The Wild-de-go | Cabin in Cornwall | Canopy & Stars

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The Wild-de-go - Cabin in Cornwall

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Avast! Nautical-themed adventure awaits in this rustic, grass-roofed houseboat. Look out over the pond from your private hot tub...

Live a wild life! Shower alfresco after a long soak in the hot tub under the stars by the deck of your land-locked boat.

Owners Ivan and Emma tell us they bought this old 1920’s Isles of Scilly day tripper boat off an old pirate in North Cornwall for just two hundred and fifty gold coins. Of course, that tired shipwreck is far removed from the wonderful retreat that now sits in a secluded secret garden down from the main house, hidden behind the ‘magic gate’.

The Wild-de-go has gone through a complete makeover without losing any of her natural rustic charm, leaving all the original portholes, exposed beams and ribs of the boat all around you. She’s been fitted out with an insulated grass roof and a few luxuries like the fold away TV have been sneaked in. Ivan himself hand crafted all the repurposed wooden surfaces.

Inside, it's cool in the summer and surprisingly snug in the winter thanks to a toasty wood burner, under bed heater and extra electric heater. A suitably littoral beach hut loo and outdoor (but hot!) shell-shaped shower are both just steps away, and best of all, a private wood-fired hot tub is sunken into the surrounding timber decking - admire the pond from there and watch the resident ducks paddling around! Just arrange hire with Emma and Ivan before you arrive and they'll set up everything for you.

If you’re looking for choppier waters, you’re in the right place; Bude is 5 miles away with its sandy beaches, and great surfing at Widemouth Bay is just down the road. The Tamar Lakes are even closer and offer good walking and cycling, and the North Cornwall coast stretches out for miles of exploring.

Our guests say...

Lovely place to unwind. A cute boat with lots of character. For a mum and daughter combo, it worked a treat. Hot tub under the stars, shower in the sun - what more could you ask for!



Absolutely loved everything about the Wild-de-go. The hot tub really made our stay - it was so lovely to use it for a few hours each night - perfect in the rain too! Couldn't have enjoyed our stay more!



We had a wonderful, relaxing couple of nights staying on the Wild-de-Go. It's a beautiful place, tucked away in a private corner and surrounded by nature. We loved the hot tub and the outdoor shower. The boat is rustic, perhaps 'shabby chic', and that was perfect for us. The hosts couldn't have done more to make us feel welcome - they were happy to help. The only slightly downside was the height inside - my husband kept banging his head!



Myself and my partner chose this to celebrate our 4 year Anniversary together. We normally wouldn't chose something like this but we are glad we was amazing! From when we arrived to when we left we couldn't of asked for anything better, from the BBQ to make s'mores to the toasty hot tub for a soak. Even though it is on there land we didn't feel overlooked or we were intruding on them. It was truly amazing.



Absolutely amazing place to stay, Ivan was very nice and welcoming. We made full use of the hot tub which was outstanding, Hope to visit again!.



A brief escape from a mad world of medicine, self building a house and 3 growing boys.... Some time to enjoy each other's company, reflect on 15 years of marriage and contemplate what's next. We love quirky & unique without travelling too far (3 hrs from home) We loved the solitude, the boat was very comfy, we loved the shabby chic and the decor was lovely: subtle hints of romantic at every turn. The outdoor shower was invigorating and the hot tub just divine... We were in and out of it all evening.. 'Just a bit longer'.. Our hosts were lovely, happy to help and offer information but not at all intrusive. We did a fantastic coastal walk from Crackington Haven to Boscastle-not for the feint hearted, and we did get a bus back to the car! ( another 11.5km would have made our relaxing trip much less so). The weather was slightly disappointing, but didn't stop us doing any of the things we wanted to do. We were even able to find some flotsam to add to the hanging display around the hot tub. A fantastic 48 hours and some wonderful memories to add to the bank. Thank you so much Ivan, Emma & Freddie & good luck with all your future ventures X



We had the most wonderful magical special time at the Wild De Go. As soon as you walk through the gate you feel how special this little corner of the world is! The boat is charming, and perfectly decorated, with everything you need for a couple to get away from it all and have a quiet & stress-free weekend. The bed is comfy and a good size. There is seating inside the boat and outside on deck, as well as chairs outside on the decking. There's a BBQ to use with fire lighters & wood provided. The hot tub is HOT and so very relaxing to sit in on an afternoon and then again to watch the night stars. The boat was nice and warm too - though we were very lucky to have gorgeous weather all weekend. The outside loo is a normal flushable toilet and subtle night lighting means this isn't a chore in the early hours. The shower is warm and a great experience to hear the birds and have a lovely bee buzz past as I was washing my hair! The feel of the place is something special and we couldn't recommend it enough. Go have a wonderful time there, leave a memory to dangle in the trees with the others, and promise yourselves you'll return one day, just as we have.


Chris Watson

We loved the quirkiness of the boat and it was a very comfortable night's sleep. Lots of reclaimed materials have been put to great use. The hot tub exceeded expectations and was lovely and hot for a long soak!



We had a super time staying at Wild-De-Go over Easter. Even the mixture of weather, including Storm Katie, didn't distract from our enjoyment, in fact, it rather added to it. Ivan and Emma have done a wonderful job on providing quirky, shabby chic accommodation, which was very comfortable. The hot tub was most enjoyable - even in the rain, although I did wear a shower cap! Ivan and Emma made great hosts and we can't wait to return.



Fantastic, loved every minute - hosts very helpful but unobtrusive - accommodation very clean - nice, peaceful & relaxing



Magical, in a word. Wild-de-go is enchanting, luring you into a sense of tranquility and total relaxation from the moment you step through the gate. We got lucky with the sunshine and clear skies, spending quite some time in the evening star gazing at the thousands of abundant stars peppered throughout the dark skies as they sparkled so clearly. The bed was extremely comfortable, making it easy to drift off into blissful sleep with nothing except the sound of nature and the odd croaking frog (who we thought sounded like a snoring duck). Even going to the beach hut loo in the middle of the night felt somehow romantic, as you followed the rope light, and admired the twinkling skies before heading back into the cosy bed. The little log fire was so cute; didn't take long to light, and once going warmed up the cosy living and kitchen area perfectly. The kitchen area, cooking and storage facilities were more than adequate, providing us with everything we needed to store, cook and make drinks. The sun streamed into the breakfast bar in the morning, making it a lovely setting for breakfast. The wood fired hot tub is not to be missed, nor the Al fresco shower with blue skies.



Amazing enchanting stay at The Wild-de-Go. Emma and Ivan bent over backwards to make our stay enjoyable.



Me and my girlfriend stayed this weekend and loved every minute. It was all so well done and very refreshing with the outdoor shower and toilet. The hot tub was magical with a glass of wine on a cold febuary evening. I would recommend it to anyone.



The Wild - de - go is a little peice of paradise in Cornwall. If you are debating staying here, dont, just go. You won't regret it. The boat is designed with such taste and every little detail has been thought out. There is plenty to do and see in the local areas also.



It was perfect just what my boyfriend and I needed. A fantastic start to the new year. We were welcomed by Ivan and showed around the area and then left to it. Was in a lovely romantic setting with lots of little quirks to catch the eye. The outdoor shower was wonderfully refreshing even if it was raining. We went to local pubs and enjoyed blustery walks on the beach in Bude. The Swedish hot tub was well stoked and worth the wait for it to warm up. We enjoyed the stay and would defiantly go back.



We really enjoyed our stay! Despite the bad weather it didn't affect our stay and we still went in the hot tub every night! Ivan and Emma were very helpful, they were always there if we needed anything such as extra wood for the fire. Highly recommend staying here!



We have just returned from a four night stay at the Wild De Go near Bude and we had the most amazing time on this snug boat, tucked away in its own private garden. Ivan and Emma were fantastic hosts and went out of their way to make the stay as welcoming as possible. The boat itself is lovely and warm (even in December!) and the outdoor shower is a quirky, refreshing change from the norm! We enjoyed our visit so much that we have already booked another weekend in April for my birthday treat and I'm already looking forward to champagne in the hot tub! Thank you again Kathryn and Lee (Oxford)



My husband and I stayed at the Wild-de-go last week, it was a lovely stay and our hosts were very nice, they made us feel very welcome and were incredibly helpful when we needed them. The boat was very cosy, perfect for a couple but probably not room for anymore that that. We both felt that the property was probably more suited to a summer visit but still very much enjoyed our stay.



Such a quaint well presented little space. We loved the tranquillity and peacefulness. Warm and cosy.


Lindy & Gerry

We had a lovely stay, the first night we were a bit cold but we were given extra blankets and a heater the next day which made our stay lovely and cosy. A great experience to stay and the hot tub was awesome!



The stillness of the location and no-fuss nature of the Wild-de-go made it the perfect place to reflect on our wedding. The hosts were pleasant and made us feel at home.



Simply wonderful. It was the ideal location for my wife and I to be able to relax and unwind immedaitely after our wedding! Would definitely recommend it to anyone who is after a little peace and quiet and would certainly return!



It was fantastic. It was very relaxed and the owners were wonderful, helping us out when we needed it and giving us plenty of space the rest of the time.



The wild-de-go was amazing and totally romantic, the getaway that I was hoping for.



We had a lovely two nights on the wild-de-go. The hot tub was brilliant and relaxing and the whole place very cosy and beautifully done up. It felt like a very special magical place.



Wonderful thank-you. Lovely space and incredible hot tub!



it was perfect, it exceeded all expectations. Romantic, peaceful, magical place, with hot tub being an inspirational addition. Ivan and Emma delightful, it was a weekend of simple pleasure, well worth the money it cost, very good value



We had the most amazing time...thank you to Emma and Ivan for sharing your special little boat with us.



Absolutely loved it, the boat had everything we needed & more, the bedroom was snug & comfy and the hot tub was just the icing on the cake. Ivan & Emma were lovely and made sure we had everything we needed. Totally private so we could have the best romantic getaway, just wished we had longer!



We had the most magical stay. It was incredible, so beautiful & peaceful. Everything we could have wished for, it really isn't a stay you will forget in a hurry. We want to go back already.



We had a lovely stay at the Wild de Go - it was such a cosy, cute, quirky place to stay. We felt like we were from Sylvanian Families! The hot tub was fab - we couldn't believe how hot it got and how long the heat lasted!



Had a really lovely stay,friendly welcome ,beautiful location,the boat is cosy and unique and the hot tub was great.



We had the most amazing weekend. A magical boat situated in beautiful surroundings. Everything we hoped for and more. Emma and Ivan were superb hosts, catering for any needs or request that we had. Hot tub, peace and quiet, fairy lights, we were in heaven. 100% blown away, we will most definitely return.



We really enjoyed our time on this beautifully designed house boat. Ivan was a wonderful host who was waiting for us to arrive. Upon arrival the hot tub was already heating up ready for use. We would love to come back one day as it was such a lovely break.



We absolutely loved our three days at Wild-de-go. It was so quirky, so quiet and so beautiful. The hot tub was brilliant (we used it twice) and just sat back drinking wine and looking at the stars (something of a rarity living in London!). It was so close to the beaches and other parts of Cornwall that we had a few day trips to more beautiful places. It was also great fun - we loved having to be ingenuious in cooking on the Belling cooker! The outdoor shower was great! It was so freeing



Lovely remote location with easy access to shops and local attractions. Clean, comfy and cozy accommodation with the added extra of the hot tub which was great!



Lovely, romantic place to stay with everything you could want on the boat. A lovely get away.



The Wild-de-go is just beautiful, definately not made for tall people as we did hit our heads a few times, but it was so cute and cosy. It was suprisingly warm when the heating was on, and the blankets and hot water bottles were a nice touch. It was lovely to just be in the middle of nowhere all alone, yet close enough to town. You do need to be able to drive, as the buses aren't frequent and a taxi is around £12 to Bude. But other than that it was fab, the outside toilet was actually okay and the shower was AMAZING! The best shower I have ever had! Would definately go again and recommend it to friends. Ivan was very nice, and picked us up from the bus stop in Bude. We did get lost and missed out on lunch in the pub, thankfully Morrisons breakfast is suprisingly tasty and cheap. Had such a nice time.



What a fantastic little hide-a-way this place is! Ivan and Emma have created a wild little bolt-hole that has been lovingly crafted and thought out, from the beautiful woodwork to the little decorative ornaments throughout. Gazing at the stars with a glass of bubbly in the wood-fired hot tub was just awesome. The lovely hot outdoor shower was surprisingly just had to brave the chilly few steps back to the boat! The boat itself was lovely and cosy with the electric heater, even in Feb. Ivan did a fantastic job of looking after us without us feeling at all like we didn't have complete privacy. It was a good base for us to explore Bude, Boscastle, Tintagel, Port Issac and Padstow - but not wanting to miss out on spending time in the Wild-de-go lazy mornings of tea in giant cups and saucers and toasted bagels were a must! We had a long drive down, but it took no time at all to fully relax.



"We loved being here over Christmas. We had our first Christmas together married and we wouldn't of had it any different. Beautiful spot with a great boat conversion and so quirky and cool.! The price is really good too, great value for money"


Josh & Beth

"Was great! Beautiful place. Lovely hosts. Loads to see and do nearby"



A lovely stay. Ivan was really friendly and attentive. It was fabulous to be surrounded by quiet and the interior of the boat is so quirky and sweet, you can tell a lot of love has gone into making it. Bear in mind that as it's a boat- it can be easy to bump your head if you're really tall like me and my partner! It was a great location and the centre of Bude was only a short drive away.



"It was a surprise for my partners birthday and it did not disappoint. Ivan was just the right amount of attentive but also keeping a low profile so we didn't feel like we were encroaching on someone's land. All the touches, from the log fired hot tub to the hot water bottles were just right.  The setting was secluded and the little boat came with everything required, including a little wood burner. Thank you!"



"The boat was warm and cosy and the host was friendly and welcoming. The hot tub was amazing! It is located in the perfect place as we felt we were very secluded and "away from it all" but could still cycle into town!"



"Ivan was extremely hospitable on arrival. but for the rest of the time we were in our own real world which was perfect. The hot tub was fired up for us and was a fantastic touch even when the weather was windy and wet. The boat was above our expectations, and was beautifully handcrafted an you could tell Ivan and Emma had put a lot of love into it. We instantly felt at home. we were first concerned about the idea of having an outdoor shower but after using it we fell in love with it and agreed it was one of the best showers we have had, because of this we are now looking for other places which have outdoor showers"



"This was a completely new experience for two city dwellers that are use to the smog and noise of the busy working life. This was such a blessing and so peaceful. After venturing down the path we wondered where the boat was but we soon located the owner setting up the Hot Tub for us without us asking.  Then that was it, we were left to our peaceful tranquil stay in what I can only describe as a little slice of heaven. The only noise we heard was that of the local wildlife. This is defiantly a back to basic no mod-cons location and we could tell the owners were very environmentally friendly and were preserving the natural habitat for everyone to enjoy. The open shower and compost loo took some getting use to and won't be for everyone but to be honest we didn't miss a normal indoor shower and toilet at all. The whole place just takes you into another world without phone signal and without all these devices and screens were use to in this modern world and it just takes you back to nature. Trust me this is so refreshing and an ideal getaway for anyone wanting to relieve stress. I will add if you are of the tall disposition as I am then you will find yourself hitting your head a lot but it's a small boat and is to be expected. If your looking for something a bit different on a budget then I would highly recommend this place. Oh yea and before I forget the Hot Tub is amazing, it was quite chilly when we went but we were quite toasty with our cans of cider drinking the night away under the stars. We did have to get out after a while though, Alcohol and really hot water makes you drunk a lot quicker"



"Friendly welcome! Everything was catered for and it was super private!!"



"Had an absolutely lovely time.  Emma and Ivan have a really great set up and have done a great job.  The heavy rain didn't take anything away from how special the old boat next to the ponies and swamp really is. There's a lot to be said about shower outdoors"



"Our stay was incredible!!!The most amazing place I have ever stayed and I cannot believe that a place like that exists.  The boat exceeded our expectations and really make our honeymoon a one of a kind experience."



"It was wonderful. The best thing was the personal service from our host, the fact that we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves, and the wood-fired hot tub!"



"Better than we hoped. A warm welcome from Owner, with boat everything we expected and more.fabulous weather too!"



"It was wonderful a totally magical place that was so much better in real life."



"Very relaxing peaceful location with a well-appointed unusual place to stay.  Well thought through with everything you need for a weekend or few days away."



"Amazing. Best 2 day break we have ever had. Totally unique and inspiring. Like living in a fairy tale"



"I had an amazing time, the place was perfect - a renovated boat with a kitchen and a bed including lovely maritime interior design and nice mod cons. We had a meadow to ourselves and a hot tub, it was real luxury but with an unusual twist. The best thing is I got engaged there! The owner, Ivan even let off fireworks, picked us up and dropped us off and even gave us Champagne, we really couldn't have hoped for a better stay. The communication was first class before hand. The only negative I could possibly think of was that we could only stay one night due to it's popularity!"



"We had the most amazing stay. Absolutely magical place. Ivan the owner was very helpful and friendly. The hot tub was wonderfully relaxing! The boat itself was beautifully done, a total haven. Can't recommend highly enough."



"Loved it! Helped that the weather was also kind to us but Emma and Ivan have created a really beautiful destination that had real charm. Loved everything!"



"Not having sea legs we loved the nautical theme without the need of being afloat. The secret garden was tucked away and private, we had a loo with a view, the bed was cosy and the hull offered the perfect ledge to stand a wine glass on, the cabin beautifully restored and decorated and well equipped. The hot tub lived up to its name. The location was perfect for visiting Bude and the local beaches. We even got to watch George Clarke The Restoration Man while chilling on this perfect restoration."



"We could only stay for one night but it was absolutely perfect, they had thought of every single detail and we couldn't fault anything. Definitely going back in the summer for a few days!"



"It was amazing. The area around the boat was very private. The hot tub was brilliant, even in February. It was a brilliant romantic break, which we have been recommending to everyone!"



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