Places to stay with the quirky factor
Here’s just a taste of places to stay with a twist, check out our accommodation pages to find more.
With her ‘hayday’ as a home for travelling horses behind her Gertrude the horsebox has been given an oh-so-pretty new look. Decked out with a king size bed and bunks for two kids she’s a super cool holiday retreat perfect for those with a soft spot for shabby chic. Meet her pitched up by a stream at the beautifully rustic Elm Farm campsite between Porthtowan and Portreath beaches.
A unique glamping experience, The Park's yurt village offers guests a really magical experience in beautiful secluded surroundings with a gorgeous hot tub, fire pit and clay oven for evening outdoor feasts or sundowners with a stunning backdrop. Situated at Mawgan Porth, The Park comes complete with swimming pools, an incredible café, children’s play areas and gorgeous walks.
With oodles of Victorian charm The Old Luggage Van is a classy lady. She spent her early life working the railway but was cast aside for more than 60 years until she was lovingly adopted by Railholidays. With a spot of tender loving care – and the addition of a few home comforts - she’s come to enjoy a retirement that she deserves in an idyllic spot next to St Germans train station in South East Cornwall and now spends her days treating guests to a holiday with the romance of a bygone era. The Old Luggage Van is just one of four old railway carriages that have been converted into holiday accommodation by the award winning Railholidays team at St Germans.
Stay in your very own geodome on the edge of Bodmin Moor and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Cornish countryside. At night lie in bed and gaze up into the stars, Bodmin Moor has been given Dark Skies status, so you could get one of the best views in Europe. The geodome can sleep up to four people, has a super king size four poster bed and a sofa that can be split into two singles on request. The off grid pod, is lit by solar lamps and fairy lights and the water to the kitchen and bathroom is provided by our spring.
Down in the far west of Cornwall, an area famed for it's inspirational views, you will find this quirky boutique hotel. Chapel Street in Penzance was once home to the mother of the Bronte sisters, has an Egyptian House, a pub with a smuggler on the roof and a shop with a lifesize Dalek in the window. In amongst all this sits the Artist's Residence with its original decor and 23 rooms, all styled by different local artists.
Situated within the historic Mount Edgcumbe Country Park on the Rame Peninsular in Cornwall, these handsome huts sit on a hilltop overlooking the city of Plymouth, the Tamar Valley and Plymouth Sound, presenting guests with some of the best views in Britain. These elegant, bespoke English Oak huts have a distinctive 1950’s theme, with a double fold-out bed and two single bunks, wood-burner and movable kitchen pod.
You’re onto a wigwam winner at Tehidy Holiday Park positioned smack bang in the middle of beautiful woodland and just a stone’s throw from both the south and north Cornish coasts. The pod-like wooden wigwams are made for kicking off your flip flops and enjoying the luxury of the great outdoors but with the comforts of home - there’s even double glazing and WiFi. Yup, wigmans have changed slightly since they were first used by Native American Indians! The facilities of Tehidy Holiday Park are also on hand complete with children’s play areas and onsite shop.
Buried deep in the West Looe valley, on the site of a former explosives works, sit Forest Holiday Deerpark cabins. In all shapes and sizes, if you want the true quirky experience choose the Golden Oak Treehouse, a luxury cabin with the addition of an en-suite treehouse, reached by a rope bridge and with views out across the millpond. At the heart of the park is the Forest Hub, where you’ll find an eatery and a bar, a store, and the children’s play area. There are also activities, including Forest Ranger walks, and bike hire.
And if the Deerpark isn't hidden enough for you, try finding Cotna Eco Retreat! A short distance from the beautiful Gorran Haven, Cotna is tucked away down a track in a magical valley full of apple orchards. Stay in a yurt, a shepherd's hut or a barn built of straw bales. Sit around the fire pit at night and marvel at the stars or have a relaxing massage in the Hobbit-hole styled roundhouse, you can even learn how to make sour-dough bread.
This is just a small choice of the more unusual places we have to stay in Cornwall, there's plenty more in our accommodation pages. Look out for our Quirky Places to Discover in Cornwall blog, coming soon.