Embrace the natural life and get some literary inspiration under clear starry skies, with the scenic backdrop of Cornwall's ‘Peaceful Valley' to keep you company.
If you're looking to try glamping for the first time, you'll be in safe hands with Ekopod, one of the early adopters of the glamorous camping concept back in 2010.
Fast-forward to the present day and the Ekopod ethos - providing beautiful surroundings and friendly service - along with all the privacy you need to relax and enjoy time away from life whilst genuinely connecting with nature, is still going strong. Ekopod allows you to embrace a natural, more simple way of living without compromising on the luxury you expect from a well-deserved holiday.
Three electricity-free ecopods and three boutique tents await, nestled in five lush woodland acres on the edge of Bodmin Moor - the perfect base from which to explore Cornwall. The secluded farmland is abundant with wildlife and wildflowers, with the most amazing views of the rolling Cornish countryside built in. Take a deep breath of pure air and enjoy unsurpassed valley views, listening to the babbling stream as you enjoy a steaming mug of fresh coffee. Ekopod's caring environmental approach is enhanced by views of a nearby wind farm.
The seventeenth-century Old Vicarage, situated next to the meadow, is welcomingly picturesque next to a large barn that houses an honesty shop with all the essentials you need (including a handy power socket) and a chill out area...oh, and the site's friendly manager, Matt - so you can rest assured that if you have any questions, help is on hand.
All you need to do now is choose your accommodation! There are three beautifully positioned, individually-styled glamping pods; Eyl and Nessa Geodomes, each sleeping up to four people, and Steren Pod for two - each lovingly designed and furnished for luxury, comfort and a sense of outdoor fun!
Each self-contained pod is set in its own private space, and houses a woodburning stove to keep you nice and cosy. With an outdoor terrace, you'll be assured of wonderful views whatever the time of day or night.
Relax in a generous bathtub, before wrapping yourself in a thick, fluffy towel for a sensuous experience that's a far cry from traditional camping holidays.
The kitchen is equipped with a double ring burner and grill for light snacks or on days when you're not using the barbecue (not very many, we'd imagine!).
For those that prefer glamping that is a little closer to the original format, there are also two bell tents and a roomy safari tent on offer. Kensa, which has a kingsize bed that can split in two and a sofa bed that can also be set for two singles to allow for families or small groups - and Tressa, with a kingsize bed for a more romantic getaway. Both come with wood burning stoves and a fire pit. These are both serviced by a toilet shower block and a kitchen area in the Wooden Barn.
Kemper Safari Tent is ideal for families, with two doubles and two sets of bunk beds, an ensuite bathroom and plenty of space for sociable catch-ups over good food!
For those who prefer walls to canvas, there is also a lovingly converted stone barn that sleeps four people, retaining its many historical features along with more than a touch of contemporary style. You'll find oak kitchen units and a washing machine and dishwasher, along with a spaciously comfy lounge that includes a TV and DVD player.
You'll soon discover how much there is to do and see out in the countryside, so why not start your break off by taking a wander around the valley? On site you'll also find a little library in the honesty shop that contains board games, books and maps for rainier days.
Away from the site, Bodmin Moor is famous for its rugged landscape and windswept adventures, whether you decide to walk, run or cycle. Literary lovers can view the inspiration for Daphne du Maurier's ‘Jamaica Inn' up close with the Cathedral of the Moors in the nearby village of Altarnun.
For surfing addicts, the seaside resort of Bude is ideal, with its stunning coastal walks and abundance of eating places. And how about a day exploring the ‘St. Tropez of Britain', the coastal village of Rock?
With something for everyone both on and off site, guests are sure to leave Ekopod feeling fully refreshed and inspired.
Things to note
Check-in time is 4-6pm, no smoking permitted. Children are welcome (£15 per night for the extra bed), as are well behaved dogs (£25 extra charge). Prices start from £50 per night in low season for the Bell Tents and £70 per night in the Geodomes.
Region: Launceston, Cornwall
Cost (from): £50 per night (bell tent)
Sleeps: 2 or 4 per unit
Minimum stay: 3 nights (off peak)
Property ref: 273
Steren (geodome) sleeps 2,
king-size bed, bathroom, timber-frame kitchen and bathroom annexe,
free-standing bathtub, dining table & chairs, cooking stove & grill,
utensils, kitchen equipment, condiments, wood-burning stove, rocking chairs,
cushions, coffee table, rugs, solar lighting, outdoor furniture, sun loungers,
parasol, BBQ, outdoor shower.
Nessa (geodome) sleeps 4, king-size bed, pull-out sofa bed, timber-frame kitchen and bathroom annexe, free-standing bathtub, dining table & chairs, cooking stove & grill, utensils, kitchen equipment, condiments, wood-burning stove, rocking chairs, cushions, coffee table, rugs, solar lighting, outdoor furniture, sun loungers, parasol, BBQ, outdoor shower.
Eyl (geodome) sleeps 4, king-size bed, pull-out
sofa bed, timber-frame kitchen and bathroom annexe, free-standing bathtub,
dining table & chairs, cooking stove & grill, utensils, kitchen
equipment, condiments, wood-burning stove, rocking chairs, cushions, coffee
table, rugs, solar lighting, outdoor furniture, sun loungers, parasol, BBQ,
Kensa (bell tent) sleeps up to 4, king-size bed (can be separated), sofa bed for two singles, woodburning stove, fire pit.
Tressa (bell tent) sleeps 2, king-size bed (can be separated), sofa bed for two singles, woodburning stove, fire pit. Both bell tents have a toilet, shower block and kitchen in the Wooden Barn.
Kemper (safari tent) sleeps up to 8, 2 double beds, 2
sets of bunk beds, ensuite bathroom, flushing toilet, kitchen, gas burning
stove, cool box (access to large freezer), lounge area, dining area, games,
The Stone Barn sleeps up to 4, king-size bed, sofa bed/futon in dining area, wet room, fully-equipped kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, fan oven, halogen hob, fridge freezer, microwave, tea/coffee, condiments, lounge, TV, DVD player.
Surfing, beaches, coastal walks, fishing, boating, kayaking, sea canoeing, Minack Theatre, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, The Eden Project, camel trail, coasteering, rock climbing, golf horse riding, sailing.
At a glance
- Three luxury ecopods (one sleeping two and the others sleeping four), two bell tents (one sleeping two and the other sleeping four), a family safari tent and a stone barn conversion with one bedroom sleeping four, privately nestled in secluded farmland in St. Clether, Cornwall.
- Easily accessible by car, there is a hard-surfaced car park on site with plenty of available space.
- The Wooden Barn next to the meadow houses an honesty shop with firewood and basic essentials, together with a small library offering books, games and maps.
- The Ekopod site is a perfect base for exploring Cornwall, with Bodmin Moor, Bude and a wide selection of local towns, villages and activity all close by