About the home
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, 800m|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 800m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|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 bathroom, 3 en suites and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (5), Cots (1), Dining seating for 14, Lounge seating for 12|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony / 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.
Please bring your own beach towels.
We ask for a deposit of 30% of the total hire charge to reserve your dates with us along with a completed booking form. Your dates will be secured upon receipt of payment. Confirmation of your reservation will be sent to you once your payment has cleared. This deposit is non-refundable. The balance of the hire charge is due no later than four months prior to your reserved dates. Failure to pay the balance before this time may result in the cancellation of your booking with us.
The complete payment is required on reservation if your stay is due to start within four months of your booking.
A refundable damage deposit of £500 is payable at the same time as the balance of the hire charge. A deduction will be made in the event that you or anyone in your party causes either excessive damage, incurs a need for extra cleaning, leaves the property without settling invoices for additional services and supplies received during your stay. You will be notified in writing of the details of any extra costs incurred within two weeks after the end of the let. If the Property is left in a satisfactory condition and all invoices have been paid, your deposit will be returned in full. Please ring Carolyn for more details on 01249 730124 or 07940 238886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The West Country / Cornwall region
From Carn Du you can look out 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.
The coastline is gentle here, but becomes more rugged as you move west towards Lamorna Cove and 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 primeval: 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, the lovely 3 star beach of Sennen. Just beyond Land’s End, offers some of Cornwall’s best surfing. You can fly to the sunny Scillies by helicopter for the day from Penzance heliport.
The Penzance / Mousehole area
There are many very 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.
There are plenty of good beaches within easy driving distance. The beach at Porthcurno is 15 minutes by car from Carn Du, and a little further on, hidden away, is the lovely Porthchapel beach. Sennen, just beyond Land’s End, offers some of Cornwall’s best surfing, along with the very popular beach at Newquay. Further afield, some good surfing can be had at Watergate Bay, (with Jamie Oliver's restaurant nearby). You can also surf at Porthmeor beach in St Ives. There are several other beaches to the east, including one in Penzance of course, but we prefer the ones to the west. It is also possible to swim in Mousehole Harbour, which is very popular with children.
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 attracted many artists. Beyond Penzance is Newlyn, Cornwall’s fishing capital, where the light is so special 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. There is still a flourishing school, with many artists living and painting in the area. The summer and Christmas exhibitions at the Newlyn Gallery are big events.
Theatre and cinema
There is a theatre (the Acorn) and a cinema (the Savoy) in Penzance. The famous open-air Minack Theatre, cut into the rock face high above Porthcurno Beach is well worth a visit even if you don’t go to a production there.
The Mousehole Male Voice Choir gives regular concerts. The harbour-font newsagent’s board gives good notice of when one is imminent.
The Scilly Isles can be reached by helicopter from Penzance. Flights are every hour and cost £75 per head for a return.
The Eden Project
Good for a wet day. The huge 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 renown 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.
How to get there
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The drive to Carn Du takes 4.5 hours from London. Take the M4 to Bristol, then the M5 to Exeter,then A30 to Penzance. From Penzance take the main road around the bay to Newlyn. Upon crossing the bridge in the centre take the road ahead for Lamorna and proceed up the hill out of Newlyn. Follow this road through the village Sheffield before taking a left fork to Raginnis. Turn left at the signpost marked Raginnis, pass through this small hamlet and proceed down the hill bearing left past a couple of cottages and the entrance for Carn Du will be found a few hundred yards on the left hand side. The address is: Carn Du, Raginnis Hill, Mousehole, Cornwall TR19 6SS.
Activities near Penzance
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
14 Apr 2013
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
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.
02 Aug 2012
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.
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|Prices for group size 12|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Christmas/New Year||22 Dec 12||4 Jan 13||£ 4800||-||-||1 Week|
|Feb/Mar||23 Feb 13||23 Mar 13||£ 1500||-||-||1 Week|
|Easter||23 Mar 13||6 Apr 13||£ 2400||-||-||1 Week|
|Apr/May||6 Apr 13||4 May 13||£ 2100||-||-||1 Week|
|May Bank Hols||4 May 13||1 Jun 13||£ 2800||-||-||1 Week|
|Early Summer||1 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||£ 2500||-||-||1 Week|
|Early July||6 Jul 13||20 Jul 13||£ 3100||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||20 Jul 13||7 Sep 13||£ 4150||-||-||1 Week|
|Late Summer||7 Sep 13||5 Oct 13||£ 2700||-||-||1 Week|
|October||5 Oct 13||12 Oct 13||£ 2100||-||-||1 Week|
|October Half Term||12 Oct 13||26 Oct 13||£ 2500||-||-||1 Week|
|Autumn/Winter||26 Oct 13||21 Dec 13||£ 1500||-||-||1 Week|
|Xmas/New Year||21 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 3500||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday and Saturday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
The House and Cottage maybe hired together or separately.
Additional charges are made for the following:
The charter of our 42ft Princess
Catering for daily meals, dinner parties and picnics.
Babysitting or registered child minding.
Advanced bookings for local events, fishing trips and sailing courses.
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