About 2 miles from St Kew and St Tudy, a fine Victorian gate lodge about 30' back from a beautifully wooded (bluebells in April/May) stretch of the A39, a Lamellen Estate property. It is screened by rhododendron and oak trees. The River Allen and a leat surround its mostly lawned garden (tyre swing), creating an island effect and providing 'Swallows and Amazons' opportunities for older children. It was built to safeguard the entrance to the main house and its 18 acres of gardens, full of magnificent trees and shrubs collected since 1849, which you are welcome to roam. Inside, unfussy decor, comfortable and private, low ceilings downstairs (6'3"). Living room (woodburner, TV/DVD) and small dining room/snug (TV/DVD), both with view to garden. Kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric cooker); utility room (washing machine, tumble drier) with door to private enclosed patio; loo. Upstairs, three bedrooms - a double (6' zip-linked bed or twin, TV), a double (5' bed), and a single; bathroom (suite, shower over bath). Spring water. A must for gardeners.
St Kew: little village (good food pub, medieval church) amid trees in a valley, off the beaten track. Golf, 1 mile. Sea at Port Isaac/Port Gaverne (cove beach), 3½ miles, or Polzeath (splendid sand/surf beach), 5½, or Rock (sandy beach, watersports, sailing school and St Enodoc golf course), 4½. Camel Trail, 4 miles.
Three bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double, (6' zip-linked bed or twin on request), 1 x king-size double, 1 x single. Sitting room with wood burning stove. Dining room/snug. Kitchen with dining area. Utility room. Bathroom with bath, shower over basin and WC. Ground floor WC and basin.
ST KEW Port Isaac 4 miles ; Wadebridge 4 miles ; Bodmin 10 miles Not far from Port Isaac, St Kew is a small village – the first recorded in Cornwall! - on the north Cornish coast. The village church dates from the fifteenth century and is home to some remarkable stained glass windows. Also in St Kew is a traditional village pub and a golf course, and there is a donkey sanctuary at St Kew Highway. The St Kew Inn also dates from the fifteenth century, and boasts a lovely open fire in winter and a pretty beer garden for sunshine drinks in the summer. There are some lovely walks in the countryside surrounding St Kew, including a circular route through the river valleys.