*This post is sponsored & we were kindly invited to stay at Ekopod Cornwall in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own.
The Location: Ekopod Cornwall
You’ll find the Ekopod site nestled in the quiet countryside on the edge of Bodmin Moor, in between Launceston and Camelford in Cornwall. Its rural location means it is a truly tranquil escape from busy life, and the neighbouring fields filled with deer & sheep, and the babbling stream at the bottom of the site means you’re surrounded by sights and sounds of nature whichever way you turn.
Ekopod is run by Rachael & Matt – a brother and sister team who purchased the site in 2017 and have built it into this magical, eco-friendly haven for those wanting a unique Cornwall stay under the stars. Initially known for its quirky Geodome tents, Ekopod have added two luxury safari tents which are perfect for bigger groups too!
Each glamping spot at Ekopod (whether that’s the Geodomes, the glamping pod or the safari tents) is its own private, self-contained unit with your own space to feel hidden away from the world. They’re also all ‘off-grid’ – meaning heat is provided by log burner, lighting comes from rechargeable lanterns, solar lights and candles, and cooking is done on a gas powered hob (or BBQ).
If you need electricity to charge devices throughout your stay, you can head down to the communal ‘Barn’ which has a locker for each glamping pod with plug sockets inside, and a fridge and oven if you need more cooking options during your stay.
They also all have proper bathrooms with flushing toilet & gas heated hot water; definitely appreciated luxury as – let’s face it – the bathroom situation is always the worst part about camping and being out in the wild!
‘The Barn’ also has a selection of books and boards games to borrow, and an ‘honesty shop’ with some drinks, snacks, and extra firewood & kindling if you need as well.
About the ‘Ebron’ Glamping Safari Tent
Walking into the Ebron Safari tent feels like walking into one of the tents from Harry Potter (shown at the beginning of the Goblet of Fire movie… basically a Mary Poppins’ bag equivalent of a tent!) – we were wowed by how much space there was and how cleverly its been designed with interior framing creating different rooms.
In the living area there was a large leather sofa and coffee table by the woodburning stove, a dining table for 8 people, kitchenette, lots of storage for logs, food and your belongings, and of course, the opening to the outside balcony, which can be zipped up or rolled up when you wish.
I loved the fact the balcony is undercover, so even if it’s raining you can cosy up on the comfy chairs out here, and even have a BBQ! The dogs loved chilling out in this space.
Inside there’s also a full master bedroom with a king size four poster bed, bedside table and wardrobe/storage area (honestly I was generally impressed with the storage space in the tent – something you often don’t get at all when glamping!), as well as a king size cabin bed with this cute ladder and shutter doors to get in and out, and storage space/dog space underneath.
There’s also another bedroom with two sets of bunkbeds in, and of course a bathroom with flushing toilet, sink, mirror and proper, hot shower!
As I mentioned the tent itself is ‘off grid’, so while there’s plumbing for the bathroom & sinks, the kitchen has a gas powered stove top and a coolbox (with ice blocks) for your cooking. I made a couple of tasty meals with everything I needed here, but you can also use the oven & fridge in the communal barn if needed.
My favourite part was probably relaxing on the balcony with the sound of the stream below us, or going outside to look at the stars at night. It’s so clear here with very little light pollutions, so it was excellent for stargazing! (My photo definitely doesn’t do it justice).
Inside the tent, bedding, towels, blankets, and even a selection of hot water bottles (a god-send for getting snug in off-season October!) are all provided, along with a welcome pack with things like salt, pepper, oil, tea, coffee, milk etc., and bathroom toiletries from local Kitty’s Herbery too.
Dog Friendly Glamping
I love that you can bring your furry friends away with you to your Ekopod stay, and Maizy and Pepper loved relaxing out on the balcony of the safari tent listening to the sound of deer in the fields and sniffing the air. Dog bowls and treats were provided, and the Ebron safari tent even had a useful cubby space for them to sleep in underneath the cabin bed in the main living area!
As with most places in Cornwall, there is plenty to do nearby with dogs including countryside walks and dog friendly beaches (I’ve outlined some ideas below).
Things To Do Nearby
Situated at the edge of Bodmin Moor and close to the North coast of Cornwall, there are plenty of things to do within 30 minutes drive of Ekopod Cornwall, and I’ve listed some of my top recommendations below!
Rachael & Matt also provide a digital welcome pack when you book your stay, which has suggestions of local places to walk and eat as well which was really handy.
- Countryside Walks
You’re a stone’s throw away from all the epic moorland walks on Bodmin moor here, such as Rough Tor and Brown Willy. While we were here we visited the spooky Davidstow woods/moor and the old abandoned RAF airfield – a very unique place to explore if you’re into that kind of thing! Plus there’s ‘Wilsey wood’ in a 5 minute drive, and the famous St. Nectan’s Glen with waterfalls within 25 minutes.
- Cornish Towns/Villages
The famous village of Boscastle is 30 minutes away, and is home to plenty of cute and quirky shops to explore, PLUS the museum of witchcraft and magic! Or, head down to Tintagel to visit Tintagel castle and Merlin’s Cave. Launceston is also nearby for a wider range of shops and eateries.
- Coastal Adventures
If you do head to Tintagel or Boscastle, the coast paths around here are very dramatic and well worth a visit. The rocky beach of Crackington Haven is 30 minutes drive away, as is Widemouth Bay which is an excellent spot for surfing.
A huge thank you to Rachael & Matt for inviting us along, we had a truly relaxing stay and the dogs loved it too 🐶.