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Detached House In Large Private Gardens . Surfing Beach 12 Mins By Car



Updated: 30-Nov-2016
House in Redruth, Nr. Truro, Cornwall, England - Twelve Minutes From Lovely, Family Friendly Surfing Beach, Easy Reach Of Falmouth, St Ives, Penzance

Here you are in the middle of Cornwall only 12 minutes' drive from Porthtowan's family-friendly surfing beach. We're only minutes off the A30 or you can arrive by train at Redruth's mainline station. Our large handsome Edwardian house is on the edge of Redruth in a tree lined avenue. There are spacious lawns and a patio outside for al fresco eating, and, with 4 bedrooms, 3 sitting rooms and a large airy kitchen, plenty of space inside for everyone to relax and spend time together or apart. Our ancient conservatory is perfect for sunny teas, the grapevine casting shadows on you as you indulge in Cornish cream on your scones! There's even a small park round the corner for robust football games if the adults want peace and quiet in the garden!

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We live in Bristol and have two grown-up sons. We had many years of holidays in Cornwall when they were growing up and we can hardly believe our luck in having this house now to continue our relationship with Cornwall's cliffs and beaches.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

1]The house is just lovely to be in. Children enjoyed the train ride to St Ives. [Victoria]

2]Lovely comfortable beds, great to be able to eat together as a family in the huge kitchen. [Jane and family]

3]For three couples this was just the perfect place. Great place for getting to other destinations.
Jan 2013
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Great space for all

  • 5 of 5

Two families had a great time at Uncle Johns, it was perfect for all our needs - a fab space in the huge kitchen which we didn't really need to leave, but for quiter moments the 2 lounges catered brilliantly for young and old! Porthtowan a great find for surf and St Ives on the train definitely recommended. Thank you very much for a great stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Michael Thank you for your generous comments about staying in our house with your family. I am so glad you enjoyed being in that huge kitchen space and also that you made good use of the two sitting rooms.I hope we can welcome you all again. Em Sawday
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Perfect choice!

  • 5 of 5

Four generations of our family stayed at Uncle John's House in Redruth in June 2016 and it proved to be the perfect choice. A beautiful family home with a lovely garden that is very well-equipped - with loads of books and games for children. It feels like a home, not a holiday rental. The whole house has been recently renovated and the kitchen-dining area provides a wonderful space to eat, drink, socialise and play games. Highly recommended - we will be coming back! Peter, Devon

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad your whole family of four generations all found the house so perfect despite the weather. The toys, books and games for children are there to cater for those 'Rainy Days' !! We look forward to welcoming you all back again. Em
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A wonderful home from home

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this huge and homely property. It was well equipped and clean and the gardens were amazing to spend time in. The beds were comfortable too. The property is situated in a quiet area and is well placed to reach all that Cornwall has to offer. Having been home for two weeks we still miss it greatly.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm delighted to hear how much you enjoyed and felt at home in our house. It's great to know you loved the garden too. After 4 years of working on it it's now a joy to be in! I hope we can welcome you back again soon Em
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.Wonderful, spacious, home from home

  • 4 of 5

We were six adults and one child staying in Uncle John's house in August. We found the house to be spacious, clean and extremely well-equipped, a real home from home. We were out every day surfing at Gwithian and as you can imagine there was a lot of wet surfing gear brought back to the house every evening, the brilliant utility room was well able to deal with this, with the pulley for drying wet suits, slate floor and boiler room also for drying. Also garage for storing surf boards. Beds were very comfortable and again the bedrooms were well-equipped with hair-dryers and plenty of storage room. I cannot fault the house, we wanted for nothing. The location was very quiet but a short drive to the coast. I would certainly recommend the house to a friend/relative, as a great base for a lovely cornish holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very generous review of your stay at Uncle John's House. It's great to know that the things we thought would be useful really are, like the boot room pulley for drying wetsuits etc. i'm sorry you haven't heard from me sooner, somehow the alert that you'd written a review only just surfaced! I do hope we can welcome you all again. Within is wonderful for surfing isn't it? Very warm good wishes Em Sawday
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A Privilege to Stay There

  • 5 of 5

Uncle Johns House lived up to and exceeded our expectations. A very spacious, well-maintained house with a super garden. It was well-equipped with everything a holidaymaker could want. The bedrooms were spacious with extremely comfortable beds, and there was a choice of three living rooms. We spent most time in the kitchen, a large room with everything you could need for preparing food, a good-sized dining table and a settee; it had the homely atmosphere of a farmhouse kitchen. The house was clean, warm, and the rooms light.

Redruth is well-positioned for visiting many of the attractions of Cornwall: Padstow, Lands End, Falmouth and many more. Our favourite excursion was travelling by train from Redruth to St Ives, an ideal way to visit the picturesque seaside town without having to worry about parking the car.

We cannot recommend this property highly enough, and felt it was a privilege to have been allowed to stay in such a lovely family home. There is plenty of room for eight people to stay, and if you are considering booking, don't hesitate, just do it! We will certainly be going back.

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very Nice House

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a very enjoyable stay in this house. It was clean, comfortable and had all the things a family needs (including our boys' number one requirement: broadband!). The area is residential, but quiet and pleasant. The garden is attractive and fairly spacious; too nice for football, but good for less damaging games with the kids. There is parking for three cars in the drive. Also, being not far from the A30 (about 5 mins once you've mastered the layout of Redruth), the house is also ideally situated for exploring this part of Cornwall, and its coastline and beaches. There are also three supermarkets and a leisure centre within about 10 mins drive, and a convenience store about 10 mins walk away.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Richard Thank you for taking the trouble to write this very complimentary review for us. I'm so glad you had a good holiday and managed to explore other parts of Cornwall too. There's a small park just round the corner from the house ideal for those footballers! WE'd love to welcome you all back sometime. Em Sawday
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From the Owner

I inherited the house from my uncle and took 2 years to restore and renovate it. Cornwall is very special to me for its wild cliff walks, sense of ancient history and mythology and of course its wonderful beaches.I spent many childhood years here with my grandparents and uncle. We love being here because the house itself is so easy and comfortable to be in. We can look at the weather on the north coast and head to the south if it looks better there! We're only 12 minutes away from our favourite beach at Porthtowan and even in winter it's wonderful to walk there on the beach or cliffs. In summer we can relax in the garden away from the crowds on beaches. It's so very near to Falmouth, Truro and St Ives for distractions like shopping, dining out and visiting Art galleries.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Porthtowan at 3 Miles Nearest Train : Redruth at 0.5 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at Exeter at 80 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Porthtowan at 3 Miles Car: necessary


Our nearest beach is Porthtowan. About 4 miles away, 12 minutes by car. Great surfing and picnicking beach with Lifeguards. Surfing lessons can be booked there in the summer. Very good

beach café ' Blue', serves food and drinks all day long until late in the evening almost all year round.The cliffs of Cornwall are wonderful for walks any time of year. You are 10 minutes away from the Heritage site of Heartlands.

Cliff walks along the Coastal path are within easy driving distance on both

North and South coasts.

Falmouth, 20 minutes by car, Penzance and St Ives 25 mins by car but is fun to reach by train.

The Eden Project, a great day out, is less than an hour away.

Penzance and St Michael's Mount about 30 minutes away.


Redruth is on mainline rail from London, Bristol, Exeter. The station is a 15 minute walk from the house, 7 minutes by car.

Exeter Airport is about 80 miles away, Bristol Airport about 140 miles away.

You need a car.


Nearest shops 5 minutes by car.

The Eden Project is under an hour's drive.

Truro 8 miles

Penzance 15 miles

St Ives and its beaches,Tate gallery,Barbara Hepworth garden, quaint streets 12 miles

Mousehole 18 miles

St Michaels Mount 15 miles

National Trust Gardens, Trebah,half an hour.

Heartlands free playground/gardens/mining museum half a mile

Knee High Theatre 15 mins away [summer only]

Lappa Valley Steam Railway near Newquay 30 minutes

Paradise Park 20 minutes.

Further Details:

Redruth has a station post office, banks, butchers,bakers,supermarkets all very close at hand.

restaurants: blue at porthtowan. The old coastguard at mousehole, the gurnards head at gurnards head. St ives has good fish restaurants,

Rick Stein fish and chips in falmouth

Cycle from coast to coast between Portreath, 2 miles away, to Devoran, 15 miles along a flatish [mostly off road] trail. Bikes and equipment for hire from the bike barn on the trail.

kitesurfing at Perranporth. Mobins kite school.

Newlyn, wonderful fresh fish shops selling fish from the morning's catch .

The Minack theatre [open air theatre on the clifftop] in Porthcurno is an evening trip with picnic and blankets in the summer, worth a daytime visit in the winter/spring.

Kneehigh theatre company performs every summer in their big top theatre , asylum, in a field just 15 minutes away. Great adult and children's


Paradise park Hayle. All sorts of animals from snakes to red pandas plus

farm animals to pet and a miniature train

Pool. Half a mile away Heartlands.Biggest free adventure playground in Cornwall with magnificent children's facilities, free museum about the tin industry, cafe.

Zennor. Wayside museum of Cornish life.

Excelllent village pub. Church with famous 'mermaid of Zennor carving.

Horse riding at Lanner riding school

Steam rail days out Lappa valley steam railway near Newquay.


Tate St Ives for exhibitions and great food

walks on clifftops . Check out with National Trust downloadable maps for easy walks on both north and south coasts along the coastal path

Train from St Erth to St Ives. Connections from Redruth. Avoid the parking problems in St Ives!


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
5 Nov 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
19 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
3 Jan 2017 - 25 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May Half Term
27 May 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 1
4 Jun 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2
2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
3 Sep 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October Half Term
21 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Oct 2017 - 18 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
19 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
Contact or email Em Sawday to book.
Deposit of £300.00 payable on booking. Complete payment 9 weeks before arrival. Deposit returned 2 weeks after you leave the property if no breakages and the house is left reasonably clean.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday.
Departure time is 10.00am so there is time to clean the house.
Arrival time is 4.00pm
In off peak months January-March and October -December we can negotiate
changeover days and times. In 2015 Christmas let from Sunday

Notes on prices:
Short term bookings are available all year round by arrangement and in the off peak season January to April 12th except for half term week 15th February to 22nd February. Also November to December 20th. Contact owner by e-mail to discuss.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

The shape of the house means we can be there alone or with a group of friends. The small sitting room is cosy for 2 or 4, the bigger one is great for a party of 8 to be in together. My special pride is the kitchen. I like to cook with others around me. Here we've had 3 people cooking together and others enjoying a drink and chat and it feels spacious enough to do that without falling over each other. It's light and spacious inside the house and now the garden is maturing I just love spending time in it gardening and picking flowers at almost any time of year. Spring for daffodils, primroses and crocuses and summer for too many to name. The kitchen leads out of the BOOTROOM which we've designed to allow damp coats, wetsuits, boots etc to be shed before you come into the house. You can shower here too if you're covered in sand or mud! Redruth is on the mainline railway, the station's only a 15 minute walk form the house.

Property Type

  • house


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


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  • Hair Dryer
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  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
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  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...

Location Type

  • beach
  • town


  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Family bathroom with toilet and washbasin and large bath.
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Upstairs shower room with toilet and basin
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure, Large Downstairs Shower Room. Separate toilet.
  • Upstairs. Bathroom with wc and washbasin. Shower room with wc and washbasin Downstairs. Large shower room. Separate wc and washbasin


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot, Comfortable Kingsized Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, Can be put together for 1 Super King sized bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, Can be put together to make 1 Super king sized bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, Comfortable Kingsized bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) We also have a travel cot and a wooden cot. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 Kingsize bed. Cosy back bedroom overlooking the garden Bedroom 2 Kingsize beds. Master bedroom at the front Bedroom 3. Two single beds. Can make large doubles. Overlooks garden. Walk in wardrobe Bedroom 4. Two single beds. Can make large double


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Our handsome Edwardian holiday house is a welcoming spacious place for families or couples. Centrally heated. 2 woodburners, lots of space for drying clothes and wetsuits inside and out in the garden. The kitchen/dining room has space for all the family to gather and eat together: there's a high chair too. Very suitable for children There are some board games, children's books and puzzles for wet days! Gas and electricity are included. TV/ DVD player. Outside: Enjoy our large, safe, lawned gardens at the front and back of the house. Lots of space for children to let off any steam they might still have after a day out! Barbecue. Patio with table and chairs for outdoor eating outside the kitchen door. Shelter under the sun umbrella or bask in the early morning sun outside the back door at breakfast time. Borrow a rug to lounge on the lawn or lie back in an old fashioned deck chair Parts of he garden are newly planted but there are also mature shrubs and trees; it already looks as though everything's been growing for ages! We have planted delicate birch trees and shrubs now well bedded in. The old oak tree still stands, a tribute to my uncle's planting 60 years ago. Enjoy daffodils and crocuses in Spring or our abundance of summer flowers in July and August. A second patio outside the back door catches early morning sun and might be the spot to escape to while children eat breakfast elsewhere! Parking for 3 cars in drive. Utility Room: Washing machine, pulley for drying, iron and ironing board. Belfast sink. A warm drying-room with boiler for water and central heating. Controls for the heating are in here. Vacuum cleaner, brushes etc in cupboard under stairs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The house is cleaned after every stay. We can supply linen and bath towels at a cost of £10.00 per person Bring your own beach towels. We ask you to put out rubbish on Thursday evening for Friday collection Other: Bootroom. As you enter the back door. Space to leave wet boots, coats umbrellas. Pulley for drying wetsuits, towels etc. Shower, wc, sink. old dining room. Browse through the books, or sit at the desk to write your postcards or your novel!

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