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Higher Culloden Farm

UK England South West England Cornwall Tintagel

Higher Culloden Farm, College Road, Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9TL

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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★★★★★

An amazing farm

We had a 4 day trip in mid October with 2 adults and a 3yo staying at the farm and first time on a glamping holiday. I was initially unsure what to expect but my mind was swiftly put to rest when the hosts Mark and Vanessa talked us through where everything was in our pod and the local amenities on the farm. Each morning started with animal feeding which my son loved. There’s so much for kids to do with a large play area, fields to ride or kick a ball around, a stream to paddle and the mud kitchen (the latter we never got time to play with much to my sons disgust) so we wished we had a longer trip! The local village has shops and a choice of takeaways amongst a variety of others which is perfect to get food in or when you don’t want to cook (you’re on holiday after all)! The local area has lots of things to explore and do. The farm is perfect for kids but is also great for adults who wish to relax by the campfire watching the stars for example or in the barn on the sofas. Nothing is too much trouble for Mark and Vanessa and they go out their way to ensure your time with them is the best it can be. We WILL be back as this non-glamper has been converted as the 3 of us loved it.
Oct 21, 2018 by Chris Phipps

Response from Higher Culloden Farm

It was lovely to have you stay here on the farm Chris, thank you for the lovely review. Looking forward to seeing you again next year
★★★★★

Think a storm can ruin a glamping weekend? Think again...

So the weather wasn’t the best for a glamping break in Cornwall, and we even questioned our sanity as we headed down to the farm fighting the early stages of a storm. But, we are so pleased we followed through with our plans and we had one of, if not the best, family weekend away so far. Our Pod was surprisingly spacious and had plenty of space for storage. The beds were really comfy and we all slept well, even though the wind and rain was raging outside. Inside it was quiet and warm and the blackout curtains kept it nice and dark until we were ready to wake. Not that we slept too late, we didn’t want to miss the chance to help feed the animals with the owners and their family. We were handsomely rewarded with tea and toast, hot chocolate for our little one, but over and above that the experience itself was more than reward enough. From making friends with the baby chicks, chickens and ducks to meeting the sheep and feeding them by hand, we loved every minute. The “rainy day barn” was put to good use and was a great place to kick back and relax with a few drinks, plan the day ahead or just chill out with some games or arts and crafts. The private bathroom is well equipped and nice and clean, plus the shower is awesome and set to a perfect temperature. The kitchen is also well equipped with a kettle, fridge, toaster, microwave and a sink. For us, this helped remove so many of the stresses normally associated with camping or glamping as a family. There were even lockers for charging your mobile phone. If we had forgotten anything or wanted to bring less with us, the owners had thought of everything and had a plenty of supplies to borrow, hire or buy all at a very reasonable price. The local produce is definitely worth sampling. All in all, a fantastic break with genuinely warm, friendly and thoughtful owners who go the extra mile to make sure your stay is a great experience, tailored to your wants and needs. We are already planning a return next year. Don’t take my word for it, go try it yourself. You won’t regret it.
Oct 15, 2018 by Steve Aylwin

Response from Higher Culloden Farm

Thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to host for your family and group. We’re really looking forward to seeing you all again soon. 
★★★★★

Converted!

Before I get into this review, let me make it clear that my wife and I are not campers, glampers or indeed caravaners; our self-catering stays involve small bungalows or barn conversions with en suite and central heating. So it was with much curiosity that we accepted Vanessa and Mark’s challenge to stay the weekend in one of the four pods at Higher Culloden Farm in Camelford. Now we love staying in Cornwall, particularly the north coast, but the cost of aforementioned self-catering bungalows tends to rule out a long weekend, which is where the invitation from Vanessa piqued our interest: could their pods provide a level of comfort that might make a weekend in Cornwall affordable? Higher Culloden Farm is at the end of a short lane just off the main road through Camelford. As a result, when you stay at the farm you get the best of both worlds - plenty of local amenities (supermarkets, pubs and takeaways) right on your doorstep but with the relaxing feeling of being miles from anywhere. When you arrive, the short drive around the farm to the parking spaces gives you an ideal opportunity to get your bearings, as you head past the chicken coops, communal barn and shower/kitchen block. But don’t worry if you can’t take it all in, as Vanessa and Mark are on hand to give you a cheery welcome and a quick tour of the amenities before unloading your baggage into the trolley and taking you to your individual pod. We had two concerns heading down to our glamping experience: the comfort of the pods and the shared amenities. In both cases we had nothing to worry about. The pod we stayed in was called Sweet Pea and it was TARDIS-like inside! From the beautiful and spacious decked area outside, you entered the pod into a large reception area, with two benches down each side that doubled as single beds and had ample of storage underneath. At the far end, through a little archway, the dining area where the real magic in this cosy little pod happens. Initially a table flanked by two large benches that comfortably seats four, a simple process of unlatching of bolts, folding of table legs and rearranging of cushions and hey presto! a king sized bed that was surprisingly roomy and comfortable to sleep on. And whilst there is no stove to heat the pods, we actually found it lovely and warm, despite the plummeting autumn temperatures each night. The trick, Mark told us, was the extra thick insulation inside the walls that not only keeps the heat in at night, but had helped keep the pods cool during our exceptional summer this year. So the pods were a success, but how about the amenities? Well, there are four pods currently, with plans for a fifth next year, and a short trek from the field is the kitchen and shower block. And here was the next surprise: each pod has a key to its own, lockable wet room, with toilet, sink and shower that pumped out beautifully hot water. So we were able to dump our towels and wash bags in our own wet room and not traipse them across the field morning and night. Certainly nothing like the camping experiences I’d remembered from childhood! The farm itself is delightful with Mark and Vanessa wonderfully inclusive hosts, inviting children and adults alike to join them on their daily rounds, feeding ducks, chickens and sheep each morning and extending a warm welcome at night in the barn or outside around the fire pit, roasting marshmallows and enjoying the night skies devoid of light pollution. Children are excellently catered for, with football, sandpit, mud kitchen and toys aplenty, whilst parents can watch from a distance at one of the many trestle tables or their spacious pod decking area. And for those who prefer to explore, there is the private stream and island at the bottom of the farm, short walks into and around Camelford, or the beauty of the north Cornwall coast and surrounding countryside. We took the opportunity to walk from Trebarwith Strand to the mighty Tintagel (believed to be home to King Arthur’s castle) on a warm autumnal day, stopping at Boscastle on the way back to the farm. Glamping wasn’t our thing, but the experience we enjoyed at Higher Culloden Farm certainly changed our minds!
Oct 15, 2018 by Barry Gray

Response from Higher Culloden Farm

Thank you for the great review Barry, we’re looking forward to seeing you all again soon. 
★★★★★

Glamping at it's best

Higher Culloden Farm is an amazing place, with everything you could possibly need. Fantastic place, fantastic hosts, nothing is too much trouble. Ideal for families, lots for the children to do. Your own lockable spacious wet room, loads of storage space in the comfy pods and the children even get to feed the animals. A short riverside walk into Camelford with supermarket, pubs, a fantastic chip shop and a brilliant playground. A great time was had by all, we will be back 😁
Oct 2, 2018 by Sandra

Response from Higher Culloden Farm

What a lovely review, thank you Sandra. We're looking forward to seeing you and the boys again next summer
★★★★★

Luxury glamping in beautiful setting

We couldn't of had a better break, Mark and Vanessa made us feel so welcome. Gorgeous, clean pods and facilities but we particularly loved the sense of freedom for the children. They ran free from dawn til dusk (and way beyond) feeding the animals and we felt relaxed and laughed the whole time. Would whole heartedly recommend.
Oct 2, 2018 by Sammie

Response from Higher Culloden Farm

Thank you for your lovely review. It was really great to have you here at the farm and we're looking forward to seeing you all again soon 
★★★★★

Peaceful, relaxed, kids can run wild!!

We only live up the road from Higher Culloden but after seeing the amazing pictures and hearing about how fab the pods were we had to pay a visit. The farm is fantastic, the children loved feeding the animals in the mornings and were able to run around and play to their hearts content, while the parents could relax knowing the children were safe and happy. The pods themselves are so cosy and comfy. The shared kitchen is well equipped and the individual bathrooms are spacious. We loved the walk down to the river where a stone skimming competition took place! To finish off a lovely day, we all gathered around the fire pit and toasted marshmallows and did some star gazing. This is a truly magical place and we can’t wait to stay again.
Oct 2, 2018 by Lauren

Response from Higher Culloden Farm

Thank you for your kind words and great review. We loved having you all to stay and can't wait for you to come back soon

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