Our First Glamping Experience – Luxurious Adventure in Cornwall!
Having returned home to the UK following our travels through Canada, the USA, and Iceland, I began thinking “Where to next?” As the weather began to turn I naturally started to look at places for winter sun. Then as I was looking I began thinking back to past travels and realised that so many of my favourite times, experiences travelling which really made me feel alive were when the weather was not so great, the dramatic scenes I had encountered, how places can look totally different and still as beautiful if not more so, I’ve seen some spectacular sights. Crowds are thinner, you can have those moments on your own when you really soak up everything a place has to offer. Waves crashing into the Azure Window in Malta, climbing Mount Snowdon in thick snow with freezing winds stinging my face, Venice in chilly November when I have been one of only a handful of people standing in St Marks Square, so many awesome experiences! It really got me thinking “Why does travel around the UK have to stop during winter months?” Something else which had really caught my imagination during our time in Canada, especially in Ottawa and Montreal, was the Canadian’s love of local independent businesses. So often Starbucks would be ditched for the local coffee shops, local craft beers bought instead of mass produced lager, independent restaurants opted for ahead of slightly dull chains where you get the same whatever city you are in. It really did go a long way to creating a vibrant, creative atmosphere.
So the mission was set, I wanted to show that no matter what the time of year, whatever the weather throws at you…travel around the UK and Ireland can be brilliant….AND…that there are some amazing independent businesses out there in the travel and tourism sector that we should really throw our support behind! I wanted to find truly unique destinations and accommodation, places with fun activities, places with their own identity…demanding I know but on our first trip…we definitely found it all!
Glamping in Cornwall with Classic Cottages
Cornwall was one of the first places which jumped to my mind when researching locations, it has it’s own very strong identity (they have their own flag no less!), I hadn’t explored it anywhere near as much as I should have, and there are so many attractions I wanted to visit and take in. I started looking for unique, different types of accommodation which would be an experience in their own right, glamping came to the forefront. We had never done it before, it was sure to be an adventure, and some of the accommodation looked amazing! We found Classic Cottages and their sister site Classic Glamping and wow…this was exactly what I was looking for! Cabins, shepherds huts, gypsy trailers, airstream trailers, safari tents, pods…all with their own unique twist…and all with more than a touch of luxury about them!
We got in touch with Classic Cottages and organised a two night stay at Largin’s Shepherds View, a shepherds hut set on a farm in the middle of the beautiful countryside near to a place called Lostwithiel. It was close to The Eden Project, somewhere I had wanted to visit for a long long time, and a whole host of other things to see and do…perfect!
BUT…as the date got closer and closer, the weather forecast became worse and worse, so bad in fact, they even gave it a name! Storm Angus was to batter the south west with hurricane force winds, torrential rain, and flooding was expected…so this really would test my first theory about travel around the UK!
We arrived at the accommodation at about 6pm after taking part in the Hangloose Activities at The Eden Project and then going to see spectacular Saint Michael’s Mount. We had been provided with the owners contact details and gave them a quick call to tell them what time we were planning on arriving, they were really lovely and told us to give us a call when we arrive as it would be very dark on the farm and they would give us a hand. We found the location easily, the instructions provided by Classic Cottages were spot on. We parked the car, met with our hosts, and made our way down the short path to the shepherds hut with the drizzle and wind blowing against us. When we opened the door I really was amazed, it was so cute, so luxurious, so quirky, so much thought had gone into every last detail, we loved it!
On the dining table there was a hamper with a welcome card, granola, fresh eggs and bread, tomatoes, oranges, marmalade, tea and coffee, in the fridge there was fresh bacon, milk and butter, a fully stocked kitchen with a gas oven. Tucked behind the hamper was a welcome pack with instructions for certain things, tips about the local area and some leaflets for attractions to go and see. All of these were really nice and unexpected touches. We knew it was self catering and didn’t expect this, it was lovely, they had gone the extra mile.
At one end of the hut was the bed, raised from the floor with windows at the foot in the corner, it was really cool lying on the bed looking out. At the other end was the kitchen and en suite shower room and toilet. Near to the door was a cast iron log burner fully packed ready to be lit. Everything had been thought of, the decor was really nice, all natural or painted wood, nice little ornaments positioned around the hut that would catch your eye. We were like kids in a toy shop exploring everything!
Once we had calmed down we settled in and chilled out, I had no internet reception on my phone, no T.V, just a radio and books we had brought with us, it was nice to be cut off slightly, I was able to really relax and unwind. The wind began to pick up and the rain began drumming on the roof, but the hut was so well insulated, we lit the log burner and we were so cosy, set for the night. With the fire roaring, the sound of the rain hitting the roof, wind blowing through the trees, it really was lovely.
When we woke up we cooked up a breakfast fit for a king with the produce provided by the owners, we were ready to explore! We visited some awesome places during our stay here all within easy reach…St Michael’s Mount an island rising majestically from the sea, topped by a castle, only accessible by foot along a causeway at low tide! The Eden Project and the adrenaline fuelled activities at Hangloose located at there, including one of the longest and fastest zip wires in the UK!
When we stepped outside the beauty of autumn was striking, I love the colours, the fallen leaves around the hut, it was as if they had been positioned there intentionally, so picturesque.
After a long day exploring finished off with amazing fish and chips in Looe, we collapsed back into the hut, lit the fire, I poured myself an Admirals Ale from the nearby St Austell brewery (established 1851!), for me…this was pretty close to perfection!
Classic Cottages were great, we received a pack in the post prior to travelling with the clear directions and instructions with contact details for the owners. The range of self catering cottages and glamping accommodation around the south west is really great. Whether you are looking for some adventure and fun with the family, a romantic cosy getaway, or something new and totally different, I would highly recommend them.
Mission complete…we had embraced some of the worst weather the UK has had for quite some time, it even added to the cosy feeling inside this cool shepherds hut. Our first experience glamping…for me it had most of the best bits of camping with none of the bad parts. It had that feeling of being close to nature tucked away in the countryside, it still felt like an adventure, however it was special, with thoughtful extra touches…luxurious adventure.
We are really excited about our upcoming trips to Dublin, Abergavenny, the Lake District, and Scotland, it’s going to be a fun filled few months!