Inside Cornwall's first 'open air hotel' – with see-through domes and outdoor baths

CORNWALL's first "open air" hotel is welcoming guests this summer – although you'll need to be okay with little privacy.

Lavender Parc has six see-through 'domes', each with a double bed and bathroom, as well as panoramic views.

The standard domes have a frameless geodesic dome which has views of the scenery and sky, as well as the lavender flower frields across the 11 acres.

A communal fire pit is just a short walk away or you an relax in the outdoor cast iron bath on your decking.

Or, you can splash out on the Deluxe Dome which has a kingsize bed and hammock, and even a telescope for stargazing.

Each dome has breakfast in bed, a coffee delivery service operational by text, as well as fluffy dressing gowns and free newspapers.

You can request champagne and wine tasting hampers – or even make use of the on-site helipad.






Thankfully you can get some some privacy with 360-degree curtains for when you want some shut-eye.

Prices start from £149 a night.

The new dome experience is just one of the many ways landowners are making the most of the staycation booking boom, with stately homes and even race horses opening up their grounds for holidaymakers.

Launched by couple Keira and Alex, they created the pop up campsite due to the pandemic.

They told local media: "We both had existing businesses but during the lockdown they weren't able to trade. So this was something that came about during lockdown and we just wanted to do something a bit different really although I worked in tourism for a long time and my business was meeting people face to face.

"We've had lots of enquiries, but most of the people that want to come and stay with us are from Cornwall. It's for couples only or for mother and daughter because you can only put two people in there. It's for people who just want to come on a short break really."

Self-catered accommodation will be able to reopen from April 12, but only for one household meaning you cannot go on holiday with friends or family.

Now landowners are taking advantage of the demand, with hundreds erecting temporary sites – including on racecourses, pubs and alpaca farms.

It comes after a law relaxation means pop-up sites will be allowed open without planning permission for 56 days – rather than the usual 28.

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