Picture the scene: a starry, starry night in beautiful rural Cornwall. Lying on your back, gazing up at the heavens. Breathing in fresh, pure country air. Listening to the gentle sound of a burbling river – and perhaps the occasional hoot of an owl. Total, complete and utter relaxation. Yup. Getting away from it all really doesn’t get any better than this.
Western Meadows Glamping, Cornwall
The sturdy tents perch in their own private space at the top of a three-and-a-half acre wildflower meadow, filled with buttercups in the summer, in a tranquil and unspoilt part of north Cornwall.
If it’s possible to be spacious and cosy at the same time, then the Tardis-like safari tents (it’s bigger on the inside than it looks) have it sussed. There’s room to relax in the living area, a kitchen space that’s fully equipped with all the kit you’ll ever need, a sociable dining area and two separate bedrooms (a double and twins), with room for two more to sleep in a den-style bed in the living area.
We just know the kids will be fighting over who gets this one. A log-fired range provides both cooking facilities and top-up warmth for chilly evenings, there is electricity for a small hairdryer and to recharge any gadgets and, to make life as comfortable as possible, there’s even a private hot water shower, flushing loo and wash-basin.
On your very own decked veranda you can read, prepare food for the barbecue nearby or simply sit and take in the irresistible views, undisturbed by noisy traffic (good old-fashioned wheelbarrows are provided to roll your luggage from the parking area, keeping the meadow completely car-free).
Or you could wander down to the river (taking care with little ones, of course) and watch the wildlife, have a paddle or try your hand at fishing. Picnic benches are dotted along the banks of the river and, for the bounciest among us, there’s an outdoor trampoline here, too.
In the skies above you may spot buzzards, woodpeckers, finches, wagtails, thrushes and – if you keep very still and quiet – even the odd kingfisher. The owners live close by and keep free-range chickens and their on-site honesty shop has home-made jam, fresh eggs and other scrummy delights, as well as a shared freezer where you can store all your holiday treats.
Need we say more? This is family fun just as it should be, a happy mix of rugged nature and luxury living. Pack your wellies, your flip flops and some good books; enjoyment guaranteed.
There are walking and cycling routes galore around here and, just a short stroll down the lane, you’ll find New Mills Farm Park: a fabulous family day out with indoor and outdoor attractions, including petting animals, a zip wire, play barns, climbing frames, ride-on toys and a super café specialising in great value local food.
In the holiday season a steam railway runs from the Farm Park to the town of Launceston, where there are lots of quaint shops for browsing.
The north Cornish coast is just a short drive away, where there are great surfing beaches at Bude and Widemouth Bay as well as bracing walks along the coastal path, or you could drive south to the unmissable Eden Project or east to Dartmoor National Park with its incredible landscapes, mystical stones and famous little ponies.
Layout: Steps up to the large decking/balcony area (this is gated). Enter into the open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas with a wood-fired range, fridge and double cabin bed. Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Shower-room with double shower, WC and wash-basin.
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