Commanding lovely views down the valley towards the glistening waters of Talland Bay, this haven of tranquility lies between Looe and Polperro, just a quarter of a mile up the hill from the family-friendly beach. A secluded single-storey cottage, Maryland is approached by a lane passing the Owners’ house and stands alone in a mature, gently sloping woodland garden where the shrubs and trees merge seamlessly with the surrounding countryside. The coastal path meanders along the cliffs and bays making this area ideal for walkers. The hamlet of Porthallow has a thriving hotel offering both brasserie and fine dining menus, and two beach cafes providing traditional seaside fare and evening barbecues operate during the summer season.
Maryland offers a wonderful base from which to explore both near and far with the peaceful seclusion of its location ensuring restful relaxation when staying in. From the parking-area (up a short steep drive) a level path and two shallow steps lead to an open porch. Inside, the sitting-room has a wood-burner, perfect for out-of-season breaks, and patio doors to the garden. In the spacious kitchen/dining-room the table is by the window, offering captivating scenes of the ever-changing sky and sea. The double bedroom has its own en suite shower-room and the twin bedroom has use of the family bathroom which has a three quarter-size bath. Porthallow was recently mentioned in BBC's Countryfile Magazine as one of the hidden treasures of Cornwall, a locally known secret for years! There are several renowned Cornish gardens nearby and art lovers will enjoy the Looe Music Festival, the Fowey Festival of Words and Music and Port Elliot Literary Festival. The Owners, who raise sheep on their 450 acre farm, offer one Bed and Breakfast room in their nearby farmhouse.
Kitchen/Dining-room with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine/drier and dishwasher
Sitting-room with satellite TV, DVD player and wood-burner
Bedroom 1 with double bed, TV and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with twin beds
Bathroom with three-quarter size bath, WC and wash-basin
- Dogs welcome (1 only)
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No smoking
- Pub 3 miles
- Patio furniture and barbecue
- 4 NS heaters
Maryland is set in mature woodland gardens overlooking the valley and Talland Bay beyond.
The wonderful view from Maryland.
The sitting-room has a wood-burner for cooler evenings.
The kitchen-area is fully equipped.
Bedroom 1 has an en suite shower-room.
A perfectly peaceful spot to sit and admire the scenery.
It is a pleasure to cook in such a lovely light room.
The dining-table shares the wonderful views.
Plenty of light floods into the sitting-room.
This little beauty will keep your toes warm!
Patio doors lead out to the verandah and front garden.
Bedroom 1 has a double bed.
There is a television in Bedroom 1.
Bedroom 2 has 3' twin beds.
Bedroom 2 looks out over the garden to the side of the house.
The family bathroom.
The woodland garden is planted with trees and flowering shrubs.
The driveway leads up the slope to the almost level parking-area; there is also a gate on the left-hand side where steps go up to a concrete path leading to the front door.
The path leads through the garden to the front door.
On the left is a little glade with a picnic bench.
Looking back up at the house from the picnic bench.
The front of the cottage catches the sun for much of the day.
The lawn behind the cottage slopes up towards the surrounding trees.
The view from the top of the back garden.
The path leading from the cottage to the parking-area.
An aerial photograph of Talland Bay, with the beach on the left a quarter of a mile down the hill from Maryland.
Talland Bay, just down the road from Maryland.
The great little cafe at Talland Bay.
An idyllic spot for a bite to eat!