Pigscombe Piglet

UK England South West England Cornwall Looe

  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
A cute and cosy cabin for two in charmingly rural East Cornwall

Looking like it dropped into the meadow during a Wizard of Oz-style tornado, the Pigscombe Piglet is a true one-of-a-kind — a very cute cabin retreat for a couple looking to get close to nature but away from the crowds. Owners Philippa and Ian love this part of East Cornwall — the 'Forgotten Corner,' as it's sometimes known, with visitors eager to get to the more famous bits of the coast. But if you can be persuaded to take the plunge, there's so much here to enjoy in one of the most rural and historic parts of the county.

To be fair, the Piglet does most of the persuading, it's so charmingly put together. The octagonal, pixie-hatted cabin sits on a slope of long grass and wildflowers, with nothing to disturb you save the call of the birds and the occasional roar of the tractor. It's neatly fashioned inside, with a colour-coordinated bed frame and country-style furniture. There's also plenty of space, because the rustic kitchen and quirky bathroom are in a separate shack, put together using reclaimed materials, up-cycled furniture, and handmade tiles. And there are not many bathrooms with a sweeping view like this — brushing your teeth has never been so alluring. Both cabins have electric power and lighting — there's even WiFi — while solar-powered lights show the way up and down the path at night.

Outside, there's a fire pit that you can use as a barbecue — and nothing but clear nights, starry skies, and the hooting of owls to accompany whatever you manage to whip up in the kitchen or on the grill. If you run short of wood, you can take a saw down to the bottom of the field and gather your own from the fallen branches, and maybe stand still for long enough to catch a glimpse of the local deer. Ian makes fresh bread once a week, and there are courgettes, tomatoes, beans, and the like available from Philippa's garden when they have surplus available. Their house is just within view, but they are unobtrusive hosts — on arrival please go to the front door of the house and the owners will show you around and then leave you in peace.

That said, you could do with a chat or two if you're to find the best places to visit from your magical little bolthole. There are plenty of country walks right off the property, and hideaway beaches such as  Lantic Bay and Lansallos that are a bit more off the beaten track. The immediate surroundings, too, are generally less busy than bucket-and-spade, fishing-harbour Cornwall, with riverside places like Lerryn and Lostwithiel being great targets for a lazy day doing nothing much at all. And when it's time to head back, you know what to do — just click your heels together to find your way home to the cutest piglet in Cornwall.

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Facilities

The accommodation sleeps two in a cosy, octagonal wooden cabin, just a short walk from the parking area (though up some steps) and near the owner's house. There's a proper double bed with a pocket sprung mattress, 100% cotton sheets, and duck-down pillows and duvet. If you had your own cot, you could squeeze it in for a baby, but otherwise it's not suitable for children. There are window blinds, rugs on the floor, a chest of drawers, and hanging hooks for coats and bags. There's also a small table and a wood-burning stove, plus electric lights, sockets, USB charger, and WiFi.

The separate kitchen is only small but it does have a full-sized oven, a fridge/freezer, and a sink, along with all the pots, pans, utensils, and cutlery required. Basic foodstuffs are also supplied, from rice, lentils, flour, and pasta to tea, coffee, herbs, and spices. You can buy eggs, bread, and veggies from the owners. The bathroom has a big rain shower, a composting loo, and a hand basin. Shower towels are provided — if you need beach towels, bring your own.

Outside is a seating area with a pub-style table and bench, and a firepit that can be used as a barbecue. Firelighters and a bag of wood are included, with more wood available on request.

Suitable For

Couples, well-behaved dogs – yes. Children, loud music, late-night noise – no. Visitors should note that the land is sloping and there are steps and a short walk to the site, which may not be accessible for all.

Nearby

You're bound to head for the coast at some point, but it's worth exploring the hidden bits of inland Cornwall, if only for some respite from the summer beach crowds. The old town of Lostwithiel, for example, is only a 15-minute drive, now famed for its antique shops but with plenty of reminders of its illustrious past, from the medieval bridge over the River Fowey to the extraordinary circular ruins of Restormel Castle (01208 872687).

For beaches, the seaside towns of Looe and Polperro — around a 20-minute drive to either — are the big local draws, but they will get busy. It's a more interesting day out to drive the ten minutes to the Bodinnick Ferry (01726 870232) which will take you over to the lovely estuary town of Fowey, where you can mess about on the river, take a boat ride, eat locally caught seafood, check out the shops or just watch the boats go by. You can also use the ferry for the circular four-mile Hall Walk (details on the ferry website), which canters up and down around the Fowey estuary for some scintillating views.

Other big-ticket attractions are all well within an hour's drive of the farm — Newquay, if you fancy some surfing and hi-jinks, or the rather less frenetic gardens and biomes of the Eden Project (01726 811972), which is only half an hour away, past Lostwithiel. That's a big day out in its own right, but if it inspires you, you'll want to allow another day to see The Lost Gardens of Heligan (01726 845100), a 40-minute drive, where Europe's largest garden restoration project has an amazing array of trails and landscapes, from ancient woodland to tropical jungle.

Food & Drink

The closest place for a meal and a drink is the Old Mill (01503 220220) bar and restaurant at the Stonerush Lakes lodge resort, which is just a half mile  walk away. For supplies, including beer and wine, there's a well-stocked community shop (01503 220997) at Lanreath, a three-mile drive away, and when the village's 17th-century Punch Bowl Inn re-opens again after refurbishment, that will be another local pub to try. It's a couple of miles further to Pelynt for a bigger shop, including the local Spar for whole foods, world foods and fresh veggies, and the butchers in the Premier supermarket for locally farmed meat and homemade sausages.

The coast is an obvious target if you fancy a seaside pub, but for something a bit more off the beaten track, drive to the charming creekside village of Lerryn, 10 minutes away by car. The Ship Inn (01208 872374) here is a friendly pub with a beer garden and barbecue area, and serves classic bar meals or a fancier menu in the Willows restaurant.

Another insiders' excursion is to the cascades of the Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve, a mile west of the village of St Cleer. After strolling along the river and scrambling over the rocks, you can eat at the very cool Inkie's Smokehouse (07849 488655), for authentic pit-smoked barbecued meats, burgers, dogs, po'boys, salads, and sourdough.

Open

April–October.

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The Owner Says

Pigscombe Piglet is special……..There are no mowed lawns and manicured borders here. Long grasses, wild flowers, far reaching views,  big skies, buzzards soaring above, geese calling, you may see deer and foxes, you’ll hear and probably see barn owls too.

If you are looking to be close to nature, away from the crowds and just relaxing in the absolute peace of rural Cornwall then Pigscombe is a magical place tucked away where no one can find you. There is a strong sense of history and ancient life here and our aim is to touch lightly on this land and for our guests to feel totally peaceful and at one with their surroundings. This is a place to sit around the fire pit in the evening and listen to the wonders of the countryside and if the corn or grass needs gathering then that can mean the odd tractor too!
The accommodation is set in the field next to our home so we will welcome you and show you the ropes and then leave you to relax and enjoy knowing that we are happy to help if needed.
This area is known as “The Forgotten Corner” as tourists tend to whizz by on their way further West. Of course the seaside towns of Looe and Polperro get busy in the summer but other beaches are some of the quietest in Cornwall. This is probably also due to the fact that they are all a little more challenging to get to than a level walk from a carpark. So, if you don’t mind a wander through the woods or a steep cliff path then you will be rewarded with beautiful quiet beaches even in the height of the summer.

Accommodation

One cabin sleeping two people.
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Location

Contact Pigscombe Piglet, Pigscombe Farm, Lanreath, Looe, Cornwall PL13 2PF

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Getting There

After passing Liskeard continue on the A38 to the first roundabout. Take the second exit (A390) to St Austell and Lostwithiel. Continue for about three miles through East Taphouse and, after the garage on the right, take the left-hand turn (the B3359) signposted for Looe. Continue along here for about one mile and after a left-hand bend turn right to Lerryn and Couches Mill, and then take the first left to Boconnoc. Go all the way down this road to the end and turn left and then immediately right. Continue along here for about two miles, past Trecan Farm on the left and then Bottallick cottages on the right. Continue up the hill for another 200 yards where there is a five-point crossroads — take the first, very sharp left (you probably won’t get round in one go) and head down the hill. Pigscombe Farm is the first house on the right — park on the left-hand side of the road, in front of the half-built building. The nearest train station is Liskeard, a 20-minute taxi ride away (or arrange a pick up for £20 with the site). But you're really going to need a car to see anything of the local surroundings.

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