The Observatory at Frieda and the Moon
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Designed for the ultimate "wow" factor, for a state of the art couples holiday, The Observatory offers a unique Romantic Escape experience.
Hidden in a wooded paddock on our thirteen acre smallholding, this ultra-bespoke van is, quite literally, like nothing else. It is clad in copper and zinc, with hammered lead detailing, and six stained glass portholes representing the phases of the moon. What do you call that? — someone suggested "vintage meets steam punk".
This exquisite tiny home has a craftsman built interior of oak inlaid with brass, with gorgeous, original styling filled with lovely old things we have been collecting for years on the theme of astronomy and the cosmos. This is extravagant comfort, as befits a romantic escape bolthole for two: luxury bathroom, vintage oil filled radiator, gas hob, and a lovely little woodburner. On the bedhead you will find an inlaid carving of a huge nautilus shell, representing the swirling galaxies...
Above the deep king size bed is the "sky window" — a huge skylight to view the breathtaking stars, planets and satellites in cosy seclusion. Many of our regulars return again and again to enjoy the amazing spectacle of our uniquely dark skies from the hot tub (there is almost zero light pollution in this corner of Cornwall) — this takes that experience, quite literally, into the stratosphere. Outside on the cobbled patio you can enjoy the long view down the valley from beside the woodfired chiminea, or deeply relax in the cedarwood hot tub with a massage from the spa jets and bubbles.
For the ultimate Romantic Escape holiday, or as the most perfect complement for your elopement wedding, you can book the Observatory here.
Contact us directly via the "Contact" tab above to book The Studio for your wedding, Renewal of Vows, or Handfasting Ceremony, or call for an informal chat on one of the numbers below. We have bespoke catering packages making for the ultimate romantic experience as part of your "Exquisite Tiny Wedding" package. We provide full arrangements and a design and planning service if required. If you would like to include another couple: parents, best man etc. for your bespoke wedding experience, consider booking The Tabernacle also — click the tab above for details. For a small number of guests we can provide facilities for a "pop up campsite" in the same paddock as the Tabernacle and Observatory — phone us to discuss if you would like to explore this option.
Our holiday visitors often visit Frieda And The Moon for a special occasion or anniversary — why not book one of our personalised hampers, delivered to your door on the day? Champagne Breakfast has proved to be a favourite with our regulars but all tastes and cuisines can be catered for. (We can keep secrets if you want it to be a surprise for your partner! )
For a really special day, we can offer days out on the Fowey River. Our boat "Frieda" is moored at Penmarlam, which is less than 10 minutes drive from the Tabernacle/Observatory. A typical day would be a jaunt up the river: we moor up somewhere secluded; you enjoy the scenery while we prepare lunch (could be a barbeque); cruise down to Fowey for some mooching about, or shopping, or maybe a pint of Cornish in The Ship; then cruise back to Penmarlam and home.
STOP PRESS: Drawing and painting breaks are now available at Freida And The Moon. Owner Paul, who was previously head of a large university art school, offers short courses in drawing and painting, synchronised with your holiday. Tuition takes place, both on location (picnic provided) and in the beautiful purpose-built Studio, which also doubles as the Freida And The Moon elopement wedding venue. All ability levels (including absolute beginners) are very welcome. Call or text Paul for further details.
To pre-arrange hampers, ceremonies, trips and drawing courses, call 01503 221015 or 07870 778660 prior to your visit.