East Thorne Glamping

UK England South West England Cornwall Bude

  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
Stress-free family yurt glamping, just a 10-minute drive from the stunning, wild coastline at Bude

On the northern reaches of Bude, away from the bucket and spade brigades, beachside cafés and gangs of wannabe surfers, awaits a wilder, more desolate coastline; its crags and coves stretching to where Cornwall meets Devon. At the start of this territory lies Duckpool, a rugged little beach where the Atlantic swell pounds smooth, wave-hewn rocks. There are no trappings except for an ice cream van on the sunniest days, and if you strike out along the coast path you may only pass a few hardy walkers between here and the Hawker’s Hut perched on the cliffs at Morwenstow.

East Thorne, a 10-minute drive inland, is nothing like this wild coastline. But, after a day immersed in raw and desolate scenery, it can be comforting to return to modern conveniences and the company of fellow campers. For camping here is not about surviving in the wilderness or playing boy scouts. In this neat little community of nine yurts, where glamping, not camping, is the buzz-word, you can sip wine on the decking and watch children run around on the car-free green. If you remembered to leave a message on your chalkboard a fresh basket of wood will be ready to throw on the wood-burner, and you can even order a gourmet hamper ready for tea-time.

Each of the yurts comes pre-furnished with everything you could possibly need for your stay. Don't worry about bedding, pots, pans, lamps and cool-boxes. Instead, you can fill the car to breaking point with buckets and spades and spend your days building castle villages on the nearby beaches. Up to six people can be accommodated inside each Mongolian-style structure, with wooden double beds, sofas and soft furnishings. On the deck outside there is also a separate kitchen cabin with gas hobs and a BBQ.

For those who want to go the extra mile, an eleventh structure has more robust wooden walls and an altogether more cottage-like feel. The Roundhouse, added in 2017, is still designed with nods to the traditional yurt structure – a central, 'crown' window in the ceiling, a wood-burning stove and, of course, the circular layout – but expect the very highest levels of luxury. Wooden floors extend from your king-sized bed, armchair and coffee machine, right through to plush en-suite bathroom, while, a few steps away outside, there's a hip kitchen cabin and your very own private hot tub.

In all, the resulting site is a family-orientated yurt haven in a quiet slice of Cornwall, with a serious dose of luxury to boot. There's enough space in the meadows that every yurt has its own distinct, private spot, while covered dining areas and grassy space for ball games still allows for a sociable atmosphere. Children leave with grass stains on their knees and the smell of campfire smoke in their jumpers. You wouldn't want it any other way.

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Facilities

Yurts are kitted out with handmade furniture, double beds, futons, electricity, decking and an outdoor kitchen (fridge, BBQ and gas stove). The roundhouse has a king-sized bed, hardwood floors, an armchair, wood-burning stove, coffee machine, dining table and chairs and an en-suite bathroom, plus, outside, a kitchen cabin with fridge, sink, gas stove, BBQ and outdoor furniture and a private hot tub. Excellent shared facilities for the yurts, with showers, loos (2M, 2F), hairdryers, plug sockets, washing up area and a games room with pool table and board games. Pizza oven for use. Internet and WiFi available. Sheep and chickens on-site. Campfires are allowed in the firepits provided.

Suitable For

Glampers only. Groups – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – no.

Nearby

East Thorne can organise all sorts of activities from coasteering and kayaking to high ropes. Try surfing at Sandymouth Beach (07870 472448), about 10-minutes’ drive away, or take on one of the toughest sections of the South West Coast Path between Bude and Hartland Quay. Bude’s stunning Summerleaze, Crooklets and Widemouth beaches are popular for trying your hand at further surfing or simply building sand castles with the kids. A string of cool waterfront cafés and amusement arcades will also keep you busy once you tire of the beach.

Food & Drink

Get fresh eggs from the chickens, order hampers crammed with Cornish produce (from £15) or get classic pub grub and Sunday carverys at the The Tree Inn, Stratton (01288 352038). To maximise your options head into Bude, where there are ample cafés and restaurants

Opening Times

April–October.

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The Owner Says

Experience the great outdoors without forgoing life's finer things! You can now come clamping in beautful Cornwall in both comfort and style, staying in one of our seasonal luxury yurts: handmade beds, log burning stoves, individual undercover alfresco kitchens, stylish bathroom area and roaring campfires or try our beautiful new en-suite Roundhouse with hot tub.

East Thorne isn’t just a place to stay, it’s an experience. Our yurt retreat in Cornwall offers comfortable and convenient accommodation and facilities, beautiful surroundings, and (last but not least!) plenty to keep the kids happy like the adventure playground,games room, our array of farm animals and plenty of green space to run and explore.

At the heart of East Thorne are our 9 luxury yurts in Cornwall. Sustainably sourced from Mongolia,with a modern British twist. Our yurts are wooden framed with felt lining, covered with a waterproof canvas suitable for the British climate. So at East Thorne we may not be able to guarantee the weather (although Cornwall does get.

Our uber-glamping en suite Roundhouse with hot tub offers an exclusive experience for couples to enjoy all year round! So many of our guest tell us about how great it feels to sleep in the round space that our yurts offer so we stepped it up creating a get away in our most stylish accommodation.

Accommodation

9 fully furnished yurts (sleeping up to 6 each) and an über luxurious roundhouse (sleeps 2).

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Location

Contact East Thorne Glamping, Kilkhampton, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9RY

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Getting There

From the A39 take the B3254 towards Holsworthy and East Thorne is after the first sharp bend on the right. From Exeter take a bus to Bude and there’s a stop on the A39, just a 5-minute walk from the site.

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★★★★★

Fabulous yurt experience

We stayed in a yurt for four nights and it was absolutely brilliant. Fabulous structure which was so spacious. Very comfortable bed and the futon was great for our 10 year old son. Handy table and chairs inside to play games on when it was raining. The wood burner made for a very cosy evening and kept us warm enough all night. At no point were we ever cold. The outdoor kitchen was well appointed with three gas burner and small fridge. We had been travelling before hand so had our coolbox which was a handy overflow. Shower block and toilet blocks very modern and clean. Washing machine and tumble dryer if you need them. So much thought has been put into the whole package. Children's playground, table tennis, basket ball, volley ball, plenty of space for football or cricket (the night cricket with the light up cricket ball was a sight to behold!) a barn with heat lamps and bbq if the weather is too inclement for you to cook and sit at your yurt which then makes a really nice social space with the huge table to mix with other visitors. Animals - goats, chickens, tortoise, zebra finches which you can help feed if you like. Adam, Naomi and Brie were the Nanny McPhee team of glamping. They were always there if you needed them and provided everything you would want for glamping. Not intrusive at all, but happy to sit around the firepit and chat, play cricket, introduce their family etc. Cannot compliment East Thorne highly enough, and we look forward very much to our next visit.
Aug 15, 2019 by Lucy Ramsbottom
★★★★★

Fantastic place

We had an absolutely fantastic Easter weekend here. We were so warmly welcomed, and we could see all the meticulous care that was put into making our stay as comfortable and lovely as possible. I just love the ethos of the place - fresh, organic eggs and coffee and a swapping station for required supplies available at reception, tasteful decorations in the yurt, bathroom and elsewhere, and more. The hosts had even thoughtfully placed us in the yurt closest to the play park, which our children absolutely loved. This was our first time in Cornwall, and I have to say, I am in love with it. A huge thank you to everyone at East Thorne Glamping!
Apr 23, 2019 by K R Castle
★★★★★

Real luxury in the great outdoors

I was lucky enough to stay at East Thorne for a long weekend in May 2014, with my two boys (14 and 7). The word glamping is over-used but at East Thorne, every comfort has been considered. I highly recommend a stay here. The yurts are fantastic, well-equipped and cosy. I had a comfy proper bed, while the boys loved their futons. You can BBQ and eat al fresco, or use the gas hobs in the covered area and eat at the table inside the yurt, so you're covered rain or shine. The toilets and showers are immaculate - the same standard as a quality hotel. The Blacks have created a great vibe, and are friendly and approachable, while not intruding. Every night a communal bonfire is lit, and the boys also loved the wood-burner in our yurt. Tintagel and some lovely beaches are close by. I would definitely come back again - and this would be my preferred place to stay in Cornwall.

Sep 2, 2014 by Debbie M
★★★★★

Glamping glee

Three children aged 4, 3 and 15 months and two delighted parents have just spent a wonderful week in a beautiful yurt, furnished with love and an attention to all the details to make our life easy. It was big, comfy, snug and fun, and amazingly convenient (even when it is pouring with rain). There are no cars on site, the children could run around freely enjoying the play area with their newly made friends, and we enjoyed some more civilised adult time around the campfire in the evenings.
Our hosts, Naomi and Adam, clearly love what they are doing and it felt like being part of the family with them joining us around the campfire and giving plenty of helpful advice, letting the children come and feed the sheep or hunt for the eggs.
There is a big sandy beach, Sandymouth, 2 miles down the road. We loved Tintagel, 40 minutes drive, and the Otter Sanctuary where we fed the deer.

Aug 9, 2013 by Maroussia

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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