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Cosy, convenient, camping pods in the Camel Valley, perfectly sandwiched between Bodmin Moor and the coast.

In the Camel Valley, near the cycle-friendly Camel Trail is the pleasant town of Camelford, where the old town hall is topped by a golden camel weather vane. Alas, the place actually has nothing to do with camels and is better known as a popular holiday base on North Cornwall’s Atlantic Way but climb up the valley-side to Higher Culloden Farm and you’ll find the next best thing: an array of farm animals that happily need feeding – ducks, chickens, rabbits and bouncy springtime lambs.

On the eastern edge of Camelford, where the town peters out and the edge of Bodmin Moor grows near, Higher Culloden Farm has had its place for generations but it’s only recently the farm has begun welcoming year-round glampers. Their handful of insulated pods are a cosy alternative to camping, without the glitzy chandeliers and steamy hot tubs of a full-blown luxury glamping experience but offering a thoroughly convenient stay none the less. Inside, a table and dining area converts into a king-sized bed at night, while padded daytime sofas turn into narrow single beds that are great for kids. If you don’t fancy bringing your own sleeping bags you can even hire duvets, bed linen, lanterns and more for maximum comfort, while private shower rooms for each hut and two shared kitchens provide everything else you need.

The farm itself is a joy to explore and real thought has gone into the guest experience. The children’s play area is right next to the pod field – so you can easily keep an eye on them – with a slide, some swings, a tipi and a large sand pit to play in, while an indoor barn space with games and puzzles is ideal for rainy days. Complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and toast is provided for little (and big) helpers who lend a hand feeding the animals and you can pick your own veg from the poly-tunnel vegetable garden.

By day, chill out by the farm’s secluded stream or roll up your trousers and hop across to visit ‘Cow Island’, the best place for magical lunchtime picnic with the kids. For keen walkers, Bodmin Moor is just a couple of miles away (for the very keenest you can even hike straight from the farm), with Rough Tor the most easily accessible good walk. The highest point in Cornwall, Brown Willy, can also be reached and makes for an excellent, view-tastic loop if you cover both hills in one go. For many, no doubt, it’s the beaches, bluffs and seaside towns of the North Cornwall coast that make up the main attraction. Tintagel, Daymer Bay, Port Isaac, Boscastle, Rock and Widemouth Bay are all within easy reach, while National Trust-owned Trebarwith Strand (five miles away) is the closest of the lot. Arrive at low tide when the golden sands extend almost a mile deep towards the sea and a number of caves can be explored.

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The Owner Says

Higher Culloden Farm is situated close to the North Cornish coast and has four spacious glamping cabins available.

The glamping cabins/pods have been hand built on the farm and can each sleep up to 4 people (best suited to 2 adults and 2 children). They have all been built with double insulation meaning they stay cool in the summer months, and warm in the cooler months. They feature a family size dining table with seats in the back room which convert to a double bed for the night (king size). The front room has two long benches which become single beds at night. There is plenty of under seat storage plus hooks and lots of shelving. Every cabin has a private deck to the front of the french doors.

Each cabin has access to their own private shower room with walk-in shower, toilet, sink, mirror and hooks for clothes/towels. The shower room is lockable from the inside and outside.

There are two shared kitchens, each with refrigerator, microwave, toaster, kettle, sinks (hot/cold water) and storage.

We like to promote a back to nature experience so you won't find electricity in the cabins/pods, however we realise guests like to stay connected at times so we provide free WIFI and there are device charging lockers in each of the kitchens (available to hire for a small fee).

The farm is located in the historic town of Camelford and is set amongst the beautiful Cornish countryside whilst being a few minutes walk away from the town.

Guests are invited to help with the daily routine to feed the farm animals. Free tea/coffee/hot chocolate and toast is provided for farm helpers afterwards.

There is plenty to do on the farm for children and adults. The large play area is very popular with children as is the mud kitchen. An indoor barn provides shelter when needed and you will find the arts/crafts tables here plus the table football/pool table/air hockey games.

Occasionally we look for helpers to pick some fruit and veg from the large homegrown veg patch and poly tunnels.

The farm has a private stream that runs through the valley and there is a large secluded picnic area available for guests.

Spend your evenings cooking by your BBQ or sitting around the large communal fire pit toasting marshmallows and watching the stars.

We appreciate that some guests don't always have camping gear, so luckily we have plenty available to hire from our farm shop. For example, guests can hire linen, lanterns, cooking packs etc if required and buy some basic food items too.

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