3.1 miles S of Camelford


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Smugglers is a beautiful haven with larch cladding for two in the heart of Bodmin Moor. Wonderfully rural and utterly romantic, you can leave your stresses and worries behind and enjoy the pure serenity this retreat has to offer with that special someone. Whether you watch the sunrise through the French doors of your bedroom or crack open a bottle of bubbly and watch the stars in the wooden hot tub, you will never want to leave this alluring bespoke escape. Plus there's a private paddock of half an acre for your four legged friend to explore! We're also super-pleased to announce that Smuggler's received the Country Homes & Interiors runner up prize for The Best New Build Home in 2021.

Living and eating

Stepping into Smugglers, you will find yourself in a spectacularly spacious open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with triple aspect patio doors and windows, leading out to the decking.

With luxurious oak floors throughout, the living space is wonderfully airy and boasts a matching cosy grey sofa and armchair, unique antique suspended lampshades and even a telescope to do some star watching. In this homely space, you can light the toasty wood burner, relax with a bottle of wine and enjoy the night sky over Bodmin Moor whilst snuggled on the sofa. For the cooler months there are thermostatic heaters and underfloor heating throughout the retreat.

In the stylish and modern kitchen, with real granite worktops, you will find everything one could need to rustle up a romantic meal or breakfast in bed. There is a Lavazza coffee pod machine and milk frother for coffee lovers, plus a ceramic hob and oven, and hidden necessities such as a dishwasher and fridge with freezer compartment. Beside the kitchen is the inviting large farmhouse table with padded chairs and sheepskin covered bench, perfect for a spot of lunch or a special evening meal.

In addition, you will find a washer/dryer in the boot room.


Sink into the luxuriously soft king-size bed, kitted out with 100% cotton bed linen, and take in the dazzling views out of the wide French doors. Through these lovely doors you can access the decking, so grab your morning coffee, don your large fluffy bathrobes, open up the bedroom and breathe in that fresh Cornish air.


The en-suite bathroom has a romantic free-standing bathtub for two, with a windowsill low enough to enjoy the blissful views over the Cornish hilltops with a glass of wine. There is also a divine walk-in rain shower, heated towel rails, underfloor heating and complimentary Trevano Organic skincare toiletries. You'll also find a loo in the boot room.

Outdoor space

Accessible from both the bedroom and the living area is a lovely wooden wrap around decking which makes the most of the spectacular views. Step down onto the gravelled courtyard complete with two teak steamer sun loungers to enjoy a spot of al fresco dining or maybe have a dip in the handcrafted wood-fired hot tub. There is a further grass section, just beyond the gravelled area, which you can use to lounge on a blanket in the sun or to let your furry friend run around happily. There is also a Weber charcoal BBQ for your use, as well as a pretty herb garden should you want to cook with fresh ingredients in the kitchen. At the entrance of Smugglers, you will also find some outdoor hanging space - perfect for wetsuits after a day out in the Cornish sea. Smugglers also has a lovely wicker picnic basket, blanket and even a watercolour set for your use should you feel inspired.


There is space for one car to park at Smugglers.

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Want to know what it's like to stay at Smugglers? Take a peek at the beautiful blog written by lifestyle blogger Wonderful You following a stunning stay at Smugglers, read all about it here.

We also have a BR Team blog, take a glance here.

Adults only

Smugglers is one of our adults-only retreats.


Three well behaved dogs are very welcome at Smugglers. There is a dog towel, water bowl and food bowl for your four-legged friend. We charge £35 per dog per week or short break. The garden is enclosed and secure, however there are a couple of rings ties as well should you fear your furry friend will make a dash for it. There is also a dedicated dog walking paddock right next to Smugglers, comprising of over half an acre of trees, wild flowers and grasses, fenced with wire and wooden rails. Please note that dogs do need to be kept under strict control at Smugglers as there is a lot of livestock in adjacent fields to the property.


Smugglers does have WiFi via a 4G EE link, so if you need to keep in touch with the outside world you can.


Please be aware that the last 400 meters of the access route is via a rough farm track, in case you have a car with low profile tyres or low suspension. The owners are situated nearby and are on hand if you need anything during your stay.


Smugglers is a non-smoking property and we ask that guests don't smoke anywhere at the property or in the grounds due to being situated on moorland and the potential for wildfires, thank you for your understanding.

Spa Treatments

The owners can arrange in house spa treatments so you can relax and unwind in your beautiful surroundings.

In the Area

At Smugglers you have the whole of Bodmin Moor at your fingertips. From the cottage you can see Brown Wily, Roughtor, Garrow Tor, Hawks Tor, Alex Tor and King Arthurs Hall; a walker's paradise to which you can hike from Smugglers to each of these famous Cornish landmarks. The surrounding area is used as a film location for the TV series Poldark and Doc Martin so you may see some familiar sites and scenes!

For those wanting to catch a wave or two on the beautiful North Coast, you are just a 30-minute drive from both Trebarwith Strand and Polzeath Beach. You are also only 40 minutes from the stunning Tintagel Castle which overlooks the dramatic and rugged North coastline.

A 40-minute drive away is the beloved foodie capital Padstow. This characterful fishing port boasts the well-known Camel Cycle Trail, golden beaches near by and a wide breadth of delicious restaurants to dine at.

Hidden away from the hustle and bustle is this dreamy, luxury retreat. Located in the spectacular North Cornish countryside, it boasts some of Cornwall's most breathtaking views as far as the eye can see.

At a glance

From £650 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | Dogs welcome

Key features

Adults only retreat

Autumnal escapes

Boutique Hideaway


Ideal Honeymoon spot

Off the beaten track

Rolling countryside

Up to 3 dogs welcome

Dog friendly

Hot Tub

Bathtub for two

Wood Burner

Perfect For Couples


Boutique country chic

check in / check out days

Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Smugglers:

Thank you again for making Smugglers such a special place with an immaculate attention to details. We've enjoyed our second stay here even more. Seeing the area at a different time of year was such a joy. Positive we will be back again!

Lovely open space with a secluded feel. Great walks on the door step, with friendly host who made you feel nothing would be an issue if you needed anything. I had a relaxing time away from London life. The house and garden are beautiful.

A unique property set in a peaceful location. Fabulous local products provided in the welcome pack and the wood fired hot hub was a real novelty. We would definitely come back as we feel completely rested.

This is wonderful slice of paradise. The property interior and facilities are excellently thought through with perfect decor and features. The location demands that you relax and soak in the peace and tranquillity ….. assisted with the most amazing hot tub and wine!! It is clear that you have put a great deal of yourselves into Smugglers. Steve and Sue are perfect hosts….available if required but they leave you alone. We had a truly wonderful break.

Beautiful cottage - so peaceful with stunning views from every window and in the garden. Everything had been thought of - both for us and our dog. Despite a battering from Storm Dudley and Eunice we enjoyed some stunning walks, coming back to relax in the hot tub (wood fired so no noise and remained hot even in the wind and rain). Just wish we could have stayed longer - will definitely be back, hopefully in some less inclement weather!

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A wonderful return to Smugglers, we felt all the worries of the world lift the second we came in the door. Such a wonderful place to relax, chill and recharge the batteries. Thank you for the lovely treats, always a welcome. Lovely walks on the moor and to The Old Inn. Looking forward to coming back.

We have thoroughly enjoyed our short break at this charming lodge. The accommodation has been very well thought through with lovely finishing touches everywhere. I needed a sewing kit for an emergency repair - and there it was. Thank you. The location is fabulous with amazing views in every direction. We could have sat all day and just looked out, especially as we love bird watching (great sightings of fieldfare, readings and trush) plus great starling fly past each evenings. We ventured out and did a great walk at Cardinham Woods, followed by excellent tea and cake. But highlight was a walk to Brown Willy for one day, followed by amazing lunch at Paul Ainsworth at No6, Padstow as it was our Pearl Wedding Anniversary. We will be back I am sure. We loved it.

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sue and Steve above and beyond to make us comfortable. All the little extra touches you wouldn’t expect in a normal self catering made it a home from home. The location and views are awesome. Being truly dog friendly again help us unplug and rewind, Frank appreciated the treats and nice blanket! We will be back again and again.

The cottage was absolutely beautiful, perfect balance of luxury and laid back cosiness!

Absolute luxury! Our second time staying at Smugglers now and it was every bit as perfect as the first. Sue and Steve are excellent, attentive hosts and made sure we had everything we needed. There’s no doubt that we’ll be back again for a third visit at some point.

Smugglers was an absolute slice of paradise! From walking in to see a ball for each of our dogs to the log burning stove; from the thoughtful welcome pack to the spectacular starry skies at night in the hot tub.

The cottage ticks all the boxes you could want from a boutique retreat - beautiful interior, comfy sofas, lovely bed and linens, hot tub, bath, log burning stove, amazing sunsets and starry skies, dog friendly… a place to truly unwind!

The owners of the property went above and beyond for us which just made the stay perfect. They provided suggestions on places to get some special surprises for a 30th birthday, they made sure the surprises were in the property when we were out, and they helped with the log fired hot tub when we were struggling.

I highly recommend boutique retreats, and Smugglers for a perfect break away, and will definitely be back!

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It was our first holiday with boutique retreats and it exceeded our expectations

Absolutely loved our honeymoon at smugglers. Set in a stunning location and has all the luxuries you could hope for.

A wonderful idyllic retreat from everyday life

Excellent standard of accomodation with the owners both very welcoming and helpful regarding any queries we had.


We wanted to escape from the crowded side of Cornwall and this beautiful retreat exceeded our expectations: surrounded by nature with jumping lambs, swallows nesting in the roof and walks aplenty on the moors !

Smugglers was beautiful . The location was stunning . Furnishings and decor were top quality and beautifully thought out. The owners were friendly and welcoming , but never intrusive , and there were very thoughtful touches throughout the property . We honestly did not want to leave !

Most beautiful views and so relaxing. Welcome gifts were lovely and we had the most incredible time!

An outstanding cottage in a fantastic location. Standard of furnishing and facilities are second to none. Would return tomorrow if we could.

We absolutely loved our stay at Smugglers. A fantastic place to relax, unwind and get away from it all with all the little touches of luxury you could want. We just wished we could have stayed for longer!

A wonderful home from home. Can’t wait to stay at Smugglers again soon!

Top quality furnishing, it was like been at your own home.

It truly is fantastic. Very well thought out, perfect for couples and dog owners! Sue and Steve are lovely owners who genuinely want you to have a lovely time and enjoy the area. We felt extremely safe there and the guide book was excellent and very informative. Lovely little touches around the retreat from the dog treats to toiletries, welcome basket in the fridge and dog paddock! Can’t wait to go back!

Lovely hosts, not at all intrusive very respectful of your privacy if that’s what you want. But they are more than happy to help in any way if you need them.

The cottage and welcome far outweighed our expectations. Everything to the highest quality and every gadget we could think of was there!

We loved Smugglers and so did our 2yr lab Ralph. Lots of love and thought had obviously gone into the design and set up of the property, everything we could possibly have needed was there. I have a reputation in the family for picking holiday spots that are a little off the beaten track and Smugglers definitely fits that bill! Saying that, it is only a short drive to the village where we enjoyed a fantastic Sunday roast in front of the log fire at the village pub as recommended by Sue the owner when she warmly welcomed us on Friday afternoon. I only wish we had the same windows at home as they have at Smugglers as they kept out any whisper of the gale blowing outside leaving us all warm and cosy whereas at home our curtains move with the draughts!!

One of the nicest places we've ever stayed. Everything was immaculately clean and tidy, everything in working order, nigh on flawless throughout! We'll definitely be returning.

'This retreat is a true slice of heaven. The extra touches made all the difference. We will book again and again. Pub was a great recommendation. Frank loved his first doggy holiday and trip'- November 2021

'Smugglers is the perfect place to relax and unwind. It has everything you need and more!' - October 2021

'Smugglers fulfilled all our wishes for peace, tranquility, clean air, nature and views you would stare at all day. It's the perfect getaway from our busy lives. It's the ideal property to take a breather and re-charge. We enjoyed the hot tub, lounging in the garden and the very comfortable bed!' - August 2021

'Thank you for everything Sue and Steve! What a fantastic location. We were blown away by the fabulous little gem you've made here! We enjoyed the evening views from the amazing hot tub. We had some lovely walks sraight from the front door - we weren't able to fit them all in, but will just have to come back!' July 2021

'Beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife. Been a pleasure to have quality downtime in such a wonderful setting. Great attention to detail, Sue and Steve really have hit the mask with aim of high-end but comfortable. Perfectly dog friendly with its enclosed garden and paddock, although Mozzy really was fascinated with the balls of wool moving around adjacent fields! All in all, bloomin' lovely week.' - June 2021

'What a wonderful place to stay. Pergact to relax and chill. Smugglers has everything you need.Lovely walks on the moor with the dogs. It was so nice that the dogs were looked after too with all the thoughtful doggie bits and treats. The views were fantastic what ever the weather! We enjoyed our stay so much we have already booked for next year' - May 2021

'We love our UK breaks but this was probably our best ever. What a view! It's basically paradise. We loved the hot tub, the fire, the bed, the shower, the bath, the view, the well-equipped kitchen, the super comfy living room, the welcome goodies, the toiletries, Padstow, Polzeath, Padstow beer and gin...The whole shebang was perfect and we really hope to return one day. It really does have everything and we will miss it madly. Loads of memories made, for which we are eternally grateful!' - April 2021

'An amazing cottage in a beautiful place. We had a lovely week doing lots of walking. The hot tub was a great exoerience, we will be back' - October 2020

'We absolutely loved our stay at Smugglers. A fantastic place to relax, unwind and get away from it all with all the little touches of luxury you could want. We just wished we could have stayed for longer!' - October 2020

'An absolutely outstanding property in a beautiful and relaxing place' - September 2020

'Amazing! What a truly magical place you have created - thank you for allowing us to enjoy the peace and tranquility. The views, the hot tub, the coffee machine - all fabulous and make Smugglers a unique and beautiful place to stay. We can't wait to come back' - September 2020

'What a wonderful place, a very special place. Top quality furnishing, it was like been at your own home. Many thanks' - August 2020

'It truly is fantastic. Very well thought out, perfect for couples and dog owners! Sue and Steve are lovely owners who genuinely want you to have a lovely time and enjoy the area. We felt extremely safe there and the guide book was excellent and very informative. Lovely little touches around the retreat from the dog treats to toiletries, welcome basket in the fridge and dog paddock! Can’t wait to go back!' - August 2020

'Thank you so much for having us! We have had a fantastic time relaxing in your beautiful lodge. The sun has shone down on us for our honeymoon and we will never forget the memories we have made here. Our adventures to Padstow for takeaway cream teas, walks in the cool morning up Alex Tor, watching the swallows fledge, sheep being sheared, relaxing in the hot tub, sunning in the garden, dinner from Peckish fish and chips! The peace and quiet has been perfect and we got home relaxed and refreshed. Thanks again for your kindness and we look forward to coming back soon!' - August 2020

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