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.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
About Garry Kay
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.
Garry Kay purchased this cottage in 2000
Why Garry Kay chose Camborne, Redruth & Hayle
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
What makes this cottage unique
The cottage faces south west and looks across the Poldice Valley and Unity Woods. The sunsets can be a real treat
(9 traveller reviews)
A good base in a lovely area suitable for a short stay
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.
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.
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.
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!!
Wonderful Cottage to stay
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.
Pretty from the outside, a disaster when you walk through the door
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!
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
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
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
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.
From the Owner
“The cottage faces south west and looks across the Poldice Valley and Unity Woods. The sunsets can be a real treat”
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- Towels Provided
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- non smoking only
- not suitable for children
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- botanical garden
- live theatre
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- golf pass optional
- jet skiing
- mountain biking
- pier fishing
- water skiing
- Bathroom 1
- Toilet, sink, bath and electric shower over bath
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Bedroom 1
- One bedroom with standard size double bed
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- Myrtle Cottage is for couples who want to be close to everything yet still enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside