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

Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


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.

Noëlle Rorke
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
9 May, 2018

About Noëlle 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.

Noëlle Rorke purchased this farmhouse in 1994

Why Noëlle Rorke chose Madron

Quality of life

What makes this farmhouse unique

A family home, views over Mounts Bay, quiet and tranquil, but close to town and local amenities and beaches.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Madron in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • I agree to leave the house clean and tidy when I leave.
  • I agree to respect the neighbours, and to drive slowly up and down the drive.
  • I agree to inform the owner of any damage or breakages caused by me or my party, and I understand that in most cases there will be no penalty.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • 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
Notes on accommodation: Family home, ideal for families or large groups. Sleeps 10/13. 6 bedrooms, plus a double futon in living room. 1 or 2 cots (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


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Farmhouse - Stunning Sea Views and Large Gardens, with Woodland Walk by Stream
average rating of 4.92 based on 25 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: 20-Jun-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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A beautifully welcoming family home.

  • 5 of 5

The home was amazing, well equipped for all of the family and was exactly as advertised. The Aga was on when we arrived, and the wood burning stove was easy to light. Noelle was more than helpful, and provided clear and easy to follow instructions for the appliances, and the directions to the house were perfect. We have already recommended it as a possible location for a friends family gathering.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Holiday House for large groups

  • 5 of 5

Before we even arrived at the property I knew we would be happy in the farmhouse; Noelle's communication has been amazing and cannot be faulted in anyway. She provided us with detailed information about the rooms, house and how to get to the property, we had nothing to worry about. There is plenty of parking and loads of space around the property. Each room was perfect for our needs, and we really felt comfortable though out the whole of our stay. The house is clean, well equipped and in an idyllic location. During our stay we had fun learning how to cook on an aga, we enjoyed each other’s company at meal times (plenty of seating space to eat all together), in an evening we chilled out on the comfy sofas in front of the log burner, we played the piano together, we played ball in the large garden, we explored our surroundings (take your walking boots… you have to do the woodland walk, it's amazing for all ages), we admired the gorgeous views from the bedrooms, we visited the sea, we loved every moment together in this gorgeous home... as I am writing this, I wish we were still there! I can't thank Noelle enough for letting us stay in her home and for her superb communication skills. I would definitely recommend staying here, and would love to stay here again x

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Really lovely house for a large group, tucked away so nice and private and quiet.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely few days at the property for a family get together. We really like this location as so many things to do within 30 minutes of Penzance. House was in good condition, was warm and comfortable and very clean. Lovely views from its elevated position over towards St Michaels Mount.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent weekend stay. Beautiful house. Perfect for large groups.

  • 4 of 5

Gorgeous house with a large kitchen - perfect for large groups or big family. Host Noelle is very easy to communicate with and provides excellent information prior to arrival.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely amazing holiday farmhouse home!!

  • 5 of 5

We cannot rate this farmhouse highly enough! Absolutely amazing home with a warm, inviting ambience. We booked it because of the kitchen and it did not disappoint in the slightest (we even got friendly with the aga oven and loved it). The location is secluded enough for privacy but also close to local amenities and beautiful beaches. There is definitely something for everyone here and the owner is lovely to deal with. We will definitely return one day.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Coldstreamer Inn
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Miles
Penzance to Scillies
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
100 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Coldstreamer Inn, Gulval
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Long Rock and Marazion
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. St Ives is 6 miles away along the back B3311 road avoiding main traffic.


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 & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £350

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.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.