Ismay Shepherds Hut

At Cotna Eco Retreat

Cotna Barton, Gorran, Cornwall PL26 6LG

  • Sleeps 3 (max 2 adults, 1 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
Far from any crowd, this rustic Thomas Hardy-style shepherd’s hut is nestled by a stream on an organic smallholding in Cornwall.

  • Cosy sleeping in this restored shepherd’s hut with proper beds and bedding provided
  • Fresh organic produce available to cook in the separate private kitchen shed
  • Eco-friendly holidays with compost toilets and emphasis on recycling

This information was supplied by Cotna Eco Retreat

Stay in our romantic traditional Shepherd’s Hut, Thomas Hardy style, nestled in a peaceful valley by a babbling brook. Enjoy a perfect view of life at Cotna Eco retreat – chickens, ducks, horses, organic gardens and hedgerow rustlings. On cycle route number 3 (London to Lands End) with woodland walks and the South West Coast path, near some of the best of south Cornwall’s hidden beaches.

Contains the comforts of a double bed with an extra single bunk, Indian silk hangings and locally sourced organic cotton textiles. A short hop across the stream is your kitchen hut, fitted out with all the provisions and equipment you need for cooking, either in the hut or on the BBQ provided. The shower shed is nearby with hot water and posh compost loos.

Dogs are not permitted in the shepherds hut. Unfortunately, there isn’t really enough space, plus the location isn’t suitable as it is next to the chicken & duck runs where we get regular escapees!

About Cotna Eco Retreat

A unique haven of peace and tranquillity in Cornwall with comfortable eco-accommodation in yurts, a shepherd’s hut and a strawbale barn – all within a gorgeous 10-acre organic farm

Cotna Eco Retreat is spectacularly situated its own lush green valley close to several beautiful beaches here in Cornwall – Gorran Haven, Vault, Hemmick and Caerhays are all within a 30 minute walk along dog friendly coastal paths or quiet Cornish lanes. Relax in tasteful Cornish holiday accommodation and enjoy our delicious organic food – fresh salad leaves, golden organic eggs, sourdough bread, jams and chutneys. Or participate in one of our courses, learning about wild food foraging & cooking, sourdough bread making or no-dig organic gardening.

Enjoy your stay on the south coast of Cornwall camping (or glamping if you prefer) in one of our two beautiful yurts, or choose the slightly more luxurious self-catering Straw Bale Barn. Our yurts and holiday barn overlook our valley of organic apple orchards, vegetable and fruit gardens, streams, ponds and woodland. Nearby you can visit Cornish landmarks like The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the proper little fishing village of Mevagissey. At the end of your explorations, relax with a drink or a meal at the excellent Barley Sheaf Pub, just a 5-minute walk up our track.

Our holiday yurts are the only two right on the South Coast of Cornwall! Both are named after Cornish apple varieties growing in our orchards. They are available from March through to October. Both can accommodate 2-4 people and there is also space for eco camping outside Tregonna.

The two orchards they sit in are contained by ancient Cornish stone walls, oak and hazel woodland, a running stream with watercress and coloured willow plantings. These magical and secluded surroundings make it an ideal place for retreats and quiet holidays—for individuals, couples or small groups of friends and family.

Both yurts were expertly crafted by Joel Cudsen of Avalon Yurts in Somerset – from local ash, sail canvas and robust polycotton. They are amazing constructions - there is something very special about staying in a round space! They copy the Mongolian yurt design, managing to contain sleeping, cooking & living accommodation comfortably while maintaining a sense of space and light from the central crown. Both have woodburners and solar lighting.

Glamping Site Facilities

Showers, compost loos, recycling, BBQs and washing machine on request. Friendly animals – chickens, ducks, horses cats and dogs. Yurts include rugs, double bed (and bedding), wood-burner, solar LED lights, kitchen equipment and basic provisions. Strawbale Studio includes king-sized bed, en suite shower, a kitchen, dining furniture and a private deck. Sleeping bags are available for Ismay. Solar and wind energy provides the power and water is all sourced from a natural spring on the farm. Sara and Dave can lend you bikes or take you foraging – courses on the farm include wild food forage 'cook & dine', vegetarian cuisine, sourdough bread making and land-based skills. Visit their website for further details.

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