit more luxury than normal. The official definition is : a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.
So that pretty much covers a lot of things. At one end of the scale that could mean a fully kitted out high end Airstream Motorhome, wooden Glamping Pods, Tipis, Yurts, Shepherd Huts and the list goes on. In fact these days to make to make your company stand out from the crowd, the more unusual the better. To give you an idea check out Canopy and Stars Included on their website are a spaceship, treehouses, a conerted grain silo and an old American converted school bus.
I have always loved camping, so much so that i sometimes like to go wild camping armed with nothing more than a bivvi bag and a tarp. For me, much of the joy of camping is just being out in nature, the closer the better. Falling asleep to the sound of a stream, waking up with the birds and stoking up the fire to make a brew are all part of the experience. However, i also like to camp in a little bit more luxury sometimes which is when our trusty 4m bell tent, airbed, portable power pack and fire tripod get packed in the van for the weekend.
So, for us that is about as ‘Glamping’ as it gets. We might include the odd string of fairy lights and maybe a bit of bunting but a fire pit, axe for chopping logs, table, bench, candle lantern and an airbed are pretty luxury in my book. The pictures above were taken at one of our favourite campsites – Runnage Farm, right in the middle of Dartmoor, not Cornwall but the next best thing!
Glamping in Cornwall
So, you’re tent is packed, the fairy lights, bunting and coffee pot have been crammed into a bag and you’re ready to go on an adventure in Cornwall. If you like to see where your wheels take you, then there are many lovely campsites in Cornwall. We haven’t managed to stay in all of them yet but we are trying! To save you a bit of research here are some of our favourites:
- Henrys Campsite – http://www.henryscampsite.co.uk/
SItuated right on the tip of The Lizard, the most southernly point of the UK Henrys campsite is a real quirky gem, described by themselves as strange and wonderful. If you happen to be there in September they have a great little festival as well.
- South Penquite Farm – http://www.southpenquite.co.uk/
South Penquite Farm is situated on a 200 acre farm right in the middle of Bodmin Moor and is popular with walkers and mountain bikers. If you want to try glamping and you don’t have a tent then you can stay in one of their lovely yurts.
- Porth Joke Campsite – http://www.crantockholiday.co.uk/camping.html
Porth Joke is one of those secret gems that you won’t see advertised. They rely on word of mouth and has probably the best location for a campsite in Cornwall. Minutes from Polly Joke beach just on edge of Crantock this is definitely one campsite you need to try before it gets discovered by everyone.
- Treen Farm Campsite – http://treenfarmcampsite.com/
Treen Farm is another one of those campsites with a location to die for. Situated on the cliffs above Portcurno Bay, right down in deepest Penwith, Treen Farm is a campsite for anyone that loves the outdoors. The site is pretty exposed and can get the full blast of the Atlantic but it is a breathtaking spot.
That is a few of our favourite campsites in Cornwall but obviously there are many more. If you have a favourite or discover a hidden gem, please let us know, we love finding new places to stay. So if you are looking to come glamping in Cornwall or just regular camping you have many options.
If you want to try camping in a bell tent then drop us a message. We have 4m and 5m tents available to hire and we can supply them fully furnished with all the luxuries or just as they are. Let us know if you have a preferred campsite and we can put the tent up ready for your arrival.