House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
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.
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|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Mousehole 800 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view|
|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||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|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.
Please bring your own beach towels.
The West Country 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.
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.