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Cottage, quiet hamlet, 2-car parking, own garden



Updated: 19-Aug-2016
3 bedroom cottage between St Ives and Penzance, private garden, 2 car parking

Traditional West Cornwall granite-fronted terraced cottage in the quiet hamlet of Whitecross. (See reviews).

BT Infinity 2 Broadband installed providing super-fast Internet access with good reception throughout the cottage. A NOW TV box attached to the television provides catch-up for all main UK terrestrial channels but also allows those with their own Sky accounts to access their subscribed channels. No computers or tablets are provided.

There is a comfortable sitting room with large granite fireplace containing a modern word-burning stove. The sitting room has two sofas and an armchair, TV, DVD player and stereo player. There are books (novels, area guides and OS maps) and games also.

The modern kitchen/diner has a traditional feel containing a farmhouse pine table, chairs and stools and a large pine dresser but offers most modern conveniences: gas cooker and hob, dishwasher, microwave oven, fridge/freezer and washing machine (in separate lobby). A highchair is available also. Virtually all guests remark how well-equipped the kitchen is. The cottage is our holiday home so offers mugs, glasses, coffee pots, kitchen knives, serving dishes, cooking utensils, butter dishes, and on and on and on…

Next to kitchen is a single bedroom with wardrobe, bedside table and wall heater. And behind the kitchen is a small courtyard with tap for cleaning muddy boots

The first floor has:

- A double bedroom, bedside tables, dressing table and large wardrobe and stored travel cot.

- A twin bedroom with bedside table and large wardrobe.

- A high specification bathroom with bath and integral shower. A shaver socket is provided.

There are night-store heaters in most areas. Electric radiators are also provided to give an extra boost when necessary.

The garden is at the front of the property with small pond, a BBQ area with bench/table. This garden is for the sole use of our guests.

There is parking for two cars across the lane in a secluded parking area. Parking is about 15 metres from the cottage.

Places of Interest: Mounts Bay has many interesting towns and village around the bay including Marazion with St Michaels Mount, Penzance (boat to the Scilly Isles) and Newlyn and Mousehole with their pretty harbours and famous Christmas lights.

St Ives has strong artistic connections. Visit the Tate Gallery, Leach Pottery and Barbara Hepworth Museum. There are numerous smaller galleries scattered throughout West Cornwall.

For those with children Cornwall has many themed parks including Dairyland, Paradise Park, Flambards and the stunning Eden Project is about 44 miles away.

For walkers, the cottage is near to the St Michaels Way footpath, as well as many ancient monuments such as Trencrom Hill fort, Chysauster, Carn Euny and Men an Tol. The cottage has a selection of guide books, leaflets and maps.

At Hayle Estuary (2.5. miles from the cottage) is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and nationally renowned RSPB reserve.

Truro has a cathedral, several large stores and an excellent museum.

Activities: Surf lessons are available at Gwithian Beach. Horse riding near St Ives and at Halsetown. Climbing at Gurnards Head and Zennor (and elsewhere I'm sure). Wind surfing at Mounts Bay. Golf at Lelant, Camborne (Tehidy), Truro, Mullion. Surfing at Sennen, St Ives, Gwithian, Portreath, Porthtowan, Perranporth, Newquay. Go Carting at Hayle.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are both Cornish but do not live in Cornwall. We bought the cottage so that we could visit our elderly parents. We consider Dharma House our home and maintain it as such. It is well equipped, therefore. We have been letting it for several years now and aim to meet the expectations of modern guests.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

We thought that the cottage was just perfect. Although we're not experienced cottage-hirers, we were surprised how nicely decorated it was, how comfortable, how easy to locate and how well located. We appreciated the welcoming touches of the tea, milk, flowers and logs. Our planned first night out ended up as a night in! Everything worked, the traditional games were fun and the plentiful guide/historical books gave us fresh ideas on where to visit during the half term. The weather held well enough too (but that wasn't in the contract so...).
Oct 2012
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38 Reviews

based on 38 holidaymaker reviews


Excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Excellent accommodation and everything you could need is supplied for you - even a pint of milk for a cuppa when you arrive. Great location for exploring the west of Cornwall and you are only 20 minutes from St Ives or Penzance. There are a few walks in the local area to walk the dog straight from the cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Cottage, well equipped in nice quiet lane

  • 5 of 5

The property was very clean and well equipped. Good sized Kitchen & living room for four + adults and lovely garden. Very welcoming. Beds very comfortable. Convenient location. Thank you for the loan of your cottage and I look forward to being able to stay there again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dharma House a lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

I chose Dharma House for it's location as we were attending a family wedding! The owner's directions and instructions were superb and on our arrival we found fresh flowers, tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits. The fridge freezer was on and there was milk and ice cubes. The cottage was very clean comfortable and well equipped. It felt much more like a home than a holiday rental. I would recommend it as a base for exploring Cornwall.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Another great holiday at Dharma House

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay in Dharma House. Its such a lovely cottage, extremely well equipped and comfortable. Everything you could need is provided. The cottage is clean and well maintained. The garden is charming. The property is very well situated for visiting lots of lovely beaches and so many tourist attractions. We are hoping to stay again next year !

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Terrible experience. Steer clear!

  • 1 of 5

When I initially contacted the owner, I made it very clear that we had 2 dogs which seemingly presented no problem. Before confirming the booking, I asked for clarification that the garden was secure for them, as they would normally spend most of the day outside. The owner assured me that this was the case so I proceeded with payment, which included a surcharge for the dogs. Upon arrival, we were very surprised and taken aback to find that the garden was far from secure. The perimeter wall was at best 3 feet high in places and our lively dogs cleared this very easily. As the cottage is located adjacent to an extremely busy road - the A392, we really couldn't risk leaving the dogs outside at any time. I emailed the owner with my concerns and he agreed to give me a partial refund as a goodwill gesture. The holiday was severely marred by the lack of secure boundaries and the fact that we had to contain the dogs indoors. Our youngest dog being unaccustomed to this unfortunately urinated on the first floor landing casing a wet patch on the rather tired and faded carpet. I bought premium carpet cleaner and took great pains to clean the area thoroughly before leaving the property in good order and vacating on the 30th July. After a few weeks I emailed the owner inquiring about the deposit and the refund only to be informed that because of the urine 'accident' he was not only retaining the refund we had agreed on, but also the deposit!

I am outraged by his actions and feel it only right to warn people against renting this cottage. I think its important to point out that the cottage is actually semi detached and the next door neighbours present as quite hostile. Apart from the 'Private keep out' signs around the adjoining property's perimeter, there is a distinct lack of privacy as the garden is shared and the noise from the very busy A392 very disruptive, hence I don't think its accurate to describe it as a 'quiet' hamlet at all. The owner was dishonest in his dealings with us and I find it reprehensible that he has seized on our dog's urine incident as a pretext to withhold our deposit to finance a long-overdue replacement of his tatty carpets. Overall, steer clear!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry that this guest has been so disappointed with our cottage and with my decision regarding the damage deposit. In most respects the guest’s comments are wrong or misleading: 1. The garden was discussed, a description provided and the guests advised to check the Google Streetview where the road-side wall was clearly shown. 2. I was not told that the guests intended to leave the dogs in the garden whilst the party went out. This is excluded by the contract and I would have told the guest so. 3. The pet policy as part of the contract with which the guest agreed. The policy states that dogs must be well-behaved and mature, not be left alone at the property, and not allowed on the upper floor. Guests can choose not to proceed before any money is paid. 4. The damage was not only on the landing but also in the sitting room and an upstairs bedroom. 5. The cottage is the middle of a terrace of three cottages and not semi-detached. 6. The garden is not shared and is solely for our guests. Cottage 1 has a garden across the lane, beyond the car park, Cottage 3 has its own garden in front of their cottage, and Dharma House (2) has a garden in front of our property for our guests. 7. Dharma House is nowhere near the A392 (ends near Newquay). I imagine the guest means the A30 which can be busy in high season. Dharma House is on Gilly Lane, however, and within the hamlet, away from the A30. Gilly Lane itself has little traffic. 8. My neighbours do not usually ‘present as quite hostile’. I have no idea why they should appear so. The guests complained separately that the beaches were closed to dogs. It is true that most popular beaches in Britain are closed to dogs from Easter to October. Cornwall has many very popular beaches. Check online for the specific dates for beaches. As already said, the damage was more extensive than the guest says and the cottage was left in a poor state generally. I do not grab people’s damage deposit and in 11 years have only made deductions on three occasions: badly burnt rug, electric kettle melted on gas stove and missing towels. I explain clearly in my communications that the damage deposit is for my security and I will use it when warranted but I accept wear-and-tear and I do not count the cutlery (unless it’s all missing). Many guests have brought pets in the past and I have never had these issues and they have been very welcomed. I ask that viewers of Dharma House take my other reviews on this website as more balanced.
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Beautiful cottage with a lovely garden

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is a lovely well-equipped property, everything you could possibly want is provided. It is lovely and clean and well decorated. The garden is beautiful and well-kept. The property is well situated, and well served by public transport, a bus stop around the corner and the train station down the road, taking you to St Ives and surrounding areas. There is lots to do, and lots of beautiful beaches. We will definitely return !

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

Traditional granite cottage. Centrally located in West Cormwall only a five minute drive to either the North or South Coast. Quiet. Good for walkers. Sleeps five comfortably. Attentive to guests comments and suggestions so continually improving.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : at 1 Kilometres Nearest Golf : at 4 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : at 4 Kilometres Car: recommended

Whitecross is a small hamlet midway between the north and south coast of Cornwall at the narrowest part. Close to St Ives with the Tate Gallery and Leach Pottery, Penzance with its boat link to the Scilly Isles, Marazion with St Michael's Mount, and Hayle with 'three miles of golden sands'. Up the lane is Trencrom Hill with its ancient hill fort and magnificent views over the whole of West Cornwall. Within a few miles is the north coast and inland the tin mining centre of Camborne and Redruth. The Lizard Peninsula is a short drive away. The Penwith Peninsula has Land's End, Sennen (surfing), Zennor, Botallack and Minack Theatre (please book before your holiday as it is VERY popular having high quality productions accompanied by a backdrop of stunning sea views). Penwith has the highest concentration of Neolithic sites in Europe, including monuments at The Merry Maidens, Lanyon Quoit, Chûn Quoit and an Iron Age village at Chysauster. The Eden Project is about an hour drive away. The cathedral city of Truro is about 30 minutes away with its cobbled streets and stores.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
24 Sep 2016 - 21 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn Half Term
22 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Autumn
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Pre-Christmas Lights
17 Dec 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas and New Year
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring Half Ternm
11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
18 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Spring
15 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer Half Tem
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Summer
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Summer 2
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
22 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
29 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £40
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

1. If booking more than 56 days from start of rental period a 20% booking deposit is required, else payment in full.
2. No groups of young adults accepted (i.e. 23 years or less).
3. A contract between the tenant and owner is required in EVERY case requiring address of primary guest, names and ages of ALL guests, telephone and email address.
4. Pets must be disclosed in every case.

PLEASE NOTE: Any charges resulting from payment of the booking deposit or the final payment that affects the amount received by the owner will deducted from the damage deposit when refunded. Similarly any costs refunding the damage deposit will be deducted from the damage deposit when refunded. All deductions will be at cost and will be fully accounted for by the owner.

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From the Owner

Wood-burning stove. Pleasant garden. Well-equipped. Parking for two cars. No hidden extra costs.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • bay
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Electrically operated Velux window above bath/shower.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Double - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Twin - 2 Single Bed
  • Single - 1 Single Bed
  • The single bedroom is on the ground floor away from the master bedroom (first floor). A travel cot is stored in the double bedroom. The double bed is quite low (not a futon, just low).


  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • 2 garden chairs


  • Self-catering

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


  • 1. Parking for two cars is provided across the lane (15m from house). 2. There is a woodburner in the sitting room. A good supply of fuel will be provided. However, if this runs out the tenant must provide more themselves. 3. There is a small unfenced pond in the garden. Small children should be supervised at all times. 4. The garden at the front of the property is for our guests' sole use and is not shared in any way. 5. The garden has a gate onto the lane. Small children again should be supervised in the garden. 6. The cooker uses LPG gas. The bottles are supplied and stored behind the property. There is no extra charge. 7. Not really suitable for disabled but ask us. (The owner is disabled and copes.) 8. Guests with small children - There is a wooden stair gate but note that the stairs are open backed. Not been a problem so far but thought I'd mention it. 9. Small pets are considered at an extra charge of £40 per stay.

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