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Carn Du House sleeps 12, Cottage, sleeps 4. Rent together or separately. - Carn Du House

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

Carn Du

A large luxury self-catering holiday house to rent in Cornwall, sleeps up to 12, panoramic view of the sea over Mounts Bay, beautiful seaside location, close to sandy beaches, Cornish coast walks, surfing at Sennen, golf courses at St Just and Hayle, open air Minack Theatre at Porthcurno, good restaurants nearby, housekeeper if required, 3 min walk to Mousehole. Newquay airport is 1 hr drive, Penzance station 10 min (night sleeper from London Paddington or day train). Explore St Michael's Mount, the ancient sites of the Penwith peninsula, The Tate Gallery at St Ives, or visit Cornish gardens, take a day trip to the Scillies. Or read, paint and play the piano in the peace of our light and spacious house, just watching the changing light in the broad sweep of sky and the ever-changing ocean below. In the garden there is a heated infinity pool (7m x 4m), open from April until October 30th.

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A large stylish house overlooking the sea : Built in 1912 by a French sea captain for his lady, Carn Du House easily sleeps 12. The main rooms have panoramic views of the sea sweeping from the Lizard through the bay of St. Michael's Mount to the dramatic coastline which stretches west towards Lamorna and Land’s End. A large family kitchen with an Aga and smeg range oven looks through to a spacious dining room, a sitting room with a log fire and a sun room which all open into one another creating a relaxing sense of light and space. There is a piano in the dining area.

On the first floor a light airy landing, leads to five bedrooms, three with en-suite bathrooms and an additional family bathroom. The two main bedrooms with their luxurious emperor sized beds (which can be twin), open on to a balcony high above the sea, one with a Victorian enamelled bath beneath the bay window.

The house has a self contained attached annexe with a separate entrance, also with a sea view, which has a kitchen, shower room and bedsitting room.


The Cottage has equally magnificent panoramic views sweeping across the whole of Mounts Bay. The cottage which sleeps 4 can be rented with the main house or separately. It has a large open-plan sitting room/dining room/kitchen, with a wood-burning stove and free Wifi throughout. Upstairs there is a bathroom and two double bedrooms (one with a balcony). All rooms look over the sea.

History: Carn Du has a colourful history. In its time it has played host to, among others, Charlie Chaplin, Dylan Thomas, Charles Laughton, the artists Gwen and Augustus John and the Guggenheims. With its light and elegance, Carn Du is a house of rare charm in one of the most beautiful parts of old Cornwall, the Penwith peninsula. You can look out to St Michael’s Mount, where, in 1047, Edward the Confessor established a chapel, now a fortress like house, lived in by the St. Aubyn family, which perches high on an island in Mount’s Bay, reached at low tide by a stone causeway. The coastline is gentle here, but becomes more rugged as you move west towards Lamorna Cove and Land’s End. With its abundance of prehistoric stone monuments, this peninsula was the last part of Britain to be taken over by the Anglo Saxons from the Celts. DH Lawrence said of it: “This Cornwall is very primaeval: great, black, jutting cliffs and rocks, like the original darkness, with a pale sea breaking in, like dawn…”

Beaches and Walks: It is also full of beautiful beaches. The beaches at Porthcurno and Porthchapel are 15 minutes by car from Carn Du, and beyond that is the lovely 3 star beach of Sennen. Just beyond Land’s End, offers some of Cornwall’s best surfing. Fly to the sunny Scillies by helicopter for the day or catch the ferry.

This house is perfect for a group for a special celebration, anniversary, birthday, or just a relaxed family holiday by the sea. Only a 4 min walk down the hill, Mousehole harbour is picturesque, tidal and clean, with a sandy beach ideal for small children to potter, with icecream and café closeby. There are walks behind the house through old Cornish fields to Paul and to the village, and the endless variety of the coastal path which can be as long or short as you like. Walk to Lamorna and stop for delicious lunch of fresh crab and more at the Café, stop for a pint at the Lamorna Wink, or the Logan Rock at Treen, where the colour of the sea and the beach rival the Mediterranean.

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Why Amelia chose Penzance

Perched over the sea, the light always changing it reminds me of Scotland where I grew up on the cliffs of Aberdeenshire overlooking the ocean. But here although still wild and unspoilt the climate is kinder - it has a micro climate - is full of magical sandy coves to explore, body boarding and surfing, good restaurants, friendly pubs and astonishing views. We always long to escape here as it is where we are happiest. The house has a liberating feeling of space and light and wherever it was situated would retain its charm. Although there is an infinity pool, and a field behind to kick a ball, the beaches are where we find ourselves - otherwise exploring the ancient sites here on the Penwith peninsula or walking along the endless coastal path - along cliffs surrounded by landscape sometimes gentle, which changes on the approach to Land's End into majestic and extraordinary rock formations.Also it's worth coming just for the Jelbert's ice-cream in Newlyn. And the fresh fish pulled from the sea ready to grill on the barbecue.

Available Rentals

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The week runs from Friday to Friday but this is negotiable. Also short 4 day stays are possible.

To secure your booking we require a 30% deposit, together with a separate £500 damage deposit cheque, which will be returned to you after your stay should it not be needed.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Penzance in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Ensuite with Bedroom 2
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite with Bedroom 3
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , This is the family bathroom, mainly for Bedrooms 4 and 5
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , This is the downstairs WC situated in the hallway
  • Bedroom 1 has a free standing bath in the bay window from where you can relax and watch the sea and sky. It also has a seperate loo and wash basin. Bedroom 2 has an ensuite. Bedroom 3 has a shower room, with loo and wash basin. Bedroom 4 shares a large bathroom with Bedroom 5 (the bunk room). For a clearer picture of the bathrooms please look at our website.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Can be twin
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Can be twin
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Can be twin
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , Can be twin
    Bedroom 5 - Fixed bunks
  • Bedrooms 1 and 2, have Emperor sized beds which can be unzipped into 3ft twin beds. Bedrooms 3 and 4 have King sized beds which can be unzipped into twin beds. Bedroom 5 has fixed Bunks. The Annex has a Double bed. All rooms have a view of the sea. Our website has photographs of all the bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Conservatory
  • Terrace
  • 16 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Nearest Airport
45.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
9.1 Miles
St. Just
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
4.3 Miles
Mousehole 0.5, Porthcurno 8.3 miles, Marazion
Car: necessary

A charming self-catering cottage to rent in Cornwall, sleeps up to 4, uninterrupted sea views, infinity swimming pool, within close walking distance of Mousehole (3 min). Sandy beaches and coves, surfing and body-boarding, golf on the scenic course at St. Just or Hayle, horse-riding near St. Ives. The Tate at St. Ives and Barbara Hepworth Studio, St. Michael's Mount, open-air Minack Theatre, visits to gardens, Cornish coast path walks, good restaurants are all within easy reach. The cottage, light and airy with large windows over-looking the sea, sleeps 4, in 2 upstairs bedrooms. The beds can be made up as large doubles or twins. Downstairs there is an open plan kitchen, dining area and living area with a large window looking out over the panoramic views over the ocean across Mounts Bay, Mousehole and St Michael's Mount. Perfect for a romantic getaway, for anyone who loves coastal walks, painting, peaceful surroundings. The cliff top walks and unsurpassed. Return to the warming wood burning stove. The cottage can be rented separately or together with Carn Du House to sleep up to 16, perfect for a family holiday by the sea with activities, surfing, coastal walks, golf, good restaurants, beaches for everyone.

Beaches: Visit the beautiful unspoilt Porth Chapel beach, Porthcurno, surf at Sennen or Gwithian, The beaches are uncovered by the tide when out from Porthcurno to the Logan Rock. Explore the extraordinary rock formations of this wild and beautiful place. Walk to Lamorna Cove from our house, and see where the artists of the Newlyn school painted.

Visit the Penlee Art Gallery in Penzance and wander through this characterful town. Buy fish in Newlyn, fresh off the boats to barbecue in the garden by the heated swimming pool overlooking the sea.

Golf: There is an excellent and very charming golf course at St. Just, 20 minutes away, on the cliff tops over looking the sea near Land's End. And also another beautiful course in the dunes and nature reserve of Hayle, close to St. Ives.