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The Sanctuary Cornwall

(42 Guest Reviews)

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Review Summary

  • Rooms 4.9
  • Value 4.8
  • Friendliness 5.0
  • Cleanliness 5.0
  • Amenities 4.8
  • Service 5.0
  • Location 4.9
  • Breakfast 4.9

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The Sanctuary Cornwall Information


The Sanctuary Cornwall offers 4 beautiful ensuite bedrooms for bed & breakfast or retreats/courses.Each room overlooks the Fowey River, with it’s own outdoor seating area on the terrace, accessed through large, triple glazed glass doors.We also have a spacious meeting room with a kitchen and ensuite wet room, which can be converted and hired as a self catering apartment, with a kingsize bed. We also have a handcrafted offgrid glamping pod in the trees. There is underfloor heating throughout, fabulous views, walk in showers, and the rooms also have organic, fair trade linen, wool duvets, handmade soap, rugs and blankets made from spun recycled bottles, a USB charging socket, a seating area and plenty of books. Breakfast is a continental buffet, with everything as locally sourced as possible. Tea & Coffee is available all day in the Breakfast room and our own water is offered in bottles in your room, with recycled glasses. The building has wooden floors and doors, and is painted with clay paint. Furniture is upcycled, repurposed, furnishings largely handmade, and we feature as much local artwork as possible, some of it to purchase. The entire building is insulated with 12inches of wool and we have solar for power and a log boiler for heating. We are situated in 12 acres of mixed wood and pasture in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with fantastic views over the Fowey River, the village of Golant, and the surrounding countryside. Guest are welcome to explore our land where we are slowly increasing the wildlife habitats and diversity. We can also arrange therapeutic massage and treatments in your room, provided by a local practitioner, and our land joins the Saints Way, a walking path from Fowey to Padstow. We can arrange kayaking, and paddle boarding tuition is also available locally. We have no TVs or WiFi, although 4G can be found! We do however, have plenty of books, radios, games, walks and seats. Switch off, relax and enjoy your Sanctuary in Cornwall!

The Sanctuary Cornwall is our award winning, carbon neutral sustainable living project based in the lovely waterside village of Golant at the heart of the Fowey Estuary. Our interest is on exploring a sustainable environment in a relaxed and respectful way and sharing our discoveries with others who want to connect to nature, step back, and engage with the elements of offgrid living. We want to prove that it is possible to have a comfortable, connected lifestyle whilst still acting in a thoughtful and sustainable way. We are developing permaculture growing systems too. We don’t have TVs or WiFi, but at least you can hear the bird song, take a deep breath of Cornish air, and relax! If you are lucky, you may see deer, owls and watch the bats flying at dusk. Both of us were intimately involved in all aspects of the build, and are always happy to talk about it, our experience, and what we would do differently, if anyone is interested in following in our footsteps! We are usually somewhere about - either in the building, or on our land!

Cleaning and safety

  • Disinfected between stays
  • Rooms sealed after cleaning
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Social distancing
  • High-touch surfaces disinfected
  • Linens washed to local guidelines
  • Mattress and pillow protectors
  • Washable duvet covers
  • Common area doors left open
  • Outside air ventilation
  • First aid kit
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Socially distanced dining
  • Staggered time slots for dining
  • Sanitized tableware


  • BBQ/Picnic area
  • Books, DVD, games
  • Weddings & private parties
  • Meet & greet service
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Breakfast lounge
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Fire alarms with lights
  • Braille or large signage
  • Specially appointed rooms
  • Housekeeping - weekly
  • Pet basket
  • Pet bowls
  • Hypoallergenic rooms/units
  • Sun terrace
  • Bicycles available (free)
  • Pet(s) live on property
  • Breakfast served in restaurant
  • Breakfast in the room/unit
  • Well lit path(s) to entrance
  • Library
  • Wide entrance to property


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking
  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Accessible parking
  • Limited parking
  • Private parking

Business Facilities

  • Meeting rooms
  • Conference & events


  • Continental breakfast
  • Free breakfast
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Gluten-free options

Activities and Experiences

  • Animal watching
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Walking
  • Water activities
  • Card, board, video games
  • Special interest
  • Wild life
  • Hiking


  • Check in
    4:00 PM 6:00 PM
    Early check-in available on request
  • Check out
    10:00 AM
    Late check-out available on request
  • Child Policy
    Adults only
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    Dogs welcome, Pets by arrangement
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
  • Quiet Hours
    Quiet hours between 22:30 and 09:00
Booking Terms and Conditions


A car is recommended when staying at the property
  • Road from A30 travelling south (7.0 miles)

    If you are arriving by car from the A30, take the Lostwithiel exit at Bodmin and follow signs to Lostwithiel. You will join the A390 to St Austell, and then take the sign to Fowey - B3269. After about 4 miles you will see a crossroads, and Golant is the left turn.

    More detailed directions will be given at the time of booking.

  • Road from A38 travelling south (7.0 miles)

    From the A38 Liskeard direction, follow the A390 to St Austell. You will go through Lostwithiel, and up a steep hill. Take the Fowey turning on the left - B3269. After about 4 miles you will come to a crossroads, and Golant is the left turn.

    more detailed directions will be given at the time of booking.

  • Road from A390 travelling north (7.0 miles)

    From the St Austell side of A390, follow signs to Liskeard/Bodmin, until you see the turning to Fowey at a mini roundabout, also signposted Par market. Follow this to Fowey. At the top of the hill at the petrol station turn left, marked Bodmin. After several miles you will see a crossroads and Golant is the right turn.

    We will send more detailed directions at the time of your booking

  • Train from Par station (3.0 miles)

    For those arriving by public transport our nearest railway station is Par on the main West Coast Line which is just a 2 mile short taxi ride, cycle or walk away.

  • Bus from St Austell (7.0 miles)

    The No 24/25 bus from St Austell station stops at the top of the hill at Golant (called Tywardreath Turn or Castledore, Golant Turn - it seems to vary!) They leave St Austell at 21 mins past the hour, and Tywardreath Turn at 52mins past the hour. They take about 40 mins and cost £2-£3. For the most up to date info, please check www.travelinesw.com. Please note, not all buses take change now, so you may need a debit card..... or maybe we’re behind the times!

  • Road from St Austell (7.0 miles)

    There are also a number of local taxi services:

    Coastal Cars of Fowey - tel: +44 (0) 1726 832372
    Yeo’s Taxis - tel: +44 (0) 1726 814095
    White River Cars - tel: +44 (0) 810980/07968259466
    South Coast Private Hire tel: +44 (0) 1726 814892

  • Boat from Fowey (3.0 miles)

    If the tide is high enough you can hire a water taxi from Fowey, although this does not operate all year round. They can be contacted on 07774 906730 or foweywatertaxi@yahoo.co.uk for more details

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