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Barefoot Glamping Cornwall

UK England South West England Cornwall Fowey

  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
These deluxe, luxury bell tents are the apotheosis of glamping chic

Travel writing is littered with flowery prose about 'breathtaking coastal vistas', 'rural idyll's and... ahem... 'herbaceous hillside hideaways' (hand's up – we all do it!). But there are some places whose mere mention means the highfalutin hyperbole of showy scribes is not required. These settings sell themselves. And anyone with a basic grasp of south-west geography will know, the River Fowey needs little in the way of introduction. Scything through the county from its source at Bodmin Moor where it unfurls into the English Channel by way of the titular charming harbour town, Fowey and its river are the very essence of Cornwall. And with all the magic and romance that this part of the world inspires, it's important to find a campsite to match. Luckily, we know a place that fits the bill....

Barefoot Cornwall is the inaugural glamping offering from the team behind The Pop-Up Hotel. You might recognise these guys from their fixture on the UK festival circuit, catering to the A-list with their winning formula of glamping-meets-boutique hotel. Moving their operations to the decidedly more tranquil settings of Penquite Farm on the outskirts of riverside Golant village, Barefoot bring the same high-end glamping experience to one of the region's most spectacular locations. Home to a menagerie of friendly animals, this secluded farm hosts the Barefoot site on a terraced hillside beside a woodland clearing, gently sloping towards the banks of the Fowey estuary.        

The spacious spot hosts up to 30 pitches. On second thought, to call the Barefoot abodes 'pitches' is a bit like calling The Ritz 'a well-located B&B'. 'Canvas Palace' might be a more appropriate term. The Barefoot team prefer 'rooms'. Semantics aside, these deluxe, luxury bell tents are the utmost in glamping chic – bright, elegantly designed rooms, lovingly furnished with comfy sofas, tables and chairs, and proper beds with aero queen mattresses, all sat atop prisitine rug-strewn wooden floors. All are suited to camping couples, while the larger safari boasts an en suite, and the mammoth Junior Tenthouse Suite features two bedrooms separated by a central atrium. And while it's on the pricey side, the accommodation really is sterling for that amount of sterling.

It's a very slick operation to be sure but, despite the luxury, it always feels like a proper camping experience. The common pavilion has sofas and boardgames for guests to use, and the launch from the river bank means guests can kayak down to the estuary straight from camp. The site is off-grid too, so you won't be able to charge phones, laptops, nuclear reactors... but then that really does defeat the purpose of seeking out this secluded slice of the south-west – finding that all important head space.

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Custom built fresh water flushing eco toilets and showers in seperate wooden beach hut pods. All toiletries, linen and towels provided (except beach towels). BBQ hire available.

Suitable For

Just the glampers. Dogs – no.


Fowey is a charming harbour town boasting the best Cornwall has to offer. Follow the river's path for the famous Saints Way Walk. You needn't do the full 27-mile stretch to Padstow to savour the scenery, and the leisurely four mile Hall Walk trail to Bodinnick takes in some spectacular views of the estuary. Take to the water to really get a sense of perspective, with Encounter Cornwall (01726 832104) who offer 3-hour guided tours down the river. The nearest beach is Praa Sands (about 10 minutes drive away), but you'll find some equally lovely sandy stretches at Readymoney Cove and Polkerris. Surf junkies can hit the waves with Polzeath Beach-based Wavehunters (0870 242 2856). For something more sedate, lunchtime Lovejoys should head to nearby Lostwithiel, Cornwall's antique shop capital.

Food & Drink

The Fisherman's Arms (01726 832 453) is probably the nearest pub. It does a decent menu of pub grub staples and offers fantastic views of the river from its terrace. Fowey has more than enough fine establishments to merit a worthy pub crawl. The Galleon Inn (01726 833 014) and The Lugger Inn (01726 833 435) are two of the better ones. Round off your walk to Boddinnick with a well-deserved pint at the historic Old Ferry Inn (01726 870 237), a 13th-century watering hole with picturesque views overlooking the estuary. If you're treating yourself to an evening meal out, try The Bistro (01726 832 322) and Q (01726 833 302) for delicious locally-sourced dining with views. Or for the ultimate of summer experiences, hire the Fowey Picnic Boat (078910 49536) for a lazy lunch aboard a 1930s wooden motor launch.

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Barefoot, Cornwall

Barefoot, Cornwall is luxurious glamping, the perfect way to enjoy your camping. A lovely setting near the sea, the only place I long to be. Romantic or family, - it's ideal for all, waking up to the seagulls call.  Fresh air, green grass, - what more can I say, Barefoot's the perfect holiday.

Jun 9, 2015 by Maralyn.s

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