We were all very excited about our trip to stay at www.cornishtipiholidays.co.uk at the start of our summer holiday. Five year old jasper was very pleased to learn he would be sleeping in a Tipi after receiving Play Mobil Native American set last Christmas.
We had a wonderful time and all of the family loved it. We came away feeling very relaxed and felt we had created wonderful memories for the children.
As a family that are used to the stresses of putting up a tent or an awning it was a real luxury to arrive to our Tipi and just unpack our belongings into it. All the joys of camping under the stars without the temper tantrums at the start and the end!
Our ‘large tipi’ was very roomy and we could easily fit in the blow- up beds, chairs, toys, books etc that we had brought with us and very quickly it was transformed into our new home. Our tipi was in the top tipi field which was shared with a handful of other tipis.
They are not crammed in at all and there is plenty of space around your tipi which has a picnic bench (with a very charming vase of flowers on! So lovely) and a fire pit ready to warm yourselves around later in the evening (you can buy logs at the little on site shop at the reception)
The Tipi itself is filled with Turkish rugs and candle lanterns hung around (again you can buy tee lights on site) making it feel really homely. The Tipi also comes with cooking equipment, a camp stove and cool box for your fridge and a range of cooking essentials are included, so it was great to not have to worry about packing those.
We did have some rain on our arrival day and night, but we were cosy in the tipi and stayed very warm and dry.
After this we were blessed with wonderful weather and were able to really enjoy the site and relax in the wonderful space. We loved cooking at the tipi and chilling out reading a book, while the children played in the tipi field in front of us.
They had a lovely time playing with each other and making friends with other children. They were in our view the whole time, but could feel a little independence running around and having fun. It was fantastic to be away from televisions, DVDS and iPads. They didn’t ask for them once!
On site we made use of the beautiful lake and the rowing boats that are there for you to use. They also had life jackets available, so this made parents and children feel really safe.
We had a wonderful time playing around on the lake and again this was something the children had never experienced before, so another fabulous memory for them to take home.
Many people were fishing on the lake, we didn’t do this, but were really impressed with a neighbouring family who bought along a cheap rod with them and caught their first fish as a family – what a magical moment!
The atmosphere of the campsite was really wonderful, so relaxed and peaceful and everybody was so friendly.
We met lots of people some who were staying in tipis and some who had brought their own tents or campervans and were based in the meadow.Another brilliant option and a way of experiencing the vibe and explore the area.
As I said we really enjoyed cooking at the tipi and making a cooked breakfast every morning but there is also a Yurt Café on site that you could go to for teas, coffees and breakfasts and it is really charming.
We spent lots of time on site relaxing and chilling out, but we did venture out as well and you are in the middle of some fantastic places to visit all within half an hour drive.
Our favourite places to go near by:-
- Llanhydrock (14 miles away) – On our drive down from Somerset we stopped off at this wonderful National Trust property. We were really impressed and there was so much to explore. As well as the late Victorian country house (the children loved looking at the Victorian kitchens and following the trails for children spotting animals and trains around the house) there are magnificent gardens and woodland walks. There is also a really fantastic kids play area near the café! http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock/
- Port Quinn (5 miles) – We visited Port Quinn (with a national trust car park) a small hamlet with wonderful scenery. We enjoyed a spot of rock pooling (Jasper 7 Daisy caught 9 shrimps and a baby one) and you could sit and imagine pirates and smugglers using this small cove. For older children we saw people kayaking – which looked great fun. Check out http://www.cornishcoastadventures.com/ who are based in Port Quin. They offer Family Fun sessions for children 7 years and above. Something that we will keep in mind for the future!
- Port Issac (4 miles) – home of Doc Martin and The Fisherman’s Friends, this is a picturesque Cornish fishing village. We met friends here and enjoyed a lovely afternoon walking across from Port Gaverne. We had fun pottering around the tiny streets whilst browsing in shops and eating ice creams on the beach. www.portisaac-online.co.uk
- Polzeath (6 miles) – a family favourite of ours, we returned to this wonderful beach and village. A beautiful large beach perfect for sandcastle building, rock pooling, wave jumping and body boarding. This year Jasper (5 years) had his first surfing lessons with www.surfsupsurfschool.com – he had 2 taster sessions aimed at children 7 years and younger. He loved it and even managed to stand up! When there also take the drive or walk to Daymer Bay another beautiful beach great for swimming and paddling. When the tide is out be sure to stop off at Greenaway beach for more fabulous rock pooling.
- Even though we enjoyed cooking at the Tipi, we also enjoyed two very nice meals out close by. One lovely lunch with friends at www.portgavernehotel.co.uk – great portions from the kids menu! Plus a lovely evening meal at www.longcrosshotel.co.uk which has beautiful views across the Cornish coastline and wonderful Victorian Gardens. Our children loved exploring these, you can visit the gardens £3 for adults and £1.50 for children.
If we had time we would also have loved to have visited the following places that are also within a 40 minute drive. Again showing what a wonderful location Cornish Tipi holidays are and giving more of a reason for a return visit.
- Tintagel Castle (7.2 miles) www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tintagel-castle/
- Eden Project (20 miles) www.edenproject.com
- Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure park (11.4 miles) www.crealy.co.uk/Cornwall
We really loved our time at Cornish Tipi Holidays and would really recommend for anybody looking for a holiday with a difference.
You do need to take your own beds & bedding and there is a little walk to the toilets and shower block, so it might not be for you if you are used to sleeping in hotels.
For us we loved every minute of it and the children have been very eager to tell their friends and family all about our wonderful trip. If we have a lovely September & October visit http://www.cornishtipiholidays.co.uk/ and get booked up, or bear Cornish Tipi Holidays in mind for next year 🙂