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Cornish Walking Views feature – June 2024

The Pengelly Retreat Sail House featured by Travel & Lifestyle influencer Lousie Burden of Cornish Walking Views “You arrive at your private yurt surrounded by a lake to go wild swimming and extensive gardens to lose yourself in.  You light the log burner, listen to the birds and watch the sun go down.”


Wed Magazine Cornwall – Issue 66, Winter 2023/24

The Pengelly Retreat lakes, gardens and accommodation provided a beautiful backdrop for a styled wedding shot as featured in Wed Magazine.  Photography by Katie Goff Photography and styling by Louise Roach of Aussel Cakes.

British Cabins & Hideaways coffee table book by Holly Farrier – published by Hoxton Mini Press, November 2023

The Boat House Cabin chosen to be featured in this beautiful book of the best British Cabins and Hideaways by Holly Farrier.  “Along with a rowing boat poised for self-guided tours of the lake, the spacious cabin comprises a sprawling deck that overhangs the water, with an outdoor bathtub, comfy furniture and welcoming fire pit – the perfect blend of culture and calm.”

The Simple Things Magazine – September 2023

The Sail House Yurt chosen as this edition’s Weekend Away feature by Jo Tinsley: “A magical location with freshwater dips on the doorstep is a chance to pause and delight in doing very little.”

Outdoor Swimmer Magazine – Kernow Calling! – June 2023

Pengelly Retreat featured in Outdoor Swimmer Magazine’s article on Cornwall: “…as well as being ideal for anyone wishing for a peaceful escape, it is perfect for swimmers and a brilliant location to explore both north and south coasts of Cornwall”

Cornwall Life Magazine – May/June 2023

5 page feature in Cornwall Life Magazine about Pengelly Retreat by Natalie Millar-Patridge – “The five acres of private land and gardens – including a secret garden tucked away at the top of the land – are a joy to explore and offer a dreamy location for a relaxed break in the Cornish countryside.”   Also featured online on The Great British Life website:

Prima Magazine – Inspiring Breaks – April 2023

Pengelly Retreat included in Prima Magazine’s article on “Inspiring Breaks” with a round up of some of the most beautiful gardens to visit in Britain: “cosy up in the architect-designed Boat House, with wood-burning stove, outdoor fire pit and lakeside bathing…Don’t miss the Secret Garden with bamboo bridges over waterway and hidden Buddhas.”

The Independent Travel Section, February 2023

Pengelly Retreat’s Boat House Cabin included as ‘Best for UK Break’ in Tamara Hinson’s round up of “The World’s most beautiful over-water villas and bungalows (that aren’t in the Maldives)“.

Cornwall Tourism AwardsSouth West Tourism Awards 2022/23

Pengelly Retreat won the Gold award for Wildlife-Friendly Tourism Business and the Silver award for Best Glamping Business at the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2022/23 at the ceremony on 12 November 2022.  We also won the Best Glamping Business of the Year Award at the regional South West Tourism Awards on 24 March 2022.  Making Pengelly Retreat a two-year running award winner in both Cornwall and Regional Tourism awards!  


Om Yoga Magazine – Yoga at Pengelly Retreat – November 2022

“Pengelly Retreat is a true hidden gem, located in a tranquil and unspoilt rural location between the north and south coasts of Cornwall.  The serenity of Pengelly Retreat is ideal for those looking to practice yoga. Whilst guests are welcome to lay down their mats anywhere, one of the best outside yoga and meditation spots is on the deck overlooking the lake with the sound of the water all around.”

Canine Cornwall website review – November 2022

“Set amongst nature, The Sail House Yurt offers a peaceful spot to stay with your dog in tow. If you’re after a low impact getaway that is in keeping with the natural beauty of the landscape, this little luxury yurt is a brilliant idea.”

Meet Me By The Sea Blog – October 2022

“I don’t think a night away from home could possibly be more perfect… To spend the night in the Sail House Yurt at Pengelly Retreat in Cornwall was a dream.  The best way to describe this magical retreat is to imagine the romantic boat lake scene in ‘The Notebook’ and then recreate it in Cornwall.”


Cornwall Tourism Awards & South West Tourism Awards – February & April 2022

Pengelly Retreat won Gold at the Cornwall Tourism Awards and Bronze at the regional South West Tourism Awards 2021/22 in the Best Glamping Business Category. 

Sheerluxe – 15 of The Dreamiest Yurts in the UK – July 2021

Located near the pretty town of Porthleven in Cornwall, this beautiful yurt is made for two. Set in five acres of gardens – with a lake, meadow and forest nearby – guests will feel totally secluded. Ideal for outdoorsy types, you can surf the waves on the local beaches and explore the best walking routes in the area. Inside, the yurt has an indoor wood burner to create a cosy atmosphere, a fully stocked kitchen and a free-standing bath. Request a barbecue box so you can sample the best of Cornish produce during you stay or explore the many restaurants and cafés in town – The Mussel Shoal is a must.

Conde Nast Traveller – The Best AirBnBs in Cornwall – December 2020

“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. Glass doors open up from the open-plan, white-washed interior onto the balcony, which overlooks the lake. There are steps straight into the water for a bracing wild swim, and there’s a private garden surrounded by wildflowers.  Not far from the Boat House and owned by the same young couple, this glamping yurt, set in five acres of gardens, has views of the lake from the bed. There’s a freestanding bathtub (unheard of in traditional camping) and a woodburner to keep warm, a private pontoon for sunbathing or jumping off of and a sweet little kitchen for whipping up breakfast or lunch.

Stella Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph – 30 August 2020

“The Sail House at Pengelly Retreat:  Best for…. posh glamping.  This giant double yurt is set in five acres of private land amid wild lakes that are great for swimming and catch-and-release fishing for wild brown trout.  The yurt has underfloor heating, electric lighting and a proper bathroom – the bathtub has beautiful views.”



Coast Magazine – June 2020

“Guests often say they feel something special when they stay at Pengelly. With no traffic noise to keep them awake, no light pollution to stop them gazing at the stars and all the time in the world to linger in the grounds under the watchful eye of the comtemplative Buddhas, it provides exactly the peace and connection to nature that Jim and Ruth first craved.”

Bridges & Balloons Blog – 35 Best Airbnbs in Cornwall – February 2021

“The Sail House at Pengelly Retreat is a luxury ensuite double yurt with underfloor heating and a log burner. It overlooks a wild swimming lake, and is a stunning, tranquil location, surrounded by nature. Pengelly Retreat is also home to the Boat House, an architect designed, fully insulated, house right on the water’s edge. You can rent both for an extra special group holiday.”


Stubble & Co Those Who Travel Blog – Kip Hideaways Top UK Wilderness Retreats – September 2020

“The Boat House Cabin: This magical little retreat is surrounded by 5 acres of wild gardens, forest and lakes. You can breakfast on the deck all year round — a real suntrap, even in winter — then BBQ at night, or cook up hampers of excellent local produce. Birders will love seeing herons stalk through the shallows and kingfishers dart through the trees; stargazers will be blown away by the sparkling constellations. And if you’re feeling really romantic, take the little rowing boat for a spin around the lake, perhaps with a bottle of fizz to really mark the occasion. Days will pass in a dreamlike fashion.”



The Cornish Life Blog – November 2019

Just look at this stunning sunrise view we were met with on Wednesday morning! I leaped out of bed to take a photo; it all looked so magical with the glassy reflections of the lake. The Boat House has a lovely covered deck area with chairs to lounge in just outside the glass doors – perfect for a morning coffee.