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Beautiful Valley Cottage , SPECIAL OFFER short break 25/4 - 28/4 £180

Bedrooms 2
Space 559 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

sleeps 4/6 - in quiet valley near local beaches& facilities.Family& dog friendly

Tucked away from the road in Tolskithy valley, this detached cottage affords privacy while retaining easy access to local facilities, the sea, beaches, sandy coves and places of interest. It is quaint and full of charm with character features such as a wood burning stove, stained glass, beamed and vaulted ceilings. Upstairs are two bedrooms with views of the tree lined valley, one with a double bed, the other has the option for either two single beds or a king sized bed. Downstairs is a bathroom with a shower. A spacious family sized living area with beamed ceiling has a TV/DVD player, table and chairs to seat six, along with a comfortable three piece suite and wood burning stove. A small annex is attached to the lounge and can be curtained off with the sofa used as a 4ft double bed, or it can be used as an additional seating area. There is a large modern kitchen with a four ring halogen cooker, dishwasher, microwave, fridge freezer and washing machine. It is well stocked with cooking equipment and crockery stored in the dresser. There is a small eating area in the kitchen so that you can enjoy breakfast with a view of the garden. The family friendly enclosed garden includes a patio and garden area with outdoor dining furniture and BBQ so you can sit outside enjoying the best of our Cornish weather. Behind the cottage garden with mature flowering shrubs and a herb bed is a courtyard suitable for storing bikes etc. along with an outdoor tap for washing down surf boards, wetsuits and dogs! Just outside the cottage there is a covered parking space for your car. Stepping out of the cottage you can access a public footpath which leads from your front door up the valley. This links into other longer walks, or you can choose a small circular walk Ideal for taking you or the dog out for a breath of fresh air!

Kathleen and Mike Kessell
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 April, 2017

About Kathleen and Mike Kessell

Eight years ago we returned to the Portreath area where my husband grew up as we felt we had to bring our children home and give them the chance to grow up in such a wonderful place. We discovered the cottage we now live in, in Tolskithy Valley and fell in love with it. Its perfect for the children (and us!)to enjoy the outdoors from, we have a workshop here where we make stained glass. Some nights tea goes in the oven, then we take a walk on the beach and come back when its cooked. The valley is sheltered so we often enjoy eating outdoors. It is on these days that we think just how lucky we are to live here. We can't imagine living anywhere else.

Kathleen and Mike Kessell purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Kathleen and Mike Kessell chose Camborne, Redruth & Hayle

When the opportunity came to purchase the cottage next door it seemed the perfect opportunity to enjoy rennovating it to the highest standard and then making it available to holiday makers. Being next door means we are able to take care of the cottage and ensure everything is as it should be, giving it a personal touch. In this way we would love to give people the chance to enjoy our beautiful part of the world.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage is full of original and characteristic features and has a real homely feel to it. For example there is a wood burning stove, beamed and vaulted ceilings and stained glass. Visitors can enjoy the experience of living in a cottage with its enclosed garden whilst having all modern conveniences . We have endeavored to maintain its original character and charm and have really enjoyed bringing the cottage back to life whilst carrying out renovations over the last year. There is an enclosed cottage garden with a patio and bbq. Also a public footpath from the front door going up the valley and beyond. For this reason it makes it ideal for families, couples or dog lovers and so we allow dogs by arrangement. However, we still ensure the cottage is presented to the highest standard for all holidaymakers. By car there is easy access to the A30 which is the main trunk road to discover so much of Cornwall from and also by car very quick access to local amenities, beaches and woodland. It really is the perfect location to enjoy a Cornish holiday from!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Illogan in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 559 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Brand new bathroom - large spacious walk in shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Please note it is either 2 single beds or 1 king sized bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , Baby travel cot available on request.
  • There are two upstairs bedrooms with vaulted ceilings giving a light and airy feel. The master bedroom has a double bed and the option for a travel cot.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

Beautiful Valley Cottage , SPECIAL OFFER short break 25/4 - 28/4 £180
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

A lovely cottage set in a good location - the whole county is within easy reach

  • 5 of 5

A lovely cottage which is clean and well equipped. Whilst the owners live in the cottage next door, do not let that put you off - they are very friendly but also keep their distance so you don't feel under scrutiny - you wouldn't know they are there. The location is ideal - you feel you are in the country but are so close to the A30 and the whole county is within easy reach, whichever direction you want to go, and lovely beaches are exceptionally close. The cottage is ideal for dogs and has a woodland walk right outside the door. Was nice to sit in the garden on the patio and just relax. Would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay here! Best wishes, Kathleen and Mike.
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Such a lovely place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time the weekend that we stayed here. The cottage was lovely, the owners are just as lovely and willing to help, but also allow your privacy.

We went for some lovely walks along the coast, from port reach beach, and through tahidey woods.

We also visited the Cornish gold centre, and if you are looking for somewhere for something to eat I would recommend their cafe, the food was amazing!

All in all, we had a great time and would deff be returning to pixie cottage again.

Thank you! X

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. Its great to hear of our holiday makers enjoying the places around here as much as we do. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit. Best Wishes, Kathleen and Mike.
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interesting breath taken

  • 5 of 5

The Cottage is called Pixie cottage a spacious detached family cottage that sleep 6. It had everything you need, plus a welcoming log fire, which was lovely after a day out at the beach. The garden was enclosed very pretty cottage garden with a nice patio. The stained glass window are beautiful so are the iron work on the stair case. The owners Kathleen and Mike where very helpful they live the next cottage down the lane. They showed us their stained glass work shop where they produced work. They made the windows for Pixie cottage themselves.

The area is central we explored both coast line and found little coves and beaches in easy reach . We can't wait to book Pixie cottage again soon.

Great experience and memories will stay with us.

Thank you Michelle Parfitt

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay here. We really enjoyed meeting you and look forward to seeing you again! Kathleen and Mike.
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Dream Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to stay , could not fault it in any way , plenty of room , comfortable beds ,House was really warm and cosy and also had a lovely log burning fire , well established cottage garden .Location good near beaches and towns . The owners were very hospitable showing us around their stained glass workshop which was lovely to see , we even purchased a couple of pieces.

Highly Recommended will stay again

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank your for your lovely review. We're so pleased you loved the cottage as much as we do. Look forward to seeing you next time.
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Beautiful and homely at the same time

  • 5 of 5

Our family had such a fantastic holiday here at Pixie Cottage. Ours was an extended holiday while we were between houses. Therefore we had the perfect chance to enjoy and get to know the area. We loved having so many beaches to go to nearby and being able to travel to the other attractions in Cornwall so easily. Alternatively the cottage was the perfect base for a days relaxation. The children enjoyed the garden, we made good use of the BBQ and the cottage is just exquisite. Kathleen and Mike have done a super job with the renovation. The cottage has some beautiful features with the wood burning stove giving it a real heart. The brand new kitchen had everything we needed and made cooking easy. Thank you to Kathleen and Mike who gave it the personal touch, being available for help and advice but also leaving us to enjoy our space. We are going to enjoy the stained glass picture we bought from your studio. See you next year!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay so much. Kathleen and Mike
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Gemütliches, nettes und gut ausgestattetes Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Die sehr freundlichen Gastgeber wohnen direkt nebenan und sind immer ansprechbar und hilfsbereit. Wir wurden mit allen Informationen über die umliegende Gegend versorgt. Das Haus ist gut ausgestattet, die Schlafzimmer sind sehr gemütlich und schön eingerichtet. Parkmöglichkeit im Carport ist direkt neben dem Haus. Der nächste Supermarkt ist mit dem Auto in 5 min erreichbar. Die nächsten Strände in 10-15 min Entfernung.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming to stay at Pixie Cottage. We enjoyed meeting you and it was lovely to see how much you enjoyed Cornwall and how many different places you managed to visit from here. We look forward to meeting you again, Kathleen and Mike.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Tehidy Park Golf club
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Car: necessary

Within easy reach of the very best of Cornwall, tucked away in the historic Tolskithy Valley, Pixie Cottage offers the ideal setting for exploring Cornwall. It is the perfect base for a Cornish holiday with a prime, central location and excellent road connections including being five minutes from the A30, making it easy to access all areas of Cornwall.

Only five minutes by car you can arrive at: Portreath Beach; Tehidy Country Park with its café, bike rides and miles of woodland walks (which are buggy and wheelchair friendly); Tehidy Park Golf Club; Mount Pleasant Stables; or the Coast to Coast Cycle Trail.

Less than 30 mins by car are many other beaches within easy reach including four miles of golden sands at Hayle, Porthtowan Beach, St. Agnes and Chapel Porth.

From Pixie cottage you can enjoy cycling trails, coastal walks, water sports including sailing, wind surfing and canoeing at Stithians Lake Country park, surfing, National Trust and English Heritage country gardens and castles. Then of course via the A30 well known tourist attractions such as the Eden Project, Heligan Gardens, Newquay Zoo, Crealy Adventure Theme park, Paradise Wildlife park, Dairyland, Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, Lands End, Tate Modern St.Ives and Flambards Theme park with fairground rides for people of all ages and its Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz museums.

Locally (2 minutes by car) there is a Co-op food store, pub with restaurant, pharmacy and post office. Then 5 minutes by car are Tesco, Tesco Extra and Morrison’s.

Activities to be enjoyed whilst on holiday here are:

• Surfing and canoeing at West Cornwall Adventure in Portreath, (5 mins by car)

• Horse riding from local stables such as Mount Pleasant Stables (5 mins by car),

• Woodland Walks at Tehidy Country Park with its cafe and miles of walks through the woodland alongside streams and lakes (these are buggy and wheelchair friendly). (5 mins by car)

• Cycling the famous Coast to Coast Cycle Trail from Portreath suitable for families www.cornwall.gov.uk/mineral-tramways or The Great Flat Lode Mining Heritage Trail – suitable for families looking a challenge (5 mins by car).

• Sandy bays which are life guard patrolled

• Heritage and History – Mining Museums, National Maritime Museum, National Trust Stately Homes and Gardens

• Fishing in boats or from the coast www.downthecove.com and www.stivesboattrips.com/Fishing-Trips/Charter-Boat

• Golf at Radnor, St Ives ,Truro and nearby at www.tehidyparkgolfclub.co.uk/. (5 mins by car)

• Wind surfing, sailing and canoeing at Stithians Lake Country Park www.swlakestrust.org.uk (15 mins by car)

• Castles belonging to English Heritage including Pendennis Castle in Falmouth with its knightly tournaments www.english-heritage.org.uk/Pendennis‎

• The Gold Centre with its huge jewellery stores and activities for children including panning for gold and painting pottery www.cornwall-gold.com (2 mins by car)

• Play Parks for children - several locally including at Heartlands where there is a large play park, regular programme of special events, mining museum and craft shops www.heartlandscornwall.com (10 mins by car)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Illogan, Cornwall

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
8 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Spring Bank Holiday
30 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
early peak
15 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Peak
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25

If you choose to book for two weeks, book for a second visit or book as just one couple staying we offer a ten per cent discount.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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