It has views that fans of nature would kill for and provides you with all the best bits of a camping trip without having to sacrifice any of your home comforts.
You can stay in your own personal Eden Project style biome, overlooking the Cornish countryside with a cosy wood burning stove and a four-poster king size bed.
Nestled in Bodmin Moor lies Ekopod, a camping site with a unique twist.
Nothing here screams anything but luxury camping (besides the lack of electricity designed to benefit the environment and make you feel at one with nature).
Owned and run by a brother and sister team with years of experience in hospitality, Ekopod aims to provide a sense of remoteness, and a relaxing way for guests to get close to the countryside.
Guests can enjoy starry skies and outside adventures but with more extravagance than a normal camping trip allows.
As someone who isn’t best pleased by the idea of a getaway without a normal shower, toilet or kitchen facilities, Ekopod sounded much more up my street, so I paid them a visit.
There are different types of accommodation for couples, families and groups with large and smaller domes, pods and safari tents which sleep up to eight.
We booked to stay in the Nessa Geodome, one of the largest glamping pods available.
Arriving in the middle of a Saturday afternoon, prior to arrival I was sent an email with detailed instructions of how to get there and how to find the accommodation on arrival.
Rachael even sends you a site map in advance, so you know what to expect.
We did find it difficult to find at first, but if you pay attention to the directions, or you’re used to the narrow lanes of Cornwall, then you should be fine.
Nessa was the closest Geodome to the car park so we could see it as soon as we stepped out of the car.
After walking down the path we were met with the most pleasant surprise, what resembles a huge white dome on the outside with a small green building next door.
Each pod also has its own decking area and outside table and chairs.
Rachael and Matt cater for every need, even right down to the ‘Welcome to Ekopod’ sign written on the chalkboard in the kitchen, which includes all the facilities you’d need to prepare meals and snacks.
There’s glasses, plates and cutlery, as well as utensils, a grill, kettle, sink with sponge and washing up liquid, and even a cooling box for you to keep your snacks in.
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They even provide guests with a box under the sink full of cookies, biscuits and other cute little touches.
Next door you then have the bathroom, which was more the standard that you’d expect in a hotel room than a campsite.
Fairy lights line the outside of the bathroom pod, and there is even toiletries provided. Plus, there’s definitely something about a proper flushing toilet that makes a camping experience 100x more comfortable.
And then you have the big pod itself. Super romantic, fairy lights also line the huge king-size four poster bed.
The wood burner inside provides a traditional touch as you continue to add logs to it throughout your stay, but it does the job well and keeps the place nice and toasty.
There’s also a hammock swing, and so much floor space, as well as a sofa which folds out into two more single beds along with a dining room table and chairs.
It is hard to describe in words just how cosy it is, even in the middle of March.
The design of the pods mean there is even windows in the roof for you to look out up at the stars on a clearer evening.
Sadly, the weather wasn’t on our side so I didn’t to see much in the way of views from the pod, but there is a huge window set in the roof of the dome which I can only imagine is stunning when it’s a bit lighter and warmer.
Each unit is far enough away from the next for you to have your own privacy and not feel disturbed by any other guests.
There’s also a mini shop and facilities in the main barn which allow you to charge your phone and other electronics.
Far more peaceful than your average hotel stay, and much more comfortable than your average camping trip, Ekopod is somewhere in the middle, with panoramic views and cosy homely touches.
We played games, drank wine, and experienced a stay nothing like we had before.
Definitely worth a visit if you need a weekend to refresh!
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