The Cottage

The Cottage

Traditional Cornish Long House, Now a 5-star Country Chic Retreat

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++ The Cottage has featured in 25 Beautiful Homes and Good Homes magazines plus two other international interior design magazines.
++ In 2010 The Cottage underwent on extensive yet sympathetic renovation and extension with the ultimate aim to maintain as much of it’s traditional Cornish long house features as possible. It would have been oh so easy (and much cheaper) to replace the beautiful, but crumbling, Cornish Rag slate roof with new shiny Chinese slate; replace the its white-washed stippled render exterior with smooth modern render; not bother to rebuild its traditional Cornish porch, which had previously been removed and a lot easier to replace the rotten timber windows with modern UPVC ones instead of sourcing more traditional wooden sash windows.
++ Inside, we managed to retain the 2 and 3-inch thick Delabole flag-stones, relaying them in the new kitchen/dining extension. Also, all corners and returns were painstakingly rounded, resulting in an extension that feels like its always been part of the original cottage.
++ Downstairs, you can light a fire in the original inglenook fireplace with its cloam oven still in situ and sit in a sitting room with traditional cob and earth walls on one side and stone and mud walls on the other. Take a shower in the wet-room, which was once the cold-store for hanging and salting home reared meats, game and poultry or for storing milk and other harvested food stuffs.
++ Unfortunately the original roof timbers had rotted and needed to be replaced, however look up as you enter The Cottage to see a section of an original A-frame, which would have been salvaged from ships and boats wrecked off the North Cornwall coast.
++ With The Cottage in such bad repair, the original pine floor-boards had rotted at the ends requiring new replacements. However, the patiently hand stripped old boards, now adorn the hall wall upstairs and feature in many areas around the cottage.
++ As is typical with most long houses, The Cottage is just one room wide in the oldest section upstairs. Downstairs a lean-to cold store room and small kitchen area (now the snug) were added at the back.
++ Built on one of the 3-village greens in Trelash, The Cottage is set at an angle and sits on its own privately owned village green.
++ Today The Cottage is a 5 star, country chic retreat with all modern facilities, private off-road parking and an enclosed rear garden; perfect for couples.
++ Situated close to North Cornwall coast, this detached cottage, romantically styled with nostalgic overtones, provides luxury self-catering accommodation for couples, an infant and up to 3 dogs at a charge of £5/dog/nt.
++ This country chic holiday cottage is set in a sleepy Cornish hamlet only 10min drive to the North Cornwall coast at Boscastle and Crackington Haven, 20 mins to Widemouth Bay and Bude and 30 mins to Port Isaac. With a stylish Master ensuite bedroom suite and downstairs wet-room.
++ It provides a spacious master bedroom suite comprising king bed, dressing room and large ensuite bathroom with Victorian style claw-foot free standing bath, walk-in shower and twin basins.
++ Downstairs is a spacious entrance porch, large kitchen/diner, sitting room, snug, laundry and wet-room. You will find a 47” Smart TV with Blue-tooth sound bar and DVD player in the sitting room, plus a wood burning stove for Autumnal, Winter and Spring evenings and a Smart TV plus a booth-tooth connectable radio in the Kitchen/diner.
++ Practical facilities include an American style fridge freezer with ice and water dispenser, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, Wood-burner, Free unlimited WiFi, Enclosed rear garden, Outside sink, taps and hoses for dog and boot washing.
++ The location provides woodland and moorland walks nearby, renowned Cornish coastal footpaths and cycle trails, close proximity to famous haunts: Tintagel, Port Isaac, Polzeath, Bude, Rock and Padstow plus lots of country and coastal pubs.
++ Nearest dog and child friendly pub 1.4 miles (3mins drive). Dog friendly beaches 10mins drive.
++ Fine dining at Nathan Outlaw’s 2 Michelin star restaurant at Port Isaac.
++ Off-road private parking.
Those who stay at The Cottage leave in awe of North Cornwall, vowing to return – and do!
++ A comment from a recent guest sums it up perfectly : “The house itself is immaculate, space and decoration to die for (before I even mention the master en-suite. It’s simply perfection). There is NOTHING that could be improved about the house, the location is perfect for exploring North Cornwall too, so many gorgeous places on the doorstep and the fantastic house book just sets you up for great days and nights out or evenings in – thank you so much Jakki for sharing your wonderful home – off to look for winter breaks with you right now!”

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Historical Connection

The Warbstow Parish map of 1841 clearly shows The Cottage sited in the middle of the hamlet of Trelash with no apparent boundary or village green. Deed documents date back into the 1700’s. Having waited many years for it to come onto the market I purchased The Cottage in October 2009, when many had viewed and dismissed it due to its terrible state of repair.

The cottage had been in the Fry family for hundred’s of years. The Fry’s were a religious family, with Samuel Fry becoming a Reverend of the Methodist faith. During the Fry ownership, in the early-mid 1900’s my Aunt Lucy rented the cottage for some years, before Muriel Fry (married to Bill Baker, a small holder) took over occupancy and brought up their three girls. Cows were milked on site and calves were reared and housed in a galvanize shed situated on the village green adjacent to the Cottage. A 1963 aerial photograph shows the shed on the green. The cottage remained in the Fry family until 1992, when it was sold. Sadly, the new owner allowed the cottage to deteriorate significantly during his 17-year ownership.

Early use of The Cottage has included a farm labourer's home and a public-house providing alcoholic beverage to the local railway workers. When the Launceston to Camelford, 16 mile section, of the North Cornwall railway line was under construction in the late 1800’s The Cottage served as a Public House for the railway workers, one of which was my Grandfather. Granfer Bolt was a supervisor on the Tresmeer to Otterham Station section which was completed on the 14th August 1893. He continued to maintain this section of the line until his retirement. Beeching eventually closed the North Cornwall line, which was primarily built to bring tourism to the area and provide important commercial connections, particularly to Padstow and Wadebridge, in 1966.

Having been brought up on Trelash Farm, in the neighbouring farmhouse, I have personally known The Cottage all my life.