Cornish Yurt Holidays

UK England South West England Cornwall Bodmin

  • 10m + spacing between camping pitches
  • Daily deep cleaning of common areas
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Laundry
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Wonderfully private yurt glamping on the edge of Bodmin Moor with a focus on sustainability throughout

A 400-yard track leads you down to Sunnybank Farm where the scene is as wistful as the name. The smallholding is a wholesome 37 acres in total, with young hawthorn trees alongside ancient oaks, sloping down to the River Camel below. Amongst it, pastures and rough heathland open out, semi-wild and wonderfully colourful, and a handful of Hereford cows graze in the sun. In springtime, the shadier spots are awash under a tide of bluebells, with narrow, pathways worn down by the feet of visiting campers. Their destination is the trio of hand-crafted yurts secreted away among the pastures. Each has a private, view-tastic location that’s well worth the wander.

First opened in 2001, Cornish Yurt Holidays was one of the earlier pioneers of what later came to be called ‘glamping’, with proper double beds, wood-burning stoves and cooking facilities all provided for campers who simply turn up. Today they have expanded from their first yurt but still remain notably modest given the vast amount of space the farm provides. Instead, maintaining harmony with the landscape remains founder Tim Hutton’s priority. He describes it as a “low impact but maximum comfort approach”, with the wood for the yurts all sourced on site and an environmental sensitivity to everything they do. Composting toilets are in beautiful wooden 'ig-loos', there’s a solar and immersion shower with views onto a hedgerow of ferns and twisted hawthorn branches, and the bathroom yurt is a real thing of beauty, with a wood-burning stove that provides piping hot water straight into the roll-top tub.

While the comforts inside each yurt are unquestionable, it’s the setting and atmosphere of Cornish Yurt Holidays that really stands out. Each yurt feels utterly in a world of its own, its meadow sheltered by trees, while hammocks and campfires encourage you to stay out and enjoy the starry skies that the edge of Bodmin Moor setting provides. It’s less than a mile to the edge of the moor proper and you can walk from Cornish Yurt Holidays to Brown Willy, Cornwall’s highest tor, in less than two hours. At the same time, the coast doesn’t seem miles away – it’s a 25-minute drive to Port Isaac – and the car-free Camel Trail, which begins about a mile away in Wenford, is a thoroughly pleasant way to get there.

In the evening, return for pint in the local village, a 10-minute walk away, or stay in camp to listen out for the hooting of resident tawny owls. Badgers, foxes and roe deer are occasional visitors too, while, if all else fails, Moose, the farm’s inquisitive shire horse, is sure to make an appearance.

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Details

Facilities

3 yurts each with real beds, wood-burning stove and its own cooking facilities. Cool boxes and ice packs provided to keep food and drinks cool. Outside each yurt there's a firepit, barbecue and picnic table as well as a compost toilet. Shared solar shower and a bathroom yurt, with hot water supplied by a specially designed wood-burning water-heating stove. Washing machine and dryer for use if needed. Recycling and washing up facilities. Tree swing, hammocks, slack line and den-building materials in the woods. Paddling is available in the river in the woods. There are no cars on site so wheelbarrows are provided to carry bags the short distance to the yurts. Sessions in forest bathing, massage, fire lighting and other bushcraft skills, run by a fully qualified instructor, can be booked separately.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Dogs permitted in the 4-person yurt only. No smoking. Whole site and an additional large yurt can be booked for small events and parties.

Nearby

Although Cornish Yurt Holidays feels deep in the countryside, the farm is on the edge of the village and a short walk to the pub, village shop and post office. It's ½mile to the western boundary of Bodmin Moor, so good walks from the glampsite are easily accessible. You can walk out on to the moor from your yurt and climb Brown Willy, Cornwall's highest Tor, 5 miles away, or explore the wooded valleys of the River Camel. From the higher ground you'll have beautiful views of Cornwall that stretch all the way to the sea. Pony trekking on Bodmin Moor is also available, via the Hallagenna Riding Stables (01208 851500), 1 mile from Cornish Yurt Holidays. The renowned, car-free Camel Trail starts just 1½ miles away in Wenford and runs, in a southerly arch via Bodmin, to the coast at Padstow. Following the path of two former rail lines – the North Cornwall Railway and the Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway – it is 17½ miles long and offers excellent easy cycling with a few beautiful old bridges and station-turned-cafés along the way. If you haven't brought your own, bikes are easy to hire in Wenford (01208 851178). If you don't fancy the cycle, it's a 35-minute drive to Padstow or 25 minutes to the nearest beaches in Port Isaac and Port Gaverne.

Food & Drink

The Old Inn (01208 850711) in St Breward is very popular for its daytime and evening meals and only a 10-minute walk from Cornish Yurt Holidays. Hot pasties are available daily from the local shop (a 10-minute walk), which also stocks all the essentials, while The Snails Pace Café (01208 851178) at the head of the Camel Trail is a 5-minute drive and an ideal place for a morning coffee and breakfast before cycling the trail to Padstow. The Blisland Inn (01208 850739), 3 miles away, comes highly recommended. It's renowned for its real ales and proper cider and fruit wines. Dogs are welcome, there's a handful of picnic tables overlooking the village green and the Camel Trail is close by.

Opening Times

May–September.

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The Owner Says

UPDATE 14/07/20 :Summer is in full bloom and although we are almost booked up we do have some availability from 31st July - 7th August in the Oak Wood yurt (sleeps 4) and 21st - 28th August in the Green Man ( sleeps 2 ). They are one week stays only to slow down the pace of coming and going. Short stays are available again from September.


Cornish Yurt Holidays is a small family owned business based at Sunnybank Farm, a smallholding of 37 acres stretching from the top of the hill to the sheltered banks of the river Camel below. We started the business in 2001 with only one yurt and since then have grown modestly, maintaining a healthy balance between what we do and the natural environment. This low impact but maximum comfort approach has defined Cornish Yurt Holidays as one of the most environmentally friendly sites of this kind.

The holding supports a handful of traditional Hereford cows, and a grey Shire horse called Moose who used to pull logs out of the woods, before she recently retired.

The land is a mixture of pasture, heathland and woodland and has been managed to maximise biodiversity and the wildlife that lives here. The discovery of the rare Pearl Bordered Fritillary butterfly has led to special conservation measures to enhance and protect the habitat to support their survival.

With burning log fires and big open skies on the edge of Bodmin Moor the yurts are in a beautiful spot. The river flows in the valley below and the moors lie behind. The views of North Cornwall stretch as far as the sea.

We only have three yurts, made here at Yurtworks, each one set up on a deck in their own secluded patch. Also, we will have a new addition in 2020 - a beautiful handcrafted sauna.

Camp fires, barbecues, den making stuff and hammocks help you create your own encampment against a backdrop of gnarly old oaks. A much loved natural heartland with badgers, foxes, otters, roe deer and some very beautiful butterflies.

Accommodation

3 yurts in total, each in its own secluded field. One yurt sleeping 2 people, another sleeping 4 and the third has an additional canvas pod on the side to provide sleeping for up to 6 people.

Green Man Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 2
A beautiful yurt can sleep two people, in a very quiet corner of its own field, with a double bed and wood burning stove. This is our most secluded yurt popular with couples looking for a quiet retreat.

Oak Wood Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
Sleeps up to four. This our most sheltered yurt, set up in a clearing , it is ideal for young families or couples, surrounded by twisted oak trees and hazel coppice.

Ash Field Yurt with Yurt Pod

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 6
Large luxury yurt with smaller yurt pod attached in its own field on a raised wooden deck. King sized bed and futons, a wood burning stove, campfires, and beautiful views across Cornwall,

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Location

Contact Cornish Yurt Holidays, Greyhayes, St Breward, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 4LP

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Getting There

On the A30, heading west, take the exit to St. Breward. After 2½ miles take the right turn, signed to St Breward. Continue for 2 miles and carry on over a cattlegrid until you arrive on the edge of the village. Take the left at the crossroads and, after 100m, take the left. Keeping the children's play area on your left, carry on for 200m and follow the left hand bend. Take the second right turn down the unsurfaced lane. From here there will be clear signs to follow to Cornsh Yurt Holidays.

It's a 10-mile (25-minute) drive to Bodmin Parkway Railway Station though, from there, you'll have multiple bus connections to Cornish Yurt Holidays with a pretty sparse bus service.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

Didn’t want to go home!

Really, really lovely, off the beaten track location The yurts are beautiful and each in it’s own peaceful space We had a campfire and BBQ one night and lit the log burner the next! We had the most relaxing 3 days and we could have stayed forever Lovely walking from the yurt, footpath all the way to the village stores and pub and easy drive to the beautiful North Cornwall Coast The shower in the forest and the beautiful bath yurt were fantastic A very special place - Can’t wait to return soon
Jul 27, 2020 by Pip
★★★★★

Simply amazing! We would go back in a heartbeat!

We had the most wonderful week in Cornwall staying here - campfires to toast marshmallows on while listening to owls and watching shooting stars at night, to then wake up to stunning views over the Cornish countryside and the sound of birds in the trees. A truly peaceful, wonderful holiday with some many varied activities nearby, and the pub in walking distance, what more could you ask for?! Tim is a wonderful host who has thought of everything to make the holiday perfect. The woodfired bath is a must, as is experiencing having a solar heated shower whilst overlooking a forest wilderness. An amazing experience and we would heartily recommend!
Jul 25, 2020 by Abalena22 Verified Review
★★★★★

A magical place

We loved the yurt and its surroundings. It feels like a really secluded place although the shop and the pub are just a short walk a way. We had everything we needed: a cozy bed, books to read to our children, cooking utensils, a camp fire, a hot shower in the morning,... Tim upgraded us to the bigger yurt which has a separate 'room' for the children, they loved it and slept really well in there! We're already looking forward to staying here again one day.
Aug 14, 2019 by Nina Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful getaway!

This was such a relaxing holiday, it felt great to be surrounded by nature. The land is so beautiful, there are cows in a field closeby (which my son loved!) and a river at the bottom past the woods. The yurts were so comfortable and peaceful and came with everything you might need. Each one has their own outside space and lots of space for my son to run around. It comes with your own loo outside and there is a beautiful shower room backing onto the woods at the bottom of the hill and a wood fired bath-room. Id also highly recommend a walk into the village to the local shop for the warm pasties :) I cant wait to come back!
Apr 9, 2019 by Olly

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