Ismay Shepherds Hut

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

  • Sleeps 2 (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

The Owner Says

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!

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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

Showers, compost loos, recycling, BBQs and washing machine on request. Friendly animals – chickens, ducks, cats and dogs. Yurts include rugs, double bed (and bedding), wood-burner, solar LED lights, kitchen equipment and basic provisions. The Strawbale Studio includes king-sized bed, en suite shower, a kitchen, dining furniture and a private deck. Bedding is available for Ismay Shepherd's Hut. 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 sourdough bread making, wild food forage 'cook & dine', vegetarian cuisine, sourdough bread making and land-based skills. Visit their website for further details.


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 name Dodman (or 'dead man') is attributed to the number of shipwrecks and the existence of gallows there. 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

Cooking wares provided and basic provisions are also included (tea, sugar, herbs & spices). Organic veg and eggs, home-made jams, chutneys and vinegars, sourdough bread are all available, with produce varying throughout the seasons. Pure springwater also on tap. There is a good local farm shop, Lobbs (01726 844411) as well as post office shops nearby – and 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.
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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).