A place to unplug, unwind, relax and reconnect with nature.

Welcome to The Sanctuary Cornwall, a sustainable 5 bedroom, off grid eco build, set in 12 acres of mixed woodland and pasture overlooking Golant village and the Fowey Estuary, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Accommodation is normally booked on a B&B basis (minimum 2 nights) but self catering is an option if you book the whole building – or just our Barn Owl Suite. Whilst ideal for friends, families or special interest groups up to 14 it also lends itself to retreats, courses or as a small venue hire. The emphasis is on connecting with the great outdoors in a sustainable way and giving visitors the opportunity to sample off grid living at our pioneering project.

There are no TVs or WiFi (although you can access 4G). Solar is our main source for electricity and heating – and water comes from our own borehole. A log boiler, using our own logs, provides heat in the winter months and as a last resort we have a backup generator. Parking is limited and restricted to one vehicle per room (additional cars can use the village car park 5 minutes walk away). If you can adapt to that, we do have a stunning building, underfloor heating, walk in showers, spacious comfortable bedrooms with private terraces enjoying some of the best views in the area. We provide a locally sourced buffet breakfast, with tea and coffee available all day.

Our Rooms

4 stylishly designed double rooms overlooking the Fowey Estuary.

Bed & Breakfast

Enjoy a hearty breakfast during your stay using the best local produce.

Events & Retreats

We’re able to host a wide range of events or retreats across the year.













Our Rooms

We have four individually styled en-suite bedrooms plus our Barn Owl Suite, all enjoying panoramic views over the river, village and countryside. All have their own terrace space with table & chairs. Our larger Oak room and the Barn Owl suite are also suitable for those with mobility needs. Every room has the option of king size or twin beds, and of adding a third smaller single bed to each room. They also have comfy chairs and a small table. Reading lights are attached to the headboards, with small bedside tables. Oak & Birch can be hired to make a suite of rooms.


Your Food


Your Food

We offer a continental buffet breakfast, so that you can help yourself when you are ready. We normally offer this between 8am-10am, but are happy to be flexible if you can give us some notice! We try to source our food as locally as possible – bread is either from Quay Bakery or Niles in Fowey. Our local Leyonne farm produces milk for Trewithen Diaries, so we use their butter, milk and yoghurt as much as possible. Eggs are also supplied by the farm, the coffee is from Olfactory coffee roasters in Falmouth and tea from the Tregothnan estate, also near Falmouth.



You are spoilt for choice in this beautiful part of Cornwall! The Sanctuary has 12 acres of sloping land to explore. It is being managed as a wildlife haven, so it is not manicured and has uneven paths, rabbit holes and tree roots, so please take care where you put your feet. We have mown paths around to help guide you, but point out that it is your responsibility to take care. Paths from our land lead to over 100 acres of wild space, known as ‘Golant Downs’ which have paths leading through the woods down to Sawmills Creek (Bodmin Pill) and on to Fowey.



We are located in the picturesque village of Golant which overlooks the estuary about two miles upstream from the town of Fowey.

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What our guests say:

Such an inspiring place, you really couldn’t ask for a more beautiful setting. The owners are so passionate and knowledgeable about nature, and so committed to environmental sustainability.


Karen was a lovely host who wants her guests to have fun, be able to relax and enjoy themselves in ‘non compromised’ comfort, all the while keeping it ecologically friendly and sustainable. She succeeds on every level.

Robin A, UK

I just wanted to tell you how very extraordinarily superb our experience at your Sanctuary was! Your place, the view, the rooms and above all your philosophy, hospitality and friendliness were outstanding. I could not say one thing you could improve and it was such a change over the impressions we’ve got prior to meeting you and staying at the Sanctuary. All the best and good luck with your projects!

Martin Z, Switzerland

Fantastic hostess, within an amazing new eco build. It’s up a very steep hill but you get used to it after the first time, you need to, to enjoy such fantastic views. If you visit the owners woodland there are some quirky areas and a pond which I didn’t realise until the last day. We took our two boys 14 & 10 and seeing no WiFi they coped well – we wanted to give them the experience of what life can be without electronics. Boys say BIG THANK YOU for the homemade cake, I didn’t get a look in.

Donna F, UK

It was a wonderful experience and we will back in future. Bed was fantastically comfortable, the whole mood of the place was just what we needed and host was absolutely superb.

Lee & Wendy, UK

Lovely location with great views of the river. beds comfortable and room clean. Karen very accommodating and helpful with nothing too much trouble. Truly dog friendly.

Sandra, UK

Proving offgrid living can be done beautifully without sacrifice! Bed was extra comfy, views (especially the sun rising over the estuary) were out of this world.

Charlotte, UK

Great weekend break at the Sanctuary, stayed in the Barn Owl Suite which is very comfortable and clean! Thoughtful host who left goodies for my dog and a jug of milk in the fridge. Amazing views over the river

Amy, UK

Great weekend break at the Sanctuary, stayed in the Barn Owl Suite which is very comfortable and clean! Thoughtful host who left goodies for my dog and a jug of milk in the fridge. Amazing views over the river

Amy, UK

Very peaceful, quite with amazing views and even nicer host. Will definitely stay there again.

Osama, NZ

The location is idyllic. The steep hill climb to get to the Sanctuary is worth every step! The views across the Fowey estuary are breathtaking and the peace and serenity unrivalled. A real piece of heaven! As an eco designed place for guests, which is completely offgrid, the Sanctuary provides luxurious accommodation and facilities, Delicious breakfasts with locally sourced ingredients included the best muesli we had ever tasted, jams and marmalades that had us searching around local shops so we could take some home with us, gorgeous breads, meats, fruits and cheeses. Karen & David were also warm and welcoming hosts, passionate and enthusiastic about their fabulous B&B. We’re already planning for when we might be able to come and stay again.

Libby, UK

From the moment we got out of the car we relaxed, how can you fail to, in such incredible surroundings! Every need is catered for with such attention to detail and great thought for the environment. The views and ambience of the building and surroundings are just amazing. We certainly got what we were looking for and more. We disconnected from the hustle and bustle of our busy daily routines and left feeling energised and content. We are already planning a return visit with our four legged friends and maybe some of our two legged friends too……if we can bring ourselves to share this hidden gem with them!

Luke T, UK

This is a beautiful place to stay in Cornwall! The Sanctuary is beautiful. The owners could not be more helpful and made it an excellent holiday. 10/10 in every way.

Alex C, UK

This hotel was fantastic. Clean, modern rooms with a beautiful view and perfect hosts as well. Would highly recommend.