Palm Cottage has always been a second home for the owners, so although the house is ready for your arrival and immaculately clean it has a warmth to it, from the carefully chosen interiors to the garage packed with beach toys for the kids.
There is an open plan living room with an ample sized dining table at one end and a cosy seating area with an open log fire at the other. The kitchen is clean and modern with every piece of equipment, whether you're enjoying a diet of pasties or lobster during your stay. The bathroom is downstairs, rather handy for when you come in off the beach and has a bath and shower. Upstairs are three good sized bedrooms; a double and two twins.
What we get told time and time again with Palm is that it is a perfect base for enjoying the Cornish Riviera. You can get to coastal walks, the beach, villages all within 15 minutes and there is plenty of info at the house about what to go and see and do. On the other hand you can just enjoy your time in the cottage and the immediate hamlet which has a local store and the pub just 25 paces across the road.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||Gunwalloe Church Cove 8 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newquay 60 km, Nearest railway: Redruth 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (4), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
We're experienced holiday-makers in Cornwall so we know how important it is to be prepared for the weather in throughout the year.. We are aware that one can enjoy an ice-cream on the beach in January or equally be swimming in the sea during a rainstorm in August!
We can't guarantee the weather in Cornwall, but we do promise a happy holiday in our most comfortable home with a welcome tray on your arrival.
From the imposing solid front door to the tiled floor vestibule you enter the beamed, open-plan, carpeted living area with its original cob walls. This room invites relaxation with its leather sofa, cosy chairs,open fireplace, window seats, several table lamps, board games, and flat screen TV with DVD player.
At the other end of the living room is a generous dining table, with a rocking and Windsor chairs, in front of an inglenook containing an attractive camphor chest. Also within this area is a side table bearing an elegant locally-made stone lamp.
There is a BT Home Hub connection providing free wi-fi and internet access.
From the living room a couple of small steps lead up to the tiled floor hallway with the bathroom off to the left and to the right, a modern, very well equipped breakfast kitchen with a table seating six and windows overlooking the garden.
As for the kitchen, the bathroom also has a tiled floor plus extensive tiling above the generous bath with a shower over.
There is also a wc, washbasin and a heated towel rail.
The carpeted dog-leg staircase leads to the landing with a neat pine cupboard at one end and a useful OS map of the Lizard Peninsula on the wall.
Up three steps to the right of the landing is the large twin-bedded room, with a spacious built-in cupboard, which overlooks the garden.
To the left off the landing is the very pretty "Beatrix Potter" smaller twin-bedded room, ideal for children, and which overlooks the palm tree and the village.
The double-bedded room, at the other end of the landing, is also of a decent size and equally tasteful. There are a couple of built-in wardrobes and again is at the front of the house.
Our large family have ensured that all five beds are very comfortable and have beautiful, freshly laundered linen, to hopefully facilitate a good night's sleep.
|Further details outdoors|
Stable doors at the back of the property open onto the well-tended, mature garden which overlooks farmland with the satellite dishes at Goonhilly seen in the distance.
The garden is child-friendly, is safely enclosed but large and interesting enough to keep them occupied.
For the adults, too, it's ideal for relaxing, sunbathing and for eating al fresco; a brick BBQ is just waiting for some smouldering charcoal and freshly caught mackerel!
Cars are parked either on the gravel area at the end of the private drive to the rear of the property, just in front of the modern waste treatment plant, or indeed in the well-lit double-garage where you will also find various beach and outdoor toys for the children..
All bed linen provided but you need to bring your own towels.
A welcome tray is provided on arrival.
Stunningly beautiful at any time of the year, the Lizard peninsula is quite unique. Almost surrounded by the sea, it stands alone, in a very real sense from the rest of the county. It is not a place to drive through but a journey's end, a destination.The air is crisp, clear and unpolluted and boasts one of the warmest climates in the UK.
The whole area is splendid for walking, especially along the coastal footpath, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and from where one can view the many sea birds, including, if you're lucky, the chough, at Lizard Point, on the tip of the peninsula.
The cottage is situated in a charming village, Newtown-St.Martin, with a gastropub serving very good food at moderate prices and a nearby shop selling everyday items. St Keverne with its notable church spire is 3 miles distance.
Within 15-20 minutes drive of the cottage are the following attractions:-
Three miles away is the picture-postcard village of HELFORD, a popular second-home destination for millionaires and rock stars and well-known for its sailing facilities. A popular walk of ours is down the magical, mysterious Frenchmen's Creek (of Daphne du Maurier fame) into Helford and then take the foot-ferry across the river from the nearby Shipwright's Arms.
GUNWALLOE CHURCH COVE is perhaps the nearest beach and also one of the prettiest. A long stretch of sand makes a welcoming cove that is safe and ideal for children of all ages.
KYNANCE COVE is quite spectacular!
A National Trust site, one leaves the car at the cliff-top car park and, beach paraphernalia in hand, head down the marked path to what must be one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Kynance is made up of numerous coves that appear with the outgoing tide and so creating a magical spot for children and adults alike.
At FLAMBARDS THEME PARK, on the outskirts of Helston, both children and adults can find plenty to amuse them for a whole day and is open all year round.
Boats can also be hired from ST. ANTHONY, (unique in having a church almost upon the beach), for exploring the river and mackerel fishing.
The NATIONAL SEAL SANCTUARY at Gweek, the only one of two in UK, is of interest to both adults and children.
MULLION, boasts an 18-hole links golf course, open to visitors.
CADGWITH and COVERACK, are each attractive, working fishing villages where one can watch the boats come and go, take a fishing trip or enjoy a crab sandwich or cream tea in one of the cafes.
HELSTON, six miles away, is home to one of the oldest pubs in England but also one of the few remaining that brews its own beer, "Spingo," on site. You don't have to be a real ale fan to appreciate The Blue Anchor since you can also enjoy the company of the fascinating and friendly locals.
After, Helston, PORTHLEVEN, is the second largest town within the peninsula. It boasts a splendid, active harbour and an attractive Victorian terrace.
Worthwhile attractions further afield include:-
The cathedral city of TRURO, about 20 miles distant, has many elegant Georgian buildings.
FALMOUTH, also about 20 miles away, has the third deepest natural harbour in the world and its National Maritime Museum alone is certainly worth the journey.
The MINNACK THEATRE, at Porthcurno, near Lands End, about an hour away,
This exquisite amphitheatre, is carved out of the rock and hosts theatre companies throughout the season. Although the plays are generally of a high standard, it barely matters what's on the stage since the setting is so spectacular that its easy to be distracted from the thespian by the occasional basking sharks in the backdrop. The audience are encouraged to bring their own refreshments: crab sandwiches and a glass or two of champagne goes down very well!
ST. IVES, is probably your typical buzzy, Cornish seaside resort with its narrow streets, surfer shops and the Tate Modern Gallery.
It also boasts two magnificent beaches and an award-winning restaurant, somewhat ingloriously named the "Porthminster Beach Cafe; advisable to book, however.
Ninety minutes journey "up country," as the Cornish say, near St. Austell, is the famous EDEN PROJECT and the adjacent and no less remarkable LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN. If you set off early, you can probably visit both in a day.