We have just enjoyed the most amazing weekend in what is quite possibly the best glampsite in the UK, and we've visited a few over the years! We stayed in Rusty the Tin Tent, which has been ingeniously converted from a shipping container and even starred in George Clarke's Amazing Spaces on Channel 4. Let me give you a tour...
The bunk beds are at one end of the container and are so comfy with huge sprung mattresses, Egyptian bed linen and recycled wool blankets. The beds are made from scaffolding and the boys had the bottom bunk whilst us adults got the top bunk for once, they were so snug.
At the other end of the container was the wood burning stove, this was the easiest stove I think I've used, with plenty of kindling to get the fire started and a joy to cook on. You can cook in the large oven and on the top plate too or just use it to warm your toes in the evening. In the meadow there was a wood store with plenty of kindling and wood for little helpers to keep the fire blazing into the evening. Rusty would certainly keep campers warm even in the coldest Winters, definitely an all year round tent.
On the decking outside was a huge hammock that we all fought over for most of the weekend, it was never empty with either the children swinging like monkeys in it or me trying to have a quiet snooze!
In the meadow is an enchanting honesty shop, full of scrumptious local food from Ann's Pasties made on the Lizard, tubs of Roskilly's ice cream, bacon and sausages from the local farm, milk and beans. All the things you need for the perfect English breakfast before a day on a the beach and you can even book surf lessons too.
On the back of the container was a bathroom and kitchen stocked with everything you could possibly need during your stay. The shower room was surrounded by corrugated tin and housed a huge shower and the loo next door had a pedestal for the basin made from a tree trunk.
Outside in the seven acre meadow were two other large tents sharing the field and also a small woodland with another hammock, rope swing and den in it. Next door there was a second field with sea views and a large communal fire pit and seating area to watch the sun go down. It would be amazing to hire all three for a large family holiday or reunion.
The children made themselves at home quickly and roamed freely, discovering wildlife from the huge crickets (pictured below) that chirped so loudly at night to the bountiful hedgerows laden with blackberries.
We were intending to make a loose jam with the blackberries to pour over our ice cream for pudding, but the babe ate most of them before I could even peg it across the field!
In the evening we all sat outside gazing at all the stars in the sky, it was so clear you could see millions, and I thought to myself that this would be the most amazing place to stay to watch the Perseid meteor shower in early August. As the fire blazed we sat cuddled up in the blankets and watched the bats dart past before returning inside for some family games of cards.
The tin tent is situated near Mullion on the Lizard and the interior design complimented the surrounding landscape beautifully, with muted blues, browns and greys just like on the rugged coastline and beautiful villages nearby.
The boys really enjoyed the open fire pits and toasted marshmallows and we discovered 'smores on a stick' also known as toasted teacakes!
It really was the most perfect weekend and a great final summer fling before we go back to the hum-drum busy daily routine of work and school.
We stayed at Rusty the Tin Tent courtesy of Classic Glamping, holidays start from £444 and bookings are now being taken for 2015, I wanted to move in, I'd have stayed forever!