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The important stuff

  • Check in: Prearranged time between 1:30 - 6 pm 
  • Check out: 10 am
  • Check in is strictly between 1:30 - 6pm so the owners can show guests around in daylight. Please arrange the exact time you will arrive at The Lake with the owners in advance of your stay
  • Bed linen provided. Please bring your own towels
  • A rowing boat can be hired for £75 for the duration of your stay. Please arrange this in advance of your stay with payment made directly to the owners upon arrival
  • There is a small Ministry of Defence firing range a couple of miles away, of which the danger area is just over the hill from the container. So please keep an eye out for red flags!
  • Mobile phone signal, although you may have to go up the hill from the container to get reception
  • Bring torches, walking boots, waterproofs and binoculars for birdwatching
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • One double bed


  • Gas oven with 3 hobs and grill
  • Crockery, cutlery, cookware and utensils provided 
  • No electric fridge, however there is a cage which hangs off the jetty to keep items cool 
  • Kettle
  • BBQ available in the summer 


  • Gas-powered hot shower located behind the container with water pumped directly from the lake 
  • Cassette toilet in private hut behind the container
  • Please be aware that the decking from the container to the toilet and shower can get a little slippy when it's wet
  • Eco-friendly toiletries provided

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Wood burner
  • Bed linen provided. Please bring your own towels
  • LED lighting throughout
  • Solar powered 12v USB charging sockets 
  • The cabin is well-insulated and has double-glazed windows


  • Books and playing cards


At The Lake

Drift out onto the private lake in your own rowing boat, which can be hired from the owners for £75 for the duration of your stay. 

Wild swim in the lake. The owners are happy for guests to bring their own equipment to go paddleboarding. 

The local walks from the container are breathtaking with high tors, clapper bridges and crumbling Victorian ruins. Explore the nearby disused quarry landscape and climb the short white sand mountains. 

Bring your binoculars with the possibility to catch a glimpse of Canadian geese, sand martins, falcons and other birdlife. Cattle and moorland ponies are also frequent visitors to the lake. 

The Lake is situated in the middle of Bodmin Moor Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which has been designated an International Dark Sky Landscape. An amazing spot for stargazing on a clear night!

Places to visit

Visit historic Restormel Castle with stunning views of the River Fowey and Cornish countryside. The perfect spot for a picnic!

Eden Project - explore the largest indoor rainforest in the world and enjoy special events.

Visit the fishing villages of Boscastle and Port Issac on the north coast or head south to the villages of Polperro, Fowey and Lostwithiel.  

Padstow - a charming working fishing port and famous foodie destination.

Looe - a resort on the south Cornish coast. It has a sandy beach, rockpools and an array of shops and restaurants. 

Carnglaze Canverns - part of a slate quarry and Cornwall’s mining heritage, hosting tours, concerts and even weddings!

The Lost Gardens of Heligan - one of Britain's most popular Botanical gardens near Mevagissey. 

Shipwreck & Heritage Centre - situated just outside the town of St Austell with artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks including the Titanic.

Explore local National Trust properties, country houses and gardens such as LanhydrockCotehele and Trelissick Gardens

Bodmin Jail - historic jail situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor.

Go further into the depths of Cornwall and visit the Minack Theatre, St Michaels Mount, Lands End and St Ives. 

Visit the arty seaside town of Falmouth and The National Maritime Museum.

Outdoor & Active

Go walking on the thousands of acres of unspoiled Bodmin Moor. Hike the landscape’s tors, including the highest point in Cornwall, Brown Willy, at 420 metres above sea level.

Explore Cornwall's dramatic coastline and beaches with Watergate Bay being the easiest to reach from The Lake, where you'll find a surf school with hire facilities. The north and south Cornish coast is equally as accessible from The Lake.

Travel the South West Coast Path and take in some of the most spectacular coastline in the country. 

Rent bikes and cycle the Camel Trail

Adrenalin Quarry - a flooded quarry site for adrenaline seekers, with rock climbing, deep water swimming and a 490m long zip wire. 

Cardinham Woods - a beautiful mixed woodland with off-road mountain bike trails and bike rental. 

Siblyback Waterpark - scenic lake surrounded by Bodmin Moor with miles of walks, bike hire with lakeside cycle path, excellent bird watching and a range of watersports including sailing, windsurfing and canoeing.

Food & Drink

At The Lake

Tea, coffee and marshmallows provided. 

A welcome pack of essentials is provided, which includes homemade bread, butter, biscuits, milk and a bottle of wine.

Please remember that given The Lake's remote location, it is highly recommended you bring supplies with you. There is no electric fridge, however a cage hangs off the jetty that can keep items cool. 

Water on site is from the lake, which is used for washing but is not suitable for drinking. Drinking water is provided for guests.

Local shops

The nearest shop is located in the village of St Neot, 4 miles away, for stocking up on basic supplies.  

The town of Bodmin is an 8 mile drive where you'll find supermarkets and local shops.  

Places to eat

St Tudy Inn (9 miles) - located in the village of St Tudy, the Inn has a warm and cosy atmosphere and a passion for simple, rustic cuisine, real ales and fine wines.

Blisland Inn (6 miles) - an hour's walk cross-country from the container and winner of CAMRA's National Pub of the Year, serving home cooked food and a fine choice of real ales. 

The London Inn (5 miles) - a former coaching inn now a traditional Cornish pub situated in the village of St. Neot.

Sams On The Beach (17 miles) - relaxed US-style bistro and fish specialist in an airy former lifeboat station with harbour views in the coastal village of Polkerris.

Fifteen (25 miles) Jamie Oliver's award-winning restaurant and social enterprise with seaviews over Watergate Bay.

Meet your hosts

Meet Rupert & Fran

Rupert grew up on Bodmin Moor and both him and his wife Fran have been camping in the area for years, knowing its rhythms and seasons intimately. The Lake is a little more sophisticated than the original industrial container they would retreat to but still embodies the love of the simple, outdoor life, lovingly converted by themselves with the help of a Cornish boat builder. The container is inspired by Rupert’s Scandinavian roots, making it a place that sits perfectly within the old quarry setting, rather than being a refuge from it. Since its opening in 2015, it has been helping guests become a part of nature’s reclamation of the old industrial site.

Wildlife & Environment

Bodmin Moor was awarded International Dark Sky Landscape status in 2017, the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to officially be recognised in this manner. The Lake is at the centre of this remote area of 1200 acres of moorland, on the shore of a flooded china clay quarry where Victorian ruins are still visible in the undergrowth.

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The land is officially public access, meaning that dog walkers may occasionally pass by. Also, nearby areas of the moor are used for army training, so there’s a chance that a soldier or two on a survival course may scurry past. If you see any, don’t point and shout, they’ll probably lose point for bad camouflage. There’s also a chance that a full mock battle involving helicopters might sometimes break the silence. They can be loud, but also make compelling viewing!

The lake reaches depths of 25m and is safe to swim in, although you do so at your own risk. The area is home to a huge variety of birdlife, including moorhens, peregrine falcons, sand martins and Canada geese, which you also swim with at your own risk! There are Galloway cattle and the resident ponies that come down to drink from the lake, but these are both wild animals and not to be approached.

Getting there

The Lake, Glynn Valley China Clay Works, Maidenwell, Cardinham, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 4DW

By car

From London: 

Take the M4/M5 to Exeter. Get on the A30 (passing Okehampton and Launceston), then 6 miles after Jamaica Inn turn left, signed Cardinham. Head through the hamlet of Millpool and follow the road towards Mount and St. Neot - do not go to Cardinham. At the crossroads (0.5 miles before Mount) turn left signed Maidenwell and Cabilla Manor. Go over the cattle grid and continue for 1 mile until reaching a gate leading onto a private road across the Moor. Rupert and Fran will meet you there. 

Please arrange the exact time you will arrive in advance of your stay with Rupert and Fran so they can be ready to meet you, check you in and show you around. Check in time is between 1:30 - 6pm. They also request that you text them when you're an hour away from The Lake to confirm your arrival time. 

Access to the container is half a mile down a private road which can be a little bumpy. Parking is located 20 yards from the container.

* Please be careful if using a sat nav as this may direct you to one of the local farms in the area. The owners advise you use the directions above to find the meeting point.   

By train

The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway, 6 miles away and a 15-minute drive. The owners can arrange collecting guests from Bodmin Parkway for £40. 

By air

The nearest airport is in Newquay, 24 miles away and a 35-minute drive. 

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;


  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.


The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.


1. Booking and payments


1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).


1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email ( Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.


1.3 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.


1.4 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.


1.5 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.


2. Cancellation and Amendment by You


2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email ( and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.


2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  


2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.


2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.


2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.


4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.


5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.


6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;


(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;


(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.


7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.


10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.


17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.


18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.