Merlin Farm

Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
+44 (0)1637 860236

Green and serene, a striking array of eco cottages on a family farm where style and comfort reign, close to the coast but far from the crowd


3 places


Sleeping from 2 – 6

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Merlin Farm is a real family affair: Darrel designed it, Lucy runs it; Darrel’s father David painted the seascape canvases in the cottages. Even the animals get stuck in with making visitors feel as welcome as possible: much-loved Horace the donkey will willingly pose for a groom, while the chickens will potter happily at your feet in exchange for a handful of corn.Anyone who still holds on to the idea that ‘eco’ and ‘green’ are synonymous with a hair-shirt approach to life has not had the good fortune to stay here. Wondrously transformed from derelict barns, these stunning loft-like ‘cottages’, divided for privacy by high willow fences, are kitted out with the best of everything and completed with the lightest of impacts.Energy is generated by the farm using solar panels, geothermal and underfloor heating and they even provide an area for rinsing sandy wetsuits after your day out at the coast – there are five beaches within five miles. 

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We think you'll love

  • Serious eco credentials and gorgeous countryside
  • A short walk from a sandy beach
  • Much of Cornwall within a 20-minute drive
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You should know

  • The long lane up to the farm can get a bit pot-holey from time to time
  • Just 3 miles from Newquay Airport


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: Availability w/c 1, 5, 12 & 26 November. Dogs welcome. Miles of coastal & countryside walks from the doorstep. Also availability at Christmas & New Year.

Booking information

Check in
From 5pm
Check out
By 9am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 4 nights on weekdays. 7 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Meal delivery and private chef service on demand.


Nightly price
from £50
Weekly price
from £285
Damage deposit
Daymer - £50, Treyarnon - £100, Eco Cottage - £150
1 Cottage for 2
From £501 bed1 bedroom
1 Cottage for 4
From £1343 beds2 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 6
From £1344 beds3 bedrooms



Wonderful place yet again. I just came back from a lovely Mon-Fri break in Harlyn eco cottage. It was peaceful, beautiful and calm, just what I wanted for a few days break with my old dog Alfie. I love staying there to really have time at the beach and to relax. Lucy and her husband are great hosts. The cottages are stunning. This was my second time staying and I am going back again. From the cottages you can see all manner of animals and birds of prey. It is just wonderful...This place really does have a piece of my heart. Highly recommended.

Marie, Devon

A luxury eco cottage perfect for families with small children. We loved it. Perfect location, fully equipped and couldn’t have asked for more for a relaxing break for all the family. Thank you

Alison, Northwich

Just returned from a week staying in the Daymer as a solo trip. The weather was dreadful in the main but the studio and welcome couldn’t be faulted. It was quiet with lovely views over the fields and hills but an easy distance from Mawgan Porth and the beach. Everything I needed was supplied and it was warm and cosy - much needed with the rain and gales. Quite atmospheric at night! Lucy went above and beyond as I left something I needed for work the next week and she kindly sent me photos of the information I needed! I hope I’m able to return when it’s a bit warmer but thank you Lucy and Darre

Steph, Bromsgrove

We had a fantastic holiday here, I don't think I could have improved it. We stayed in a beautiful cottage that was perfect for our 2 year old and 10 month old. It was all on one level with an enclosed garden which gave us complete peace of mind. The walk to the beach isn't too long and Mawgan Porth itself is a gorgeous beach and it has everything you need without being too big. The owners are very friendly and we really appreciated the small touches like donkey grooming for the little ones, a small play area and fresh eggs. Will definitely come again.


This place will make your heart sing. Stunning views, a path through woods on a short walk to the beach or to the pub in St Mawgan (or both). Merlin is a family farm and the hosts are genuinely welcoming, going out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. Our cottage for 2 (Daymer Studio) was superb - wood burner, wooden/Cornish slate floors and high quality furnishings. We went for 2 weeks in December for rest and recuperation. Can't recommend it highly enough. We plan to return in 2014.


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The neighbourhood

The cottages sit side by side overlooking the Vale of Lanherne (lots of walks) and fields where the ponies live. The farm is brilliantly tucked away, though the nearest shops are just a quarter of a mile’s ramble from the front door. The walk to Mawgan Porth beach is very manageable, even with tots in tow, or hop in the car and it’s a mere 10 minute-drive to Watergate Bay.

Local points of interest from Lucy Wheeler

  • 10 mins walk to Mawgan Porth Beach plus Beautiful Countryside and Coastal walks direct from the farm. There are 5 beaches within 5 miles!
  • Less than 10 mins drive (3.6 miles) to Watergate Bay. Padstow, Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant & Cookery School less than 20 mins drive (8 miles) . Or dine in and take advantage of our meal delivery service.
  • Enjoy some 'me time' with 2 Day Spa's within 15 minutes walk from the farm or enjoy spa treatments in the comfort of your cottage.
  • Enjoy the dark skies, the Milky Way can be viewed right on our doorstep at the cliffs of Bedruthan.
  • Approx 30 mins drive to The Eden Project (18 miles)
  • Everywhere in Cornwall is within a day trip of Merlin Farm !


Lucy Wheeler

The Wheelers moved to Merlin Farm as a family in 2003; the eco cottages came along six years later. Architect Darrel designed the loft-like buildings and wife Lucy runs the show. Passionate about leaving as little an impact on the environment as possible, the duo devised all the green features and even generate their own electricity – get them talking about all things eco (or where to find the best cream tea), or text for recommendations.