Meet the owners: Botelet, Cornwall
Cornwall, for many of us, retains an unspoilt and beautiful spirit. Full of open spaces, open skies and breath taking coastline, it’s a place to free your body and mind. This time we’re chatting to Tia who, with her family, runs Botelet near Liskeard. With Manor Cottage, Cowslip Cottage and The Yurt the farm offers the chance to escape and unwind, so read on and find out a bit more about what you can discover during a stay at Botelet.
Tell us about your family’s connection with Botelet
The Tamblyn family have lived here at Botelet Farm for over 150 years spanning five generations, with three generations still living in the farmhouse today!
We have been welcoming visitors to stay at Botelet since the 1930’s when my husbands’s grandmother Ella began B&B in the farmhouse. This evolved through a self-catering chalet in the 1960s (that would now be called ‘glamping’!) and B&B on and off in the farmhouse depending upon the family circumstances for accommodating guests. We have been offering self-catering accommodation in our historic cottages since the 1980s and the offering is always slowly evolving; our first yurt went up nearly 20 years ago. As a family we’ve always loved the combination of working on the land alongside welcoming guests to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the farm.
What’s on offer during a stay at Botelet?
Here at Botelet there are 300 acres of rolling countryside and woodlands to explore – meander along the river in Spring and enjoy a sea of bright bluebells, or walk up to the top of Bury Down iron age hill fort with wonderful panoramic views stretching out to the coast.
Botelet is situated approximately 15 minutes drive from the quiet south coast of Cornwall with ample opportunities for walking, swimming and rockpooling away from the crowds. For more information check out our round up of ideas.
Do you have a couple of personal highlights?
The food offering near the farm is incredible, with lots of pubs, restaurants and shops in the area. We do love Olive & Co, which is a great local option for a coffee, delicious lunch or cakes and a walk or cycle around the lake.
Another great tip, and a place we love, is to take a walk up to Bury Down hill fort here at Botelet to watch the sunset – picnic and glass of wine recommended!
What’s the best thing about running Botelet?
There are two main things for me. Firstly, getting to meet lovely guests from across the globe who appreciate the natural landscape and gentle restoration work that is always evolving here at Botelet.
The business has also meant we’ve built up great connections with local businesses and through that met some amazing people who are as passionate about what they do as we are. During recent months we’ve started a podcast as a way of keeping our guests connected with Botelet and what we represent, but also to showcase some of these amazing small businesses. To listen simply visit my website.