Have you ever tried glamping? That’s glamorous camping, in case you weren’t sure - and we’ve reviewed this special touring park in St Ives. Enjoy a staycation for your family holiday this year!
Rachel Liddle enjoyed glamping with Bedouin Nights at Trevalgan Touring Park in St Ives, Cornwall.
If you want some uninterrupted downtime where you can attempt proper conversation with your other half, try camping with a difference. Glamping brings you the Zen of being close to nature but the reassurance that someone else has put up a very fancy tent on your behalf.
“The tent was surprisingly roomy with a bouncy king-size air bed”
We tested out Bedouin Nights, a company which will put up a bunting-clad bell tent on a pitch at any campsite in Cornwall. The tent was surprisingly roomy with a bouncy king-size air bed, complete with proper duvet and pillow, as a centrepiece. With fairy lights and lanterns dotted around, a private picnic table for two and a portable barbecue outside, it’s great for a romantic break.
Our well-equipped campsite, Trevalgan Touring Park on the outskirts of St Ives, had plenty of facilities, including powerful showers, hairdryers, washing facilities and a baby bath area. So, if you’re making a family weekend of it, you can avoid the dragged-through-a-bush camping look.
“For more sophisticated dining, head to the award-winning Porthminster Beach Cafe for great seafood”
While in-tent basics were provided by Bedouin Nights, we found plenty of fresh, local food nearby. Heading into town, you have the option of taking the bus that stops at the campsite or enjoying the stunning Cornish coastline with a cliff-top walk. There were plenty of must-eats to fit into our weekend. Fish and chips from the wrapper, a proper Cornish pasty on the go, creamy Cornish ice cream and classic fudge. For more sophisticated dining, head to the award-winning Porthminster Beach Cafe for great seafood. And, if you are staying kid-free, don’t miss out on a visit to the Sloop Inn for some delicious scrumpy on the pub-front picnic benches facing the bay.
St Ives has a brilliant local art scene that it’s justifiably proud of, with its own Tate gallery and the must-visit Barbara Hepworth museum, where you can see the celebrated artist’s sculptures in her garden.
And who knows, after a break for just the two of you, it could be well worth returning with your brood to build sandcastles on the beach, introduce them to a bit of culture and have a magical camping experience for you all.
How Much? Bell tent hire from Bedouin Nights costs from £180 for one to three nights. Trevalgan Touring Park costs from £16 for a non-serviced pitch and £5.50 per adult on a per night basis (under-twos stay for free).