Gorgeous family cottage (3 bedrooms) on an old farm near West Cornwall beaches
This 18thC building was once a grain store for a little farm in the Cornish countryside. Whilst its timeworn granite and slate walls remain, they’ve been painstakingly restored and limewashed into a light, bright frame for the most beautiful holiday cottage. On the ground floor, 3 bedrooms (1 double, 2 twins); upstairs, open-plan living. The decor is a stunning blend of mid-century modern furniture (including that Ercol love seat) and chic rusticity; a tumble of plants and ecletic art make it even more special.
The farm fields have been replaced by beautiful subtropical gardens, a communal space for all 3 cottages (there are 2 smaller hideaways, too) with a boules court and various outdoor games. Kids will be in heaven. The owners live in the old farmhouse and will point you to their favourite beaches and along spectacular coastal walks, then it’s home for lazy BBQs in your private garden as the sun goes down.
Getting here: you’ll want to drive, so you have a car to explore.
There are solar panels, and toiletries and cleaning products are all eco friendly.
- You’re 5 minutes’ drive from Prussia Cove, a beautifully secluded sandy cove fringed by rocks, and a lovely place to swim. It’s dog friendly.
- Long Rock beach is also dog friendly and a popular place to windsurf, kitesurf and paddle boarding (all for hire).
- Marazion beach adjoins Long Rock (but is not dog friendly). It’s great for families as when the tide goes out it leaves warm shallow lagoons to play in.
- At low tide, you can walk across a causeway to St Michael’s Mount, a treasure island of myths with an ancient castle. There are family activities in the school holidays such as rockpooling and I Spy trails.
- Pop into Penzance; kids will love the Art-Deco lido and there are loads of great places to eat. We’d recommend The Cornish Barn, a laid-back lounge-restaurant with huge burgers.
- Visit the farm shop in Perranuthnoe and pick up ingredients for a BBQ supper.
- Back at the ranch, play boules and other outdoor games in the sub-tropical gardens. As dusk falls, bats swoop through the sky, owls hoot, and you may see badgers bumbling about.