The South West – what a beautiful part of the world! There is so much to explore and there is always somewhere untouched to discover where only a few other footprints have been.
Cornwall has always been my favourite place in the South West, hands down. The unspoilt beaches and estuaries, dramatic cliff tops, mysterious woodlands, open moorland, local culture – not to mention the Cornish language; it has a world of its own!
Cornwall is a never-ending adventure playground where there is always something to do. In my opinion, you haven’t experienced the county properly until you get close to nature and there is no better way to connect with nature than a glamping holiday in Cornwall.
It was only recently I first went glamping and I can’t believe I haven’t been before now. I stayed in a beautiful canvas retreat called Woody and it certainly lives up to its charming name - the wooden decking, wood-fired range and quaint furnishings (the reindeer hides being my personal favourite) create an authentic camping ambiance and help you strip back to nature.
I much prefer waking up to the sounds of birds chirping and the Cornish breeze whistling through the trees than the buzz of my mobile phone alarm. Of course, some days it may decide to rain, but there is something romantic about hearing the rain patter whilst you are snuggled up in your cosy bed (with a mattress, not a floor mat and a duvet, not a sleeping bag!) and appreciating that special something of stillness at the break of dawn.
Just sitting on the decking with a cup of tea, freshly brewed on the stove, in one hand and a book in the other makes you feel at ease. Follow that with a wander down the beach where feeling the sand beneath your toes is somewhat therapeutic. You’ll be relaxed in no time.
Once you are chilled enough, the not-so-faint-hearted like myself, grabbing a body board and catching a few waves is always a good hangover cure from the night before. Drinking wine around the crackling campfire with great company, looking over the rolling hills and Cornish coast, then watching the sun go down and the stars appear like twinkling diamonds scattered across a black satin blanket is a night I most certainly want to experience again.
There is a reason why so many people revisit the South West each year and I for one can see exactly why – it is inspirational and beautiful. Whether you are letting your dog run wild, out on a romantic walk for two, off catching some waves or on an adventure with the kids, there are always gems to discover on a luxury camping trip in this stunning part of the world.