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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
“A little piece of heaven . . .”
That’s how the local postman has described the Vellan Dreath Valley, a lovely and hidden corner of Cornwall overlooking the wide sweep of Whitesand Bay. In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – a haven for botanists, wildlife enthusiasts, beachcombers, climbers, ramblers and watermen – these delightful holiday cottages are set in a privately owned, unspoilt 8-acre valley next to the beach, bordered by a stream and sand dunes offering spectacular panoramic sea views all year round. Converted with flair and imagination to the same high standards of comfort, each of these cottages enjoys its own personal garden. Their quiet and magical settings are only accessible on foot down the sandy beach path from Sunny Corner Lane.
Castaways is a south facing former net loft and is snugly set in the dunes, only 250 metres from the beach.
Castaways has its own sun-trapped garden bordered by a stream with views out to sea over the beach of Whitesands Bay, Sennen with glimpses of The Scilly Isles on a clear day.
Slate steps wind down to the front door through terraced gardens with pretty flowers and lawned borders offering seats to soak up the ambience of Vellandreath Valley and the Atlantic Ocean.
Castaways' open plan living area and bespoke conservatory brings the "outside - inside" assuring a unique stay.
Castaways' exposed beams, high ceilings and granite walls grant it immense character and charm.
Castaways has underfloor heating throughout the ground floor.
Open Castaways' tri-fold glazed patio doors off its high ceilinged conservatory and the inside living area magically merges with the garden. This excellent design feature will enhance your living experience further.
Castaways has a spacious open plan living / dining room with a freestanding beech kitchen area complete with "touch sensitive" hob, convection oven, micro-wave and belfast sink.
The pretty double bedroom with antique brass and iron double bed has rugs on slate floors and an ornate antique wardrobe. Leading from this high ceilinged sleeping space is the en-suite tiled wet room with a power shower, basin and lavatory.
From the open plan living area stripped pine stairs lead to the first floor. there is a family bathroom and a further sleeping area with a double bed, high beamed ceilings, original sash window giving way to sea views with another feature window overlooking the garden and stream. Granite walls compliment lime-waxed floorboards surrounded by attractive furnishings in this rustic but contemporary fisherman's cottage setting.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Whitesand Bay, Sennen 300 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newquay 80 km, Nearest railway: Penzance 12 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
• Superb views
• Complimentary underfloor heating
• Television & DVD Player
• Wet room with Shower
• Dishwasher & Washing machine
• Linen & towels included
• Cot available upon request
• Highchair available upon request
•Pets are welcome with prior arrangement
• Winter short breaks available
|Further details outdoors|
• Situated in a privately owned valley designated as an "Area of outstanding natural beauty"
• 250 metres from the Beach
• Terrace with Barbeque and views
• Enclosed garden
• Superb views
• Outside shower
• Pub nearby
• Beach restaurant nearby
• Surf lessons and board hire available from the beach close by (see our website)
• Welcome pack provided on arrival.
• With prior arrangement an additional "babe in arms" is welcome with no extra charge. A travel cot is provided but please bring your own cot linen etc.
• Our Caretaker will be available to greet you during designated arrival times.
• A separate private studio apartment is next door to the property and is also available for booking.
• Vellandreath Valley is an "Area of outstanding natural beauty". Consequently to preserve the environment and ensure a peaceful stay there is strictly no vehicular access (except service vehicles). Cars must be left in the car park provided and access to the valley is made via the valley track by foot. An optional luggage service is available by request.
About this location
The Cornwall 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.
For details please see the "Activities" section of our website
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… For surf lessons and board hire please see the "Activities" section of our website.
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…Please see the "Activities" section of our website.
Other activities that can enjoyed by your own arrangement are cycling, yoga, rock climbing and much, much more !
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20 Sep 2013
"New experience....but wouldn't return."
For the first time in our adult lives we decided to take a holiday at home! With the weather being so good and also the addition of a little person to the family we decided to stay in the UK for the summer.
I came across this cottage through trip advisor, it looked beautiful so I took a punt and booked it there and then.
We stayed at Castaways cottage for the last week of August. We were greeted by the caretaker Brian who took our luggage in a little tractor down to the cottage. He was very friendly and gave us lots of local area advice.
The cottage is situated in a valley that is not accessible by car. It is also not suitable for buggies and prams! This was a bit of a bug bare as the information on the cottage stated that its suitable for children of all ages. I'd have to disagree with that statement some what.
We arrived at the property and walked through the most gorgeous garden. We were blown away by how stunning it was. The sea was behind the cottage so views were amazing! The cottage had gone under some renovations from what we could tell from things written in the visitors book with a glass conservatory/ extension on the end of the cottage to open up the space. This did look really nice but it got very hot during the day so all the windows and doors in the cottage had to be opened so air could circulate. Not too much of a problem you might think however I have never seen so many flys in all my life, I was hoovering up insect remains every day. That was a real shame as it did spoil the stay a little.
In the new part of the cottage there is a bedroom and ensuite bathroom also nicely done but sadly we shared the water heater with the accommodation next door. This meant it was a race to the shower for everybody in the mornings. Otherwise our neighbours got the lion share of hot water..... Not impressed!
Like I said in the beginning of my review this was our first holiday in the UK so it's all new to me. I'm not sure if its Cornwall in general or just Sennen in particular but we didn't feel that it was particularly good value for money. The cottage was £1300 for the week but it was tiny and not that high spec. Don't get me wrong it was nice but not fantastic definitely over priced.
Thank you for your comments.
We are very sorry you had some problems whilst staying with us. We wanted to assure you that we do advertise our cottages in Vellandreath Valley as not being suitable for those with restricted mobility and that wheel chair access is not recommended, neither are standard push chairs due to the proximity of the sand dunes.
However all terrain buggies are usable in the valley and there is a sand free track and plenty of grass to navigate them on easily. As we are on the coast and right by the beach there is obviously going to be sloping areas, hills and sand which can sometimes be awkward. As parents we understand the difficulty of babies and beaches !
No push chair will work particularly well on a beach and to install pavements to accommodate them would diminish our guests holiday experience and ruin the environment.
We have had 100's of guests who have overcome these natural issues and have had no problem but we do appreciate the difficulty you had in this instance as a new mum. We generally use papooses with our own babies over the sand and all terrain buggies on the grass / tracks.
Whilst we respect your point of view with regards to your statement that Castaways is not suitable for children of all ages as parents ourselves we would have to disagree and think the 1000's of guest we have had over the last 40 years who keep coming back would disagree too. At present we have a family staying with no less than 6 babies and they are having a fantastic time!
We did have the most amazing hot weather last summer (2013) and a very long heat wave which we appreciate not everyone enjoyed although it did make for superb beach weather. We do offer lush gardens complimenting our cottages and these of course can attract the odd bug or fly and if one leaves windows open at night or in the evening flies will be attracted to the lights and get into the property. Thankfully we generally don't suffer from mosquitoes! We have noted your comments and are installing a ceiling fan in the event that we have that sort of amazing sub-tropical weather again to cool down the cottage and keep those pesky bugs at bay.
We are so sorry there was a problem with the hot water supply. This had nothing to do with any shared water tank or the neighbours getting to the shower first - it was due to an electrical fault with the immersion heater. We attended to this as soon as we were made aware of it and the problem has been fixed but we are truly sorry for the inconvenience this caused you.
We are surprised you describe Castaways as tiny as we feel it is spacious and offers very good proportions resulting in very comfortable accommodation presented to a high standard. Many of our guests agree and have testified to this in their reviews. The photographs on our adverts and website clearly illustrate what we offer. We do have larger properties on offer which cater for more people if required (obviously at a higher price) but castaways was your choice. Once again we do respect your point of view and appreciate that you are not used to spending your hoildays in this country or Cornwall for that matter.
As for value for money many of Castaways neighbouring properties rent for £3,000 - £4,000 per week and are booked up years in advance for high summer so given your weeks stay cost £1300 we would suggest that you received good value for money in comparison to the market average. However we do appreciate that perhaps you are more used to spending your holidays abroad as you stated.
We wish you well and would love to see you again in the Valley should you ever decide to return.
11 Jun 2013
"A truly fabulous location"
If you are looking for a holiday cottage in a fabulous location then look no further. It truly is the “little piece of Cornish Heaven” described by others. The standard of accommodation was first-class with the property being very well equipped and spotlessly clean. Throughout our stay we found the cottage warm and cosy and it certainly wasn't the warmest of weeks I can assure you!
Would we visit again? – you bet we will!
Thank you for your comments. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, from all of us in Vellandreath Valley, Sennen.
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