You've ambled your way through the leafy lanes and lush green Cornish countryside, passed through 'lost in time' traditional villages along the way, ooh-ed and ahh-ed at the vibrant hedgerows bursting in a kaleidoscope of colour and breathed in the fresh, salty air when, like a mirage, the dream becomes reality and your eyes fall on Homeleigh - prepare to be enchanted.
The beauty of Homeleigh lies in its idyllic location, it really is the perfect base from which to explore Cornwall whichever direction you may wish to take. If you're looking to escape the hurly burly of the rat race, leap off the treadmill and abandon the stresses of modern living then take just one small step back, drop those shoulders, relax and get ready to recharge the batteries. You really do have the best of both worlds as, unbelievably, amidst this restful sanctuary, buzzing St Agnes is just a few miles distant, hardly a metropolis but rather a small, vibrant town crammed with enough boutique-style shops, laid-back cafes, bistros and restaurants as well as a traditional butcher and deli, to satisfy all those holiday cravings.
On arriving you step into a little porch. This practical and charming entrance is ideal for offloading walking boots and coats. Leading off, takes you into the beautiful kitchen/dining-room, which is most definitely the hub of Homeleigh, The open plan kitchen/diner is very well-equipped to create a romantic candlelight meal for two or a family breakfast for six, making sure everyone is well fuelled before heading out for a fun filled day exploring the north Cornwall coast.
The kitchen leads into the utility/sun-room, where you will find some relaxed seating. Before the rest of the house awakes, make yourself a pot of coffee, take a seat and listen to the early morning bird song. There is also a very cosy sitting-room with big comfy sofas and a wood-burner, ready to relax and enjoy after a long blustery walk.
Take the open-tread stairs up to the first floor where you will find your three pretty bedrooms and family bathroom. Two of the bedrooms are doubles and the third is a 'zip and link', and can be made up either as twins or a super-king, you choose! Every bedroom has an engaging view, one over the countryside, and the other two looking out over the front gardens.
The garden is enclosed and surrounds the house, with an area raised and another of flat lawn. Perfect for letting children play and if you're feeling energetic how about an after-dinner family game of rounders? The beautiful gardens are bordered by Cornish 'hedges' (beautiful granite walls softened with pretty planting). There is a patio area with a table and seating for at least six people perfect spot for a barbecue or simply enjoying the sunset with a glass of wine.
Nature lovers and ramblers are in for a real treat with an abundance of coastal and countryside walks literally on the doorstep - don those walking boots, brandish the binoculars and be ready to hunt out the many rare and exotic species of flora and fauna that flourish in the hedgerows and along the shorelines. For an exciting and enthralling day trip, venture south to The Lost Gardens of Heligan or the Eden Project, home to the largest rainforest in captivity, a tropical oasis in the heart of Cornwall's lost China Clay wilderness. Events, exhibitions, activities and even outdoor concerts are held throughout the year so be sure to check at the time of your visit if you fancy a bit of celeb spotting.
Sun-worshippers, water babies and rockpool revellers could easily choose a different seaside location every day - from fabulous, family-friendly (including the four-legged members of the family) Trevaunance Cove to the stunning sandy beaches at Perranporth Beach, Mawgan Porth and Porthtowan to name just a few. Budding bodyboarders and surfers (both the standing up and lying down ones) may feel the need for an invigorating shake up, so throw caution to the wind and sign up with one of the many surf schools with fully qualified instructors providing safe and exhilarating lessons for all abilities.
With all this activity, taste buds will need to be tickled and thirst quenched - fortunately, there are many watering holes in the area that serve up the most delicious fresh fare from 'just off the boat' fish to cleverly crimped pasties, craft ales, local wines and spirits all guaranteed to replenish the most depleted of energy levels. An afternoon wouldn't be complete without a Cornish cream tea indulgence, or even two, and remember that when in Cornwall, cream always rises to the top so the jam always goes first! For a more 'fine-dining' experience, a trip to the exquisite Rick Stein's seafood restaurant just along the north coast at the pretty, traditional fishing village of Padstow may be the ultimate treat - naturally, it's very popular, especially in the summer months, so be sure to make a reservation in advance to avoid any disappointment and hunger pangs!
Sitting-room with Smart TV, DVD player and wood-burner
Kitchen/Diner with double electric range cooker, fridge and dishwasher
Conservatory/Utility-room with washing machine, microwave and freezer, leading to Separate WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 1 with double bed (4'6")
Bedroom 2 with double bed (4'6")
Bedroom 3 with 'zip and link' (super-king or twin) beds
Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and wash-basin
Cloakroom with WC
*A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Regret no pets
- Arrive/Depart Saturday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 2 cars
- Telephone (honesty-box) (At cost)
- No smoking
- Pub .5 miles
- Garden furniture
- Full oil-fired CH
Welcome to Homeleigh - a picture perfect cottage near the village of St Agnes.
The kitchen has all you need to cook up some truly delicious suppers.
The setting is idyllic.
The cosy sitting-room with its toasty wood-burner makes this a perfect retreat all year round.
After a day out exploring Cornwall head back and enjoy a leisurely dinner over a bottle of wine.
The sunny porch overlooks the garden. Open up the doors, and you can sit and listen to the morning bird song.
The sociable kitchen/dining-room.
The utility-room and downstairs WC are also located in the sun-room.
The kitchen is very well-equipped.
Open-tread stairs lead up to the first floor from the sitting-room.
Bedroom 1 has a lovely double bed.
The gardens are a real feature of Homeleigh.
Lovely crisp linens await you.
The perfect setting for an alfresco glass of wine before dinner.
Bedroom 2 also has a double bed.
The garden is full of seasonal colour.
Pretty bedroom three over looks the gardens.
Steps lead down from the terrace into the garden.
Bedroom 3 has 'zip and link' beds which can either be made up as two singles or a super-king bed.
The family bathroom is on the first floor.
You have two parking spaces at Homeleigh.
The separate cloakroom located on the first floor.
The patio is the perfect spot for an afternoon glass of wine.
The garden is huge, perfect for a family game of rounders!
Deep in the valley you are surrounded by fields and trees.
If you fancy learning to surf head across to Perranporth.
The walk from St Agnes to Chapel Porth is truly breathtaking.
Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes is lovely for a fun filled family day out.
After a day on the beach at Trevaunance Cove, head up to Breakers for some delicious fish and chips.
Crantock is a laid back village, and is a fifteen minutes drive from Homeleigh.