South Priddacombe, surrounded by 80 acres of farmland, is on Bodmin Moor yet only a half-hour drive from the north coast. Totally restored 20 years ago, the Owners won an award from RIBA and the Cornish Preservation Society. Approached by a mile long farm track across the moor, the cottage dates back to the early 1700s and has Delabole slate floors, deep inglenook fireplaces, low beams and lintels (watch your head) and lots of steps up and down. The dining-room has a warming wood-burner in the fireplace, a lovely old cherry wood dining-table and a large oak dresser. The cosy sitting-room has another wood-burner, the galley-style kitchen has slate worktops and sink, and there is a large cloakroom/storage-area just right for wet suits, boogie boards and wellies.
With amazing views over the moors, and horses, sheep and cattle for neighbours (dogs must be kept on leads around livestock), South Priddacombe will gladden the heart. Central heating, double-glazed windows and two wood-burners mean the cottage is welcoming whatever the season. What a lovely cottage this is, plenty of space despite having typically small rooms with low ceilings; there are two staircases, one as expected is a steep narrow flight of stairs leading up to two very pretty bedrooms and an attractive bathroom with a roll-top bath. At the other end of the cottage is a small inner hall with a piano for those of a musical bent, and wooden stairs going up to a third bedroom. Below is the large storage/cloakroom and steps up to the utility-room and a modern wet-room with a rainfall shower. A rolling moorland garden sits behind the cottage and across the old yard is a another barn which has a games-room on the first floor (stone steps go up to the first floor). The steps (no rails) give a splendid spot to sit and watch the sunset in the west with a glass in hand. For the amateur astronomers amongst you there are some truly stunning starry skies as there is so little light pollution, and if the weather is unkind the games-room is a great place for everyone to let off steam with a closely contested family table-tennis tournament. You can walk for miles in almost any direction and enjoy the moor which surrounds you; the dog will be in heaven. The stunning north Cornish coast is within a half hour drive so remember the surf boards and wet suits – or some may prefer just to sink into a comfy chair, listen to music or read the paper, and soak up the wonderful atmosphere of this very special cottage.
Sitting-room with TV, CD player and wood-burner
Dining-room with wood-burner
Step to Kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
Steps to Storage-room/Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin
Inner hall with piano
Steps to Utility-room with washing machine, tumble-drier and wash-basin
Step to Wet-room with shower and WC
Second staircase to Bedroom 3 with twin beds
Step to Bedroom 1 with double bed
Bedroom 2 with single bed
Bathroom with bath, hand shower attachment, WC and wash-basin
Access to Games-room
Take care on the steep narrow staircase up to Bedrooms 1 and 2 and the bathroom; take care on the stone steps to the games-room (no handrail); dogs must be kept on a lead around livestock.
- Dogs welcome (1 dog over 2 years only)
- Arrive/Depart Saturday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 3 cars
- Telephone (incoming only)
- No smoking
- Pub 1.5 miles
- Garden furniture
- 4 electric thermostatic radiators (partial under-floor heating)
The front of this lovely cottage.
The cosy sitting-room.
What a gorgeous dining-room.
The galley-style kitchen with slate sink and worktops.
The wood-burner sits in an ancient inglenook fireplace in the dining-room.
Bedroom 1, accessed via three steps from the staircase, has a cast iron double bed.
The carefully designed bathroom has a roll-top bath.
Bedroom 2 has a single bed.
Pretty linens in bedroom 1.
The window seat in bedroom 2.
The inner hall and cloakroom.
Steps from the large storage room into the utility-room.
The wet-room accessed from the utility-room.
Bedroom 3 accessed by its own wooden staircase.
A local map to pinpoint where you plan to go.
The outside of the cottage with stone steps leaDing up to bedroom 3 (not really practical to use).
The name sign.
A cobbled path leads up to the front door.
The games-room in an outside barn - approached by unrailed stone steps.
Steps up to the games-room (take care as they are a little uneven).
You are truly on the moor.
Accreditation for the restoration of the cottage.
Well done to the Owners for the restoration.
1996 winners of a RIBA award.
The cottage approach is over a small bridge.
A closer look at the uneven games-room steps with lovely views.
South Priddacombe Cottage.
Quirky touches throughout the cottage.