Here at House of Coco we believe in moments over materials so, having a car that we own outright isn’t top of our priorities. Leasing one on the other hand is. With so many companies claiming to be the best on the market, we did our research and decided that ZenAuto is one to watch, so much so that our Editor-in-Chief Laura Bartlett got herself a shiny new pair of wheels from them just so that she could embark on her own road trip and put their company to the test.

There’s a certain poetic beauty in ruminating over our recent trip to Newquay in our Mercedes GLC courtesy of ZenAuto.

The right side of my brain interpreted the weekend as the gloriously natural yet extravagant glamping trip that it was. Where at every turn, and twist in time, there was the unmistakable allure of an insta-feed worthy shot.

Then the left, more analytical side of my brain, didn’t miss the possible contradiction of living off-grid whilst throwing ourselves around Cornwall in a brand new Mercedes.

And that’s where things get interesting. There were no contradictions at play, we were in the GLC 63 which is powered by an eight-cylinder bi turbo engine. With every sustainable move we made, and every eco-friendly aspect of our lodgings, we deepened the impact of our high heeled carbon footprint by also saving on fuel consumption.

It has to be said, that going off grid in the Uk, during the colder months, didn’t sound ideal. The flesh and bones of the fabulous, along with the uncertainty of comfort and warmth, didn’t fill us with confidence. Yet just like the vehicle we were cruising in, our accommodation for the weekend proved that you can combine ‘luxury’ with ‘eco’.

The place we stayed was round a corner, up a hill, past the waterfall, out of the way, and perfectly rural. Kudhva is the magical land of chill, straight from the gorgeous brain of Louise Middleton who choose ‘Kudhva’, the Cornish word for ‘hideout’, as the name of this hidden gem.

Of course, choosing the name was the tiniest of feats for this epic babe. Louise built Kudhva from the overgrown-ground up with the help of a choice few locals with the skillsshe needed. It’s raw, rustic and perfect in every single way. We stayed in one of the ‘kudhvas’… a glassy treehouse-like structure on stilts. Cosy inside, functional but most importantly very photogenic!

The other significant person we had along for the journey was chef Simon Stallard. Simon owns The Hidden Hut. A unique dining experience on the beach.

Simon guided our road trip through the winding roads of this part of Cornwall, across the water by ferry, through Skinners Brewery onto The Great Cornish Food Store where we stopped and choose our lunch ingredients.

With our Mercedes packed with lobsters, beef, a ton of veg and other bits of seafood we headed off to The Hidden Hut.

We arrived to a reception fit for wildling kings and queens. Open fire grills and a team of chefs ready to be led by Simon in the construction of our feast. Everything about Simon is gorgeous, his passion for cooking as well as his passion for customer satisfaction.

We get it now. We get the connection between sustainable, eco and luxury. On this trip we shopped local and organic, we stayed in an off-grid paradise, and we respected the local air and beauty by sticking to low CO2 emissions as we cruised.

Give a girl a Mercedes from ZenAuto any day, an Instagram worthy place to stay, and an extravagantly laid table for a dinner of freshly caught seafood and you give a girl happiness.

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Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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