Botelet Cottages

  • Location: Countryside
    Bury Down Hill Fort: In walking distance
    Beach: 25km (30 mins by car)
    Fowey village: 25km (30 mins by car)
    Eden Project: 22km (25 mins by car)
  • Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY): 44km (40 mins by car)
    Exeter Airport (EXT): 115km (1h 20 mins by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking

This is the place where your clock will stop ticking, you can feel your busy life coming to a halt.
Why not come here for a quiet winter break? It is super cozy here, perfect as a romantic escape.
Remember to bring your beach towels, the coast is only a short 30-minute drive from Botelet Farm.
Kids will love to run around and explore the 300-acre property, as well as feed the chickens.

You will need to bring a car to get here and to be able to move around.

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An introduction to Botelet Cottages

How would you describe Botelet Cottages in a nutshell?

Botelet Farm near Liskeard, Cornwall has an interesting mix of accommodation, including two quaint cottages. Manor Cottage and Cowslip Cottage each has space for up to 5 adults and a baby. It is perfect for a romantic trip as well as a family vacation. With 300 acres of playing grounds, kids will have lots to explore and chickens to feed. You'll love how cozy the cottages are and the stunning beauty of the surrounding wildflower meadows. Despite its remote location, Botelet Farm is only a short drive from the coast. It is a pure haven with lots of fun things to do and see nearby. Our mission is to give a glimpse into life on a Cornish farm, slowly evolving over generations. Saving the good bits of the old and adding snippets of timeless modern design.

What is the history of Botelet farm?

Our great grandparents lived in the Manor from 1860 until the farmhouse was built in 1884. Our grandfather was born in the ‘new’ farmhouse in the November of that year. Our father was also born here and lived here until he passed away aged 93 in 2018. The fourth generation now, my brother Richard and myself, are continuing the family tradition. We're not organically registered but we do farm in an organic style — using neither fertilizers nor sprays. We belong to the Environmental Stewardship Scheme in which small grants encourage farmers to look after wildlife, protect nature and prevent overproduction. Hedge, gate and fence renewal coupled with the planting of one thousand hedging plants take place each winter. We do most of this work during off season when we have more time.

And when did you start renting Botelet out to guests?

The Bed & Breakfast was started by our grandmother in the 30s. There were few B&Bs around at that time and it soon became an enterprising sideline. Our mother continued the B&B when we were children. Together our parents renovated a redundant railway carriage (a banana van) during the early 60s and let it out as a self-catering chalet. It was amazing for its era and continually booked. We’ve been letting our present two cottages out since about 1987.

It’s all about healthy lifestyle, sustainability, being good to the environment, isn’t it?

Yes, that’s what we try to promote here and hopefully that’s what we’re doing. We installed two wind turbines, so our primary sources of energy are from our domestic wind turbines and solar panels, topped up with green tariff electricity when required. And the cottages are supplied with logs for the woodburners that have been harvested from the farm, so staying at Botelet leaves only a gentle footprint!

Our water at Botelet is from our own borehole. It's fantastically pure water. We recycle everything and use eco products for cleaning. We’ve always lived a sustainable type of lifestyle even before it became fashionable — we were brought up that way.

How would you describe the style of the cottages at Botelet?

Manor Cottage has quite low beams and very thick walls dating from 1600 or before. The part of the Manor which forms the garden was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 AD. The cottage is listed, has some innovative lighting and a very interesting mix of the old and the new create a unique atmosphere in this ancient, ancestral home.

When you are away from the farm, what is it that you look forward to most when coming back?

Well, I have just come back from a short trip and this morning I went out for a long walk, before breakfast, up to the top of the farm. I just looked down and I thought, well, Denmark was lovely, the people and the food were lovely, but just to see the undulating hills down towards the coast, the sea glistening and the greenery of some valley stretching off down towards the Eden Project... just to look down over the old clay hills, which are like little tiny alps, just to see the patchwork of the different-coloured fields with their hedges — it was lovely. I could see up to about 20 miles from up there. I think it it’s just such a beautiful and quiet area where we are.

What else is there to do and see around Botelet?

There are little villages around here that are just that. They’re very small villages, they hardly have a shop. One of them has a pub, but all of them have a church. You have to go down into Fowey & Lostwithiel, Polperro perhaps and to some extent Looe. Looe’s a little bit more touristic. There are one or two fine restaurants there and if you go down in the evening and walk around on the coast, it’s really beautiful. It’s too crowded in the daytime — there are too many coaches that come there — but in the evening it’s very nice. Fowey is nice all the time. You can get to Fowey by passenger ferry or car ferry, as we’re on the other side of a small river.

And there is the Eden Project, which is about a 20 mins drive. The lost gardens of Heligan are about 40 mins and the north coast to the surf beaches is about 40 mins away as well.

Manor cottage
Dining area
Dining area
Manor cottage lounge
Manor cottage lounge
Manor cottage
Manor cottage single bedroom
Manor cottage twin bedroom
Manor cottage double bedroom
Manor cottage bathroom
Manor cottage entrance
Manor cottage garden
Manor cottage garden
Cowslip cottage porch
Cowslip cottage porch
Cowslip cottage kitchen dining area
Cowslip cottage double bedroom
Cowslip cottage bathoom
Cowslip cottage sitting room
Gooseberries
Garden treatment
Botelet farm
Botelet farm
The coast
The beach

Botelet Cottages rooms & rates

The cottages at Botelet have three bedrooms; a double, a twin and a single. Each sleeps five persons. Manor Cottage has two bathrooms and Cowslip Cottage has one. Manor is the larger property, at least so downstairs — it has a second bathroom, a separate sitting, dining room and a kitchen plus a laundry room. French doors lead from the dining room into the walled garden with a huge lawn for playing or relaxing. This secluded area is formed from remains of the original manor dismantled some 120 years ago.

Cowslip Cottage has views over the surrounding meadows and a garden on three sides. It has a little unclassified lane running on one side. Downstairs the cottage has an extremely well-equipped kitchen with a large farmhouse table seating eight to ten people. The sitting room has an efficient wood-burning stove. The cottage also has a laundry room and the whole property benefits from natural light with morning and evening sun.

  • Manor Cottage for 5 people / 100 m²
    1500 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Single bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Other rooms
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Manor Cottage, just across the cobbled courtyard from the farmhouse, is a 17th century Grade II listed Cornish Long house with private walled garden to the rear formed from earlier ruins listed in the Doomsday Book. Historic features, including a floodlit underfloor well, are mixed with touches of eclectic lighting and design. Kitchen, laundry facilities and linen are supplied. A fire is lit for a warm arrival backup heating provided by green tariff night storage.

  • Cowslip Cottage for 5 people / 100 m²
    1240 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Single bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Other rooms
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Cowslip Cottage, 200 yards down the lane, is surrounded by garden and fields with views down the valley. This 19th century stone building was formerly two tiny homes to a blacksmith and carpenter. Inside there are contemporary touches along with a large old kitchen table and a hot log fire to welcome you. backup heat by electricity.

Included in the rates
Rates include bed linen and towels, WiFi, and logs for woodburner.
Optional extras
Services on request: therapeutic massages, guided meditation practices, and well-being courses. Please ask for more details.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. A high chair and cot are provided free of charge.
Minimum stay
7 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 10:00
Discounts/Special offers
5% off for bookings of more than 14 nights

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Babysitting on request
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair dryer

Richard’s wife Tia offers therapeutic massage in a treatment room at Botelet - or outside amongst the long grasses when the weather is fine. Each massage is bespoke, designed to target areas of tension and encourage deep relaxation. It is recommended that visitors book treatments in advance to ensure we can accommodate them during their stay.

Things to do in Cornwall & Liskeard

  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Sailing
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

We’ve got lots of information that we give to people, we update that every week or so. Our favourite restaurants for example: we take off any we don’t like any more and put on new ones, any good things to do, good ideas with or without children, good beaches... things like that.

For the complete relaxation and well-being of our guests we offer bespoke massage treatments and guided meditation practices. And we also host a variety of well-being courses and workshops including Introduction to Massage Courses, Family Head Massage Workshops, Retreats (residential and one-day), Meditation Classes, Family Sketch Clubs, Children’s Yoga Sessions and more. Please just let us know and we are happy to send you more information and dates.

Once a month we have our Breakfast club here at Botelet. Every month we will serve a deliciously fresh breakfast menu with fresh fruits, home made jams, fresh baked bread and a cooked dish based on what the season has to offer. It has become very popular so make sure to book well in advance.

There is a horse riding school right on the next farm, so people can walk to the riding stables – it’s only half a mile and it’s a nice walk. There’s an animal park which is like a wildlife saving scheme, really. They’re trying to save species, so it’s not like a park or a zoo, but it’s good for young children. You can walk to that as well from here. And then there is the usual stuff, you can learn to surf on the south coast of Cornwall, you can find a natural pool and go for a swim, go kayaking, lots of hiking of course, or mountain biking. There are so many things you can do, really.

The location of Botelet Cottages

The area is a part of south Cornwall which is not so busy in the summer as other parts of Cornwall. It’s a little bit undiscovered. There’s a lot of hills and valleys, trees and rivers. Some parts of Cornwall are flat and the north coast has its big fine, white beaches. It’s got little coves that you can walk down to through a little path and get to the beach at the end with lovely clear water and fine sand. There are several of those little beaches near us, and not many people on them, just a few locals. So we can tell guests how to get down to those and enjoy a little walk on the way.

When is the best time to visit Cornwall?

You can come here all year round. During the summer it is rather busy, spring and fall are very beautiful and during the winter you can cuddle up inside with the fire roaring. Come here whenever you feel like getting lost in Cornwall's beautiful countryside.