The Hayloft is a newly converted 'barn style' conversion, clad in larch with high ceilings and envy-inducing views over rolling countryside. The accommodation is situated on the first floor and approached via an external hardwood staircase. The loft-style open plan living space is flooded with light from the large Velux windows and double doors with Juliette balcony that brings the beautiful scenery into the lounge. The high ceilings give it a spacious and airy feel, whilst the oak floors with underfloor heating, granite worktops and Bosch appliances in the well-equipped kitchen, leather sofa as and the latest home entertainment including flatscreen HD TV's, iPod docks and Wi Fi add a dose of luxury too
Owners Kate and Kevin Thomas moved to the 9-acre small holding in 2010 with their three young boys hoping to swap the rat race for the Cornish good life, complete with free range chickens and bristly Berkshire pigs. The transformation of the Hayloft's neighbour 'The Old Dairy' was completed in 2012 and, as parents themselves, the couple have kitted out both cottages with toys and equipment to make it particularly family and baby friendly. Not to mention the added bonus of the farmyard friends that always prove the biggest hit with mini guests!
The long list of baby essentials (see Fast Facts) provided makes light work of the packing, as does the fact that a selection of toys, books, games and family DVDs, are available. There's also a meadow for children to burn off energy with all the outdoor games, footballs, Little Tikes slide and car, or play in the sand pit or summer house. Children can help the owners feed the animals and collect fresh eggs for breakfast and buckets, spades, crab lines and nets are provided for busy days on the beach. Besides the eggs, parents can buy sausages from the owners and a Cornish Cream Tea is a tasty treat in the welcome pack.
The Hayloft sleeps up to 4, plus a baby in cot. The master bedroom hasa kingsize bed, HD TV, iPod dock and space for a cot. The other bedroom boasts a zip'n'link bed that can be set up as a super king-sized double or twin 2ft 6 beds. The family bathroom is luxurious with sink, WC, shower and large double-ended bath.
The open plan living space houses a kitchen area complete with granite worktops, Bosh appliances and washer dryer. The dining area seats four plus a highchair (provided) and the lounge boasts a HD TV with DVD player, a small hi-fi with iPod dock, and two leather sofas for snuggling up on in front of the romantic log burner.
Outside, there is plenty of space to park, and a meadow for playing and running about in. A Juliette balcony (double doors from the lounge with exterior safety barrier) brings the outside into the lounge on warm days.
The Hayloft is located in the quiet, rural setting of Godolphin Cross in South West Cornwall, between the fishing village of Porthleven and the market town of Helston.
The grounds of the owners 9-acre small holding border the National Trust's Godolphin Estate, as featured in Caroline Quenton's Cornwall where families can enjoy lovely woodland walks from the cottage front door and in Spring, bluebells blanket the woods in a heady mass of blue. The cottage also nestles at the base of Godolphin Hill and families who climb the 162 metres to the summit can look across the landscape of Cornwall's mining heritage, right over to the north coast or south to the Lizard Peninsula.
There are two farm shops within a couple of miles of Godolphin Cross and a good range of shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes in Porthleven (4 miles). Thereâ€™s a supermarket which stocks local produce as well as all the essentials, plus Porthleven boasts a fishmongers, an award-winning Cornish pasty bakery and quayside shop selling the juiciest, fresh caught crab, all ready to eat.
A long stretch of sandy beach runs from Porthleven towards the Lizard and the fantastic Praa Sands is also close by. The North coast is also just a short drive away, to discover more fabulous beaches like Carbis Bay and Gwithian Sands but also to visit the bustling, arty town of St Ives, home to Cornwall's Tate gallery.
If it isn't quite the weather for a day on the beach, Cornwall's Eden Project is a must and the owners three boys recommend a visit to The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth and Porthcurno Telegraph Museum. Other local family attractions include Gweek Seal Sanctuary, Flambards theme park and Paradise Park.
St Michael's Mount makes a unique day out, crossing the causeway from Marazion at low tide and while the most southerly tip of England is within striking distance, Lands End is definitely one to tick off the list. Mousehole is a typically cute Cornish fishing village and home of Stargazey Pie from the fisherman's tale, while children will love a trip to Roskilly's on the Lizard, to sample the famous ice cream, scrummy sundaes and clotted cream fudge, or make their own milkshakes and see the cows being milked.
Nearest Medical Services: There are both doctor surgeries and a hospital (with minor injuries department) in Helston (10 minutes away).