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Cosy Cottage With Wood-burner In Idyllic Valley, Edge Of Village Setting



Updated: 19-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Stylish, spacious and flexible accommodation with king sized double or twin beds

Nestled within glorious unspoilt countryside on the edge of the village, this delightful, spacious, newly decorated and furnished, one bedroom cottage was probably built in the early 1800’s. The tranquil and sheltered, south-facing garden, bordered by a babbling stream is rich in flora and full of bird life including pheasants, woodpeckers and a resident peacock! It has been in our family for forty years having been bought by grandmother Lay in 1971, and been much loved ever since. Carefully and sensitively restored it has many original features and retains much character and charm. The cottage’s location, stylish but cosy interior and wonderful natural garden, make it the perfect place for a romantic break, walking/sightseeing holiday or just to unwind. Decorated in an elegant but simple style with vintage china and original artwork by local artists, we hope you enjoy spending time here as much as we do.



The front door leads into an entrance porch with space for coats and boots.

The “living” room with its solid oak floor, painted beamed ceiling, original inglenook fireplace and Jotel wood burner , is ideal for cosy nights in on cooler evenings. There is a stero with radio and a selection of Cds as well as digital TV with Humax and a DVD player. The Shaker style kitchen is an open plan yet well defined area and is well equipped with all the usual appliances including a dishwasher and washer dryer.

The sitting room leads through to a bright and airy sun room with a dining area and an additional sofa so you can relax and enjoy the garden even on a chilly day. In the sun room is a selection of books of local interest to help you get to know the area and maybe assist in planning your daily excursions. French doors from the sun room lead out onto the terrace where there is seating and space to barbecue or just relax and enjoy the garden.


The staircase leads from the sitting room up to a small landing space and then into the bedroom to the right and ahead into the attractive dressing room and bathroom.

The pretty airy double bedroom has views over the back garden and the fields beyond. The Vi Sprung bed can sleep two in king size luxury or be split into two separate 2ft 6” single beds upon request. There are two bedside tables with lights, plenty of wardrobe space, a selection of books and a radio.

In addition to the double bedroom is a dressing room with additional storage and large mirror, which leads into the bright bathroom with over-bath shower and electric shaver point. Both provide views over the garden and fields beyond.


At the front of the property there is a parking space for one car. At the rear there is additional storage in the shed for items such as bikes and surfboards.

The Garden

A major feature of the property is the sheltered, natural, garden which leads down to a stream bordered by fields and is full of bird life. This is a truly special place to relax and unwind.

We welcome dogs (we have one ourselves) but ask that you discuss it with us first prior to booking.


We are flexible about the changeover day, however, we generally prefer a Friday or Saturday.


We provide white Egyptian cotton bed linen, duvets and feather pillows (unless otherwise requested) and cotton bedcovers. Two white hand and two white bath towels are also supplied for your stay. (We also have beach towels available). The cottage has wireless internet and a telephone.

Also provided at the property are the following:

Central Heating

Basket of wood for the wood burner




Iron and ironing board



Tea towels

Welcome pack with tea and coffee

Dishwasher tablets

If you are interested in taking a short break during the quieter months or late availability please get in touch.

More Details

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About the Owner

Johanna Lay
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2017

About Johanna Lay

This house has been owned by our family since the early 1970s. It was my husband's former home before our growing family meant we needed somewhere larger. We now live a few miles away in the next but one village. John and I both grew up in Cornwall, we know and love the county and all that it has to offer. Our children attend school locally and we take an active part in our community so are well placed to discuss areas of interest and things to do nearby. John has had a property business in Falmouth for over 25 years and I work as an artist and teacher.

Johanna Lay purchased this cottage in 1972

Why Johanna Lay chose Cornwall

The house is in such a lovely setting we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

What makes this cottage unique

The delightful garden with stream and visiting wildlife make this a wonderful, tranquil spot and really quite a special place to stay.

28 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveller reviews)


Delightful cottage!

  • 5 of 5

It was our second time staying at the cottage, we had such a wonderful time once again. Everything we needed for a relaxing holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage with sun trap garden

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to a lovely little place for our honeymoon and were greeted by friendly neighbors. It's a perfect place for two people in a great part of Cornwall. We were treated to a little surprise by Jo and her communication was quick and helpful.

Loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for us. Beautifully presented, well equiped, great location and hlepful, friendly owners.

  • 5 of 5


  • Review Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Just perfect!!

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in several self-catering houses throughout the country, but this one was by far the best. Never have we experienced such hospitality, without the hosts being present! The house was so well catered, you could practically move in and be perfectly content (minus the food of course). From a large array of kitchen utensils/saucepans etc., to hot water bottles, beach towels, cleaning products, books, DVD's, maps...Jo has really thought of everything and the house felt so welcoming because of that. Jo had also left us a small 'welcome pack' for when we first arrived, including a hand written post card, tea, coffee and a pack of ginger nut biscuits.

The house itself is beautiful- a real quaint little house slightly off the beaten track, but close enough to be perfectly situated to explore Cornwall. The log fire was a must have for us and it was so lovely to use, especially after many wet and windy walks along the coastal paths.

This is well worth the money and we'd highly recommend it to any couple (or singletons!) wishing for a lovely and homely base to relax in during your stay.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Warm, comfortable and central for West Cornwall

  • 5 of 5

Second visit, cottage was just as good as before, with a welcome cream tea and bottle of wine. Despite cold weather it was always warm, even the sun room, that is a lovely light area to eat in. It is well equipped so that living is easy...

  • Review Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place for 2

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here just before Christmas, the cottage lives up to the photos, its lovely, clean, well equipped and absolutely pefect for a couple. Mince pies with clotted cream and mulled wine welcomed us, which was ideal on a chilly winters night when we arrived. We had the pleasure of meeting the owners who couldn't of been more helpful. For us this is the perfect base for exploring Cornwall, we have stayed in many properties, this is one we will definitely be returning too, we are already planning our next trip and have advised friends to stay here. We didn't use the garden, due to it being Winter, but I can imagine its gorgeous come the Spring & Summer, with the stream at the bottom.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
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From the Owner

The house is in such a lovely setting we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Newquay Airport at 37 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Queens Arms at 2.5 Miles Nearest Ferry : Plymouth at 54 Miles Nearest Golf : Praa Sands at 3.5 Miles Nearest Train : Hayle at 6.3 Miles Nearest Motorway : B3302 Helston to Hayle at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Grove at 2 Miles Nearest Beach : Praa Sands at 3.4 Miles Car: necessary

Ruth Dower lies in a beautiful valley and is less than a mile from the ancient and historic National Trust owned Godolphin House. Set within tranquil woodland its wonderful grounds are rich in archaeology, mining heritage and wildlife. The medieval garden, one of the most important in Europe, is currently undergoing a gradual program of restoration work.

To the south-west of the property, is Godolphin Hill, from where you can see some of the best views in Cornwall, with St Ives Bay to the north and St Michael’s Mount and Marazion to the south.

Its location, makes Ruth Dower an excellent base from which to explore the south west of Cornwall. The cottage is situated only a 10 mins drive from the ancient market town of Helston and about 25 mins from Falmouth and Penzance with their busy ports and bustling streets both provide plenty of interest to visitors. There are beaches, coves, fishing villages and walks to be explored and enjoyed on both the Penwith and Lizard Peninsulas which are only a short drive away and Hayle with its RNIB centre and the rugged seascape of Godrevy lie 15 mins drive to the north.

Truro is approx. 45mins drive and provides excellent shopping with a wide range of both national and independent retailers and a good range of facilities, restaurants, bars etc.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Spring
1 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn
2 Sep 2017 - 10 Nov 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Late Autumn
11 Nov 2017 - 1 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Dec 2017 - 9 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Year
30 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
Early Spring
10 Feb 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Spring
24 Mar 2018 - 4 May 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
30 Mar 2018 - 4 Apr 2018
6 night minimum stay
Early Summer
5 May 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn
1 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 19-Apr-2017


From the Owner

The delightful garden with stream and visiting wildlife make this a wonderful, tranquil spot and really quite a special place to stay.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Over bath electric shower, hand basin and toilet. Electric shaver point with light.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Double bedroom with Vi Sprung King Size bed or twin 2ft 6 inch beds (upon request) White 400 thread count, cotton bed linen, duvet and pillows. Bedroom two is a dressing room


  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • A floor plan is available upon request.

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