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Cosy Cottage With Wood-burner In Idyllic Valley, Edge Of Village Setting

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Stylish, spacious and flexible accommodation with king sized double or twin beds

Nestled within glorious unspoilt countryside on the edge of the village, this delightful, spacious, newly decorated and furnished, one bedroom cottage was probably built in the early 1800’s. The tranquil and sheltered, south-facing garden, bordered by a babbling stream is rich in flora and full of bird life including pheasants, woodpeckers and a resident peacock! It has been in our family for forty years having been bought by grandmother Lay in 1971, and been much loved ever since. Carefully and sensitively restored it has many original features and retains much character and charm. The cottage’s location, stylish but cosy interior and wonderful natural garden, make it the perfect place for a romantic break, walking/sightseeing holiday or just to unwind. Decorated in an elegant but simple style with vintage china and original artwork by local artists, we hope you enjoy spending time here as much as we do.



The front door leads into an entrance porch with space for coats and boots.

The “living” room with its solid oak floor, painted beamed ceiling, original inglenook fireplace and Jotel wood burner , is ideal for cosy nights in on cooler evenings. There is a stero with radio and a selection of Cds as well as digital TV with Humax and a DVD player. The Shaker style kitchen is an open plan yet well defined area and is well equipped with all the usual appliances including a dishwasher and washer dryer.

The sitting room leads through to a bright and airy sun room with a dining area and an additional sofa so you can relax and enjoy the garden even on a chilly day. In the sun room is a selection of books of local interest to help you get to know the area and maybe assist in planning your daily excursions. French doors from the sun room lead out onto the terrace where there is seating and space to barbecue or just relax and enjoy the garden.


The staircase leads from the sitting room up to a small landing space and then into the bedroom to the right and ahead into the attractive dressing room and bathroom.

The pretty airy double bedroom has views over the back garden and the fields beyond. The Vi Sprung bed can sleep two in king size luxury or be split into two separate 2ft 6” single beds upon request. There are two bedside tables with lights, plenty of wardrobe space, a selection of books and a radio.

In addition to the double bedroom is a dressing room with additional storage and large mirror, which leads into the bright bathroom with over-bath shower and electric shaver point. Both provide views over the garden and fields beyond.


At the front of the property there is a parking space for one car. At the rear there is additional storage in the shed for items such as bikes and surfboards.

The Garden

A major feature of the property is the sheltered, natural, garden which leads down to a stream bordered by fields and is full of bird life. This is a truly special place to relax and unwind.

We welcome dogs (we have one ourselves) but ask that you discuss it with us first prior to booking.


We are flexible about the changeover day, however, we generally prefer a Friday or Saturday.


We provide white Egyptian cotton bed linen, duvets and feather pillows (unless otherwise requested) and cotton bedcovers. Two white hand and two white bath towels are also supplied for your stay. (We also have beach towels available). The cottage has wireless internet and a telephone.

Also provided at the property are the following:

Central Heating

Basket of wood for the wood burner




Iron and ironing board



Tea towels

Welcome pack with tea and coffee

Dishwasher tablets

If you are interested in taking a short break during the quieter months or late availability please get in touch.

More Details

Johanna Lay
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 September, 2017

About Johanna Lay

This house has been owned by our family since the early 1970s. It was my husband's former home before our growing family meant we needed somewhere larger. We now live a few miles away in the next but one village. John and I both grew up in Cornwall, we know and love the county and all that it has to offer. Our children attend school locally and we take an active part in our community so are well placed to discuss areas of interest and things to do nearby. John has had a property business in Falmouth for over 25 years and I work as an artist and teacher.

Johanna Lay purchased this cottage in 1972

Why Johanna Lay chose Cornwall

The house is in such a lovely setting we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

What makes this cottage unique

The delightful garden with stream and visiting wildlife make this a wonderful, tranquil spot and really quite a special place to stay.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Breage in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Over bath electric shower, hand basin and toilet. Electric shaver point with light.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Double bedroom with Vi Sprung King Size bed or twin 2ft 6 inch beds (upon request) White 400 thread count, cotton bed linen, duvet and pillows. Bedroom two is a dressing room
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
A floor plan is available upon request.


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Cosy Cottage With Wood-burner In Idyllic Valley, Edge Of Village Setting
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Lovely cottage!!

  • 5 of 5

We really didn't know what to expect! Having seen the photos online we thought it looked good but in real life the cottage is lovely. It was our base for five nights while we toured around south Cornwall and was so comfortable to come back too after a day exploring - it felt like home!!

It has all the amenities you could think of although we used very few of them but a comfortable bed, good shower and a delightful conservatory to chill in before going out for a meal made the stay very enjoyable. Thoroughly recommend this cottage for a very quiet relaxing homely feel!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting.

  • 5 of 5

Great place for exploring the Lizard peninsula and down the coast to Land's End. Some fabulous little coves and lots of places to eat. Especially liked Porthleven. The cottage was well equipped for all our needs and was a relaxing base to return to each day.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An oasis of peace and tranquility

  • 5 of 5

An oasis of peace and tranquility

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cornwall gem

  • 5 of 5

The cottage in Cornwall is absolutely charming. Beautifully appointed and a joy to return to each evening after exploring the countryside. A very comfortable bed, plenty of hot water in an excellent shower and a well appointed kitchen make this a beautiful base to come home to.

The garden at the rear with its resident peacock and lovely babbling brook is quite lovely.

We were hoping for colder weather so we could light the fire but that didn't eventuate.

The only negative (and it didn't alter our 5 star rating) was the couple of points of low head clearance inside which was a trap for tall players.

Very well located for the entire south west and we'd heartily recommend it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely quaint cottage. Great location.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely quaint cottage. It had everything we needed and the log burner was perfect for the evening. Our dog absolutely loved the garden! We would definitely stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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exstremely good

  • 5 of 5

we had a lovely stay thank you very much the cottage was very nice and very comfortable. we would come back again. the stream at the bottom of the garden was lovely. we went and got fish and chips from porthleven one night which was superb. that place has changed its name know. it is the one that when one gets to porthleven and cross the bridge the main road turns sharp left but yoy carry on and it is just to the right. many thanks again. david morris.

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Newquay Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
The Queens Arms
Nearest Ferry
54 Miles
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Praa Sands
Nearest Train
6.3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
B3302 Helston to Hayle
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The Grove
Nearest Beach
3.4 Miles
Praa Sands
Car: necessary

Ruth Dower lies in a beautiful valley and is less than a mile from the ancient and historic National Trust owned Godolphin House. Set within tranquil woodland its wonderful grounds are rich in archaeology, mining heritage and wildlife. The medieval garden, one of the most important in Europe, is currently undergoing a gradual program of restoration work.

To the south-west of the property, is Godolphin Hill, from where you can see some of the best views in Cornwall, with St Ives Bay to the north and St Michael’s Mount and Marazion to the south.

Its location, makes Ruth Dower an excellent base from which to explore the south west of Cornwall. The cottage is situated only a 10 mins drive from the ancient market town of Helston and about 25 mins from Falmouth and Penzance with their busy ports and bustling streets both provide plenty of interest to visitors. There are beaches, coves, fishing villages and walks to be explored and enjoyed on both the Penwith and Lizard Peninsulas which are only a short drive away and Hayle with its RNIB centre and the rugged seascape of Godrevy lie 15 mins drive to the north.

Truro is approx. 45mins drive and provides excellent shopping with a wide range of both national and independent retailers and a good range of facilities, restaurants, bars etc.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Breage, West Country

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Autumn
2 Sep 2017 - 10 Nov 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Late Autumn
11 Nov 2017 - 1 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Dec 2017 - 9 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Year
30 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
Early Spring
10 Feb 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Spring
24 Mar 2018 - 4 May 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
30 Mar 2018 - 4 Apr 2018
6 night minimum stay
Early Summer
5 May 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn
1 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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