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Cotna is a beautiful organic smallholding near the coast in Cornwall. A magical glamping site with 3 yurts, strawbale barn & shepherd’s hut. Delicious organic food available and courses on foraging & cooking, sourdough bread & no-dig gardening.

Quote greentraveller when you book and you will receive a salad bag & home-made balsamic dressing

Rooms: 3 yurts (2-4), Barn (2-4) Shepherds Hut (2)

£200 - £250 for 3 nights weekend / 4 nights midweek; £450 - £550 per week high season. Shepherd's hut £50 per night.

Meals: Dinner 2 courses £15 per head. Breakfast hampers £10. Good local pub 10 mins walk.
Open: Year Round
Address: Cotna Eco Retreat, Gorran Churchtown, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6LG
Tel: +44 (0)1726 844867

Why we've chosen Cotna

Cotna is an organic smallholiding run by Sara and Dave who are both passionate about the land they live on. There are ardent gardeners and happy to share their produce and their knowledge with you (or any of the Wwoofers you may see during your stay). 

Join one of their retreats or short courses (on gardening, willow weaving, foraging or cooking), or just ask if you want to know more. 

There are three yurts (Gilliflower - 16ft, Fern Pippin and Tregonna King - 18ft) as well as a shepherd's hut (Ismay) and a strawbale studio available for rent.

Eco credentials:

How do you reduce your draw on energy:
We have solar panels, a wind-turbine, use wood from our sustainably managed woodland, compost loos and have pure spring water throughout the site. The straw-bale barn is a great example of using natural materials for construction & insulation and, and the yurts are constructed in Somerset from local ash. We have solar lamps in the yurts and gas burners for kettles & cooking, mostly use cool boxes with one small fridge in the barn. Haven't had that rated.

How you minimise the amount of waste you send to landfill:
Recycling facilities separated according to Cornwall Council guidelines. We have compost bins & use that on the gardens. No bulk dispensers, but a good idea!

How you reduce your consumption of water:
Environmentally friendly cleaning products used. Toilets don't have running water. We use the stream for watering the garden and constantly review whether to harvest rainwater - we don't really at the moment. We have our own borehole for water.

How much of the food your serve is sourced locally (where possible):
YES! Lots & all veggie :-) Various hampers for breakfast, late arrival, veg garden taster and ready to cook Italian & Indian. Mostly use our own ingredients, whole food delivery of bulk and local e.g. cheese & Cornish beer / wine wherever possible. Actively discourage supermarket deliveries.

Do you actively encourage guests to arrive on foot, by bike and by public transport?:
Yes, we provide detailed info.

Additional information:
Provide volunteering opportunities through wwoof scheme (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) and always encourage guests to get involved around the place.

Top eco features at Cotna

  • solar panels

  • a wind-turbine

  • wood comes from a sustainably managed woodland

  • compost loos

  • abundant pure spring water

  • all natural materials used for construction & insulation

  • solar lamps in the yurts and gas burners for kettles & cooking

  • recycle everything possible

  • organic vegetarian food grown and prepared on site where possible

  • provide volunteering opportunities through wwoof scheme (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)



Cotna Eco Retreat, Cornwall, UK
Nearest train station: St Austell

Directions from station:
40 mins by bus.: 271 (Travel Cornwall) to Gorran or 24 (First Kernow) to Mevagissey / Lost Gardens of Heligan. We can pick up by arrangement. Taxi firm: Mevagissey Cars 07513 774529

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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