Pillaton Mill, found down a tiny Cornish lane, was for many years the home of both a painter and potter, which is reflected in the paintings and ceramics in the cottage. There is a dresser in the dining-room displaying pieces made by the former occupants which adds to the charm. A warming Heritage range is kept on low and can be used for slow cooking recipes. The comfortable sitting-room has a wood-burner and there's a smart modern kitchen. Upstairs are three bedrooms (one with limited headroom) and a family bathroom. The secluded garden is a popular haven for all kinds of woodland birds, from nuthatches to song thrushes. This is a tranquil part of south east Cornwall where time seems to have stood still.