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Studio Entrance and Patio Winter 2013

Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

FLORA DAY HELSTON

8th May 2014 - book early for Flora Day 2014 - Week still available

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The Studio is ideal for a couple or small family who wish for peace and quiet, off the beaten track and away from it all. There is plenty of outside space so in the summer months sharing is not usually any problem.

The studio sleeps a couple, 4 friends sharing or a family of 4. But can sleep an extra baby in a cot or an extra child on a futon and sleeping bag (supplied on request) if you do not mind being a bit cramped – this does not usually matter as most families find lots to do so are only back to sleep. Any number over 4 however will cost an extra £40 per week.

The accommodation consists of a large studio room, with a King size bed for couples of for the parents if you come with children. There is a double sofabed that folds out for two more to sleep– friends sharing can argue about who has the king size bed! The shower room has a toilet, wash-hand basin and shower cubicle. Therefore the open plan lounge/sleeping area is furnished with a double sofabed, colour television, video cassette recorder and DVD player, stereo cd player, and a range of videos and paperbacks. The Kitchenette has a fridge/freezer, small electric cooker, microwave, jug kettle, microwave and toaster.

The flat has its own front door, own full central heating and water heating. The windows overlook the magnificent view. It is equipped with crockery and cutlery for 5, duvet covers, bed linen and towels are all supplied.

For your convenience, there is an iron & ironing board, as well as a vacuum cleaner. There is no telephone in the studio, but most mobile phones get a good reception.

Please book well in advance , special rates apply.

We are 4 miles from Helston and usually everything for miles around is booked well in advance for this week.

Flora day is a unique Cornish festival/celebration said to have its roots in pagan festivals for welcoming in the spring and new life see: http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/cornwall/flora.html; http://www.helstonfloraday.org.uk/

For pictures: http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/cornwall/floraday.html

A personal View of Flora Day: http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~helstonhistory/floradaypersonal.htm

History: http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~helstonhistory/floradayhistorypage.htm

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We now offer ecco holidays in a Mongolian Yurt. For information and bookings please contact us or see our advert for the Yurt on here..

Size Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Praa Sands 8 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 4 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Newquay 34 km, Nearest railway: Redruth 8 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Internet access ( Ethernet or wireless) However this is slow compared to urban places so do not expect fast speeds.

Dogs and other pets are welcome at £10, they have to be sociable as we have two dogs. The only rule is you clean up after them.

Many family/surfing beaches enforce a dog ban on the beach from Easter Sunday until September 30th but there are enough beaches within the area that dogs are allowed on all year see:

http://www.thecornishcoast.co.uk

http://www.cornishlight.co.uk/dog-friendly-beaches.htm

Cycling and surfing

Cycles can be hired by the hour, day or the week nearby, andwe can supply body boards at your own risk, so you do not have to pack your own.

Riding

There are several local riding stables, list supplied on request. You are also welcome to bring a horse or pony for a DIY riding holiday as there are many wonderful rides in the area. We would offer the share of my pony's field for anyone who wanted to bring their horse to ride around here. This would of course be extra, ask for details.

Further details outdoors

Porkellis while an un-spoilt farming village has much of interest within easy distance. It is situated in the world heritage area of mining, http://www.worldheritagecornwall.com/mines/porkellis-moor.htm, There is a local pub called the Star Inn which is children and people friendly and is a free house so serves good real ale, http://www.thingstodoincornwall.co.uk/far_west/pubs_2.html

Porkellis is not on the coast but is ideally situated for exploring the lovely Peninsular of the Lizard and all the West Cornwall beaches and visiting the many tourist attractions of Cornwall. Porthleven harbour is our nearest fishing port. It is a very big harbour as it was originally a harbour where local tin was shipped to all parts of the world. Now it is a lovely fishing harbour with lovely picturesque pubs such as the Ship Inn that also does wonderful family meals, many acclaimed restaurants and lovely views ( I can supply pictures of Porthleven via email if requested) Poldark Mine, http://www.poldark-mine.co.uk/ is just down the road within walking distance if you like walking. Flambards Theme Park http://www.flambards.co.uk/ is only a 10 minute car drive away.

Other attractions nearby include the National Maritime Museum – in Falmouth about 5 miles, National Seal Sanctuary and Goonhilly Earth Station – both on the Lizard see map. Further a field are the Eden Project, Lands End, Newquay Zoo, Tintagel Castle, Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, Geevor Tin Mine, Blue Reef Aquarium and St. Michael's Mount to name but a few.

Further details

Travel and getting around.

To decrease your carbon footprint it is possible to holiday here without a car. You would get a train to Redruth and bus or taxi to Porkellis

You are welcome to stay around the smallholding and village and if you are fit it is possible to get around locally by bike, which can be rented locally.

This may be a welcome change for those who live in the town, but bear in mind while there is a pub within walking distance there is no where within 5 miles to buy food supplies or for other entertainment. Therefore if you wish to go further afield without difficulty, it is advisable for guests to have transport. There is a local bus service but it does not go to all routes and stops early evening there are many wonderful local places of interest to visit, by car, including the many local beaches. If you use a car the most carbon friendly option would be to come by train and hire one down here. At the very least, even bringing or hiring a car you have avoided flying and you will be in a wonderful rural UK location

New for 2009, eco holidays in a Mongolian Yurt. For information and pre bookings please contact us.

The West Country region

Porkellis while an un-spoilt farming village has much of interest within easy distance. It is situated in the world heritage area of mining, http://www.worldheritagecornwall.com/mines/porkellis-moor.htm, There is a local pub called the Star Inn which is children and people friendly and is a free house so serves good real ale, http://www.thingstodoincornwall.co.uk/far_west/pubs_2.html

Porkellis is not on the coast but is ideally situated for exploring the lovely Peninsular of the Lizard and all the West Cornwall beaches and visiting the many tourist attractions of Cornwall. Porthleven harbour is our nearest fishing port. It is a very big harbour as it was originally a harbour where local tin was shipped to all parts of the world. Now it is a lovely fishing harbour with lovely picturesque pubs such as the Ship Inn that also does wonderful family meals, many acclaimed restaurants and lovely views ( I can supply pictures of Porthleven via email if requested) Poldark Mine, http://www.poldark-mine.co.uk/ is just down the road within walking distance if you like walking. Flambards Theme Park http://www.flambards.co.uk/ is only a 10 minute car drive away.

Helston

Other attractions nearby include the National Maritime Museum – in Falmouth about 5 miles, National Seal Sanctuary and Goonhilly Earth Station – both on the Lizard see map. Further a field are the Eden Project, Lands End, Newquay Zoo, Tintagel Castle, Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, Geevor Tin Mine, Blue Reef Aquarium and St. Michael’s Mount to name but a few.

Sports

Cycling - We are on the Lands End to John O'Groats cycle route, so there are many back lanes for cycling and bridal paths for mountain biking - we can supply a range of bicycles plus maps of routes for different age groups. The bikes are not new but are maintained and useful for the occasional family cycle

Water sports - Many water sports are offered at our local reservoir at Stithians Lake http://www.itsadventuresouthwest.co.uk/main/en/provider-12172.html http://www.itsadventuresouthwest.co.uk/main/EN/weblink-12172.cfm

Horse Riding and Trekking -

You are welcome to bring a horse or pony for a DIY riding holiday as there are many wonderful rides in the area. We can provide stabling and grazing but there would be an extra charge for this.

Otherwise riding can be found nearby at Wheal Buller, http://www.cornish-riding-holidays.co.uk/ , Newton equestrian, http://www.newtonequestrian-leisurecentre.co.uk/Chiverton riding stables who specialise in Riding for the Disabled, http://www.newrider.com/Riding_Schools/schooldetails.php/746.html

For those who like fishing - Porkellis is just down the road from the Stithians reservoir, which provides fishing http://www.chycor.co.uk/general/fishing/peninsla/peninsla.htm There is also a coarse fishery just a short walk down the village lanes at Middle Boswin: http://www.ukfisherman.com/venues_cornwall.htm http://www.cornwall-online.co.uk/waterside/fishing.htm

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3 Sep 2014

5/5

"Perfect getaway"

A perfect country getaway. The road to the studio is perfectly passable if driven with care. Beautiful setting with lovely views. The studio is comfortable and cosy. The hosts are wonderful, there whe… More

24 Aug 2014

5/5

"Excellent value for money"

Lovely little studio, secluded but with fantastic views, and most places easily accessible by car within 20 minutes. Veritee & Barry are very welcoming and helpful, but not intrusive in anyway.The stu… More

20 Jul 2014

5/5

"Fantastic"

Very clean and well equipped.Owners are kind and friendly.The location is good to explore Cornwall.Definitely come back.Thanks.… More

15 Jun 2014

5/5

"Fabulous"

We have just returned from a wonderful week in the yurt, it was everything we could wish for so relaxing. We loved being able to cook outside and sit by the fire pit enjoying a drink. To be able to lo… More

4 Jun 2014

4/5

"Cozy, comfy, quiet & quaint cottage"

Veritee's directions are pretty good as the property is a bit difficult to find.Barry was very helpful especially when we had problems with our hire care.The property feels quite isolated but sti… More

19 Apr 2014

5/5

"Cornwall at its best!"

We had a great time in The Studio and in Cornwall. The Studio was clean and it provieded every comfort we expected. The surrounding is absolutely awesome and the hosts were really nice. Everything was… More

27 Aug 2013

5/5

"Cosy and relaxing - quiet and picturesque"

This is the second time we've stayed at the Studio. We have just enjoyed a fantastic week there. The Studio makes a great base for all the days out we had and is a lovely place to come back to. H… More

16 Jun 2013

5/5

"Beautiful Views"

My Partner & I stayed at The Studio with two dogs for one week 2nd June 2013. To get to the Studio you do need to go up a small dirt track & past a farm where the owners were friendly. We had a standa… More

28 May 2013

3/5

"Excellent value for 2 people"

The Studio was clean and everything is there that you would need. It is off the beaten track and is very quiet. The owner is very nice and helpful.The down side is the bridle path turned out to be … More

It will probably help for me to say here for those thinking of coming is the only access to our smallholding - our own house, the Studio and the Yurt - is a bridal track and it is a true bridal track, bumpy, unimproved and used daily by horses, walkers and other animals.

We do fill it and cut the hedges up it as often as we can but it is a 'non adopted access' which means it is used by the farm , us and 2 others and none of us own it, nor have an jurisdiction over it and in addition nor is it the responsibility of the council beyond just ensuring it is passable for horses, other animals and normal size vehicles. We would be allowed to surface it at our own expense - as no one else who uses it has any desire to surface it - but quite honestly we could not afford to do this.

However we have lived here for about 30 years and as long as you go slowly our vehicles have coped with it and it is usually fine for someone only staying a week or so.

The larger farm you have to pass through is not ours and in fact not so different from many farms up tracks in this part of Cornwall. I could take visitors for a walk up other lanes around here and show visitors at least 5 similar farms with similar or more 'bumpy' tracks that visitors do not usually see. Visitors to our smallholding only see this one because they pass through on their way to us.

However I agree it is not 'groomed' and for some may be a shock for some but it is not our property , the people who run the farm are lovely friendly people and the salt of Cornish earth and we keep our property and access to the Studio and Yurt for our visitors beyond this as well as we can.

There is an upside to this situation as when we were looking at the Smallholding to purchase there were two other potential buyers who wanted to buy it to turn it into a larger holiday complexes. One was even looking at it for a hotel and several outside holiday cabins. And yet another wanted to build a couple of residential houses on it to sell for profit.

However due to the legalities of the road, and the views of those who own the land either side, whereby they would have been allowed to surface it at their expense it is not allowed to be widened or turning points made, they were refused planning applications. And it ( our smallholding ) is now part of the national heritage site for mining in the district. Our smallholding is the old Wheal Enys Mine, and while only one mine stack now exists, which is now outside our land but I can point it out, archaeology exists just below the surface of most of our fields and land that is not allowed to be touched and I am really happy to explain the history of the Smallholding/mine to any visitor that is interested.

Due to this no permanent, or additional development would currently be considered for planning and the track was the track miners used to get to work for 100s of years.

So we as ordinary people who until recently farmed it, and kept our horses on it, were able to buy it, and afford to buy it to live in for the past 30 years.

Therefore it is because of this unimproved bridal track access that Toad Hall and its surroundings remains an unspoilt/undeveloped piece of countryside much as it has been for maybe centuries and the rural retreat it is for us and for those that stay in the two letting properties we have. ( just a small studio flat and a Yurt as we would not get permission for more even if we wanted to. The studio already existed as a family annex when we bought it and the Yurt is not classed as a permanent structure, but a tent).

Thank you for posting this as it is accurate and allows me to explain more fully to anyone thinking of staying with us what the access to Toad Hall is like and what the position is with it.

30 Sep 2012

5/5

"Ideal retreat for city dwellers"

This is probably the most pleasant place we've ever rented. It's situated in a rural area with views across the hills to the sea. The night sky is amazing. The cottage itself is lovely and the owners have evidently put a great deal of thought into ensuring their guests enjoy their visit. Wonderful bed, masses of hot water, great shower, really effective heating (we went as the weather turned) and just great value for money. The photos don't do the place justice actually; it's recently been decorated and the front of the house has comfortable seating and lots of flowers. I would recommend the cottage highly and would also note that I wish the yurt with it's own field had been available when our children were small. This place is the best value for money I've come across and we plan to come back. I understand that most bookings are repeat visitors, which says it all really. If you don't like dogs, there are plenty of alternative cottages to choose from. Our dachshund had a marvellous time getting to know the owners' dogs and has returned to London far more sociable and less timid. Excellent all round!

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