Mumsnet was invited for a weekend to review Boswarthen Farm, near Penzance in Cornwall.
This working dairy farm used to be a Featherdown-only operation, but now also has its own glamping accommodation. We stayed in Lanyon, which sleeps six to eight people, and is absolutely delightful! The 'tents' (for want of a better word; they're so luxurious it feels silly to call them that!) are spread across a large field, with plenty of space, overlooking the surrounding land - and sea! You can enjoy this lovely view from a deckchair on your veranda - ideally with drink in hand!
The exterior is canvas but the floor is nice solid wood, and as well as the main living area/kitchen there are two bedrooms partitioned off with curtains. One of these has bunk beds, the other a proper double bed (!) and both have decent storage. Exciting for children (or in our case, my 26-year-old friend) is a 'cupboard bed', which you can access from the 'master bedroom'. Out the back is a bathroom with - wait for it - a proper toilet and sink. Only cold water mind - but you can get a nice hot shower at the block nearby. Kitchen is really well equipped, again a proper sink, and again only cold water - but the owners said hot water may be in the pipeline, so watch this space. The tents also don't have electricity, but if you need a plug socket you can go to the tractor barn, next to the site shop (which sells lots of handy things).
A long table is perfect for seating everyone round to eat if the weather's taken a turn for the worse, and there's also a sofa bed and, most excitingly - a wood-burning stove with oven. There's a gas camping stove out the front for boiling the kettle with ease etc, so we mainly used our stove for warmth - if you get it going in the evening the whole place is toasty warm come bedtime! There are lanterns but it's a good idea to bring torches too - unless you're staying in the two-storey tent, which has solar-powered lighting!
As we were very lucky with the weather, we cooked outside on our fire pit with grill - there are picnic tables for eating on too. On Saturday night the owners Adrian and Maddy do pizzas in their outdoor oven for everyone who's signed up, and a campfire - with truck rides on the moors to see the ponies for kids (and adults!) after. There's also animal feeding on Saturday morning, and lots of other activities - Adrian, Maddy and their family are absolutely lovely and go really out of their way to give people a brilliant holiday.
There's so much to do in the local area that we ran out of time and are having to plan our next trip back already! St Michael's Mount is a lovely trip out; you can get a boat over or walk (tide dependent) to this National Trust island, walk up to the castle and enjoy spectacular views of the coast. The ice creams come highly recommended! We also stopped at the nearby Lanyon tea rooms, which are very nice, on our way to Porthcurno National Trust beach (this area really is very good for NT members!), a site of outstanding natural beauty that is really idyllic. St Ives is nearby too but we didn't quite make it that far.
The site seems very popular and gets booked up, especially in school holidays, so worth getting organised early - and lots of different sizing/pricing options depending on your family's requirements. There are also various optional extras you can purchase for added convenience such as meals on your first night.
An excellent and relaxing holiday overall - worth the long drive!