Sunday 5th June 2011
THIS über-cool camp in three acres of wildflower meadow on the edge of Bodmin Moor is the ultimate glamping retreat for two. It is made up of two funky and lavishly-equipped white tents. One is a futuristic-looking dome-shaped sleeping area with a king-size bed, woodburner and a vast window, so you can wake up to panoramic views of the hills. The second tent contains a mini kitchen and bathroom complete with a freestanding wood-fired bathtub for when you fancy starting – or ending – the day with a long, relaxing soak. A breakfast hamper is brought to your door every morning and you can pre-order evening meals if you don’t feel like cooking. The South West coastal path is on the doorstep so take your walking shoes. A second pair of tents is available from this month.
Saturday 8th January 2011
This is a luxury retreat that brings the best of modern life to the best of the countryside.
Every morning a breakfast hamper is left just down the path for you to collect, with an evening menu to choose from if you don’t feel like cooking. So you could spend your whole stay simply lying on the sun loungers on the terrace.
If you do feel like being a little more active, then Bodmin Moor and the beach are within reach.
Saturday 1st January 2011
The original Ekopod – a stylish white geodesic tent with a wood-burner, wooden terrace platform, separate bathroom (with woodburner-heated bathtub) and kitchen tent in its own field near Bodmin Moor – was booked up for the whole of last summer. So this year the owners are expanding with an additional holiday option, The Curve, a long white tube of a building, with bathroom and dining area, sleeping two.
The Guardian, Saturday 3rd April 2010
This cool, contemporary living space is a luxury low-carbon retreat featuring a space-agey white geodesic dome tent on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Inside there’s a big bedroom in black and white, with a wood-burner and one transparent wall with views onto the garden.
There’s also a separate cube tent surrounded by wooden decking, with a mini-kitchen and bathroom with a wood-fired bath tub, and an on-site honesty shop where you can help yourself to local food. Its green credentials stand up: off grid, solar-powered, built with local materials.
Every morning a breakfast hamper is left just down the path for you to collect, and evening meals are available if you don’t feel like cooking. Nearby, you can climb Brown Willy or Rough Tor, or go surfing at Widemouth Bay.
The UK countryside has had a serious injection of chic this year with the launch of new travel company Canopy And Stars. Bringing together some of the most quirky places to stay in the country – from luxury treehouses to gypsy caravans to yurts stuffed with antiques – the idea is that you can stay somewhere different without sacrificing style or quality to do so.
And there’s nowhere quite so stylish as their fabulous Ekopod on Bodmin Moor in north Cornwall, a blend of urban design inspired by the shape of the nearby Eden Project.
Inside it’s like sleeping in a tent, but with more glamour – all geometric angles, triangular windows with countryside views and, thankfully, a wood burner to keep it all cosy when you eventually curl up on giant beanbags. Have breakfast on the decking before heading off to the coast for a day of surfing on some of (in Stylist’s opinion) Britain’s finest beaches. When you return later, you can wash off the salt in the pod’s wood-fired bath.
Why it’s hot
The Ekopod is all about bringing modern, alternative super-luxury to the country but leaving the stress, aggro and traffic behind. And believe us it works in spades here – offering solitude and style in equal measure. Nighttime is particularly cool; as the sun goes down, candles keep the Ekopod romantic and lit, while the woods and hills sink into darkness.
Eating and drinking
Even though you’re technically in the middle of nowhere, you won’t go hungry. Every morning a specially prepared breakfast hamper arrives full of rolls, jams and apple juice, as well as a menu for selecting a home-cooked evening meal. The Ekopod is also just 30 minutes’ drive from the eateries around Padstow where Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver have restaurants.
The obvious thing to photograph round here is the Beast of Bodmin. But since it’s as hard to track down as the yeti, you might be better off snapping the dolphins you can often see from the coast.
Saturday 22nd August 2009
‘Find the decor in yurts just a wee bit hippyish? Well for a modern, minimalist take on the posh eco-tent phenomenon, we bring you Ekopod. The white geodesic tent, near Camelford in Cornwall, sleeps two in a kingsize bed, with sheepskin rugs, a woodburning stove and a transparent wall with views across a meadow to the wilds of Bodmin moor. Cojoined are a bathroom pod with bathtub, compost toilet and pump shower, and kitchen pod with stove and cool box. More eco-gear can be hired including a portable record player, and solar-powered iPod speakers. All you need now is for the sun to shine.’