Middle Colenso Farm


Near Penzance, Cornwall

A clutch of 3 stunning stone cottages in peaceful countryside, 5 mins' drive from Prussia Cove

Beauty/wellness treatments

Child friendly

Close to a beach

Dog friendly

Eco conscious


Private garden

Walk to a pub

Walk to a shop


Space & setting.

A short drive from Prussia Cove and Praa Sands lies a pretty old farm, enshrouded in peace. It’s home to 3 beautifully renovated 18thC cottages: one small, one medium, one big, and all paired with the most gorgeous rustic modern interiors. Ancient granite and slate walls are offset by whitewashed floorboards, sheepskins, parlour palms in concrete planters and mid-century furniture (including that Ercol love seat). Hole up in the littlest for a romantic stay; book the larger ones for family and friend holidays; or take over the whole site, sleeping 12 in total.

Sun-splashed courtyard gardens look almost Mediterranean, with teak sunloungers perfectly placed for the late-afternoon rays. And if you’re worried about cabin fever, don’t be: the old farmland has been replaced by subtropical gardens, so there’s loads of room for kids to run about, plus a boules pitch to add to the holiday feels. Spend your days walking the South West Coastal Path, paddle boarding on the Atlantic and visiting Cornwall’s prettiest beaches and seaside towns, then stock up on fabulous local produce at the nearby farm shop and conjure up a feast to eat in the gardens.

Getting here: you’ll want to drive, so you have a car to explore
Owners of Palm Cottages

Owners Chris and Christen moved here in 2013 after spending several years living in Bermuda and Australia. He spends several months of the year captaining tall shops (he’s supposed to be retired but can’t resist); she was once a journalist and now teaches Pilates and fitness, both of which are on offer if you fancy a private class in the on-site studio.

My Kip favourites

They love
“The peace and quiet; the noisiest things here are the birds. In the warmer weather, we like to eat outside so we can hear them sing.”

We love
The beautiful wooden bedhead in Cottage 2, handcrafted from old planks, with little copper cone lights for reading.

You may not love
You’ll need a car to get here and explore.


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  • "Lovely cottage for two! All the space we needed. Kitchen is incredibly functional and had everything we needed. There is a small space in the back that is secure for the dog. We loved to drive to Porthleven and Penzance. Weather wasn't great during our stay but still we explored Prussia Cove with our dog for a bit and it was worth it. It was the first time we stayed in a rental in Cornwall (have stayed in hotels before) and will do it again. Thanks to Chris and Christen for the welcome, the scones were wonderful and our Labrador loved the treats!"

    Heloisa, June 2024
  • "Our third time here and once again we had a very special stay. It’s the extra touches that make it so lovely."

  • "The cottage is beautiful, feels so luxurious and cosy, and perfectly positioned for all of our favourite Cornish beaches. It's been a real pleasure."

  • "Thank you so much for a wonderful extended stay. It was so good we found it impossible to leave - twice. Such a beautiful spot. We loved Prussia Cove and the brilliant welcome."


There are solar panels, and toiletries and cleaning products are all eco friendly.


  • Prussia Cove
    Prussia Cove
  • Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Gardens
    Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Gardens
  • South West Coast Path
    South West Coast Path
  • You’re 5 minutes’ drive from Prussia Cove, a beautifully secluded sandy cove fringed by rocks.
  • Or head for Praa Sands or Perranuthnoe, both long wide sandy stretches that are perfect for young families. There are beach games and body boards to borrow at the cottage. On the way home, stop at the farm shop in Perranuthnoe and pick up ingredients for a BBQ supper.
  • Older kids might prefer Long Rock Beach, an excellent spot for water sports including windsurfing, kitesurfing and paddle boarding.
  • The owners recommend a spectacular coastal walk between Zennor and Gurnard’s Head, wild and unspoilt, overlooking rugged granite cliffs and the deep-blue Atlantic. Reward yourself with lunch at The Gurnard’s Head pub when you get there.
  • Day trip to Penzance (historic architecture and great little boutiques, plus an Art-Deco lido if you’re not a fan of sea swimming); Mousehole (an idyllic little harbour village) or St Ives (a creative hub, home to an offshoot of the Tate Gallery, the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Gardens and the brilliant Leach pottery – guests get free entry to their museum).


  • 3 restored 18thC granite cottages on an old farm with shared sub-tropical gardens
  • Cottage 1 (sleeps 2):
    • All on one level, with open-plan living/dining area warmed by woodburner
    • Bedroom with double bed and ensuite shower bathroom
    • Small kitchen with basic supplies
    • Secure outdoor areas and outdoor shower, excellent for washing muddy paws
    • Dog-friendly for a £25 charge. Includes a welcome pack for your dog! 
  • Cottage 2 (sleeps 4):
    • 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin
    • Bathroom with shower/tub
    • Open-plan lounge/dining area with woodburner
    • Well-equipped kitchen with basic supplies
    • Dogs on request for a £25 charge. Includes a welcome pack for your dog! Be aware the garden is not enclosed so dogs need to be kept on a lead outside.
  • Cottage 3 (sleeps 6):
    • Downstairs: double bedroom with ensuite shower room; twin room; bunk room with 2 full size single beds
    • Family bathroom with shower/tub
    • Upstairs: open-plan living space
    • Fully-equipped kitchen (electric range cooker, induction hob, coffee machine, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer)
    • Dining table for 6 (can extend to 10; useful if your group has hired 2 cottages)
    • Lounge area with woodburner
    • Secure outdoor areas and outdoor shower, excellent for washing muddy paws
    • Dog-friendly for a £25 charge. Includes a welcome pack for your dog! 
    • All cottages have:
      • Toiletries by Penzance-based Nuff Stuff
      • Books, board games, TV and DVDs and WiFi speaker
      • Baby cot and highchair to borrow
      • Private courtyard gardens with table, chairs and BBQ
  • Shared subtropical gardens,with a gazebo, boules court and alfresco shower for rinsing off wetsuits
  • Body boards and beach games to borrow
  • Onsite Pilates and fitness studio; book in for a private lesson
  • The owners live on-site and are there if you need them
  • Walk to a little shop and pub with basic pub grub (1.5 miles); drive to better pubs, shops and restaurants
  • The owners can offer guests free entry to The Leach Pottery museum in St Ives
  • Booking conditions: minimum 3-night stay
  • Remember to pack: wellies and a torch in winter; charcoal if you’re planning to BBQ

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30% deposit, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to stay.

8+ weeks prior to stay: deposit refunded, minus a £30 processing fee.
6-8 weeks prior to stay: deposit retained, 70% balance refunded, minus a £30 processing fee.
4-6 weeks prior to stay: 50% of the total booking fee retained, 50% refunded, minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 4 weeks of stay.

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Prussia Cove and Para Sands are both approximately  2.5 miles away. Marazion is 4 miles away.

The Old Granary and Smugglers Lane are dog friendly (additional charge applies) with enclosed gardens. Dogs are allowed at Carter’s Croft on request but there is no enclosed garden so dogs must be kept on a lead outside. Pets must not be left unaccompanied in the property at any time and must not be allowed on the beds or furniture.

There is a Co-Op in Rosudgeon and a village store in Goldsithney – both about 1.5 miles away.

There are pubs at Rosdugeon and in Goldsithney about 1.5 miles away although if you’re looking for good food we recommend travelling further afield.

Tesco and Sainsbury’s in Penzance (approx 5 miles away) or The Foundry business park in Porthleven (Grab a coffee at Origin while you wait).

Middle Colenso is 6 miles from the train station and in a rural location so we don’t recommend coming by train.

It’s not possible to use the studio unsupervised for insurance reasons but you can book in for a Pilates or personal training session after you’ve booked a stay.

There’s a coffee machine in The Old Granary, while Smugglers Lane and Carter’s Croft have cafetières.

Four nights during high season and 3 nights off peak. However, there are no set check-in days so if there is a shorter gap it might be possible to book.

All of the major supermarkets deliver to the cottages. The owners can sometimes take deliveries at the cottages on your behalf; enquire after booking a stay.

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