Let’s face it. Holidays in Cornwall are all about the coast. From walking the South West Coast Path, to spending days surfing, sandcastle building and sunbathing on the beach, you don’t visit this south westerly limb of the UK without spending a great deal of time beside the sea. And, hey, we can’t blame you. But not all seaside escapes are made the same. And, when it comes to finding a place to stay, there’s something special about dialling up the luxury and taking your under-canvas holiday upmarket with a quirky glamping option. So, from orchard yurts and hilltop surf pods, to cowboy wagons and a converted library bus, we’ve chosen our favourite glamping sites in Cornwall where the beach is always just a hop, skip and jump away...
East Thorne Glamping, Kilkhampton
Five fully furnished yurts dot this spacious meadow, but those who want to go the extra mile should pick the luxury roundhouses, which have a modern, almost cottage-like feel. Spend your days surfing at Sandymouth Beach, 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 beautiful Summerleaze, Crooklets and Widemouth beaches are just a 15-minute drive from Eat Thorne and also great for beginner surfers.
Lowarth Glamping, Wadebridge
Enjoy panoramic country views that take in the Camel Estuary, at this Cornish glamping site with four bulbous bell tents shaped more like yurts (meaning you can stand at full height throughout the tent). Each tent stands on a platform and is hidden in its own private pitch behind a garden of mature shrubs and small trees. There’s an onsite Treatment Cabin where guests can indulge in some hands-on-healing courtesy of Avril's Shiatsu Treatment. It is a 20-minute drive to Polzeath beach, which is wide, gently sloping and popular with families, while other quieter spots are also nearby.
Real Glamping at Fir Hill, Colan
Sustainably designed Glamping at Fir Hill offers luxurious yurts in a prime North Cornwall location, three miles from Newquay, each with a covered outside area and a heftily sized campfire and BBQ pit. Arriving on site, you instantly catch sight of the sea down the Porth Valley. The quietest beaches are always those only accessible on foot, so it’s best to walk from camp if you have the energy. For example, Fox Hole at the far north end of Watergate Bay, which is beautifully secluded, is a two-hour walk from Fir Hill. Alternatively, Porth beach is popular with families with its large area of flat sand and is a 15-minute drive away.
Cotna Eco Retreat, Gorran Churchtown
Explore the fruit and nut orchards, natural ponds and small streams dotted around this charming, organic farm and you’ll uncover a world of glamping wonder. In the orchards there are two yurts, each named after a Cornish apple variety and furnished with rugs, double beds, wood-burners and more, while, by the stream, there’s a romantic shepherd’s hut and, nearer the entrance, a sustainably built straw-bale studio for two. Follow footpaths to the coast – Gorran Haven, Hemmick, Caerhays and Vault beach are all within a half hour walk. Vault beach is the furthest from the road and consequently one of the quietest spots, while Hemmick is best directed for watching sunsets.
Trecombe Lakes, Constantine
Located within nine acres of woodland, you can spend hours simply exploring the site of Trecombe Lakes and its climbing wall, treehouse, nets, rope swings and rowing boats. The newest addition to Trecombe Lakes is the super luxurious woodland lodge, which sleeps six and comes abound in amenities, including underfloor heating and modern interiors. Maenporth Beach is a 10-minute drive away and is fairly popular yet refreshingly uncommercial, while historic Falmouth is a 15–20-minute drive.
Tremeer Farm Yurts, Fowey
You can tell that owners, Rob and Sarah, have put in a lot of love into transforming Tremeer into a beautiful luxury yurt camping destination. There’s a restored barn with a full modern kitchen, plus table tennis, indoor badminton and volleyball, as well as a wood-fired hot tub. But true to the farm’s roots, you’re bound to bump into one or two animals during your stay. Give the pigs a belly rub and pet chickens and adorable lambs in the spring. Polkerris Beach is a 35-minute drive away and is one of Cornwall’s best family beaches. Its sandy cove is perfect for stand up paddleboarding and exploring rockpools. Polkerris Beach Company offers sailing, windsurfing and power boating.
West Kellow Yurts, Polperro
This site boasts a variety of glamping experiences, including a cowboy wagon and a shepherd’s hut. There is a small nine-hole football golf course, a swing set, two lakes and plenty of farm animals to pet. Wander down the lane to the historic fishing village of Polperro, which was voted the second most attractive village in Great Britain. Looe is a 10-minute drive away, or a scenic boat trip from Polperro, and has a lovely family friendly, sandy beach which is sheltered and gently sloping, as well as the Old Guildhall Museum and a range of touristy shops.
Hideaway Huts, Looe
These two fully furnished shepherd’s huts at opposite ends of a farm in Looe Valley enjoy enviable views, one with a wood-fired hot tub from which to enjoy it all. Each includes a double bed, twin gas-ring cooker, table and chairs and a log burner. On site there is a riding school, tennis court, heated outdoor swimming pool, indoor playroom including table tennis and pool, and an outdoor playground, as well as 150 acres of farmland to explore. Head down the slopes towards the quintessential harbour town of Looe (a 10-minute drive away).
Surf Pods at Atlantic Farm, Bude
These trendy eco-pods have a cool, minimalist design but still contain a king-size bed, solar lighting and cooking essentials. Outside you will find a gas BBQ, dining furniture, giant beanbags and your own flush loo and heated shower. Nearby Bude is all about beaches and surfing. Crooklets beach is just a 15-minute drive away and is clean, safe and picturesque. Its sloped promenade offers easy access, though those with pets may want to pop over to dog-friendly Summerlease beach instead.
Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan
This spacious, eco-friendly, 42-acre campsite overlooking the sea has a variety of glamping experiences, including a shepherds huts, bell tents and a converted mobile library. The site also has a trendy café and workshop space, with most of the food served sourced from the organic vegetable garden that makes up a large part of the site. A small sign points glampers in the direction of the nearest beach, down an old mining path that leads through a picturesque valley (about a 15-minute walk) – Porthtowan is a wide, sandy beach, popular with surfers (you can book a lesson at Porthtowan Surf School).
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