Dan and I decided a bit last-minute to go away for my birthday, we had just gotten back from a camping trip with friends last Sunday afternoon. Monday morning, we were laying in bed, surfing the interwebs looking for somewhere to go. That’s basically how we stumbled up the Atlantic Surf Pods in Bude. And they were running a special Tuesday-Thursday night so even better!
We packed up and headed out Tuesday afternoon on a 3 1/2 hour car journey to Cornwall (Dan was not so thrilled about the length of the car ride, I was like 3 1/2 hours?, that’s nothing!). We were a little worried once we actually got closer to Bude, Bournemouth was sunny and beautiful when we left, but we were driving through some grey cloudy fog. And when we reached our destination and stopped at the local grocery store for some supplies, it had started raining.
We reached the site and the owner’s son came down to show us to our Pod (we were in Pod 3). The pods come with a state of the art barbecue, your own private deck with chairs and table, giant outdoor bean bags, a king size memory foam bed, private toilet and sink just down a path behind the pod, cutlery and cookware (Denby China, it is glamping after all), pretty much everything you could need!
We were also welcomed by one of the resident farm cats, who we made good friends with over the course of our stay. “Kitty”, as we christened her, spent many afternoons lounging with us on our deck in the sun, a few evenings on my lap as Dan and I sipped wine and looked at the stars, and also graciously brought us a dismembered rabbit foot on the last day to show her gratitude.
It started clearing up a bit after we arrived and once we were settled in, Dan and I decided to venture to Stratton to visit the Tree Inn Pub. We had been told it was about a 20 minute walk away and that there was a path from the farm that you could take, but it was a bit muddy. It was very muddy, and overgrown, but we trudged through (wearing flip flops, wellies would have been more appropriate). We did reach the pub eventually, with mud covered feet and a few stinging nettles scratches, but it just made the beer taste that much better 🙂
After a few drinks, we made our way back to the campsite and started dinner as it was starting to get a bit dark. We had amazing rainbow trout, with grilled vegetables and sautéed potatoes (we did eat quite well the entire time we were there!). It was lovely sitting out in the peace and quiet at night just looking at the stars in front of our pod. We spent every evening doing that along with some wine and chocolate bananas on the grill 🙂
So happy to have the sunshine!
The next day, we went to Bideford for the afternoon. We wandered around the park, visited their art gallery, and hiked up to Chudleigh Fort.
We spent our last night back at the Tree Inn for dinner and had the most amazing lamb, like seriously, it was melt in your mouth good. Dan almost managed to beat one of the locals at pool, we had a game where I managed not to embarrass myself too badly and it was back to the pod eventually (by taxi this time to avoid muddy nettle path) for some chocolate bananas on the grill and stargazing (chocolate bananas are amazing by the way, the UK answer to smores, you slit a banana with the skin still on and stuff it with chocolate, wrap in foil and pop on the grill until it’s all soft and melty).
We had such an amazing time and were very sad to leave. I really enjoyed the whole “glamping” thing. All the best parts of camping with a nice king sized bed to sleep in at the end of the night and a hot shower in the morning. And because the barbecue had a cooking ring on one side, you could pretty much make anything on it. Even with people staying in the other pods, you still felt like you were quite isolated, it was just a really great experience and I think Dan and I will definitely be going back someday!