Pengelly Retreat – Idyllic Accommodation by a wild swimming lake in Cornwall

Enjoy a self-catering retreat in beautiful lakeside accommodation in Cornwall at Pengelly Retreat, close to Hayle and St Ives. Home to the luxurious Sail House yurt and the architect-designed Boat House log cabin, we offer the most idyllic escape for a couples’ retreat or solo holiday just for you, where days are filled with relaxation and exploration in abundance.

With both our beautiful cabin and luxury yurt sleeping two adults, you are invited to enjoy a truly tranquil holiday in Cornwall surrounded by nothing but nature. Set in 5 acres of private land, both lakeside retreats are located at opposite ends of a large, wild swimming lake affording plentiful space and privacy.

And with our fully flexible cancellation policy for 2021 you can book your Cornwall getaway safe in the knowledge that if you need to cancel we will refund you in full, no questions asked.


Make the most of the countryside setting and enjoy wild swims in the lake, picnics in the meadow and strolls through the gardens, easing the time away. With ample to see and do at Pengelly, you could easily spend a long weekend break or drawn-out holiday without even leaving the site.

If you are looking for a perfect venue for your special celebration or retreat then you can hire the whole of Pengelly Retreat including both lakeside houses and the 4-bedroom Mill House.  The gardens, lakes and wild privacy of the land here make this a magical venue for small weddings, elopements, vow renewals, yoga retreats, artists’ retreats and more.

And if you can manage to tear yourself away, our country retreat is ideally located for exploring Cornwall’s many things to see and do. With some of the best beaches in Cornwall just a stone’s throw away, a 15-minute drive will take you to the award-winning surf beaches of Gwithian on the north coast and Praa Sands on the south coast. Meanwhile iconic sites like St Michael’s Mount and the Minack Theatre are in easy reach too.

As featured in Coast Magazine – “The whole place has a real sense of magic… a peaceful spot to sit and watch swallows, kingfishers, herons, moorhens and emperor dragonflies.”  Stella Magazine and Conde Nast Traveller: “There’s something endlessly soothing about retreating to a cabin in the countryside – all the better if it’s set over water, like this boathouse in West Cornwall. “

To check availability and discover more about the unique self-catering accommodation, retreats and special celebrations at Pengelly Retreat click on the Menu links or give us a call on 01736 850 225.

We look forward to welcoming you here!

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Enjoy a Unique Lakeside Retreat in a Luxury Yurt or Log Cabin

The Boat House

Perfect for relaxing holidays in Cornwall, the Boat House lake house overlooks the western end of our lake, boasting stunning views from its windows and a balcony cantilevered over the water.  An architect-designed timber log cabin, the Boat House comes complete with a luxurious double bed, ensuite shower room, smart kitchen and living area, underfloor heating and cosy log burner. Outside, the lakeside cabin’s private deck overlooks the water and there is a private garden area with fire pit with gorgeous stream and lake views.  We have also added a dreamy outside bathtub overlooking the lake!

The Sail House

If you are looking for a luxury yurt in Cornwall to enjoy a solo break or romantic getaway, look no further than the Sail House. A dog-friendly, self-catering yurt overlooking the eastern end of our lake, this unique retreat calls for long, leisurely mornings with yoga on the deck and evenings watching incredible sunsets mirrored in the water. Inside, there’s a bespoke wood frame double bed, ensuite bathroom yurt with indulgent bathtub, underfloor heating, log burner and kitchenette/living space. Outside, a wooden boardwalk leads to a private sundeck; the fire pit and outside dining area is on a grassy bank overlooking the lake. The heated outside shower is perfect for rinsing off after a bracing dip in the lake. Bliss!

Retreat & Holistic Experiences

The gardens, land and water here at Pengelly Retreat have an almost magical quality to them and there’s certainly something special about a stay here. Relax in our peaceful lakeside lodge or yurt and enjoy the natural surroundings, the sound of running water and birdsong and our beautiful wildflower meadows. Take a wild swimming dip in our fresh-water lake, try a spot of yoga on your private sun deck or treat yourself to a luxurious spa treatment in the comfort of your accommodation.

Small Weddings & Elopements at Pengelly Retreat

Should you be looking for unique venue for your small wedding or elopement in Cornwall, we also offer the opportunity to rent the entire of Pengelly Retreat, comprising the Boat House, the Sail House and our four-bedroom Mill House. The combination of secret gardens, wild swimming lakes and beaches nearby makes this a magical venue for your special celebration.  Pengelly Retreat can offer self-catering accommodation for up to 12 people and our wedding packages are ideal for 2-12.

Pengelly Retreat is also a beautiful venue for small organised groups such as yoga or writers retreats.  The natural surroundings, lush gardens and flowing water create a wonderful location for creative and inspirational retreats.

Our Covid-19 Procedures and Accreditations

We are delighted to welcome guests back to Pengelly Retreat for a relaxing holiday in Cornwall!

We have made various changes and put in place procedures to make sure that we are following all the guidelines for self-catering accommodation as set by the UK government, Visit Cornwall, Visit England and PASC UK (The Professional Association of Self-Caterers UK).  We have also signed up to the AA’s Covid Confident and Visit England’s We’re Good to Go schemes for holiday accommodation.  These accreditations recognise that we are following all the government and industry Covid-19 guidelines.

We ask our guests to help and support with these measures by using the hand sanitisers provided outside each property, adhering to the latest government advice and following our Departure Day guidelines.  Please see the Covid-19 Sections on our Terms and Conditions page and FAQ’s page for more information.

Please only travel if it is safe and permitted for you to do so and please ensure that you remain in line with the latest UK government guidance.

Fully Flexible Cancellation Policy in 2021

We are operating a fully flexible cancellation policy for the entire of 2021 calendar years.  So if you make a booking with us direct, then we guarantee that if you or we need to cancel your booking at any time up until the day of your arrival we will refund your payment in full, no questions asked.  Please note this flexible cancellation policy only applies to 2021 bookings which are made direct with us either via the Pengelly Retreat website or via email.