29 Nov Glamping review… The Lake, Bodmin Moor
Back at the start of October, Brook and I went on a well-deserved break. When we told family and friends that this holiday was going to be on Bodmin Moor they were a bit sceptical to say the least. However, I knew it was going to be amazing. I knew this because we weren’t staying in any ordinary place, we were staying at The Lake.
The Lake is a converted shipping container (this description didn’t help much with the scepticism) which is situated, unsurprisingly, on the edge of a lake. I had first seen the place on Cool Camping about eight months before and had been waiting for the perfect opportunity to go there. Our 30th birthdays seemed about right.
The container has been converted with great attention to detail. Inside you have a double bed, wood burner, dining table and kitchenette complete with gas hob, oven and every utensil you could possibly need. The bed had fluffy pillows, a warm, snuggly duvet, plenty of blankets and lots of gorgeous cushions.
The place is totally off-grid with all hot water and electricity being provided by a few solar panels. The ‘fridge’ is a shopping basket that sits on the edge of the lake submerging your food under the cool water. It worked well for us, apart from a pack of ham floating off…
Rupert and Fran are the couple behind the idea and they were both incredibly warm and welcoming. When Rupert was showing us round he casually mentioned that there had been an army exercise at 5am a few days before complete with helicopters. Oh wonderful. Later that night we heard a bit of a rumble and instantly peered out the window expecting to see storms of troops descending but instead were greeted with some of the local cows who had popped down for a drink in the lake. Not as alarming as masses of troops, but with their impressive horns they still made for a pretty formidable sight.
In the end we weren’t woken by the army but by an incredibly beautiful, pink sunrise. I blearily took in the sight from the luxury of the bed while Brook hopped into action to try and capture it.
We were fortunate enough to get several clear nights and even though I’m not a great star-gazer – Orion and the Plough are about my limits – the sky was breath-taking. For people who are passionate about the stars or sky photography this spot is a must.
We ventured out in the rowing boat a couple of times although the strong winds that week made it quite challenging and a bit of a workout!
The Lake is ideal if you’re after seclusion and peace. The perfect spot to decompress from a busy life.
The Lake, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. Find out more here. Price: £300 (Mon-Fri off-season)