Botelet Farm review | holistic hideaway, Cornwall
Relaxing B&B and self-catering retreat in Cornwall
The Quick Read: This is a very easy place to relax – as a B&B guest in one of two farmhouse rooms, or self-catering in a cottage, yurt or your own tent. Hosts Julie, Tia and Richard are friendly and laid back, and you can book relaxing hot stones treatments, massage, reflexology and various beauty treatments with capable local therapists or therapeutic massage with Tia. We especially love the grounds, with their wild gardens and flowers. Quirky, individual touches such as a Victorian street lamp, traditional red phone box, outdoor wall clock and storage barns with painted doors make you feel you’re in a tiny village.
How was it for us: My husband and I stayed in the simple, stylish meadow yurt here and were particularly struck by the total peace and quiet of the whole place. It was summer, so we got to enjoy the late sun as it streamed in through our door. It’s a lovely place to have some in-room treatments, hang out, read, walk or just relax. Tia does a very good massage – she has very good hands and her empathetic nature really helped me relax. I’d go back in two shakes. Getting out and about was tempting – we explored some of the 300 acres of protected meadows and grasslands, walked to a Neolithic hill fort and ambled about on the nearby beach, a 15 minute drive away.
Be sure to visit The Eden Project while you are here, which is at Bedelva, about a 20 minute drive away. It’s an awesome educational charity with wondrous exhibitions about the natural world, and there are always some interesting surprises. We saw Rufus Wainwright in concert while we were staying at Botelet, and have since returned during Winter for the ice skating, which is especially good for kids.
More on the treatments: Host Tia offers therapeutic massage, both for guests or those just wishing to drop in for a treatment. She trained with the School of Bodywork in Exeter, completing their Diploma in Bodywork, and is trained to offer Swedish massage and other deep tissue techniques. Rather than offering a specific menu of treatments, she uses the initial consultation as a starting point to devise a bespoke treatment in order to address area of tension and promote relaxation. This may involve full body treatments or more focused massages such as back, neck and head, incorporating Indian massage techniques to aid deep relaxation.
Tia changes her treatment room according to the season, so you might be in one of the farmhouse rooms with gorgeous views up to the hill fort, a rustic space in one of the outbuildings with a woodburner to keep it cosy, or al fresco on balmy summer days. You can also book relaxing hot stones treatments, massage and reflexology with capable local therapists including Rachel Fisher or Antonia Eden to have in your room, cottage or yurt – the team will help book these for you. Alternatively, drive to Lucinda Walton’s garden studio Serenity by the Sea for beauty treatments as well as massages – it’s in Pelynt, which is 4 miles away. Whichever you choose, book well in advance.
More on the accommodation: Décor in the B&B rooms is simple and stylish, with wooden floors, colourful Moroccan rugs, original art, hand-painted walls, oak and iron beds, evocative lighting and plain, understated bathrooms. Room 1 has a view to the Neolithic hill fort across the garden and a oak-carved four-poster bed.
Alternatively, choose from two self-catering cottages – the grade II listed Manor house stands amongst historic farm buildings and has a private walled garden to the rear. The old structure is mixed with touches of eclectic lighting and timeless modern design. Cowslip Cottage, 200 yards down the lane, is surrounded by garden and fields with views down the valley. Inside this 19th century cottage there are contemporary touches along with a large old kitchen table and a hot wood fire to welcome you. Both cottages sleep 5 + cot in one double, one twin and one single room.
There are also two hippy-chic, wooden-floored yurts, one high up with sea views, the other in a flower meadow. Both have wood burners, and are raised off the ground on wooden poles, so are great places to enjoy views. You can also camp in the grounds.
Staying at Botelet leaves only a gentle footprint; energy is supplied by two domestic wind turbines and solar panels, topped up with electricity from a green supplier. Plentiful logs, harvested from the farm, are provided for woodburners in the cottages are yurts. Water comes fresh from our borehole.
Food & drink: Delicious veggie breakfasts include home-made bread and granola, freshly squeezed orange juice, home-grown fruit such as blueberries and apples and an array of teas and proper coffee. Yurters and campers are welcome to book in advance for breakfast round the farmhouse table. If you’re self-catering, you can order an organic veggie box.
What’s lowly: Not a lot. We’re waiting for an outdoor, eco-friendly hot tub, of course.
Costs: Cottage prices are from £360 to £1410 per week (there’s a minimum stay of 2 nights outside of school holidays). Yurts cost £190 for 2 night stay. A farmhouse breakfast costs £15 per person.
Reviewed by Caroline Sylger Jones
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