Unique Hideaways in Cornwall; Big Blue The Horsebox
The creativity of the Cornish truly sees no bounds; that becomes very apparent when you find yourself in a small plot which has been thoughtfully and wonderfully turned into a true slice of paradise. Unique Hideaways is a holiday booking platform that specialises in these quirky and unusual homestays; showcasing the more ‘off the beaten path’ way to adventure. I had the delight in spending a weekend in one of their stays. Introducing, Big Blue the horse box!
Based perfectly for a North Cornwall adventure, Big Blue is just off the A39, near St Kew and close to popular spots Port Isaac, Tintagel & Wadebridge. This converted horse box now offers extremely comfortable accommodation for two, including a hot shower, wood fired hot tub, fire pit, full kitchen set up and a bed that allows you to gaze the stars at night.
We pulled up in the afternoon and spent a long time ‘oohing’ and ‘ahhing’ at what we saw! Shortly after finding our feet with everything, the lovely owner Paul popped in to say Hello and give us a little guidance on using the appliances. Paul and Kayna own Big Blue and live on the land, although after our initial greeting we neither saw nor heard anything of the family so don’t be concerned that this place isn’t private, it most certainly is!
Farming the land here, the owners have a field in front of Big Blue where they keep a family of alpaca and a flock of rare breed sheep. They encourage you to interact with the animals, if you choose to, as they’re friendly and inquisitive on what you’re up to. Big Blue is conveniently located just off the main A39 but you cannot see the road once on the land and heading behind the farm, there’s miles of countryside paths and walks to enjoy. More on that later, as we walked a beautiful 4 mile round trip to one of Cornwalls most beautiful pubs!
Big Blue houses a comfortable and spacious king bed, with sky light to watch the stars at night. The sky light also helps anyone who feels claustrophobic as it makes the space up there feel so big. The kitchen comes with a full sized under counter fridge, double electric hob, kettle, microwave and all the other bits you’d need. There’s a fully functioning toilet and sink, a wood burner for those cosy nights and a seating area. Outside of the bus, there’s a second horse trailer where you’ll find a gas operated hot shower and ample space to wash without trouble. A wood fired hot tub is supplied, which is so incredible as the evenings temperature starts to drop. Paul and Kayna had the hot tub all ready and heated up for us, which was fantastic. A little stir and it was ready to jump in. On the next day, we lit the fire back up for a few hours and the tub was quickly back up to temperature to enjoy again.
The garden area also features numerous apple and pear trees for your enjoyment, a fire pit and chairs, BBQ for alfresco dining and a little table and chairs to sit and eat at. They really have thought of everything to make it a truly special stay. There’s parking just by the front gate so you can quickly hop in the car to head off on your adventure.
As previously mentioned, the location of Big Blue is fantastic. A few miles down the road and you’ll find St Kew Farm Shop, one of the nicest farm shops in Cornwall. Stocked full of Cornish artisan products, food, plants, treats and more. They also have a beautiful cafe to enjoy breakfast and lunch in.
The first morning we headed up to Boscastle farm shop, an award wining farm shop and cafe. This was about a 20 minute drive and we popped in for a lovely breakfast with a view!
On the second day, we fancied a nice walk before we cooked dinner at the bus. Heading up the lane, away from the main road, we turned left and then followed the directions for St Kew. After about 30 minutes, we found ourselves at St Kew Inn. This old and gloriously kept pub offers a great spot to stop for a drink mid walk or book in to enjoy food here. Their open fire cooking is highly recommended in the area and their beer garden is a beautiful spot to enjoy. We headed back to the bus by taking the opposite lane, creating a circular walk. The walk there had a few down hill stomps but the walk back was mostly flat, so an easy and rewarding stroll.
Ready for dinner, we utilised the kitchen facilities and cooked up some meatballs, before enjoying a cup of tea by the fire pit to close off our stay.
I could not speak highly enough of this spot; the facilities, the location and the attention to detail from the owners and Unique Hideaways. I would highly recommend checking out their website to find a more unique spot when holidaying in Cornwall, as it brings you back to what Cornwall does best; the land and the nature. Find Unique Hideaways online here, Big Blue can be found here and for the entire collection throughout Cornwall, you can head here. A massive thank you to the team for allowing us to stay!