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Glamping in Cornwall – Higher Culloden Farm, Camelford

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Why camp when you can glamp? UK staycations are big right now whilst overseas travels are temporarily on hiatus due to the COVID 19 pandemic, and Cornwall is one of the best British destinations for a holiday. Wanting a touch more luxury than a regular camping trip, I headed to the Cornish countryside and checked out a cute little place called Higher Culloden Farm in Camelford for a solo late summer weekend away – one of the best glamping spots in Cornwall.

Here is my Higher Culloden Farm review, read on to see why I enjoyed it so much!

Glamping in Cornwall

Higher Culloden Farm is located on a working farm in a historic old market town called Camelford, just a few miles from the surfing beaches of North Cornwall and close to the natural beauty of Bodmin Moor.

Run by India and Spencer Rabey who live and work on the farm, the glampsite offers a back to nature experience for their visitors with 5 purpose built glamping pods. The glampsite is perfect for campers who want more comfort and convenience, and the pods can accommodate families, groups of friends or couples.

The grounds are a short 5 minute walk to Camelford high street where there are amenities such as supermarkets, pubs and fast food take away places.

Before you arrive for your Glamping in Cornwall trip they send you an email with a link to a welcome pack with all the information you need to know about your stay, plus suggestions of things to do and where to eat in the local area. It was super handy having that information in advance so I had a rough idea of my itinerary before I arrived.

Glamping in Cornwall - a stay at Higher Culloden Farm

Glamping in Cornwall – the pods

Higher Culloden Farm offers all the fun of a camping trip but with much less hassle. Onsite there are 5 glamping pods which are a cosy alternative to camping and it was a relief to not have to struggle putting up a tent!

The pods accommodate up to 4 people (2 adults and 2 children), and each set of guests have their own private lockable bathroom in a purpose-built shower room block a short walk away, plus full use of the two shared kitchens.

There is spacious decked area at the front of the pod and a picnic table to the side.

The 5 pods, with kitchen and bathroom facilities on the left

Inside the pods

The pods are large wooden huts which I thought looked fairly small from the outside, but were actually really spacious inside with plenty of storage areas. They are also double insulated which keeps the pods warm in winter and cool in the summer.

Glamping in Cornwall - a stay at Higher Culloden Farm

There is a large family sized dining table at the back which converts to a large bed at night (with some easy unlatching of bolts and rearranging of cushions). Towards the front there are two single beds for children.

The double bed easily fits very tall people (around 6′5″) so it was a perfect length for my 5′3″ height with lots of extra space below my feet!

Dining table (on the left) converts in a bed (on the right)
Single beds with lots of storage areas

The pods are off grid and have no electricity, but plugs are available in the kitchens, so I made sure my phone and music speakers were fully charged up before I went to bed.

There are touch lights in the pods so you don’t need to worry about stumbling around in the dark with a torch, and the walk to the toilet is only 100 metres away.

The kitchens had a sink, fridge, toaster and microwave which was super handy for making toast, cereal and tea in the morning. The sun shone most of the time I was staying at the farm so I was able to enjoy breakfast outdoors at the picnic table next to my pod.

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Other facilities at Higher Culloden Farm

There are lots of other lovely touches offered by the hosts to make your glamping in Cornwall stay more enjoyable. Barbecues are available to use for free, or for a small fee you can rent a portable pizza oven for the night and packs of fire wood for a cosy gathering around the camp fire. I tried the pizza oven one night and it was awesome – delicious and perfectly cooked pizzas were ready in just a few minutes.

Free WIFI is available and reaches all the pods, but my mobile phone 4G signal was surprisingly strong at the farm so I didn’t need to use the WIFI at all!

If you are bringing children then there is a large play area with a sand pit, swings and slides to keep them occupied, plus a rainy day activity barn with games and sofas.

Dogs are not permitted but India and Spencer have a gorgeous and friendly leonberger called Betsy who you may occasionally see on her daily walks (always on a lead)!

Exploring the grounds of Higher Culloden Farm

The huge grounds of the farm are really pleasant to walk around and explore, and you might be able to spot a variety of wildlife including rabbits, owls, pheasants, buzzards and deer. The private stream area is very pretty (especially in the evening at golden hour) and has some rope swings and spaces for picnics.

Glamping in Cornwall - a stay at Higher Culloden Farm
Glamping in Cornwall - a stay at Higher Culloden Farm
Glamping in Cornwall - a stay at Higher Culloden Farm

Meeting the farm animals at Higher Culloden Farm

Every morning around 9am the hosts invite guests to join them on a tour around the farm to help feed the animals including chickens, pigs and rabbits.

This is a great activity if you are visiting with young children. I actually did this everyday of my stay here as being a London city girl, this was a bit of a novelty to me! At the time of typing this post, India and Spencer have plans to introduce 5 alpacas to the farm – amazing! (I am 100% returning now).

Glamping in Cornwall - a stay at Higher Culloden Farm
Glamping in Cornwall - a stay at Higher Culloden Farm

Star gazing at Higher Culloden Farm

Finally one of the big highlights of the farm stay for me was the fact that it is located in a designated dark skies zone. We stayed up late one clear night around a camp fire and saw the night sky and stars in all their glory!

The Milky Way – taken at Higher Culloden Farm

Day trips from Higher Culloden Farm

Camelford is located within an easy short drive of some hidden gems in Cornwall including great beaches and rugged North Cornwall coastline walks.

Popular destinations such as Tintagel, Daymer Bay, Port Isaac, Boscastle, Rock, Camel Valley winery and Widemouth Bay are all within easy reach. Here are some of the places I visited during my weekend glamping trip:

Rocky Valley

A footpath follows the Trevillett River as it meanders down to the sea and is a stunning natural beauty spot with waterfalls – perfect for wild swimming! Located a 17 minute drive from the glamping in Cornwall site.

Trebarwith Strand

A very popular beach with a long stretch of golden sand backed by flat rocks, located a 10 minute drive away from the farm.

Trebarwith Strand

Polzeath Beach

Beautiful award winning beach that is popular with surfers, and has a small village with some great seafood restaurants. Located a 30 minute drive from the farm.

Polzeath Beach

Port Isaac

The small and charming fishing village of Port Isaac has lots of lovely places to eat and is famous for being the home of TV’s Doc Martin. Located a 20 minute drive from the farm.

Afternoon Tea at Bossiney Tea Room

Traditional Tea Room at the beautiful Bossiney Haven, where you can purchase delicious Cornish cream teas. Located a 15 minute drive from Higher Culloden Farm.

How to book a Glamping in Cornwall trip

For more information head over to Higher Culloden Farm’s website to make a booking direct with them.

Disclosure: My trip to Higher Culloden Farm was gifted but as always all views are my own

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