When you arrive at Mill Valley our advice is to take off your watch and lock your phone in the car. Once you have done that you can enjoy life at a totally different pace at this wonderful, off grid collection of unique places to stay.
Met on arrival we were shown to our cosy little horse box “nomad” and given a quick tour of the site, including composting “long drop” toilets (smell free and hygienic) and wood fired shower and bathroom. We were also shown a room with a fridge and freezer to keep food fresh and healthy.
From there it was a case of getting a fire going in our little stove and enjoying a simpler life.
Despite it raining much of the time we were cosy and warm inside, and rather than brave the bbq area outside we used the tiny stove to cook both a full fry up and a delicious Bolognese. Forget the timings of recipes and leave a kettle on the hob so you don’t have to wait an hour for a cuppa.
We had. Break in the weather long enough for a walk along the river to the lovely pub in St Mabyn whose menu looked well worth a try.
Final piece of advice. The showers are wonderful but take a while to warm up. As with everything here give it time and a good amount of small logs and then enjoy mother unique experience.
What an incredible place! We stayed in the Pixie yurt with several other families taking horseboxes nearby, and it was an absolutely magical place. The kids loved having full run of the little site and were straight off building dens and generally having the time of their lives. I hate camping :) so it was perfect for someone like me who gets cold at night and appreciates a bed, possibility of a stove to keep the room warm etc. All the little cooking tripods etc. were an added bonus making it possible to cook big pots of family food for everyone to share, and firewood and candles were provided free which was a nice touch. Every premises was unique with it's own charm - some even had solar powered plug sockets to charge phones. Loved how it was totally off grid with all toilets compost.
Having read a few negative reviews on here, I'm really surprised by people's expectations from an off -grid site. You're not going to get instant hot water at the turn of a tap, or a gas hob (unless you bring one) but that's part of the fun!
We have stayed at mill valley several times and always loved the experience....so after a break of two years we booked to go again at half term. Well we had high winds, hailstones, rain and a wonderful time. The wood burner kept us warm at night and was great for cooking on and sitting in a yurt by candle light with your family while outside the weather is vile is a heart warming experience. We didn't have a frying pan in the yurt but Neil and Lisa sorted that within minutes. The bath in a shed experience always puts a smile on my face, guarding your boiler whilst your fire heats the water...love it. No electricity made the whole break better (no I pads etc.) and the mud due to the weather just added to the charm. Being dog friendly is an added bonus as our mans best friend had a blast. Since we where there last Neil and Lisa have built a Hobbit cabin which looks amazing and is where we will be staying next visit. If you want five star room service steer clear, if you want to revisit your childhood, get a bit muddy, stay in a well run site and get great value for your money....then this is for you.
Stayed in the hand built log cabin. Was very cosy with wood burner and bedroom on mezzanine level. Lisa and Neil were very friendly and accommodating and knowledgable of the local area. Great place for dogs and walking and for getting away from the hustle and bustle of busy life. Will recommend to friends and family
Lovely peaceful location, not a sound to be heard, except for singing birds and the odd tractor, a home from home without the gadgets (kids playing outside, no tablets and mobile phones).
We really enjoyed the fact that you had to stoke the fire to have a hot soak, food and a warm comfortable yurt, with proper beds (not a blow up in site), plenty of room inside our 16 ft yurt for a family of four and a dog, our dog was very welcome and loved to get up every morning to play ball.
The yurts was within easy reach of neighbouring towns and seaside and we found Lisa and Neil very helpful with directions and there was a lot of information available in our yurt for local attractions and places to eat etc.
"A truly enjoyable, relaxing and stress free stay" with the NO GADGETS!!!!!!!!!