Digitally Detox. Expand your mind. Raise your happiness levels.
Kudhva is an evolving and ever changing landscape, a place where the natural environment rules over the man made, where our input is simply to enhance and showcase the nature which surrounds us. We’re a campsite with a difference. Our Kudhva offer a simple way of living; totally off grid, in a beautifully curated space.
The dream was to create a space which takes you away from the everyday, celebrates the sustainable, encourages you to be creative and creates a passive learning movement. The reality; is just that. Set in a 45 acre disused /abandoned quarry, overlooking the sea; the slate, grasslands, forest and sand all merge here. Kudhva sits amidst the raw and rugged landscape like an island floating above the waves.
You feel immersed in the landscape when you come here. Kudhva encourages people to meet, to be creative, to discuss and challenge. Our pop-up workshops, talks, music and food offerings allow us to share this haven with others.
Kudhva; Cornish for ‘hideout’, is just that. A hideout from the super charged digitally saturated world, a chance to listen to the waves, to hear the dear running around the grassland at night, to watch the sun set over gull rock, to sit and contemplate in the wood fired hot tub, to lie in a hammock suspended in the willow grove or to plunge into the wild swimming lake.
We’re inspired by Kudhva. It feeds our ideas and imagination, it opens our eyes to possibilities we hadn’t considered , it introduces us to new friends or concepts and we can’t wait to share it with you.
A Positive Project. Our vision and ethos. The 7 wonders of Kudhva
1: Make Well
Make well make once. We make with our hands being able to know our subject with just a feel of the fingertips, quality, weight, smell, feel.
It’s the very essence of every step we take, every new turn in the road, a spirit inside that never stays still. The hunt for a new wave, a beach, an adventure, woodland, a new person, a colour or an intention. It’s a feeling that fills our bodies, it drives us whether we like it or not.
3: Original Design
Using the power of our mind, with it’s inner maps and territories we can create original thought. Translating that thought onto paper or directly into our designs. We problem solve with an innate eye for colour and proportion from years of visual working, creating great design.
It’s a living internal “THING” we believe is always there. It expands and contracts at will or when we choose, like embers ready to stoke, ready to make blazing fires when we want. You can always see it in someone’s eyes when they have it, it’s an experiential and exciting feeling that sits in your gut like a wild animal. It’s easily recognisable.
5: Renegade / Maverik / Disrupt / Edgy / Brave
We don’t fit in with the status Quo, we never have. It’s just that simple. We always want to break creative boundaries. Fitting in somehow doesn’t feel good. The people we love, our hero’s and Goddesses are renegades. They ask for more out of life. They drive it, fuel it with their passion. Creating new frontiers and new design.
6: Nature / Connectivity
Nature and its abundance is our God. Our church has no walls, it’s the cliffs, the air, the mountains, the forests and the beaches. The blessings of rain on your face in fierce winds with the backdrop of blue skies. It doesn’t get better than that. We give gratitude for it’s fierceness and it’s calm. If we let ourselves go with it, we can fuel our lives.
7: Rich / Quality / Wealthy / Full /Deep
The concept of being rich not in monetary terms but in the fullness of life. Seeing the richness that surrounds us, the colours that we have created and see through nature. The ability to think deeply and the quality of our thoughts.
Stay in a Kudhva
These unique architectural cabins have been specifically designed for the quarry rich environment they inhabit. Off-grid hideouts, raised high above the ground, standing on wooden legs with a suspended bed and captivating views down the coast.
Stay in the Danish Cabin
Nestled deep in the woods, with trees growing through the deck and a babbling stream winding underneath its stilt frame the Danish Cabin is truly immersed in nature. With walls which raise or slide to open, the Cabin transforms extending the living space onto the terraces beyond.
Stay in a Tentsile
Our Tentsile Tree Tents are rigged across our site in various locations. These tents allow you to experience our site above the ground, hanging between the trees.
Stay in a Shanti Tipi
We have four Shanti Tipis onsite boasting fantastic views down the valley to Trebarwith Strand. They sit proudly in our freshly prepared field with 180-degree views of the coastline.
The history and heritage of Kudhva is omnipresent, the slate underfoot and the Engine House on the horizon are reminders of this once working land.
The Engine House, built in 1870, is the only one of its kind in North Cornwall. The quarry itself opened in 1871 but was working for just over 20 years, closing in the 1890s. The Engine House housed a beam engine which hauled slate and pumped water as part of the open cast mining of blue slate from the Upper Devonian Penpethy Beds. The site would have been a hive of activity; providing jobs for local people, distributing slate all over the world and adding to the local economy. Once the quarry closed the site fell into disrepair.
In 1972 residents and members of the Prince of Wales Engine House Society painstakingly restored the Engine House, as it stands today this is the last known work conducted on the site.
The Modern History of Kudhva.
The modern history of Kudhva, is one of an entirely different realm. Locals tell tales of free parties and skinny dipping, in the once quarry now lake. People reminisce about their first dates, watching the sun set over gull rock, or their summer reunions with friends over a campfire, in the forest. It seems that the seclusion of Kudhva, and its island like nature, allowed it to become a private haven for so many different people.
Our aim with Kudvha is to create an off-grid hive of activity, which once again gives something back to all those who visit, from near or far.
THINGS TO DO NEARBY
The Sunday Services
Our Sunday Service Sessions are free events open to all. We welcome guest chefs to prepare delicious locally sourced food and have a host of DJ’s who come to play wonderful and varied sets. With a bar packed with your bar classics and cocktails made using our wild grown Kudhva botanicals, its is an afternoon to be remembered.
Kudhva is part of the Work Away Scheme (https://www.workaway.info) and we’re always keen to hear from people who are interested in helping us manage this land.
We’ve worked with volunteers from all over the world who have helped shape Kudhva into what you see today.
Get in touch if you’d like to hear more about volunteering at Kudhva.
The Kudhva site is perfect for a retreat, with space for communal sessions and plenty of room for guests, we are open to ideas and suggestions. If you would like to host a retreat at Kudhva please do get in touch.
What does ecology mean at Kudhva? It means we respect our surroundings, it means we want to be a sustainable site which doesn’t drain energy sources, it means we want to give back to nature.
We plan to run land management courses and pop up events which teach others about the importance of caring for our environment, land management skills, sustainability and off-grid living.
There are plenty of things to see and do in Cornwall, check below to see some great visitor attractions and places that you could visit whilst staying at Kudhva!
• Adrenalin Quarry
• St Nectans Glen
• Camel Valley Vineyard
• Trevibban Mill Vineyard and Orchards
• Tintagel Castle
• Boscastle Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
We have our very own reservoir nestled in the depths of the Kudhva site, an untouched haven of tranquility, hidden from view.
If you ask Louise nicely, she will also take you for a guided tour/swim and maybe even show you the waterfall.
We are now holding yoga classes at Kudhva every Saturday in June and July with Nia (@snugandserene). For anyone staying it’s included in the cost of your stay. For anyone not staying at Kudhva but who fancies coming along it’s £7. Join us for a yoga session, the perfect way to start to your Saturday morning!
Meeting point for classes (June and July 2018): Saturday mornings 10:50am at reception.
Kudhva offers a bounty of wild food and botanicals. Delicious wild strawberries, gorse flowers which raise you endorphin levels making you happy, spotted orchids, cotton grass, honeysuckle, king ferns, wood violets and water mint perfect for cocktails.
Ask the team on site for some tips!
Talks and Lectures
We are inspired by other people who make and do.
We want to use Kudhva as more than a campsite, we want to educate and inspire as we have been by others. We will host year round events, talks and lectures to teach people of all ages and backgrounds.
Keep an eye on the website and instagram for info about up and coming events/lectures and talks.
Located just 1 mile inland from Trebarwith Strand, we’re almost directly on the South West Coast Path. Whether you’re attempting the whole path or just dipping into bits here and there, Kudhva is the perfect base for you to explore from.
The climbing locations along the North Cornish coast are beautiful and dramatic, with stretches suitable for complete beginners through to expert climbers. The Kudhva site itself has rock formations, sheer faces and slate piles, although not formally offered as activities; guests are welcome to explore but must take responsibility for their own safety.
With a coastline stretching for over 250 miles Cornwall has no shortage of fantastic beaches and coves, over 150 to put a number on it. These range from secluded, barely accessible rocky coves to huge expanses of golden sand on the Atlantic coast.
Surfing is a passion of ours here at Kudhva. There is nothing quite like plunging into the water after a tough day, getting the blood pumping and then feeling the breeze on your face as you catch a wave. For us, it’s pleasure, well-being, sanctuary and adventure. Whether you’re a total novice looking to learn or a seasoned pro, North Cornwall has some of the best British surf on offer. We’re surrounded by beaches up and down the coast with board hire and lessons.