Kuhdva: A Cornish Hideout
What’s Cornish for Hideout? KUDHVA.
Kudhva is a different kind of camping site. In fact, I’m not even sure if you can call it a campsite. Think sleeping under the stars in a off grid, treetop cabin in the middle of 45 acres of land. You may be completely secure sleeping in a Kudhva, but the cabins aren’t visible from any exterior premises - it really is a secret hideout. It’s just you, the Cornish woodland, and nature
“Every day is a good day” Louise, the owner of Kudhva tells the group during a tour around the grounds. That’s why the price tag for staying in a Kudhva never changes along with the seasons. Come rain or snow, wind or sunshine, sleeping between the trees offers a quirky experience for all regardless of the weather. A little daring, very wild and architecturally innovative.
There are currently four Kudhva's in total within the 45 acres of land. It may disrupt the current idea of “camping” but the site certainly offers a space to completely relax, step away from everyday life and challenge previous holiday experiences. There aren't any powered lights or electricity, so your only option is candle light - but then again, that’s when good things happen and people engage in real conversation.
It’s no brainer that Kudhva is an architects heaven. Inspired by 'the Danish way of life,' local architects have been brought together to work on the progression of Kudhva and the owners hope that they can continue to involve other architects and designers through the growth of Kudhva (including students from Falmouth University and potential architectural summer schools). In time, Kudhva will be the focal point for architects in the South West.
The Carlsberg Pub is by far my favourite part within the Kuhdva grounds. Whether it was because of the wild goats running around between the people, or the swinging chairs placed next to a camp fire, the space completely won me over. The pub, aka the 'Danish Cabin', sleeps up to six people and can be found on Air B and B.
Cornish catering company 'Beautiful and the Feast' presented organic and fresh canapés which included smoked wild mushrooms and short beef rib while guests relaxed by the fire with delicious drinks (Cornish distilled rum) courtesy of The Cornish Distillery co.
Kudhva collaborated with Carlsberg and New British Design to create the Carlsberg Pub which was recently used for the Carlsberg's latest advertising campaign. The bar uses locally sourced sustainable materials and is powered by hydro and solar power. Next summer, the plan is to transform the bar into a field kitchen so campers have cooking facilities ready to cook up a storm in the heart of the woods.
It doesn’t just stop there. On Sundays, KUDHVA becomes the perfect spot for morning yoga between the trees, and wild swimming in the grounds lake is also another activity that you can throw yourself into.
Kuhdva is located two miles away from Trebarwith Strand in North Cornwall and offers all walks of live to kick back, relax, and forget about everyday life.
Where's your favourite Cornish Hideout?