1.4 miles N of Mullion
Sleeps 4 | dog friendly
Glamping in Cornwall: Rusty is magnificent. Once a boring old shipping container, he's now a high spec, sight-for-sore-eyes, TV-star destination, fully equipped for ultimate luxury under the stars.
Fanfare please - we bring you… ta da! Rusty, a former shipping container lovingly converted into a 'tin tent' aka an uber-cool, upmarket holiday experience. It's industrial glamour meets rustic comfort, the ideal getaway for anyone who fancies the idea of luxury camping but isn't so keen on sleeping under canvas. Rusty is, without a doubt, a unique and unforgettable space, all touchy-feely textures and vintage/modern fittings (think corrugated metal meets cosy wool throws), with views of the fabulous countryside and plenty of space inside for lounging around the log-fired range, playing games or simply kicking back with a glass of vino. Impressed? You bet. It really is incredible what clever people can do with a big metal box. So clever, in fact, that our very own Rusty was featured on Channel's Four's TV series George Clarke's Amazing Spaces.
Oh boy. Set within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Rusty is just a few minutes' drive from two great beaches. It's all about getting back to nature and loving the feel of sand between your toes. Your holiday begins with a quick whizz with your kit in a wheelbarrow from the parking area to your seven-acre wildflower meadow (shared only with a pair of safari tents), which ensures that the site stays car-free and totally tranquil. In the next-door field there's plenty of room to run around, fly a kite or enjoy a picnic. Or simply lie on your back and look up at the clouds. If you explore the little wood you'll find a rope swing, a rowing boat ('let's pretend!') and a hammock, but while the young 'uns enjoy the great outdoors you can take a more leisurely approach, and do nothing but idle on Rusty's raised wooden deck, drinking in the view.
Slide back the glass doors and step into Rusty's inviting, open plan living room, with a comfy sitting area, unique dining table and a log-fired range at centre stage. This is where you can boil a kettle, rustle up a fried breakfast or experiment with gourmet cuisine - or simply enjoy the stove's warming heat. Off one end is a bedroom area for four - twins below and a double on a platform above - featuring ruggedly good-looking beds made from scaffolding poles and high-quality sprung mattresses. And don't worry - there's a privacy curtain just in case.
Behind the main living space those clever designers have bolted on a wooden annexe, home to a kitchen area with a sink, fridge, two-ring gas burner and double socket (because even when you're glamping there are some essentials you just can't live without). There's also a double walk-in wet room (hot water? You bet) and a separate wash-room with flushing WC. Need we say more? Hmmm. Well, from fluffy towels to reindeer hides, enamel plates and mugs to an outdoor barbecue, we reckon Rusty, to put it simply, has got it all.
And oh my word, there's more. If you want quaint, look no further than the on-site honesty shop, where you'll find a mix of home-made delights, farm-fresh local produce and everyday essentials, including home-made cakes, Cornish pasties, eggs and bacon and ice cream. And when you get back from the beach nicely tired and hungry, help yourself to some fresh herbs (from the herb boat, of course) and you can either gather round the barbecue or get together by the nearby shared fire-pit, which has amazing views over the coastline. Could anything be nicer than toasting marshmallows together while watching the sun set?
Out and About
During your stay at Rusty you can turn into a surfing dude and book a lesson in riding the waves (just ask the helpful owners, who will sort it for you). Or get out and about and explore enticing old fishing villages like Cadgwith and Porthleven, check out Cornwall's unique geographical features such as Loe Bar and The Lizard peninsula, or walk the amazing South West Coast Path. Life's simple pleasures: they're what the best holidays are made of.
Steps up to Open plan living-room with dining and bedroom areas. Wood-fired range, twin beds and steps up to a platform double bed. Step into annexe. Kitchen-area with two ring hob, fridge and kettle. Shower-room enclosure with double shower. Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin.
Availability, reservations and pricing : £361 to £1095 per week
All prices are £ per week per cottage. Where applicable the prices are inclusive of VAT. The prices are specified for Saturday changeover dates.
For weekly holidays or short breaks beginning on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday the price for the following Saturday applies. For those beginning on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday the price for the previous week applies.
Bed linen and towels are included in the price. In addition, many cottages also include electricity and central heating within the price and this should be taken into consideration when comparing prices. There are no extra charges for cots or high chairs where they are listed in the property description on the Web site.
There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break.
A non-refundable booking fee of £38 is payable per booking.
Barefoot Rusty Reviews
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