British Isles Glamping

Cornish Tipi Holidays. Cornwall. UK.

Escape to the beautiful wilderness of the North Cornish coast. A couple of miles in land from some of the UK’s most breath taking coastline you will find a campsite like no other.

At Cornish Tipi Holidays campers wake up to the sound of birdsong and go swimming before breakfast in the clear water of a secluded lake. Breakfast is cooked over your very own campfire, half the thrill is getting the fire going. Or you could just laze it away in the peace and quiet of your own personal tipi.

Cornish Tipi Holidays offers something for everyone. Romantic secluded woodland breaks for couples, or an adventure packed escape for the whole family – where children put down their screens and reconnect with nature making their own fun among the trees.


Open from Easter to September the site is unique with a woodland valley folded around a clear, spring-fed lake created from the old Tregildrans Quarry.

The tipis and tent pitches are dotted about this secret 20 acres of ferns and bluebells, oak and meadowsweet. Secluded and untouched by industries for nearly 100 years the land has had no harmful modern chemicals and or poisons used on it, many wild and endangered species of fauna and flora can be found – from bluebells to dormice, red admirals and shy but beautiful woodland Jays.


Established in 1996, well ahead of the glamping revolution which saw every campsite suddenly offering glamorous camping accommodation, Cornish Tipi Holidays were the first tipi campsite in the UK. With their roots originating from the UK festival circuit – running for many years the ‘Tipi Field’ at the UK’s biggest festival ‘Glastonbury’, they definitely know how to live the tipi life. From thick Turkish rugs underfoot to ethnic lanterns with twinkling candles guests get to experience real camping in one of the most beautiful and untouched parts of the UK – Cornwall.


Around 20 North American style tipis made of cotton canvas on a framework of wooden lodge poles, bound with twine and hessian rope. These majestic structures reach up to more than 18 feet high, giving guests a generous living area. Compared to an ordinary tent, a tipi interior gives you an amazing sense of space and light. Every time you duck in or out of your tipi door you’re aware of the sensation of moving into a different world – at times it’s a nomad’s tent, at others a ship on the high seas – you decide…

All the tipis are equipped with the basics guests might need for their visit – custom-made groundsheets, warm Turkish rugs, candle lanterns, kitchen and saucepan boxes and two gas hobs for cooking inside.

Flushing toilets and hot showers are situated at either end of the site, with an additional showers-only block more centrally located near reception. Camp fires are actively encouraged to complete the camping experience, guests can toast marshmallows while watching shooting stars before bed.


Clear blue one minute and shifting greens the next, Tregildrans Quarry lake is a real Swallows & Amazons experience. You can swim and bathe in the water, fish for rainbow trout, use the boats and canoes to row and muck about, or just sit and watch the swallows and dragonflies dipping the water.

A place a world apart from the rush and clutter of the modern holiday experience, with an atmosphere that makes you forget the world outside, and just lounge, ramble, or potter about in a boat.


ADDRESS: Cornish Tipi Holidays, Tregildrans Quarry, Trelill, St.Kew, Cornwall, UK PL30 3LW

TEL: 0044 (0)1208 880781