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Waterlily Holiday Cottage


Excellent 5/5 Score from 10 reviews

Waterlily cottage is tucked away in a quiet lane, just beside the village square.

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

News flash: **** We are delighted to announce we have just been selected as one of 'Sawdays Special Places to Stay in Cornwall' ****

Near the county capital of Truro, tucked away in a quiet lane within the Conservation Area of Probus village you will find this quintessential Cornish cottage. We have recently refurbished Waterlily Cottage to a very high standard, taking great care to retain its special character. We aim to provide you with a real 'home from home' so you can relax and enjoy this idyllic part of Cornwall.

Waterlily Cottage is ideally located for both the north and south coast, so you will have your choice of numerous sandy beaches. There's also World-Heritage off-road cycle trails, Eden project, Caerhay's Castle, Lost Garden's of Heligan, National Trust estates, and glorious coastal or rural walks within an easy drive. Our guests love the idyllic fishing villages dotted around the Roseland Pennisula (just 6 miles away), particularly magical St Mawes. A boat trip across the bay to the historic port of Falmouth is a must-do; then there's the cathedral city of Truro with farmer's market, theatre, eclectic shopping and so much more.

Back at home, the fresh coastal decor provides you with the perfect place to unwind; perhaps a leisurely cream tea in the conservatory, or listen to church-bells in the sun-trap garden. A gentle stroll across the village square will reward you with Aga-baked cakes in the cafe/gallery, fresh bread & home-made Cornish pasties in the farm shop, or there's Cornish ale & scrummy home-made food in the local inn.

Waterlily Holiday Cottage offers you peace and quiet, friendly Cornish village life, and beautifully presented accommodation. We hope to welcome you soon.

>>>>>>>>>>> Eating out in Probus village:

* The Hawkins Arms pub: great food & child-friendly with large garden;

* Trudgian Cornish farm shop: oodles of local produce & delicious pasties;

* Time Café: bistro/gallery for cream teas & 'picnics to go' for your days out;

* Gulshan Indian Restaurant: eat-in or take-away;

* Probus fish n chips.

>>>>>>>>>>> Probus village amenities include:

* A beautiful 15th Century church with regular services.

* Half-hour bus services (inc. evenings) to Truro, & National-Express coach with services to London.

* A convenience store, antiques emporium, post-office; fuel garage, beauty salon, & children's playground.

>>>>>>>>>>> Around the area:

* Rocky coves and sandy beaches e.g. Porthpean, Pentewan, Pendower, Port Holland & Port Loe.

* Enchanting old Cornish harbours of Mevagissey or Charlestown.

* Easy drive to 8 of the 'Great Gardens of Cornwall' (Trewithen garden is 1.5 miles away).

* National Trust estates include Trelissick, Trerice & Glendurgan.

* Golf courses around Truro (a choice of two).

* Horse riding on Perranporth beach (stables welcome children).

* Children can explore underground tin mine tours, a Go-Kart track, or 2 theme parks within easy drive.

* The off-road Pentewan coastal cycle trail to Mevagissey (bike hire available).

* Walk the South West Coast Path e.g. the Dodman trail to the highest headland in South Cornwall.

* Surf and watersports (and equipment hire) can be found in Newquay or Perranporth.

>>>>>>>>>>> For more information on cottage facilities, including a range of baby equipment, also guests with restricted mobility/elderly...take a peek at our web site and video >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ***All weeks from Fri 28th Nov - Fri 12th Dec £280***

Size Sleeps up to 4, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Carne/Pendower/Portholland 12 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 10 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Newquay 20 km, Nearest railway: Truro 10 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ

The West Country region

Located in the far west of Great Britain on a peninsula almost completely surrounded by the sea, magnificent granite coastline wraps around Cornwall for almost 300 miles. Cornwall is also the location of mainland Great Britain's most southerly point, The Lizard, and one of the most westerly points, Land's End. With a vast landscape of spectacular clifftops, this dramatic coastline boasts unspoilt fishing harbours, miles of sandy beaches and pounding Atlantic surf - which provides a natural playground for a variety of water sports. And who can forget the famous Cornish pasties for a traditional lunchtime snack, and luscious afternoon cream teas?

The South West coast path provides walks for all abilities, leading to a host of old smugglers caves, beaches, and pretty Cornish hamlets. Inland, Cornwall is a county of contrasts from the wilderness of captivating Bodmin Moor with its fascinating granite stone circles, great walking trails and local smuggling legends, to the tranquil rural landscapes of the Roseland and the Lizard peninsulas.

There's also the dynamic art scene with its hub at the Tate Gallery in St Ives, coupled with a food lovers paradise which rivals London! Cornwall has a multitude of award-winning local food producers and internationally famed chefs.

Celebration of Cornwall's Celtic roots, and the Cornish language, is enjoying a vibrant revival. The rich Cornish culture is evident in all that you see and do, not least the names of villages and streets, but also various street festivals; if you time your visit in the summer months you could see Helston Flora day or Penzance Mazy Day. The festivals are alive with the warmth and friendliness of the Cornish people, visit, and you will experience a unique heritage.

For those with an interest in ancient Celtic history, you will find plenty of opportunities to explore Bronze age standing stones, granite burial chambers, Celtic crosses and holy wells. More recent Cornish history has just as much to offer, Cornwall's tin mining heritage has recently been awarded World Heritage Site status. Head West, and you will find the landscape dotted with the fascinating remnants of Cornwall's enormous contribution to the Industrial Revolution, with granite engine houses, tin mine tours, museums, and miles of recreational trails.

But no trip to Cornwall would be complete without a visit to one of the numerous golden sand bays which stretch around the coastline. Long famed for its perfect surfing conditions, the coastline here is a hub for all kinds of extreme sports from zapcat racing to scuba diving to rock climbing.


The cottage is situated in the South of Cornwall. This green and peaceful landscape is fed by rivers from the high moorlands of Bodmin, characterised by leafy estuaries, fishing villages, beaches, harbours and beautiful gardens that flourish in South Cornwall's mild climate.

Around the coastline Cornwall's maritime legacy is never far away where local fishermen land their daily catch of fresh seafood, and tall ships, luggers and ketches unfurl their sails in the Cornish breeze. You can feast on the days catch, jump on a ferry at St Mawes to explore the County Maritime Museum in Falmouth, or visit numerous picturesque fishing villages including Mevagissey, Charlestown, or Portloe.

The Roseland Peninsula is recognised nationally, and contains large sections of Cornwall's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; all easily accessed by the spectacular South West Coast Path providing miles of gentle strolls or challenging hikes.

Families will love a host of attractions including farm visits, trips underground to explore Cornish mines, a steam railway, 2 theme parks, horse riding, and for the adventurous go karting, kayaking, surfing, off road cycle routes, all with easy local equipment hire.

With Truro on your doorstep, a vibrant city with artisan shops, cathedral, restaurants, pubs, theatre and nightlife, there is something for everyone.

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4 Nov 2014



Gorgeous cream tea awaiting our arrival and a thoughtful pint of milk in the fridge.The cottage was beautifully decorated, really clean and very comfortable.Ideal location from which to explore Cornwa… More

Thank you for your lovely review and recommendation. We are really pleased you used our local amenities, we are very lucky to have a well-stocked farm shop, great pub, café, Indian restaurant and lots more on our doorstep! We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

26 Sep 2014


"Comfort, charm, location, facilities - wonderful!"

So lovely that I don't want to let other people know about it!The title says it all really but when you add the friendliness of the village, the lovely cream tea welcome and the great food availa… More

Thank you for writing such a lovely review and for looking after Waterlily Cottage just like it was your own home! In response to previous guest feedback this year we have worked hard to improve the garden wherever possible and so are thrilled that you enjoyed using our compact courtyard space so much! It really was a pleasure to accommodate you both. I sincerely hope to welcome you back again in the future.

10 Sep 2014


"Everything we hoped for!"

Stayed at waterlily cottage last week and it is amazing! The cottage itself is beautiful and Lucy and the owner had thought of everthing to make our stay comfortable. First trip advisor review I… More

Thank you so much for making Waterlily Holiday Cottage your first ever review on TripAdvisor! It was lovely to meet you all and I hope we will welcome you back again in the future. Next time you come you might like to try Trewithen Gardens which is right on our doorstep, literally just a few minutes car journey away from Probus.

11 Aug 2014


"Excellent, reluctant to review incase it gets over booked!"

We stayed last year and wouldn't want to stay anywhere else in Cornwall now. Has everything you need and more, my daughter says it's like staying in a dolls house as everything is so pretty!… More

It's our pleasure to accommodate such a lovely family, and thank you so much for booking your 2015 summer holiday with us! We will be really looking forward to welcoming you back again. Probus is a lovely village and we are so glad you enjoy visiting as much as we love living here!

29 Jul 2014


"Good Central location to explore Cornwall"

We have had a great week here at Waterlily Cottage. We have stayed in Probus several times now and this is by far the best we have stayed in. Very comfortable and clean. Many thanks for the welcome Lu… More

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. The best holiday cottage in the village is very high praise indeed – thank you! We hope to welcome you back again one day.

22 Jul 2014


"a very pleasant stay"

Waterlily cottage is perfectly located to explore the area which offers so many pretty spots to discover. You can also very easily go to Truro for shopping.The cottage is very comfortable and decorate… More

What a fantastic review – thank you! We would love to welcome your friends to Waterlily Cottage one day and hope to welcome you back at some point too. We are continually looking at ways to enhance our guest's stay at the cottage and we will look at ways of improving the lighting in the lounge in due course. We are so pleased you enjoyed your traditional Cornish Cream Tea. The local village pub, The Hawkins Arms, also sell a selection of locally brewed Cornish Ales which you may like to sample on your next visit!

18 Jul 2014


"Fabulous cottage, they've thought of everything"

"What a wonderful cottage 'Waterlily' is! I'm sure the Owner/Housekeeper could not have thought of anything else to improve our comfort and convenience. Delightful pictures, cushio… More

We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Waterlily Holiday Cottage and thank you very much for your lovely review. Next time you visit you could maybe try the homemade pasties from the village Farm Shop or treat yourselves to lunch at Time Café (recently awarded Gold in Taste of the West 2014)!

29 May 2014


"Waterlilly cottage allowed us to explore Cornwall extensively."

Waterlilly cottage was an excellent base, especially to come back to after a hard day visiting the many attractions that we were able to reach. We used both our own and public transport to get around … More

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comments and also for the suggestions of additional kitchen equipment - which we will now invest in. I would have loved to have met you, it was just unfortunate that on the occasions I called in to Waterlily Cottage you were out exploring and enjoying Cornwall! Hopefully we will welcome you back to Waterlily again one day.

15 Feb 2014


"What a great find – Waterlily cottage is stylish and comfortable in every way"

What a great find – Waterlily cottage is stylish and comfortable in every way. Lots of thoughtful touches to make guests feel at home, including scrummy cupcakes / tea, coffee and milk on arrival, heated towel rails/warm towels and a wood burner set up all ready to light.
The cottage itself is spotless, with lovely furniture, a well equipped kitchen, roomy and comfortable bedrooms and beds and decorated and maintained to a high standard.
We found the location great for walking along the Roseland's coastal paths and visiting the Eden Project is a must. Having two boys keen on cycling, we had a great time exploring the off-road cycle routes along the Mineral Tramways. The cottage has loads of tourist info and we used this to plan our week's activities and eating out venues, and weren't disappointed. We had a really great holiday - thank you.
Waterlily cottage is a little gem waiting to be discovered by the discerning who dare to stay somewhere 'different' to those who follow the crowds.

I am so glad you had such a great holiday and thank you for your lovely comments. Another great multi-use trail you may like to try on your next visit to Cornwall is The Camel Trail, which provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line between Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. Enjoy!

4 Feb 2014


"A lovely break"

We stayed at Waterlily last summer. We really appreciated the homemade cupcakes which where waiting for us on arrival, they were delicious washed down with a cup of tea!The cottage is furnished to a v… More

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back soon. As you liked the village pasties so much, we have now included a pasty trail in our Welcome Folder, so you can sample some more delicious homemade pasties while you are exploring Cornwall!

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