|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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.
THERE IS ALSO A COTTAGE AVAILABLE TO RENT WITH THE HOUSE OR ON ITS OWN
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.
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.
The week runs from Saturday to Saturday 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.