Trecombe Lakes, Nr Constantine, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 5JW
Opened in 2013, Trecombe Lakes is one of Cornwall's loveliest glampsites. Secreted in a tranquil waterside spot near the charming village of Constantine, this idyllic setting is perfect for a hassle-free Cornish break.
The six pods which comprise the glamping lodgings are perfect for reluctant tent campers. Somehow managing to be both cosy and airy, the fully insulated pods are kitted out with comfy beds (one double and a couple of singles) and linen so all you need do is bring yourself and an appetite for exploring this magical corner of south-west England. There's even a cute little kitchenette so you can cook up a storm using some of the fine Cornish produce on offer (be sure to ask about their special breakfast hampers) and an en-suite toilet and shower room inside each pod.
Kids will love exploring the nine acres of woodland and the play area with climbing wall, treehouse, nets and rope swings. The centrepiece of the site though is the eponymous lake (conscientiously fenced off from the play area). Should you tire of the innumerable places to visit offsite (including the path of the nearby Helford River), jump in one of the complimentary rowing boats for a peaceful paddle on the water, before lounging back on your decking with a beer and a barbie on the go. Pure bliss.
The Owner Says
Trecombe Lakes is just five miles from the historic and vibrant town of Falmouth with its stunning beaches, quirky shops and great restaurants. Close by is the beautiful Helford river boasting ancient woodlands, hidden beaches, quaint pubs and the renowned valley gardens of Glendurgan and Trebah. Further afield are St Michael's Mount, The Eden Project and the surfing beaches of the North Coast.
Trecombe Lakes is a unique place to stay and ideally positioned to explore all of the great things that Cornwall has to offer.
Pod living Scandi-cool style
I came across Trecombe Lakes after a lot of looking around online for accommodation near Helston, but I'm so glad I kept searching. I've been camping before, and to very civilised mobile homes in France with our 5 year old in previous years, but with a 5 month old now in tow my main concerns were cold/damp, and not being in a position to want to 'rough it'.
As it happened, we arrived at 23.30 after a long drive from Lancashire to be greeted by driving rain and wildly gusting wind. The arrangement with the key being available in a small safe by the front door was excellent, and I and the two children were soon inside. We were greeted by a scandi-style cool interior; funky, warm and cosy (do all the pods have a duvet pattern to match their animal name?), and the 5 year old loved her first experience of a beanbag. Despite the weather, we didn't need the heater on at all, and we felt completely cocooned from the weather.
We'd arranged a travel cot, but our baby daughter preferred to tuck in beside me under the very snuggly duvet; and who could blame her. If anything, we were too warm; I hope there's something lighter weight in the summer! We really appreciated the attention to detail, from the fridge, kettle , toaster, and even a heated towel rail in the bathroom to the complimentary tea and coffee and right down to a tea towel and washing up equipment. Not everywhere provides all this, and it was great.
The next day my partner and older daughter did a bit of exploring around the lake and play area. It was a shame the conditions weren't fit to try out the boats, but she scrambled around on the adventure play area. This is definitely aimed more at older children, and I think pre-schoolers would struggle, so adding something for them e.g. smaller swings, ladder and slide would be a nice touch.
From the point of view of a young family, especially travelling with a baby, I'd like to have had use of a microwave. Personally I've come to rely on one for sterilising bottles and warming baby food, and while there is cold water sterilising and you could use a pan of water to heat food, everything else at Trecombe is done to such a high standard it seems a shame to have to struggle. Also, as a contact lens wearer, please could the mirror in the bathroom be nearer the washbasin? Walking across the bathroom semi-blind while balancing a slippery contact lens on your finger is asking for trouble!
Altogether, it was a fantastic experience and the only downside was that we just had 2 nights. We'll be back for a longer stay though - if we can get in, as this place deserves to be booked solid!