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Walnut Yurt 2

Fir Hill, Colan, Newquay

6 people Allows Pets Family Friendly Fishing onsite/nearby Near a beach Ground Floor Accommodation WiFi Walking BBQ Off Street parking
Sleeps: 6
7 nights
£840 - £1400
Available from a minimum of 2 nights

Overview

  • Sleeps six
  • One king size bed, two double beds
  • Suitable for children 5 years and over
  • One well behaved dog welcome
  • Private outdoor kitchen shelter
  • Private outdoor wooden terrace with seating and barbecue facilities
  • Eight showers and eight toilets in nearby converted barn
  • Communal areas include multiple sun terraces and a quiet indoor area
  • Outdoor kitchen area for catered barbecues on request
  • Food can be ordered online and delivered from a local supermarket.
  • There are various takeaway and delivery services operating locally
  • All bedding and bed linen is included
  • Parking for one car
  • Covid-19 measures* (see Visitors' Notes)

Property layout

  • The Yurt
    Walnut Yurt is made up of 5 material layers including a 12mm thick layer of 100% sheep wool felt, sourced from Mongolia, which keeps guests warm in winter and cool in summer.
    As well as comfort, the Yurt has a diameter of 6.6m with floor space of 34.4m2. The side walls are 1.6m in height and the roof is up to 2.9m at it’s highest point.
    Most other glampsites in the UK use smaller Yurts, but the extra diameter provided creates as much as an extra 8m2 of internal space!
    Walnut Yurt sleeps up to 6 people comfortably in one kingsize bed and two double beds.
    Private personal cooking area with gas stove, cool box, running water for drinking and washing up, tea and coffee making facilities, food storage facilities as well as pots and pans.
    Private terrace with a picnic bench seating six and barbecue/fire pit.

Communal Facilities

  • The Barn
    The Barn is a quiet area overlooking the Porth Reservoir. This can be used for reading, meditating, yoga, or simply enjoying some quiet time.
  • The Cowshed
    Built from scratch on the site of the old cattle shed, the Cowshed houses 8 showers and 8 toilets as well as a large indoor leisure area to relax (and there's even a large TV to keep the kids happy!)
  • The Terrace
    Outside the Cowshed, there is a large terraced area which benefits from the afternoon sun. There is an outdoor kitchen available for catered barbecues for 10 guests or more (on request).
  • Upper Terrace
    On the other side of the Cowshed there is another terrace, where guests can relax on the seating and enjoy the morning sun.

Equipment

  • Power generated using only biomass and solar energy
  • Kitchen area includes a gas stove, running water, cool box, pots, pans, tea and coffee making facilities, crockery, cutlery, glasses and all the utensils you need
  • A squirrel proof, air tight box for non-refrigerated food is provided
  • Private outdoor seating and barbecue/fire pit, together with a wood supply and fire lighting equipment
  • Two larger seating areas on site with communal use fire pits
  • Rinsing water tank for cleaning wetsuits
  • A large television is available for use by children in the Cowshed
  • WiFi internet access*
  • Natural springwater supply
  • Outdoor kitchen on communal terrace for group catered barbecues

Sustainable Features

  • This eco-friendly estate is self-sustaining and totally off-grid.
  • Ten solar thermal panels and a Froling turbo log boiler set up to provide all the underfloor heating and hot water to the site's amenities.
  • There are two thermal stores which store all the hot water generated from the panels.
  • 40 ground mounted solar PV panels ready to generate 10kw of power.
  • A battery storage room stores any energy that's been generated during the day ready to keep the site cosy and well lit in the evening.
  • Borehole and natural spring water supply.

Features

  • An off-grid luxury glamping retreat comprising ten spacious Yurts nestled within 62 acres of historic estate land that overlooks the Porth Reservoir, just three miles from Newquay.
  • An ideal couples' and family retreat for those looking to get back to nature in comfort.
  • Food for alfresco feasts can be ordered online and delivered direct from the local supermarket, and various takeaway and delivery services operate locally too for whenever you fancy a night off grill duty.
  • If you're coming with a group of 10 or more and would rather focus on being the host(ess) with the most(ess), barbecues can be organised at the central outdoor kitchen for a fixed price.
  • The extra-large Yurts are separated enough to be private although only a short walk to showers and other amenities including chargers for phones etc. if needed.
  • Communal facilities include a cosy social room in the modern converted barn, as well as an upper terrace that's most suitable for sunbathing sessions.
  • Big skies, fantastic stars and virtually zero light pollution!
  • The luxury Yurt site may also hired exclusively, with 10 Yurts that can accommodate over 50 guests.Great for glamping weekends with family or friends, celebrations, corporate or activity events.
  • The glamping site’s proximity to Newquay, and easy access to the main road arteries across Cornwall, means you are perfectly situated for exploring Cornwall and all its spectacular tourist attractions.
  • Activities including coasteering and paintballing can be easily arranged.

Discover the spirit of nomadic living with a stay at Walnut Yurt; one of ten luxurious, spacious Mongolian-inspired Yurts nestled in 62 acres of historic Estate at the Fir Hill Real Glamping hideout.

Overlooking the stunning Porth Reservoir and Cornish countryside, the glamping site is less than 5km from the beautiful sand and surfer friendly beaches of Newquay on the north coast of Cornwall.

This eco-friendly estate is unique in that it is self-sustaining and totally off-grid. Perfect for lovers of the great outdoors it provides an unforgettable Yurtist experience away from the pressures of 21st century living. All the lights, WiFi, showers are run from sunlight and logs!

Walnut Yurt is tastefully decorated and includes spacious accommodation for up to six guests and one pooch! Comprising one king size bed and two double beds, all bedding and bed linen is included. The Yurt has its own kitchen shelter, outdoor seating terrace and firepit.

Communal facilities are centred around a couple of brand new barns, built on the site of the estate’s old cow shed, with a warm social space (and views of the Porth Reservoir), as well as modern toilets and shower rooms. An outdoor terrace, meanwhile, offers a south-facing space for soaking up the sun with a covered barbecue area alongside.

The prime location combined with the luxuriousness of the Yurts themselves gives Fir Hill an obvious appeal. But much of the place’s charm is also owed to the ethos. Part glamping site and part restoration of an estate that was long overdue its time in the spotlight, the site has been painstakingly restored and renewed with the environment in mind. Water comes from a bore hole, huge solar panels cover part of the cowshed roof and a Froling turbo log boiler allows the site to run off thermal energy when the sun isn’t out. The owners have also planted over 200 fruit trees to restore the abandoned orchards.

For glampers it is a wonder to explore, with unique access to the estate’s historical spirit with its magical ancient woodlands, vibrant foliage, protected bat caves, ancient mine shafts and ruins. Down the lane, within half a mile is the Porth reservoir, an area open for coarse fishing and bird watching. Golf and horse riding are closeby and rambling along these quiet lanes is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

Alternatively, drive to the vibrant surfer town of Newquay just three miles away. Bring a board or rent one and take to the waves, build sand castles on the beach or hotfoot along the South West Coast Path, home to an abundance of wildlife and spectacular landscapes, as well as picturesque beaches and hidden coves.

The picturesque town of Padstow, with its famous seafood restaurants and beautiful harbour area makes a great day out and the National Maritime Museum at Falmouth and the Cathedral city of Truro, with its cobbled streets, restaurants, museums and theatre are within easy reach. Fowey, Polperro and Mevigissey are also worth visiting.

The world-renowned Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and several stately homes and outstanding gardens are all within easy reach.

You will also find plenty of family activities including the Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay Zoo, Holywell Bay Fun Park, Dairyland Farm World and the Screech Owl Sanctuary. If you fancy something a little more daring, there are paintballing and coasteering opportunities.

Whatever you do, you’ll find some of the very best attractions in Cornwall are just beyond your Yurt-step – a world of adventure awaits on the edge of your own secret garden.

2020-09-21 J Lambert, Loughton “The yurt and house were super clean and definitely abided by the COVID guidelines. We loved our stay here and would highly recommend it to anyone! The owner Charlie is super friendly and helpful, and the site is a 15/20 minute cab ride to Newquay. The only thing I would say is bring a light for the yurt as it gets very dark! But we will be returning for sure!!”
2020-09-18 J Rosales, England “Charles was an amazing host. We couldn't ask for a better place to spend our holiday. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.”
2020-09-18 Matt Spink, Rainham “Great location and set up. Owner on site and very helpful throughout. Thoroughly recommend a stay here.”
2020-09-15 G Beattie, Leeds “Incredible stay and would highly recommend. Charles the host was welcoming and helpful and the addition of Lily the dog added to the experience. The Yurts are very spacious and full of character and the amenities on site are perfect.”
2020-09-11 E Flynn, Banstead “Amazing host and great location!”
2020-09-04 C Primmett, Eastbourne "Had an absolutely lovely time here! I went with my children and they felt it was an adventure."
2020-07-25 B Skillings, Norwich "Absolutely amazing place. Owner and manager had great local knowledge and were extremely hospitable. Would definitely stay here again for the affordable price."

HISTORY OF THE ESTATE

The Fir Hill Estate has been owned by the Hoblyn family since the late 16th century when they moved to the area from Liskeard in Cornwall.

“The family of Hoblyn is of considerable antiquity in the County of Cornwall, and is supposed by some to be derived from Belinus, a British chief or king, but the earliest mention of the name met with in the Public Records is in the reign of Edward III, when Robert Herres prosecuted a suit against William Hobelyn, in respect of lands in Cornwall…” The Visitations of the County of Cornwall, Lieutenant-Colonel J.L.Vivian 1887.

The family purchased Nanswhyden (on the other side of the valley from the Fir Hill) in 1581, and lived there until the beginning of the 19th century when that part of the Estate was sold following a fire which destroyed Nanswhyden House in 1803.

At that time, the Fir Hill was simply a back driveway!

The Fir Hill was built in 1840 (or thereabouts), but was abandoned some 100 years later. Since this time the house, and various outbuildings, have sadly suffered severe deterioration. At one time the Nanswhyden/Fir Hill Estate comprised some 3000 acres, but today the Fir Hill site consists of just over 60 acres (bought by Charlie Hoblyn in 2012 from the Hoblyn Entailed Trust of 1879).

The Fir Hill Estate captured the nation’s imagination when the BBC broadcast the ‘Curse of Fir Hill Manor’ in 1994. The documentary filmed a local policeman trying to locate John Paget Figg-Hoblyn, the reluctant heir to the Estate, who had refused to accept his inheritance.

The estate is a historic treasure trove, rich in archaeological features that provide glimpses into the ancient use of the woodland, including what’s thought to be the remains of a rare Ochre mine, as well as clear evidence of the John Edyvean canal, an ambitious scheme to create a lockless canal sytem, running from Mawgan Porth to St Columb Porth, that was never completed.

Today’s owner, Charlie Hoblyn, has been tirelessly restoring the grounds to craft what is now a managed yet natural 60 acres. It’s like an estate-sized version of The Secret Garden – a hidden treasure being slowly brought back to life.

The luxury glamping site is situated in the small, picturesque hamlet of Colan, an idyllic country Parish just 3 miles from the popular seaside town of Newquay on the north coast of Cornwall. Guests are afforded a glimpse of the sea down the Porth Valley as they approach the site and the beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs and stunning coastlines of the north coast are all on the doorstep.

FOOD & DRINK

WiFi means food and supplies can be ordered online and delivered to the campsite address from a local supermarket.

If you're not in the mood to cook, takeaways can be easily ordered.

By arrangement, BBQs can be organised by the glamping site at their central outdoor kitchen for a fixed price. This is usually only an option for groups of 10 adults or more.

The Two Clomes, Quintrell Downs, Newquay (2 miles) offers traditional pub food with a flair of ingenuity and a hint of fine dining.

Try a full English breakfast in Bre-Pen Farm Shop & Bistro (01673860420) (7 miles) and stock up on their famous lamb-and-mint sausages and burgers, for your campfire feast.

The Slope Beach Bar, Newquay (3.7 miles) (dog-friendly). Enjoy a craft beer and excellent views across Great Western Beach.

Gusto Deli Bar, Newquay (4 miles) is a unique take-away joint with so much more to offer than a typical fast-food service.

The Boathouse, Newquay (5 miles). At The Boathouse, fresh-caught seafood and shellfish are the main event on the menu.

The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay, Newquay (5 miles) is a perfect place to enjoy a view of Watergate Bay and the beach below.

Bush Pepper Newquay (5 miles) is a fun, contemporary Australian venue.

Wax Watergate Bay restaurant (5.5 miles) at Watergate Bay enjoys a superb location just above the beach.

The Fish House, Newquay (5.5 miles) is situated on Fistral Beach with a fantastic view of the sea.

For a good pub, try the Falcon Inn in St Mawgan (7 miles) – a superb, wisteria-clad, 16th-century inn with a lovely garden and good food.

Fancy dining out with your pooch in tow? Click here for dog friendly pubs and eateries nearby where you and your pooch will receive a warm welcome!

FOOD & DRINK - OUT & ABOUT

The Watering Hole, Perranporth Beach (11 miles) (dogs on leads welcome). The UK’s only bar on the beach plus food and sometimes music too.

The Seafood Restaurant, Riverside, Padstow (15 miles) (no dogs).

Old School Bar & Kitchen, Mount Hawke, Truro (16 miles) (dog friendly). Family-run contemporary gastro-pub set in a traditional school building.

The Victory Inn, Towan Cross, Truro (17 miles) (dog friendly).

Blue Bar, Porthtowan (18 miles) (dog friendly). Blue Beach Bar has sea views and a shabby chic interior. You can sit inside or on the patio depending on the weather. Events throughout the year include comedy nights and live music.

BEACHES

Out and about, this part of the county offers some fantastic surfing beaches, namely Watergate Bay, Porth, Mawgan Porth and Holywell Bay, as well as some highly-acclaimed restaurants with famous connections. For The Cornish Coast’s useful map of all beaches that welcome dogs, click here. The closest beaches to Fir Hill are:

Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay (3.4 miles).

Porth Beach, Newquay (3.5 miles).

Tolcarne Beach, Newquay (3.6 miles).

Watergate Bay, Newquay (4 miles) The peaceful destination of Watergate Bay is home to a few cottages, a couple of hotels on the headland, a fantastic beachside bistro and an extreme sports/surf school, placing the bay in a class of its own. Viewed as one of Cornwall’s best surfing beaches, Watergate Bay also offers sand yachting, paragliding, kite surfing, cliff climbing, and abseiling.

Fistral Beach, Newquay (5 miles) - the home of British surfing.

Mawgan Porth Beach (7.5 miles).

Holywell Bay (9 miles) is a good family beach with sand dunes and rockpools. There are plenty of facilities close to the beach in the small village including ample car-parking.

Perranporth (11.5 miles) is a sandy beach with rockpools, caves, a stream and Chapel Rock, with a small bathing pool on its seaward side. At low tide Perranporth Beach joins up with Perran (Penhale) Sands beach to create a beautiful three mile stretch of stunning golden sands.

Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes (15 miles) is great for rock-pools, surfing, and an early evening beer as the sun goes down.

CASTLES, HOUSES & GARDENS

Wander around any number of the well renowned, beautiful homes and charming gardens in the area.

Trerice Manor House and Garden (National Trust) (4 miles).

The Japanese Garden, St Mawgan, Nr Newquay (7 miles). The Japanese Garden & Bonsai Nursery is an authentic Japanese garden with many of the traditional features.

Trewithen Gardens, Grampound Road, Truro (13 miles).

Prideaux Place, Padstow, (15 miles).

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan (16 miles) were restored on a shoestring budget and hailed by The Times as “…the garden restoration of the century”. Today the mysterious gardens and estate offer over 200 acres for exploration. Ancient woodlands and grazed pastures are managed to promote wildlife. There is a welcoming tearoom, an on-site bakery and shop.

Pinetum Park & Pine Lodge Gardens, Holmbush, Saint Austell (16 miles).

Trelissick Gardens (National Trust) (18 miles).

The Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell (18 miles). is only half an hour’s drive away. Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World by some, the Eden Project is a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches. Eden is a fun and family friendly day out with themed events according to the seasons – it’s good to check their events calendar when planning your visit.

Poppy Cottage Garden, Veryan (18.5 miles).

Pencarrow House and Gardens (18.5 miles), lies at the foot of a sweeping valley between Bodmin and Wadebridge. A 50 room Georgian mansion with Grade II* formal gardens, a large Victorian rock garden and ice house, celtic cross, 50 acres of parkland, lake and woodland, easily accessible along well-maintained footpaths.

Lanhydrock House and Garden (National Trust) (18.5 miles), near Bodmin, is a magnificent late Victorian country house, set in wooded parkland of 1,000 acres with an extensive network of footpaths and encircled by a garden of rare shrubs and trees.

Pinsla Garden and Nursery (18.5 miles), is a romantic 1.5 acre artist’s garden set in tranquil woodland, excellent for wildlife with myriad birds, butterflies and insects.

Caerhays Castle & Gardens, Caerhays Estate, Gorran (19 miles).

The Hidden Valley Gardens in Par (20 miles). An intimate three-acre award-winning garden nestled in a secluded valley.

Restormel Castle (English Heritage), (20 miles) is a 13th-century Norman circular shell keep. This is a haven for wildlife and birds and a great place for a picnic where you can relax and enjoy the stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside including the River Fowey. During the summer there are outdoor theatre performances which are a great way to spend a sunny evening.

Bosvathick House, Falmouth (24.5 miles).

Pendennis Castle, Falmouth (25 miles).

Lamorran Gardens, St Mawes (25 miles).

Boconnoc House and Gardens (25 miles) is open at various times during the spring and summer, and host in April to the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show.

St Mawes Castle (English Heritage), St Mawes (25.5 miles).

Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth (26 miles).

Glendurgan Garden, The National Trust, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth (26 miles).

Moyclare Cornish Garden (29 miles) is a beautiful garden on the outskirts of Liskeard.

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, St Ives (33 miles).

St Michaels Mount, Marazion (34 miles).

Port Eliot House & Garden (36.5 miles) in St Germans (open 1 March – 30 June) is a perfect outing for the family.

WALKS

Fir Hill is a haven for walkers of all ages and abilities, whether you fancy a coastal stomp, a gentle amble from pub to pub, or a cross-country ramble, there’s something for you. Walk with the owner of The Fir Hill, Charlie Hoblyn, or one of his team, on an action packed tour past one of the country's only ochre mine operating from 1740 to 1900s, which includes a forty foot cave. It is the hidden history of this ancient woodland brought to life that makes this such a special experience. iwalk Cornwall's recommended walks include this 5 mile circular walk around Porth reservoir and these walks around Newquay.

ACTIVITIES

Maybe you fancy a guided Kayak tour to discover hidden coves and meet the local marine wildlife, or a cross-country horse-ride, taking in the sites of our proud mining history? Or if you prefer your outdoor experiences to be wild, wet and exhilarating, how about having a go at Coasteering?

WATERSPORTS

SURFING

Cornwall is the surfing capital of England – you really need to have a go! Newquay is a popular surf spot. There are also many excellent surf schools with great teachers in the area if you fancy taking to a board for the first time.

COASTEERING

Bare Feet Coasteer, next to Fistral Beach is just one of the schools in Newquay offering Coasteeering adventures for all ages and abilities. All equipment, supervision and training is provided. Participants must be able to swim at least 50 metres!

KAYAKING

Newquay Activity Centre is just one of the companies offering stunning guided sea and river kayak adventures.

SUP

Newquay Activity Centre is just one of the providers offering Stand Up Paddleboarding from a choice of locations on the coast and rivers. Suitable for beginners and families.

OTHER ACTIVITY PROVIDERS

Stay Active Adventures, Newquay (4 miles) offer archery, Segways, zorbing games and more.

Green Leisure, offer a range of activities including clay pigeon shooting, archery, falconry, mountain biking, orienteering, canoeing, 4×4 off-road driving and survival and camping skills courses. Their venues include Truro (c.12 miles).

Vertical Descents Adventure Activity Centre, Newquay (5 miles) offer a wide range of watersports and land-based activities, including kite buggying, kite landboarding, quad biking, slacklining, surf rafting and extreme coasteering.

GO KARTING


St Eval Kart Circuit, St Eval (10.5 miles) offers go-karting for all the family, from 7 years and up. Huge outdoor circuit with over 1.3 km of track.

SKATE PARK

Mount Hawke Skate Park (16.5 miles) - one of the longest running skate parks in the country for skateboarders, in-line skaters and freestyle BMX riders.

SURROUNDING TOWNS & VILLAGES

NEWQUAY (4 miles) is the home of the UK’s surf scene, boasting three major beaches, the National Surf Centre and an endless supply of rolling surf. The town with its zoo and National Marine Aquarium, offers a range of shops, pubs, cafes, bars, restaurants.

TRURO (13 miles). Cornwall’s one and only city, with Truro Cathedral taking centre stage. Other attractions include the Royal Cornwall Museum and Hall for Cornwall Theatre.

MITHIAN (13 miles) is said to be one of the oldest villages in Cornwall. Many of the houses are three to four hundred years old and built of cob (clay reinforced with straw and horse hair). The popular Miners Arms pub is reputed to have been built in 1577 and widely thought to be haunted.

ST AUSTELL (14.5 miles). Attractions include the St Austell Brewery's Visitor Centre.

ST AGNES (14.5 miles) The charming characterful village of St Agnes has a friendly vibe and there are plenty of pubs and restaurants. It is also in close proximity to two excellent sandy beaches, including Trevaunance Beach and there is plenty of access to spectacular coastal walks on the South West Coast Path nearby. St Agnes has a rich mining heritage which can be explored with a visit to the St Agnes Museum.

PADSTOW (15.5 miles) is a quaint harbour and fishing village with winding backstreets, situated at the head of the Camel Cycle Trail. The historic harbour is surrounded by sandy beaches and offers opportunities to taste the locally sourced produce in celebrity owned establishments.

CHARLESTOWN (16 miles) is home to the Shipwreck and Heritage Centre. Charlestown is also one of the 'Poldark' filming locations.

MOUNT HAWKE (16.5 miles) sits atop a picturesque valley up from Porthtowan, and grew as a result of local copper mining workings. A friendly and thriving community, it has two pubs and is also home to one of the longest running skate parks in the country for skateboarders, in-line skaters and freestyle BMX riders.

PORTHTOWAN (18 miles) has a large, family-friendly sandy beach, which is regularly awarded Blue Flag status. There are beach shops, bars and a surf shop, making it the perfect place to chill-out and enjoy the best of the Cornish seaside.

MEVAGISSEY (19 miles). Mevagissey's picturesque harbour and narrow streets are well worth a visit. Fishing trips can be taken from the harbour and there is a ferry to the nearby port of Fowey. Or head down to the World of Model Railways. Mevagissey Feast Week is the village festival in June, thought to be the longest surviving in the County, and welcomes hundreds of visitors to share in its unique celebrations.

FOWEY (24 miles). The estuary town of Fowey is closely linked with Daphne du Maurier who lived and wrote here. An exhibition at The Literary Centre outlines the author’s life and works. The 15th-century church of St Fimbarrus stands as the focal point in the town and fine views of the estuary can be savoured from the nearby ruins of St Catherine’s Castle. From the esplanade there are several scenic walks around the coast as well as to the small beach of Readymoney Cove. Fowey annually hosts a Regatta in the third week of August as well as The Fowey Festival of Words and Music in May.

FALMOUTH (24 miles). Attractions include Pendennis Castle (English Heritage), the multi award winning National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the award winning Falmouth Art Gallery (free entry). Ferries criss-cross the water connecting Falmouth with the charming harbour town of St Mawes and the city of Truro.

ST MAWES (26 miles) is a charming fishing port with delicious seafood restaurants, attractive shops and a number of galleries. Attractions include St Mawes Castle (English Heritage), Lamorran House Gardens, Fish & Trips boat trips and the St Mawes ferry link to Falmouth. A haven for paddleboarders, kayakers and sailors with three small beaches.

POLPERRO (32 miles) is a 13th-century fishing village with beautiful views, a small harbour with a small sandy beach, tiny fisherman’s cottages and superb pubs and restaurants serving local produce. Visit the Heritage Museum and walk from the village along coastal footpaths along the cliffs – one great walk is from the village to Looe via the five mile coastal footpath.

ST IVES (34 miles) has a thriving art scene – the cobbled streets are filled with quirky shops, galleries and lots of fabulous restaurants. Attractions include the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden and Tate St Ives. Check out the world famous art on display at the Tate Gallery, and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Dairyland Farm World (3.5 miles) is an all weather attraction providing entertainment for all ages (open end of March until the end of October).

Newquay Zoo (4 miles) Newquay Animal World is an award winning attraction where you can get close to over 1,000 of the world’s rarest and most endangered animals. Cornwall's only zoo, it has become one of the leading wildlife parks in the country.

Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay (4 miles). Take the ultimate undersea safari and enjoy close encounters with everything from tropical sharks to enchanting seahorses.

Pirate’s Quest, Newquay (4 miles) is an immersive walk-through experience which combines talented theatrical actors, amazing special effects, and detailed 360⁰ sets in an authentic, atmospheric adventure.

Lappa Valley Steam Railway, St Newlyn East (5 miles). A railway centre with three different miniature steam railways and more than three miles of track! There’s also a boating lake, a crazy golf course, children’s rides and play areas.

Springfields Fun Park and Pony Centre, St Columb (5 miles) is home to a variety of different ponies and other animals, in addition to having lots of other attractions for the whole family.

Jungle Jack's, Treloggan Trade Park, Newquay (5.5 miles). Purpose-built soft play area providing over 1,700 square feet of fun including challenging climbs, a rope bridge, our astra-glide slide, crafty crawl tubes and peekaboo bubble windows.

The Cornish Birds Of Prey Centre, Saint Columb (6 miles).Over 50 birds of prey, many of which take part in regular flying displays plus 'hands-on' experiences.

Screech Owl Sanctuary, Trewin Farm, St. Columb (6.5 miles). The sanctuary provides care and rehabilitation for wild sick and injured owls within Cornwall, and ensures their safe release back to the wild where possible.

Camel Creek Adventure Park, Wadebridge (9.5 miles) is one of Cornwall's largest theme parks featuring masses of outdoor rides and indoor entertainment for all the family.

Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm, Penhallow, Truro (11.5 miles).

Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum and Country Park, Carthew, Saint Austell (12 miles).

Cardinham Woods (18 miles). Explore the nooks and crannies of the woods with walking, cycling and horse riding trails together with a woodland cafe and play area. Wildlife includes deer, buzzards, otters and kingfisher.

Bodmin & Wenford Railway, General Station, Bodmin (18.5 miles).

Restormel Castle, English Heritage, Lostwithiel (20.5 miles).

National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth (24 miles). Features diverse collection of approximately 140 small craft from Great Britain and overseas, and spans the past 150 years.

Porfell Wildlife Park and Sanctuary (25 miles) is Cornwall’s biggest exotic animal sanctuary, a wild family attraction that offers sanctuary to more than 250 animals from around the world.

Carnglaze Slate Caverns and Woodland Garden (25 miles). Tour three gigantic caverns, the lowest which has a lake and wander around 6.5 acres of shaded woodland with an Enchanted Dell filled with faeries and other wondrous woodland creatures. Take a picnic and make a day of it.

Golitha Falls (27.5 miles) are situated to the north of Bodmin Moor on the River Fowey in an extremely attractive setting. The water cascades for over 800 yards. There are several well marked walking trails in the nature reserve.

Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary, Hayle (28 miles).

King Doniert’s Stone (English Heritage) (28 miles), consists of two pieces of a decorated 9th century cross, located near St Cleer, Bodmin Moor. The inscription is believed to commemorate Dungarth, King of Cornwall who died around 875.

Flambards Theme Park, Culdrose Manor, Helston (30 miles). A large selection of rides and indoor attractions and exhibitions to suit everyone.

Siblyback Lake Country Park (30 miles), near Liskeard is surrounded by the striking Bodmin Moor and offers a wide range of activities beside or on the water including rowing, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, high ropes, cycle hire and a round lake footpath/cycleway. There is also a lakeside cafe, children’s play area and plenty of open ground.

Colliford Lake Park (30 miles), located south of Jamaica Inn in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is the second largest lake in Cornwall providing a 14km perimeter walk leading to some excellent moorland trails. The Nature Reserve is an important site for birdlife including over-wintering wildfowl. The lake offers traditional fly-fishing for natural brown trout and is regarded as Cornwall’s premier brown trout fishery. Permits are available from The Jamaica Inn.

Jamaica Inn, Bolventor (31 miles), is Cornwall’s most famous smugglers inn, made world-famous by Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn novel. Open all year, the Smugglers Museum houses one of the finest collections of smuggling artefacts in the country. Featuring ‘The History of Jamaica Inn’, an educational and historical film show, the Museum brings alive many of the myths and legends associated with Jamaica Inn and Cornwall, including tales of wreckers and smugglers over the past 300 years.

TIN MINES

Wheal Martyn Museum & Country Park (12 miles).

Cornwall Gold - Tolgus Tin Mill, New Portreath Road, Redruth (19 miles).

Heartlands, Robinson's Shaft, Dudnance Lane, Pool (21.5 miles).

King Edward Mine Museum, Troon, Camborne (23 miles).

Poldark Tin Mine & Gardens, Wendron, Helston (26.5 miles).

LITERARY CONNECTIONS

POLDARK

Check out our blog on Poldark filming locations, all easy day trips. Locations include St Breward and Charlestown to the east; Porthcothan to the north; Church Cove and Gunwalloe to the south; and St Agnes Head, Wheal Coates, Botallack, Levant and Porthgwarra to the west. All the coves and beaches are quite as beautiful as they look on screen, but all are deceptive, changing from sunny, peaceful places to dreadful deathtraps for ships on a lee shore when gales howl.

ROSAMUNDE PILCHER

Rosamunde Pilcher’s name has long been synonymous for outstanding entertainment, both for her novels – which have sold over 30 million copies all over the world – and for the ZDF small-screen adaptations of her works.

In Germany, Rosamunde Pilcher is a household name, because of her position in German TV ratings for over 20 years where the ZDF films of her books are watched by around six million people. The first ZDF Pilcher movie, ‘The Day of the Storm’, was screened in 1993 to over eight million viewers, and more than 100 films have been made since.

Rosamunde Pilcher was born about 30 miles away from Fir Hill in Lelant, and she says that that it all started here in Cornwall, “on the beaches, sitting on the rocks and making up little stories in my head, a long time ago.”

For more information, check out our blog on Rosamunde Pilcher filming locations.

EVENTS

JANUARY

Ice Skating at The Eden Project. St Austell (18 miles).

FEBRUARY

Ice Skating at The Eden Project. St Austell (18 miles).

MARCH

St Piran's Day - throughout Cornwall.

The St Ives Feast - Hurling the Silver Ball, St Ives (34 miles).

Falmouth Spring Festival, Falmouth (24 miles).

World Pasty Championships, The Eden Project, St Austell (18 miles).

The Truro Festival, Truro (13 miles) (March/April).

Cornwall Spring Flower Show, Boconnoc Estate, Lostwithiel (25 miles).

Cadbury Easter Trail, Lanhydrock (National Trust), near Bodmin (18.5 miles).

Easter events at The Eden Project, St Austell (18 miles).

Easter at The Lost Gardens of Heligan (16 miles).

Easter Family Fun, Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Bodmin (18.5 miles).

APRIL

Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival. Venues across Cornwall, including International Gala concerts in Truro cathedral and the Hall for Cornwall (13 miles).

Falmouth Spring Festival, Falmouth (24 miles).

The Truro Festival, Truro (13 miles).

Trevithick Day. Camborne (22 miles).

Outsid'er - St Agnes Outdoor Festival (14.5 miles). Perfect for all the family, this festival is all about getting out, getting stuck in and maybe trying something a little bit different.

Cadbury Easter Trail, Lanhydrock (National Trust), near Bodmin (18.5 miles).

Easter events at The Eden Project, St Austell (18 miles).

Easter at The Lost Gardens of Heligan (16 miles).

Cornwall Home and Lifestyle Show, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge (11 miles).

Easter Family Fun, Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Bodmin (18.5 miles).
Cornwall Spring Flower Show, Boconnoc Estate, Lostwithiel (25 miles).

St Endellion Easter Music Festival, St Endellion (20 miles).

MAY

St Agnes Bolster Festival (14.5 miles). This celebration of Cornish music and art features life-sized puppets, a drum band and a 28ft giant effigy re-enacting the Cornish legend of the giant called Bolster. Every first May Bank Holiday Weekend.

Fowey Festival of Words and Music, Fowey (24 miles).

Lostfest, Lostwithiel (19 miles).

Fal River Festival, Variety of venues around the Fal River, Falmouth, Truro, Roseland.

St Ives May Day, St Ives (34 miles).

Helston Flora Day, Helston (30 miles).

St Ives Literature Festival, St Ives (34 miles).

Half term fun, The Eden Project, St Austell (18 miles).

Heligan Wild Week, Lost Gardens of Heligan (16 miles).

JUNE

Half term fun, The Eden Project, St Austell (18 miles).

Heligan Wild Week, Lost Gardens of Heligan (16 miles).

St Austell Feast Week, St Austell (14.5 miles). Traditional week of feasten activities around the celebration of the Feast of Saint Austol, the last of which took place in 1946.

Looe Food Festival, Looe (34 miles).

Mevagissey Feast Week, Mevagissey (19 miles).

Fal River Festival - Variety of venues around the Fal River, Falmouth, Truro, Roseland.

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, Falmouth (24 miles).

Murdoch Day, Redruth (19 miles).

The Royal Cornwall Show, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge (11 miles).
Polperro Festival, Polperro (32 miles).

JULY

Truro Carnival, Truro (13 miles).

Boconnoc Steam Fair, Boconnoc Estate, Middle Taphouse, Lostwithiel (25 miles).

Charlestown Regatta Week, Charlestown (16 miles).

Rock Oyster Festival, Dinham House, St Minver, Wadebridge (17 miles).

Summer events at The Eden Project, St Austell (18 miles).

Newquay Carnival Week, Newquay (4 miles).

Summer events at Trerice (NT) (4 miles).

Summer events at Trelissick (NT) (18 miles).
Looe Carnival Week, Looe (34 miles). Entertainment for the whole family is guaranteed as the busy seaside town gears up for seven days of fun.

St Endellion Summer Music Festival, St Endellion (20 miles).

Port Eliot Festival, Port Eliot (36 miles).

AUGUST

St Mawes Town Regatta, St Mawes (26 miles).

Falmouth Week, Falmouth (24 miles).

Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week, Fowey (24 miles).

Portscatho Regatta, Portscatho (23 miles).

Relentless Boardmasters, Fistral beach and Watergate Bay, Newquay (4 miles).

Summer events at The Eden Project, St Austell (18 miles).

Summer events at Trerice (NT) (4 miles).

Summer events at Trelissick (NT) (18 miles).

Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge (11 miles).
Looe Carnival Week, Looe (34 miles). The highlight of the Looe Lions’ calendar with a week of events that appeal to everyone. Entertainment for the whole family is guaranteed as the busy seaside town gears up for seven days of fun.

St Endellion Summer Music Festival, St Endellion (20 miles).

SEPTEMBER

St Ives September Festival, St Ives (34 miles).

Summer events at The Eden Project, St Austell (18 miles).

Great Cornish Food Festival (Cornwall Food & Drink), Truro (13 miles).

Redruth Mining and Pasty Festival (19 miles).

Greenaway Pro, St Ives (34 miles). Surfing festival.

World Bellyboarding Championships, Chapel Porth (17 miles).
Looe Music Festival, Looe (34 miles).

OCTOBER

Falmouth Oyster Festival, Falmouth (24 miles).

Watergate ETL Surf Comp and FlowRider For Life, Watergate Bay (4 miles).

Ice Skating at The Eden Project, St Austell (18 miles).

Scary trails at Trerice Manor House, Newquay (4 miles).

Halloween Fun at Lappa Valley Steam Railway, St Newlyn East (5.5 miles).(Fortnight Oct - Nov).
Looe Music Festival, Looe (34 miles).

NOVEMBER

Halloween Fun at Lappa Valley Steam Railway, St Newlyn East (5.5 miles).(Fortnight Oct - Nov).

Steam Extravaganza, Lappa Valley Steam Railway, St Newlyn East (5.5 miles).

Truro City of Lights midwinter lantern festival, Truro (13 miles).

Ice Skating at The Eden Project, St Austell (18 miles).

Festival of Light and Sound at the Eden Project, (selected evenings), St Austell (18 miles).

Porth Beach amazing bonfire night with firework displays (3.5 miles).

Father Christmas at the Eden Project, (selected dates), St Austell (18 miles).

St Austell Torchlight Carnival, St Austell (14.5 miles).

Pencarrow Christmas Fair, Pencarrow House & Gardens (18.5 miles).

St Austell Brewery’s Celtic Beer Festival, St Austell (14.5 miles). Hosted in the unique surroundings of the old wine cellars and vaults beneath the Victorian brewery. Sample a selection of more than 150 beers and enjoy music and live bands.

Christmas events at Trerice (NT) (4 miles).

Christmas events at Trelissick (NT) (18 miles).

Padstow Christmas Festival (15.5 miles).

Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair, Truro (13 miles).

DECEMBER

Newquay Christmas Market (4 miles).
The Big Switch-on of the Christmas Lights (Feast of Lanterns), St Agnes (14.5 miles). Every first weekend of December.

Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair, Truro (13 miles).

Ice Skating at The Eden Project, St Austell (18 miles).

Festival of Light and Sound at the Eden Project, (selected evenings), St Austell (18 miles).
Father Christmas at the Eden Project, (selected dates), St Austell (18 miles).

Christmas events at Trerice (NT) (4 miles).

Christmas events at Trelissick (NT) (18 miles).

Santa Trains at Lappa Valley Steam Railway, St Newlyn East (5.5 miles). Selected dates in December.

Santa by Steam, Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Bodmin (18.5 miles). Selected Dates in December. Enjoy a steam train ride and see Santa on board on your journey. Presents from Santa for children and mince pies and seasonal refreshments for adults.

Fowey Christmas Market, Fowey (24 miles).

Christmas Lantern Night at the Lost Gardens of Heligan (16 miles). 5.30-9pm – Free entry.

Heligan Christmas Fair, Lost Gardens of Heligan (16 miles).

Father Christmas visits the Lost Gardens of Heligan and magical festive Trail (16 miles).

Father Christmas at Lanhydrock (National Trust), near Bodmin (18.5 miles).

Christmas Day swim, Watergate Bay, Newquay (4 miles).
Polperro Christmas Market/Lights switch-on (32 miles).

New Years Eve Fireworks, Newquay Harbour (4 miles). With fireworks at 6pm and midnight. Many dress in fancy dress for the celebrations.


Things you need to know about Walnut Yurt if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:

  • Smoking is not allowed inside any of the buildings or Yurts
  • One well behaved dog welcome
  • Please bring your own towels and toiletries, wellies, slippers and a torch! A full list of suggested items to bring will be provided with your booking details
  • Sorry, no hen or stag parties
  • All vehicles must be parked in the designated parking area
  • Bike racks are provided, but not locks and chains
  • Whilst there is a plentiful supply of wood provided, this can be a slow cooking process. Therefore you may want to bring your own supply of charcoal, or buy it locally
  • The site is popular for exclusive hire, with all ten Yurts being made available for group celebrations and weddings for 50+ guests. Please enquire for details. Corporate events and team building trips are also welcomed.
  • Real Glamping staff will be in attendance to look after alternative energy systems (biomass burner, log burners, battery management etc...)
  • There are multiple charging stations through both the Cowshed and Barn. However there is no electricity in the yurts or its enclosure. Given electrical load issues (the Fir Hill is off grid), electric hairdryers, curlers/straighteners are not allowed ....or indeed any device that uses excessive electricity (eg power tools ....!), although not many folk bring these on hols...!!
  • Please drive slowly ...when entering the estate, especially if your car has low clearance
  • If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away. Please note that your deposit is paid to The Fir Hill Estate and is non-refundable.
  • * Covid-19 measures for this Yurt:
    In full compliance with the hospitality industry cleaning protocols and safety guidance.
    Intensively cleaned and sanitised.
    40 metres between units.
    Extra facilities, courtyard greeting and one-way system.
    Date changes for all existing and new bookings if the lockdown measures are extended or re-imposed.
    Naturally isolated.

*Wifi is available in the area around the Barn and Cowshed, and some Yurts, by their proximity to these buildings, also get a decent signal. Internet access is offered at this property for recreational purposes only and is not meant for business use. Speed/service may vary depending on the package obtained by the owner which is provided to Guests free of charge. Should guests experience difficulties or loss of use, neither the owner nor the agent will be held responsible.