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Botelet PL14 4RD - a special place to stay upstream from Fowey and Lostwithiel Cornwall
People have stayed at Botelet since the original bed and breakfast in the 1930's ...
'A few miles west of Liskeard in Cornwall, enjoys the sort of lush rural setting I thought only existed in Enid Blyton books. In fact this is Daphne du Maurier country, and Botelet Farm, hidden at the end of a narrow lane amid 300 acres of rolling farmland, has been the Tamblyn family home since 1861' Conde Nast Traveller
This is sparsely populated South East Cornwall and Botelet, a patchwork of ancient fields, lanes and a wet woodland, is found between Herodsfoot and Couch’s Mill, capped by the Iron Age Hill Fort of Bury Down. The farm, its buildings and tradition have slowly evolved and many historic farm practices have been kept alive for generations. Cattle and sheep graze the meadows.
People have stayed at Botelet since the original bed and breakfast in the 30’s, even slept in an old railway banana van in the 50's and 60's. Today you can choose from a small selection of green accommodation. Sleep with nature in a Mongolian yurt, camp in a wild flower meadow, or nest up in an historic farm cottage. Enjoy a non-fussy healthy lifestyle amongst history, art & natural beauty. Hanging lichen on the trees show the purity of the air.
To help sustain the future of living here, repairs are carried out using traditional and recycled materials. Two Gaia domestic wind turbines provide most of the farm’s electricity, topped up by solar, so your stay will leave only a gentle footprint. Around 1000 trees and hedging plants are planted each year and timber is coppiced from the hedgerows to provide logs for the fires. Wood and non-plastics help heat the hot water and composting organic matter keeps the vegetable garden happy. Natural mineral water is pumped everywhere daily from deep below the orchard. No need to buy bottled, with nothing added or taken away, this is the best you will taste.
Educational groups and visitors are welcome to visit the scheduled monument of Bury Down. The Hill Fort with prominent Iron Age remains is carefully maintained in association with English Heritage and the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme. Outstanding views span from Dartmoor to Rough Tor and Dodman Point. There are always interesting projects in progress around the farm. Conservation work includes repairing and reinstating Cornish hedges and stone buildings, rampart management, orchard maintenance and the creation of natural woodland walks.
If you just want time out, have educational interests or need a special location, we are here to help. Julie, Richard, Tia, David and Barbara - along with Richard and Tia's young children Cyra, Otto and Nell - look forward to meeting you.