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Traditional Cornish Cottage - Beautiful quiet 17th Century Cob, sleep 7



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
Cottage nr Week St Mary, Nr. Bude, North Cornwall, England - In Peaceful Countryside,10 Mins from Sea & Spectacular National Trust Coastline

The cottage is situated just over the Devon border in North Cornwall. It is three miles inland, with sea views from the bedrooms. The entire coast land is National Trust property and is absolutely unspoilt with high cliffs and access to remote coves and bird colonies: wild flowers and butterflies abound. This is the place for a quiet holiday in peaceful surroundings. The Cornish coast walk allows walks along this magnificent coastline.

Whilst this 17th century farmhouse has been restored and refurbished by the architect owner, care has been taken to retain all its period character and charm. The cottage itself is typical Cornish cob farmhouse. It stands in a grassy south-facing lawned courtyard surrounded by deep country. A short walk away is a working farm and in one of the two other cottages in this tiny hamlet live Mr and Mrs Martyn, who keep an eye on the cottage.

Further on, down a very quiet country lane, is the local village of Week St Mary. There you will find a grocer, Post office and a pub. Other shopping is done in Bude – an old fashioned seaside town 6 miles away – Holsworthy is 8 miles and Launceston 12 miles... both pretty hill towns.

In the cottage: downstairs there is a slate-flagged living/ dining area running the length of the house with a big inglenook fireplace and all the firewood needed. The rooms are furnished in comfy unfussy antique furniture. There are books and a colour TV and dvd player. **There is no wi-fi**. For internet connection you must bring your own dongle for your laptop. There is also no landline at the property, so ideal if you want a quiet retreat holiday.

The kitchen has a fridge/ freezer, oven and a sink, and is fully equipped. There is a bathroom, a washer/tumbler dryer and ample hot water on tap at all times. All heating and hot water is included in the price. Heating is provided by electric heaters. There is night storage heating throughout, and the log fire ensures a comfortable holiday all year round.

The cottage offers beds for seven people. There are two very large bedrooms and one smaller. The largest has beams and enough charm for a honeymoon with a double brass bed, painted furniture and spectacular views to the distant sea. The remaining rooms have single beds with duvets. Each bed has a duvet and pillow. *You need to bring bed linen and towels with you*.

Outside is a secluded garden of mown grass, complete with a picnic table. The garden is dog-proofed to prevent dogs running into neighbouring sheep fields. There is ample off-lane parking in the drive. Please note: The property has a self-contained studio barn attached to it which may be occupied during your stay but any visitors there do not use the main garden or driveway and will not disturb your cottage stay.

The cottage is ideally placed for visits to Tintagel, Boscastle, Clovelly, Port Isaac and the Cornish moors where the old tin mines can be found. There is good surfing at Widemouth and also excellent opportunities for riding, golf, walking and fishing. Nearby are country pubs and some good restaurants.

Prices are varied according to season. All directions and information will be sent to you within 2 weeks of booking.

More Details
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Washing machine

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

This beautiful cottage has been owned and used by our family for 45 years and we visit it regularly for family and couple holidays. My wife and I fell in love with the north coast of Cornwall in the late sixties. We decided it was the ideal place for a family holiday home and so it has proved for our children and grand children. This part of Cornwall really has not changed very much in 40 years, it still has a fifties feel to it which is ideal.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello Tim,

I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful week at Lower Kitleigh Cottage.

We found it very warm, cosy and comfortable and, best of all, very


I would be interested to know what state the cottage is when you bought it?

It's a v interesting place.

Many thanks,

Apr 2016
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2 Reviews

based on 2 holidaymaker reviews


Quiet retreat away from it all

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time at this cottage and appreciated the logs provided for the huge fire, the comfy set up and how warm and cosy it was. The cottage is traditional and set in rolling countryside. Perfect for an escape at any time of the year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, rustic cottage

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cottage, garden and location. Friendly farmer, wife, children and animals next door. Fantastic open fire in the living room which kept my husband and kids entertained! Everything we had hoped for and the most relaxing holiday we have had in years!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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From the Owner

The property is a traditional cornish cob farmhouse in a very peaceful environment surrounded by farmland and far reaching views of the sea. We have no landline or internet connection* so its ideal for really switching off from fast paced life and slowing down and connecting with the natural environment. If you enjoy wild country walks or a big open fire to relax by in the evening then this is the house for you. *[If you do want internet connection you can bring your own dongle!]

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter Airport at 45 Miles Nearest Golf : Bude Golf Course at 5 Miles Nearest Train : Exeter at 45 Miles Nearest Motorway : A30 at 12 Miles Nearest Beach : Widemouth Bay at 4 Miles Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

This is the ideal place for walking along the National Trust Coastline, bathing from the many sandy beaches, visiting attractions such as the National Trust properties of Landhydrock and Cotehele, The Eden project and the Lost Gardens of Penhaligen. Further afield you can get to Port Isaac (Doc Martin) and St Ives (Tate Gallery). For the intrepid climb Brown Willy and other nearby peaks.


Nearly all the North Cornwall beaches have lifeguards. Widemouth Bay is a very big and safe sandy beach 3 miles away. Other lovely beaches include Bude, Crackington Haven, and Sandymouth, Welcombe and Duckpool (north of Bude). Surfing is considered very good on this coast.


Having a car is essential as we are 4 miles from the beach, and 6 from Bude. You can reach Bude by bus from Exeter several times a day.


Week St Mary 1 mile, Bude 6 miles, Launceston, 12 miles, Holsworthy 9 miles, Exeter 45 miles, London 230 miles.

Further Details:

There are some new restaurants in and near Bude including Life's a Beach 01288 355222 (great views), Elements 01288 352386 (near widemouth), and further afield Fifteen, Jamie Oliver's restaurant at Newquay 0871 3301515. Also several pubs including The Bullers Arms at Marhamchurch.

There is a Trad Jazz festival in Bude in August.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Autumn
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
December 17th
17 Dec 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas Season
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter Season 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
February half term 2017
11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Spring 2017
18 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter Holidays
1 Apr 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late spring 2017
15 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer season 2017
27 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer Season
22 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Saturday arrive after 3pm and depart before 10.30 am. Some flexibility is possible; please ask.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.
Long weekends are available on request.
Discounts for long winter lets are available; eg/ more than 2 weeks.

Please note: This is a traditional old property built with slate and cob 400 years ago. If you are expecting a pristine, plastic, modern interior this is not the cottage for you! Please make sure you bring wellington boots and warm clothes for the north Cornish weather.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 10-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

We love the fact there are no tourists to speak of round us on a hill with views of the sea...and the nearby town of Bude is still old fashioned and not crowded. It's always easy to park at Widemouth Bay. We love walking the coastal footpath and exploring the remote beaches, and wonderful churches in the area, or hiking up Rough Tor. On a sunny day it's perfect. Even when it's raining which is almost never, you know there are National Trust houses and the Eden Project not far away by car... or a book in front of our open fire.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • bay
  • churches
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • There is a newly refurbished bathroom on the ground floor with a shower/bath, basin and wc.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, Classic brass bed in timber beamed room
  • Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with 2 single beds . Bedroom 3 with 3 single beds.


  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: The heating is by night storage heaters. There is Freeview television (26 inch screen). The fireplace is an inglenook with black slate surrounds. Outside: Outside there is a picnic table and benches, there are some deck chairs. Utility Room: Washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bring your own towels linen and duvet covers. The property is cleaned between lettings. Please bring all your own food and supplies. Other: The large main bedroom has exposed beams, a double brass bed, a painted wardrobe, an antique chest of drawers, thick rugs on a pine floor, several chairs and side tables, and a butter churn. Other bedrooms are carpeted with chests of drawers.

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