Gillan Creek Retreat

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Exterior with hot tub (added by manager 01 Feb 2023)
Site with hot tub and barbecue lodge (added by manager 01 feb 2023)
Exclusive use of the whole meadow, 8 of an acre (added by manager 02 feb 2023)
Shepherd's hut (added by manager 01 feb 2023)

  • Luxurious, adults-only shepherd’s hut on Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula
  • A 15-minute drive to Flambards Theme Park and Kennack Sands Beach
  • Dog-friendly retreat on a private meadow; hot tub and barbecue hut
When only luxury and total privacy will do, head for Gillan Creek Retreat on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. Tucked neatly into a private tree-shaded meadow, it’s just the spot for a romantic, adults-only getaway from the realities of everyday life. Set in the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the retreat is the ultimate in off-grid glamping glamour – not that you’d know it, as the shepherd’s hut has a hot power shower, flushing toilet and wifi, all powered by solar panels, and fresh water from a borehole nearby. Inside the shepherd’s hut is a king-size four-poster bed, with storage underneath and Egyptian cotton bedding provided. There are complimentary toiletries in the ensuite bathroom, and the kitchenette has a fridge, gas hob and all cooking essentials. On chilly evenings, the woodburning stove keeps you toasty warm, with top-up logs available for a small charge. Next to the hut is the woodfired hot tub, lovely for chilling, listening out for the hooting of tawny owls or star-gazing on clear nights. The Hobbit-style barbecue lodge is for your private use, so you can cook no matter what the weather is doing outside. After a day of exploring, laze on the hammock with a book or listen to the gentle burbling of the creek. Your nearest neighbours are some friendly chickens, safety fenced from any doggy guests, and if you’re lucky, you might spot the deer herd that sometimes visits the meadow.

Site type

Lodges, cabins, pods or huts 1
Open all year
Please note
  • No hen/stag parties permitted via
  • The site only allows dogs up to 12kg.
  • Guests under the age of 18 are not allowed on site.
  • Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via
  • No naked flames are allowed inside the hired accommodation units.

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house Cycle hire Evening entertainment Fishing Fitness centre Games room Hot tub Indoor swimming pool Kids' club On-site restaurant/cafe Outdoor swimming pool Play area TV room Take away Tennis Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available Car parking by pitch/unit Composting toilet Dog park Drying room Food shop Free wifi Ice pack freezing Internet access Launderette Parent & baby washroom Pick-up from public transport Picnic table Portable toilet Pub toilets Public telephone Shower available Toilet block Washing-up area Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly Motorcycle friendly Single-sex groups welcome Student groups welcome


Adults only Barbecue provided Barbecues allowed Campfires allowed Commercial vehicles allowed Dogs allowed Dogs allowed all year


Luxury Peaceful Remote location Wildlife haven


Charging facilities Chemical disposal Electric car charging point(s) Gas cylinders available Recycling available Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby Dog walk nearby


Tiny (1-10 pitches)


Disabled facilities

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby Cycle hire nearby Cycling nearby Fishing nearby Golf nearby Horse riding nearby Leisure/theme park nearby Restaurant nearby Sailing nearby Surf school nearby Tennis nearby Watersports nearby


Gillan Creek Retreat

The Old Chapel House


St. Martin




TR12 6DS



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Route directions

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Nearest transport

6.6 mi Seven Stars
6.6 mi Blue Anchor
6.8 mi The Moor B
6.4 mi Penmere Rail Station
6.6 mi Falmouth Town Rail Station
7 mi Falmouth Docks Rail Station
2.1 mi Helford Village Ferry Landing
2.4 mi Helford Passage Ferry Landing
6.9 mi Falmouth Custom House Quay
17.4 mi Penzance Airport
23.6 mi Land's End St Just Airport
27.1 mi Newquay St Mawgan Airport

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Gillan Creek Retreat is handy for exploring Cornwall’s beaches and coves. Kynance Cove (25 minutes’ drive) has a white sand beach backed by dramatic red-and-green cliffs, and you can walk over to Asparagus Island at low tide. Mullion Cove (20 minutes) has a tiny sliver of beach in the harbour, and novice surfers can head for sheltered Kennack Sands (15 minutes) when other beaches are too windy to get out on the waves. Hikers access the South West Coast Path at Porthleven (20 minutes) for views of the Cornish coastline, and for shorter strolls, Trebah Garden (half an hour) has miles of footpaths through exotic planting and countless secret corners for picnics à deux. Or how about walking across the bay from Marazion (35 minutes, worth a visit for its art galleries) to St Michael’s Mount? Be sure to check tide times before you set off. As well as adrenaline rides, Flambards Theme Park has indoor attractions like the Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz, and if you’re a bit of an animal nut, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary (both 15 minutes) is home to sea lions and penguins as well as Cornwall’s native grey seals.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Porthallow 2.7 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Coverack 3.4 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Porthoustock 3.4 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Kennack Sands 4.3 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Maenporth 4.6 mi Sea N/A Good Good Good

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

Trebah Garden 3 mi

National Seal Sanctuary 3.6 mi

Flambards 5.6 mi

National Maritime Museum Cornwall 6.9 mi

Pendennis Castle 7 mi

National Trust

Glendurgan Garden 2.9 mi

Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool 7.1 mi

St Anthony Head 8.6 mi

Godolphin 10.6 mi

Trelissick Garden 11.4 mi

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.


Helford - St. Anthony-in-Meneage - Gillan Creek - Manaccan 1.8 mi


TREBAH 2.7 mi



Local events

  • Boardmasters (Wednesday 7 August 2024 – Wednesday 7 August 2024)

    Newquay, Cornwall 25.9 mi

  • Eden Sessions (Wednesday 12 June 2024 – Wednesday 12 June 2024)

    Par, Cornwall 26.8 mi

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

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Want to know more about camping in Cornwall?

  • Does Gillan Creek Retreat have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Gillan Creek Retreat dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Gillan Creek Retreat? Gillan Creek Retreat is handy for exploring Cornwall’s beaches and coves. Kynance Cove (25 minutes’ drive) has a white sand beach backed by dramatic red-and-green cliffs, and you can walk over to … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Gillan Creek Retreat?
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Gillan Creek Retreat? From £120 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.