Wonderfully private yurt glamping on the edge of Bodmin Moor with a focus on sustainability throughout
A 400-yard track leads you down to Sunnybank Farm where the scene is as wistful as the name. The smallholding is a wholesome 37 acres in total, with young hawthorn trees alongside ancient oaks, sloping down to the River Camel below. Amongst it, pastures and rough heathland open out, semi-wild and wonderfully colourful, and a handful of Hereford cows graze in the sun. In springtime, the shadier spots are awash under a tide of bluebells, with narrow, pathways worn down by the feet of visiting campers. Their destination is the trio of hand-crafted yurts secreted away among the pastures. Each has a private, view-tastic location that’s well worth the wander.
First opened in 2001, Cornish Yurt Holidays was one of the earlier pioneers of what later came to be called ‘glamping’, with proper double beds, wood-burning stoves and cooking facilities all provided for campers who simply turn up. Today they have expanded from their first yurt but still remain notably modest given the vast amount of space the farm provides. Instead, maintaining harmony with the landscape remains founder Tim Hutton’s priority. He describes it as a “low impact but maximum comfort approach”, with the wood for the yurts all sourced on site and an environmental sensitivity to everything they do. Composting toilets are in beautiful wooden 'ig-loos', there’s a solar and immersion shower with views onto a hedgerow of ferns and twisted hawthorn branches, and the bathroom yurt is a real thing of beauty, with a wood-burning stove that provides piping hot water straight into the roll-top tub.
While the comforts inside each yurt are unquestionable, it’s the setting and atmosphere of Cornish Yurt Holidays that really stands out. Each yurt feels utterly in a world of its own, its meadow sheltered by trees, while hammocks and campfires encourage you to stay out and enjoy the starry skies that the edge of Bodmin Moor setting provides. It’s less than a mile to the edge of the moor proper and you can walk from Cornish Yurt Holidays to Brown Willy, Cornwall’s highest tor, in less than two hours. At the same time, the coast doesn’t seem miles away – it’s a 25-minute drive to Port Isaac – and the car-free Camel Trail, which begins about a mile away in Wenford, is a thoroughly pleasant way to get there.
In the evening, return for pint in the local village, a 10-minute walk away, or stay in camp to listen out for the hooting of resident tawny owls. Badgers, foxes and roe deer are occasional visitors too, while, if all else fails, Moose, the farm’s inquisitive shire horse, is sure to make an appearance.
Bodmin, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Yurt H.Joined in January 2019
From the host
Cornish Yurt Holidays is a small family owned business based at Sunnybank Farm, a smallholding of 37 acres stretching from the top of the hill to the sheltered banks of the river Camel below. We started the business in 2001 with only one yurt and since then have grown modestly, maintaining a healthy balance between what we do and the natural environment. This low impact but maximum comfort approach has defined Cornish Yurt Holidays as one of the most environmentally friendly sites of this kind.
The holding supports a handful of traditional Hereford cows, and a grey Shire horse called Moose who used to pull logs out of the woods, before she recently retired.
The land is a mixture of pasture, heathland and woodland and has been managed to maximise biodiversity and the wildlife that lives here. The discovery of the rare Pearl Bordered Fritillary butterfly has led to special conservation measures to enhance and protect the habitat to support their survival.
With burning log fires and big open skies on the edge of Bodmin Moor the yurts are in a beautiful spot. The river flows in the valley below and the moors lie behind. The views of North Cornwall stretch as far as the sea.
We only have three yurts, made here at Yurtworks, each one set up on a deck in their own secluded patch.
Also, we will have a new addition in 2022 - a beautiful handcrafted sauna.
Camp fires, barbecues, and hammocks help you create your own encampment against a backdrop of gnarly old oaks. A much loved natural heartland with badgers, foxes, otters, roe deer and some very beautiful butterflies.
Although Cornish Yurt Holidays feels deep in the countryside, the farm is on the edge of the village and a short walk to the pub, village shop and post office. It's ½mile to the western boundary of Bodmin Moor, so good walks from the glampsite are easily accessible. You can walk out on to the moor from your yurt and climb Brown Willy, Cornwall's highest Tor, 5 miles away, or explore the wooded valleys of the River Camel. From the higher ground you'll have beautiful views of Cornwall that stretch all the way to the sea. Pony trekking on Bodmin Moor is also available, via the Hallagenna Riding Stables (01208 851500), 1 mile from Cornish Yurt Holidays. The renowned, car-free Camel Trail starts just 1½ miles away in Wenford and runs, in a southerly arch via Bodmin, to the coast at Padstow. Following the path of two former rail lines – the North Cornwall Railway and the Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway – it is 17½ miles long and offers excellent easy cycling with a few beautiful old bridges and station-turned-cafés along the way. If you haven't brought your own, bikes are easy to hire in Wenford (01208 851178). If you don't fancy the cycle, it's a 35-minute drive to Padstow or 25 minutes to the nearest beaches in Port Isaac and Port Gaverne.
Food and drink
The Old Inn (01208 850711) in St Breward is very popular for its daytime and evening meals and only a 10-minute walk from Cornish Yurt Holidays. Hot pasties are available daily from the local shop (a 10-minute walk), which also stocks all the essentials, while The Snails Pace Café (01208 851178) at the head of the Camel Trail is a 5-minute drive and an ideal place for a morning coffee and breakfast before cycling the trail to Padstow. The Blisland Inn (01208 850739), 3 miles away, comes highly recommended. It's renowned for its real ales and proper cider and fruit wines. Dogs are welcome, there's a handful of picnic tables overlooking the village green and the Camel Trail is close by.