frequently asked questions
Luxury glamping in Cornwall FAQs
Those all important questions you always want to ask, but aren’t sure whether to… well now you can…
Can I bring my pets? Is there Wi-fi? Does the compost loo smell? Is the wild-jacuzzi heated? Why don’t you have REAL loos? Do I need cash for the Wee Shop? Can you help me surprise my partner? … and many more questions answered
We have all heard that it is a word that comes from smashing ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’ together, but what can you actually expect? Posh camping?
Here at Little Menherion, we offer luxury glamping in Cornwall and we’d say it is this and more. Imagine unique luxury accommodation, where you have all your home comforts but you also have nature and wildlife, stars and views, campfires and woodburners… right there to experience.
No campsite shared facilities. No noise from neighbouring tents. No stuffy, soulless hotel rooms.
We cater for individuals who seek the beauty and tranquility of the outdoors but prefer a more refined and upscale camping experience.
Cornwall is by far still the most popular holiday destination in the UK. So it is to be expected that luxury glamping in Cornwall is popular too.
It might take a while to arrive and be a bit busy when you get here. But if you can stop, listen and breathe for a while… you’ll agree it is truly stunning. It has the longest coastline of any UK county which means miles and miles of golden sandy beaches and rugged cliffs.
It has weather coming in from all directions… yes, plenty of weather and as long as you are dressed appropriately you can take in all of the breathtaking scenery – land or sea.
There is no shortage of outdoor activities and definitely something for everyone. Walking, cycling, eating, surfing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, climbing, horseriding. Sitting, reading, yoga, painting, crafting, learning. Relaxing, rejuvenating, recouperating. Romance, solitude, laughter.
It is all here and more. Right on our doorstep. Don’t take our word for it, come and find out for yourself.
Little Menherion is perfectly situated pretty much slap bang in the middle of West Cornwall. With the coastal towns of Penryn (south), Portreath (north) and Porthleven (west) all under 10 miles away.
Famous landmarks such as Eden Project and St Ives, 30 and 20 miles away in opposite directions. The transport hubs: Redruth railway station, on the London-Penzance mainline route, is 3 miles away and Newquay airport 20 miles away.
All in all, it’s lush, it’s green, it’s local yet remote. You can choose to stay put and enjoy the rugged beauty she has to offer or prize yourself away – but not far – to take in some of the wilder Cornish wonders.
1. immersive and adventurous escape from the daily grind, allowing you to disconnect from modern distractions and get closer to nature
2. rejuvenating retreat that offers a peaceful respite, providing an opportunity to unwind, recharge, and rediscover a sense of tranquility
3. enriching and educational journey that encourages hands-on exploration, allowing you to deepen your understanding of the environment and foster a greater connection with the wild
4. offers you a distinct approach to connecting with the environment and nature, making it a more consciously sustainable and educational choice compared to traditional glamping
We are pretty sure the magic of the cabins themselves will be an awesome surprise, and your partner will be blown away! They are, after all, awesome examples of luxury glamping in Cornwall. That said we are more than happy to help with any little extras you might want to arrange in advance, so do ask.
We love dogs and would ideally like to welcome yours to Little Menherion, but sadly we have to say no. There are a number of reasons for this:
– We have 2 rescue dogs (and a cat) here who are great with people and love meeting our guests, but are very anxious when they meet other dogs – of any shape or size
– We are surrounded by farm land and various animals – donkeys, cows, llamas, chickens etc… and we just don’t want to worry our neighbours with the potential of visiting dogs worrying their livelihood
– Not all guests are animal lovers and some have acute allergies and while we do everything we can to ensure the cabins are clean, gleaming and free from pet hair, it is another dimension we don’t want to add to the mix
The clue is in the title… it’s wild! Only tamed by Mother Nature herself. She fills it, empties it, regulates the flow with rainfall, and determines the temperature via the sunshine she throws on it.
So, if we’ve had a lot of rain it can be bleddy furious! On the other hand if we have a dry spell, it’s likely to be very timid and shy, with little to offer.
The minimum suggested stay in any cabin is most often 3 nights but we do occasionally open up 2 night stays. Partly because of the enormous effort involved in cleaning and setting up for each new guest, but most importantly – we really think you need at least that to really appreciate the cabin, the surroundings and allow yourself the time to slow down and relax.
If a 2 night stay is all you can manage do ask and we’ll see what we can do if its not obviously available.
No don’t worry, it is really easy to use and as long as you follow our simple instructions, the only smell will be lovely fresh sawdust. Our set-up follows the ethos laid down by a guy called Joseph Jenkins in his book called Humanure. You’ll find a copy by the compost loo in each of our wild spaces, that you can read should you be interested… it really is fascinating! We have tried to answer some questions you might have here.
Little Menherion’s Wee Honesty Shop will be open throughout your stay and in your welcome pack (sent to you approx a week before your stay) we send you a shop stock list so you know what kind of things we sell and how much they cost.
This is run as a service, as we are in the middle of everywhere, and in no way set up to rip you off. For example you can pre-order fresh bread prior to arrival or anytime during your stay, which is made to order. Or (in season) fresh fruit/veg from our no-dig organic garden.
There is no need to pay until the end of your stay and you can do this by BACS or cash.
The dogs (and the cat) love meeting guests, but also have a sixth sense somehow when guests feel unsure about meeting them. The most they will do is excitedly bark on your arrival (to let us know you are here), and then once you’ve got out of your car come and say hello (mostly by sniffing you, they won’t jump up, they’re too old and that’s far too energetic!) and then go and lie down – unless you engage with them. That said, we know how daunting it can be as they are not small, so we could put them in the house if you prefer, and do intro’s when you’ve settled in. But it would be best to meet them early doors so they know who you are and that you’re meant to be here 🤪
You are unlikely to meet them unexpectedly at your cabin as they are like our shadows (have you seen “His Dark Materials”? they are like our daemons) and don’t go anywhere without us as a rule, so nothing to worry about here. The time you might meet them unexpectedly is on your route to and from the car or arriving back from a day out, but more often than not they ignore the guests once they’ve met them and can’t be bothered getting up! This can all be managed to suit how you feel.
Your Little Menherion adventure starts here… as we are situated 1/2 mile up an unmade track. This is an stoney farm track with a grass centre. It is a bridleway and shared by 5 other properties – two being farms. It can be a bit bumpy and muddy especially after heavy rain loosens the stones and make it pretty uneven. That said we have a land rovers as well as a Golf iD.3. which cope no problem. As long as you go slow, like <5 mph you shouldn’t do your vehicle any damage.
This is why we say “… drive very slowly and carefully – if you mistakenly brought your sports car… This is the start of your move over to the slow lane!” … because you really do need to chill and let the day drift by.
We couldn’t exactly claim to be in the middle of everywhere, in rural Cornwall and have a motorway to the door! We do maintenance on it each year, but it’s complicated as no one owns it, everyone uses it and there are restrictions on what you can/can’t do with it as it’s a bridleway… so, we have learnt to embrace it and add it to the charm of Little Menherion. We hope you will too.
Best advice – drive slowly, on the left on the way up, and on the right on the way down. See these short videos of the lane in winter being navigated by the Little M team, they’ll give you an idea of what to expect at it’s worst: lane 1 and lane 2.
Absolutely! Both cabins are set up for ‘up to 2 guests’ Solo travellers are most welcome, and in fact the cabins are perfect for you to relax and unwind be it for a romantic break or quiet solitude.
The wild spaces are designed and built for grown-ups. A place for you to find your inner child, reconnect with nature and unwind. This is why we have a strict over 18’s policy. Take the opportunity to give the children some quality time with other family members while you come and recharge your batteries.
Smoking is not permitted inside any cabin, on the deck areas, around the campfires or indeed anywhere on site. This includes non-tobacco and vaping products. The cabins are made almost entirely of wood, as in fact are most of the buildings at Little Menherion.
To be honest we really don’t like it either and rather than run the risk of having to remove stale (cigarette or vape) odours from the cabins for future guests; clean up cigarette butts around the campfires/site; or worst case scenario have an unwanted fire to put out, we ask our guests to refrain from any form of smoking whilst on site.
When you park your car it’s about a 200-250m walk to your wild space. You’ll find a wheelbarrow at your parking space to transport your belongings, should you need it. This is yours for the duration of your stay, so you can make as many trips as you want. It is a grassy downhill amble on the way there, and uphill on the way back. If it is has been raining heavily, it can get a bit soggy/muddy so you should bring appropriate footwear.
The beds in both Log Jam and Round n Round are elevated off the floor. Log Jam has a kingsize cabin bed about 1m up and it is accessed by box steps to one side. Round n Round has a kingsize bed on a mezzanine about 2m up, and it is accessed via spiral staircase into the vaulted ceiling, and therefore has restricted headroom. The mezzanine has log & rope railings around the sides and the max height (into the dome window light) is about 1.85m.
If you have a question you’d like answered about glamping, Little Menherion or any of our wild spaces please contact us here, and we’ll do our best to answer it for you