We had a muddy garden and too many VW’s which we didn’t want to sell but couldn’t afford to let just rot on the lawn. VW’s like to be used. I also wanted to spend summers at home working on the house and garden rather than in my blacksmith workshop from where too many summers have passed me by.
Inspired by the many local friends who have joined the AirBnB revolution we decided that the garden had to work for the vans and the vans could work to fund their own maintenance and restoration. So with help from Andy from AP Paving we dug up half the garden and put hard-standing in its place and then, taking advantage of permitted development rules, proceeded to relocate some of the sheds and build a new mini barn to house one of the vans. The garden has always had mains drainage, water and electric which meant that we could also provide an outside shower and toilet and allow the campers to be entirely independent.
The ‘Yarden’ was born.
We then realised that it would be great to offer yoga breaks to combine Lucy’s passion for her work with the project. Lucy, always one for a pun came up with YogairBnB.
How far have we got?
Well it was a bigger project than we at first though so our dreams of being ready for last summer were not realised.
Work had to halt for the winter season as I makes stoves for a living and so have been incredibly busy at the Forge and there is now the added complication of some MOT work I started on our own camper (Plan B) has turned into a complete front end overhaul with the result that Dutch has no barn to live in. So its likely that only Westy will be available for Easter but we will be fully up and running in time for summer.
What are we offering?
We have two cosy VW campervans in their own Yarden. They both suit singles or couples. Westy also has a large bunk in the roof so can also accommodate 1 or two children. Dutch has the barn as he has no cooker so cooking facilities are in the barn. Westy has a roll out awning, so they both have outside shelter should the summer be ‘British’.
The Yarden has a small utility room with washing machine, a large sink drainer, a toilet and a shower.
We are positioned right on the main road into St Ives. the beautiful Carbis Bay beach is a 5 minute walk straight down the hill and St Ives town is a 25 minute walk along the stunning SW coast path. A 5 minute walk up hill takes you into open countryside with many many miles of beautiful footpaths to explore.
There is a village store and a Tescos a short walk in either direction, and Carbis Bay train station is just down the hill so you needn’t even bring a car. However if you do come by car, there is usually plenty of on-road parking around the village or our next door neighbors are happy to offer off road parking for £5/day.
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What's happening at the Wayside
Yoga breaks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, staying in 2 charming VW campers with private yoga lessons from senior Iyengar Yoga teacher, Lucy Aldridge.