When it comes to seeking out a character, self-catering holiday home with 'wow factor,' it doesn't get much better than Tregulland Cottage in the sleepy hamlet of Tregulland, North Cornwall.
With all the trappings of a boutique hotel, but with some serious game-changing elements thrown in, you'll just love the Highland-inspired snug, the huge, reclaimed dining table that can seat up to twenty-four people and freshwater swimming pool - one of the first of its kind in the UK and that's without the wonderful natural surroundings, that really are quite humbling.
Bursting with character, you'll find exposed beams, quirky retro furniture, luxury furnishings with heritage accents and even bespoke designer pieces. Everything has been meticulously chosen with amazing attention to detail. And though it's not always easy to get the right mix between luxury and eco, Tregulland Cottage manages it with underfloor heating, solar panels, induction hobs, super insulation and LED lighting. You'll even find it in the stunning eco swimming pool. In its own timber-framed building is a freshwater pool using pure spring water - no chemicals. Backlit at night, it's a beautiful setting for an evening swim.
Sleeping up to 12 people in six En-suite bedrooms, you'll need a large table for entertaining. And Tregulland Cottage delivers, with an enormous Douglas Fir table and charming vintage chairs, accommodating up to 24 people for a supper your guests won't forget. Especially if you take advantage of the bespoke service offered by local chef Jack Stein (son of Rick), who will deliver a six-course tasting menu to your door. How's that for a five -star experience?
However, if you fancy yourself a bit of Jack Stein or Nigella Lawson, the rustic country kitchen is an inspirational space to whip up a delicious meal. With a five-ring induction hob, double oven, beautiful slate worktops and solid cedar breakfast bar with stools, it's also blessed with flagstone floors, exposed stone wall and incredible views over the valley.
After all that entertaining, you may need to relax. Voila! The Sun Room is the place to go. Boasting full-length doors that can be fully opened in the summer, and ample cosy sofas, leather armchairs and pouffes to appreciate the views out over the valley, it's simply blissful. Or try the Highland-inspired snug. if there's anywhere to hunker down on a chilly evening with a good book, this is it; sat in a sumptuous armchair next to the wood burning stove with a delicious hot chocolate.
And then to bed... opt for a calming room with an eastern feel or a character bedroom with exposed beams and brickwork. What about a pretty cottage bedroom with outstanding views? All bedrooms are gorgeous and have stunning En-suite showers or bathrooms, iPod docks, striking furnishings and those vistas. It's like home from home, but better!
Set in 16 acres of ground, you'll find something to suit everyone; from the peace and tranquillity of the gardens to the quintessential river and terrace for an al fresco dining experience. And let's not forget the children. With a play area boasting a pirate boat, castle and climbing frame, and plenty of woodland that's ripe for exploring - everyone's happy...
Tregulland Barn Cottage and Tregulland Barn and can be rented together at Tregulland Barn and Cottage, for those with parties of twenty-two guests.
- A snug with leather armchairs, wood burning stove and traditional bread oven
Stylish, spacious kitchen with open plan to snug, double doors to Sun Room and bi-fold doors to dining area.
- Large dining room with table seating up to 24 people.
- Sun Room with armchairs, sofas, pouffes and footstalls.
- Meadowsweet bedroom - super king-sized bed, that can be made into twins and en-suite shower room.
- Angelica bedroom - super king-sized bed, that can be made into twins and en-suite shower room.
- Celandine bedroom - king-sized bed with space for foldaway bed or cot, and en-suite shower.
- Valerian bedroom - king-sized bed, which can be made into twins and en-suite bathroom with freestanding roll top bath.
- Saxifrage bedroom with queen-sized bed and en-suite shower room.
- Wood Aven bedroom with king-sized bed, which can be made into twins and En-suite shower room.
The Pool House
- 12 x 5 metre freshwater indoor swimming pool, separate children's pool, steam room, changing room, shower, cloakroom and bi-fold doors.
- Hot tub and outdoor shower.
The Games Room
- Complete with dart board and table tennis.
- Mini climbing wall, a slide, swings, balance trunks, stepping stones, balance planks, a pirate boat, a toddler castle and digger track bumps.
- Tregulland Cottage has private grounds extending to 16 acres, including meadows, woodland, a stream and lake.
Hidden away in the beautiful North Cornish countryside is the tiny hamlet of Tregulland. Overlooking the mystical, and quite simply, stunning Bodmin Moor, you're in for a visual treat. Whether you're gazing out the windows of your holiday home as far as the eye can see, or meandering through the unspoilt countryside on one of many walks, it's a great place to experience all that's wonderful about the local flora, fauna and wildlife.
If you manage to pull yourself away, you are just a 20-minute drive from Launceston - once the capital of Cornwall. Boasting a majestic Norman castle, beautiful 18th-century townhouses, museums, galleries and fantastic restaurants, it's also a great base to explore Dartmoor in Devon and the instagrammable Tamar Valley between Devon and Cornwall.
But, there's so much more. If you're willing to drive, why not also consider the gorgeous beaches for which Cornwall is renowned. Try Widemouth bay, Northcott Mouth, Crackington Haven and Trebarwith Strand, to name a few. And if you're taking the kids, choose wisely - there's so much to see and do; the world-famous Eden project - the world's largest rainforest in captivity - for starters, the Lost Gardens of Heligan - one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK, the Hidden Valley Adventure Park with a great maze, and for a little history, the majestic Tintagel Castle - the reputed birthplace of King Arthur, and more....
So close to Exeter, Tregulland is the ideal place to spend a holiday, as you won't have to navigate through many of Cornwall's narrow roads, making it accessible, but within easy reach of all that this wonderful region has to offer.
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