Moyles Farm Glamping

UK England South West England Cornwall Polzeath

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A cosy hideaway for two, with a top location, welcoming hosts and everything required for an effortless glamping escape
Dragged from the Dorset hills, the winter-worn shepherd’s hut at Moyles Farm is a genuine specimen that once provided shelter to hardy old herdsmen. Though on first arrival it had seen better days, Mark Woodward (helicopter pilot turned DIY hut-restorer) transformed the rustic abode into a cosy two-person cabin that guests will now find a house fit for shepherding kings. His wife, Amanda, contributed her own stylish eye for detail, with well-chosen furnishings set in a light, seaside colour scheme. Together, the couple make a formidable hosting duo: friendly, helpful and full of local knowledge. If the perfect combination of excellent accommodation and amicable hosts isn’t enough, Moyles Farm can also brag a dreamy Cornish setting; quiet, inland seclusion yet just a hop, skip and jump to the sandy beaches beyond.

If it sounds a little like we’re gushing then it’s probably because we are, but not without good reason. Poised in the grassy garden of a traditional farm, the shepherd's hut is a new addition to a site that already boasts three luxury self-catered cottages, so the hospitality business is nothing new here. In fact, over previous years Mark and Amanda have built quite a reputation, and are more than used to a carefully written review or two from every travel writer in town. Now branching out from stoney-walled cottages, the traditional shepherds hut gives us at Cool Camping something to hark on about, and with such a fabulous restoration, hark we shall...

A white, wood panelled interior houses a comfortable king-sized bed that occupies the whole far end of the hut, with a narrow shelf running alongside for the TV remote, a digital radio and an evening reading lamp. At the other end, twin gas burning hobs are cleverly hidden beneath a wooden kitchen top with crockery and utensils, a miniature fridge and a small table and chairs. As is a must for the proper shepherd’s hut experience, there is also a toasty log-burning stove, so on those chilly winter days you can stoke the glowing fire and listen to rain drops drumming on the corrugated roof. A few yards away, a separate timber building hosts your own private bathroom, with a hot, modern shower and proper flushing loos.

Beyond the farm fences and past the nosey cattle, the rest of Cornwall lies waiting. Polzeath beach is a mile and a half away – a popular surfing spot with pleasant seafront restaurants where you can watch beginners wobble on the waves. Rock, at a similar distance, is also the place to go for sailing, windsurfing and various other watersports. Walkers can stop short of the water and join some of the most scenic parts of the South West Coast Path, a beautiful long distance footpath that covers 630 miles of dynamic coastline. Regardless of whether you wear yourself out at sea or on land, the shepherd’s hut at Moyles Farm is a pleasant place to return – warm, practical and comfortable all year round.

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Facilities

Inside the hut is a king size bed, a gas hob for cooking, a mini-fridge, a small table and chairs, television and wood burning stove. Private bathroom facilities are provided in an ajacent timber building. All linen and towels are provided. Immediately outside the hut is a fire pit/BBQ area.

Suitable For

Glamping only – no tents, campervans, caravans, dogs or pets. The shepherds hut sleeps 2 in a double bed.

Nearby

Polzeath's sandy beach is popular with surfers but calm enough for beginners, while the village also hosts a few great shops and eateries. Slightly further down the coast Daymer is also an excellent beach, with a grassy knoll behind for sand-free picnics. From here head to Rock, keeping an eye out for the spire of 15th century St Enodoc's Church, now surrounded by the excellent local golf course (01208 863216). With its famous Oyster Festival (01840 212955) every July, Rock is a proper seaside settlement with watersports (01208 862 727) beyond the harbour and a £3 ferry (01841 532239) running across to Padstow. The crossing is well worth it to explore another quaint seaside spot, home to the National Lobster Hatchery (01841 533877) and a stunning Elizabethan country house (01841 532411). Walkers will also find one of the most beautiful section of the South West Coast Path nearby, running from Polzeath to Rock.

Food & Drink

Home cooked freezer meals can be delivered to your accommodation, these are prepared by the owner's sister-in-law, Fee Turner, (01208 862331) using predominantly locally sourced ingredients. It's a half hour walk or 5 minute drive into Polzeath where The Oyster Catcher (01208 862371) is great for ales and Sea Side (01208 862242) is best for a tasty lunch accompanied by sea views. For the most high-end dining experience head to Restaurant Nathan Outlaw (01208 862737) in Rock with no fewer than two Michelin Stars.

Opening Times

All year.

Accommodation

1 shepherd's hut with an adjacent private bathroom.

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Location

Contact Moyles Farm Glamping, Moyles Farm, St Minver, Cornwall PL27 6QT

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Getting There

Just past Exeter take the A30 sign to Launceston. Some 50 miles past Exeter is the sign to Launceston. Stay on the A30 for a few miles beyond Launceston and there is a sign to the right at Kennards House which says A395 to Camelford, Wadebridge and North Cornwall (A39). Take this turn to the right and follow it until T junction with the A39 which is approximately 13 miles from the A30. Take the left hand turn on the A39 towards Wadebridge. Approximately 2-3 miles along the A39 take the right hand turn that is signposted to Delabole, Tintagel and Port Isaac, the B3314. After a further 2-3 miles there is another cross roads, go straight across staying on the B3314 still signposted to Wadebridge. Continue on this road through Delabole for approximately 7 miles. Take the right hand turn towards Port Quinn and Polzeath, follow the tourist sign to the Bee Centre. After half a mile there is a further junction take the right hand turn towards the Bee Centre. Do not take the very sharp hand turn here to Port Quinn as it is a minor lane only. Passing the Bee centre on your right, the road then bends to the right, on the bend go left down a small road that is signed at the end “Mesmear Farm”. Drive past Mesmear and Moyles is the next farm on the left after about half a mile. The” Moyles” slate sign is in the wall.

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