Elderflower Hut

UK England South West England Cornwall Port Isaac Free Range Escapes

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 1 children)
  • Editor's Pick
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Private Bathroom
Handcrafted shepherd's hut found in a woodland valley folded around a clear, spring-fed lake created from the old quarry.
  • Beautiful interior features, including curved ash beams
  • Private compositing loo and wooden shower shed
  • Total privacy, with only the local cows for company

The Owner Says

Escape to the beautiful wilderness of the North Cornish coast, close to Port Isaac & Polzeath. Stay in a handcrafted shepherd's hut with curved ash beams & Windy Smithy wood burner on a converted railway line. You can relax in total privacy with only the local cows for company. Explore the nearby woods, go swimming, fishing & boating on the magical freshwater lake. A perfect break for couples or a solo traveller wanting to unwind.

The shepherd's hut is based at Cornish Tipi Holidays/Weddings also known as Tregildrans Quarry. The site is unique: a woodland valley folded around a clear, spring-fed lake created from the old quarry. The hut is at the top of a 'secret' 20 acres, clothed in ferns and bluebells, oak and meadowsweet.
Undisturbed by modern agrochemicals and herbicides the natural ecosystem has flourished, providing a thriving habitat for flowers and butterflies, birds and mammals.It’s a place a world apart from the rush and clutter of the modern holiday experience, with an atmosphere that makes you forget the world outside, and just lounge, ramble, or potter about in a boat.

Guests will have full access to the whole site & all its facilities. 20 acres of woodland to explore and a freshwater lake to swim, boat and fish in. As well as your own secluded garden space complete with an open fire and garden furniture.

The shepherds hut has its own private compositing loo and wooden shower shed (made partly from pallets) both outside. You are of course allowed full access to any of the other loo/shower blocks on site.

There is also electricity!! Solar powered lights & sockets make it easy to charge items or read a book after the sun goes down. However please be aware that the electricity system in the hut can only take up to 300 watts. This means it is fine for charging phones, cameras, laptops etc. but unless they are low wattage (most aren’t) hair dryers, hair straighteners & electric kettles will trip the system. Anything that requires a huge amount of electricity i.e. heating devices please do not use.

The aim is to have created a space which makes you feel like you are out in nature & the elements but with more comfort than basic camping.


Guests should also note that the Shepherd’s hut has no fridge. There is a cool box under the sink – fresh frozen ice blocks can be collected daily from the main car park just outside the wood clad reception/little shop

Features & Facilities

The hut features a fitted double bed, a wood burner, a dining table and chairs, a kitchenette area with a Belfast sink, 2 gas hobs, cutlery, crockery, utensils, tea and coffee, salt and pepper and there is electricity (though for low wattage items; no hairdryers please). There is no fridge, but a cool box is provided (frozen ice blocks can be collected daily from the main car park). There's a private space outside the hut with a firepit and garden furniture. It's a 3-minute walk from the mini car park to the shepherd's hut. Owner Gosel will meet you to show you the way. The shepherd's hut is based at Cornish Tipi Holidays & Camping (also known as Tregildrans Quarry), with 20 acres that includes woodland, open space and a lake (swimming and fishing permitted; boats and life jackets available to borrow). The hut has it's own private compositing loo and wooden shower shed and you also have full access to any of the other ablutions blocks on site. No smoking inside the hut.


It’s a 5-minute drive to the some of the best sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and adrenaline-filled coasteering in the UK – all out of beautiful Port Quin. Try Cornish Rock Tors (07791 534884) for routes and equipment or carry on to Port Isaac (01208 880200) for more fantastic sea-kayaking options (and to buy tasty scallops and crabs). Pick up the 16-mile-long Camel Trail near Wadebridge (01460 221162) a superbly-converted old railway route that John Betjeman described as ‘the best journey in England’ back in its steam puffing days. North Cornwall Arts (01840 214220) runs plenty of children’s workshops to keep kids busy on a rainy afternoon, or try the intriguingly weird Museum of Witchcraft & Magic (01840 250111) at Boscastle Harbour, which is also excellent.

Food & Drink

There's a decent sized Spar in Delabole (01840 213897) for groceries. You can buy excellent pasties and exceptionl egg-and-bacon pies (among others) from either Auntie Avice at St Kew or Cornish Maids in Camelford (01840 212749). The Other Place in Fowey (01726 833636) does creative fish and chips, including scallops or calamari. For excellent Sunday lunch and good mid-week sandwiches try the Globe Hotel at Lostwithiel (01208 872501).

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Getting There

From the north take the M5 to Exeter and then the A30 to Okehampton and Launceston. Turn right onto the A395 to Camelford. Just before Camelford turn right at Collan's Cross onto the B3314 to Delabole. Follow the road out of Delabole for 2 miles, then turn left for St.Teath at the Port Gaverne crossroads (do not take the first road on the left signposted St.Teath just after Delabole). Stay on that road (again do not turn left to St.Teath) curving around to the right, over the old railway bridge, then take the first right just before Nomansland cottage, with a sign over the entrance saying Cornish Tipi Weddings & Holidays. Please drive down the lane. Be aware Sat Navs do not work properly in Cornwall and although it will guide you most of the way, it is best to take these directions with you for the last few minutes of the journey.

The nearest bus stops are Port Gaverne, Port Isaac, St.Kew, Trelill or St.Teath – buses operate on a hail and stop basis. They will often stop on the main road and let passengers get off if you give them prior warning. Generally, though, due to the rural location, your own transport is recommended (though the site does host walkers exploring the North Cornish Coast footpath and they love it).