THE OLD DEER HOUSE Bodmin, Cornwall

Formerly at Cabilla Manor

Robin & Louella Hanbury-Tenison have handed over Cabilla Manor to their son Merlin and his wife Lizzie  and have built themselves a lovely new house close by. 

Right in the heart of Poldark country on the edge of Bodmin Moor, this is a working farm surrounded by acres of ancient woodland and open moorland. There are horses, Highland cattle and sheep. The farm is currently being re-wilded to make the environment even more enchanting. Walks through the woods, across Bodmin Moor and along many footpaths are all close by.

Half an hour's drive from both north and south coasts, spectacular Cornish beaches, fishing villages and many famous gardens, including the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the astonishing Eden Project are easily reached.

The Old Deer House is an exciting contemporary building with glorious views over the countryside. There are two attractive double bedrooms for bed and breakfast guests.  One has a Four Poster double bed and the other double can be made into a twin.  Both bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with both shower and bath.


Louella and Robin

The new home of explorer Robin and his wife Louella, who has been all over the world with him, The Old Deer House, is full of books he has written and interesting artefacts brought back from their travels.

Their home is beautifully decorated and furnished and guests are looked after wonderfully.

You will receive a warm welcome; tea on arrival, drinks, and we are happy to book you a table somewhere local for supper.

The Old Deer Hut

A delightful one bedroom summerhouse conversion in the garden. Wonderfully private and with a sensational view.
 Dogs and children (a bell tent can be provided) very welcome!

 Rates: £150 for two people and £100 single occupancy



We only stayed for a night and could not help but be impressed by the way that Luella and Robin made guests feel like part of their home and life in their amazing manor.
They are very interesting characters with plenty of traveller stories to tell, including a great one about Albania (I might be biased on this!).

If you decide to visit Cornwall this is the perfect destination and you're in for a very unique experience!

Trip Advisor Review Link

Paulette F

Our Gold Standard of B & Bs. Louella and Robin are very interesting people.  We were offered tea upon arrival. Some hosts give you tea and disappear, but Louella sat down with us to get acquainted. She will call for dinner reservations, then arm you with a map of how to get there, and perhaps a different way back to Cabilla.

Her cooked breakfasts are first-rate, made better because she and Robin will sit and visit over the meal.

Trivago review Link


What a wonderful place, spotlessly clean, massive beds really cosy and comfortable. Lovely friendly hosts with a wealth of wonderful stories. Lovely breakfast, made to feel at home.

Thank you louella and robin for a lovely stay 

Trip Advisor Review Link


Bed & breakfast at £100 for a single person per night and £150 for a double occupancy.
Two night minimum stay / 3 night minimum stay on bank holidays.

Two doubles, one can be made into a twin, both with en suite shower and bath. Children can also be accommodated by arrangement. Rooms available all year except Christmas and New Year.

Louella is happy to provide supper occasionally by prior arrangement, £45 per person including drinks. Good local pubs, restaurants and pretty villages are all within reach.



Dogs are welcome, but not in the house.

They may sleep in your car, or with our dogs
(2 very friendly female Westies).


The Old Deer House at
Cabilla Manor,
Bodmin, Cornwall,
PL30 4DW
United Kingdom

Small little white Yorkie puppy
Robin and Louella with horses and dogs, on Bodmin Moor
Three White Yorkie puppies
Dog and a horse, interacting on Bodmin Moor

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