Higher Culloden Farm

UK England South West England Cornwall Tintagel

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Games room
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Cosy, convenient, camping pods, perfectly sandwiched between Bodmin Moor and the North Cornish Coast

It’s a tough call but we’d say that mornings are our favourite time at Higher Culloden Farm. The rising sun warms the camping pods and a countdown to feeding time begins. Rabbits, chickens, ducks, pigs and alpacas are waiting to bid you good morning and little hands can help give them breakfast. There’s the promise of a day on the beach, exploring the farm or visiting Tintagel Castle. And then, in the evening after all that adventure: the campfire crackles, marshmallows are toasted and stars start to twinkle above you. Did we say mornings were best? The only thing to rival them here is the rest of the day.

Higher Culloden Farm is perfectly sandwiched between the North Cornish Coast and Bodmin Moor, on the eastern edge of pretty and popular Camelford. The farm, a smallholding really, marks the start of the Cornish countryside, where the town peters out and the edge of the moor grows near. The location, within a few miles of so many Cornish treasures, may be what draws you here but it’ll be the charm of the farm that wins you over. There are 15 acres to explore and while the kids’ play area, with its sandpit and slides, is a blessing, it’s the wilder spaces and Enid Blyton-style adventure that give the best memories. There are streams to splash in, fields to stomp round and secret hidey-holes to discover. Just don’t forget the wellies.

This place is not just for young families but it certainly suits them well. Each of the five insulated pods is designed to sleep up to two adults in a double and two small children on the bench beds with room for a travel cot. They are a cosy and convenient alternative to camping, without the glitzy chandeliers and steamy hot tubs of full-blown luxury glamping. Bathrooms (a shower, toilet and basin in each) are across the field, but not far, and allocated one-per-pod so you can leave toothbrushes and shower gel in situ for your stay. Equally convenient is the shared kitchen cabin; great for meals in a hurry. But, when time allows, campfire chefs might prefer the campfire cooking spot with grills, Dutch oven, roasting pan and a nearby canvas-covered dining shelter.

If that’s all too much and you want to eat out, the pub is but a five-minute walk down the lane. The walk into town is one most visitors take on but there are proper hikes too. Rough Tor and around Bodmin Moor among them. For many, no doubt, it’s the beaches, bluffs and seaside towns of the North Cornwall coast that are the main attraction. Tintagel, with its castle, Daymer and Widemouth Bays, Port Isaac, Boscastle and Rock are all within easy reach, while Trebarwith Strand, five miles away, is the closest of the lot.

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Facilities

A great site for those with young children who love camping but just don't have enough room in the car for a tent any more, let alone the energy to put one up when they arrive!

Each of the five off-grid insulated pods are the same simple layout internally – a large dining table and seats which convert into a double bed (bring your own bedding), two bench seats which become children's beds with optional bumper barrier (5ft 6in long so suitable up to about 13 years), and plenty of storage. The pods are insulated and double glazed, with blackout curtains, two rechargeable internal touch lights, a second smaller fold-out table and plenty of handy hooks to use. There is free WiFi across the field and excellent 4G signal on site, which is more than can be said for a lot of Cornwall!

A few steps away, the facilities block has five bathrooms and two kitchenettes. Each pod's private bathroom has a push button shower with unlimited hot water, clothes hooks, a small bench, toilet and sink. The kitchenettes have a washing up sink, kettle, microwave, toaster, fridge and cupboard space. Please note there is no hob or oven, although cooking packs with gas stoves can be hired if you don't have your own. There are also charging lockers here where you can charge any devices safely.

In the pod field, our cookout canopy is the place to enjoy outdoor cooking with family and friends. You'll find the cooking firepit surrounded by two Cornish-made timber and canvas structures under which to enjoy the evening. There are also barbecues to use if you prefer to cook nearer your pod.

The children's play area boasts a huge 8x2m sandpit, mud kitchen, swings and slides and there's a play field at the top of the pod field with football goals for games.

The field in front of the pods offers the best stargazing (we're in a designated Dark Skies area) at the campfire area where you can sit round, toast marshmallows and while away the evening. And if the weather takes a turn for the worst, there's a large campers' barn with seating, tables, and games to play with.

Buy eggs, firewood and basic supplies from the Tack Room or pre-order a large selection of extras such as breakfast packs, camping and cooking packs for your arrival, or even a visit from our wonderful local massage therapists... just ask for more info.

Suitable For

Great for families and couples, and groups of friends and families. Oh and walkers, surfers, cyclists, stargazers, animal lovers, adrenalin junkies, nature lovers, foodies, cosy pub wanderers and book worms.

Friends and family groups welcome (hen and stag dos by prior arrangement only).

The pods each sleep up to two adults and two children (up to about 12/13 years as kids' beds are 5'6" long), plus one infant in a travel cot.

Glamping only. No tents or campervans permitted. 

Sorry NO PETS. Only guide and medical assistance dogs allowed due to the livestock, and chickens running around.

Accessibility: There is a step onto the decking, another step to the door area and a large door lip to get in. Internally there are no steps. There are no surfaced paths and the pods are away from the facilities and car park but in the same field. Consequently the site is not currently suitable for full-time wheelchair users. There is no power to the pods. Internally, the furniture is fixed in place apart from the double bed platform which turns into a table top, and the finish is plain timber slats. The smell of wood can be quite strong inside. As the pods are insulated and double glazed, it can be very quiet. The owners can use basic Makaton.

Nearby

It's a pleasant five-minute walk into Camelford, which has the essential shops and things you'll need, plus a large play area set alongside the River Camel.

The closest beach is Trebarwith Strand (5½ miles; 15-minute drive), which is best visited an hour either side of low tide and popular with surfers, while other top spots like Polzeath, Daymer Bay, Widemouth Bay and Summerleaze beach in Bude are all eminently reachable. Spend the day surfing at Polzeath, or take the walk across the coastline to Daymer Bay then Rock, where you can get the short ferry ride over to Padstow for some lunch.

Ancient Tintagel Castle (though not so much a castle any more), with its links to King Arthur and Merlin, is well worth a visit and the village is lovely to wander around.

Unlock Cornwall's dark history at Bodmin Jail which reopened in 2020 after an £8m refurb and completely new exhibition. But be warned, it's not one for small children!

Inland, visiting Bodmin Moor is also a must. We are just a few miles from Roughtor (pronounced r-ow-tor), the second largest peak on the moor and the most exuberant hikers can even walk there directly from the farm. You get the most stunning views across the moor and beyond.

If you like cycling, then you can't visit in the Camel Valley without pedalling the Camel Trail. Pick up the trail at Bodmin and follow it all the way to Padstow. If you don't have bikes of your own, then there are hire centres along the way (there are several in Wadebridge). The Wadebridge to Padstow route is the flattest section, making it very popular with families.

Lakefield Equestion has excellent riding facilities and friendly teachers if you'd like to meet some ponies and learn to ride or hack out.

Port Isaac (where they film Doc Martin) is 20 mins away and a great place to pick up some fresh crab or lobster. You might even be lucky enough to catch the Fishermen's Friends singing at the harbour of an evening. Padstow is 35 mins away and the place to go for some of the best food in Cornwall. And if it's English wines you'd like to learn more about, visit the Camel Valley Vineyard near Bodmin.

We really could go on...

Food & Drink

Walk five minutes to the end of the lane and you arrive into the heart of Camelford, where there's plenty of choice. The Masons Arms (01840 213309) is the local pub with a fab beer garden and good food (including delivery), while award-winning Peckish Fish & Chips (01840 213587 or use the app) is right at the bottom of the lane. NomNoms, an American style diner has both dine in and takeaway options. There is also Hong Kong Island Chinese takeaway (01840 213848) and Mexi-Kernow (07984 472659). The Cornish Maids Pasty Shop (01840 212749) is worth popping into for the compulsory Cornish speciality during your holiday.

If you prefer to stock up and cook on site, there's lots of local produce available at the butchers (Steve Heard) and Hilltop Farm Shop just 5 minute drive up the road, or Boscastle Farm Shop and Cafe about 15 mins drive away. Our local fishmonger, Dennis, in Port Isaac delivers to Camelford on Wednesdays so can bring the day's catch fresh to your pod as does Just Shellfish who deliver crab and lobster here on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Co-op and Spar are also in town and Londis at the petrol station, which sells gas cannisters should you run out.

Further afield there are eight Michelin-recommended restaurants all within 30 minutes of Camelford including the St Tudy Inn just ten minutes away by car and two Michelin star restaurants in Port Isaac; Outlaw's New Road and Outlaw's Fish Kitchen, there's also the famous Mariners in Rock and a bevvy of choice in Padstow.

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The Owner Says

Nestled between the rugged North Cornish coast and ancient Bodmin Moor is our smallholding with five off grid camping pods with private bathrooms. Make precious family memories in the great outdoors and reconnect with nature – help feed the alpacas, chickens and other animals in the morning, then spend the day exploring our 15 acres or head out and discover gems such as Tintagel Castle, Port Isaac, Polzeath Beach, Widemouth Bay or Rock all within 30 minutes drive, and Padstow another five. On your return, cook round the large fire pit or stargaze in the campfire field or book a well-earned massage in your pod with our local therapists. What's more, it's just five minutes' walk into town and to the pub where you can let someone else do the cooking!

Social Distancing Measures

Pods are well spaced with their own grass area and picnic bench. One household per pod.
Hand sanitiser, NHS-grade detergent and kitchen roll is supplied plentifully for your use.
Each pod has its own private bathroom in the facilities block, the key for which is with the pod key.
Only one person/household permitted in the kitchenettes at any one time.
Staff will not enter your pod or bathroom during your stay.
Facilities are thoroughly cleaned and sanitised between guests.
We may need to restrict numbers at animal feeding depending on number of children on site. If so, we will operate a sign up syste.
We open and operate according to coronavirus rules at the time. For up to date information, please enquire on site or call 07736461846.

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Accommodation

Four glamping pods, each sleeping up to four people (two adults and two children).

Pod

Pod Sleeps 4 6 Available
Off grid family camping cabin that sleeps 2 to 4(+1). Custom-built with double glazing and insulation. Dining table and seating converts to a king size double bed, plus living area with benches that become child beds. Plenty of storage and large decked area to the front.

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Location

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

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Getting There

Higher Culloden Farm is easily accessed from the A39 (the North Atlantic Highway that runs across the north of Cornwall) through Camelford. Opposite the main town car park, and between Peckish Fish & Chips shop and the bridge over the river, is College Road. The farm is at the end of this lane and easy to spot.

Buses run to Camelford, with good access out to local towns and the larger towns within Cornwall (Bodmin, Wadebridge, Bude and Newquay among them). It's a five-minute walk from the bus stop to Higher Culloden Farm. The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway 14 miles away.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 8 reviews

★★★★★

Amazing!

We had the best time staying in Pickwick pod at Higher Culloden farm.We stayed for a weekend with 7 years old and 22 months old and we can't fault it. Beautiful location, super cool accommodation so much to do on site whatever weather and there is so much to discover in this beautiful part of Cornwall. We got to meet and feed animals, both India and Spencer where lovely you can see how much passion they have for what they do and nothing is too much trouble! We will be back.

Response from Higher Culloden Farm

Thank you so much for your lovely review Katarina. We’re so pleased you all enjoyed your stay. Would be great to see you here again. Best wishes, India 
★★★★★

A great weekend escape

Our trip to Higher Culloden Farm was a fantastic weekend escape which will not be forgotten any time soon. The owners Spence and India were very friendly and always available from the time we arrived till the time we left. The Farm itself feels very private and isolated despite being only a short walk or drive into Camelford, which was perfect for a quick trip to the shops for anything we forgot. The Pods were very clean and modern, the private bathroom was the same. There are wood fire ovens available for hire and a big communal fire pit where we socialised with other campers. Kids will never run out of things to do with a play ground, sandpit and lots of bikes and toys available. We were particularly interested in the animal feeding and went both days giving us and our son a chance to meet and touch all the animals including Alpaccas and pigs. The location was perfect as a base to see local sights including Tintagel Castle We will definitely be back again for another trip and will get to say good bye this time.

Response from Higher Culloden Farm

What a lovely review! Thank you so much Lachlan, it was lovely having you and your family stay with us. Hope to see you again soon. – India
★★★★★

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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