- SQM 80
Marigold Cottage is at the top of Church Street, 100 metres from the beach. It has a lovely fresh look, still in sympathy with this old and much-loved house. If you have stayed here before, you will know it has a wonderful location by beaches, a sweet sunny courtyard and parking. But you will be amazed by the interior transformation.
Marigold Cottage is actually two 19th century dwellings, seamlessly joined together some six decades ago. Today, this much-loved holiday home has been given a fresh lease of life, decorated in a simple coastal style. White walls, tongue-and-groove panelling and clean-cut stripes predominate. Each of the spacious rooms are also layered with soft, natural textures, including fluffy sheepskins laid in window seats, to make this a stylish yet very relaxing home.
The location is pretty special too. It stands on Church Street, on the corner of the footpath that meanders down to the village's smaller Little Perhaver Beach (the final descent is via steep steps). Alternatively, the main village beach is a short, gentle stroll down Church Street.
Marigold Cottage is an exceptionally light and sunny house, benefitting from a generously sized kitchen, while the living room has a lovely woodburning stove inside the recently restored 19th century fireplace.
This room is accessed from the entrance hall via a quirky reclaimed door with pretty coloured glass. The room is dotted with subtle decorative touches and original artworks and has an unusual curved wall to one side of the fireplace. There is a petite sofa, a super-comfy velvet snuggler armchair and a rocking chair.
In the kitchen, all appliances (including a dishwasher and washing machine) are new, but are partnered by old-fashioned touches, such as a well-weathered farmhouse table, a vintage Indian cabinet and lovely old-fashioned china. Our favourite activity is sitting in the sunny window seat and watching the world go by.
Upstairs, the first single bedroom is double aspect, with sea glimpses from the back window and a view down the picturesque, winding Church Street to the front. The original wide floorboards have been painted white, covered with a woven wool rug that is soft on bare feet. The gilt and white painted bed is vintage and a selection of carefully chosen vintage floral pictures hang on the walls. There's even an old doll's house, which older children are welcome to play with.
In the slimmer middle bedroom, an old French bed evokes a fairytale feel with a carved headboard and tongue-and-groove cladding feels snug and charming.
Both these bedrooms have sliding barn-style doors.
The double bedroom style is pared-back, simple and very restful. A Habitat oak bed, a vintage chest of drawers and Forties brass lamps are complemented by original artworks by the owner’s father, who is an artist. Again, painted floorboards are covered with a texture-rich wool rug.
Bedding in all three bedrooms is in monochrome stripes, for a fresh, seaside feel.
There is a newly fitted upstairs WC while the main bathroom is on the ground floor, refurbished with Laura Ashley floor tiles and rustic cladding.
The owner loves interiors (the house has been featured in Country Living magazine) and the carefully chosen mix of old and new make this a welcoming, unique Cornish cottage.
There is a good-sized garden behind the garage. It is paved, with a high bed on one side, abundant with untamed lavender, wild mint, rosemary and Agapanthus. The paved garden gets the sun all day, with a raised area that catches the late afternoon sunshine and has sea glimpses.
In the garage, you’ll find logs in winter, a Lloyd Loom sofa and rugs, cushions and dining chairs, all available for relaxing and dining outdoors. A new small freezer and a tumble drier also live in the garage.
We mostly use the back door to come and go, where there is an area for shoes and coats etc. A side gate divides the house from the neighbouring cottage (the family or their holidaying guests have an old-fashioned right of way over Marigold's drive, so may pass by your back door from time to time).
Marigold Cottage benefits from parking on the drive, suitable for a small-to-medium sized car. However, Church Street is typically narrow and the drive is steep, so we’ll send further advice on this along with directions. Alternatively, the village car park (where most holidaymakers park) is a 10-minute stroll away.
1 Bathroom, 3 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room, 1 Toilet
Beds1 Baby Cot, Bed linen, 1 Double bed, 2 Single bed
CookingCooking utensils, Dishwasher, Oven, Fridge, Toaster
Heating/CoolingCentral heating, Fireplace, Log Burner
OutsidePrivate Terrace, 100m from the beach, Sea Views
EntertainmentWifi Internet, TV
TowelsBath Towels provided (please bring own beach towels)
OutsideCharcoal grill BBQ, Deck chairs, Private Garden
Church Street , Gorran Haven, PL26, United Kingdom
Gorran Haven Property Letting & Management
Telephone: (01726) 843122 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Church Street, Gorran Haven, St Austell, Cornwall,
First, get to St Austell, then… From the A390 in St. Austell (A390 is main Truro-Liskeard road) take the B3273 to Mevagissey (at the ‘B&Q’ / Mac Donald’s roundabout).
After one mile is the small village of London Apprentice; a further mile, the village of Pentewan. At Pentewan the B3273 ascends a long winding hill overlooking the sea on the left. Turn right at the cross-roads at the apex of the hill, following signs to the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Gorran Haven. (The alternative route to Gorran Haven, through Mevagissey is not recommended in summer, as there are often lengthy traffic queues in the narrow streets).
You will pass Heligan (with excellent farm shop) after crossing a narrow bridge and negotiating a sharp left hand bend. Follow the road for about four miles to Gorran Churchtown – church is on the left – down and up a dip and around another sharpish left hand turn. A couple of hundred yards along is the right hand turn to Gorran Haven (sign-posted).
The road into Gorran Haven descends a long hill (Bell Hill) winding through the village to the sea. To reach Marigold Cottage you must turn left at the grassy triangle (with red telephone box), along ‘Chute lane’, past the Llawnroc Hotel on left, continue on down hill, the road divides into Cliff Road and Church Street. Marigold Cottage is third on the left (at the sign to Little Perhaver Beach). There is parking on the narrow driveway beside the house, but it can be awkward for larger cars, in which case you can pull in to the roads side space, unload and then you’ll need to head downhill, turn right and head to the village car-park, 200 m on the right.
From the turn on to the B3273 in St. Austell to Gorran Haven should take about 25 minutes.
Key Collection, arrival etc:
The cottage will be ready by 4pm and keys are in the key-safe by the door. We will contact you closer to your arrival date to confirm the code. Check out is 10am on the day of departure, please.
Contact: If you should need anything during your stay we will be happy to help, just ring us on 01726 843122. If you get the answer machine please leave a message because we are never far away and it is checked at frequent intervals.
I hope you will have a lovely holiday,