It's been cold. It's been snowing. It's been cosy-fire-and-duvets weather so far this year. But when the sun shines it fills us with the joys of spring! Pure happiness is feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin and coupled with holiday freedom in your heart and the open spaces of the West Country in front of you, it can't get much better.
Glamping lets you emerse yourself in this feeling without dampening the spirits with soggy canvas or 'hole-in-the-ground'. You can satisfy your craving for fresh air and nature whilst relaxing in comfort - let's not forget, you're on holiday after all!
Fling open that canvas door and say 'Good Morning' to the West Country. It'll be the perfect way to start the day after a cosy night's sleep in a proper bed. Stoke up the wood-burner and get that kettle boiling - adventures await.
For a camping experience that includes the canvas, but more of the comfort of home, try our Safari tents. The meadow at Chymder Farm has two of these heavy duty beauties, both with their own private shower-room and WC attached. With quality beds, a well-equipped kitchen-area and full -size dining-table for six, it feels a bit like cheating but it still has camping at it's core.
To treat the kids to a wilder experience, there is always the fire-pit, with fabulous views down to the sunset at sea for evening campfire singing. And during the days, you can hire a Barefoot surfboard to try out those north coast barrels.
If you want to leave the car parked for the week, the Barefoot honesty shop is on site, for fresh local ingredients, from the breakfast bacon to the barbecue burgers.
For an altogether different experience, with a solid roof over your head at night, and the blue sky overhead during the day, try our new 'hobbit home'. It's a glamping pod - a sturdy barrel-shaped sleeping hut for cosy nights with a separate pod for washing and cooking.
In the morning, switch on the kettle and throw open the doors, without having to move from under the duvet. Then snuggle with a cuppa while you take in the view. Set on a working farm, with a children's play-area, this is a great family location, ideal for exploring the Cornish north coast and equally heading onto Dartmoor.
If you're more inclined to stay put, there are 250acres of farmland to explore, with a firepit at the bottom of the paddock, for that campfire experience to make memories from. There is a fishing river just a short stroll away, so pack up that picnic hamper and enjoy an al fresco lunch.
The pods are also the perfect romantic opportunity, with a lower rent band if you leave the children with the family. A rural idyll to take time out - but there's no sending him to the spare room when he's snoring. But you probably won't notice after all that fresh air knocks you into the kind of deep sleep that only a day's exploring can provide.