About Us

Welcome to Ekopod!

 
A Cornish glamping site perched on the edge of Bodmin Moor in five acres of wildflower meadows and woodland. Ekopod provides unique, private and relaxed accommodation where you can enjoy the stunning scenery of Cornwall, warming log fires and clear night skies. An opportunity to embrace a simpler calmer life.

Although, simple doesn’t have to mean basic, in fact our glamping pods are more akin to hotel rooms than tents. We make sure that our guests have everything they need from crisp white linen, fluffy bath towels and all the equipment and crockery for your al fresco dining.  Ekopod is perfectly located to be youe base for exploring the many attractions of Cornwall and North Devon.  Back at camp you can enjoy beautiful views of the rolling Cornish countryside around the River Inney valley, Rough Tor and Brown Willy. The secluded farmland is screened on three sides by woodland and bordered by a fast-flowing moorland stream.

History

Ekopod was established with just two glamping pods in 2010, when glamping was just getting started, we believe it was the first site to have a Geodesmic dome in the UK. We took over Ekopod in June 2017. We are a brother and sister team who were working in hospitality in Bristol, but spending a lot of our free time either travelling to and from the beaches of Devon and Cornwall or back packing around the world.

Our move into glamping was inspired by 2014 backpacking travels that involved wild camping in Russia and staying in gers in Mongolia. We were blown away by the sense of wonder and adventure that being so remote and living so close to nature can create. So we came back determined to create an experience in the UK that could try and capture that magic, for our guests. Having 20 years of hospitality experience between us, in hotels and restaurants respectively, setting up a glamping business seemed to be the perfect venture. Our love of the sea, water sports and outdoor activities made the border of Devon and Cornwall the perfect location

While looking for sites we found and fell in love with Ekopod, which was for sale at the time. Being Giffords ourselves the House’s connection with Thomas Hardy’s wife Emma Gifford seemed like a sign, giving us the confidence to take the plunge! In our first summer we built the geodome Nessa and set up sites for Tressa and Kensa our two bell tents, non permanent structures that we operate between March and October. In 2018 we opened another Geodome Eyl and have two more pods in the pipeline for the summer.

Vision

These are our three principles guiding our project:

• To provide a sense of remoteness; all of our glamping units are set in their own space, with private terraces and away from each other.
• To provide a relaxing way for our guests to get close to nature, enjoy starry skies and outside adventures but with more luxury and ease than a standard camping trip allows.
• To give back to the land we are working on, by working on habitat restoration for native British species and creating an environmentally friendly business.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about Ekopod, and look forward to welcoming you to Cornwall!

Rachael and Matt