Cotna Eco Retreat

Pre-Arrival Information

Things to bring

Bedding: Bed linen with 4 pillowcases for double bed & singles. Let us know if you’re bringing your own sleeping bags or duvets. (NB king-size bed in Pengelly Studio.) We can provide bed linen for a supplement of £10 double / £5 single (with duvet.) Towels.

Kitchen: We provide cooking equipment and washing up liquid & cloths / sponges (washed recyclable ones)

Shower & toilet: loo roll (first provided), shower gel etc (eco-friendly please)

Outdoor: Torch / headtorch; wellies / walking boots; insect repellent / sticky fly papers from July – Sept

Indoor: slippers / shoes for inside yurt

Other: Extra nightlight candles. Earplugs if you think owls, lambs or dawn chorus may disturb you!



Hampers (12 hours notice) All veggie / vegan if required. Breakfast or evening meals (late arrival, Italian, South Indian)

‘Cotna Shop’: sells our seasonal organic veg. Wholefood supplies also available.

Gorran Post Office: for basics, one person at a time in shop

The Barley Sheaf pub: excellent beer and excellent food – recently been included in Michelin Guide (yay!!) – 01726 843330

The Shack at Port Mellon: a lovely walk down the valley. Sells produce as well as great coffee & food takeaways

Firewood: this year we are selling kiln-dried hardwood logs (£5 a bag) but we can offer plenty of kindling for free. Let us know if you want a bag for when you arrive.

Courses: this year we hope to offer outdoor sessions, to be decided nearer the time eg Walk on the Wild Side & No-dig Organic Gardening. Sadly we’re not sure about Sourdough Breadmaking at the moment!

Treatments: massages available if permitted – bring a facemask



Low-impact living is at the core of our ethos at Cotna, and the reason our Eco Retreat exists. As you will see from your visit, we are creating an oasis of natural beauty and tranquillity where diverse species exist alongside us humans. We are committed to avoiding pollution through recycling and reusing everything we can, limiting use of harmful chemicals and managing our waste responsibly. Please help us to reduce re-use & recycle:


Limit the amount of single-use plastic you bring onsite and take it away with you eg water bottles  plastic bags & packaging.

– We have pure spring water on tap so no need to bring bottled water!

Use eco products for washing  – we supply BioD washing up liquid and Faith in Nature shampoo & Bodywash

Use our recycling system carefully with clearly labelled boxes in the recycling area

Try to buy locally – from Cotna, our Post Office shop & Menegwyn’s Farm Gate (just up the track), The Shack or Lobbs Farm Shop Deli. There are no supermarkets close by and we do not take deliveries