Herodsfoot, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 4RD
Fancy this. A farm that’s like its own little village, with its own phone box and genuine Victorian red postbox; with room for just a couple of tents and a few extra guests. Actually there’s room for hundreds of tents in Botelet’s 300 acres, but it’s a working farm and the owners want to keep the camping small and special. The two tent pitches change with the season, based on where the cows are grazing, how high the grass is, and a number of other random factors, like what’s in the tea leaves that morning. It all means that if you come here every year for the rest of your camping days the chances are you’d never pitch in the same place twice.
Beyond these ever changing emplacements, though, Botelet farm is also home to a pair of magnificent yurts, one in the field out front and the other in a separate meadow above the farm. More unfazed by the movements of the cattle and the migration of the birds, these structures reside in their spots all season, both with excellent views across the rolling valley beyond. Inside, the furnishings are simple and rustic but more than adequate, while both have wood-burning stoves in their centre, to warm those chilly nights and boil the kettle for your morning cuppa.
Keeping to the agricultural feel, features around Botelet have been ingeniously converted to give a camping practicality to the working farm. A cattle trough has been altered to work as a large, long sink for washing up and, inside one of the old farm cottages, a space has been created for owner Tia to offer therapeutic massage treatments. Not that it’s her go-to spot. When the weather permits, the massage couch, with heated under blanket, is taken outside for alfresco massages in the sun and sometimes even inside the yurts themselves.
Offsite, trails lead around the perimeter of the fields and into the adjacent woodland, while a ten-minute walk takes you to Bury Down Hill Fort, a Neolithic structure with panoramic views across the Cornish countryside. Beneath, the farm meadows spread, peppered by cows grazing and no doubt wondering where they’ll be moving to next. Masters of the meadows, it’s still them who call the shots.
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We stayed for 2 weeks camping in the field. We found the whole place, the farm and the country beautiful and loved the little quirky creative ideas of shower with classical music switching on, the fridge/freezer in the workshop.
We made use of the logs in the field for tables and when the weather improved we went to Lancelos, our favourite bit of coast.
The farm had a lovely feeling of tranquility and it was a joy just hanging out there. The facilities and yurts all have a certain quirky,creative touch which only increases the feeling of care and friendliness.
We loved it and could have stayed much longer, but we'll be back again.
The most wonderful setting my girlfriend and I opted for the Higher Yurt, Julie and her mother were the most wonderful hosts, everything was perfect from the cosy yurt to the breakfast to the wonderful walk suggested by Julie along the coast path. We look forward to trying the B&B and camping and the Lower Yurt. We will see you next year for the Port Eliot festival if not sooner.
Botelet Farm is an idyllic retreat - easy to find and steeped in history with the family who have been there for generations, it's lovingly updated using inspired design.
Accomodation etc. - We stayed in the valley yurt, with raised wood floors and glamping-meets-country-'shabby'-chic clean comfort including dab radio, kitchen facilities, seating area, bed, barbecue etc. The family provide up-to-date info and maps, showing you local walks and suggesting trips further afield. On a clear day, the Neolithic Fort, about 1/4-1/2 a mile away, offers the best far-ranging views of Cornwall I've ever seen. Relax completely by booking a massage from a local therapist in the privacy of your Yurt. Nearby Fowey has all the charm of a Cornish coastal village, with good restaurants for that night out. The organic breakfast, in the family kitchen, reinvents 'continental' and is a must.
For Yurt stay bring: Towels & soap, shampoo etc., all weather gear (just in case). Everything else is provided. Food can be bought locally if you have a car.
Great for: Couples, weekend breaks, romantic hideaways, family fun
Best not for: Beer-drinking rowdy groups, people who abosolutely hate roads - there is one B road about 1/4 mile away which you can hear a tiny bit.
We were rather unsure about staying in a Yurt as it was a late booking and we’d never been camping or ’glamping’ before. We looked at a lot of websites and http://www.botelet.com/cornwall/home.html was by far and away the most impressive. Did it look like it said on the tin? Absolutely! Botelet is a working farm in an idyllic and peaceful part of Cornwall and is only a short drive from places like Polperro and Looe. We were amazed at how beautiful the farm was and were greeted by Julie and her mum who both run the place along their brother, Richard. We were warmly welcomed, shown around and after that we were not bothered by anyone! We stayed in the Upper Yurt and it was surprisingly comfortable with a log burner and a lovely comfy bed. There’s plenty of room for 2 (I’m 6’ 2" and was fine) and as we went in the Spring, it was chilly but that meant we could use the log burner more! It was tranquil and you are awoken by the sound of lambs and birds in the morning which was nice. The shower and toilets are a short walk and are situated by the main farmhouse. The farmhouse and cottage are exquisite and combine rustic with modern styling and comfort. It has been used on several occasions for photo shoots. When you use the shower, which looks like a converted log store with it’s beautiful stone walls, you are gently woken up with some soft opera music(This was not performed by Julie or her family, but is automatically piped in via their sound system!). These little touches really make a difference and if you like photography, then you can get some great shots here. You MUST go mackerel fishing with Dave in nearby Looe,( Julie will give you the details). We caught too many to eat ourselves and so swapped a few for Julies’ mums’ homemade cookies! If you want something a bit different that is peaceful, stylish, fun, warm and friendly then book. We’re definitely back next year!!