If you are following my blog, and reading about the luxurious hotels I have had the pleasure of staying in- then you will know that camping is very much NOT my style. Glamping (posh camping) was not something I was too interested in either to be honest.. but given that my tag line is ‘Try something new everyday’ sometimes I have on choice but to get out of my comfort zone! I am so glad I did- this really was so much fun! The management of Dunsdon farm would call it more ‘comfortable camping’ than glamping.
It is about a 4.5 hour drive from London, so you need at least 2 nights at the quarry pods. The pods are in Dundson Farm in a beautiful location, especially for star gazers and nature lovers. Very close to Bude, with its beautiful beaches- and the town of Holsworthy is nearby when you need convenience stores etc!
After a long drive getting there, I was a bit nervous about what I was going to find! My tiny car was packed to the brim with ‘essentials’! The cabin is gorgeous! It is the perfect size for the double airbed that you can hire from them directly.
There is enough place for you- your food, bags etc as well. We met a family that shared a cabin as well, and had brought their dog- so this is a perfect place to come with your kids and pets too! There are 2 people pods, and 4 people pods- we got the 4 people pod for 2 people… but with 5 pods in total you could plan a group weekend away! We stayed in the pod called ‘The Sett’, they are all very much in good quality as each other.
Unlike a ‘yurt’ the pods are insulated so it remains warm during the winter, and even in the summer it is not too hot.. they are built to stay the same temperature all year round. The management are so friendly and relaxed here, they even have a suggested check list on their website: http://www.quarrypods.co.uk/availability/camping-checklist
There is a communal covered barbecue (and washing up area), and this is where we did our cooking the whole weekend- even as a vegetarian you can have loads of variety on a barbecue. I will write up a few recipes for you!
We would wake up early, and check out the beaches in Bude, we would go for long walks and drives as well and just allow ourselves to get lost in the countryside. We went for some Cornish ice cream, drank cider and BBQ’d in the evening and ate whilst watching the stars. We even found a small fun fair and enjoyed some rides!
You must respect the nature and wildlife in Dundson Farm, so it’s important not to blare your music or be too loud.
There is a communal indoor room with board games etc for entertainment if you need it, but it was so much more fun to hang out by the BBQ talk and stay away from technology for a few days! But for a rainy day, at least you know you will have a place to hang out together and stay dry! There is a light in your cabin, but an extra lamp wouldn’t be a bad thing! You must respect the nature and wildlife in Dundson Farm, so it’s important not to blare your music or be too loud.
For anyone who hates camping or the thought of this outdoorsy weekend- well done for reading this far! If you’re anything like me, you need to know abut the toilet situation! Well you will be delighted to know your perfectly clean and normal and private toilet and shower is on site- and towels and shower gel is provided!
This is a great intro an outdoors weekend, and even a fussy madam like me couldn’t fault the service and comfort provided– v you have all the luxuries you need whilst feeling like you’ve accomplished an outdoorsy weekend!
What is your worst fear about camping?