Huddled near Bude in Cornwall is a lovely little place called Marhamchurch. It’s a quaint village with a local pub serving homemade food and an abundance of happy local vibes. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time here the afternoon we arrived chatting with the locals and enjoying our surroundings, so much so that we returned for an evening meal which was so so tasty we left with Beard thinking I was pregnant. I can confirm I was, but the added weight was a “food baby”!
Just a short drive away from The Buller Arm Hotel 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 and listening to Van Morrison.
Kents, as it’s called, is an organic smallholding, run by a bunch of cool young surfers, where chickens, ducks, sheep, and rabbits roam. There are three beautiful yurts with views of rolling countryside and the sea in the distance. Each yurt has enough space for up to 4 people; it’s perfect for 2 adults and 2 children and I believe one of the Yurts could even fit three kids and two adults but you would need to confirm this with the lovely owners.
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.
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 a tad put off by the thought of the eco-friendly composting loo, but by the end of our holiday, I was adamant I wanted one at our house. 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). There’s drinking water available and a shower in the main house which all guests are welcome to use and to save on carbon footprint and the need for excessive washing, guests are recommended to bring their own bedding however on request, this can be supplied.
We found Marhamchurch the perfect base for seeing the sites of Cornwall. 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.