Treetops Penthouse Apartment, High Noon, Ladock, Nr. Truro, Cornwall, TR2 4PW - In 3 Acres Of The Lost Gardens Of High Noon, Bargain Offers, Free Prosecco, Free WI-FI, Nr Newquay
Treetops provides an idyllic and excellent central location in the very heart of Cornwall, with good access to both its North and South coastlines with fantastic beaches and walking country, world famous gardens and historic monuments. Surfing beaches, coves, inlets and delightful fishing villages, pubs and restaurants are in easy striking distance by car.
Treetops is part of the historic 19th century mansion built for the Archdeacon of Cornwall. Take it easy on one of the two secluded private balconies with unforgettable rural/garden views, lunch in the waterlily garden with resident dragonflies, watch the miniature sheep, or explore the beautiful local countryside and the Falmouth Arms which is the village pub.
The apartment is high up - hence Treetops - which gives you the best views in the village.
THE LOST GARDENS OF HIGH NOON
Gardens all around are now being maintained by miniature sheep! Pygmy goats originally reclaimed the garden from brambles. Eighty (80) climbing roses have been planted to grow over newly erected pergolas, rope swags and fencing; they have to be climbing or the sheep eat them!
Ladock is a little village in an area of outstanding rural beauty, which can be well appreciated from the property's balconies and windows. There is a post office and village store, a pretty church, a very active village hall with regular entertainments and other events and a good pub. There are beautiful walks in Ladock Woods.
Ladock is close to half the choicest attractions in Cornwall as chosen by the Telegraph (
Newquay Zoo – One of Britain’s best zoos, Newquay has 130 species, including lions, meercats, penguins and ring-tailed lemurs that visitors can feed by hand. Open all year.
The Eden Project – The world’s largest rainforest in captivity; there’s even a waterfall inside one of the giant Biomes, and these domes are architectural wonders in themselves. There are rock concerts in summer and ice-skating in winter. Open all year.
Also near St Austell the Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey – Tim Smit’s first project in Cornwall (before Eden) remains a magical place. It covers 200 acres, so it’s possible to find peace here even in high summer. Beyond the flamboyant Himalayan spring garden are superb restored Edwardian fruit, flower and vegetable gardens. Deeper into the valley there are shady bowers and pools where dragon and damselflies dance. Open all year.
Beyond Truro find Trebah Garden – A valley garden full of sub-tropical plants and trees that tumbles down to the Helford River, where there’s a small beach for picnics and swimming with an excellent pub with views. A good garden for a family visit as it includes an inventive adventure playground and special children’s trails. Open all year.
Lanhydrock – A grand house on a grand estate, it vividly evokes High Victorian grandeur and opulence. The Robartes family changed very little in the 20th century so it feels as if they have just stepped out for a while. Gardens open all year; house open Mar-Nov excluding most Mondays.
Port Isaac – Doc Martin-land and very attractive it is too.
Tintagel – The seat of the legendary King Arthur, still a place of haunting beauty: a medieval hamlet protected by a castle-crowned headland. The 12th-century picturesque ruins are dramatically sited and the coastal views magnificent.
Trewithen sits virtually in the next village to Ladock – A simple, elegant Georgian mansion built in the 1720s for comfort rather than show and little altered over the centuries. The exotic sub-tropical garden, created in the 1920s, is one of the loveliest and best-maintained in Cornwall. Open March 1 - June 30: gardens open daily; house tours Monday and Tuesday afternoons.
The A30 is five minutes away from Treetops, and provides the arterial route to the furthest extent of the peninsula:
St Ives – The extraordinary intensity and clarity of light at St Ives lends the place a film set quality. Its legacy as a 20th-century art colony of world importance thrives at the Tate Gallery , Barbara Hepworth’s home and sculpture garden, and Bernard Leach’s pottery. For some of the best work by today’s painters and potters visit the Millennium, Belgrave and Wills Lane galleries.
St Michael’s Mount – Truly spectacular and romantic. Reached on foot at low tide across a causeway, this former medieval monastery, now home to the St Aubyn family, has been sensitively restored and de-cluttered to show life on the Mount in the 17th century. The chapel has sublime stained glass. The seaward gardens are a peaceful refuge on a busy summer’s day. Open February half-term; guided tours 11am-2pm on Tues and Fri until March 30. Open daily, except Saturdays, March 30-November 2.
Land’s End - various attractions and fantastic cliff scenery. To avoid the commercialised area, park at Sennen beach and walk for 30 minutes along the cliffs.
Geevor Tin Mine – One of Cornwall’s last working tin mines, which closed down in 1990. The knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides, some of them former miners, bring the buildings to life with anecdotes of the lives of the miners as they take visitors underground. Excellent homemade pasties in the cafe. Open all year; closed Saturdays.
Other worthwhile and perhaps quieter sites in Cornwall include:
Porthleven – This deep double harbour is a lovely place for an evening stroll and there’s plenty of space on the pebble beach. There are craft shops and galleries galore, three pubs (try the Atlantic Inn for a sunset drink) and a clutch of good restaurants, including Kota, The Square, Amelie's, Sea Drift and family-friendly Kota Kai. Don’t miss the handmade hats and fleeces at Salt Cellar Workshops (open 2-6pm except Wed).
Cotehele, near Saltash – Hidden away on the banks of the River Tamar, this Tudor house remains in a time-warp. Worth visiting alone for its truss-roofed Great Hall and collection of embroidered fabrics and Flemish tapestries in superb condition. Open daily March 12-October 30.
Paradise Park, Hayle – A family-run park that started as a conservation and breeding centre for parrots and macaws its huge collection of birds is exceptionally colourful. Now there are otters, red pandas and penguins. Don’t miss the impressive flying displays with eagles and owls. Open all year.
Rocky Valley, Bossiney – A half-mile east of Tintagel, this is a gorge in miniature: a slip of a stream tumbling over tinkling waterfalls between tussocky rocks and ledges full of wild flowers. Look out for the intriguing rock carvings in the Bronze Age labyrinth.
Lizard Point – The National Trust, having failed to secure Land’s End, redeemed itself by grabbing The Lizard, Britain’s most southerly point. There are two good, old-fashioned cafés, a serpentine marble workshop and flying displays by rare choughs. Fine coastal walks.
Polperro – A real picture-postcard treasure between Fowey and Looe. Locals have sorted the traffic issue by making all visitors use a park-and-ride. Like Port Isaac, it has a fishermen’s choir, which sings most Wednesday evenings in summer.
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum ( – In the 19th century Cable & Wireless pioneered international telecommunications using undersea cables that connected Porthcurno, a highly picturesque sandy cove near Land’s End, to India, the Far East, South America and Africa. It’s an extraordinary story and very well told here.
Penlee House Gallery, Penzance ( – This is the place to find works by 19th-century artists (Walter Langley, Stanhope Forbes and Norman Garstin), who came to paint en plein air in Newlyn and Lamorna. There is a good café in the historic park garden. Open all year.
When all is said and done though the greatest jewel of Cornwall is the coastline. Because the whole peninsula of Cornwall has been slowly tilting on its axis downwards into the sea on the south side and upwards on the north side the scenery of the two coastlines is quite distinctive.
The south is full of sunken river valleys called rias (rheas are the birds) these preserve the branching pattern of the streams that previously carved out the land valleys before they were flooded by the sea; Frenchman's Creek is an example. Here the land slopes down gently to the tidal shoreline. There is wonderful birdlife, and the sheltered maritime climate is favourable for the making of all the famous gardens to be found here.
On the north coast (Newquay is only 20 minutes from Treetops) magnificent cliffs have been thrust up above the sea. The full force of the Atlantic breakers, encouraged by the prevailing westerly winds, is delivered unthwarted to the world famous surfing beaches, made of the sand that has been deposited between the rocky headlands.
Both coastlines offer wonderful walks. If you have two vehicles park one at the end of the planned walk and drive in the other to the beginning. If you have one vehicle there are plenty of circular walks (Gerans is my favourite) and information is available in Treetops. Many of these incorporate a pub or two along the way.
The apartment is well equipped for self-catering and the 24 karat gold plated cutlery is easy to clean. Try the seafood at the restaurant opposite the pub (also recommended) at Polkerris close to Menabilly the home of Daphne du Maurier.
If you are unfamiliar with Cornwall this webpage has illustrations of the country around the home of Daphne du Maurier and close to Treetops. This is just a tiny sample of the glorious scenery that awaits you on the south coast:
For the North coast:
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
Dr Roger Sturdy is the owner/occupier of High Noon, living immediately below Treetops, a retired doctor he is now studying Art History as well as Shepherding and Garden Design.
Guestbook comments from the owner
"The lush valley & garden setting of Treetops provides a perfect foil to the open, windy and sometimes scorching beaches and cliffs"
"We are first time visitors to Cornwall and have found the location ideal for exploring the county"
"The little black lambs at play are a delight...the rural landscape is stunning"
"The tiny village is well serviced with a pub, post office/store, village hall and very quaint and pretty church"
4.4 based on 8 holidaymaker reviews
Spacious accommodation in quiet location
We have stayed as a family of 7/8 in this spacious accommodation for two consecutive years. It has a peaceful roof top seating area with lovely views and the location is peaceful and secluded, equi-distant from North & South coasts. Most bays are about half an hours drive so choose your coast for weather or surf. Host is a character and adds to the atmosphere
We stayed from 2nd to 4th September, lovely weekend. The self catering suite was spacious for us 3 adults and 2 year old twins. The host was warm and welcoming. The suite was clean, comfortable, and overall it was quite and relaxing. Thank you for thinking of and supplying everything that any of us could have possibly needed. The weather held on Friday when we arrived, we had some lovely sunny weather on Lusty Glaze beach. It then rained all day Saturday. Our host had recommended upon our arrival some family friendly eateries including a pub (Armsworth) which is within walking distance of the old mansion. There is real good food here and friendly locals. We did not do much else on Saturday so our host was so generous and offered us to stay an extra day, for free so we could explore more. Unfortunately we had commitments to return to. Such a wonderful gesture though! We stopped by the Lost Gardens on our return home on Sunday 4th and we definitely would love to go back with the kids to explore more of the gardens - more than we managed to, and try the barbecue lunch. Thank you and see you again.
We spent a lovely weekend using Tree Tops as a base to explore Cornwall. Its only a short distance to the A30. Roger was away for the weekend but he ensured everything was ready for our arrival and left contact numbers. He rang to make sure we were OK. The flat is spacious with comfortable beds and sympathetically decorated. We were able to book a two night stay which many owners do not permit and Tree Tops is very good value. Its only a short walk to the local Pub that does a varied menu serving good quality food. I'm sure we will be back in the future :). Thank you.
We loved this property and Roger was an amazing host. It was lovely to meet him and his two dogs. My daughter loved exploreing the very large rambling garden.
a lovely flat in excellent location for touring
A cleanandspaciousflat with splendid VIEWS OF adjoining fields with horses and sheep.we were greeted as last year by our very friendly host Roger and a bottle of chilled prosecco.a lovely location for exploring Cornwall with easy aces to the beaches and close to Truro and stAustell.
WE WILL DEFINITELY BE BOOKING UP FOR NEXT YEAR.
On arriving at the property we were asked to wait for a further 30 minutes from the agreed time as it was not prepared. Building work being carried out on the property that we had not been informed about; scaffolding surrounding the building and the noise levels of drilling e.t.c
The entrance to the property was via the balcony, it was clear it was not an appropriate entrance. It was a set of grated metal steps that wouldn't pass for a fire escape, they were narrow and difficult to carry a case up thankfully we didn't have very young children that require as it would have been extremely hazardous.
The property is not secured via the entrance/exit the suggestion was made by the owner to keep the balcony doors open when leaving therefore our property would be at risk of being stolen. The alternative given was to go through the owners home which was described as 'untidy' after exploring this option the staircase could only be described as a health and safety hazard, particularly with having children.
The accommodation is stated on the owners direct website as being as three bedroomed, it is two, the second being a tiny room with two sets of bunk beds. The twin room is in the owners accommodation therefore accessible to who lives in the property plus contractors carrying out building work. The suggestion was made by the owner that this was a room that my young children could sleep in which I found completely inappropriate and very uncomfortable with.
The windows are below standard height and safety glass is not present, the latches on half the windows were broken and there was no risk prevention measures in place in the event of a fall.
No fire procedure is in place other than an extinguisher placed on the floor!
There is extra payment for utilities that isn't mentioned in the advert or correspondence exchanges.
There were a number of other factors of which there isn't enough characters to explain.
We left after 30minutes, the owner was not available and he did not respond to my complaint for a further six days. To add insult he has refused to refund the money and offered a week free (which technically isn't free) in the out of season months. To travel eight hours and then leave with three children speaks volumes.
This property I don't feel is ready to offer a holiday retreat an certainly not suitable for children.
From the Owner
“When my profession brought me to Cornwall thirty years ago I fell in love with this property for its character, stunning location and acid soil on which could be grown Rhododendrons. I have always loved Cornwall since childhood visits, investigating the rock pools and walking along the wonderful coastal paths. There is easy access to Newquay and the North Coast, and St Austell and the South Coast, as well as Truro and the many wonderful gardens of Central and Western Cornwall.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
The surfing beaches of Newquay are about 15 minutes away by car. To the East of these there are fine cliffs for walking, and further on the fascinating and celebrated Tintagel Castle. The delights of the Southern coast are just as near, for example Caerhayes Castle, Gardens and gorgeous beach, and further on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula. The wonderful Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are in easy striking distance.
Newquay airport: 20 minutes. Plymouth airport: 1 hour. Penzance Heliport (for Isles of Scilly): 1 hour. For getting around Cornwall and out of Ladock, a car is essential.
Ladock is located at the heart of Cornwall, in the centre of a triangle made up of Truro, St Austell and Newquay and is eight or ten miles from each of them.
Further details of Cornish Gardens, Beaches, Pubs, restaurants and all locations of interest available within the apartment.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
4 Sep 2016 - 22 Oct 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
23 Oct 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
30 Oct 2016 - 12 Nov 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
13 Nov 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
22 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Additional pricing information
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£80|
Required 1 month in advance of arrival.
Free bottle of sparkling Prosecco will be chilled to welcome you when paying £50 or more basic price/ day and staying 7 nights or more and arriving or leaving on Saturday.
Rental price with double and bunk bed rooms and lounge futon based on occupancy of 4 persons or less.
5 persons 10% extra.
6 persons 15% extra.
7 persons 20% extra.
8 persons 25% extra.
9 persons 30% extra
10 persons 35% extra
Extra twin room 25% or £10 extra per night.
Dogs each £5 per day subject to discussion with a minimum charge of £20..
LATE AVAILABILITY & BARGAIN SALES:
Nights priced at £50 or more: electricity, linen, towels included.
Nights priced at £49 or less: linen & towels optionally extra £10 person. Electricity paid for as used by meter.
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.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“I shall never move because the beauty and tranquillity of this magic place would be near impossible to beat. This property offers period style and gracious proportions that are rare to find in holiday accommodation. There are excellent roads straight to Truro, Newquay or St Austell and the A30 dual carriageway is just 5 minutes away giving easy access to the whole Cornish peninsula.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Linens Provided ...
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- Towels Provided ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
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- Dining Area
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- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only
- pets considered ...
- wheelchair inaccessible
- near the sea
- autumn foliage
- live theatre
- naturist beach
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- 26 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
- One Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash hand-basin, heater and two heated towel-rails, views over garden.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
- Cabin Bedroom - 4 Single Bed, 2 sets of bunk beds in a very small cabin
- Double Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
- OPTIONAL EXTRA ANNEX BEDROOM 25% EXTRA - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, 25% EXTRA OR £10 THIS CAN BE MADE UP AS A TWIN OR SUPERKING
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2-10(2-3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: MASTER Bedroom with XL double bed, CABIN Bedroom with 4 bunk beds, very small. OPTIONAL EXTRA ANNEX: Fine Twin OR Superking Bedroom with view South over valley and ornamental pool £10-25% extra) Next door on same floor (1 yard) to main apartment. DOUBLE FUTON in Living Room.
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- Notes on accommodation: This Penthouse is in the second floor of the East Wing of the mansion built in the 19th century for the Archdeacon of Cornwall. It has been sympathetically furnished. It has spectacular views and is surrounded on all sides by semi-wild gardens, which at present are being re-developed using a small team of miniature Ouessant Sheep - the smallest breed in the world They are enchanting. Torchlight is essential at night. OUTSIDE: High Noon Gardens were lost and fell into neglect under a blanket of brambles until 10 years ago when Pygmy goats were brought in to deal with them, and now the garden has become accessible again and sheep mow grass. It has many flowering trees and shrubs such as Camellias, Rhododendrons, Magnolias, and cherries. There is a wealth of daffodils, bluebells, foxgloves and primroses. Two years ago some unwanted trees were cut down to let in light and open up views, and paths are in the process of being developed. The Ouessant Sheep are very pretty. There is a large ornamental pool with water lilies, a very pleasant and relaxing retreat on a warm day with the soothing and cooling notes of the fountain. This is a unique garden being developed so that the maintenance is done principally by the sheep, which keep down brambles, grass and most weeds. Initially ornamental trees and shrubs may benefit from protection. Perennials and bulbs are planted that are unpalatable. 60 climbing roses. Utility Room: Drying room with washing machine, spin drier, and tumble drier, dehumidifier, iron. Heating / Towels / Linen / Towels, linen, included, EXCEPT when enjoying bargain sale offers. When paying less than £50 per night these are optionally £10 per person extra, and electricity is charged as metered. Property cleaned prior to new guests. Other: Central corridor. The large East Balcony has excellent views to the East and sunshine all morning, with seating, planters of roses, lilies et c. Small balcony off the Living Room with views South over pool & valley.