Perhaver Shepherd's Hut
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Perhaver Shepherd's Hut
At one end of the hut is a comfortable double bed with lots of cushions and an unbroken view of sea to the far horizon. A TV and DVD player is conveniently positioned close by.
There is a well planned kitchen and dining area (with hob, small oven, microwave, and fridge). Breakfast bar with tall stools and small fold down table with 2 chairs is your dining table for two or a desk for a working novelist who wants to gaze out to sea.
At the opposite end is a smart shower room and wc.
The space has been used with elegant economy using fine natural materials. Thick natural oak shelves and work surface, and vintage style wooden board flooring all reflect the brilliant natural setting.
There is under-floor heating, WIFI, and lots of books. It is cosy, with excellent insulation & double-glazing.
The double doors can be opened to include the curved wooden deck as part of the living space. There is a BBQ, outdoor dining furniture and sun-loungers for two.
The lovely curved wooden deck with a rope balustrade overlooks a large lawned garden with a wide panoramic view of the bay. The cliff-scape and rocky headland to the east is dramatic and uplifting. A view you would willingly walk miles of cliff path to see, visible easily and constantly from your deck - or even, your bed.
There is garden around the hut. The 20 metre lawn slopes gently towards a surrounding hedge with the cliff edge beyond and sea below.
Parking is by the main house about 20 metres away. Access is down a short flight of steps from the parking area, along a sloping, slate pathway across the lawn, the steps up to the deck. Four wide wooden steps into the hut.
Setting & Privacy
The main house is behind and above the Shepherd’s Hut, but the setting entirely preserves the privacy of the hut. The living areas of hut and deck are invisible from the house and there are only distant neighbours.
The Shepherd’s Hut is lovely for a romantic holiday or for a lone person just taking time away. It is comfortable in winter and summer.
If your household includes a small third person, we have a travel cot or a small folding bed. We feel one small child is all the space can manage with comfort. Please be aware that the deck and the garden are not suitable for free ranging children – very close and constant supervision will be required for safety. Please speak to us about this before booking.
Beach & Walks
The sandy beach at Gorran Haven is a short walk away (10 minutes/ 500m), the South Coastal cliff path begins by the garden gate. From here eastwards along the clifftop a spectactular 3 mile walk leads to Portmellon and Mevagissey. A land and seascape justly designated as being of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Gorran Haven is a cheerful and friendly small village halfway down the south coast of Cornwall. It is very much appreciated for its two sandy beaches and small harbour with quay. In summer the beaches teem with families enjoying the sea, fishing from the quay and exploring rock pools.
Nearby, there are other quieter, less accessible beaches with no facilities except what you can bring in a hamper, lovely for swimming, snoozing and watching wildlife. There are seals and dolphins in these waters. The local seals live on the island in the bay called ‘Gwineas’.
The other end of the spectrum is the quiet winter, never very cold, as the sea raises the temperature here, but it can be quite wild and blowy. At this time even in wild weather, a lovely meditative calm pervades the place. The little village has a number of artists and writers who take their time here, perhaps drawing inspiration from the peaceful spirit of the place, or the crashing violence of the stormy sea.
The tiny church of St Just, above the beach, has a stained glass window showing fishermen being saved from the storm. It was created by the local vicar more than a century ago (his journal is in Truro Museum). Seating about 50 people at a squeeze, it has been the happy starting place for lots of marriages and baby namings - my own included. We have seen some lovely events spilling onto the beach, held here.
Gorran Haven has a really good all round, all year village shop - Cakebread's (the real name of it's founder 3 generations back). It is the mainstay of the village, being the bakery, grocery, off-licence, newsagent and post office, all overseen by the ever-smiling Barbara Cakebread. Pasties and good cheer.
From March to October there are several other shops in Gorran Haven: fish-and-chips, a beach cafe, a coffee & cocktail bar/cafe.
The Barley Sheaf pub in Gorran has warm old fashioned comfort, a good menu of home cooked meals, plus pasties and pints of good, local St Austell ales. It has a pleasant garden and a snooker room. Occasional live music and loud quiz nights.
The Llawnroc hotel bar and restaurant is a more modern alternative with a restaurant and large bar. Mevagissey has a number of good small restaurants.
The SW Coast-path which goes all along the coast of Cornwall, is particularly lovely here. There's the great Dodman headland to the west. An ancient cliff fort with great granite cross above the sea. Friendly small black Dexter cattle graze in clifftop fields, owned (cows, not Dodman) by my school friend Lizzie. Vault and Hemmick beaches are lovely quiet and slightly awkward to get to, making them all the better. Hemmick has wonderful rock pools with many strange things - starfish etc. Vault has deep places between the rocks where snorkelling is strange and exciting. Lying in the sand and eating food from a basket works well whatever the weather, time of year or how much swimming you want to do.
Eastwards along the cliffs you will eventually reach the relative (to Gorran Haven) Las Vagas of Mevagissey. A bright, busy working fishing village with shops, boutiques, four pubs, several restaurants, an aquarium and best of all a fresh fish caravan on the quay where you can buy local fish, scallops, Fowey mussels, crab & is it dinner time, I wonder?
- Parking - private
- Parking - trailer/RV/Boat parking
- Bed linen provided
- DVD player
- High-speed Internet
- Water kettle
- Kitchen utensils provided
- Shared garden
- BBQ Grill
- Towels provided
- Hair dryer
- Beach view
- Ocean view
- Sea view
- Cinemas/movie theaters
- Health/beauty spa
- Antique shops
- Water sports
- Wild life viewing
- Rock climbing
- Horseback riding
15 Jun - 29 Jun
5 Jan - 9 Feb
29 Jun - 13 Jul
9 Feb - 30 Mar
13 Jul - 20 Jul
30 Mar - 13 Apr
20 Jul - 31 Aug
13 Apr - 27 Apr
31 Aug - 7 Sep
27 Apr - 11 May
7 Sep - 14 Sep
11 May - 25 May
14 Sep - 21 Sep
25 May - 1 Jun
21 Sep - 19 Oct
1 Jun - 15 Jun
19 Oct - 26 Oct