Places to stay with the quirk factor
Looking for something a little different for your next sojourn to Cornwall? How about staying in a converted horsebox, snuggling down for the night in a shepherds hut or perhaps a converted railway carriage is more your thing.
Here’s just a taste of places to stay with a twist, check out our glamping section for more accommodation of the weird and wonderful variety.
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.
Once the horse-drawn home of a travelling gypsy family, today this genuine Victorian caravan has come to a well-earned rest in the corner of a tree-lined meadow near Looe, surrounded by gorgeous Cornish countryside and fabulous views. She has been lovingly restored to her former glories - and given a modern makeover so that her vintage appeal combines conveniently with glamping luxury. We think she's pint-sized perfection.
Meet Kara, the joyous offspring of a Cornwall meets retro America union. She’s been sympathetically and beautifully refurbished and comes supercharged with all the mod cons for a blinging family holiday. She’s pitch perfect at Mawgan Porth’s The Park which comes complete with swimming pools, an incredible café, children’s play areas and gorgeous walks. A silver bullet of a holiday!
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.
There are lots of reasons to love Jasmine. Vintage charm, mod-cons, beautiful location – check, check, check! Find her tucked away in a quiet and pretty orchard within the grounds of The Emerald, an award-winning zero carbon eco development set in five acres of gorgeous Cornish countryside. Oh how we heart Jasmine!
If you fancy wild living but aren’t ready to give up your home comforts a luxury yurt is the way to go and we think you’ll agree that Lavender Yurt near Perranporth ticks all the boxes. Perfect for four it’s the kind of place that you can enjoy the feel good factor of the great outdoors whilst getting to sink into the comfiest of beds come night fall. There’s also a communal kitchen as well as toilet and shower facilities.
Go on safari in unspoilt Cornish countryside in your very own safari tent called Honeysuckle. With shed loads of space she sleeps six and has two actual bedrooms as well as generous living space and a wide veranda out front. There’s also private washing and cooking facilities and if you like the sound of being perched amongst a three-and-a-half-acre wildflower meadow you’ll agree that the setting is pretty spectacular. North Cornwall is on the doorstep and the once capital of Cornwall, Launceston, is a just a skip, hop and jump away.
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.