| sleeps 8 | friday change | cot available | luxury | disabled access
Experience the ultimate eco-friendly self-catering holiday.
Words don't do it justice – you really have to see it. It's earthy and organic, almost as if it might have grown out of the ground.
Wherever you look, there's something to capture your attention, like the huge, timber beams, which make up the structure of the cottage and are hundreds of years old, the vibrant décor and specially commissioned handcrafted artwork. Almost all the furnishings are either environmentally friendly and/or recycled and locally sourced.
The name, Lowen, stands for ‘low energy’ – but it’s also Cornish for happy. It's a zero carbon, energy self-sufficient house. It uses energy from the sun and ground to provide electricity, heating and hot water for guests. And it also sends surplus electricity back to the grid.
The living space is perfect for families or groups of friends. Downstairs, it’s open plan, with huge windows offering beautiful views down the valley towards the woods. Facing south, the light filters in throughout the day, making the living space wonderfully inviting.
The kitchen is large and bright with a range of luxury fittings, including a huge American style fridge and a granite worktop.
On the ground floor there's a twin bedroom and a king size bedroom with a shared wet room. The first floor has a super king bedroom with zip-link beds (can be made into twin beds) with en-suite bathroom plus shower and another double bedroom with en-suite shower room.
Outside, there's is a sheltered patio with outdoor furniture and a fire pit perfect for al fresco group get-togethers. There’s a hot tub in the garden with glorious views over the fields in the day and perfect and of the star-strewn sky at night. Indoors, you’ll find Sky TV and 42” LED wall-mounted screen – perfect for a group film screening or showing family films and photographs.
And check out the display screen in the hallway – you can see how much energy is being produced and used at any time.
Best for: Large families or groups of friends looking for a totally different self-catering holiday experience.
Please note: A deposit of £200 is required upon arrival to mitigate against misuse of or damage to our hot tub (which has to be drained and refilled if abused) - this is fully refundable on departure if no damage is incurred.
If you'd like to find out more about how we built Lowen and sourced the materials, you can read our build diary and download our Lowen key facts pdf here.
"Grand Designs eat your heart out – you really missed out on this one!! Brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed, Lowen is a masterpiece. From absolutely sumptuous beds to the quirky furniture, we loved it all and immediately felt at home from the minute we crossed the threshold. The attention to detail is fantastic and you feel the house is “working” while you sleep. Pat and Dave are wonderful hosts, full of information and advice and they obviously work very hard to keep Bosinver in such great condition – it is a great tribute to them and their staff. This is really our first time holidaying in Cornwall and we will return to both Cornwall and Bosinver, if we can. Thank you so much for helping to make my 60th so memorable. "