best for starry nights: eko­pod

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Owned by sib­lings Rachael and Matthew Gif­fod, Eko­pod in Launce­s­ton, Corn­wall, mixes stylish mod­ern de­sign with the back-to-ba­sics sim­ple life.

THE VIBE Chilled out es­capism. Set in flower mead­ows across rolling Cor­nish hills, the off-the­beaten track site has been so clev­erly laid out you’ll feel as though you have the place to your­self. Our pick of the ac­com­mo­da­tion is one of the new, larger geodomes. Fu­tur­is­tic from the out­side, but all bou­tique-ho­tel chic in­side, with su­per-king­size beds, goose down du­vets, cosy throws and wood­burn­ing stoves. There’s a pri­vate kitchen and bath­room, with in­cred­i­ble views from the tub. CHECK OUT The night sky. Lo­cated in an area recog­nised for its dark skies, on a clear night the stars here are truly mind-blow­ing. By day, make the most of the sea­side lo­ca­tion with a surf­ing les­son at Wide­mouth Bay or head to nearby Bude for some Cor­nish sea­side charm. EAT Take plenty of pro­vi­sions as there aren’t any shops nearby. For a spe­cial treat head to the twostarred Miche­lin Restau­rant Nathan Outlaw in Port Is­sac, a 20-minute drive from the site. A seafood­tast­ing menu is served daily, with the menu de­pen­dent on the day’s catch. (£130pp,; ad­vance book­ing is es­sen­tial). THE LOWDOWN Three nights start from £330 for a pod sleep­ing two; eko­

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