Located in the middle of Bodmin Moor, Cabilla Cornwall is an upland hill farm at the start of a new chapter. Now open for all to experience on retreat – from friends and families to businesses and wellness groups – our vision is to connect you with the restorative power of nature, helping you to switch off in the quiet of the Cornish countryside and find calm among the wilderness.


Experience more than 80 acres of ancient oak woodland, famous for its air-purifying lichens, press pause in British wildflower meadows full of butterflies and walk alongside ancient flowing rivers, which are pure enough to drink from and free for you to bathe in. The farm is situated deep within one of the UK’s very few dark sky environments, so there is no unnatural light or sounds from aircraft or traffic, and at night you’ll see an abundance of stars – a calm and beautiful wilderness.

Research at Cabilla

Cabilla is a living laboratory where people can come to study the preventative and curative benefits of nature.


Restoration at Cabilla

Nurturing our rare ecosystems and land with thoughtfulness and care, protecting them for the next thousand years.


About Us

Our Founders

Merlin and Lizzie

Founders Merlin and Lizzie Hanbury-Tenison are sharing the wild beauty of Cabilla Cornwall with those who seek it most. In partnership with some of the world’s leading academics, they are pioneering new research to demonstrate the healing power of nature.

Focusing on Restoration, Retreats and Research, their goal is to connect everyone in the world with the healing power of nature – and, importantly, prove that it works. They want to create a retreat space where you leave feeling better than when you arrived, taking with you a renewed sense of clarity and motivation.

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Our Vision


History of Cabilla

Cabilla is one of Cornwall’s ancient old manor farms. When William the Conqueror commissioned the Doomsday book in the late 1060s, there were several hundred small farms in the peninsula that he gave to his brother, Robert, as a gift. And so, Robert became the first de facto Duke of Cornwall. Cabilla is an old Cornish word (originally ‘Carbullia’) which means ‘woollen cloak’. There is an ancient tradition that dates back to this old time: whoever lives on the farm must greet the current Duke of Cornwall at the Cornish-English border with a woollen cloak shorn from the best sheep on the farm. This cloak would protect the Duke from the Atlantic winds that come in from the Celtic sea, keeping them warm and safe during their visit. This tradition has long since fallen by the wayside, but it is a commitment that we continue here at Cabilla. We want you to always feel wrapped up and warm, whatever the weather.