Lakes & Wildlife

There are two beautiful lakes on the land at Pengelly Retreat, fed by the stream that forms our border, and home to wild brown trout and a whole range of birds, butterflies and dragonflies. Take the plunge for a wild swim or have a go at catch and release fishing during your holiday in Cornwall.

Wild Swimming
One of the best things about our lakeside retreat is the wild swimming – fantastically refreshing on a hot day!  Both our luxury lodge and yurt have steps into the water to ease you in.  In the summer the water warms up, so while it’s not exactly like a warm bath, it’s not as bracing as the Cornish sea either.  After your wild swim, warm up in the fabulous outdoor shower at the Sail House yurt or the outdoor bath with lake views at the Boat House cabin.

The wild swimming lake is very deep and the sides shelve off sharply so you need to be a confident swimmer and swimming is at your own risk.  If you’re looking for something gentler then there are wonderfully peaceful spots by the stream where you can paddle and cool off your feet.

We are very lucky to have an absolutely magical 5 acres of land and lakes here for guests to explore and enjoy to their heart’s content while staying in their luxury yurt or lake house. Amazingly just a short drive from some of Cornwall’s best beaches and prettiest towns and villages like St Ives, we can honestly say we have never seen anything quite like the lakes at Pengelly – perfectly private and serene.

Catch & Release Fishing
Both the largest lake and the second lake beyond it and well stocked with wild brown trout.  We’ve had no success in catching any, they’re far too smart for us.  But if you’d like to take up the challenge then bring your fishing rod along!  Even if you don’t catch a fish, it’s a great excuse to put your feet up with a glass of something cold in hand and enjoy the views over the lakes.  We have a catch and release policy here and ask that you use barbless hooks only.

The Boat House
wood cabin and The Sail House Cornish yurt both overlook the largest lake here which is a magnificent 200 metre stretch of water flanked by reeds and bulrushes with a mysterious wild little island in the middle.  It’s a real haven for birds with moorhen and ducks happily nesting here.  We often see a grey heron and even the bright blue and orange flash of a kingfisher.

The stream that forms our border also feeds two large lakes, a set of ponds and smaller streams that run across the land. This lush riverine habitat is home to gorgeous Cornish wild flowers and trees, birds, butterflies and dragonflies. We’ve found deer, fox and badger tracks on our land.

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