Cornwall is known for its glittering coastline, rich wildlife, and dramatic hills that rise and fall to the beat of nature’s energising rhythms. Virginia Woolf once asked herself, ‘why am I so incredibly and incurably romantic about Cornwall?’ Perhaps, it was Cornwall’s undiluted natural beauty, or its rugged cliffs, or even the precious harbour towns and villages. One thing is for sure: a hundred years later, and Cornwall’s charm is still unmatched. So, you might wonder how you can make your family holiday in Cornwall first-class, without breaking the bank. We’ve got you covered.
Glamping in Cornwall
If you would like to leave the city behind and truly experience the wonders of Cornwall, then glamping is the answer. Glamping will give you all the advantages of being immersed in nature, minus the trouble of setting up camp. Instead of wrestling with tent manuals for hours on end, you will invest your time in exploring the miracle that is the Cornish landscape with your loved ones. What is more, we even have dog friendly accommodation in our Gwel Teg Farm, so that your four-legged companions can be with you every step of the way. Feather Down’s spacious glamping canvas hideaways, moreover, come equipped with all the comforts you will need, and they are in keeping with the rural lifestyle that Cornwall is known for. You'll enjoy en-suite hideaways at Treganhoe farm, the ultimate luxury during your glamping staycation. Based on a farm, you will have immediate access to its unique flora and fauna – your little ones can even bottle feed the lambs! At the end of the day, you could indulge in a luxurious soak in one of our hot tubs.
Adventures for the whole family
So, you have your accommodation sorted, but now you are having a think about making your holiday as fun as possible. While some families are perfectly content exploring the farm, we know first hand that Cornwall has many gems waiting to be seen.
Cornwall provides plenty of children's activities, both indoor and outdoor, that will delight explorers of all ages. For example, if you are looking for adventure-driven things to do in Looe, you could visit Adrenalin Quarry. There, you can experience their race track and water park, always against the backdrop of breath-taking views. For the thrill-seekers, why not try freefalling on the cliff top swing 150 ft above the lake? You can, alternatively, fly down the zip wire which is 50m high! We're sure a day here will be a day to remember.
🤔 Did you know? Adrenalin Quarry is less than 10 minutes away from our Gwel Teg Farm by car. If you’d like to take in the stunning sights, you can also go by bike (less than 20 minutes!)
And yet, who does not know the saying ‘the best things in life are free’? This holds most true in Cornwall, where you can walk along pristine beaches, stumble upon ancient woodlands, and roam through chocolate-box villages without spending a penny. You can find some of the best routes on the National Trust website, South West Coast Path or on AllTrails.
👍 A Feather Down Tried and Tested Coastal Walk
One of our favourite coastal walks is from Looe to Polperro, where you will pass by a sixth-century monastery, come across astonishing shipwrecks, and be surrounded by the enchanting sound of waves crashing against impressive cliffs. The path reveals panoramic views of Cornwall with quaint fishing villages dotted along the coastline.
As you hike this one-of-a-kind route, you will be immersed in centuries-old tales, relishing the seamless blend of history and natural beauty that makes this coastal journey a spellbinding experience.
While you are at it, you can also incorporate some treasure hunting to keep your little ones entertained for hours!
Discovering Nature’s Charms and Historic Gardens in Penzance
For those based in Penzance, you can partake in some birdwatching. There, you can teach your kiddos about Cornwall’s natural habitat and catch sight of the majestic cormorants, dramatic shags and the wonderful gannets, to name a few.
We would be amiss if we did not mention the many sublime gardens, peppered throughout Penzance. For instance, Trewidden Garden (less than a ten minute drive from Treganhoe Farm), was first planted in the mid-nineteenth century. At Trewidden Garden, you will find many flourishing plants that are indigenous to Asia and the Southern Hemisphere. With a maze for the ultimate game of hide and seek, the whole family will enjoy a day out together.
Another must-visit is the Morrab Gardens (just over 10 minutes by car). You will be blown away by the wide-ranging collection of its sub-tropical plants. Morrab Gardens are a testament to the greatness of the nineteenth century, and you are bound to be transferred to the grandeur of times past, forever preserved within the walled garden of the Morrab House.
🤫Top tip! If you love culture, and your little ones enjoy theatre, then Minack Theatre might be just the thing. Standing as an open-air marvel, the Minack Theatre’s dramatic setting, perched as it is above a gully, adds an extra layer of wonder. This unique venue comes alive from Easter to the end of October, offering a diverse array of music and theatre, earning its place on numerous lists highlighting the world’s most spectacular theatres.