Call this camping? A UK getaway break with a difference.
With all the luxury and/or boutique hotels around, and with more opening by the minute, when you think of camping you probably think ‘slumming it’, or at best ‘getting back to nature without breaking the bank’. But you don't have to pitch your tent at Lovelane Caravans (01326 340406) in St Keverne, Cornwall. They offer you a choice of caravans that includes a charming gypsy wagon with a wood-burning stove and gold-tapped bathtub, located near the farmhouse of a fully functioning organic ice-cream dairy farm. Yes, that’s right: you have delicious and ‘healthy’ ice cream on tap!
All the accommodation is brightly coloured and beautifully equipped with everything from patchwork quilts to flower vases, reports the Guardian, and is set in a peaceful green meadow on Roskilly's. Choose from one of three classic English caravans, the two hippy buses, the shepherd's hut, the old colonial tent or the rather special gypsy wagon.
There are fields and beaches within walking distance of Roskilly's itself, but if you get restless and love art, the creative centre of St Ives and its Tate gallery and the Newlyn art gallery in Penzance make great day trips. Nearby places to visit include Trebah and Glendurgan gardens , two subtropical botanical attractions. You can also view some outdoor drama in a dramatic setting at the Minack near Porthcurno, a stone theatre built into the side of a sea cliff.
The gypsy wagon is open all year and the rest of the accommodation, from April to October. A 2-berth caravan for 3 nights off-peak costs around £180; a 5-berth hippy bus in peak season costs £435.