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Carn Du

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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 11 reviews

House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

A large luxury self-catering holiday house to rent in Cornwall, sleeps up to 12, panoramic view of the sea over Mounts Bay, beautiful seaside location, close to sandy beaches, Cornish coast walks, surfing at Sennen, golf courses at St Just and Hayle, open air Minack Theatre at Porthcurno, good restaurants nearby, housekeeper if required, 3 min walk to Mousehole. Newquay airport is 1 hr drive, Penzance station 10 min (night sleeper from London Paddington or day train). Explore St Michael's Mount, the ancient sites of the Penwith peninsula, The Tate Gallery at St Ives, or visit Cornish gardens, take a day trip to the Scillies. Or read, paint and play the piano in the peace of our light and spacious house, just watching the changing light in the broad sweep of sky and the ever-changing ocean below. In the garden there is a heated infinity pool (7m x 4m), open from April until October 30th.

Save effort and order your supplies for delivery by Tesco, which we can unpack for arrival.

Size Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms
Nearest beach Mousehole 800 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 800 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Newquay, one hour 73.22 km, Nearest railway: Penzance, twelve minutes 6.4 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view
Pool Private outdoor pool (heated)
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 3 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (5), Cots (1), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

A large family kitchen with an Aga and smeg range oven looks through to a spacious dining room, a sitting room with a log fire and a sun room which all open into one another creating a relaxing sense of light and space. There is a piano in the dining area.

On the first floor a light airy landing, typical of a house of this period, leads to five bedrooms, three with en-suite bathrooms, an additonal family bathroom . The two principal bedrooms open on to a balcony high above the sea, one with a Victorian enamelled bath underneath the window. Both double beds are emperor. All the double beds are zipped together, so they can be separated to become singles if needed. Please let us know how you would like the rooms set out.

The house has a self contained attached annexe with a separate entrance. It also has sea views, and includes a kitchen, bathroom and bedsitting room. Ideal for teenagers or staff.

A morning bed making and tidy-up service is provided by Lorraine our Housekeeper, who will help in booking events, outdoor pursuits and local beach knowledge. We can organise for food to be placed in your freezer prior to your arrival, or have your daily meals, dinner parties and picnics personally catered for at Carn-Du by local cooks. Babysitting or registered child minding can also be arranged.

For more details, please go to the bottom of the page to find the link to our website.

Further details outdoors

In the garden there is a heated infinity pool (7m x 4m), open from April until October 30th with views over the entire sweep of

the ocean below.

Further details

Please bring your own beach towels.


The Cornwall region


There are many good walks in the area, including the West Cornwall Coastal Path which extends right round the coast. The most immediate section is from Mousehole to Larmona (about an hour), which begins at the top of Raginnis Hill.

Walk guide from the Telegraph Website


Within easy driving distance is the beach at Porthcurno 15 minutes by car from Carn Du, and a little further past the Minack Theatre, hidden away, is the lovely Porthchapel beach. Good for surfing is Sennen, just beyond Land's End. Gwithian is charming, just beyond Hayle on the A30 is good for surfing and walking. Also good is Porthmeor beach in St Ives. Further afield, some good surfing can be had at Watergate Bay, (with Jamie Oliver's restaurant nearby). There are several other beaches to the east, including one in Penzance. It is also possible to swim in Mousehole Harbour, which is popular with children.

Check the coastal path website for walks.


The Tate at St Ives (closed Mondays) houses frequently changing exhibitions. Nearby is the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden. You can buy joint Tate/Hepworth tickets. Penlee House in Penzance has a small but fine collection of works by Cornish artists and a good programme of special exhibitions, as well as a café with outside tables. Over the years, the area has drawn many artists to live and paint. Beyond Penzance is Newlyn, Cornwall's main fishing port, where the light was so extraordinary that the Newlyn School of artists was formed. The group, led by Stanhope Forbes and Walter Langley exhibited at the turn of the century, followed later by Laura Knight.


The Tate Gallery. The Barbara Hepworth Museum, The Newlyn Art Gallery and the many galleries showing contemporary work.

The famous open-air Minack Theatre, carved into the rock face high above Porthcurno Beach is well worth a visit, even if you don't go to a production there.

There is a theatre (the Acorn) and a cinema (the Savoy) in Penzance.


The Mousehole Male Voice Choir gives regular concerts. The harbour-front newsagent's board gives good notice of when one is imminent.

Day trips

The Scilly Isles can be reached by ferry from Penzance. Or by small plane from the airport at St. Just, Lands End.

The Eden Project

The vast greenhouse domes, just off the A30 near St Austell, replicate climates from other parts of the world. Often least crowded at weekends when people are busy arriving in, or leaving, Cornwall.


South Cornwall is renowned for its gardens, among them the Lost Gardens of Heligan near Mevagissey, one of the most famous, takes you back to pre-First World War times of near self-sufficient estates. The fruit and vegetable gardens have been restored, also the pleasure gardens and exotic jungle.


There are 18 hole courses at Cape Cornwall and Lelant, and a shorter, but scenic 18 hole course at Tregenna Castle, just outside St Ives on the road to Hayle.


Carn Du house and Carn Du cottage are next to one another at the top of Raginnis Hill in south west Cornwall. A quarter of a mile down a steep road to the left, as you look out to sea, is a natural sandy harbour in the middle of Mousehole. Along the coast road beyond Mousehole are Newlyn and Penzance.

From Carn Du the far reaching views extend beyond Penzance to St Michael's Mount, where in 1047, Edward the Confessor established a chapel which stands on an island in Mount's Bay. At low tide a cobbled stone causeway unfolds as the sea recedes

and leads you across to the island. Should the tide come in, a small ferryboat will return you to the mainland.

The coastline is gentle here, but becomes more rugged as you move west towards Lamorna Cove and Land's End. The coastal path follows the sea and cliffs, a 45 minute walk to the village of Lamorna, and carries on beyond and past Land's End. With its abundance of prehistoric stone monuments, this peninsula was the last part of Britain to be taken over by the Anglo Saxons from the Celts. DH Lawrence said of it: “This Cornwall is very primaeval: great, black, jutting cliffs and rocks, like the original darkness, with a pale sea breaking in, like dawn…”

It is also full of beautiful beaches. The beach at Porthcurno is 15 minutes by car from Carn Du, and beyond that, hidden away, is the lovely 3 star beach of Sennen just beyond Land's End, one of Cornwall's finest surfing beaches. Another is Gwithian. Exploring the Scillies is a ferry ride away.

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Review 1-10 of 11

10 Aug 2014


"Stunning location!"

We thought this house was just beautiful and you could not ask for a more stunning location, perched high up overlooking the bay of Penzance. Always something to look out at out sea, and on 2 occasions we were lucky enough to spot 8 or so dolphins. The only slight negative with the house, which I had already seen before from previous reviews, was that the house itself only has one shower. There are 3 other bathrooms, but all of them have baths only, with not even a shower attachment to be able to wash and rinse hair. I'm sure this could be easily addressed, and so would make the whole experience just that bit more perfect!! But loved the whole place generally.

23 Jan 2014


"Stunningly beautiful inside and out"

The house is as wonderful as the photographs. It is luxurious and characterful at the same time. I stayed in the main bedroom with the bath. We all took turns to use it as the views were incredible. The house floods with light even on a dull day and you can watch the weather come and go from practically every room. There is so much space that you never feel over crowded. There are lovely extras such as the flowers Lorraine provided on arrival and coffee table books and magazines. There was nothing extra that we needed.
I had my 50th birthday partyat the house. The ground floor goes seemlessly from room to room allowing different activities to happen in each and yet not separating everybody.
The pool was warm even in October and we used it everyday.
The house is very private and yet it is a short walk to Mousehole and has brilliant access to coastal walks
This is a wonderful find which we were all very sad to leave. I hope to return
Thank you to Lorraine and Carolyn

13 Dec 2013


"Stunning, simply stunning!"

We were lucky enough to stay at Carn Du for a week with a big group of friends for a 50th do. We hired the big house, annex and smaller house. It was a wonderful venue in every way. Depsite the obviou… More

25 Jul 2013


"A beautiful place to stay"

A wonderful house in a grand position, with panoramic views. The house is well appointed and equiped, although the bathrooms are a little dated with no plugs for electric razors, toothbrushes, etc. Only one bathroom has a shower. The AGA cooker takes some getting used to. But these are minor points - the house is truly great, especially for a extended families. Nice pool. The walk into Mousehole is easy, but tough for the overweight/elderly climbing the steep hill back.

7 Jun 2013


"A beautiful spacious house high above Mousehole good facilities."

Seven couples spent pleasant week in this beautiful house. Well appointed facilities. we were well looked after by the caretaker/housekeeper. Would certainly recommend this property for large groups.

6 Jun 2013


"Loveliest house imagineable"

We stayed here with friends and our extended family, including 2 babies and a dog. The spaciousness, decor, general design, and provision of equipment etc made for a holiday well-provided for. The … More

14 Apr 2013


"Perfect house, perfect location"

We stayed for a week in this house in April and we would definitely return. The house is set within a lovely location with the most superb views. This house is clearly a loved home by the owners with … More

17 Sep 2012


"Beyond expectation!"

I'm almost afraid of writing this review because I really want to keep Carn Du a secret! A quick review of the house's guest book shows that it's not a secret though, so I'll do my best to describe Carn Du's bounty without repeating, to trivia, the superlatives, 'beautiful,' 'lovely,' 'charming.'

For me, an urbanite of the U.S. living and working in Boston and Chicago, Carn Du was a portal to another place and time that I thought I'd only ever read about in the classics of BritLit. But it's real, it's not fiction, and it's captivating. Enthralling glamour captures you the moment your eyes set on the house's front door.

When the door is opened by chatelaine Loraine, all warm, welcoming, downright charming even as she's describing the dos and don'ts of the Aga to those of unfamiliar with concept ;-), you know you've arrived at Carn Du; and, chances are, you won't want to leave after a few days.

Let me put it this way: If you know those stories about mortals who stumble into the land of the Good Folk beneath the ground and then stumble out after a few moments only to find that a week has past while they were dancing and singing in a fairy hall, then you might be able to imagine what it's like to step into Carn Du. Though a week passes, you feel like you've been there for too short a time, and you spend your days craving a return.

Mousehole's Raginnis Hill, just a short distance from Penzance, is Carn Du's perch; and, it makes for spectacular views from the garden, the infinity pool, the bedroom balconies, the sun room, well, just about every part of the house. Recommendation: Listen to Kate Bush's "Sky of Honey" (AERIAL, 2005) a lot while at Carn Du for the perfect soundtrack to a stay at this house. If you don't have AERIAL, the cooing doves will be music enough.

I can't say enough about my experience staying at Carn Du with family and great friends. We all feel the same about our stay there, and it's my sincerest hope that I return relatively soon just to make sure that it wasn't all just a dream.

2 Aug 2012


"Perfect house; Perfect Holiday"

Beautifully furnished and laid out house with well equipped kitchen. Enjoyed heated outdoor swimming pool (with remotely controlled cover). Layout of house well thought out to provide separate space for games, TV watching etc. Incomparable views across bay to Mount St. Michael. Nicest holiday house we've ever rented.

22 Jul 2012


"Absolutely superb!"

This house is absolutely amazing - stunning decor, very well appointed and set in a beautiful location with breathtaking views. The website doesn't do it justice - I wore my feet out on our first evening, as I couldn't stop myself walking round the house saying "Wow!" in every room. It didn't take long before we were completely at home in its opulence and we were really sad to leave at the end of our stay, as it felt like we'd been there forever.

We know the area really well, so didn't have much incentive to leave the house during our stay. On sunny days we loved sitting out in the garden and taking a dip in the infinity pool. On rainy days it was just as nice to snuggle up in one of the spacious living rooms with a good book. My husband particularly liked the large conservatory, which makes a very relaxing and comfortable place to chill out. There are loads of books and magazines available in the house if you need some reading material during your stay. The house is very spacious, so even if you're staying in a large group, you don't get under each other's feet.

As a previous reviewer mentioned, the beds are huge and really comfortable. I loved the bath in the principal bedroom and enjoyed a few lazy hours in it over the week, gazing at the wonderful view across Mounts Bay. If we had any criticism at all, it was just that there was only one shower in the whole house - the other ensuites only had baths. But this doesn't really detract from what is otherwise a wonderful place to stay.

The housekeeper, Lorraine, was brilliant throughout - very friendly and attentive to detail. She popped in occasionally but we never felt like she was intruding. We stayed here to celebrate a special occasion but would love to come back in future and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this house to others.

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