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Bodmin's 'Wrecking ball' hotel is a hit among the trees

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

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IT may look more like a wrecking ball set to demolish the woodland, but Bodmin's newest hotel is actually one of the most environmentally-friendly around.

The eco-orb – which looks like a giant bauble – is held 10ft in the air by two giant cables and is strong enough to sleep two people.

Guests climb up to their bedroom via a narrow wooden staircase and have their own woodburner to keep their giant ball warm.

The strange spherical structure, named the Lost Meadow Tree Tent, is based on early designs for airships and Zeppelins.

But locals in Bodmin think it looks more like a wrecking ball, a Christmas tree bauble – or even former Soviet satellite Sputnik 1.

“Glamping” firm Sawday’s Canopy & Stars say the hanging retreat is both lightweight and strong and was built to minimise the environmental impact on the surrounding woodland.

It’s surrounded by a thick thermal skin that can be peeled back in the morning for panoramic views off the forest and a river.

Guests pay £95 per night and sleep in two single beds. They also have an open outdoor kitchen, a sun deck living room and 20 acres of unspoiled countryside to roam around in.

The green getaway firm specialises in unusual accommodation and so called glamping – or glamorous camping – holidays.

Several guests have posted positive reviews on their website.

One named, Jessica, wrote after a three-day stay in February: “Up in the trees, living by a flowing river in the middle of the woods. Great facilities. The location was beautiful.

“The rain didn’t stop us enjoying ourselves. We made a camp fire and the wood burner kept us nice and toastie during the evenings. Superb time x“

Another guest, posting under the name VF, wrote: “It was amazing and despite the wild wet weather we both had a great time!“

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