Botelet Yurt

  • 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

The yurt is like a special bedroom, uncluttered yet comfortable and like a small world in itself.
You'll be waking up to the sound of the birds and with views of the incredible wildflower meadow.
Cuddle up for a cozy and romantic evening, with the woodburner on and a glass of wine in hand.

Linen and towels are provided in the yurt but make sure to bring your own bikes and basic provisions.
The yurt is for adults only but children can stay in tents, do enquire for more information.

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An introduction to Botelet Yurt

How would you describe Botelet Yurt in a nutshell?

Botelet Farm near Liskeard, Cornwall has an interesting mix of accommodation, among them the yurt for two adults that is raised on poles and set into a wild flower orchard. The yurt is sturdy, yet blends into the scenery and allows guests to become immersed into the unique Cornish landscape. The yurt has a wood stove and basic kitchen equipment. Botelet Farm truly is a magical place, rustic, quaint and very relaxed. All the while Botelet is more than just glamping, you’ll find that 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 is what they succeed in doing.

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.

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

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.

Yurt exterior
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Entrance
Yurt exterior
Botelet farm
Botelet farm
The beach

Botelet Yurt rooms & rates

The yurt is set in a wildflower meadow. It has stunning views through the odd fruit tree toward the rolling farmland and patchwork of fields beyond. The yurt has electricity with subtle lighting and a heated blanket on the double bed.

There is a wood-burning stove in the heart of the yurt and a plentiful supply of logs for you to use that have been harvested from the farm. There is a BBQ outside and a table and chairs for alfresco dining. The yurt is equipped with all pots, pans, cutlery, crockery, tea towels and a washing-up bowl with liquid and an electric hob for cooking on. We provide towels but ask guests to bring beach towels if required.

There is a loo and shower plus fridge facilities a short walk across the meadow from the yurt, these are shared with a small handful of people who may be camping at Botelet, in a separate field.

  • Botelet Yurt for 2 people / 30 m²
    105 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room
Included in the rates
Rates include bed linen, WiFi at the farmhouse or in the garden.
Optional extras
Services on request: therapeutic massages, guided meditation practices, and wellbeing-courses.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. A high chair and cot are provided free of charge.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 10:00
Discounts/Special offers
14% off for bookings of more than 3 nights
Closed mid-September to Easter

Facilities & services

  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Not suitable for young children

Richard’s wife Tia offers therapeutic massage in a treatment room at Botelet - or outside among 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

  • 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 Yurt

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?

We are open from Easter to mid September, which is most likely the best time to be out camping. During the Summer Cornwall does get rather busy, however most of that happens during the school holidays. We would recommend that you just come here and give it a try at any time that works for you. Summer can be lots of fun and early Fall can just be romantic and magical.