I was looking for a cottage in south west Cornwall for a perfect city escape when I heard about The Hideaway glamping pod.
Glamping pods are quite popular accommodation nowadays but they can also become a bit of nightmare if they’re not well planned from inside and outside. At the same time I thought it could be very adventurous to spend one week in a “hobbit” habitat.
Luckily, as soon as I stepped in the village of Perranuthnoe, where The Hideaway is located, I knew it would be the perfect hidden spot for a well-deserved holiday.
This glamorous pod is located in a remote site at the Dubban Farm, keeping your total privacy preserved. At the same time, it’s only a short walk away from to the beach, some cafés and the only pub at Perranuthnoe.
But it was inside that the pod impressed me most. I was quite surprised with the ample space of its facilities that can accommodate four people comfortably. It’s a very clever use of the space and although it looked small from outside, we didn’t feel claustrophobic at all.
The cottage is equipped with everything that would be necessary to make your glamping experience unforgettable; Wifi, comfy beds and hot shower. And I would say it has much more that you would expect, from the iPod dock station to the washing machine and a huge barbecue outside. It’s just a perfect way of being in the middle of nowhere but with a bit of comfort.
Inside the pod is very warm even on colder days. Considering the Cornish weather was a bit unpredictable in May during my stay, I felt cosy and didn’t need to put the heating on most nights.
Functionality is a great feature at this cottage. The storage boxes under the bed do the trick quite well and there is no necessity to leave clothes in suitcases or bags.
The kitchen is very practical as well. A small oven and microwave are available for whatever meal you fancy preparing. We brought food from home but there is a supermarket in Penzance, only 15 minutes from Perranuthnue, and it is highly recommended that you visit the farms around to get the local fresh products.
If you want to chill there is a TV set available in the cottage, but the owners Andrew and Lisa, made it clear that if we wanted a complete taste of “camping”, they could remove the appliance from the pod. That was actually just one example of how nice and caring they are with the guests.
We actually had fresh strawberries coming straight from their farms as a treat during our stay and that was just a great touch.
During the night the pod seems cosier than expected. If the weather is okay, you can enjoy the space outside to stargaze and have some al fresco drinking and dining.
There is not much noise around the cottage, apart from the usual night buzzing from nocturnal animals, which was quite peaceful indeed.
In the morning, try the footpaths, which are quite appealing in both directions, whether going to Prussia Cove, Praa Sands and Porthleven or exploring the outstanding beaches on the way to Marazion and Penzance.
Another special treat at The Hideaway is the bench that gives a full view from Saint Michael’s mount.
That view makes your first cup of coffee in the morning much more special than usual. Just grab a cuppa, enjoy the view and be prepared for more one day of joy in this amazing part of Cornwall.
Published June 22nd 2015 here