Luxe yurt-for-2 in a magical setting by a wild-swimming lake
Sleeps 2 + baby
Overlooking a wild-swimming lake, and surrounded by 5 acres of meadow-like gardens and forest, this beautiful yurt feels bathed in nature. Swallows swoop, dragonflies dance, and your little pontoon deck is perfectly positioned for all-day sunshine. Inside is just as heavenly, designed for the Cornish climate with sturdy yacht canvas and a woodburner, creating a cosy-all-year-round feel. There’s a full kitchen (request a BBQ Box), handcarved furniture, even a freestanding bathtub; it’s insanely lovely. You may spend your days on West Cornwall’s surfing beaches or pottering around pretty Porthleven. Or you may just hole up here for a true escape. No phones, no WiFi, just an uber-romantic time of peaceful walks, SUP adventures and russet sunsets mirrored in that beautiful lake.
Getting here: drive, or train to St Erth/Hayle then taxi (15 mins)
Full marks for eco measures. The yurt was made from natural canvas with handmade wooden furniture. The owners added 500 native trees to the site, created wildflower meadows to encourage bees and butterflies and planted 1000 bulbs across the site; this array of natural habitats sustains a diversity of wildlife, including moorhen chicks and duckling each year. Lakes and water features are all interconnected and gravity-fed, removing the need for electric pumps. Recycling is key and guests are asked to buy local.
- The gardens here are a mini paradise, with lush exotic planting, Buddha statues and a secret garden at the top of the land.
- West Cornwall’s surf beaches — Godrevy, Gwithian and Praa Sands — are 15 mins by car. You can book lessons and hire boards at all 3, or borrow body boards from the yurt’s owners for something more sedate! Gwithian has a large dog-friendly stretch.
- Porthleven (15 mins’ drive) is known as a ‘mini Padstow’, thanks to its foodie restaurants. The owners like Kota Kai, a Cornish-Asian fusion bistro with lots of fresh seafood on the menu. There are great little galleries here too, overlooking the picturesque harbour.
- Walk along glorious woodland trails at the National Trust’s Penrose Estate, past one of the UK’s large inland salt lakes and out onto the wild beach at Loe Bar. Another NT favourite is Godolphin House, which has carpets of bluebells in spring.
- The sweet little branch-line train from St Erth winds along the most beautiful stretch of coastline, a string of white-sand beaches and blue seas. St Ives is at the end of the line, and arriving this way means you don’t have to search for a parking space!
- St Michael’s Mount is a must-see; a fairytale castle perched on top of an islet, which is connected to the beach at Marazion by a walkway at low tide and accessible only by boat at high tide. Views from the top are amazing (and well worth the steep climb).