There are only a handful of geodomes sites in the UK. We were incredibly excited to spend few nights at Ekopod Camping Pods as it has been on our bucket list for a long time now. There is not better way to be closer to the nature and at the same time enjoy a bit of luxury during your stay.
The site is located in a stunning spot, just on the edge of Bodmin Moor. It consists of beautifully designed spherical tents built into the hill that over looks the British countryside. It is a family business, run by Rachael and her brother who gives you very unique and high standard of service. Rachael spent good amount of time explaining to us all the amenities and showing us around. She was just a few steps away as well if we needed anything during our stay. Honestly, they were the best hosts ever.
Domes at Ekopod
We stayed in the dome called Peswara. Not only the location is breath-taking, but you can immediately notice that the interior of the dome has a great combination of chic, eco and outdoor feel. We immediately put a fire in our wood burner and decided to chill-out in our dome. There was one (really good size) double bed and two single beds, all very comfortable with goose down duvets.
We were incredibly unlucky with the weather as we were there in mid-February and Storm Dennis also decided to show up. It meant we had to stay most of the time indoors. We didn’t mind as we spent hours playing board games, reading books, painting and even taking a nap in the middle of the day. I honestly don’t remember the last time we had such a relaxing stay. Oh, and let’s not forget the indoor swing which kept my 2 girls aged 3 & 4.5 occupied for hours. The lack of electricity in the geodomes, meant the room was lit by few candle lights and battery powered lamps. We felt asleep listening to the owl hooting and sound of rain hitting our roof. In the summer, you can enjoy star glazing through the ceiling window of your own bed.
Amenities at Ekopod
Peswara geodome has a separate enclosed kitchen with gas hob and cool box with replaceable ice blocks. There’s a kettle and complimentary tea, coffee, cheese and local biscuits, so it was easy to fix ourselves up with a brew whilst it was cold outside. Inside the kitchen there is a small dining table, but we decided to cook and eat in the main barn. There is a private bathroom next door to the pod with a bathtub, wood burner and viewing window above to watch the stars while enjoying a hot bath. Each pod has as well his own private terrace with a BBQ and fire pit.
Travel cots can be provided at no extra cost.
In the main barn you can find showers, additional toilet, charging points for electrical items (there’s no electricity in the domes) and an honesty shop full of snacks. We would usually cook and eat in the barn as it had 4 hobs cooker and oven, plus good size dining table.
Things to Do Close By
Ekopod combines the best of two worlds. On the one hand, all the pods are set in their own private space while you can enjoy beautiful views of the countryside, as they are situated in acres of meadow, with woodland and moorland close by. On the other hand, you’ve got the incredible attractions within 1h drive or less.
The Eden Project – 45 minutes drive away
One of the top attractions in Cornwall and definitely worth bringing your kids to have a great day out. Set up by an ecological charity to promote education about the natural world, it’s home to two huge biomes that bring a taste of the rainforest and the Mediterranean to south-west England.
Tintagel Castle – 25 minutes drive away
Tintagel Castle and Merlin’s Cave is a mythical home of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It is a perfect spot to pretend to be knights and Disney princesses. All of this comes with a dramatic setting on one of the UK’s most spectacular stretches of the coastline.
Port Isaac – 30 minutes drive away
Port Isaac has been an attractive fishing village since the early fourteenth century. This village offers typical narrow, winding streets lined with old white-washed cottages and traditional granite houses. Perfect for the truly Cornish experience.
Check this article for even more inspirations: https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-things-to-do-in-bodmin-cornwall-england/
Despite really bad weather, we were sad to leave. We had such a perfect weekend away from technology and fast paced lifestyle. It was perfect family break to enjoy closeness to the nature and spend family quality time.