Frequently Asked Questions about our Luxury Self Catering Cottages Cornwall

Learn more about our Luxury Self Catering Holiday Cottages Cornwall

I have tried to cover as many aspects as possible concerning my luxury self catering cottage in  Cornwall on this website.  However, I cannot possibly cover every possible query. To help you further I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to cover some points that may not be mentioned elsewhere. If you have specific questions not answered here please do not hesitate to contact me.

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  • 1.General
  • Do we really need Travel Insurance?

    YES, it is strongly recommended that for your own peace of mind, you ensure you have an appropriate insurance policy in place to mitigate your losses in the event you should need to cancel your booking. Many travel insurance policies now provide cover for most eventualities leading to a cancellation, including Covid-19 (or variants of). See my Coronavirus, The Way Forward and T&Cs for more information. 

  • How can I see photographs of the cottage?
    Jacqueline Bolt
  • What are your Arrival and Departure days?

    The changeover day is Friday unless otherwise stated on the Availability and Prices page

  • Can we arrive early or leave late?

    If you would like to arrive at your cottage earlier than 4.00pm (16.00hrs) please contact me. In the rare circumstance that the cottage has not been used leading up to your arrival, I can sometimes allow an earlier arrival time. Please contact us to discuss.

    No, I cannot allow late departures (after 10.00am) as this will delay the start of the changeover schedule and affect the highest standard of customer service that I aim to provide by having the cottage thoroughly cleaned before welcoming our next guests.

  • Are shorter stays available during the peak seasons?

    During peak times such as school holiday periods, Christmas, New Year, bank holidays etc. minimum stays are for 7, 14 and 21 nights + unless otherwise shown on the availability page.

    Sometime, 3 and 4 night stays are available during off-peak periods. If you are unsure, please contact us.

  • What can I expect to receive as 'standard' in the rental charge?

    Our luxury self catering cottages in North Cornwall are equipped with quality products, but to make your stay even more comfortable and less stressful we include the following at no extra charge.

    The Cottage:  electricity, heating (oil central heating throughout), bed linen, house towels, 2 baskets of logs and some kindling (in season), store cupboard essentials (such as tea, coffee, cooking oil, sugar, salt, pepper), toilet rolls, cleaning products, refuse bags, dishwasher tablets, tea towels. For children I provide: a cot 100x70cm, a high chair, BT baby monitor, anti-roll changing mat, toilet trainer, kiddies toilet seat, a toilet step, fire guard around the wood burner, a play pen and play balls, a chest of young children's toys, saving you precious space in your car and less to worry about when packing.

    PLEASE BRING your own beach towels and bed linen for the cot if bringing an infant.

    If you are bringing your much loved dog(s), please bring any cleaning towels that you may require, bed, food and water bowls.  Various size bowls are available at The Cottage should you forget!

    If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Where to buy Food, Provisions etc?
    Jacqueline Bolt
    • Marshgate Post Office and store PL32 9YN

      You will be amazed at what you can purchase here, including logs for the fire!  Opening times:  9.00 – 17.30 Mon-Fri, Sat 9.00-12.30, Sun Closed

    Distance: 2.6 miles (6 minutes)
    T: 01840 261210

    • The Wainhouse Country Store and Post Office, Wainhouse Corner  EX23 0AZ

      There are two stores at Wainhouse Corner (on the way to Bude) where you can purchase day to day provisions, logs. Also a PETROL/DIESEL station here.

    Distance:  4.9 miles (8 minutes away)
    T: 01840 230 554

    • Boscastle Farm Shop,  Hillsborough Farm, Boscastle, PL35 0HH
      • This farm shop, set within a National Trust farm, bagged the National Trust Fine Food winner’s award in 2012 followed by Taste of the West Silver and Gold Awards in 2014 and a Cornwall Tourism Award in 2015.  The views over the cliffs down to the sea are breath-taking making this a great place to take breakfast, stop off for lunch, or linger over afternoon tea.  A wide selection of Cornish groceries, meats and cheeses plus fruit, veg and kindling.

    Distance: 5.9 miles (9 mins)
    Tel: 01840 250218
    Website: Boscastle Farm Shop

    • Local Free Range Eggs 

      Available 150 yards from the cottage on the Trelash to Hallworthy road (opposite the telephone box).  Look out for the cooler box on the wall. (When the hens are laying)

    • Phillip Warren Butchers, Pennygillam Shop, Pennygillam Industrial Estate, Launceston PL15 7ED

    Warrens is a Cornish butcher providing fabulous locally farmed meat and other local produce including, what my family consider to be, the best delicious Cornish Pasties. (Open Mon-Fri 8-5.30, Sat 7.30-1)  Also their shop in Launceston at 1, Westgate Street.  (Open Mon-Fri 8-5, Sat 7.30-1)

    Distance:  12.4 miles (15 mins)
    Telephone: 01566 772244 Pennygillam Shop
    Telephone: 01566 772089  Westgate Street Shop
    Website: Philip Warren Butchers

    • Tregida Smokehouse, Trelash, PL15 8RL and Tregida Seafood, Launceston PL15 7PF

      A family run business offering smoked fish, meat and cheese. My personal favourite is the smoked duck. Or for fresh fish and seafood caught along the Cornish coast visit their Launceston shop at 3b, Quarry Crescent, Pennygillam Industrial Estate, Launceston PL15 7PF. Guests have raved over the fresh fish available here and often take supplies home with them.

    Smokehouse Distance: 1 mile (2 mins) Turn right out of The Cottage and take the second lane on the left.
    Launceston shop Distance 12.4 miles (15 mins)

    Smokehouse (ring prior to visit) Tel:  01840 261785
    Launceston shop   Tel: 01566 777766
    Website: Tregida

    Food 4 My Holiday (Home Deliveries)

    Quality Cornish produce and other basic supplies you’ll need for your holiday delivered direct to 'The Cottage' door.   Visit their website to order now and relax later  Food 4 My Holiday

    Riverford Organic Farms (Home Deliveries)

    A Devonshire, family owned business growing organic vegetables since 1987. Today they offer a wide range of organic veg, fruit, meat....., fresh from their farm. For more information and to arrange a delivery, visit Riverford Organic Farms website.

    NB. PLEASE arrange for delivery AFTER your planned arrival time at The Cottage so that you are there to receive it.

    • The Co-Operative, 1 The High Street, Camelford PL32 9PQ

      A fairly large store with car parking at the rear.

    Distance:  7.9 miles (8 minutes)
    Tel: 01840 213766

    • Tesco (Superstore) Tavistock Rd, Launceston, Cornwall PL15 9HG

    Also a petrol/diesel filling station on site.

    Distance:  12.6 miles (18 minutes)
    Tel: 0845 677 9403

    • Lidl, Hurdon Way, Launceston, Cornwall PL15 9DA

      Good value (you must have seen the adverts!) and quite a large store. Usually, not so busy as Tesco.

    Distance:  12.6 miles (18 minutes)
    Tel: 0870 444 1234

    Supermarket HOME DELIVERIES
    • ASDA, Sainsbury, Tesco and Waitrose all deliver to Trelash (PL15 8RL).

    To make your stay more relaxing, why not order your holiday provisions from the comfort of your home?  PLEASE arrange for delivery AFTER your planned arrival time at The Cottage so that you are there to receive it. As we aim to provide the cleanest home possible for your stay, we prefer not to accept supermarket deliveries on your behalf, because from experience we have learned that these can adversely affect our cleaning schedule.


  • Will my mobile telephone will work in Trelash?

    There are many different network providers, which makes this a difficult question to answer. May we therefore suggest you check the coverage of your particular network provider for your mobile devices by visiting our Mobile Telephone Reception page.

    Also, The Cottage has high speed fibre to premises broadband / Wi-Fi so you should be able to make Wi-Fi calls providing your mobile can facilitate this.

  • If I cancel a booking and the date doesn’t get re-sold, can I reinstate my booking?

    Cancelling a booking is a termination of your agreement with the owner of The Cottage. The cancellation will be treated according to The Cottage Terms and Conditions. However, should the dates you have cancelled remain open and you wish to reinstate your booking, please contact us to discuss the possibility and the additional costs involved.

  • What is the cautionary deposit and why is it necessary?

    I have invested a lot of time, effort and money in creating a beautiful home which I choose to share with others as a holiday cottage. I need to protect that investment and my personal belongings, that I share with guests. The cautionary deposit is your acceptance that if damage were to occur to the property during your stay you understand that you will be accountable for covering the cost of repair or replacement. Of course I understand that minor breakages will occur and although I will not look to seek recompense for items such as the odd broken glass, I do request that you notify me of any such breakage as soon as possible so that I can replace it immediately to ensure the cottage is fully equipped for my next guests.

  • Why do you ask for feedback following our stay?

    I aim to provide a high quality self catering cottage for your comfort and enjoyment.  Therefore it is very important to me that you provide honest feedback at the end of your stay to help me maintain the quality my clients have come to expect. Your comments also assists others who are who looking for honest feedback in the decision making process of whether to book The Cottage.

    Any suggestions that might help me improve The Cottage and the facilities I offer are both appreciated and welcome. Please send your suggestions by contacting us direct

  • Why is it necessary for you to know the dates of birth of my group members?

    It is very important for me to know exactly who is staying in The Cottage for the purpose of insurance, health and safety and Track and Trace requirements.  

  • What is meant by, no single sex group, bookings are accepted?

    This by no means alludes to the sexual orientation of guests, but simply means we cannot accept bookings from stag or hen groups celebrating a forthcoming marriage. 

    Please contact us to ask further questions if you are still not sure.

  • May friends/relatives visit us during our stay at the property?

    Yes, of course friends/relatives are permitted to visit you in The Cottage providing you have notified us in writing of their intended visit. They are not permitted to stay overnight unless they are listed on your booking form as a member of your party and the due rental paid.   To do so would contravene the Terms and Conditions that you have agreed to abide by during your stay and is non-negotiable.   Guests will be asked to vacate The Cottage if they do not adhere to this condition of their stay. Please contact us if you have further questions.

  • Where can we read your Terms and Conditions?

    You can read these on our Terms and Condition page

  • Driving Directions from the M5?
    Jacqueline Bolt28-07-2014

    At Exeter join the M5 (South) and exit at Junction 31 on to the A30 toward Bodmin/Okehampton (dual carriageway all the way to Launceston).

    Just past Launceston, exit the A30 to join the A395 for North Cornwall/Wadebridge/Camelford.

    Follow the A395 for 10 miles until you reach Hallworthy.  Note: Please keep to 30mph through the village of Pipers Pool as the Police sit in wait on a regular basis!   At Hallworthy take the first right hand turning, signposted Canworthy Water/Warbstow.

    Follow the road for about 1.5 miles and take the first turning left, signposted Trelash and then after 100 yards turn right, signposted Trelash.

    When you arrive in the hamlet of Trelash you will come to a crossroads. Turn left where you will find ‘The Cottage’ immediately on your right.

  • Can we arrange additional Housekeeping?
    Jacqueline Bolt10-10-2014

    To make the most of your holiday take advantage of the optional housekeeping service

    Choose From:

    1.  Complete Clean
    The Cottage will be vacuumed, dusted and tidied throughout. In addition the kitchen, utility, porch and wet-room floors will be vacuumed and washed, bed linen and towels will be changed:    Cost:   £150.00

    2.  Partial Clean
    The Cottage will be vacuumed, dusted and tidied throughout.  Bed linen and towels will be tidied, but not changed.  Cost:   £75

  • 2.Activities
  • Are there any horse riding stables locally?

    There are quite a few riding stables. The closest are:

    • Tall Trees Riding Stables, Davidstow Tel: 01840 770 342 (7 minutes)
    • Lakefield Equestrian Centre, Lower Pendavey Farm, Camelford Tel: 08140 213279 (14 minutes)
    • Tredole Trekking and Riding Stables, Tredole Farm, Trevalga, Boscastle Telephone: 01840 250495 (19 minutes)
    • Hallagenna Riding, St Breward Tel: 01208 851500 (25 minutes)
  • Where can we walk on Bodmin Moor?

    Bodmin Moor lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and much of the moor is designated as ‘Open “Access’ under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000) which means that you can walk just about anywhere providing you follow the countryside code of etiquette. One of the most popular walks is The ‘Copper Trail’ so called because of the abundance of disused Copper mines that can be seen along the route. You are advised to purchase the 109 Bodmin Moor Explorer Map for more details of this 60 mile route.

    Also on Bodmin Moor and only 15 minutes from our holiday cottages are the two highest points in the whole of Cornwall; Brown Willy with a summit of 1,378 feet (420m) above sea level and next door, Rough Tor, whose summit at 1313 ft (400m) is home to a Logan Rock, which gently rocks back and forth when pressed. Both Tors present walkers with a fairly challenging walk to the top, but are rewarded with fabulous views over North Cornwall and beyond.


  • What golf courses are close to the cottages?

    We have quite a few top class golf courses that attract golfers from all over the UK and overseas. These include:

    • St Mellion, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6SD Tel: 01579 351351 (39 minutes)
    • Lanhydrock, Lostwithiel Rd, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 5AQ Tel: 01208 262570 (40 minutes)
    • Bude, Stratton Road, Bude, Cornwall EX23 8DA Tel: 01288 352006 (19 minutes)
    • St. Enodoc, Rock, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 6LD Tel: 01208 863216 (39 minutes)
    • Launceston, North St, Launceston, PL15 8HF Tel: 01566 773442 (22 minutes)
    • Trevose, Constantine Bay, Padstow, Cornwall PL28 8JB Tel: 01841 520208 (48 minutes)
    • Bowood Park, Lanteglos, Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9RT Tel: 01840 213017 (17 minutes)
    • Holsworthy, Killatree, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6LP Tel: 01409 255390 (29 minutes)
    • Roserrow, St. Minver, Wadebridge, PL27 6QT Tel: 01208 863000 (35 minutes)
    • Okehampton, Tors Rd, Okehampton, EX20 1EF Tel: 01837 52113 (41 minutes)
    • For more inspiration also see: Top 100 Golf Courses / Cornwall

    [caption id="attachment_3447" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Golf Fairways adorn the North Cornwall countryside near our Luxury Cottages in Cornwall Golf Fairways adorn the North Cornwall countryside near our Luxury Cottages in Cornwall[/caption]

  • What other Activities / Sports are available in the area?

    There really are too many to mention on this website, however, we have attempted to list as many as possible here and on our North Cornwall page, to enlighten you of activities and sports available to you whilst staying at our cottages.

    • Skateboard at The Unit Skate Park, Launceston PL15 7PF which has a 7,500 sq ft skating area and is Cornwall's first indoor skate park. There is also a viewing lounge and parents' room.  

    Distance: 12.6 miles (20 minutes)
    Tel: 0843 523 5995


    • Cornish Rock Tors Ltd The Gazebo, Polzeath Beach, PolzeathPL27 6SS  provide guided Coasteering, Sea Kayaking, Rock Climbing and Wild Swimming tours for the more adventurous.

    Distance:  22 miles (30 mins)
    Tel:  07791 534884
    Website: Cornish Rock Tors


    • Harlyn Dive School, Unit 7, Pityme Industrial Estate, Rock, Nr Wadebridge  PL27 6NS Provide guided scuba diving, boat charter and scuba courses.

    Distance: 20 miles (36 minutes)
    Tel:  Office: 01208 862556 preferred number or  Mobile: 07890 671225
    Website: Harlyn Dive School


    • Kitesurfing at Polzeath Beach Distance 20 miles (35 mins),  Daymer Bay Distance: 21 miles (38 mins) and Watergate Bay (Newquay) Distance: 33 miles (53 mins)
    • Beach Fishing / Beach Casting at Bude Breakwater, Crackington Haven, Crooklets, Maer, Blackrock Beach, Widemouth Bay and Northcott Mouth
    • River Game and Still Water Trout Fishing at Homeleigh Garden Centre, Dutson, Launceston, Crowdy Reservoir and River Inny near Launceston
    • Coarse Fishing at Upper Tamar Lake, Kilkhampton, Bude Canal, Dutson Water, 1.5 miles north of Launceston on the A388, Tredidon Barton Lake, 5 miles west of Launceston on A395.  For all fishing details, visit Cornwall Fishing Information


    • Tree surfing, tree jumping, zip-wire, canoeing the Tamar, archery and cycling trails are all available at The Tamar Trails, Gulworthy.. Woodlands, Gulworthy, Tavistock, Devon PL19 8JE

    Distance: 25 miles (40 mins)
    Tel:  01822 833409
    Website:  Tamar Trails




  • Are there any Mountain Biking / Cycling Trails close by?

    Mountain Biking / Cycling is such a popular sport throughout the UK and we have some really good trails in North Cornwall, that we have dedicated a page solely for this information. Please visit our Mountain Biking page for full information.

  • Can you recommend any local Coastal Walks?
    • Lundy Bay walk, near New Polzeath

      Distance 1 mile
      Start/finish Lundy Bay National Trust car park, grid ref SX953795

      The Coastal path around the Camel estuary is one of Cornwall's most well known areas, changing in character from quite soft estuary to the wild rocks of Pentire Point providing striking contrast.


    • Tintagel to Boscastle harbour

      Distance 1 mile
      Start/finish Boscastle car park, grid ref SX101912

      Tintagel is most famously associated with King Arthur, with a castle in his name on the headland. Between Tintagel and Boscastle you can access St Nectan and St Pirran with a cave and a well respectively. The Boscastle area was a favourite of Thomas Hardy, who wrote about it as Castle Boterel and he met his first wife, Emma Gifford, here in 1870. The coastal path is steep and strenuous but the views are well worth the effort – Boscastle is now fully recovered from the terrible floods and has a number of good watering holes to receive and replenish the weary traveller.


    • Crackington Haven, Bude

      Distance 3 miles
      Start/finish Crackington Haven car park, grid ref SX143968

      This walks takes you from Crackington Haven's sandy beach, to magnificent vistas of Cambeak headland and the cliffs beyond, before returning by the sheltered woodlands of Ludon Valley.  You will be walking and exploring a stunning stretch of North Cornwall's coastline.  Intriguing rock formations and varied wildlife are just some of the highlights you'll discover on the way.  Please note that Strangles beach is an amazing secluded spot that has a very strong currents which can catch the unsuspecting bather off guard.


    • Hawker's Hut walk, Morwenstow

      Distance 1 mile
      Start/finish Rectory Farm Tearoom car park grid ref SS205153

      Although a gentle cliff-top walk you will experience breathtaking views of north Cornwall's coast. Also a beautiful Saxon church and of course Hawker's Hut, the refuge of poet Reverend Robert Hawker who spent so much of his time looking after shipwrecked sailors. The outcrops in this part of the county are brutal, and it is worth keeping dogs under close control as the drops are unforgiving. On a clear day, Lundy Island can be seen out in the Bristol Channel. The Rectory Tea rooms are worth a visit for a welcome afternoon tea.

  • We are avid walkers where can we find walk details?
    Jacqueline Bolt18-08-2014

    There are too many to list here, but if you visit this website you will be amazed how many there are:

  • Craft Courses/Tuturials
    Jacqueline Bolt01-08-2015
    The Cowslip Workshop, Launceston

    Cowslip is located on a farm in rural North Cornwall between the old market town of Launceston and The Cottage at Trelash.


    The ladies at Cowslip offer quite a range of workshops to suit all abilities, tastes and requirements. Tutorial groups are usually kept quite small depending on how space is required and to keep the session friendly and informal. There is also the excellent Cowslip Cafe on site for lunch and thirst quenching.

    If you like crafting, Cowslip Workshops is really worth a visit, just a few minutes from The Cottage, the whole family can go too - just sit them in the cafe whilst you indulge yourself in the shop or selected workshop.

    Cowslip Workshops Newhouse Farm St.Stephens Launceston Cornwall PL15 8JX

    Tel: 01566 772654 OR Tel: Cafe 01566 772839


    Website: Cowslip Workshop

    Directions: Download directions to Cowslip Workshops here: Cowslip Map (PDF) or view the map below.  Please do not use your sat nav as it will take you to the wrong address.

  • 3.Places of Interest
  • Where can we see ancient Monuments in North Cornwall?

    Bodmin Moor is home to many prehistoric remains, Bronze Age standing stones, huge granite burial chambers, Celtic crosses, holy wells and stone circles. A good place to start your tour is at Minions, North of Liskeard, where you will find an excellent example of three stone circles called ‘The Hurlers’ and the Trippet Stones.

    The Hurlers are the remains of three ancient stone circles. Legend has it that the local people were warned by local cleric St. Cleer not to play Hurling on the Sabbath, when they refused he turned all of them to stone as a warning to others. For more information on many other ancient sites visit

    For more information on Bodmin Moor Natural England Information

  • Is The Cottage within a Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?

    The Cottage is very close to four Designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty:

    1. Hartland which encompasses the picturesque wooded Coombe Valley part of Woodford Woods that opens out into Duckpool Beach and the hamlet of Coombe. Beaches include Duckpool and Sandymouth. Towns include Morwenstow and Kilkhampton.
    2. Pentire Point. This area runs from Bude some 30 miles to Pentire Point which looks out over the Camel estuary towards Padstow. The 30 mile stretch includes several miles of dramatic coastline including High Cliff, Trevigue (the highest cliff in Cornwall at 223 metres) and the beautiful Valency Valley at Boscastle. Beaches include Widemouth Bay, Crackington Haven, Trebarwith Strand, Tregardock, Port Quin. Towns within it are Boscastle and Tintagel.
    3. The Camel Estuary, from Padstow and Rock down river to Wadebridge, is one of only two ‘inland’ sections of the Cornwall AONB . Yet water features more prominently here than in many of the coastal sections. The area includes beaches at Rock, Polzeath and Daymer Bay.
    4. Bodmin Moor. This area covers 208 square kilometres (80 sq mi) and involves 15 parishes. It is home to Brown Willy, Cornwall’s highest point and its sister Tor, Rough Tor. The Moor is scattered with Ancient Monuments most notably The Hurlers at Minions and several engine houses, shafts and workings. The engine house of The South Phoenix mine at Minions houses the Minions Heritage centre.

    • Towns and villages include the picturesque Altarnun, St. Breward, Blisland, St Cleer and Davidstow to mention a few. Natures Reserves within the area include the beautiful Golitha Falls reached by walking the wooded valley. Priddacombe Downs, just South of Brown Willy, is part of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust as is Colliford Lake Nature Reserve.

    • Also on Bodmin Moor at Bolventor, is the famous Jamaica Inn which inspired the novel by the same name by Daphne du Maurier.


  • Where can we visit a Vineyard?
    Jacqueline Bolt18-08-2014

    The Camel Valley Vineyard, Nanstallon, Bodmin, PL30 5LG

    This North Cornwall vineyard near Bodmin has been producing award winning, world class wines since 1989.  The Vineyard is open to visitors for guided tours and tastings at very reasonable prices.  If a tour is not for you, you may prefer to enjoy a glass (or two) of Camel wine on the terrace.

    Distance 19.9 mile (30 minutes)
    Tel: 01208 77959

  • Interesting Towns and Villages
    • Launceston

    The historic country town of Launceston was once the Capital of Cornwall. It has hosted a Royal Mint and has a 12th century town wall. Places to visit include the 13th Century Norman castle,Lawrence House Museum, the Northgate and Prison, the Southgate arch Art Gallery, the Town Hall and the Steam Railway. Many interesting shops, cafes and businesses are located in and around the cobbled Town Square.

    Distance: 13 miles (15-20 mins)


    • Boscastle

    Boscastle, which lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a picturesque, natural fishing harbour full of character and romantic charm.  Things to do include the Witchcraft Museum, the pottery shop, the Cobweb Inn, the quaint pixie house shop and a walk to the headland. Be sure to walk up the hill to Fore Street to experience the beauty and character of this very narrow, old street.

    Distance: 7 miles (10 mins)


    • Tintagel

    Tintagel is known for its magical mystic charm.  The ruins of Tintagel Castle steeped in legend and mystery (reputedly the birthplace of King Arthur) are set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast with dramatic views out to sea. Other places of interest include the Tintagel Old Post Office and garden, one of the National Trust’s most delightful medieval buildings.

    Distance: 10 miles (18 mins)


    • Bude

    Bude was the number one sunniest place in the UK during 2013. Home to sandy beaches, spectacular views, unique natural attractions include a sea pool and a charming laid-back town offers a diverse range of indoor and outdoor activities from taking a boat on the canal, to walking South West Coast Path.

    Distance: 13 miles (20 mins)

  • 4.Restaurants and Pubs
  • What Gourmet Restaurants can we visit during our stay?

    We are very fortunate to have some wonderful Michelin star and celebrity restaurants for you to choose from here in North Cornwall. We would highly recommend that you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Listed in no particular order:

    • Nathan Outlaw, St Enodoc Hotel, Rock PL27 6LA
      • Celebrated Michelin 2-star chef, Nathan Outlaw, has a selection of restaurants for casual and fine dining at Rock and Port Isaac, within 40 minutes drive from The Cottage.
      • Advance bookings essential.
      • Restaurants:
      • Outlaw’s at St. Enodoc Restaurant, Rock (St Enodoc Hotel)
      • Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac
      • The Mariners in Rock (Guests have recommended Sunday lunch here)
      • Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, a small, intimate, 2 Michelin Star, seafood restaurant for fine dining.
      • Tip: Join Nathan’s Grub Club on his website to receive a 10% discount in Outlaw’s Restaurant and other benefits. Free to join. (Discount not available at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac)

    • The Seafood Restaurant, Riverside, Padstow, PL28 8BY   Famously owned by Rick Stein (though he is seldom here these days), The Seafood Restaurant is situated in a nice location to enjoy fish and seafood. This large restaurant enjoys a good reputation, with 3-courses costing in the region of £70. Not our personal favourite, but loved by others. Pre-booking for dinner essential.

    Distance: 26.5 miles (45 mins)
    Tel: 01841 532700 email:
    Website: Rick Stein

    • Langmans Restaurant, 3 Church Street, Callington, Cornwall PL17 7RE  What a little gem and one of my favourite restaurants: well worth the journey. Booking ahead is essential. Set Tasting Menus including a Gourmet Experience menu, and a fabulous selection of Cornish and Devon cheeses. Very reasonably priced.

    Distance:   22.6 miles (30 mins)
    Tel: 01579 384933

    Website: Langmans Restaurant

    • Elements Restaurant, Marine Drive, Widemouth Bay EX23 0LZ

      For lunch or dinner on top of the cliffs at Widemouth Bay, this restaurant affords fantastic ocean views.  A special feature here is that they can cater for various dietary requirements from gluten free pizza bases and pasta to dishes suitable for coeliacs, vegans and vegetarians.  Children friendly. Dog friendly but only when dining outside on the terrace.  More fine-dining than cafe/pub but not Michelin style.

    Distance:  11.4 miles (20 mins)
    Table reservations: Tel. 01288 352386 or email:
    Website: Elements Restaurant

    • Life’s a Beach, Summerleaze Beach, Bude EX23 8HN

    The location of this fine dining restaurant overlooks a beautiful North Cornwall beach scene at Bude. The restaurant has built a reputation for quality local sourced seafood and falls in the  'more fine-dining than cafe/pub but not Michelin style'. For more details visit: Life's a Beach website

    Distance:  13 miles (30 mins)

    Table reservations: Tel. 01288 355222 - advisable to book well in advance and to check opening times out of season.

  • Are there any local restaurants/pubs?

    There are many restaurants and pubs locally. The few listed below have been recommended by our guests. Listed in no particular order:

    • The Wilsey Down (Dog Friendly)

      The Wilsey is our local pub, is situated on the A395 at Hallworthy, not far from The Cottage.  The pub has just undergone a refurbishment re-opening in July 2015 to the locals' delight.  Food is served daily with a choice from the standard menu and the ever changing special's boards.  A visit to The Wilsey is a true North Cornwall traditional pub experience.  Since re-opening the pub has gained a very good reputation for food so please ensure you arrive in time to secure a table; it can get very busy. Child and Dog friendly (Dogs are allowed in the pool bar and outside).  

    Distance:  1.7 miles (5 mins)
    Tel: 01840 261205
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    • Boscastle Farm Shop, Hillsborough Farm, Boscastle, PL35 0HH
      • This farm shop, set within a National Trust farm, bagged the National Trust Fine Food winner’s award in 2012 followed by Taste of the West Silver and Gold Awards in 2014 and a Cornwall Tourism Award in 2015.
      • The views over the cliffs down to the sea are breath-taking making this a great place to take breakfast, stop off for lunch, or linger over afternoon tea. Just make sure you have a good appetite for a super selection of homemade savoury and sweet dishes. Locally produced food is available from the farm shop.  A very popular venue for locals and visitors.   Dog Friendly at the tables in the garden. From here join the coastal footpath; left walk to Boscastle, right walk to Pentargon Waterfall (1.7miles)

    Distance:  5.9 miles (9 mins)
    Tel: 01840 250218
    Website: Boscastle Farm Shop

    • Cowslip Workshop and Cafe near Launceston

      For the crafters, home sewers, up-cyclers etc this is a fab place top visit for supplies, inspiration and tutorials.  Best of all, take the whole family to sample the delights of the Cowslip Cafe, which serves delectable savoury and sweet dishes.  A favourite place for my Mum and me to escape for the afternoon to enjoy scrumptious afternoon tea or mouth watering lunch.  Visit their website for more details and directions:  Cowslip Workshop and Cafe

      Tel:  Cafe 01566 772839

    • The Cobweb Inn, The Bridge, Boscastle, PL35 0HE

      This traditional style low-beamed Cornish pub has two bars, a family room and outside seating.  Home produced food from local suppliers served in the bar and restaurant (between 11.30am-2.30pm and 6.00pm-9.30pm) with locally sourced ‘real ales' and cider from the bar.  On most Saturday evenings there is live music entertainment.   It’s a good all-year round pub, with a blazing fire in the bar during the winter months.   Dogs are allowed in the bars on leads. 

    Distance:  6 miles (10 mins)
    Tel: 01840 250278
    Website: The Cobweb Inn

    • The Horseshoe Inn Tresparrett, Camelford PL32 9ST 

      The Horseshoe Inn is one of the few remaining village pubs that depends on local custom and is un-themed and uncommercial.  It has been a pub since 1977. Prior to that, it was a house & blacksmiths (hence the name), which were knocked together into one to become the village shop.  The Horseshoe has featured in TV series, Doc Martin.  Food is served, arrive early to get a table as it is a small pub. Open: Mon-Fri 12-3 and 7-11ish, Sunday 12-3 and 7 -10.30ish   Dogs welcome.

    Distance:  3 miles (5 mins)
    Tel:  01840 261240
    Website: The Horseshoe Inn

    • The King's Head Hotel, Five Lanes, Altarnun PL15 7RX

      Traditional style low-beamed cosy and welcoming pub/restaurant with open log fire. Freshly cooked food using all locally sourced produce. Families with children welcome in restaurant, sunny terrace and beer garden. Very popular for food and in particular the Sunday carvery (booking is advised)

    Distance: 9 miles (20mins)
    Tel: 01566 86241
    Website: The Kings Head Hotel

    • The Brendon Arms, Falcon Terrace, Bude, Cornwall EX23 8SD

      A traditional Cornish inn overlooking Bude’s inner harbour, close to the sea-lock and Summerleaze beach.  The Inn has been owned and run by the Brendon family since 1872. After a day on the beach or mooching around this small Cornish coastal town, the Brendon Arms is a good place to take a bite of traditional pub food. Food is served from 12-2pm and 6pm-9pm everyday.  Dogs are permitted in the public bar.

    Distance:  12.9 miles (20mins)
    Tel: 01288 354542
    Website: The Brendon Arms

    • The Coombe Barton Inn, Crackington Haven EX23 0JG

      The view from the Coombe Barton Inn is fabulous at any time of year. Watch surfers take to the waves, children paddle in the rock pools, waves crash into the shore during winter storms, or experience one of our beautiful North Cornwall sun sets. These are reasons we like to frequent The Coombe Barton. Being able to dine and take a drink is an added bonus. Pub food not gourmet food.  Sunday carveries are popular.  Dog Friendly.    Opening times Sun – Thurs 11am – 11pm, Fri - Sat 11am – 12am

    Distance:  7.5 miles (14 mins)
    Tel: 01840 230345
    Website: The Coombe Barton Inn

    • The Bay View Inn, Marine Drive, Widemouth Bay, Bude EX23 0AW  

      Another Inn with a fabulous view over the Atlantic Ocean at Widemouth Bay. Chose to sit on the decked area, in the bar or the restaurant.  Caters for both casual and more formal dining. Lunch and dinner. Kids menu. Dog Friendly outside tables. Update June 2015: We had a long wait for our food service for a evening meal - but the food was good. Families with small children might find the wait unacceptable.

    Distance:  10.8 miles (19 mins)
    Tel: 01288 361273
    Website: Bay View Inn

    • Elements Restaurant, Marine Drive, Widemouth Bay EX23 0LZ

      For lunch or dinner on top of the cliffs at Widemouth Bay, this restaurant affords fantastic ocean views.  A special feature here is that they can cater for various dietary requirements from gluten free pizza bases and pasta to dishes suitable for coeliacs, vegans and vegetarians. Children friendly. Dog friendly but only when dining outside on the terrace.  More gourmet than cafe/pub

    Distance:  11.4 miles (20 mins)
    Table reservations: Tel. 01288 352386 or email:
    Website: Elements

    • Life’s a Beach, Summerleaze Beach, Bude EX23 8HN

      The location of this fine dining restaurant overlooks a beautiful North Cornwall beach scene at Bude. The restaurant has built a reputation for quality local sourced seafood and falls in the  'more fine-dining than cafe/pub but not Michelin style'.

    Distance:  13 miles (30 mins)
    Table reservations: Tel.01288 355222 - advisable to book well in advance and to check opening times out of season.
    Website: Life's a Beach

    • The Weir Bistro on the way to Widemouth Bay and Bude

      The WEIR Bistro is a fairly new, beautifully situated, new lakeside coffee house and diner alongside an interactive wildlife centre.  The restaurant sources ingredients from local suppliers. Enjoy sweeping views down to the fishing lake from the fully glazed restaurant frontage. For more information
      visit the The Weir's website

    • The Blisland Inn, Blisland, Bodmin Moor PL30 4JF 

      Our family's most favourite moorland village to visit. This very old pub has a wonderful setting overlooking a beautiful village green, surrounded by some very old historic buildings.  The public bar is dog friendly and a family room and outside tables provided for children.  Serves real ale and pub grub – this is not a gastropub, but the drive here over the moors is great and your destination well worth the effort.

    Distance:  16.3 miles (29 mins)
    Tel:  01208 850739

    • The St Kew Inn, St Kew, Bodmin PL30 3HB

      This beautiful, 15th century country pub offers ‘special occasion’ dining. It is a small pub so table reservations are necessary or arrive very early.  Lunch  12.00pm until 2.00pm   Dinner  6.00pm until 9.00pm. Although the address is Bodmin, the pub lies back off the road at St.Kew on the Camelford to Wadebridge road.  Children (away from the bar) and dogs are welcome.

    Distance:  16 miles (28 mins)
    Tel: 01208 841 259
    Website: The St Kew Inn

    • The Old Inn, High Street, St Breward, PL30 4PP

      This is Cornwall’s highest situated inn, nestled in the village of St Breward on Bodmin Moor. It is a really cosy pub, with 2 bars, a restaurant room, garden tables, and open fires in the winter. So a great place to aim for after a walk/picnic on the moors or a lazy meander through the lanes.  Sunday carvery. Children and dogs welcome.

    Distance:  14.9 miles (29 mins)
    Tel:  01208 850711
    Website: The Old Inn, St Breward

    • The Mason's ArmsCamelford, PL32 9PB

      This 18th century, public house, in the heart of Camelford with a public bar, restaurant and beer garden, which backs onto the River Camel. Home cooked food includes vegetarian, local fish and seafood and some of Cornwall's best ales await. Meals served 12pm – 2.30pm and 6pm-9pm daily

    Distance:  7.9 miles (8 minutes)
    Tel:  01840 213309
    Website: The Mason's Arms

  • 5.Eating In
  • Where can we find a local Fish and Chip / Chinese Take Away?
    Jacqueline Bolt18-07-2014
    • Peckish Fish and Chips  8 Victoria Rd, Camelford PL32 9THIn our opinion this is, without a doubt, the best Fish and Chip take away in the area. In June 2009 Peckish became the first fish and chip shop in North Cornwall to obtain the 5-star Fryers Quality Award, the highest accolade 'Seafish' give.  In 2011 Peckish became the Number 1 fish and chip shop in the South West and Runner-up in the UK.

      Frying times:  Tuesday - Saturday 12noon - 1.30pm and 5pm - 9pm

      Distance: 7.9 miles (8 minutes)  On the left as you enter the town, with parking  outside.

      Tel:  01840 213587


      Website: Peckish Fish and Chips

      Hong Kong Island, Chinese Takeaway.  1a Market Place, Camelford PL32 9PB. Park in the public car park (on the right as you enter Camelford) and walk into town. Hong Kong Island is on the left just over the bridge.

      Opening hours

    Sunday5.30pm - 10.30pm
    Monday5.30pm - 10.30pm
    Wednesday5.30pm - 10.30pm
    Thursday5.30pm - 10.30pm
    Friday5.30pm - 11.00pm
    Saturday5.30pm - 11.00pm

    Open all bank holidays

    Distance: 7.9 miles (8 minutes)

    Tel:  01840 213848





  • Can we arrange for a chef to cook for us in the cottage
    Jacqueline Bolt18-07-2014

    We are fortunate to have two local caterers who can oblige, given sufficient notice.  You must contact them as soon as possible. 

    ·       Any Time Any Where, Badharlick Farm, Egloskerry, Nr Launceston  PL15 8S

    An award winning, family owned, caterer situated just 10 minutes away.  Phil and Lesley specialise in taking advantage of some of the best seafood, Cornish Cheeses, locally made clotted cream and other locally grown produce.  They have a very good reputation so booking ahead is absolutely essential.

    Tel: 01566 86 007 Mobile: 07968 696132 or 07811 168086 Email:

    Website: Any Time Any Where Caterers


    • Sargies Cornish Kitchen   Dave and Kirsty Sargent, Sargies Cornish Kitchen, Unit 2 Wayside, Kilkhampton, Bude,  EX23 9RB

    Sargies is a small family run business set up by established professional chef, Dave Sargent, to showcase his delicious creations. Sargies now offers their unique and popular 'Rent a Chef' service. Please contact them direct.

    Telephone: 01288 359 010
    Mobile: 07817  804 614


    Website: Sargies Cornish Kitchen