The Sail House is Launched

Bless her and all who Sail in her!

At last!  After all those years of dreaming, planning and, constructing, the good news is the Pengelly Retreat Sail House is finally launched and open for business.  Hooray.  Over New Year, we had our first two sets of Air BnB guests come and stay in this luxurious double-yurt with it’s natty ensuite bathroom, cosy underfloor heating and gorgeous lake views.  And… they loved it!

The Sail House looking lovely in the winter

It’s so great to finally welcome guests to come and stay in the Sail House.  We think that it is beautiful and unique.  But sometimes you just need to hear someone else tell you that it really is!  So thank you to our first sets of guests and for all your lovely feedback and encouragement.

Inside the Sail House – yes, that is a bath tub you see in that there ensuite!

We are now in that nervous ‘early-days’ stage where we would love to get more guests booked in, more reviews on Air BnB and generally get the word out.  So if you, or any one you know, enjoys peace and quiet, lakeside views, wild swimming (yes even at this time of year), then we’ve got the perfect wild but cosy and comfortable Cornish getaway.  Just click on the link to book a stay, either on our website or on Air BnB.  There are also some really low introductory prices available at the moment so it’s a positive bargain too.

Even I can’t kill these plants (hopefully)

The Boat House

And how about the Boat House, that rather wondrous architect-designed wood cabin at the other end of the lake?  Well, the big news is… it will be open for business by the end of February.  Or possibly the start March….  One or the other.  But it is looking amazing!  We are so excited about this one.  The exterior is up (umm if you don’t include doors and windows), Jim has been painting the interior in Annie Sloan chalk paint (darling) after we agonised over 3 different kinds of white.  Who knew that was even possible?  The glass balustrade is up on the veranda (building regs – check!) and it is looking beautiful.  Here’s a recent pic of the exterior, yes it’s coming on!

The beautiful Boat House under a blue sky

The Mill Annexe

We’ve surprised ourselves even with how successful the Mill Annexe has been.  We stayed busy all through November and December and have had a fair few bookings through January.  We’ve closed it temporarily for a bit of re-painting TLC and will be opening up again from next week.  There’s availability again over the next few weeks, so if you are looking for a cosy place to stay in Cornwall at a price that is a total snip, book yourself a bargain on either our website or Air BnB.

What’s going on in Cornwall?

Well Christmas was a blast as ever down here.  I have never know such a chrimbo-loving county:  christmas lights up in all the villages, shows, fairs, markets, events…  It really is a great time to come and visit with so much on, no wonder we were booked out in the Mill Annexe all month.

Eden Project Domes lit up for Xmas (above), Xmas Markets and Lights (below)


We’ve been lucky with some sunny winter days before and after Christmas, the perfect time to enjoy the beaches without the crowds.  These pics are of St Ives in late December.   Lovely and quiet.  And sunny!


January and February are quieter months down here, ideal if you like to get away from it all.  And for the hardy types, the winter chill doesn’t stop the water sports – the surfers are out every day at Gwithian & Godrevy beaches (15 minutes’ to the north of us) and our amazing guest Wendy was out on the Pengelly Retreat lake swimming and paddle boarding during her stay in early January.  What a legend!  Click on the video link to below to see the photo evidence…

Who Let the Dogs Out?

Cornwall is also at it’s most dog-friendly in winter with the majority of beaches lifting their beach bans through the cooler months.  As for us, we are doggie-friendly all year round with 1 well-behaved pooch welcome in each of our accommodations.  As Cleaning Manager (yes, that is my new job title) I am now also something on an expert on the furriness of the different kinds of dogs who come to stay with us.  I do love the -oodles, labradoodles, cockerpoos and the like.  Those lovely non-shedding beasts!  But we welcome all kinds of dogs (and humans) to come and stay.  Have a look at this pic from our Instagram account of a recent guest, who was most well-behaved and didn’t shed a bit:

All of which gives me just enough time to sign off and leave you with a dreamy shot of winter skies above the Boat House.   Happy new year to you all and make it your resolution to come and stay in gorgeous Cornwall soon.

I’ll be back with more news in my next Postcard and meanwhile keep your eyes peeled for our pics and stories on Instagram and Facebook.