Oh my, this is the ultimate escape from it all retreat - enchanting, unique and utterly sublime. As you drive through the trees, along the forestry track, glimpses of the delights that await start to appear, and passing over the little bridge everything opens up to reveal the most charming of cottages that sits majestically in the clearing in the middle of the woods - it doesn't get more magical than this. Perfect for wildlife enthusiasts, lovers of the great outdoors, artists, writers or anyone who simply wants to unwind and rejuvenate.
Surrounded by acres of Forestry Commission woodland, the woodland paths that lead right from your back garden promise hours of exploration for you and your four-legged friends. The large lawned gardens will delight young and old alike, and the sunny terrace is the perfect vantage point to simply indulge in the sights and sounds of the countryside - from the songbirds who start the day with their happy tunes through to the calls of the owls at dusk, and spotting the odd rabbit, deer, fox or squirrel as they pass through.
The 'million miles away from it' feeling of this hidden gem, belies the fact that should you want to explore further everything is easily accessible. From the ever-popular north Cornish coast, the dramatic landscape of Bodmin Moor or Cornwall's tropical gardens and historic houses.
Inside Hillside Cottage, the downstairs living area is beautifully open plan with a cosy wood-burner offering a warm welcome. The oak window sills and slate floor, complete with under-floor heating, perfectly complement the environment that surround the cottage and the natural wool throws on the beds will keep you as snug as a bug. The interiors are relaxed with a light and airy feel, an eclectic mix of furniture and stunning artwork on the walls, much of which is that of the talented owner.
You would be forgiven for not wanting to leave during your stay but should you want a change of scene, lace up those walking boots and head off to Bodmin Moor, where quaint villages and their obligatory watering holes are interspersed among the unspoilt scenery of dramatic granite tors and open moorland. Join the renowned Camel Trail either by foot or bike, it's only five minutes away, and enjoy this 17 mile trail that leads all the way to the foodie haven of Padstow on the north coast. For more fun on two wheels, there is a network of trails at Cardinham Woods and Lanhydrock and whilst at Lanhydrock take in the historic house, gardens and parklands. If you are the green fingered type, spend the day at The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project, and if you want some adventure on the water you can take to the waves at Polzeath or Widemouth Bay or perhaps try your hand at sailing or kayaking at trendy Fowey.
Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. Smart TV and wood-burner. Gas hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed (5')
Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3')
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
Outside Access to
Outhouse with washing machine and tumble-drier
Please take care with children around the stream. The approach to Hillside Cottage is along a forestry track. Whilst it is easy to drive along with a normal car please take care with puddles and dips in the lane (it may not be suitable for low slung cars) *A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Dogs welcome
- Arrive/Depart Saturday
- Wood-burner/Open fire
- Private parking for 3 cars
- No smoking
- Pub 2.5 miles
- Picnic table
- Full electric CH (under-floor)
The utterly charming Hillside Cottage.
The open plan living-room will ensure you enjoy time together.
The cottage has two pretty bedrooms.
The cottage is surrounded by glorious woodland.
Wow, look at that setting and the size of the garden - it doesn't get much better than this!
The small but perfectly formed cottage kitchen.
A lovely window seat with the oak sill perfectly complementing the slate floors.
The counter forms a natural divide between the kitchen and dining areas.
Enjoy relaxed holiday meals.
There is great artwork throughout, many by the talented owner.
The stairs lead off from the sitting-area.
There's a good choice of books if you fancy a holiday read.
Your four-legged friends will love it here!
The wood-burning stove is a welcome sight on those out-of-season breaks, but you do have toasty under-floor heating as well.
You can enjoy the setting from every room.
This cottage and its setting make for a very special Christmas break.
Bedroom 1 is triple-aspect and has a lovely king-size bed.
Enjoy lazy mornings in bed listening to the sounds of the countryside.
The twin bedroom.
The twin bedroom is dual-aspect.
The cottage bathroom.
Don't have time for a leisurely holiday soak? Then there is also a shower!
Your little piece of heaven on earth.
You are surrounded by acres of woodland.
A little stream borders one side of the garden.
Welcome to Hillside Cottage.
Picture perfect in every way.
The forestry track and bridge that leads you to the cottage.
The village pub in the nearby village of Blisland.
The golden sands at Polzeath - a favourite with surfers and families alike.
Lanhydrock House, parkland and gardens (National Trust) are well worth a visit and for cyclists there is a network of trails to discover.
Enjoy a day at the foodie haven of Padstow.
The Camel Trail is close by, a 17 mile trail that leads you to Padstow on the north coast.
Lace up those walking boots and explore the dramatic landscape of Bodmin Moor.