Carabone. A refuge of good design for kindred souls.

Carabone is not your average holiday home. It’s a sanctuary for people who love natural materials and traditional craftsmanship, cooking on an AGA, and relishing in the warmth of a wood-burner. With modern additions such as ridiculously comfortable organic beds and mattresses from B Corp-certified Naturalmat , revitalised spring-quality water with zero chlorine taste, and a bathroom that is a holistic spa all in itself. You won’t find a television or microwave here, though you will find high-speed internet throughout. If these things resonate with you, we’re certain you’ll love staying at Carabone.

Whether you’re looking to retreat and rejuvenate, or embark on active, children or dog-led adventures, Carabone provides the perfect base. A true home from home for those who thrive on meaningful memories and authentic living in pleasing surroundings.


  • 3 double bedrooms, dressing room, family bathroom upstairs
  • Sitting room with cosy wood-burner, kitchen with AGA, high-speed snug downstairs


  • 9 acres of garden, cherry orchard, fields, a paddling stream and wild Cornish woodland
  • 2 resident donkeys, far-reaching views, absolute quiet at night and incredible starry skies
carabone interior
hanging plant
carabone sink
cottage lounge

O Spring has set off her green fuses,
Down by the Tamar today,
And careless, like tide-marks, the hedges,
Are bursting with almond and may.

Here lie I waiting for old summer,
A red face and straw-coloured hair has he:
I shall meet him on the road from Marazion
And the Mediterranean Sea.

September has flung a spray of rooks
On the sea-chart of the sky,
The tall shipmasts crack in the forest
And the banners of autumn fly.

My room is a bright glass cabin,
All Cornwall thunders at my door,
And the white ships of winter lie
In the sea-roads of the moor.

~ Charles Causley, Cornish poet.

donkeys in field

Carabone. Connect with nature and discover your Cornish soul.

Set on a quiet country lane, just outside the pretty village of Mawgan-in-Meneage, Carabone is in a part of Cornwall that still retains the feel of slower and simpler times. In the early nineteenth century, the Lizard peninsula was notorious for its lawlessness and a renowned haunt of highwaymen and footpads. Though marginally less lawless today, this is still authentic, wild Cornwall.

From the scent of Cornish gorse, heather and the early Bronze Age barrows on Goonhilly Downs, the magical forested landscape around the Helford river, the mystery of Iron Age Halliggye Fogou only two fields away from Carabone as the crow flies, to hidden coves, sheltered fishing harbours and long storm-swept beaches, this is a land that lives on Cornwall time.

carabone cat

Carabone. Fall in love with living here, just as we did.

The original cob part of the cottage dates back to the early 1800s. Carabone has been slowly and sympathetically renovated by Richenda and Ingo since 2014, initially as a much-loved family home and more recently as a holiday cottage for like-minded spirits. Our gentle-souled donkeys, Babar and Fleur, are guardians of the land and have accompanied us every step of the way.

Carabone is a labour of love and still very much evolving. This spring, we inaugurated a very special stone circle with granite sculptures by Danish artist Frede Troelsen in the Donkey Field. We’re replacing the slightly tired cottage roof with authentic slate this autumn, and year by year we’re returning parts of the agricultural land to temperate Celtic rainforest to boost overall biodiversity. With many more exciting plans in the pipeline, do make sure you return for at least a second visit.

richenda walking with chidren
richenda with donkeys


Carabone Cottage, Mawgan-in-Meneage, Cornwall

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