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The Old Engine House

Tretoil, near Bodmin, Cornwall (Ref. 976295)

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi


    • “Quiet, peaceful and central to everywhere we wanted to go. The owner, Robin was very friendly as was Fred the playful Labrador.”

    Mrs Neil, Swindon, September 2018

    • “The cottage was in an excellent location. It was easy to get to places around Cornwall.”

    Mr Roberts, Loughborough, August 2018

    • “We had car trouble on the journey down and all week while we were there but that's enough of that . When we arrived we were met by Robin and Fred his dog he made friends with our dog toby when we entered the cottage it was brilliant it had everything we needed Robin made us welcome from the start . we found it just as advertised immaculate with all mod cons as the week went on we had car troubles all week eventually having to hire car to come home. as a result my wife Glenis had to spend most of our holiday at the cottage with our dog toby whilst I was tripping off to spend half my day in garages . But this didn't stop us enjoying our stay, Robin was very helpful and helped us as much as possible, As a result we didn't see much of Cornwall it was because the cottage with all its grounds being such a good place to stay we still enjoyed what could have been a holiday nightmare. It will certainly be a holiday to remember we will certainly recommend this cottage as one of the best places we have visited . Our thanks to Robin and Fred for making us welcome . Richard and Glenis and Toby from Huddersfield.”

    Mr Mallinson, Brighouse, July 2018

    • “We loved the property we stayed at, very dog friendly and ideally located for seeing all that Cornwall has to offer, whilst being sufficiently off the beaten track t feel like we were in an oasis of tranquility. Robin and Fred were welcoming but never intrusive and made our dog (and us) incredibly welcome. Loved the finishing touches - milk and biscuits for our arrival along with some lovely flowers. Robin also passed us some of the goodies from his garden which were delicious. Someone has commented previously there is a dust track to the property, however we found no issues by simply driving slowly and staying to one side in our Punto. The drive to Bodmin and the main road network was about 10 minutes. We would absolutely recommend to anyone wanting an escape from the rat race, especially with the ideal location.”

    Mr Sutcliffe, Huddersfield, June 2018

    • “Impressed with the host Robin who was most helpful. Only disadvantage was the poorly surfaced track leading to the property. Recommended for anyone who would like a quiet tranquil holiday.”

    Mr Finney, Kettering, May 2018

    • “The Old Engine House was situated in a most delightful location, it was comfortable, clean, and with the wood burner very cosy. Robin (The owner) was most obliging and helpful, and his dog Fred was so friendly. The location was central to Cornwall and handy to reach either coast. Also for a very good Sunday lunch the Lanevit Inn was handy. We would highly recommend the Old Engine House to anyone, I am sure we will be there again. Tony & Kath Barnes, Kidderminster.”

    Mr Barnes, Kidderminster, May 2018

    • “Owner (who lived next door) provided a friendly welcome.”

    Mr Sellick, East Grinstead, April 2018

    • “I wish I had known that my dog was not allowed to go upstairs. I had been assured that I could take car down to house but that turned out not to be the case. Mary”

    Mrs Wilkinson, Exeter, December 2018

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The Property

In a peaceful spot on the edge of Tretoil, on a 1½ acre smallholding along 200 yards of hardcore track, a simple cottage converted from part of an old engine house at the heart of Cornwall’s ancient mining heritage. The owner lives next door with friendly dog Fred and his carpentry workshop; home-produced pork available. The back garden is unfussy and natural with raised rustic decking (table/chairs).
Three steps up from the garden to living room, cosy with woodburner and TV/DVD; snug dining room; kitchen (small dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge, electric cooker) with door to garden; ground-floor shower-room (suite). Open-sided stairs up to the double bedroom (5' bed). No children. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Dogs are not allowed upstairs in this property. A fascinating escape for couples to enjoy walking, cycling or golf, or as a base for exploring the whole of Cornwall.

Tretoil: tiny hamlet deep in hedgerow lanes on the edge of Lanhydrock Golf Club, 2 miles from Bodmin’s historic town (shops, cinema, bicycle hire) and Lanhydrock House (Nat. Trust). Eden Project, 10 miles. Fine sandy beaches south at Carlyon Bay, 11 miles, and north at Padstow, 16.


1st FloorGround Floor

Kitchen Dining Room Living Room Shower Room Utility


One bedroom: 1 x first floor king size double. Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Kitchen. Dining room. Sitting room with wood burning stove.


  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Enclosed garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Note: This property does not accept children.

Regional Information

TRETOIL Bodmin, the one-time County Town of Cornwall with its narrow streets, shops and pubs, is perfectly placed for exploring all that this fabulous holiday area has to offer. The outstanding surf, rugged cliffs and hidden coves of the north coast beaches and the quieter sands and river estuaries of the south coast are both 15 miles away while on the edge of town is the fascinating museum and haunting presence of the old Bodmin Jail. The popular Camel Trail for cyclists and walkers also winds its way through the town on its journey to the sea at Padstow. Close by are the open spaces and wind swept grandeur of Bodmin Moor while the incomparable Eden Project (11 miles), Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum (30 miles) and the beautiful harbour town of Padstow with its famous pubs and restaurants (16 miles) make for great days out. Also within easy reach and ideal for a fun-filled day out, guests can visit Lanhydrock House, the small town of Fowey and Charlestown with its Tall Ships. There is a good choice of country pubs and restaurants in the surrounding area.

  • Note: This property does not accept children.
    Note: Dogs are not allowed upstairs in this property.
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.