Badgers Sett is in a central location within easy reach of both the A38 and A30 trunk roads making it a good base to explore many parts of Cornwall. Both the north and south coasts are only a short drive away, offering stunning scenery, adventurous activities and picturesque villages. Amenities such as pubs (London Inn, Crows Nest Inn and The Plough) and shops are available in the near by villages of St Cleer(2 miles), Dobwalls(3.5 miles) and St Neot(1.5 miles) and major supermarkets are in Liskeard (just 5 miles). Many major attractions are easily accessible including National Trust properties, gardens, and family adventure parks. We are also ideally situated for walking, birdwatching, fishing, cycling, astonomy and many more activities! Many walks are available directly from the cottages with a footpath even passing through the gardens and we are location in the Bodmin Moor International Dark Sky Landscape. Maybe you are attending a wedding at Trevenna Barns or Carnglaze Caverns and are looking for a short break or the opportunity to combine the event with a holiday. Badgers Sett is ideally located for  both venues. 

On the Edge of Bodmin Moor

Badgers Sett is situated in the tiny hamlet of  Draynes in the stunning River Fowey valley on the edge of Bodmin Moor just north of Liskeard, surrounded by farmland and accessed by winding country lanes. This area offers some of the most attractive scenery in Cornwall and has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are also within the International Dark Sky Landscape and can offer astronomers a great location to see the night sky.

The villages of St Neot (1.5 miles), St Cleer (2 miles) and Dobwalls(2.5 miles) offer pubs and small village shops with a farm shop. The London Inn in St Neot, the Crows Nest Inn in Darite and The Plough in Duloe all offer a good range of pub food.  The town of Liskeard is only 10 minutes away by car offering a wider range of shops, Morrisons and Aldi supermarkets, main-line railway station and other amenities. Bodmin is just 10 miles away and also offers a range of larger supermarkets and facilities.

Sterts Theatre and Arts Centre is "the theatre on Bodmin Moor" offering everything from the Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival to Shakespeare.

Golitha Falls

Get Active!

Badgers Sett is surrounded by outstanding and varied walking countryside. Adjacent to the cottages is the Two Valleys Walk which follows part of the River Fowey and covers farmland, open moorland and forest. And less than a mile away is the idyllic Golitha Falls where the river flows through a steeply sided wooded valley in a series of spectacular cascades.

At Siblyback Lake Country Park (2 miles away) visitors can enjoy wakeboarding, sailing, a Segway adventure, rainbow trout angling and much, much more! Other nearby lakes, rivers, and coastal destinations offer other watersports (Cornwall is famous for surfing) and fishing opportunities.

For birdwatchers Cornwall is rich with opportunities for both migratory and coastal birds. We have several locations nearby including Golitha Falls, Colliford Lake, Dozmary Pool and Lower Tamar Lake. To the north, Tintagel and Polzeath are well known as rich Atlantic coastal birdwatching sites.

For those wishing to go fishing Siblyback Lake, Colliford Lake and Bake Lakes offer a variety of coarse and fly fishing in beautiful locations. Fishing is also available on the River Fowey within a mile of Badgers Sett.

The Caradon Trail offers some good off-road cycling as does the Camel Trail. The lanes around Badgers Sett are quiet for those who want to just explore the local area. Cycle hire is available at several places locally for those unable to bring their own bikes.

There are at least eight golf courses within a 20 mile radius of Badgers Sett. These include St. Mellion, home to the first European course personally designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Lanhydrock House and Gardens

Major Attractions

Some of Cornwall's largest tourist attractions are within easy reach of Badges Sett, all offering a great day out for the whole family:

  • The Eden Project (35 minutes by car) is a "top eco visitor attraction" boasting the "world's largest rainforest in captivity, stunning gardens and world-class sculptures".
  • The famous Lost Gardens of Heligan (50 minutes by car) claims to be "The Nation's Favourite Garden".
  • Crealy Adventure Park (45 minutes by car) is a theme park with rides, animals and much more!
  • Trethorne Leisure Park (30 minutes by car) offers a range of indoor and outdoor activities for a great family day out whatever the weather.
  • Tintagel Castle (50 minutes by car) is the reputed birthplace of King Arthur. As well as being steeped in legend and mystery, the site offers dramatic views out to sea.
  • National Trust property Lanhydrock (20 minutes by car) – a magnificent late Victorian country house with gardens and woodland.
  • National Trust property Cotehele (25 minutes by car) – beautiful house, gardens and grounds in the Tamar Valley with excellent walks through the woods to the river.
Looe

Places to Explore

The area surrounding Badgers Sett boasts numerous monuments from thousands of years of Cornish history, from the Hurlers Stone Circles that date back around 4000 years, to the relics of the Caradon Mining District that forms part of an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Badgers Sett is also ideally situated for touring Cornwall's rugged Atlantic coastline and the more gentle southern shores – the picturesque fishing ports of Looe and Polperro are only 12 miles to the south and both coastlines offer fantastic beaches.

Villages such as Boscastle and Port Isaac on the north coast are a short distance and make a relaxing day out in a charming and picturesque environment. The buzz of Padstow offers a combination of a working fishing port with many fine shops to explore and restaurants to sample. There is also Prideaux Place at Padstow, the home of the German language films and TV series from the Rosamunde Pilcher books. The famous Lands End peninsular is just over an hours drive and a popular destination for many of our visitors.

The cities of Plymouth (40 minutes by car) and Truro (one hour by car), and the seaside resort of Newquay (45 minutes by car) offer numerous attractions including the National Marine Aquarium, Cornwall's biggest zoo, countless historic buildings & museums, and excellent shopping.

News & Events

What's on in Cornwall

Cornwall always has many fairs, concerts, country shows and a variety of cultural events taking place at any one time. The following all provide listings:

Bodmin Moor Designated a Dark Sky Landscape 

Bodmin Moor has been designated an “International Dark Sky Landscape” by the International Dark-Sky Association. This reflects the incredible quality of the dark night sky over the moor, a commitment to educational outreach and efforts to avoid light pollution.  Badgers Sett is located within the Dark Sky area and welcomes astronomers. More details are available at www.cornwall.gov.uk/darksky.