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Botelet Yurts is managed by Julie, the Owner.
£49 - £73/night
Suitable for up to 2 people

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Upper yurt at Botelet - Botelet Yurts, in Cornwall, United Kingdom
— Julie: “Our mission is to give a glimpse into life on a Cornish farm, slowly evolving over generations. Saving the good bits of the old and adding snippets of timeless modern design.”
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— What is the history of Botelet farm?

Julie: “Our great grandparents lived in the Manor from 1860 until the farmhouse was built in 1884. Our grandfather was born in the ‘new’ farmhouse in the November of that year. Our father was also born here and lives here still. The fourth generation now, my brother Richard and myself, are continuing the family tradition. We're not organically registered but we do farm in an organic style — using neither fertilizers nor sprays. We belong to the Countryside Stewardship Scheme in which small grants encourage farmers to look after wildlife, protect nature and prevent overproduction. Hedge, gate and fence renewal coupled with the planting of one thousand hedging plants take place each winter. We do most of this work during off season when we have more time.”
Botelet farm - Botelet Yurts, in Cornwall, United Kingdom
— Botelet farm

— And when did you start renting Botelet out to guests?

Julie: “The Bed & Breakfast was started by our grandmother in the 30s. There were few B&Bs around at that time and it soon became an enterprising sideline. Our mother continued the B&B when we were children. Together our parents renovated a redundant railway carriage (a banana van) during the early 60s and let it out as a self-catering chalet. It was amazing for its era and continually booked. We’ve been letting our present two cottages out since about 1987.”
Botelet yurt - Botelet Yurts, in Cornwall, United Kingdom
— Botelet yurt

— What’s the essence of the farm at Botelet?

Julie: “Our mission is to give a glimpse into life on a Cornish farm, slowly evolving over generations. Saving the good bits of the old and adding snippets of timeless modern design.”
 - Botelet Yurts, in Cornwall, United Kingdom

— Where are the yurts on the farm?

Julie: “One of the yurts is high in a field with amazing views and late sunsets. You can catch a glimpse of the sea from there, the Higher Yurt. It’s a little further away from the amenities. There is a shower within the cobbled courtyard that both yurts share. The Lower Yurt is in a wildflower meadow. It too has stunning views through the odd fruit tree toward the rolling farmland and patchwork of fields beyond. This yurt is a little nearer the shower and loo. It has electricity with subtle lighting. The Higher Yurt has a combination of battery and solar lighting.”
Botelet caravan - Botelet Yurts, in Cornwall, United Kingdom
— Botelet caravan

— And the yurts are for self-catering?

Julie: “They are. The yurts each have a double bed. The Higher Yurt has a futon and in the lower yurt there’s a posture sprung mattress on the floor. They both have a wood burning stove, centered in the middle of the yurt with a chimney through the roof. You can cook on these stoves or heat a kettle. There is also a gas ring in each yurt and an outside barbecue.

They’re equipped with all pots, pans, cutlery, crockery, tea towels and a washing-up bowl with liquid. We provide hand towels but ask guests to bring their own towels for the shower. We supply towels for guests who arrive by bicycle or for those who are travelling internationally.”
 - Botelet Yurts, in Cornwall, United Kingdom

— It’s all about healthy lifestyle, sustainability, being good to the environment, isn’t it?

Julie: “Yes, that’s what we try to promote here and hopefully that’s what we’re doing. We installed two wind turbines, so our primary sources of energy are from our domestic wind turbines and solar panels on both cottages, topped up with green tariff electricity when required. And the cottages are supplied with logs for the woodburners that have been harvested from the farm, so staying at Botelet leaves only a gentle footprint!

Our water at Botelet is from our own borehole. It's fantastically pure water. We recycle everything and use eco products for cleaning. We’ve always lived a sustainable type of lifestyle even before it became fashionable — we were brought up that way.”
 - Botelet Yurts, in Cornwall, United Kingdom
 
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