Tranquility in Cornish rural luxury Shepherd's hut ideal for Staycating
Paul Francis Bright
- english, Some get by FRENCH
About Paul Francis Bright
The picture shows one of our sons with his wife enjoying the facilities at Sams in the Bay at Carlyon Bay's Crinnis Beach, just 15 minutes away from Stargazey. Jan and I are both retired, I was CEO of Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust, Jan is an artist and also a retired hospice nurse. A couple of small examples of her work are in the Hut. We both moved to Cornwall as young adults and are both conservationists and vegetarians and all of our three adult children returned to make their own homes nearby in Beautiful Cornwall.
Paul Francis Bright purchased this Cabin in 2016
Why Paul Francis Bright chose Saint Stephen-in-Brannel
Our property is uniquely peaceful and we have transformed it from an agricultural mono culture to a diverse and species rich environment in the 28 years that we have owned the property. We have planted two thousand native trees and created shelter and a variety of habitats. We also have little light pollution and 180 degree southern sky aspect, ideal for astronomy. We have breeding barn owls just above the woodland path to your hut and visiting wildlife in abundance.
What makes this Cabin unique
Natural surroundings, privacy and luxury shepherds hut with astronomic observatory in the next field. Peace and quiet in a natural haven with secure parking. Visits to the observatory are by arrangement with Dr Grant Mackintosh via another woodland path to the west of the parking area. Grant posts information on topical stargazing activities on the noticeboard on the pump house in Stargazey's field. Dr Grant Mackintosh has been credited with discovering 2 new SUPANOVAS. Stargazey is also in great base to return to when touring Cornwall's many beautiful locations.
We offer our guests beautifully clean luxury accommodation and while we do not expect guests to clean for us we do ask guests to respect our property by not wearing shoes or boots indoors. We provide a shoe box under the hut by the boot scraper and also provide complimentary cotton mules for indoors. We ask you not to smoke in Stargazey Hut but are welcome to do so outside. We provide both waste and recycling facilities and a few outdoor games in the nearby borehole hut. We are happy to lend out bikes and ask you only to be safe and to return them as you borrowed them. At present we have Balwen sheep, our sheepdog Snowie, chickens and bees on site. We will provide you with a map of footpaths and walks and ask only that you follow the Countryside code and close gates and leave only footprints. Please keep the Hut and main entrance gate locked when leaving the site and remember to take keys with you. We can advise on good places to visit etc. however as there are so many options we may need a little guidance from you as to your interests.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Comfort in a lovely quiet location
Absolutely loved this accommodation. We normally camp but with the unpredictable weather we did not want to be cold and wet. On our arrival we met Janet and she gave us a quick tour of the shepherds hut. It has everything you need and it is a piece of quality craftsmanship. The bed is also very comfortable. It was warm and when it did rain we were cosy inside. Uninterrupted views in front and just up the road from St Austell with its brewery. The Eden project is also just up the road as well. We hardly saw Janet and Peter but when we did they were able to give great insight into the area and things to see. What we also liked was that there was a fire pig and bbq and they had wood and coals for the bbq which I have never come across anywhere before. We would definitely stay again and with a cream tea waiting for you on arrival what is there not to like. Great owners, great place to stay, great location, this place has it all and you would not be disappointed.
Perfect spot to relax and enjoy the views. Hut was very clean and tidy with everything you need inside and outside, even more than you expect. Very quiet and safe place where you can enjoy your own privacy. Highly recommended.
My partner and I stayed in the Shepherd's hut over the recent bank holiday weekend and had the most amazing time! After a long journey stuck in traffic we finally arrived, parked up and were led to our accommodation by Kim the resident astronomer. We followed her through the woodland with fairy lights decorating the trees above, leading the way to a small clearing. It was a lovely clear night and the stars were so bright in the sky. Kim was very knowledgeable and provided lots of useful tips on star gazing and even pointed out some of the planets. She also advised us of the animals and birds we may see and hear during our stay.
Kim then showed us around inside and we loved the hut immediately. It was clear that no expense had been spared and the interior was as stunning as the exterior. For a place that looks small from the outside (especially for 2 tall people!) there's plenty of space inside. The bed (which was laid out for us on arrival) was the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in and plenty big enough for us both! It also folded neatly away, exposing a table and chairs underneath..genius!
As we arrived around 9.30pm and had not been able to stop to pick up some essentials on route, we were very surprised to find in the fridge two cream teas and a small milk. This was a fantastic and a very welcome treat after a long 7 hour drive!
Paul was unfortunately not able to greet us due to a family bereavement but regularly checked in to ensure we were ok and had everything we needed. He was very friendly and we hugely appreciated it, especially given the circumstances.
Location wise, it's perfect, we covered a lot of ground over the weekend but if you want to stay close by then the Eden project is just 7 miles away and Newquay is about 20 minutes by car. There's also a lovely fish and chip shop near St Austell.
The hut has everything you could need, you can eat and drink inside or outside with comfortable loungers, a BBQ area and fire pit. There's also a picnic bench out the front which is perfect for coffee and breakfast in the morning. The views are incredible and it's so peaceful. The perfect place to relax and read a book amidst the beautiful countryside.
What else can I tell you...the shower is amazing, there are lovely blankets to curl up in if you're sitting outside, there's log burner inside if you get cold, there's a radio and there's no TV...perfect!
This place is an absolute gem and we can't wait to return!
Blown away !!!
Amazing little hut the best I've stayed in yet.
It met every expectation we had and more great location pretty central to most places in Cornwall for were we wanted to travel ' quiet & relaxed the bonus was being the only hut on site so it truly felt like our home for the week plus the observatory on site was amazing and grant and Kate were very knowledgable and willing to answer any questions about astronomy .We had a few clear nights and and the stars were out in force beautiful little set up and Paul was a very nice guy along with snowy the dog !!
Cannot wait for our next stay there
Peaceful, well equipped, just what we were looking for.
Easy to find with excellent parking and access. We found the hut to be very clean and well fitted out with everything we needed. Paul met us at the gate and couldn't have been friendlier or more informative. The peace and quiet that we found there was just what we needed. Although we were only there a few days, we spent many hours at the hut itself, taking advantage of the bbq and fire pit, with log store and charcoal included.
We are very much looking forward to a return visit, but next time we'll stay longer to be able to enjoy it even more fully.
Thanks very much to our hosts.
Thank you for your appreciative review, we always enjoy and like to hear from satisfied visitors. It is such a joy to see the tension ebb and the natural environment working its magic. Pleased to hear that you were able to see one of the resident Barn Owls too. As you say there is still so much more to explore and take both at Stargazey and within easy reach. In the winter the sky is darker earlier and if clear the stargazing from the Tolcarn Observatory is fantastic. Indeed our resident astronomer has just been credited with spotting and recording two new Supanovas. We look forward to greeting you again when hopefully you will be able to spend more time with us. Remember too that we can offer farmhouse accommodation for your friends or relatives if you wish to share your visit with them.
A real gem...
From start to finish the break away from the 'Madding Crowds' & teenager type chaos was absolutely perfect... If like me you are looking for time out from the noise of life or simply a base from which to adventure you will be so very glad you chose this remarkable place! Rabbits on your doorstep at dawn, green woodpeckers amusing you with their regular fly-by salute and recognizable call, the elusive Barn owl that leaves you reminders that he is there but being a little bit cagey about timing, so only the alert can harvest a truly unforgettable experience. Beautifully presented accommodation, a bed that makes you feel like loafing about all day looking out over the dreamy view... pretty much perfect any which way you say it, an understated gem in a location that makes exploring the Roseland Coast and Peninsular a real pleasure! PS for those with the need for 'signal' got 3G and 4G so decided to turn my phone off (ha ha)... hope everyone enjoys treasured moments relaxing and enjoying life on the quiet side, a fabulous set up and perfect retreat to spend time on your own terms...
Thanks for your feedback we are delighted that you had a wonderful stay in our Stargazey Hut and appreciated the natural luxurious tranquility that it offers, not forgetting the flypast of some of our green woodpeckers; we currently have at least three of them and a pair of great spotted woodpeckers that visit us every day too. Quite surprised that at least one of our breeding Barn Owls, only 30 metres from the front door were missed. Hopefully on your next visit you will be honoured with a fly past at least. We are pleased that you appreciated the luxury bed and the fabulous view from it and so pleased that you agree with us that we all need a short break from the madding crowd and constant media overload. This is why we don't offer a TV or Wifi but do have a good 3 and 4G signal for those that really cannot quite escape technology. When you return we hope you will once again bring the weather with you and be able to take advantage of the conditions to visit our friends at Tolcarn Observatory in the adjoining field for a conducted visual tour of the night sky.
We are also equidistant from both the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan and only 5 miles from the beautiful St Austell Bay with its quaint ports of Polkerris, Charlestown, Mevagissey and Gorran Haven. If you fancy surfing next time, we are only 20 minutes from some of the best surf beaches in the UK on Cornwall's North Coast. And if you can tear yourself away from the BBQ or just sitting round the fire-pit, we now have the choice of the best dining options within easy reach.
Hurry back before our secret spot gets too well known.
The fabulous Eden Project is seven miles away
pre book in peak season. The lost Garden of Heligan is a must visit restored victorian garden with hidden valley, sub tropical plants good food and summer theatre events.
Jamie Oliver's 15 restaurant is 13 miles away at Watergate Bay
Padstow, famous for Rick Stein, quaint harbour village, fine dining and stunning coastal walks or Camel Trail for cycling and bird watching
Fishing Port of Mevagissey is 8 miles SE, for good fish and quaint harbour, fishing trips or water ferry to Fowey; Fowey is 13 miles away, another lovely cornish working port and water activities centre. Great walks, fine dining & lots of interest.
To the South is the fabulous Roseland Peninsular with secluded coves and scenic coastal villages whilst to the west is the rugged north Cornwall coast stretching from Lands End in the South to High Cliff beyond Bude in the North with something for everyone in between; Rock climbers, divers, surfers,walkers birdwatchers, photographers, fishers, artists and culture vultures and lovers of fine foods and everything from award winning wines to craft beers. You will be spoiled for choice.