Per weekfrom 370.00 to 1250.00 GBP
Although the clue is in the name, few would guess that this sleek new, contemporary holiday cottage was once a lowly cow shed and creamery.
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 Old Dairy was completed in 2012 and, as parents themselves, the couple have kitted out the cottage with toys and equipment to make it particularly family and baby friendly.
While being careful to preserve the character of the place, the Thomas' have gone for a modern architectural conversion, where light floods in through floor to ceiling windows and underfloor heating makes the oak and slate floors warm and toasty for little toes. The living/dining/kitchen is open plan and on the first floor, opening onto an enclosed south facing balcony with bistro table and chairs. The cottage has also been kitted out to the highest spec, including granite worktops and Bosch appliances in the well equipped kitchen, leather sofas, contemporary wood burner and the latest home entertainment including flat screen HD TV’s, iPod docks and Wi Fi. The master bedroom is ensuite and there is a separate bathroom too, both with fluffy Egyptian cotton towels and Bayliss & Harding toiletries.
The long list of baby essentials provided makes light work of the packing, as does the fact that a selection of toys, books, games and family DVD’s are available. The cottage also has 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 Old Dairy sleeps up to 4, plus a baby in cot. The master bedroom has ensuite shower room, a 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 king-sized double or twin 2ft 6 beds. The bathroom is luxurious with sink, WC, shower and large double-ended bath.
Upstairs, 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, a safely enclosed balcony off the lounge and a meadow for playing and running about in.
The Old Dairy 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). There’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 3 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).
Check-in time: 16:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 25%
Balance: 56 days prior to arrival
Check-in time: 16:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 25%
Balance: 56 days prior to arrival
We moved to Cornwall as a family in October 2010 with the intention of setting up our own holiday letting business and to have our own Cornish escape from our previous lifestyle.
We are Kate and Kevin Thomas and have 3 young boys who love the freedom of the great outdoors.
Little Rosewarne is a small holding of some 10 acres and in the past has had its own dairy herd. We started to convert the old cattle shed and creamery at the beginning of 2012 and wanted to maintain the character of the building while providing a sustainable future for the farm. Our next project is to convert the old piggery and stables into further accommodation. Work on this will begin in 2013.
We keep chickens at Little Rosewarne and currently enjoy eggs from 3 Copper Marans, 2 Speckled Marans and one Cream Legbar. We also raise Oxford, sandy and black pigs. These are black haired and famed for their great quality pork.
We bought Little Rosewarne after holidays in the Porthleven area over the past 20 years. We know the area well and would spend most of our holiday time either in Porthleven or towards Falmouth.
When we made the decision to move to Cornwall we knew we wanted to be close to the things and areas we loved. However, we had never been to Godolphin Cross or for that matter Godolphin House. But when we saw Little Rosewarne, we fell in love with the place and felt with its proximity to the areas we enjoyed spending time in, it would make the ideal place for us to live and raise our family.
Little Rosewarne itself is a traditional Cornish farmhouse with extensive gardens. We wanted to buy a property where there was the potential for a blank canvas and for us to make our own mark. The first of which is The Old Dairy. It also means we are close at hand if we are needed.
The area is stunning because it is situated near to Godolphin House with easy access to the the beach and fantastic areas and places to explore.
We believe that 'The Old Dairy' and 'Hayloft' at Little Rosewarne is the perfect place to escape to, and explore this part of Cornwall. We hope that having spent many years staying in quality holiday accommodation we have worked out what works and what is sometimes missing and it is to this end we hope we can provide that little something extra. If you feel we have forgotten something or there is something we can do to improve your stay then please ask.
Sleeps 4 + cots in 1 x double bedrooms (one with ensuite) & 1 x twin room which can be converted into a double, plus a family bathroom.
Guests can enjoy nearby Praa sands, Kynance Cove, Gwithian Sands, and Carbis Bay, all of which are only a short drive away.
This child-friendly cottage has a good list of baby gear including: a cot, high chair, steriliser, baby monitor, plastic cutlery, bowls, plates and cups and plug socket covers.
For little ones the house has a small selection of toys, U-rated DVD's, colouring pens and pencils, board games and puzzles.
There are buckets and spades and crab lines for little ones to take to the beach.
Stairgates are provided
The house has a good sized garden for little ones to run around in.
WI-FI is available.
Little ones can meet the resident chickens and help with daily egg collecting rounds.
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Lovely cottage with huge garden. Kids loved the animals and we loved the location within easy reach of great beaches and pretty villages. Owners were charming and friendly. Highly recommended!Review dated 28/01/2020
Spotlessly clean, comfortable and well equipped holiday cottage with huge gardens to play in and ducks, chickens and a pig to feed. Fantastic location to explore so many sights.Review dated 27/05/2019
Well equipped, comfortable and spotlessly clean cottage with huge gardens to play in including chickens, ducks and a pig to feed! The beds were so comfy we all slept well and overall our holiday was so peaceful and relaxed and an ideal spot to stay to explore so many sights.Review dated 27/05/2019
We had a wonderful week at The Old Dairy. It is in a perfect location for exploring all the beautiful attractions of South Cornwall but at the same time is tucked away providing a peaceful stay. Our two little boys loved to help collect the eggs and feed the pig in the morning as well as all the space to safely run around. Kevin and Kate are such friendly and welcoming hosts and gave us lots of tips about places to visit. We would highly recommend.Review dated 18/09/2018
Great hosts. Exceptionally child friendly.
Wonderful setting. Highly recommended.Review dated 15/07/2017
Lovely, well-equipped cottage with loads of outdoor space for the kids to play and run around. They especially loved picking apples and blackberries to munch on, and feeding the chickens, ducks and pigs! Well located for visiting local beaches and attractions. Cream tea and wine on welcome were very much appreciated. Thank you, Kevin and Kate for a wonderful stay!Review dated 25/08/2016
Really beautiful location with stunning places to visit nearby. The house was perfect, everything has been thought of, plenty of garden space for the kids to run around in and lots of fun feeding the animals every morning. Highly recommend it.Review dated 03/06/2016
Wonderful place to stay. Everything was right - great accommodation indoors and out, very clean and well stocked with things you need, fab hosts and good location. Would happily go back.Review dated 12/12/2015
Fantastic location, lovely gardens great for our little boy to let off steam. Very private and secure. The owners couldn't do enough for us, the house was fitted with all high quality furniture and fittings. The onsite chickens, ducks and pigs were an added bonus for our boy to feed. Brilliant play house in the garden, full of toys. Everything was thought of and the cream tea on arrival was a delight. Can't fault this holiday destination, we didn't want to leave.Review dated 03/10/2015
Lovely property and great location. ideal for seeing Cornwall but secluded to feel like you can get away from it all. lovely area for the children to run around too. Fantastic accomdation, lovely area to sit and eat outside at night. Really friendly and helpful owners. Highly recommended and cream tea on arrival is fabReview dated 04/08/2014
Immaculate, luxurious property in serene, lush surroundings. Very friendly, helpful owners, & great location - only 3 miles away from long, sandy beach.Review dated 31/05/2014
Lovely property and great location. ideal for seeing Cornwall but secluded to feel like you can get away from it all. lovely area for the children to run around too. Fantastic accomdation, lovely area to sit and eat outside at night. Really friendly and helpful owners. Highly recommended and cream tea on arrival is fabReview dated 24/08/2014
Lovely property and great location. ideal for seeing Cornwall but secluded to feel like you can get away from it all. lovely area for the children to run around too. Fantastic accomdation, lovely area to sit and eat outside at night. Really friendly and helpful owners. Highly recommended and cream tea on arrival is fabReview dated 23/08/2014