Beautiful little annexe to an old farmhouse, surrounded by peaceful countryside
Sleeps 2 + a child
Sandwiched between 2 coastlines, you feel enveloped in peaceful countryside when here, yet the best bits of north Cornwall are actually a short drive away. So it’s easy to spend your days walking along golden beaches, hurtling towards shore on a bodyboard, or pootling around Newquay’s indies and visiting country estates. Afterwards, return to your beautiful bolthole for 2, tucked around the side of a 300-year-old farmhouse. The worn flags underfoot, gnarled beams above, huge inglenook and quirky ‘well’ room are all testament to its 18thC roots, yet the decor is stylish and modern: the best of both worlds. You share the huge garden with the main house but the terrace is your own. Mornings are best spent here, in dappled sunshine under the huge sycamore tree, coffee in hand; the nearby bakery does great pastries. There’s little to do locally in the evenings but that’s the half the point: instead, cosy up in the lounge with blankets and board games, listening to the hoots of the neighbouring tawnies.
Best to drive as you’ll want a car while you’re here
Eco cleaning products and full recycling.
- Pop up the road for takeaway coffee, artisan bread and to-die-for cinnamon buns at Da Bara Bakery.
- Ladock Woods are beautiful for a walk, especially in autumn, a colourful spread of oak, ash, cherry, chestnut, beach and lime trees.
- Buzzy Newquay is 15 mins away, brimming with cafes, galleries, restaurants and independents. The surf at Fistral is considered amongst the best in the country so suit up and dive right in. Or sit and watch surfers at Watergate Bay then watch the sun go down at the laid-back Watchful Mary bar.
- Head to the south coast’s Roseland Peninsula for quieter beaches. Sandy Porthcurnick is one of the best, home to The Hidden Hut, a brilliant little beach cafe serving seasonal bakes.
- You’ll find Elizabethan splendour at National Trust’s Trerice House; lose yourselves in the lovely gardens and house, and pop into the second-hand bookshop for some holiday reading.
- Bring bikes and cycle the traffic-free Camel Trail linking Wadgebridge and Padstow (about 6 miles).
- Book ahead for fantastic Sunday roasts at The Fox’s Revenge, 5 mins’ drive.