|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Although the clue is in the name, few would guess that this sleek new, contemporary holiday cottage was once a lowly cow shed and creamery.
While being careful to preserve the character of the original building, we have built a modern architectural conversion, where light floods in through floor to ceiling windows and underfloor heating makes the oak and slate floors warm and toasty for little toes.
The living/dining/kitchen is open plan and on the first floor, opening onto an enclosed south facing balcony with bistro table and chairs.
The cottage has also been kitted out o the highest spec, including granite worktops and Bosch appliances in the well equipped kitchen, leather sofas, contemporary wood burner and the latest home entertainment including flat screen HD TV’s, iPod docks and Wi Fi.
The master bedroom is ensuite and there is a separate bathroom too, both with fluffy Egyptian cotton towels and Bayliss & Harding hand soaps.
Cornish Holiday Escapes provides 2 luxury self contained holiday homes with everything you need to have your perfect Cornish holiday escape... so when will yours be?
The ‘Old Dairy’, the former cattle shed and creamery at Little Rosewarne has been carefully renovated keeping the character of the old building but providing all the comforts of modern living.
The 'Hayloft' is a first floor 'modern' barn conversion, with high lofted ceilings and views across open countryside. There is NO accommodation below only our garage. (The floors are fully sound proofed and insulated).
Both properties are finished to a very high standard and equipped with everything you will need (see our reviews!) if you want to enjoy the relaxed country location and open space or explore the local beaches and all that this part of Cornwall has to offer.
Little Rosewarne lies nestled at the base of Godolphin Hill within part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage site. From the summit of the hill there are spectacular panoramic views over West Cornwall and the Lizard. The National Trust’s Godolphin Estate borders our grounds with Godolphin House and Gardens a short walk away.
With easy access to the beaches (Praa Sands with its long sandy beach, Surf School, bar and cafes is only minutes away) and rugged coastline of West Cornwall, the Lizard Peninsula, historic St Ives and the Helford Estuary, the ‘Old Dairy’ and 'Hayloft' are the perfect place for your Cornish holiday escape.
The accommodation is fully equipped with everything you would need for a relaxing holiday. Care and attention to detail is the key and children are very welcome. (We can provide a range of useful baby and child accessories).
The accommodation includes…
*Complimentary Elysl toiletries and Baylis and Harding hand wash
*Kitchen with granite worktops includes Bosch cooking appliances and washer dryer
*Welcome hamper and Cornish cream tea on arrival
*Toys and DVD's, as well as buckets, spades and crab-lines
*Cot and high chair available as well as steriliser, monitor and other useful accessories
*Lounge includes two, 2 seater leather sofas and HD TV with DVD player and small hifi with iPod dock
*Oak and slate floors with underfloor heating
*Oak furniture throughout
*The Old Dairy, has a South facing balcony with bistro table and chairs, accessed from the upstairs lounge, The Hayloft has a Juliette balcony with views over open countryside
*Egyptian cotton towels are provided along with Baylis and Harding toiletries
*Master bedroom includes en-suite, HD TV and iPod dock radio alarm
*2nd bedroom can be king sized double, 2 twin or child bed + cot
*Wood burning stove (The Old Dairy only)
*Ample parking, storage for bikes, surf boards and kayaks
*Summer house with bikes, toys and pens and paper for our younger guests
Little Rosewarne is a small holding of some 10 acres, we provide our guests access to large open spaces where they can see pigs, chickens and ducks and help with feeding and egg collection!
We moved to Cornwall as a family in October 2010 with the intention of setting up our own holiday letting business and to have our own Cornish escape from our previous lifestyle.
We are Kate and Kevin Thomas and have 3 young boys who love the freedom of the great outdoors.
Little Rosewarne is a smallholding of some 10 acres and in the past has had its own dairy herd. We started to convert the old cattle shed and creamery at the beginning of 2012 and wanted to maintain the character of the building while providing a sustainable future for the farm. Our next project is to convert the old piggery and stables into further accommodation. Work on this will begin in 2013.
We keep chickens at Little Rosewarne and currently enjoy eggs from 3 Copper Marans, 2 Speckled Marans and one Cream Legbar. We also raise Berkshire pigs. These are black haired and famed for their great quality pork.
Kate and Kevin Thomas purchased this cottage in 2010
We bought Little Rosewarne after holidaying in the Porthleven area over the past 20 years. We know the area well and would spend most of our holiday time either in Porthleven or towards Falmouth.
When we made the decision to move to Cornwall we knew we wanted to be close to the things and areas we loved. However, we had never been to Godolphin Cross or for that matter Godolphin House. But when we saw Little Rosewarne, we fell in love with the place and felt with its proximity to the areas we enjoyed spending time in, it would make the ideal place for us to live and raise our family.
Little Rosewarne itself is a traditional Cornish farmhouse with extensive gardens. We wanted to buy a property where there was the potential for a blank canvas and for us to make our own mark. The first of which is The Old Dairy. It also means we are close at hand if we are needed.
The area is stunning because it is situated near to Godolphin House with easy access to the the beach and fantastic areas and places to explore.
We believe that 'The Old Dairy' and 'Hayloft' at Little Rosewarne is the perfect place to escape to, and explore this part of Cornwall. We hope that having spent many years staying in quality holiday accommodation we have worked out what works and what is sometimes missing and it is to this end we hope we can provide that little something extra. If you feel we have forgotten something or there is something we can do to improve your stay then please ask.
We had a great stay at the Old Dairy. We felt at home very soon. Brand new home with great facilities and everything available. Very good price/quality ratio. We enjoyed the lovely kitchen and bath rooms, the balcony, the Orchard at our disposure. Great authentic area from where there are lots of nice trips to make. Nice and helpful owners. One week was in fact much too short.
Welcoming, high standard, warm, and very comfortable. Kevin and Kate have achieved a great holiday home.
Lovely cottage located in a beautiful location, close to all amenities.
Warm reception from the owners, who gave us advice every time we asked. Would recommend to anyone looking for a peaceful break.
Our family has just spent a lovely Easter week at the Old Dairy. The accommodation was spotless and well equipped with easy to use appliances and age appropriate toys and games. There was also lots of outdoor space for children of all ages to run around in and adults to sit and relax. The Old Dairy is ideally located for lots of family days out, whatever the weather or budget. We visited the Eden Project, the National Maritime Museum at Falmouth and Geevor Tin Mine. We also walked up Godolphin hill and along a couple of the many beaches nearby. Kate and Kevin were perfect hosts and we were greeted with a bottle of wine, a cream tea and Easter eggs for the boys. We also took on board their recommendations and found lots of family friendly places to eat with high quality food. We would definitely recommend the Old Dairy to our friends and will be returning ourselves as soon as possible.
The property was very well equipped with good quality towels and bed linen, plenty of kitchen equipment and comfortable beds. Everything was spotlessly clean. We needed heating, being February and this was provided via underfloor heating and a woodburner stove. There was ample hot water at all times.
The setting is peaceful and we enjoyed watching the ducks and chickens in the field. We found that although the area is rural, it never seemed to be far from the coast and the towns.
Kevin and Kate were gracious and helpful hosts giving us guidance on where to go and what to see.
Porthleven is a delightful port and harbour just 10 minutes away. We had very good meals at the Harbour View pub.
We would definitely recommend the Old Dairy to friends and family.
We spent 5 nights at The Old Dairy over Christmas and really enjoyed our stay. The property lived up to our expectations and was perfect for our 5 year old son and 7 month old baby. The Old Dairy was beautifully decorated and had everything we would want or need for our family stay.
The location is in a lovely quiet village but is in a great position for exploring Cornwall.
Kate and Kevin were fantastic hosts and ensured we had everything we needed. They gave us a lovely welcome and we loved the cream tea and wine they left in the kitchen upon our arrival.
We would definitely recommend staying here and we'd love to go back and explore Cornwall further with our boys.
A stunning well thoughout place to wash away the daily stresses and enjoy being surrounded by beautiful Cornish countryside with access to the stunning coastline and rugged Cornwall moorland.
This is out second stay in the Old Dairy and again as soon as it ended we are thinking about our next trip there. Kate and Kevin are superb hosts and provide friendly welcomes and are always there to help to make your stay even easier.
The accommodation has been completed to such a high standard it makes you feel privileged to be in it and surrounded by the animals, which our daughter loved. It brings together everything you could want within a family getaway.
Looking forward to 2016
The Old Dairy borders the National Trust's Godolphin House and Estate (as featured in Cornwall with Caroline Quentin on ITV).
St. Ives, Penzance, Marazion, Falmouth, The Lizard Peninsula and Helford and Fal Estuaries are all just a short distance away, thus making The Old Dairy a great place to explore the most southerly and westerly parts of Cornwall.
For beach lovers Praa Sands is close by, with Kynance Cove, Gwithian Sands, and Carbis Bay a short drive away. With access to both coasts there is always something for everyone from sheltered coves and sandy beaches to fantastic surf.
But if the weather is having an off day, there are plenty of fantastic days out. The Eden Project is a must and The National Maritime Museum and Porthcurno Telegraph Museum are highly recommended (ask our 3 boys). Other local attractions include Gweek Seal Sanctuary, Flambards and Paradise Park.
There are a number of fantastic gardens (such as Trebah Gardens) and National Trust sites (including Godolphin House and Estate, Trengwainton Garden, Glendurgan Garden, Trelissick Garden, Trerice House and Levant Mine) to explore as well as the Mining Heritage of Cornwall - Little Rosewarne is situated within the Tregonning and Trewavas District World Heritage site. In addition, there are some English Heritage sites nearby (including Pendennis Castle, St. Mawes Castle and the Chysauster Ancient Village).
For the more energetic there is easy access to some fantastic coastal walking along the South West Coast paths. Rural walks can be had from your front door - cross the road and explore the National Trusts Godolphin Woods (a blanket of bluebells in early spring) and Godolphin Hill which boasts a fantastic panorama. You can see St. Ives and Gwithian Sands on the North Coast, down into the Lands End Peninsula, with St. Michael's Mount, Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole to the south. Further round the spine of the Lizard Peninsula stretches out with the distinctive satellite dishes of Goonhilly piercing the skyline and finally Carn Brea and the Monument to the north.
Cycling both on the road and off road is excellent with the Mineral Tramways Trails great for all abilities. There are local bike hire shops in both Porthleven and on the Mineral Tramways.
The small fishing village of Porthleven lies 4 miles to the south with a wide choice of pubs, fantastic restaurants, cafes and tea rooms. There is also a good choice of locally produced foods with a fishmongers and deli. There are a number of local pubs which provide a warm welcome, great beer and good food. We would be happy to recommend some.
There is fresh produce a plenty in Cornwall - from clotted cream and Roskilly's dairy ice cream, fresh fish and locally reared meat, poultry and vegetables. There are two farm shops within a couple of miles of Godolphin.
This is a small sample of places to visit and things to do to help you enjoy your holiday. We are always happy to suggest more – or explore what this part of Cornwall has to offer for yourself.