Ruan Dinas - sleeps 6 guests in 3 bedrooms
Minimum age of primary renter:18
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
A slice of heaven
When we rounded the final corner of the rather bumpy lane to find the creek at high tide lazily gliding by, a shimmering green that has to be seen to be believed, we thought we'd taken a wrong turn. Can it really be here? Is Cornwall really still this unspoilt? But when we entered the cottage itself, we were absolutely knocked out by our welcome: the warmth from the Aga (Heritage Stove) embraced us and waiting on the table were locally-made scones, jam, cream (in the fridge), apple juice, coffee and fudge. For two ravenous travellers this was so appreciated! After refreshment we began to explore and found the house tastefully furbished: comfy sofas, big, luxurious beds, two bathrooms and space to breathe... Fabulous as the cottage is though, it is the location that is just stunning. Right beside a branch of the River Fal (which can be seen from the house and gardens) there are fabulous woodland walks to explore; there's a little jetty where we launched our kayak, and a public quay where people come to fish and canoe and although there is a public right of way in front of the cottage, the road to the quay is long enough and pot-holed enough to keep all but the hardiest at bay, so it's never really busy! Our time at Ruan Dinas went too fast and we loved every moment. We have stayed in very many holiday cottages, Airb&bs and hotels in Cornwall, but this has to be amongst the finest of places there is. I have left a bit of my heart there, so I'll definitely be back!
The city of Truro is only about a 10 minute drive away and has a wide selection of good shopping including a Tescos, Sainsburys, Marks & Spencer and many other high street outlets. There is also a cinema and a great selection of restaurants, pubs & cafes.
The resort of Newquay is about 16 miles to the north with its spectacular surf beaches at Fistral & Watergate Bay. Jamie Oliver's "Fifteen" restaurant is located here. Padstow, with its fine selection of restaurants influenced by Rick Stein is just over 20 miles. The yachting centres of Mylor, Falmouth & St Mawes are all within easy reach of the cottage. There is a watersports centre at nearby Loe Beach where you can learn to sail or windsurf. The nearby Roseland Area of Outstanding Beauty with its superb coastal walks is also a short drive away via the King Harry Ferry.
The Cathedral City of Truro is in the heart of Cornwall and offers a wealth of facilities for the visitor. Dominated by the stunning cathedral, it is one of the south west's most attractive cities. Lemon Quay plays host to many events throughout the year including the Cornwall Food & Drink Festival in the Autumn and the famous Truro Fatstock Show just before Christmas. Regular farmers markets occur every Wednesdays & Saturday and there are also arts & craft markets on Saturdays. There is a wonderful range of shopping for the visitor including all the regular high street stores including Marks & Spencer, Tescos & Sainsburys, but also a wide range of more specialist stores. It really is worth a wander through the back streets and alleys to find some fabulous little boutiques. Truro has a superb range of restaurants from Bustopher Jones & Mannings on Lemon Street to the always popular Pizza Express. There are lively bars, pubs & nightclubs including the superb Old Ale House, a busy Wetherspoons and the infamous L2 if you are so inclined! The Hall for Cornwall hosts everything from Shakespeare to rock concerts and the cinema on Lemon Street has all the latest releases.