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Valley retreat for couples with log burner



Updated: 29-Oct-2016
The perfect country hideaway for relaxation mixed with cycling and walks

Originally a mining captain's home, Careless Whisper sits on a quiet country lane which forms part of the Devoran to Portreath Mineral Tramway coast to coast cycle track.

Set in a World Heritage Site, the detached cottage features a lovely sunny front garden with a large gravel parking area and is perfect for walkers and cyclists.

Historic Unity Woods are close by with a stunning annual carpet of Spring bluebells.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hi. My wife and I live half a mile from Careless Whisper at the top of the valley. Our son and daughter have left for university studying town planning and architecture. We moved down from York 20 years ago to take up jobs at the local paper, the West Briton, where I was deputy editor and my wife was a columnist. I am an author (you can find me on Amazon) and my wife works in marketing for a holiday cottage company. We have a Springer and love the walks around the Poldice Valley. My wife also rides her horses along the many bridleways and the cycle track. I often struggle to keep up with her on my bike, but she runs up hills and walks down them. Not a good combination. We hope you enjoy your holiday in Cornwall. We like many others from upcountry, loved it so much, we stayed.

Speaks English

8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


A wonderful cosy stay in this cottage

  • 5 of 5

The photos didn't do it justice, when we opened the door to this very cute cottage we were all thrilled. It is clean and well kept and very comfortable.

We loved being in a peaceful country lane where you can cycle or walk and explore - just behind the cottage are the old tin mines , where the kids played everyday .

There is a fantastic new wood burner which made for some very cosy nights in after all the long walks .

We want to go back !

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gemütlich mitten in Cornwall

  • 5 of 5

Versteckt am Radweg liegt das hübsche Cottage nahe bei einer von der Natur schon fast zurückeroberten Mine, zentral gelegen für alle möglichen Ausflugsziele in Cornwall (leider hatten wir nur eine Woche). Todpool liegt ruhig, die Radfahrergruppen beleben das einsame Tal; Autos kommen wegen der schmalen Straße (ca. 2 m) kaum vorbei.

Die Ausstattung ist perfekt (für längere Aufenthalte wäre noch eine Waschmaschine schön), fünf ordentliche Betten in drei Räumen im Obergeschoss, unten großzügige Sitzgelegenheiten (Sessel, Tisch) für das Ausruhen oder während der (unvermeidlichen) Regenschauer.

Wir waren außerordentlich zufrieden, auch mit der freundlichen Betreuung durch die Eigentümer vor und nach dem Aufenthalt. Unbedingt empfehlenswert!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful & clean cottage with central location

  • 4 of 5

Firstly, thanks for letting us stay in this lovely cottage. The location is certainly tranquil and very centrally positioned for exploring. An evening walk onto the adjacent Poldice Mine site is recommended for amazing sunsets and the chance to see Greater Horseshoe Bats.

The photos give a proper impression of what to expect and I would echo previous comments: e.g. a washing machine would be really useful and I would also add a microwave, although there is limited space in the kitchen to put it. The double bed was really really comfy but one of our children found the mattress springs impossible to sleep directly on and slept on top of the duvet instead. The curtains in the room with two beds were also very thin, so the sun woke the kids really early. All in all, we had a very enjoyable stay, with amazing weather.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Had a fab 4 night (January) stay at this lovely cottage. Perfect location and easy access to all areas, but very peaceful and quiet. The log burner made the cottage really warm and cosy after returning from cold, wet and windy outings! The cottage had everything we needed and Garry & Ginny were very friendly and helpful. The neighbours were also very nice when we took a stroll down the lane! The only negative were the mattresses - we had to borrow toppers from nearby family in order to cushion the springs. Overall our stay and experience were 5* and if the mattresses were changed we wouldn't hesitate to go back and recommend the cottage to others.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind words Laura. The mattress issue has been addressed
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Central Location

  • 4 of 5

We found the cottage to be very comfortable and warm The location was perfect for visiting many beaches in the area We enjoy a pub lunch and there was lots to choose from, all very dog friendly The garden was perfect for the dogs very secure and safe The cream teas waiting for us on our arrival was the perfect welcome to Cornwall Thanks for a perfect week Linda Colin

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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excellent true cottage clean and warm mr g boott

  • 5 of 5

if your looking for a well loved modern cottage thats clean warm and a wonderful location this is the one for you ,set in a quiet area but central to all of cornwalls main features i would truly recommend this property for a family we felt so comfortable with no stress here .we were the first people to stay this season a couple of additions just needed ie washing machine but garry has it planned,so glad we stayed and great vaiue ,check it out its a must

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Gary. Hope to see you all again.
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From the Owner

We bought Careless Whisper 10 years ago at an auction in Redruth for double our agreed top price. It always looked so idyllic as we rode, cycled or walked past on the cycle track and it seemed a far better prospect than most other pension options. We spent months and thousands on it, but hope you agree it was well worth it.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Newquay at 20 Miles Nearest Barpub : St Day Inn at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : King Harry at 5 Miles Nearest Golf : Killiow at 4 Miles Nearest Train : Redruth at 4 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 90 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Kings Head, Chacewater at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Porthtowan at 6 Miles Car: recommended

Bissoe Cycle Hire Centre is two miles east providing bike hire for the coast to coast cycle track which passes in front of Careless Whisper. Heading east on the cycle track, you reach the Quay Inn at Devoran after five miles. Heading west you reach the Fox and Hounds after a two mile ride. Both do good meals.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
20 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Arrive after 3pm, depart before 10am and no sanitary towels or nappies down the toilet due to private drainage. Lockable bike shed available and one basket of logs provided for the wood-burner on arrival

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: 29-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

The obvious benefit is that it sits in the centre of a unique World Heritage site halfway along the coast to coast cycle track which follows the old mineral tramway, which has been designed for ease of use by families and cyclists of all fitness levels as there are no steep hills at any point on its entire length. If you find yourself struggling up a hill, you missed one of the many granite marker points

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Television ...


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Please don't put nappies or sanitary towels down the toilet


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed


  • Garden


  • Self-catering


  • Careless Whisper is away from it all but centrally placed in a World Heritage site giving easy access to all of Cornwall's top attractions

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