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Cool Cornish camping – in a Mongolian yurt

For many, the thought of camping still conjures up vivid images of muddy fields, soggy tents, and the car crammed to the roof with everything but the kitchen sink.

Today, however, if you crave home comforts, even a little luxury, suffering in pursuit of a relaxing camping holiday can be avoided – making broken poles, missing pegs and waterlogged sleeping bags a thing of the past.

Tents are so ‘last year’

‘Boutique’ campsites, offering a range of stylish camping accommodation, have made canvas chic, and ‘glamping’, or glamorous camping, more accessible, offering the ultimate eco-friendly and sustainable holiday experience.

Escaping the hustle and bustle of modern life and getting back to nature is difficult on this crowded island. However, at East Crinnis Camping & Caravan Park near Carlyon Bay in Cornwall, you can truly get away from it all and savour a unique Cornish camping experience.

This is the ultimate eco-tent for the ‘cool’ camper...

Glamp it up in a yurt

For that ‘back to nature’ experience, with all the home comforts you need and oodles of space to relax in, you can book one of the delightful Mongolian-style yurts. This is the ultimate eco-tent for the ‘cool’ camper, a wood-lattice structure covered in canvas (traditionally thick felt in Mongolia), with a domed roof and a raised, wooden floor.

Simple yet cosy, all the yurts are kitted out with futon-style beds, colourful woollen rugs, throws and cushions, solid wooden furniture, a wood-burning stove, and a fully equipped campers’ kitchen.

There’s plenty of space in which to relax during the day but come the night, when the futon beds are laid out, it’s certainly very cosy, especially if you have stoked up the wood-burning stove and the logs are glowing and crackling.

Go exploring

With both the Cornish coast and the wild expanse of Bodmin Moor within easy reach, you don’t have to go far to get a real flavour of the area.

  • For a full day’s walk, head off into the heart of the moor and tackle Bodmin Moor’s famous peaks, Brown Willy (Cornwall’s highest point at 1,378ft) and Rough Tor
  • Take a trek along a section of the South West Coast Path
  • Visit the impressive biomes at the nearby Eden Project
  • Or, when it rains, head for Lanhydrock, a National Trust-owned Victorian mansion on a huge estate south of Bodmin

Fancy getting away from it all?

  • Buy gadgets, guides and camping accessories from the AA Shop – members save 10% on marked prices
  • Browse the AA's wide range of inspected and quality-assured UK campsites
  • Search for European campsites and book online

(24 October 2013)