Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
“A little piece of heaven . . .”
That's how the local postman has described Vellandreath, a lovely and hidden corner of West Penwith in Far West Cornwall overlooking the wide sweep of Whitesands Bay, Sennen.
Well appointed in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – a haven for botanists, wildlife enthusiasts, beachcombers, climbers, ramblers and watermen – this delightful Holiday Cottage in Cornwall by the Sea is set in the privately owned, unspoilt 8-acre Vellandreath Valley in Sennen, next to the beach, bordered by a stream and sand dunes offering spectacular panoramic sea views all year round.
Converted with flair and imagination this quiet and magical setting is only accessible on foot down the sandy beach path from Sunny Corner Lane, Sennen, Cornwall.
Approached down winding granite steps to a small slate patio garden and just 200 metres from the beach, this cosy,
romantic cottage enjoys a sea view from its double-glazed conservatory living room
Double-glazed conservatory living room with Sofa and sea views.
• Open-plan kitchen/dining area with exposed beams and granite walls, 'Victorian' wood-burning stove and rugs on slate floor.
• Ornate narrow, steep spiral staircase to first floor:
• Pretty double bedroom with Victorian brass bed, sea view and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.
• An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Vellandreath has No Vehicular Access = No cars = No Traffic = Peace & Quiet.
Cat's Cradle is only accessible by foot down the sandy beach path from our private car park off Sunny Corner Lane, a distance of 250 metres. We advise that this property is not suitable for the infirm or those with restricted mobility. Due to the uneven ground of the sand dunes it is advisable to wear sensible shoes. If you are arriving after dark please take a torch. A luggage service is available at check-in and departure times.
Sleeps up to 2 people
Bed linen and towels included
Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included (additional fuel supplied and delivered at cost)
Electric Night Storage Heaters (cost included)
Wi-Fi internet access
Garden with patio and furniture
Private car park 200 metres
Luggage can be transported up and down the valley by tractor – small charge payable to driver
Wet suit and surf board for hire locally
Pets are welcome but notice must be given in advance (a small charge / deposit may be required for more than one pet)
Unsuitable for the infirm and those with restricted mobility
No children except babes in arms
Friday to Friday Changeover
Dogs are permitted on the sand dunes, neighbouring Gwenver beach, and Whitesand's Bay (restricted access during the day in summer at Whitesands Bay).
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The West Country region
Vellandreath Valley is situated within West Penwith (the Land's End peninsula) which is the southernmost area of England, and the most picturesque part of Cornwall. It is rich in dramatic beaches, wooded valleys, moorland, rolling farm land, and hidden coves; much of it is designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The far South West is warmed by south westerly breezes from the Azores, and is one of the most unpolluted areas in Britain. It has a special, indefinable quality recognized by locals and visitors alike. Its 144 square miles still supports an active small scale farming and fishing community, with a unique beauty that draws visitors back year after year.
The coastline is full of beaches, ranging from safe bathing beaches to secluded coves to wild and rocky places. Some are easily accessible and some less so. Although there are several traditional seaside resorts for family visitors, the area also attracts walkers, naturalists, artists, and anyone seeking a quiet haven, with amenities close by. The sea is crystal clear, jade green, and a comfortable swimming temperature into late autumn..
The Land's End peninsula is in the path of the warm Gulf Stream, and cold weather is rare. Frost and snow are rare, and the climate is ideal for semi-tropical plants, many of which can be seen in Vellandreath's valley gardens
West Penwith also has more ancient sites than any other area of Britain, ranging from stone age to iron age monuments and settlements. These include four stone circles, 90 standing stones, and numerous hill forts, village settlements, quoits, and burial barrows.
There are dozens of beaches on the Land's End peninsula, and they are amongst the most unpolluted resorts in Europe. They range from safe, sandy family beaches with life guards to wild and rocky coves. There are many coves where the access is difficult, with wonderfully crowd-free bathing, and others with car parks adjacent to popular resorts. The water is clear and jade-coloured; superb for swimming and surfing, and the beaches are ideal for sun bathing - .
Beaches vary from sandy to rocky and pebbly, and some have safe and shallow bathing for children, Many have nearby shops and cafes catering for family visitors, but it is also easy to find remote and private places.
The Post Office is opposite the Costcutter Villages store and is situate on the A30 Lands End Road, Sennen just 1 mile away.
Sennen Cove Stores are located in Sennen Cove opposite the Lifeboat House.
Fish and chips are available both in Sennen and Sennen Cove (1 mile)
Sennen's Farmers market is held every Tuesday morning at Sennen school, just half a mile away. Sample the delights of (very) local farm produce and a spectacular array of arts and crafts.
Tesco's and Morrison's are situated on the A30 in Penzance 8 miles away. Further Shopping is also available here.
If you dont feel like cooking then why not let someone else do it for you? Sample the delights of the Atlantic Ocean and Westcountry Farms prepared by some of the great restaurants, bistro's and pubs in the area. Below are a few of our personal favourites…
The Beach Restaurant is a must and just a short inspiring walk across the dunes or beach. Offering specials, a main menu, BBQ's, Pizza, beverages & Cocktails this Restaurant really is right on The Beach.
The Old Success is Sennen Cove's local. Here you'll good pub food with outside seating offering great views across the bay enjoying a situation just meters from the sea.
Surrounded by fantastic coastal countryside just a few miles down the road The Gurnard's Head is a venue to head for to achieve quality dining. Alternatively pop in for a pint !
Untitled is Robert white's and former model Jean Shrimpton's exclusive restaurant in the heart of Penzance. In 2011 Robert White was awarded a Michelin Star in recognition of the quality cuisine served here.
This Medieval themed family restaurant has been the kids favourite for years. Funny thing is, once they've grown up they keep coming back !
Performance and Arts:
Local Art can be found at The Round House gallery
This is superb walking country. Breathtaking views, eye watering sunsets and more flora and fauna than you can shake a walking stick at. Vellandreath Valley is the perfect starting point for any stroll, walk, ramble or hike. Venture south and one can walk over the beach or dunes, into Sennen cove, on to Lands End, Logan's Rock and the South Coast beyond. Head north and one finds Gwenver Beach, Ayr Point leading to Cape Cornwall, on to Guarnards Head and as far as the Badlands if you're brave enough. Of course you can always head inland and explore the moorland, woods, nearby ancient settlements and prehistoric relics. Always be prepared: with sensible clothing and footwear a must, water and mobile phone a given and a bar of chocolate a treat. An ordinance survey map may come in handy too if you're on a serious mission.
Cape Cornwall's superbly located golf course is just 6 miles away.
Walking the Cape Cornwall golf course you could easily be forgiven for thinking that it was one of the oldest golf courses in England. Yet it was only designed in 1990 by Bob Hamilton, who also designed courses in Scotland and Singapore.
It is a truly natural course, ranging over both farmland and cliff tops and presents the golfer with a mix of challenging holes, and stunning views. 'Challenging' is indeed the most often used word when golfers return, especially on windy days!
Without doubt Cape Cornwall should be on every golfers lifetime itinerary. Once ticked-off you'll want to come back again and again.
It's a par 69 challenge, cliff tops, undulating fairways, dry-stone walls - known locally as Cornish hedges - and even ancient mine-shafts to negotiate!
The course is open and playable 364 days a year.
Whether you're a serious sports fisherman, competent angler, seaweed catcher or crab hunter there are a wealth of spots and options to choose from...
Right in front of Vellandreath Valley you can try your luck beach casting for Bass or Mullet. To the South the breakwater at Sennen Cove serves up Pollack, mackerel and the odd conga eel. To the north hike to Arys point and enjoy the fruits of the open ocean. Of course if you are in possession of a hardy sea kayak and (and handle yourself in the open ocean) the with the right kit, the possibilities are endless. Boat trips are available from Penzance whether its a family mackerel fishing trip or a deep sea wreck expedition for the big stuff. Just because the Atlantic Ocean is 200 meters away doesn't mean you can't go course fishing. There are plenty of perfect places you can settle down, cast a fly or wait a while to watch your float sink.
Whatever you choose, bring your catch back to your Cornish Cottage in Vellandreath Valley and cook it up on your complimentary Barbeque.
Here at Vellandreath Valley we have one of natures best playgrounds right on our doorsteps: the beach. Of course where there's a beach there's the the sea and in our case we have the Atlantic Ocean brushed by the warmth of the Gulf Stream. Sennen's Whitesands Bay is a Blue Flag beach and is well known for its quality surf, rich in surf history and folk lore. The conditions vary according to time and tide but waves can be found for all abilities whether novice, intermediate or expert. Don't worry, if surfing is not for you then one can always take advantage of the sheltered end of the bay and swim between the lifeguard's red and yellow bathing flags when the waves are up. Children have an absolute ball in the surf and the local surf schools offer great coaching to get them up and riding the rollers though of course just frolicking in the waves and body boarding will be excitement enough for some. If you've already got the surfing bug then this is the perfect place for you. If you've yet to try surfing then, in our opinion, there's no better place to start…
If you fancy a change from the beach life or the kids get itchy feet why not have a day out at one of the many attractions in the area. Whether is its mining heritage, delightful gardens, museums or theme parks theres something for everyone…
Other activities that can enjoyed by your own arrangement are cycling, yoga, rock climbing and much, much more !
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25 Nov 2013
Nice cottage, cramped but OK for two for a few nights, could not imaging staying for a week. Difficult to see the sea from the conservatory unless you sat on cushions and steep hill for access, not su… More
Thank you for your comments. We are sorry but surprised you found Cat's cradle to be cramped - We feel it is a very good sized space for two people and much larger than average being set over two floors with a generous, well proportioned living area, light conservatory and a good sized double bedroom. Whilst we respect your opinion we have had hundreds of couples who have stayed with us who have loved staying in Cats Cradle often sharing the property with additional dogs and babies - their reviews can be seen on the testimonials page on our website. There is a lovely sea view from Cats Cradle's conservatory but you cannot see it from every angle and if you are short of height then you will need a cushion (or 2!) to sit on to see it whilst sitting down on the sofa. There are footpaths in and out of Vellandreath Valley (the beautiful place where Cats Cradle is located) so people can arrive, leave, get to the beach and take walks, etc. Now and again less responsible dog owners sometimes leave their dogs mess, however most people are very respectful of this area of outstanding natural beauty. Daily we try to diligently look out for such mess and remove it if it occurs. We are adding extra "dog's mess bins" and further signs in the valley, even on the paths outside our land to eradicate this even further. We hope to see you again although perhaps next time, as lots of space is clearly a priority for you both, maybe the 2 of you should consider staying in one of of our 4 person cottages.
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