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Panoramic and tranquil cosy hilltop cottage



Updated: 23-Sep-2016
Peace and quiet but within reach of many towns and attractions

Myrtle Cottage is a traditional stone and cob home originally used by workers in the nearby Creegbrawse and Penkevel mine, which produced tin, copper and zinc. The much-loved cottage takes its name from Myrtle Bohena who lived here for 40 years and proudly boasted the first flushing toilet in the village. A mature myrtle bush now forms an arch over the gate, which leads to an enclosed garden between two magnolia trees. It is a perfect retreat for those who value a homely cottage rather than the opulent luxury of a boutique hotel.

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

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About the Owner

Hi. My wife and I live next door to the holiday cottage. 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 she loves 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, as she runs up hills and walks down them. Not a good combination. Although we live next door, the arrangement of the site allows guests a high degree of privacy and we make every effort to maintain this privacy. However, we are available should you need us to help with any aspect of your stay, whether it is the use of the cottage or advice on places to visit. We hope you enjoy your holiday in Cornwall. We like many others from upcountry, loved it so much, we stayed.

Speaks English

9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


A good base in a lovely area suitable for a short stay

  • 3 of 5

We found a cosy little retreat in Myrtle Cottage. The bedroom was nice and warm from the sun at the end of the day. Downstairs seemed cool at night but we didn't use the heater, the sofa and armchair weren't over comfortable and TV a bit small but a nice cosy room and minor criticisms.

The bathroom was fine a nicely decorated but kitchen a wee bit outdated, washing machine washed too hot and a small freezer would've been welcome.

The area and position was lovely accessible to beaches on North coast and Falmouth and Lizard not too far away in the south. Nearby Poldice mine trails were good for walks and running etc. just a few minutes away.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Myrtle Cottage

  • 4 of 5

Quiet and attractive property which fitted our expectations as far as the location and central touring area of Cornwall was concerned. A dear wee house. Nice and clean except for cobwebby frames when the windows were opened - probably a complete oversight as it was summer and we opened them, but mostly they would be closed.

Some suggestions for a more pleasant stay for other people would be to get a new and comfortable mattress for the bed ! It was awful, truly awful.

The kitchen equipment was only just adequate - no decent sharp knife, no bowl to make a salad, the stove had a mind of its own and there were no instructions to use it, a change of towels would have been nice to have had offered as we were there 6 nights.

We found it extremely confusing to locate the cottage ( not just the first time but subsequently also ) so a local map may have helped.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Peter and Susan for your kind words. We encourage people to let us know if they need any help. We could have told you the instructions are just below the cooker and there is a map of the area under the TV. There is a large bowl on the shelf above the coat hooks and there are detailed directions on the hospitality app, which is available on the website. Other guests have found this invaluable as it includes many details on our favourite nearby beauty spots, pubs and restaurants. Very few holiday cottages offer a change of towels during a six-day stay. Hotels do, but they generally charge considerably more. With respect to the bed, one man's meat is another man's poison. It's tough to find one mattress which suits all. As for finding the cottage a second time after a day out, I don't think there are any cottage owners with suitable skills to solve that problem. We hope to see you again ... if you can find us :)
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Cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week here in July. The cottage was easy to find with Garry's instructions. The cottage made a great base to cycle out to St Day and the local area, and made the whole of Cornwall easily accessible.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind words
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely little cottage, with everything you would need there, clean and tidy.. Great area which was quote, peaceful bit not too far from Truro, couldn't ask for much more!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Katy. Be great to see you both again some time :)
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Wonderful Cottage to stay

  • 5 of 5

I cant speak highly enough of this beautiful cottage just out of Truro. Fantastic, relaxing and in beautiful quite surroundings. Awesome people to deal with and the service was great.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our first New Zealand guests. Thank-you for your kind words and for leaving the place spotless. Delighted you had a successful trip
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Pretty from the outside, a disaster when you walk through the door

  • 1 of 5

Myrtle Cottage has easy access to Truro. I thought this would be a nice few days away. How wrong could I be. Upon arriving the cottage was locked. Lights were on in the main house, but no-one came out to greet me with a warm welcome or show me round. I had to ring (in the rain) and scrabbled around underneath a shrub to locate the door key. I walked into a cottage unloved, uncared for and quite frankly, not clean. It smelled of must and damp. In the corner behind the chair was a large damp patch where water was obviously coming in. The little table was not clean and the vases of plastic flowers and bowl of acorns where smothered in dust. Bedding was definitely not fresh (and stained) and looked as though it had been left on from the last person. None of the electrical items has PAT certificates on them. The carbon monoxide detector by the gas fire was yellow with age. Worst of all was the intense condensation and cold. The only room to heat up adequately was the living room but did not retain any heat. I had to use a duvet cover to cover the sofa which was dusty and dirty. Wifi was a joke. Apparently if you stand in the kitchen you can connect. I managed to receive about 20 minutes in the morning after I arrived but nothing from then on. The very old tv is only tuned to BBC1 - it seemed unable to connect to any other channels. In the kitchen the washing machine makes the most horrendous noise and I guess that is because (judging by the rust) it was old. Crockery was not very clean and the table top oven with two hobs did not appeal (no microwave). The towels had stains (of all sorts on them) so I used them to cover the unclean dresser. I pulled back the chest of drawers to use the plug, but was disgusted by the dirty carpet covered with dead flies. The bath was slippery with no mat so getting in and out of the bath after a shower (electric with low water pressure) is a little precarious. The first night was incredibly cold. Luckily I had brought a blanket and pillow (I was travelling on to another location) because without these it would have been unbearable. All in all, my stay at Myrtle Cottage was more than disappointing, it was miserable and bleak, very cold, felt unsafe because of the gas and electrics. The make shift blocked doorway in the kitchen offers no sound proofing. The only time I saw Garry was when I left a day early because I could not stand it any more, he didn't even ask why I left early. One place to miss!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This guest arrived in the middle of the night during a storm which raged for the entire duration of her visit. We'd like to think her critique is the result of OCD fuelled cabin fever and would have been as negative and extreme, whichever cottage she had chosen. We refute all her claims with one exception. The television is a little tired and the remote could be hard to master, so we have put in a new flat screen model x
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From the Owner

We bought this property in a pub on New Year's Eve as we knew the previous owners. At the time we were renovating the chapel opposite and, truth be told, bought Myrtle Cottage to take advantage of the water supply and avoid digging half a mile through fields. It turned out to be nicer than the chapel conversion, which we have since sold

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Newquay at 20 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Brittania, Chacewater 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

Myrtle cottage is half a mile from the Poldice Valley mineral tramway coast to coast cycle track, which runs from Devoran to Portreath. It is a popular route with no steep hills and there are pubs and cafes in both directions. Myrtle Cottage is four miles from the historic town of Redruth, five miles from the cultural and commercial capital of Cornwall, Truro, and eight miles from the bustling port of Falmouth. The picturesque seaside village of St Agnes is six miles to the west


Rental rates

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3 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
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Updated: 23-Sep-2016
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From the Owner

The cottage faces south west and looks across the Poldice Valley and Unity Woods. The sunsets can be a real treat

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • 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
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • 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
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1
  • Toilet, sink, bath and electric shower over bath


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • One bedroom with standard size double bed


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...


  • Self-catering


  • Myrtle Cottage is for couples who want to be close to everything yet still enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside

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