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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Dharma House is a charming three bedroom cottage in the quiet hamlet of Whitecross. Close to both the North and South coasts of Cornwall, visitors are within a short drive of the long sandy surfing beaches of St Ives Bay to the North and the picturesque wind-surfing and sailing beaches of Mounts Bay to the South. Dharma House is ideally located for those wishing to enjoy all that West Cornwall has to offer from adventurous activities to nationally renowned art galleries.
This granite-fronted property, originally built as a farm worker's cottage, is now greatly extended and provides the perfect surroundings in which to relax at the end of a tiring day. The cottage is well-equipped and offers both a high level of comfort and a great deal of character. Dharma House is a perfect base from which to explore West Cornwall.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lelant 3 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newquay 60 km, Nearest railway: St Erth 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Dharma House has three bedrooms: a large master double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a single bedroom (on the ground floor next to the kitchen). There are night-store heaters in most rooms and a wood-burning stove in the sitting room. The hot water and the cooker are fuelled by LPG. The cylinders are closely monitored and replaced immediately when low.
The sitting room has two sofas and an armchair, a flat screen TV with Freeview, a DVD player, an iPod/CD/radio player, games, books, maps and some DVDs. The wood-burning stove is provided with a basket of logs.
The character kitchen/diner has ceiling beams and a feature pine dresser. There is a large country pine kitchen table with chairs and stools. The kitchen is very well equipped as it is also our holiday home. At the back of the kitchen is a small lobby with a courtyard beyond. This courtyard is for utility only and not particularly for guest use. (It contains gas cylinders and is used by the postman to get to Cottage No.3. It is small.)
We provide a stair-gate at the bottom of the stairs but please note that the stairs are open-tread so an ingenious child could still climb the stairs.
The master double bedroom is spacious and has two bedside tables, a double chest of drawers and a large feature wardrobe. A travel cot is stored in the wardrobe with mattress but no bedding.
The twin bedroom has two divan beds, a bedside table and a large wardrobe and overlooks the garden.
The single bedroom has a single bed, a bedside table and a wardrobe. There is an electric wall heater in this room.
The bathroom is on the upper floor and is recently refurbished to a high standard. There is an over-bath shower.
The garden is enclosed and for the sole use of Dharma House. Please note that there is a small unfenced pond. There is a barbecue area at the end of the garden and a table with seating. There is a garden bench near the entrance to Dharma House. A rotary clothes line is also provided.
The two parking spaces are for the sole use of Dharma House guests and are immediately across the lane in an enclosed area.
There is a No Smoking policy at this property.
Pets are considered but please contact the owners. We charge £27 per week or part week for pets. This is to cover the extra costs of cleaning. We also insist that no pet is left alone in the property for more than a short length of time.
With regard to elderly or infirm guests, there are stairs within the property and a small step down into the kitchen. Within the garden, there are two steps at the front door and two shallow steps up to the garden. The garden path is paved but not absolutely levelled. If you have any questions please contact the owner.
|Further details outdoors|
Private garden with barbecue, table with seating, bench and rotary clothes line. There is a small pond. Some of the plants in the garden are sub-tropical thanks to the mild climate of West Cornwall.
Guests are required to provide the names and ages of all party members and the address of the primary guest. These details will form part of the contract between the owners and the primary guest. Where possible the delivery of the contract and the full agreement to its terms & conditions will be achieved via email. The cottage is formally reserved upon receipt of the booking deposit (20% of the rental price) and full agreement to the terms & condition of the contract.
We do not accept bookings from groups of young adults (23 years old or younger).
Directions and access details are sent when the final payment has been received.
The West Country region
West Cornwall is a very ancient part of Britain. The Penwith Peninsula boasts more Neolithic sites than any other region in Europe and includes field systems, stone circles, standing stones, tombs and villages. The scenery itself ranges from wild and rugged to secluded and sheltered providing a variety of landscapes for walkers.
Every kind of beach is available from long sandy beaches where sporting activities are on offer to quiet remote coves at the bottom of steep cliff paths. On the North coast there is St Ives, Carbis Bay, Lelant, Hayle, Gwithian and Godrevy all within a few minutes drive. On the South coast there is Mousehole, Newlyn, Penzance, Marazion, St Michael's Mount, Porthleven and Mullion similarly close. Near Land's End there is the world famous surfing beach at Sennen. Further along the North coast there are the beaches and resorts of Perranporth, Newquay, Padstow and Rock.
West Cornwall is also well-known for its artists, but particularly the communities at St Ives and Newlyn. Both towns are only a few minutes from Dharma House. Visit The Tate, Barbara Hepworth Museum and the Bernard Leach Pottery at St Ives and the Penlee Gallery at Penzance.
The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Helligan are a little further up the county but well worth the journey. Nearer Whitecross are many gardens open to the public. There are several attractions for families and childern. These include the Gweek Seal Sanctuary, Bird Paradise (Hayle), the Land's End Experience and The Flambards Experience (Helston).
For the golfer there are courses at Camborne (Tehidy Park), Lelant (West Cornwall Golf Club), Mullion (England's most southerly golf club) and if you are prepared to travel, St Mellion with its two championship golf courses, including the UK’s first Jack Nicklaus designed ‘Signature Course’.
But West Cornwall is more than a sum of its parts ... so much more.
Whitecross is a quiet rural hamlet. There is no shop and no pub. However, there are both at Crowlas only 1 km away. The Star Inn is known for its real ale. The Lamb & Flag is 1 km in the other direction and very pleasant for a quiet drink and some food. The White Hart at Ludgvan (2 km) sells wonderful food at reasonable prices. (There are hundreds of good restaurants in Cornwall.)
Whitecross is itself at the foot of Trencrom Hill which is topped by an ancient hillfort. Simply (well, a bit more strenuous than that) walk up the lane, across the ford and upwards. There are views over much of West Cornwall including both St Ives and Mounts Bays. Passing near the cottage is St Michaels Way from Lelant to St Michaels Mount. This dates from pre-historic times and due to its historical significance is the only footpath in Britain that is part of a designated European Cultural Route.
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11 Jul 2013
"A much needed break in a beautiful location"
My mother, sister, the two dogs and I very much enjoyed our stay at Dharma House. It felt like a home away from home for us. The location was perfect for visiting many interesting places such as Penzance, St. Ives, Land's End, Treen (beautiful cliff walk and beach), Newquay, St. Michael's Mount, Marazion and many more beautiful places that are all within a half an hour drive. The cottage itself was very clean, well equipped and comfortable. The fireplace was a particularly lovely feature to the living room. The tea bags, milk, biscuits and flowers provided when we arrived were a lovely touch too. Chris, the owner was easily reached and replied promptly. I would definitely recommend Dharma House and I hope we will be back again one day in the future.
4 Jul 2013
"Good if you own dogs, need 3 bedrooms for 5 people, and like turning left."
Nice place generally. The owner is level headed and forthright to communicate with. The house was clean upstairs. Downstairs the kitchen was clean and we'll appointed. However, the living room … More
I am sorry that this guest found the cottage only average. All other reviews on this website and others that we use have rated Dharma House as Excellent or Good so an Average score needs addressing urgently.
Regarding the observations, there are three bedrooms – a double master bedroom, a twin double bedroom and a single bedroom. The single is on the ground floor. Dharma House sleeps a maximum of five plus a cot if required.
One sofa is a little worn and will be replaced when there is a gap in the bookings (not until September at the earliest unfortunately).
Dog hairs in the carpet, we do accept pets and we levy a pet charge to cover the extra cleaning that we anticipate will be required. I am sorry this guest found it lacking and we will address this as a matter of urgency. It is certainly not meant to happen. The cottage is 150 years old and has external walls nearly 3 feet thick (part of its charm, I think), and in very wet weather may have a slight musty smell. Cornwall can be damp I'm afraid.
The junction at the end of the lane, all of Cornwall is busy in high season and it may take a couple minutes to co-ordinate a gap both ways but this has never been mentioned before. To put a positive spin on it, the drive from St Ives to Penzance is one of the most beautiful drives in West Cornwall and was the subject of a BBC television programme in the last couple of months. I accept the point, however, it can be a difficult junction in high season but manageable I feel.
In case any viewers of this website fear our standards have slipped, below are comments from the previous two guests and the one subsequently:
“It certainly was well equipped – we couldn't have asked for more. Should also mention the garden which is just absolutely beautiful.” (JW)
“We would like to thank you for a very very beautiful holiday. The cottage was great and we really think of coming back sometime. In our perception there is nothing to improve :)” (LS)
“We had a really lovely stay thank you. Your cottage is beautiful and a pleasure to stay in.” (PN)
Be assured all comments will be addressed.
18 Feb 2013
"A welcome break"
Having spent one night too long in chain hotels whilst visiting Cornwall on business I turned to trip advisor in the hopes of finding something different. Dharma House did not disappoint. It was clean… More
18 Aug 2011
"Beautiful surroundings and everything you could possibly need!"
We stayed at Dharma house earlier this year for my Mum's birthday and it was absolutely fantastic.
On arrival we had tea, coffee, milk, biscuits and fresh flowers, a simple, yet very effective and welcome touch.
The cottage has everything you could possibly need to cook and to keep a family entertained, It is also very clean and is only a short drive from some very beautiful places to visit.
We very rarely visit the same place twice, however I am looking forward to staying there again!
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