Pengelly Strawbale Studio

UK England South West England Cornwall St. Austell Cotna Eco Retreat

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 2 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Private Bathroom
The terrace of this eco-friendly strawbale studio on an organic smallholding offers fantastic views of the Cornish countryside.

  • Cosy strawbale-insulated studio accommodation with log-burner, shower and kitchen
  • Fresh organic produce available and vegetarian meals on order
  • Eco-friendly holidays with compost toilets and emphasis on recycling

The Owner Says

Our lovely self catering studio is ideal for tranquil and cosy breaks or retreats to Cornwall and is available to book any time throughout the year. The studio is an L-shaped building, built of straw-bales. The large part of the L is a communal space for events such as yoga and wild-food forage cook & dine lessons and demonstrations, while the small part of the L is peaceful and atmospheric accommodation suitable for two and up to three people.

The studio accommodation includes a shower and hand-crafted kitchen with a huge brass bed, a big comfy sofa, a great woodburner  and all dining facilities. The walls are covered with lime-plaster and painted with lime-wash in warm earthy colours of honeyed golds, terracotta and soft blue while its roof is made of rubber slates from recycled car tyres.

The thick insulation of the straw bales in this eco friendly barn conversion keeps the barn cool in summer and the heat from the wood-burner keeps it toasty warm in the winter. The studio is spacious and the décor is tastefully stylish in a rustic, curvy kind of way!

The private deck overlooks the apple orchard, the woods below and the traditional Cornish field patterns of Cotna Valley on the other side. There are outdoor compost loos, tree-bog style, and our recently installed wee-room complete with haybale – very eco-friendly! There are indoor facilities for night-time if you don’t want to venture outdoors!

We advise that the yurts may be more suitable accommodation for dogs if they are likely feel their territory invaded by Cotna's own two dogs & kitten!

The studio can accommodate an extra person if required - please select 'Extra Person Supplement' from the extras menu and we will add another single mattress.

Our Coronavirus Booking Guarantee

Book with complete confidence at Cotna Eco Retreat with the Glampingly Coronavirus Booking Guarantee. We guarantee the following clear policy for your booking:

  • A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
  • Balance due 30 days before your holiday
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
  • Due to the flexibility provided we are unable to offer refunds
  • This guarantee supersedes any other policies

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Features & Facilities

Greener Camping

As a member of the Greener Camping Club the ethos behind our site is off-grid holidays in harmony with nature. However, we do provide electric charging points, shared fridge & freezer space, washing machine on request, your own compost loo and hot showers. Yurts include double beds (and bedding) with single mattresses, a wood-burner, solar LED lights, cooking stove and kitchen equipment. The Strawbale Studio includes king-sized bed, en suite shower, a kitchen, dining furniture and a private deck. Solar and wind energy provide 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 sourdough bread making, wild food forage 'cook & dine', vegetarian cuisine, sourdough bread making and land-based skills. Visit their website for further details.

When you book with us, a £10 membership fee is added to the price of your booking and you will be signed up to become a member of the Greener Camping Club. GCC membership year runs from 1st January to 31st December and gives you access to some of the greenest campsites in the UK. It also includes participation in the 'Trees for Life' scheme, whereby a tree is planted for every member who enrols! If you join on or after 1st September, your membership is valid until 31st December of the following year. If you're already a member, just email us your membership card and apply the code GCCM10 to your booking and the membership fee will be deducted.


Gorran Haven, Hemmick, Caerhays and Vault beaches are all within a half hour walk – Dave keeps the parish footpaths clear that lead you out to the coast and join the renowned South West Coast Path. Vault is a wonderfully long, unspoiled beach, a slight walk away from its carpark and consequently one of the quietest spots, while Hemmick is perfect for watching sunsets. The local villages are also well worth a visit; nearby Gorran Haven boasts an ancient harbour and an excellent old pub. Picturesque Portmellon is also within strolling distance – be sure to stop by The Rising Sun Inn (01726 843235), a perfect spot for a drink by the beach. Or head out to Dodman Point (01872 580553), where an Iron Age hillfort sits on the headland with its ruins and huge stone cross reached via footpath from Penare. The Lost Gardens of Heligan (01726 845100) are also walkable (around an hour each way) with over 200 varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs, an intriguing subtropical jungle and vast, wooded grounds to explore. The world famous Eden Project (01726 811911) is half an hour in the car and, in the opposite direction, it's 10 minutes to Caerhay's Castle (01872 501310).

Food & Drink

Organic home-produced hampers are available on-site for breakfast and evening meals, with home-made preserves, sourdough bread and seasonal produce. Pure springwater also on tap. There is a good local farm shop, Lobbs (01726 844411) as well as post office shops nearby. It's a 5 minute walk to the The Barley Sheaf pub (01726 843330) just up the track. Built in 1837 by local farmer William Kendall and recently restored and re-opened by his great-great-great grandson, it's a fabulous little place serving food daily and with real ales on tap. And just a walk down the valley is The Shack serving great coffee and food, next to the sea and The Paddle Shed at Port Mellon.
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Getting There

A30 St Austell. Follow Satnav to Lost Gardens of Heligan PL26 6EN. Continue along Gorran High Lanes, turn left at Gorran Church and follow bumpy track around back of church. Follow footpath signs to Galowras Mill. Turn right down track at Standing Stone. Try to arrive before dark!

The nearest train station is in St Austell (0845 748 4950). The 471 bus (operated by Travel Cornwall) runs 3 times every day. The 24 bus to Mevagissey is operated by First Kernow. For taxis try Mevagissey Cars (07513 774529).