Glamping in Cornwall: Unique Luxury Camping Experiences

Written by: Eliot Prince

I love nature. That’s why Cornwall is my favourite place in the world. There’s so much countryside and shoreline to explore.

And while it is great to be immersed in all of this, sometimes I find it’s nice to have a little luxury on trips to Cornwall.

That’s where glamping in Cornwall makes for a special experience. Whether it’s a weekend away, romantic celebration, or family adventure, I can’t recommend it enough!

Yearning to really immerse yourself – but maybe also sleep in a bed and not have to worry about pitching a tent?

Try glamping! This style of “glamorous camping” that’s booming in Cornwall – and other parts of the world – is a luxurious twist on the traditional method of spending a night outdoors. 

And in the county, you’ll be spoilt for choice, below I’ll help you explore:

  • The top 10 glamping sites around Cornwall
  • Where these sites are located
  • Anything extra or unique you should keep an eye out for.

Read on to find out where to go glamping in Cornwall!

The Sea Forts Cornwall

The Sea Forts Cornwall overlooking the sea

At The Sea Forts, you’ll get to experience the stunning Cornish coast in style while enjoying a generous helping of history as well! 

It is one of my favourite spots for glamping in Cornwall by the sea.

In this scenic glamping site situated at Maker Heights, you’ll be treated to some of the best-preserved Napoleonic barracks throughout Britain.

Built in 1775, the barracks were in military use until the 1920s when they became a safe camping haven for children sent to the Cornish countryside during the two World Wars. 

It has since undergone significant historical restoration and preservation initiatives, and you can explore and learn much more about the place during your stay!

While you can opt to book a studio within the structure, I find the real magic at The Sea Forts can be found in their luxury glamping tents.

Close up of The Sea Forts Cornwall Glamping Tent

I love the view from the pavilions overlooking the sea from atop wild tussock-covered cliffsides and come complete with proper beds and bedding, furniture, and a range of other amenities.

No matter who you’re travelling with, you’ll be able to find a tent that suits your needs perfectly.

For instance, family-sized pavilions are available and provide a deck, picnic table, and fire pit. There’s even an option to add another junior tent for older kids who might want their own magical experience away from their parents! 

If you’re with your partner, you might want to book the Mini Moon Tent – a romantic and cosy space with candelabras and floral arrangements that also offers prosecco on ice.

It’s also dog friendly glamping – Four legs are welcome in any of the tents, though you’re kindly requested to provide advance notice upon booking so that the arrangements can be made. 

You can find The Sea Forts at Maker, Torpoint PL10 1LA, United Kingdom.

Acorn Camping and Glamping Hobbit Holes

A Hobbit hole at Acorn camping and glamping

Journey to Middle Earth and experience the woodland charm of The Shire when you book your very own Hobbit accommodation at Acorn Camping and Glamping

This charming space tucked away in the forests of Luxulyan Valley features three types of Hobbit-themed glamping sites. 

The Hobbit Huts sleep up to four and are equipped with beds, cooking supplies, and covered outside areas. 

Meanwhile, the Hobbit Holes located in a private glade across a rickety bridge features similar amenities and can accommodate up to three people.

For a more intimate Cornish getaway, couples can book the Hobbit Hideaway. A charming little hut that emphasises simple but comfortable living, the Hobbit Hideaway features log burners and cooking facilities and provides basic cutlery for your evening feast.

hobbit hideaway sign post

There’s even a wheelbarrow to easily and adorably transport your supplies from the car park!

All accommodation options feature the signature circular hobbit doors and other little-but-significant details that nod to the magical world of The Lord of the Rings.

Other lodgings are also available on site such as The Snook — a little cottage tucked away in a garden that comes with its own sauna.

Make sure to bring your own bedding and sleeping bags when booking at Acorn Camping! Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed due to the risk they pose to the local wildlife.

You can find the site at Rock Cottage, Prideaux, St Blazey, Par, Cornwall, PL24 2SS, United Kingdom, near The Eden Project. 

Penhallow House Pod & Glamping Retreat

penhallow House glamping tent

Close to Newquay, the Penhallow House Pod and Glamping Retreat is a homey spot located on picturesque farmland with charming local hosts.

For your accommodation options, choose between the house pod with its own deck, double bed, and desk area, or one of the several glamping pavilions that encircle the communal fire pit (which have a variety of bedding arrangements to suit your needs).

Penhallow Glamping pods

Breakfast is provided for all guests, and you can choose what style you’d prefer – selecting between buffet, continental, or a full-English breakfast! 

Shared facilities include a modern bathroom, games and puzzles, cooking facilities, a gym, laundry, and more. 

There’s loads to do at Penhallow and in the surrounding area such as horse riding, cycling, hiking, cooking classes, and a golf course. 

Once you’re worn out for the day (or just looking for something a bit more laidback), a friendly village pub located about ten to fifteen minutes away beckons.

Be sure to visit and feed some of the farm animals around the local site to get a taste of small-town Cornish living! Because of the geese and chickens on the property, dogs aren’t allowed here. 

You can find Penhallow House at St Newlyn East, Newquay TR8 5NH, UK. 

The Airstream near Penryn

Airstream glamping in Penryn

The Airstream is another charming farm stay, this time featuring a converted retro RV! 

Everything you need is provided, including a cosy bedroom, seating area, kitchen, deck, free Wi-Fi, and a private bathroom. Cooking supplies are also included in your stay, as well as snacks, tea, and coffee.

Interact with a range of farm animals, including the hosts’ friendly border collies, ducks, and goats! Equipment will be provided upon request for those wanting to try their hand at fishing in the nearby local streams and ponds.

Have a wander in the surrounding nature reserve, and see if you can spot deer, kingfishers, or even a cheeky otter! 

The Airstream comfortably sleeps four and is located at Falbrook House Farm, Penryn TR10 9AL, United Kingdom. 

Dogs are unfortunately not allowed due to the farm animals on the property and the constraints of the inside space.

Wheal Tor Hotel & Glamping

Wheal Tor Hotel and glamping at sunset

Glamp with an incredible view at the site of the highest inn in Cornwall! 

Situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor, Wheal Tor Hotel is a historic inn that was originally erected to feed and provide water to copper miners. Today, it’s a favourite local spot for excellent food and delicious cold ales.

Here, you can choose between three fantastic glamping options! 

There are wooden chalets available that comfortably sleep up to six people and feature beds, power, and tea stations while overlooking the moor.

If you’re looking for something else, you may like to opt for one of the eight charming Hobbit houses on the property! These are rustic wooden cabins with a unique, semicircle shape that come with furniture, crockery, and a barbecue area.

For a classic glamping experience, get in quickly and book the beautiful Bell Tent. The tent has a double bed, two double sofa beds, a tea station, heaters, lights, and more. 

This accommodation also comes with snacks and wine for you to enjoy in your private seating area boasting views of the rolling countryside. 

Rooms are also available in the hotel itself if you’re looking for a more traditional stay. 

The nearby restaurant is definitely worth a visit! You can find an extensive seasonal menu offering everything from pizzas and traditional Cornish fare, to fine dining options like perfectly cooked steak and pasta.

Dogs are welcome anywhere at the Wheal Tor Hotel except the Bell Tent, and you can find this stunning location at Caradon Hill, Pensilva, Liskeard PL14 5PJ, United Kingdom. 

East Thorne Retreat Glamping Cornwall

East Thorne Retreat yurt at sunset

The East Thorne Retreat really puts the “glam” in glamping! You can even grab yourself the treat of glamping in Cornwall with a hot tub!

At its roundhouses, enjoy all the best bits of a classic yurt site—the signature round-domed rooms, open spaces, and natural lighting—and go crazy with all the upgrade options!

During your stay in the yurts, you’ll enjoy heated floors, a full kitchen and electrics, and en suite bathrooms – all while maintaining an important connection to nature through the central sky gazer.

As if that’s not enough, the yurts also feature modern outdoor hot tubs, so you can stargaze in ultimate comfort. 

Regardless of the occasion, this retreat will cater to your needs! For couples or solo travellers looking to get pampered, book one of the adults-only roundhouses and enjoy private campfires, fairy lights, and indoor candlelit baths that are tucked away from the main site.

East Thorne Retreat glamping tent area

If you’ve got the kids in tow, check out the childproofed, family get-together yurt. This accommodation is filled with thoughtful amenities such as blackout curtains for nap times, highchairs, cots, and (crucial) daily coffees. 

There are loads of activities that the little ones can do, such as feeding animals, roasting marshmallows, and an exciting climbing structure to clamber over. Indoor areas with board games and cinema nights are perfect for rainy days.

Planning a getaway or event with friends? East Thorne also accepts group bookings!

Dogs are more than welcome here, although you’re advised to mention that you’re bringing your furry family members so that accommodations can be made.

You’ll find this stunning retreat at East Thorne, Bude EX23 9RY, United Kingdom. 

Ruthern Valley Holidays

Ruthern Valley Holidays Glamping pod

Close to the Camel Trail, Ruthern Valley Holidays is a stunning campsite in northern Cornwall that’s sure to be a hit with nature lovers and vacation seekers alike. There’s a range of glamping pods available, nestled in the wildflower-strewn valley. 

Those who want to go glamping on a budget can settle into the standard or electric camping pods. Make sure to bring all your camping supplies (apart from your tent, of course!).

On the other hand, you might like to go for the mega pod that comes with all the amenities from an ensuite and Wi-Fi, to televisions – and even underfloor heating!

Several shared facilities are available on the site as well, including a small shop, showers, a children’s play area, and a football pitch. 

Ruthern Valley prides itself on being a quiet, countryside getaway that has plenty of areas for you to simply lounge around and enjoy the sunshine and birdsong. 

And if you do get restless, there are many beautiful walking trails in the area for you to explore.

The region also boasts several stunning beaches just a short way from the campsite, including the popular family spot that is Polzeath and the more secluded Daymer Bay. 

While dogs are unfortunately not allowed in Ruthern Valley, they do have a partnership with a nearby kennel so that your four-legged friend can stay the night in style if you bring them with you!

You can find Ruthern Valley Holidays at Ruthernbridge, Bodmin PL30 5LU, United Kingdom. 

Trecombe Lakes Pods

Trecombe Lakes Glamping Pods

These modern furnished lodgings are located in the forests near the town of Falmouth, beside the beautiful little lakes they’re named for. 

Each pod at Trecombe Lakes has a functioning kitchen and bathroom with a shower, as well as double glazing and heating. You also get your own private deck, barbecue, and firepit! 

Onsite, you’ll find a communal area with a larger kitchen facility and laundry area, as well as books and games for you to borrow during a rainy day (or whenever you feel like it!).

The highlight of your stay here has to be the beautiful natural sights that you can explore to your heart’s content. If you’re interested in journeying the lakes, just can rent a rowboat and paddle away!

There’s something just for the kids, too, with a fenced play area filled with rope swings, climbing walls, and more just waiting to be enjoyed. Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed on the site due to safety reasons. 

You can find Trecombe Lakes at Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5JW, United Kingdom.

Cotna Eco Retreat

Cotna Eco Retreat glamping yurt

To really feel one with nature, book a stay at Cotna Eco Retreat

Cotna Eco Friendly Retreat prides itself on its focus on the environment and sustainability, and this commitment really shows in its incredible specialty food hampers full of produce and baked goods grown and prepared on-site!

You can stay in one of the three magnificent yurts that come complete with a wood burner stove, kitchen equipment, full-size beds, and camping toilets and showers. 

Another option you might like to look into is the little shepherd’s hut that features over-the-fire cooking supplies – perfect for the guest who loves the outdoors. 

Not really your thing? Head over to the straw-bale barn accommodation for something cosier and more comfortable!

While you can’t bring your dog to this retreat, you’ll nevertheless be in the company of friendly animals at all times; there are many cats, dogs, chickens, and ducks on-site, as well as other local wildlife too!

Cotna Eco Retreat can be found at Gorran Churchtown, Saint Austell PL26 6LG, United Kingdom. It’s best to show up before dark, as the entrance can be a little tricky to find! 

Ekopod Glamping Pods

Ekopod glamping in Cornwall

Situated in “The Peaceful Valley”, Ekopod is a retreat that lives up to its location – tucked away in nature and far enough away from towns for stunning starlit skies at night time. 

The site boasts cosy eco glamping pods in Cornwall for couples that are complete with a hammock and private bathtub, while small families will also find themselves content in the several futuristic geodomes dotting the area. 

These geodomes are furnished with a bathroom, wood burner, and many other luxurious furnishings to really enhance your stay.

ekopod kitchen area

Two safari-tent-style lodges are available for larger families or groups. These can host up to eight people and are complemented by a large outside deck area and barbecue spot.

All accommodation options come with bedding and fluffy bath towels complimentary, which is a big plus!

If you’d like to bring your pooch, they’re certainly welcome at Ekopod for a small additional fee. You can find this magical hideaway at The Old Vicarage, St Clether, Launceston PL15 8QJ. 

Pack Your Bags and Get Ready for a Glamping Holiday in Cornwall

On any visit to Cornwall, glamping is an activity that will put you closer to nature and allow you to appreciate the gorgeous beauty of the countryside and Cornish coastline.

Whether you prefer a place by the sea or something located in the heart of the woods, there are so many glamping sites around Cornwall for you to explore! If you’re looking for other options, then have a read of my guide to Camping near the beach in Cornwall too!