This cool hideout is that rare experience that takes you off the beaten path and makes you giddy with a heightened sense of adventure.
Tucked away within a verdant forest with a stream and waterfall tumbling at its base, this cabin rental in Cornwall is part of a unique glamping compound overlooking the sea and the windswept grasslands of the north.
The vast, forty five acre property is also home to a beautifully dormant 19th century Engine House that once served the quarry, transformed now into a fab swimming lake. Dominating its spot on the horizon, it’s the last of its kind in North Cornwall, and although abandoned, is a wistful reminder of a bygone era.
Constructed like a shotgun shack, of wood and corrugated metal, the two-story cabin is part pub, part open air lounge and roadhouse, with a communal sleeping area of bunks and pull-out beds for up to six guests.
There’s a deck with a firepit and another floating deck on the water for chilling with a pint together in the wild. The cabin is designed as a bespoke project to enhance its natural setting and is one of the first fully off-grid and carbon neutral bars powered by hydro and solar sources.
The property was also designed as a collaborative and creative space, with an array of pop-up workshops and lectures, music and foodie events and summer workshops for up and coming architects, designers and students, to encourage experimentation while prompting you to think expansively and creatively from this sublime location.
Optional on site chef at additional charge, breakfast basket to cook on an open fire (£45) with shared kitchen facilities, 1974 Ford F350 with driver for rent (£75 per hour), wood fired hot tub (£65 day rate or £20 for 2hr private use), extra firewood (£8 per bundle). Totally off grid with 2 plug sockets available on site, solar showers and eco-facilities. All linens provided. Massage, yoga, surfing, hiking and touring recommendations.
The wild and rugged Cornish peninsula features over two hundred miles of stunning coastline and windswept moorlands ending at the famous far south west promontory of Land’s End. Bordered with some of the areas best beaches, the Rock region of North Cornwall has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you’ll be within a mile of Trebarwith Strand and Port Gaverne beaches and cliffs and some of England’s best surf breaks.
The legend of King Arthur and Merlin live on at nearby Tintagel Castle, a magical medieval ruin perched high above the sea. Be sure to wander locally for a swim in the quarry pit lake and a hike along the wild and beautiful Davidstow moor. Locally there are several charming pubs, cafe’s and fine dining, complete with spectacular views.
The South West Coast Path is the place to stroll for miles and wraps around the southern tip of the peninsula where you can easily access the North Cornwall Trail and the Camel Trail to the south. At the head of the Camel River and estuary, Padstow is a well known foodie destination with great restaurants and shops as well as the start and end point for the amazing Camel Cycle Trail.
The long white Padstow beach stretches from the town of Padstow to Hawkers Cove while nearby Daymer Bay features dunes and rock pools and Polzeath is a surfers’ paradise. Both Harlyn Bay and Booby’s Bay are great for surfing and families alike, while Constance Bay is best left to the pros. The delightful village of Port Isaac is worth a visit and Plymouth is an hour east.
Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Nearest Airport: Newquay Airport (25 miles)
BEST TIME TO VISIT: The property is open from April through October
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