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Farmhouse - Stunning Sea Views and Large Gardens, with Woodland Walk by Stream



Updated: 11-May-2017
  • Sleeps 13
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

About the property

Farmhouse in Gulval, Penzance, Cornwall, England - Peaceful Rural Location, Within Easy Reach Of Beaches, Local Pub And Other Local Attractions

This beautiful well appointed detached farmhouse set in large mature gardens, overlooks Mounts Bay, with views of St Michaels Mount. It nestles between the north and closer south coast of Cornwall, towards which there are many wonderful views. Gulval is a much sought after village on the outskirts of Penzance, and the farmhouse sits just up the hill from here, up a track that affords it peace and seclusion. Up the track from the house is a delightful path that is quite magical. It leads down through private woods to a beautiful winding stream, and you wouldn't want to be anywhere else! Penzance is a 20-30 minute walk or 5 minute drive away, and the railway station is a 20 minute walk down the road. Our home is in a quiet position, but within easy reach of local amenities.

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Noelle Rorke
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
11 May, 2017

About Noelle Rorke

This has been home to us and our 5 children for over 20 years. It is still our home. The children have now all left home, and we are enjoying spending time when we can sailing, most recently across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. And so we have taken the opportunity to share our home, and our beautiful environment with others.

Noelle Rorke purchased this farmhouse in 1994

Why Noelle Rorke chose South West Cornwall

Quality of life

What makes this farmhouse unique

Views over Mounts Bay, quiet and tranquil, a family home.

15 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)


Stunning farmhouse in beautiful countryside

  • 5 of 5

A perfect stay in a fabulous location! We thoroughly enjoyed staying in this beautiful family home. The house itself was wonderful - homey, comfortable and quirky and big enough for our large family gathering! It was spotless and well-equipped with everything we needed including many books to read and films to watch for potential rainy days. The living spaces were spacious, pretty and comfortable. The gardens were lovely too - we loved stepping out of the patio doors into gorgeous, green gardens and sitting outside on the terrace or playing games on the grass. Useful local information was provided by Noelle, including directions to the woodland walk by the stream, straight from the door of the farmhouse. Noelle was always quick to respond to any questions we had and made arranging things very easy indeed. We really couldn't have asked for anything more for a very special family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A very thoughtful and welcome review from great guests who really got the best out of staying here in our home. I love the 'quirky' word! Never thought of using that to describe our home but yes, it does seem to fit! Thank you, and we look forward to welcoming you back again one day.
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An excellent holiday house

  • 5 of 5

The house was lovely - sizeable and well laid out, and well equipped. It was extremely clean and all appliances worked properly. The garden is fantastic - the kids loved the trampoline and generally running around in the space.

The house is well situated for a number of local attractions - including a lovely riding stables a few minutes drive away.

I would highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A great home from home

  • 5 of 5

Well we had a large group with 4 families sharing this wonderful farm house. On the first day the kids run around selecting their rooms and unpacking before exploring the rest of the house and Gardens. Lisa loved the kitchen with the big table and she adored the aga oven. She has so much fun cooking on it. The piano gave us many nights of playing (4 of the kids could play) garden was big enough for a unique game of football. The weather was great ment the men could cook outside on the bbq. Out in the area we had fun evenings in local pubs and back to finish the night playing drinking games around the large table. Would recommend this place anyone and would come back again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely amazing

  • 5 of 5

After finishing an 11 hour drive from up north to opening the door at Kenegie Home Farm made the trip so worth it! We were in awe and could not believe the space and feel of this wonderful home. It really feels like a home with the families photographs on the walls, plants and fresh flowers, and many many books. The kitchen is so fanatasic, the dining table is perfect for large families and cooking on the Aga was definitely a good experience for us. The woodland walk is highly recommend, even in the dark with the Stars! Just amazing. The gardens were lovely with wonderful views and our children were impressed with being able to see up close the cows and their calves in the farmers fields..and rabbits in the garden, when they were quiet enough! A perfect location for visiting St Ives, Lands End and many other coves and pretty villages all within an half hour drive. We have been visiting Devon and Cornwall since having our twins 5 years ago and have stayed in many cottages and holiday homes over the years, Kenegie Home Farm is the best we have ever stayed in and I would highly recommend this home from home to all!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay was just perfect and I highly recommend this homely farmhouse - we had a wonderful family get-together for my mum's birthday (and none of us wanted to leave!).

Noelle, the owner, was very welcoming and knowledgeable about the local area. Her farmhouse is lovely and was a great base for us to explore from as well as relax in.

The best things: the family-sized kitchen (we had a brilliant time cooking together as well as all sitting around the big kitchen table catching up with each other); the aga (Noelle leaves clear guidance and an aga cookbook....if, like me, you've never cooked on an aga then give it a go!), the garden/grounds (great for barbecue, and the woodland walk along a little stream is so pretty), the bedrooms (fresh, light, airy and very comfortable beds).

We will definitely be back :)

  • Review Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What lovely appreciative guests! We try to encourage people to get the best out of their stay here by providing guidance on how to familiarise themselves with all parts of our family home. The Aga definitely plays an important role, and we love to hear of guests who have enjoyed all its benefits.
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Perfect for our large, energetic family

  • 5 of 5

The property was a wonderful size for 9 adults (ranging in age from 15- 62) plus one baby and one toddler. The kitchen was huge and as we were used to an Aga, this was an added bonus for creating meals for everyone! The sitting room was also large enough for evenings of riotous games once the babies had gone to bed! The garden was lovely with the (safe, ground-level) trampoline upon which everyone took a turn at some point over the week, and had ample space to kick a ball around or for a more sedate game of boules. The walk to the stream was really lovely and a high point of the week.

I would definitely recommend this house for a large party. It has everything you could wish for as well as being close to local attractions and walks.

Noelle made every effort to ensure our stay was as comfortable as it could be.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These guests certainly made the most of their stay in our home, and left it in amazing good order, for which we are grateful. They also offered us feedback, which we always request, and which is always appreciated. The idea of introducing a stair gate for guests with curious toddlers is great, and this has now become an invaluable addition. Thank you!
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From the Owner

Quality of life

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Newquay at 25 Miles Nearest Barpub : Coldstreamer Inn at 0.5 Miles Nearest Ferry : Penzance to Scillies at 1.5 Miles Nearest Golf : Hayle at 9 Miles Nearest Train : Penzance at 1.5 Miles Nearest Motorway : Exeter at 100 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Coldstreamer Inn, Gulval at 0.5 Miles Nearest Beach : Long Rock and Marazion at 1 Miles Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens are a 5 minute drive down the back road from our home. Chysauster ancient Iron Age village is 2 miles up the road from our property.


We are surrounded on 3 sides by the beautiful beaches that are Cornwall's greatest attraction. Longrock is 20 minutes walk, many other spectacular beaches accessible by car - Marazion (10mins), Porthcurno (25mins), Sennen (20mins) St Ives (15mins), Gwithian (20mins). There are safe beaches for the young or surfing beaches for the more experienced.


Newquay airport 50mins by car

Penzance train station (direct from London Paddington) 5 mins by car

The Ferry port of Plymouth is an hour and a half by car or 2 hrs direct by train. The Port has links to France and Spain.

Connections to the Scilly Isles are from Penzance harbour. There are day trips in the summer.

Use of car is usually necessary in Cornwall. Bring your own or hire one at the airport or train station.


Gulval village (0.5 mile), Penzance (1.5 miles), Tremenheere Sculpture gardens (1 mile), St Michael's Mount (3 miles), St Ives & the Tate Gallery (7 miles), the unique Minack cliff top Theatre (12 miles), Lands End (10 miles), the Lizard (26 miles), Truro (28 miles), Falmouth (28 miles), Heligan gardens (40 miles), the Eden Project (40 miles)

Further Details:

Cornwall's beaches are amongst the best in the world, each with its own charm. The sea around our coast offers opportunities for active water sports pursuits including kayaking, surfing, swimming, snorkelling, diving, wind and kite surfing, and sailing. Explore the beautiful coast and sea life on boat trips from Penzance, which follow dolphins, seals, sharks and even on occasions whales. Fishing trips are also available. There are several nearby stables offering horse riding. West Cornwall is renowned for its artists. Galleries abound in all the local towns and villages, displaying the works of local painters and potters, not to mention the Tate, St Ives and the Newlyn gallery. Gastronomically, there are plenty of restaurants serving excellent locally sourced food that can be enjoyed in some spectacular settings. You can watch the sun set over the sea with a glass of wine as you eat. Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein and Nathan Outlaw all have restaurants within striking distance too. For garden lovers, the local micro climate of Cornwall has produced some beautiful sub-tropical gardens, such as Trengwainton, just down the road, and Trebah, Glendurgan, Heligan and Trelissick, not to mention the beautiful Tresco gardens in the Scillies. For walkers, we are close to the coastal footpaths to the north, south and west, and walks can easily take in a good pub lunch or Cornish cream tea at any number of venues along the way. All necessary shops and banks are accessible within a few minutes by car from the property.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
22 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas 2017
21 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
New Year
29 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Provisional reservations are held for 7 days. A deposit of one quarter of the rent must be paid within that time in order to secure the booking. The balance of the rent, plus a returnable deposit of 25%, is due 6 weeks before the start date. No reminders are sent. Any late bookings ie. made within 6 weeks of the start date, must be paid in full.
The damages deposit will be fully refunded within 14 days of the end of your holiday, after inspection, less any explained charges

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally Saturday. Arrival is after 4pm. Departure is before 10am.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Updated: 11-May-2017


From the Owner

Views over Mounts Bay, quiet and tranquil, a family home.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library


  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Upstairs bathroom comprising bath, shower, basin, toilet & bidet En suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with bath, shower over, basin, toilet & bidet There is a separate WC with wash hand basin off the hall


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 13 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom - King size bed, sea views, en suite Bedroom 2- Double room Bedroom 3- King size bed in yew, sea views, basin Bedroom 4- Bunk beds, sea views, basin Bedroom 5- Double or 2 singles, great sea views Bedroom 6- Single bed, Velux windows


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only


  • Notes on accommodation: This is a family home, ideal for families or large groups. Sleeps 10/13. 6 bedrooms, plus a double futon in living room. Cot (provided on request). Also baby chair that attaches to table. We do not accept pets. No smoking is allowed in the house. Outside: The house is set in large mature gardens, mostly laid to lawn, on two levels. There is a ground level 12' trampoline with enclosure, and a tree house set between 3 oak trees. There are 2 small ponds which are usually home to frogs, toads and newts. (Children should be supervised). The patio has a large table, with sunshade, with benches and chairs. There is also a barbecue on the patio. The farmhouse is set 150 metres up a private lane, making it quiet and secluded. There is plenty of parking space. Up the track from our home is a beautiful, private woodland walk that takes you down to a meandering stream. Totally secluded, beautiful and peaceful! Utility Room: Washing machine, sink with drainer, shelving, ample coat hanging space, plenty of room for shoes and wellies, windows to outside. There is a large slate shelf very useful for storing foods. Cleaning equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned on changeover days, and fresh linen is included. Please bring your own bath towels, or we can provide these for a small additional charge. Other: Large covered entrance with log pile leading to front door. Ante-room leading to back door with plenty of hanging space for coats