"Hi, I'm Louise. I am the content editor here at QuirkyAccom.com.
My family and I were lucky enough to spend a couple of nights in one of the wooden pods at Atlantic Surf Pods in Bude, North Cornwall.
This was to be our first experience at “glamping” and we loved it! The pods sit upon an undulating field and have views over the manicured grassy space below that is reserved for pod families. Here we enjoyed many games of cricket, “it” and an evening of sitting around the firepit with bedtime stories.
The pod itself was spacious with a very comfortable king-size bed and 2 large bean bags that my children loved sleeping on! There was a rustic style coat stand, a good sized fridge plus all the utensils, plates, pots and pans that you could need, plus a useful shelving unit.
The free wifi went down well as this enabled us to listen to music whilst enjoying a BBQ on our private terrace. There were even USB charging points so we could charge up our phones and stay connected to the outside world, although you may choose not to!
Outside the pod you can find your own private toilet and shower hut which had sparkly tiles and there was also a communal bathroom too where you can enjoy a lovely shower after a day exploring.
One thing to note (that we learnt after being woken up by bright sunshine very early in the morning!) is that the pieces of wood in the pod are actually meant to be put upon the windows to make it dark! You definitely live and learn, even at my age!
A walk around the farm led us to a children’s play park and getting face to face with some alpacas! The owner kindly showed my children some gorgeous kittens, which definitely earned the site some extra brownie points!
Locally we enjoyed a visit to the Gnome Reserve at Bradworthy, which is definitely worth a visit if just for the photo opportunity of wearing a silly hat. However we all enjoyed looking at the different gnomes and the wildlife garden too. A walk on the beach at Widemouth or Sandymouth is a must as well!
Overall my 8 year old described his first glamping experience as "Brilliant" and is already asking when we can return! As a mum I would call this a resounding success and look forward to visiting Atlantic Surf again in the future. I would recommend staying in a hut or cabin if you are looking to enjoy an alternative getaway."
- Louise, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom