The Cornish Cottage
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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
A grade 2 listed arts and crafts semi detached farmhouse cottage. Perfect for families and couples. You can stay for one night. A quiet rural location with period features and south facing gardens. Close to Looe, Polperro and south coast beaches. Lanhydrock is just around the corner as are other great gardens like Cotehele and the Eden project. The north coast beaches and fishing villages are within 30 minutes, Polzeath, Padstow, Watergate bay and much more.
Cornish Cottage provides 3 bedrooms and sleeps 6 comfortably. It has a large lounge with open fire and a farmhouse kitchen and comfortable dining. The cottage is arts and craft and has agreat charm and beauty. Eco friendly heating with wood pellets which is carbon neutral. Cornwall's World Heritage area is nearby with Bodmin Moor right on your doorstep. 50 beaches within half an hour. A central location and Country House ideal for exploring Cornwall by families.
Cornish Cottage is on a rural no through lane,in the countryside. It is built on land overlooking the river Fowey in an protected area of Great Landscape Value. Surrounded on 3 sides by fields and woodland it is a wildlife magnet, deer, fox, otter, sparrowhawk, owls, bats, toads buzzard and countless other birds are regularly seen.
Cornish Cottage is an a central location easy to access many of Cornwall's attractions. Bodmin Moor World Heritage site is 10 minutes away where you can visit Caradon Copper Mines and travel back in time to the Bronze age stone circles, the hurlers and visit the ancient Treverthy quiot
Built in 1896 in rubble stone with castellated cast iron gutters and slated roof lintels for each window. Built for as a farmhouse and part of the estate of George and Mary Hermon curate of St Neot of Doublebois House. The house is featured in kisses on a postcard, the story of a boy evacuee in the hamlet of Doublebois.
Enter the house into a hallway from which 3 doors lead off. Into a comfortable south facing lounge with vaulted ceilings and a working fireplace. Or into the kitchen decorated in traditional paints, with a solid fuel burner. The third doorway leads into a small converted larder, now a toilet.
Upstairs the hallway leads to three bedrooms. The first master bedroom faces south and is decorated with William Morris wallpaper and an art deco fireplace. The second bedroom has a large window and a small feature window which adds great charm.
The third bedroom is perfect for kids with two single beds and a door to the bathroom.
Cornish Cottage has rural views and faces east.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newquay 50 km, Nearest railway: Looe 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Bicycles available|
About this location
The Cornwall region
Life slows down in South East Cornwall, but not to the point where you won't find anything to do. From the bustling working port and sandy beaches of Looe to the old world charm of Polperro, from the wide open spaces of Bodmin Moor to the sheltered river valleys of the Tamar and Fowey, there is something for everyone.
History and Heritage
The long and fascinating history of South East Cornwall can be traced back over 6,000 years to Trethevy Quoit, a burial chamber on the edge of Bodmin Moor. With several stone circles, standing stones and Iron Age hillforts, the area is rich in prehistoric remains. Many of the villages feature medieval farmhouses and cottages whilst the countryside is full of churches, many dating back to the 14th century.
In 2006 the mining landscape of Cornwall and West Devon was given World Heritage Status, bringing it alongside the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China. On Bodmin Moor and in the Tamar Valley many of these mining remains can still be seen, whilst the railways that took the ore from mine to seaport can still be travelled on. Crossing the Tamar at Saltash is Brunel's famous railway bridge linking Devon and Cornwall, a marvel of Victorian engineering. In 2009 the bridge celebrated 150 years since it was first opened
Known as Cornwall's forgotten corner, the Rame peninsula is a beautiful landscape of tidal creeks, sandy beaches, lush farmland and country parks.
Small villages hide at the heads of creeks, waiting to be discovered by adventurous travellers, whilst the stretch of coast fronting onto Whitsand Bay offers fantastic views and great walking along the South West Coast Path.
Rame Head, at the eastern end of Whitsand Bay, guards Plymouth Sound from the prevailing winds. It is crowned by the remains of a 14th Century chapel, dedicated to St Michael and is a popular spot for birdwatchers. The nearby Penlee Battery, a disused Napoleonic fort, is now a nature reserve.
Sheltered by the headland are the twin villages of Cawsand and Kingsand. Once a popular haunt of smugglers, they are now well geared up for the tourist trade with waterfront pubs and restaurants. A seasonal passenger ferry runs from Kingsand to Plymouth
The Tamar Valley
More than just a river….
Entering Cornwall you are almost certain to cross the Tamar, the river that divides the county from the rest of England. It enters the sea in Pymouth Sound, a natural harbour from which many a historical journey has started or finished. The rivers own journey starts within a few miles of the north coast and flows south through rich farmland before reaching south east Cornwall and the rich industrial heritage around the village of Gunnislake. Here Victorian miners tunnelled under the river in search of copper, their labours now celebrated in World Heritage status for the area.
The river widens and becomes navigatable as it flows past the pretty waterside village of Calstock and the National Trust property of Cotehele, its Elizabethan splendour hidden amongst woodland and fine gardens. As you move downstream mining is left behind as the river passes amongst the former meadows that once provided cherries, apples and spring flowers for the markets upcountry.
Cornwall's Gardens are known around the world for the diverse collections of plants. The Eden Project may be the most well known, but places like Heligan, Trevarno, Trebah and Mt Edgcumbe should not be missed, especially in the spring when rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas burst into flower.
But from the early snowdrops to the autumnal woodlands, Cornwall is a feast of colour nearly all year round. Looe and south east Cornwall is as good a base as anywhere to see these gardens. Eden is around half an hours drive away (buy your tickets at Looe TIC first and save money!) whilst Mt Edgcumbe, the hidden gem of Cornish Gardens, is on the doorstep.
For the Kids
Holidays are meant to be FUN!...
We want to go swimming, rock pooling, crabbing, make sandcastles, go surfing, go down a mine, see sharks, climb trees, go on a zip wire, meet pirates, battle tyranical warlords in far off galaxies*
......Well...you can do all that in South East Cornwall (*except the last one), and still be home for tea......
Polperro 20 minutes away
In Polperro it is easy to step back in time in what is a largely unspoilt fishing village. Pretty cottages cling to steep hillsides around a small harbour, beloved by artists over the years. Its infamous history as a smugglers haunt is told in the harbourside museum, whilst the model village has delighted visitors for many years.
The coast either side of the harbour provides some wonderful walking, if somewhat steep in places! Talland, between Polperro and Looe has a sandy beach with a couple of cafes open in the season. Going the other way, Lansallos is a secluded cove only accessible on foot, just the sort of place smugglers would have landed in times past.
Like its neighbour Looe, Polperro offers plenty of places to eat and relax and has a good selection of hotels and B&Bs. Dotted around the village are several galleries selling work by local artists. Many of these artists are involved in the arts and music festival in June, which includes the crowning of the mock mayor and parades through the narrow streets.
Bodmin Moor 10 minutes drive
Away from the crowds…
The high moors in the centre of Cornwall are guaranteed to provide any visitor to the county with a sense of solitude and amazement. Rich in history and folklore, abounding in views and wild walks, this is the country for those who do not want to spend all their holiday on the beach or in technology full attractions.
The southern edge of the moor provides the visitor with a wealth of small villages, St Cleer, St Neot and Warleggan included, that show Cornwall as it used to be. Gathered around solid stone churches, rows of small cottages lead along lanes onto open moorland where cattle and sheep roam free amongst prehistoric remains including stone circles and burial sites.
At Minions, not only can the visitor travel back through 6,000 years of history, but they can explore a World Heritage site celebrating Cornwalls rich mining history. Many walks can be started from the village, the highest in Cornwall, including the Copper Trail, a sixty mile circumnavigation of the moor. Shorter walks abound for those not quite so adventurous.
Liskeard and area 5 minutes drive
An ancient stannary and market town conveniently located in the heart of South East Cornwall, of which Liskeard is the administrative centre.
The town lies above the Looe river valley, down which runs the rail line that links the town to Looe. The main London to Penzance railway line and the A38 trunk road provide Liskeard with rapid access to Plymouth and the motorway network beyond, and also the rest of Cornwall. The hidden coves and resorts of the beautiful south Cornish coast are easily reached by road or rail, whilst to the north of the town lies the vast rugged expanse of remote Bodmin Moor.
A wide range of shops, services and facilities benefit visitors and residents alike. Local business largely comprises small independent establishments, many specialising in unique local products. Some shops retain original Victorian shopfronts and interiors, and whether your interest is the Cornish language, a homemade Cornish pasty, Cornish cheese, wine, jewellery or glass, the town can satisfy your needs.
Visitors will enjoy browsing the narrow streets and traffic-free lanes of the town centre. There is a good range of restaurants, cafes and pubs in the town and the surrounding villages, and a wide range of quality accommodation is also available.
Leisure facilities are available at Lux Park, providing an indoor sports and fitness centre as well as an all-weather floodlit football and hockey pitch. The town has a wealth of cultural, arts, musical, sports and other societies many of which stage regular events, performances and exhibitions in the town.
The town has an Information Centre, found in Pike Street, in the same building as the Town Museum. For more details click here.
Stuart House, a restored 16th century house in the centre of the town, houses an arts and heritage centre. Reguler events take place here plus the trust organise guided walks once a month.
Towards the Fowey Cornish Cottage overlooks the river Fowey and its valley
The town of Fowey and the river of the same name, are these days best known as the home of the author Daphne du Maurier. Because of this the town has become a mecca for lovers of her work who crowd its narrow streets, especially during May when a literary festival takes place.
Those wanting a quieter time should stick to the eastern banks of the river, where the village of Polruan guards the harbour mouth. The village was the setting for du Mauriers first book, 'The Loving Spirit' and just up the creek behind the village lies Lanteglos Church, where the young author married in 1932. With its waterfront pubs, Polruan makes a great place to finish the day, as the last rays of the sun shine down on the little quay as you look across at the lights of Fowey.
A passenger ferry to Fowey operates all year round from Polruan and can be combined with the ferry further upstream at Bodinnick to create a classic circular walk. A description of the walk can be downloaded here. Hall Walk
As mentioned, at Bodinnick, a second ferry crosses the river. This one takes cars as well as passengers running from 7am to 7pm (later in summer months). Ferryside, the house on the water at Bodinnick was where du Maurier first lived when she moved to Cornwall.
As the river winds its way upstream, wooded creeks cut inland through the lush fields. At the end of one of these sits the pretty village of Lerryn. Said by some to be the inspiration behind the wild wood in 'Wind in the Willows' the woodland either side of the village provides wonderful walks, especially in the spring when they are rich with bluebells.
At Lostwithiel , once the capital of Cornwall, the river becomes too shallow to navigate. Here the Medieval street plan still exists and provides the visitor with a labyrinth of antique shops and friendly cafes. A short distance from the town is Restormel Castle, built for the Black Prince in the late 13th century. Visitors can still walk its ramparts and look down into the valley below.
Above Lostwithiel the river snakes its way past the National Trust property at Lanhydrock with woodland walks at Respryn Bridge. More walking can be found as it tumbles off the moor at Golitha Falls, changing from a moorland stream to a full river.
All along the river there are pleasant surprises for those on foot or touring around. Hidden farmhouses or waterfront inns offer accommodation and you never know when you might find an award winning cream tea. Like much of south east Cornwall, it is only when you get away from the main resorts that you find the true country.
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28 Jan 2015
"Chocolate box, quaint Cornish cottage."
We had such an amazing week in this beautiful, very cosy cottage as did our 3 doggies. Gorgeous open fire and amazing setting. The cottage had everything we needed for a great stay in the Cornish coun… More
8 Jan 2015
"Escape the rat race"
It is almost fitting to do the battle with the traffic, so that when you arrive at the Cornish Cottage you immediately feel as though you have been dropped in the middle of nowhere.
The information give by Jason on location and directions is spot on, and they are really nice everyday people very hard to find to in this modern world at times.
The cottage itself is fantastic, well decorated and showing of it quirks as an old building, the furniture etc is of a high standard a country retreat it really is.
The area around the cottage is great to explore, a stunning little river awaits those who want to take on the hill and the fallen tree, it really is worth it.
My advice avoid the tourist areas and go explore the lanes some may look like tracks they do lead to wonderful little coves and beaches great places to eat and some friendly people.
So if you want to escape the rat race and be a couple or a family get down there.
overall verdict FIRST CLASS
8 Oct 2014
What a wonderful cottage, so homely, cosy and beautiful. As mentioned in other reviews the approach is strange but we found that added to the gem at the end of the road!! Perfectly peaceful, the sofa is amazing to snuggle up on, beautiful big kitchen and clean and comfortable beds. The wifi was intermittent but that was a god send as it meant nobody played with their phones and we spent some real time together. We all fell in love with this cottage and most definitely will be coming back!!! Thank you xx
12 Sep 2014
"A real Cornish treat."
My husband, my 25 year old son and his staff dog, my 23 year old son and his girlfriend stayed for 3 nights and we were made to feel very welcome. I would say home from home, but unlike our London home, this delightful cottage has character and charm and provides a ideal place to relax with the family.
The owners Jason and Lisa communicated with us by phone and we found the cottage easily from their instructions. They have prepared a folder of places to visit, useful numbers and take away menus, we can recommend the Chinese, very tasty, large portions, so don't order too much!
The kitchen was full of various cooking utensils and equipment, so I wish I had the time to prepare a roast dinner, but we tended to have lunch out as the restaurants in Looe and Polperro are amazing. The washing machine and tumble dryer came in handy though. There is a large table that we all sat round for breakfast and talked late into the evening with a few drinks and played games or read a book all provided.
The lounge is very comfortable, as are all the double bedrooms, our son in the bunk beds did moan a little bit, but he is 6 foot!
Loved the shower and handy having a toilet upstairs and down. Lovely garden, comes with a wood shed with logs for the fire.
Location great if you like going to Trago Mills to pick up some bargains and quite central if using a car to go to various beaches. Not far from Liskard, and the Morrison's there has a wide range of groceries.
Remember this is an old cottage, so a bit quirky in places, but you get good value. If we had been staying longer I would have liked to have found out more about the house, but Jason and Lisa have included a brief history in their useful folder.
I hope your stay will enable you to make some very special memories, just as we did.
16 Aug 2014
This is a fantastic cottage home from homeVery easy to reach either north or south cornwall for exploring some lovely places near by Jason the owner was very helpfull… More
7 Aug 2014
"Excellent cottage and base for exploring Cornwall"
Me, my wife and 2 daughters stayed for a week in the Cornish Cottage and all had an excellent holiday. The location is perfect for exploring this part of Cornwall and the owners made it even easier by giving a handy list of things to do and places to discover in all weather so loads of things to do inland and only about 20 minutes from some great beaches.
The cottage and rooms were all clean on arrival and a very homely feel to the place. Kitchen had all facilities you need. Would not hesitate in recommending this cottage.
6 Jun 2014
"Lovely cottage in great location"
The Cornish Cottage is a lovely home from home located in a very convenient part of Cornwall for visiting both the north and south coasts. The cottage itself is very comfortable and well equipped, wit… More
19 Nov 2013
"A beautiful place to stay with an exceptional level of dedication to welcoming guests."
The cornish cottage just outside Liskeard was nothing more than a beautiful retreat. I had planned to find someone where to stay for my birthday at such short notice. When I discovered this! The night before arriving! It has been such short notice Jason (the owner) did not initally respond to the request made online. However, having rung him at 5pm the evening of our stay, he agreed to let us use the cottage (even after he finished work). Within a 2 hour turn around Jason help us to find the cottage buy meeting us at the train station and then set the cottage up with a log fire and heated the building. The level of willingness to accomodate our rather selfish request was amazing and made my birthday something special.
The cottage was beautifully kept with all modern convenience with a touch of the arts and crafts movement. William Morris fabrics and wallpapers can be spotted againsts beautiful fireplaces in every room.
Although, its in the middle of nowhere a 20 min walk into Doublebois village you are connected back into the rural setting. I highly recommend this place but perhaps not with our rapid arrival times.
If you are interested in architecture and the arts and crafts movement or want to experience a welcomed level of hospitality with 5 star quality then cornish cottage is for you.
25 Sep 2013
"Great area and comfortable period house"
We often have self catering holidays and found this one to be in a great area for both Cornwall and Devon, which is what we wanted. A super period property which was warm, well equipped and cosy. There were only the 2 of us but the cottage would have been fine had our sons come as well. A good level of equipment and a first class shower, so often a let down away from home.
7 Aug 2013
"Perfectly Relaxing Holiday"
My wife and I (and our aging Jack Russell) had a wonderful 2 week stay in the Cornish Cottage.
Everything we were looking for - peaceful, relaxing and with plenty of home comforts, a really nice place to chill out.
An added bonus, was the variety of wildlife we enjoyed whilst staying at the cottage. Watching a vixen and her cub in the field next door, buzzards, barn owls, woodpeckers and even the occasional bat.
it's a great base to explore Cornwall, and the owner, Jason, was immensely helpful with his local knowledge and recommendations.