Cornwall Airbnb charges guests £50 a night to ‘camp without the tent’

A landlord advertises a property on Airbnb for just £50 a night – a very reasonable price for its location on the Cornish coast, but there’s a big catch.

The one-bedroom apartment in the seaside town of Penzance has only the bare necessities, meaning it contains hardly any furniture apart from three inflatable mattresses for sleeping and sitting on.

Besides the mattresses – one double and two singles, it’s just the structure of the apartment itself, a wardrobe, curtains, kitchen appliances and maybe an echo bouncing off the walls.

Owner Sarah says staying in her empty apartment is “a perfect way to camp but not be in a tent”.

She adds: “Treat your stay here as if you were going camping… but with the luxury of being able to keep all your belongings safe.

Another perk of what she describes as a “flat campsite” at her property is that there is an indoor bathroom with running hot water and toilet paper, as well as an open kitchen with appliances, gas and electricity. .

But the owner says customers should bring everything else, including their “own bedding, napkins, paper plates, disposable cutlery”.

Sarah continued: ‘You have to walk through the bedroom to get to the bathroom so be aware of that when booking with friends etc.’

Another downside of staying in minimalist-style accommodation is missing out on the main benefit of camping, which is being outdoors and sleeping under the stars.

But the narrow patio at the back of the property might make up for that, as well as its proximity to the beach.

According to reports, the price per night was £65 but was lowered earlier this week to £50.

So far guests seem to have enjoyed their stay as the property currently has a 4.82 out of 5 rating on Airbnb.

Over 70 reviews have been left, many of which say the property is modern, “spotless” and in a “fantastic location”.

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