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Family friendly, farm retreat, close to Praa Sands and Porthleven - The Old Dairy - rated Visit England 5 STAR Gold

Bedrooms 2
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



The Old Dairy - rated Visit England 5 STAR Gold

The Old Dairy is a beautiful 5-star gold barn conversion complete with the luxuries of a wood burner and underfloor heating. The upside-down accommodation provides the perfect get-away for a family or couple looking for that quiet and rural retreat with easy access to the North and South Coast. The extensive grounds provide an ideal space for kids to burn off any excess energy. The closest beach is only 3 miles away and the owners provide buckets, spades and crab lines for the children to use during your stay. However, if you want to stay at the property the kids will be fully entertained with the toys and equipment provide, they can even help the owners collect eggs and feed the pigs. Whatever you decide to do during your stay you will be well looked after - a lovely Cornish cream tea will even be waiting for you on arrival!

About the property

Cornish Holiday Escapes

Two beautiful visit England 5star Gold award cottages, with everything you need to have your perfect Cornish getaway. The ideal base for a couple or a family holiday.

With easy access to beaches (Praa Sands with its long sandy beach, Surf School, bar and cafes is only minutes away) and the rugged coastline of West Cornwall, the Lizard Peninsula, historic St Ives and the Helford Estuary, the ‘Old Dairy’ and ' The Hayloft' are the perfect place for your Cornish holiday escape.

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.

The accommodation includes…


*Large out door space, toys and games

*Complimentary toiletries and 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

*Oak and slate floors with underfloor heating

*Oak furniture throughout

*Egyptian cotton towels are provided along with Baylis and Harding toiletries

*2nd bedroom can be king sized double, 2 twin or child bed + cot

*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!

More Details

Kate and Kevin Thomas
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
28 April, 2017

About Kate and Kevin Thomas

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

Why Kate and Kevin Thomas chose Cornwall

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Jul 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Breage in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Luxury
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite to master bedroom
  • The main bathroom is spectacular, being 1.5 storeys high. There is a remote controlled Velux window to allow natural light and fresh air in. There is a Mira walk in shower with drench head and adjustable head. The bathroom suite is manufactured by Laufen and there is a large double ended bath for those who love to lie back and soak. Egyptian cotton towels are provided along with Baylis and Harding toiletries. Both bathrooms are equipped with an illuminated mirror with shaver point. The ensuite bathroom consists of a quadrant shower cubicle and Duravit pottery. Both bathrooms have a heated towel rail and benefit from underfloor heating. The floors are of natural slate.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , We can provide a cot in the master bedroom.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Child Bed , Configured as king size, 2 child beds or 1 child bed + cot
  • The master bedroom has a king sized bed with The White Company bedding and Next soft furnishings. There is oak furniture throughout with 2 bedside tables, a dressing table and within the dressing room area a triple wardrobe with drawers. The dressing area leads into an en suite bathroom with shower. The bedroom is equipped with an HDTV and John Lewis radio alarm with iPod dock. The second bedroom can be either a king size double or twin room. The double room consists of a king sized bed with The White Company bedding and oak bedside tables and an oak double wardrobe with drawers. If configured as a twin room the beds are 2'6' . Both Bedrooms have double doors with a functioning window that lead on to the small courtyard and patio. There are bedside table lamps in each room as well as LED down lights. There is underfloor heating throughout the property.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • limited accessibility
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(29 traveller reviews)

The Old Dairy - rated Visit England 5 STAR Gold
average rating of 4.965517 based on 36 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Welcoming, high standard, warm, and very comfortable. Kevin and Kate have achieved a great holiday home.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning cottage

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic family holiday at The Old Dairy

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable, high quality accommodation

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely place to stay, would highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning rural retreat that never stops to amaze

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: Nov 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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St Michael's Mount
"A must see in this part of Cornwall!"
The Cabin Beach Cafe
Godolphin Arms Restaurant
"Good food and great views"
Nauti But Ice
"Great Cafe and ice cream!"
National Trust - Godolphin
"Right next door lovely historic house, garden and great walks with views from the top of G..."
Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Queens Head, Breage
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Praa Sands Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Praa Sands
Car: recommended

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.


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