The Observatory at Frieda and The Moon
4.7 miles NW of Looe
From £31 per person per night
Sleeps 2 people
Glamping in Cornwall: Our unique, copper-clad glamping space, built specially for chilling out and gazing at the stars, is the ultimate combination of stylist's delight and romantic retreat.
Wow. Just. Wow. Stunning on the outside and exquisite on the inside, The Observatory at Frieda and The Moon is a one-of-a-kind, truly out-of-this-world experience. Its shiny cladding, made from copper and zinc, puts the glam right into glamping - move over the Guggenheim in Bilbao; we've got our very own architectural gem right here in Cornwall.
Jaw-dropping it may be, but it's comfortable, too. The hand-built oak interior is pure quality, featuring a bespoke kitchen inlaid with brass, a spacious dining and seating area and a cosy wood-burner, while above the deep, king-sized bed is a perfectly placed skylight through which you can watch the night sky unfold. Lovely touches abound, both intriguing and homely, from the wallpapered ceiling (trend alert!) and deep-buttoned armchairs to the wall covered with astronomical prints and the stained glass windows that depict the phases of the moon. Bookshelves are filled with antiques and oddments on the theme of the cosmos, carefully collected over the years, and the wooden bedhead is carved with a nautilus shell to represent the ever-swirling galaxies. Naturally enough, for this luxury camping experience there is no midnight trek to a communal washblock; here you have your very own private, en suite shower-room with all mod cons.
Step outside onto the Observatory's private patio (you can just see the Tabernacle - nearby, but totally separate) and you'll find lounging chairs and a dining set, a warming chiminea and - ta da! - a fabulous hot tub from which you can enjoy a soothing bubble in the great outdoors. The views from here are glorious - across the pretty meadow towards fields, ancient woodlands and rolling hills - accompanied by the gentle soundtrack of nature's own orchestra, making this the ideal spot for an al fresco breakfast or a lazy evening just relaxing and watching the sun set.
Out and About
If you can tear yourself away from this holiday haven, why not start your exploration of the area with a stroll around the owners' ancient woodland, where the pretty walk takes you to a babbling stream? The village of Lanreath is only a mile away, or else it's just a quick drive to the busy little harbour town of Looe, the charming fishing village of Polperro or the antiques town of Lostwithiel. Savour a Cornish ice cream while you stroll the coastal path, or take the Bodinnick ferry to Fowey, where you'll find quirky shops, great cafés and restaurants and picturesque terraces of fishing cottages. You can head for the beach at Talland Bay and Lansallos or, if you're feeling active, try shark fishing, hire a kayak or go biking through the Lanhydrock estate or Cardinham Woods.
Observatory: Open plan living-room with kitchen, dining and bedroom areas. Wood-burner, 2 ring gas hob, fridge and kettle. Double bed (5'). Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin.
Sharing this wonderful setting is The Tabernacle, an equally enchanting glamping experience. The Tabernacle and Observatory each have their own parking and separate entrance and separated by an arch of trees.
From 2018, The Studio at Frieda and The Moon - just 25 metres from The Observatory - will be available for the ultimate small marriage experience. Couples can now stay in The Observatory and get married (or have a formal Renewal of Vows) in the beautiful Studio, a fully licensed venue for elopement weddings and civil ceremonies. The stand-alone timber-framed sanctuary, with its bespoke stained glass window, oak floors and Italianate ceiling, is the perfect setting for an intimate service. Visit www.friedaandthemoon.co.uk/weddings for details.
Stop press: Drawing and painting breaks are now available at Freida And The Moon. Owner Paul, who was previously head of a large university art school, offers short courses in drawing and painting, synchronised with your holiday. Tuition takes place, both on location (picnic provided) and in the beautiful purpose-built Studio, which also doubles as the Freida And The Moon elopement wedding venue. All ability levels (including absolute beginners) are very welcome. Call or text Paul for further details on 07870 778660 after booking your holiday.
Availability, reservations and pricing : £438 to £780 per week Powered by Classic Cottages
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.
A non-refundable booking fee of £28 is payable per booking.
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|Dates 2018||Price Band (£438 to £780 )|
|1 Jan - 10 Feb||: 438|
|10 Feb - 24 Feb||: 455|
|24 Feb - 24 Mar||: 448|
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|15 Sep - 22 Sep||: 690|
|22 Sep - 29 Sep||: 573|
|29 Sep - 20 Oct||: 568|
|20 Oct - 27 Oct||: 542|
|27 Oct - 15 Dec||: 484|
|15 Dec - 31 Dec||: 728|
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