In the lead up to National Unplugging Day, we sent one of our team to explore the ‘Glamping Experience’ and uncover the delights of this growing trend for families who love the outdoors but aren’t so keen on the traditional ‘pitch up’ and ‘peg your tent’ fiasco.
Charlotte Vaughan, her husband Graham and 8-year-old daughter Livvy were thrilled to be invited by Wigwam® Holidays and try out glamping at one of their sites in Cornwall.
Trying something new
“The glamping holiday” has been around for a while now but perhaps you haven’t had the opportunity to experience it. It’s really an exciting and original experience that will leave you wanting more. Going glamping gives you the opportunity to relax as a family and enjoy the great outdoors without any technology; here are some other reasons to give family glamping a go!
Quality time as a family
With all the distractions of modern technology it’s getting harder to have a good conversation; so we decided to ban all tech on the trip to Cornwall and we definitely reaped the benefits as a family.
Without the interruption of televisions, mobile phones and devices, we had fun being together, chatting, laughing and playing with one another in the beautiful Cornish sunshine.
Time to chill
The thing with glamping is that it just takes all the hassle out of camping and you can focus on all the positive aspects of sleeping outside. No family arguing when you are trying to put up the tent, you can simply arrive, relax and enjoy the surroundings. And the best bit is that come the end of your stay you can simply pack up your belongings and head off home fully relaxed.
Firing up a BBQ and enjoying a delicious feast in the sunshine is always enjoyable when going camping or glamping.
The Glamping experience with Wigwam®
Wigwam® Holidays have over 70 locations all across the UK, they helped start the glamorous camping – or glamping for short – revolution to offer affordable family holidays in their wooden Wigwam cabins.
They have four different sizes of Wigwam cabins, all of which are fully insulated, with double-glazing, heating and electric lighting, they even have Air Source Heat Pumps, whilst some have en-suite bathrooms. This gives you the great outdoors experience but in more luxurious accommodation with all the home comforts.
Bodrugan Barton – Cornwall
When we arrived at our destination in Cornwall, we were shown to our Wigwam® cabin and made to feel very welcome by Sally Kendall, the owner of Bodrugan Barton who gave us a quick tour of the wonderful facilities that included six Wigwam® cabins, paddocks, a working farm and an indoor pool all set in more than 50 acres of beautiful Cornish countryside.
The cabin we stayed in had its own private area and fire-pit, perfect for cosy family nights in cooking marshmallows on the fire.
The Wigwam® cabins are quite small but have everything you could need for a short break. The cabin we stayed in had a small interior and an en-suite shower room, the cabin contained the following:
- Double glazed windows
- Seating area that doubled up as a bed
- Worktop area with a kettle, toaster and fridge
- Small heater, lighting and power sockets
- Clothes dryer
- Broom and a dustpan and brush
It was fairly basic but much more luxurious than a tent and Sally, our host made sure we had everything we needed for our weekend stay. We felt very spoilt.
As I mentioned earlier, each Wigwam has an outdoor picnic area, which comprises of a picnic bench and fire pit. There is also a raised, decked area just outside the door and a water standpipe to the right for fresh water.
Although the Wigwams were next to each other, there was lots of space in between them and ample room for privacy.
The Wigwam cabin was in the most beautiful of locations, overlooking the town of Mevagissey and with views to the South West Coast Path and out to sea. The holiday site is also located close to the beautiful beaches of Gorran Haven situated just two miles away. It is also in a great place to explore South Cornwall and within easy reach of Heligan, Eden, Charlestown and the Roseland.
Mevaigissey has some great shops and restaurants and we visited the Sharksfin Restaurant close to the Quay. The Sharksfin Restaurant is the perfect restaurant for families with a daily menu featuring local seafood, salads and sandwiches, we usually order our seafood from AO Seafood, but this restaurant is a good option when you want to go out.
We loved visiting the beautiful Glamping site at Bodrugan Barton and can recommend it for a glamping weekend away with the family.
Prices for a three night stay at Bodrugan Barton start from £85.00 for a family of four.
MyFamilyClub 5 Star Rating:
We have given a 4-star rating for WigWam® Holidays for quality of accommodation, location, friendliness of staff and over all family friendly experience.