Huddled near Bude in Cornwall is a lovely little place called Marhamchurch. It’s a quaint village with a local pub, The Buller Arm Hotel, serving homemade food with an abundance of happy local vibes. We had a thoroughly enjoyable lunch, chatting with the locals and owners. So much so that we returned for an evening meal which was so tasty we left with Beard thinking he was pregnant. I can confirm I was pregnant, but for him, he had food baby!
Just a short drive away from this great pub is a fabulous eco-retreat with a relaxed vibe and a serene setting where you can get back to nature and chill out. We’ve never stayed in a yurt before so had no idea what to expect, but we were immensely impressed. Even when one evening the wind was howling and the rain didn’t stop, we remained cosy, warm and snuggled in our yurt (lined with yak and sheep felt) enjoying a glass of red wine (well, Beard was) and listening to Van Morrison.
Kents of Cornwall is an organic smallholding, run by two cool adventurers. You’re immersed in the land where chickens, ducks, sheep, geese, horses, bee’s and rabbits roam. There are four beautiful yurts with views of rolling countryside and the sea in the distance.
We totally got into the groove of land-living; gazing at the stars in the evening, enjoying our new lamb friends, sitting around the campfire toasting marshmallows and scoffing some utterly delicious organic farm produce cooked perfectly for us by Joe and Liss.
This place really does take you back to nature. The owners are passionate about organic, eco-friendly living and doing so as sustainably and self sufficiently as possible. Even down to the toilets. I must admit I was dubious of the thought of the eco-friendly composting loo and shower, but by the end of our holiday, I was adamant I wanted them at our house. They were actually extremely comfortable and hygienic.
Each yurt has a wood burner that keeps you wonderfully toasty with minimal effort. Tiny tea lights keep you lit in the evening (as well as some battery operated lights too).
We found Marhamchurch the perfect base for seeing the sites of Cornwall. We found Kents of Cornwall utterly enchanting. Just 10 minutes away are fantastic coastal walks and the stunning beach of Bude is a must whatever the weather. Finally, when your day is done, you can return to Kents for some off-grid living and tranquillity, while the kids run in the ample green space and you can settle down with a good book.