I recently stayed a winter week, a kind of creative retreat, at the wonderful low energy house that Dave and Pat have created at Bosinver. From the moment that you cross the threshold and are greeted by the screen detailing the energy currently being harvested from the ground pump and solar panels you know you have entered a very special space indeed. There is an immediate sense of warmth and welcome in this haven of tranquility, insulated from the outside world by the thick straw bale walls. It's hard for photos to do justice to the fantastic living space that those walls enclose. Even on a grim, grey late November day the house is flooded with natural light, largely down to the massive expanse of the central section of the pitched roof which is entirely glazed through the two stories of the building. Although it is an ultra modern structure it has a timeless feel to it and almost feels like it grew out of the ground of its own volition. The hefty oak beams which form the house's skeleton and give it this sense of rootedness were reclaimed from a former mental institution in Bodmin. Not only recycled, here they have undergone an almost alchemical transformation in providing the backbone of a house whose name, as well as being derived from it's Low Energy nature, is also the word for "happy" in Cornish. This atmosphere of cheerful well- being is enhanced further by the carefully chosen and fully coordinated colour scheme that carries it's gently uplifting theme throughout. Local materials and workmanship abound too - from the slate floor edged with beach pebbles to the individually crafted and hand wrought doors and latches and bespoke pieces of furniture, some of which appear to have been made of driftwood washed up on some cornish beach. A former milking stool now passes muster as a lamp stand and even saw service as the perfect laptop support for use while relaxing in one of the comfortable armchairs. Indeed, ease and comfort is what Lowen does best. Stoke the wood burner up, stretch out on one of the sofas and on a clear night you can gaze at the stars through that glass roof. Or sit on the terrace during a storm , protected from the elements by the eaves of roof and listen to all that water gurgling through the down pipe to fill the tank that supplies some of the grey water needs of the house. We even braved the cold to dunk ourselves a couple of times in the bubbling hot tub outside. Then at the end of the day one of those warm, extremely comfortable marshmallow- topped beds awaits. I guess it's obvious that I loved it here, as did the friends who were only to keen to make the drive from London to pay a visit once they'd seen the photos I posted online ! We''ll be back.....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winner of the Gold award for best self catering in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards and Cornwall Tourism Awards 2012/3. Individual detached cottages sleeping 3-12 in a peaceful secluded valley near the sea, the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Excellent facilities for families including new indoor swimming pool heated by solar energy, sauna, play barn, adventure playground, zip wire, tennis court and fishing lake, woodland trails and friendly farm animals. Wild Kids Club sessions for den building, pond dipping and campfires in the wood. Award winning village pub and shop only a short stroll away. Mumsnet Best UK Self Catering 2013. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bosinver Farm Cottages St Austell, Cornwall