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Beautiful Historic Cottage In 3/4 Acre Walled Garden



Updated: 23-Oct-2016
The Cottage is set in a picturesque ancient landscape that Includes Frenchman's Creek & 13 Different Beaches A Short Drive Away

Caervallack Garden Cottage was rebuilt in 2010 to the highest standard using locally sourced cob, earth plasters and beautiful detailing such as the unique windows and oak woodwork. The cottage has an exceptionally tranquil atmosphere, nestled in its walled garden with thatched well house (1000 years old) and mature 3/4 acre gardens to look at from your private patio. Its a Sanctuary where you can shed the concerns of your otherwise hectic life. Local shops include Kernowsuishimi (fresh locally caught fish) and Gear farm organic pasties, both 5 minutes walk away and three excellent restaurant/pubs 8 minutes drive away- Trelowarren restaurant, the Ship Inn & the Prince of Wales. Walking direct from the front door is superb in four different directions and there are 11 different beaches 10 minutes drive away. St.Ives is a short drive North. Facilities include : cooker , fridge, ceramic sink, beech kitchen ,TV, Central heating, Wifi , Queen size double bed & clothes storage & en suite shower.

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

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About the Owner

Louise and I have lived at Caervallack since we were married in 1995 and have two teenage sons. I work as an niche Architect, designing contemporary buildings in Ancient materials (such as Oak frames or cob(earth walls) of which the Garden Cottage is an example. My wife is a full time Painter-artist, taking inspiration from the beautiful area in which we live . Together we have created the large garden which the Cottage has exclusive access to - Louise the plants and Matt the buildings,walls and hard landscaping.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fantastic week in this brilliant cottage. We love the design and we're sorry to leave. Its a great location for all the things we wanted to do : Heligan, Eden, Frencman's creek etc. The garden is astonishing.

We've had such a lovely, peaceful week. Long walks , lovely food & such a beautiful cottage & garden to come home to.

We shall be spreading the word about this very special place! The garden is a delight providing a surprise and somewhere to sit & reflect at every turn. The cottage is a lovely retreat from our busy lives - the silence and peace have been so much appreciated.
May 2012
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7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


Idyllic holiday in beautiful countryside settings

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable and well appointed cottage which was ideal for our short break. The rural setting was a delight and the owners have created a lovely garden setting which we were free to explore. The peace and tranquility was much appreciated and helped us to relax.

The owners made us feel very welcome with nice touches such as fresh flowers and treats in the fridge! These were very much appreciated after a long journey. Having a car was very useful and there was plenty of parking at the cottage. We were able to walk out along country lanes to visit local pubs and had some delicious meals.

We came home feeling relaxed and having benefited from our enjoyable stay.

Thanks to Matt and Louise for sharing their lovely part of the world with us.

David & Christine

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful retreat

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was everything it promised and more. Lovely flowers cut from the garden and great treats in fridge on arrival. Matt and Louise are great hosts, chilled and hands-off but very helpful with recommendations etc. Explored walks around cottage and river: a gorgeous area for relaxing. Great pubs and eateries close by, Penzance, Porthcurno/Minack and Lamorna an easy drive. Then back to the beautiful, inspirational garden. A fantastic week, if only we could have stayed much longer.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect cottage in beautiful gardens

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful little cottage is in a lovely quiet spot off the beaten track, but that only added to it's charm. The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped. The welcome information was very concise and interesting, and the OS maps were extremely helpful in discovering lots of little lanes to villages and coves (I hate sat nav!) The cottage is in such a great area for discovering the very tip of Great Britain and there are so many amazing places to go, to walk, to experience. The Cottage gardens are simply lovely, the kind of gardens I would love myself if I had the space! Separated by hedges, and little paths, it was a joy to discover what was coming up next. Mat and Louise were very welcoming, so was the bottle of Prosecco in the fridge!

I would certainly recommend this as a lovely quite idyllic holiday home.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a really great time and would highly recommend the cottage and the location. The cottage is finished to a high standard, very clean and is well equipped. The gardens are amazing and private and we had a great week. The location is beautiful and we visited some lovely gardens, covered a few coastal walks and spent time at the cottage soaking up the sun in the garden. We received a warm reception from the owners and the information provided prior to our stay was excellent. There is also a file of very useful information and maps of places to visit, places to eat and the history of this wonderful historic cottage. Highly recommended and we certainly plan to stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect couples' hideaway

  • 5 of 5

A great, character, unique cottage in a special location. Beautifully quiet but within easy reach of all of the Lizard. Short walk to the Helford River and the coast path. Also lots of great local artisan food from local producers. Friendly and accommodating hosts. Will be very happy to return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Uncoil in an English paradise

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at Caervallack Garden Cottage twice now and I will be returning again.

You can feel the energy in the rejuvenating environment in which the cottage stands and if you're in need of much-needed relaxation and de-stressing, this is the place for you. Matt and Louise have created an oasis of light and peace in their stone and cob cottage which sits within a intricate and welcoming private garden. You can potter and take quiet moments in the garden rooms or sip from a cup of tea on a bench that sits on the covered wooden bridge that runs over an ancient trackway. Pressure oozes away the moment you pull up through the gateposts. You can hear the silence between the cockerel's announcements and the gentle birdsong!

If you like to walk or cycle, then this is the perfect base for exploring the Lizard. You're connected to the sea via the pathways, creeks and the Helford River and there are countless villages, hilltops or wooded valleys to explore. Matt and Louise are eager and willing to share their knowledge of the area, but they also leave you well alone should you wish. The cottage adjoins their own house, but you feel as if you're alone with the spirits.

If you're into astronomy, then you'll be at home here. I've brought my Dobsonian telescope and have seen galaxies and nebulae that you just can't see in more light polluted areas. The 'seeing' is exceptional!

One last thing... even though you happily feel that you're 'in the middle of nowhere' at Caervallack, you're less than 10 miles from Helston with its shops and restaurants, and there's many local establishments, inns and village shops to discover within a short walk, cycle or drive.

You'll find staying in Caervallack Garden Cottage one of the fastest ways to slow down!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
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From the Owner

We were lucky enough to find our Dream House, an unspoilt Grade II listed building which needed lots of work. The area is particularly beautiful and full of mature trees, unusual for West Cornwall.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Newquay airport at 37 Miles Nearest Barpub : Prince of Wales Pub. at 1.4 Miles Nearest Train : Redruth at 14 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Ship Inn, Mawgan at 1.5 Miles Nearest Beach : Church Cove, Gunwalloe, National Trust at 5 Miles Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

You are welcome to use the Meditation room for Yoga or Meditation.


The three most frequented beaches are Church Cove & Poldhu Cove (National Trust, both facing West) or St. Anthony Head, Manaccan (Esturary facing East) ,all 10 minutes drive away. Other coves 15 mintues drive away on the Lizard include Coverack, Cadgwith, Kynance, Mullion & Kennack Sands. The Helford River (tidal estuary) is 40 minutes walk away.


The easiest way to get here is by car.

We have had visitors without cars to our cottage, getting the Train to Redruth Station, bus from Redruth station to Helston and then taxi the final 5 miles. Another alternative is to hire a car inexpensively from mymotorsredruth.co.uk once you get off the train at Redruth.

Newquay airport is 75 minutes away : you can hire a car from the airport there.


St.Martin Village 0.5 miles

Mawgan village 1.2 miles

Helston town 5 miles (15mins by car) . Falmouth 12 miles (30 mins by car) .

Truro & St.Ives 18miles (45 mins. by car)

Eden project 1 1/4 hours by car

Further Details:

The nearest food shop is Spar (Mawgan village 8 mins drive, 30 mins walk). Nearest supermarket town Helston 5 miles, 15minutes drive.


Rental rates

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Rate 5
25 Sep 2016 - 5 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £25
cleaning fee £50

Changeover Day:
Usually Saturday, but occasionally Friday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 23-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

The Cottage is in Ancient land ,and is first mentioned in a legal dispute over Tithes in 1273. We are told is has an exceptional atmosphere, complimented by the contemporary garden which is all yours to enjoy :a modern twist to an ancient theme. There are fantastic walks right out the front gate to Frenchmans creek, the Helford river and through mature woodland. Food is very close at hand too: organic pasties & fresh landed fish are both 5 minutes walk away, while there are three excellent restaurants within 8 minutes drive. There are 9 coves and beeches within 15minutes drive.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Television


  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite shower room with contemporary sanitary ware and Italian porcelain tiles . Powerful shower.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: One Bedroom with a Queen sized double bed (very comfortable) & clothes storage both under the bed and behind the head board


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

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


  • Notes on accommodation: There is a staircase between the bedroom and downstairs of 9 treads - its a generous staircase. The property is historic and has a clear headroom downstairs of 6'4" (190cm) . I'm afraid we don't accept pets , and the property is not suitable for children. Outside: Outside the cottage is a South east facing patio with woven chairs and table. This looks down the 3/4 acre walled garden that is divided into 7 different garden "rooms" where Guests are encouraged to relax in their own privacy. Over the 54ft. bridge at the bottom of the garden is a shared garden space featuring 5-sided meditation studio and trampoline for the adventurous. Utility Room: None but if you would like to use our washing machine please ask. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Finest "White Company" linen & towels are provided . The cottage is cleaned every week or before a guest arrives , whichever comes first . If people stay for two weeks, we change linen & towels after 1 week and do a limited vacuum session. Other: Storage under the stairs for bags etc.

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