We haven’t had much experience of glamping. We’ve done a lot of tent and van camping and have also stayed in a covered camping pod. But neither experience really captures the comfort and luxury you expect from a glamping trip. The closest we’ve come in the past is staying in a yurt in wilderness Canada. It sounds very glamorous, and the yurt was rather lovely. But the presence of bears, cougars and wolverines on the campsite during our stay did somewhat hamper the scope for relaxation!
Staying in Cornwall, we were hoping not to encounter such intimidating wild animals, and were fairly confident on that count. But beyond that, we weren’t sure what to expect. And so with a sense of adventure, a good stack of books and a coolbox stuffed full of BBQ goodies we headed towards our cabin in Cornwall.
Lombard Farm near Fowey
For our wedding last year my colleagues all chipped in and got us a gift card for the company Canopy and Stars. It’s an umbrella-style glamping website, with lots of UK and overseas accommodation to choose from.
It took us nearly reaching our one year anniversary to actually arrange something, but in the end, we were thrilled to find a rural retreat in a part of Cornwall we hadn’t explored much before.
Lombard Farm is located near Fowey and on arrival we were rewarded with super views across the valley. There were miles of rolling hills and a patchwork of fields and farms. This was also our introduction to Anna, our lovely host for the week who runs a therapy and massage business onsite.
Our cabin was on the edge of the owners’ garden, but it felt like a really private space. It was accessed through its own gate and had a high hedge behind it. On the outside deck was a sink and washing up station, seating area and the all-important BBQ.
The cabin itself was much larger than we were expecting and had a fully made up bed, chaise lounge/sofa, desk, cooking area and wood burner. It was also really nicely furnished, with plenty of home comforts and everything we needed to cook, eat and relax.
It was easy to imagine how cosy it would be in the autumn and winter months, with the wood burner going and a hot drink brewing on the stove. But by being there in springtime we were able to make full use of the outdoors, opening up the large windows to soak up the Cornish air and spilling out on to the ample deck area for mealtimes.
The cabin had electricity and so we had a fridge for food and drink, as well as a choice of lamps and fairy lights for the evenings. However, the weather was so great during our stay that we were able to sit out until late by candlelight. And when it started to cool off we made use of the cosy blankets!
Glamping facilities at The Link
The cabin had shared use of The Link; a toilet and shower block that also had additional kitchen, drying and social space built in. If we’d had bad weather we probably would have used The Link more, but with the sun shining it was mainly a shower/washroom for us.
Wood fired hot tub
Probably one of our favourite bits of the stay was the wood-fired hot tub. We were the only guests staying at the time and so we had it to ourselves throughout the week. We took full advantage of it at every opportunity and keeping the fire burning became an enjoyable holiday routine. Our reward was a (twice) daily relaxing soak in beautiful hot water.
Yurt, tipi and hut glamping
Besides the cabin, there were a few other accommodation options on site. These included a shepherd-style hut, tipi and yurt.
The shepherd’s hut is the newest of the options and comes with its own private hot tub, as well as shower and toilet facilities.
The tipi was still being set up for the season during our stay, but it looked great fun.
The yurt sleeps up to four and is set in its own hedged section of the farm.
As well as The Link there was a lovely outdoor communal area with a hammock, fire area and a stone outbuilding for sheltered cooking and eating.
All of the accommodation options had been kitted out in the same cosy luxury style and we were really impressed throughout; at the helpfulness of Anna and the owners, the information on local attractions and best of all the scope for uninterrupted relaxation!
Fowey and Polruan
Lombard Farm is located near the little fishing village of Polruan. The harbour town of Fowey is a short ferry trip away. It was a great base for exploring and we made a number of trips along the coast. We’ll be writing up our adventures in Looe, Polperro, Padstow and outings to Bedruthan Steps and Watergate Bay shortly, all of which we went to from the cabin. Be sure to check back on the blog soon to find out what we got up to.
We love our campervan conversion and will always enjoy camping. But for a feeling of luxury whilst still enjoying the great outdoors, our cabin stay was hard to beat. Our cosy cabin soon felt like home and we were very sorry to leave. It’s safe to say we’ll definitely be taking more glamping holidays in the future, and returning to Lombard for another cabin stay!