Cotna Eco Retreat

Strawbale Orchard Studio – Pengelley


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Our lovely self catering orchard studio is ideal for tranquil and cosy breaks or retreats in Cornwall and is available to book any time throughout the year. It includes a shower and hand-crafted kitchen with a huge brass bed, a big comfy sofa, a great woodburner  and all dining facilities. The walls are covered with lime-plaster and painted with lime-wash in warm earthy honeyed golds, terracotta and soft blue while its roof is made of rubber slates from recycled car tyres.

The private deck overlooks the apple orchard, the woods below and the traditional Cornish field patterns of Cotna Valley on the other side. There are outdoor compost loos, tree-bog style, and our recently installed wee-room complete with haybale – very eco-friendly! There are indoor facilities for night-time if you don’t want to venture outdoors!

The studio is part of an L-shaped building, and is built of straw-bales. The large part of the L is a communal space for events such as yoga and wild-food forage cook & dine lessons and demonstrations, while the small part of the L is peaceful and atmospheric accommodation suitable for two and up to three people.

The thick insulation of the straw bales in this eco friendly barn conversion keeps the barn cool in summer and the heat from the wood-burner keeps it toasty warm in the winter. The studio is spacious and the décor is tastefully stylish in a rustic, curvy kind of way!

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Where to start? We’ve enjoyed ourselves so much betting to know this BEAUTIFUL land/sea-scape around you have, that it’s beginning to feel like ‘home’ – especially after one of your  brilliant recommended walks – great to then get snug in this lovely straw bale house. Such a good job is being done here – having been ‘in the business’ we know there’s a lot of graft as well as craft and this smallholding of yours is SUCH a good example of just how it should be. THANK YOU! (Chris & Helen, Somerset)

 


 

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